Thursday, November 24, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
在我的生活裡，我從未接觸過曾監獄者，至到我參與一個佛教組織名為Inside Dharma及同屬的Shinzo禪修中心，在那遇到幾位前犯罪者。上星期，我和丈夫與其中一位在閑談，有一小段分享。他說，在牢獄幾年，有一年第一次收到一封聖誕卡（來自Inside Dharma）。那是他很大的感觸。
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
We attended Steve’s cousin’s daughter’s wedding and reception. Most relatives attended, and the youngest one too, with his parents.
Chinese-Malaysian friends, I’ll let you guess, how old is the youngest one? I think you wouldn’t guess right!
That was just eight days after he came into this world. When I saw that 8 day old baby and his mother, who just gave birth eight days earlier, coming together to attend their cousin’s wedding, my conceptualization was a little shocked. American women really have it so different?
America law is 0 weeks of paid maternity leave, so based on their situation, they have to apply vacation time or unpaid leave, unless the company they work for gives paid maternity leave.
Friday, November 4, 2011
What can I see when I look outside?
The outer world seen by my eyes is just very limited.
What can I explore when I look inside?
The inner potential that is hidden in my subconscious is immeasurable.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
After I moved to the USA, most of the time I was at home. Sometimes, I did nothing and I felt a little stagnant. When people ask me - what am I doing at home, gradually I don’t know how to answer.
In the past, I had an excuse; I need to adjust to the environment. But now, I have been here almost four and a half years. I think this excuse couldn’t be used anymore.
Then, what excuse next?
Yes. There is a phrase - no car is similar to no legs. In the past, I didn’t want to have a car because I don’t like driving. However, it is really difficult not to have a car here. So, I pestered Steve for a car (used car is also okay for me) for few months.
Finally… my car is in our garage. It is a new Honda Civic Sedan LX Auto.
Wow! I never dreamed I would have a Honda Civic in Malaysia (I just day dreamed for a sports car)! Honda Civic in Malaysia, the price is over RM115,000. How can I afford it? In Penang, my car is a used Proton (Malaysian car manufacturer.)
The price (including tax) for a Honda Civic Sedan LX Auto is about US$20,000 in the USA. I am staying in the USA, so don’t use exchange rate. However, if using the exchange rate, the price equates to RM66,000.
The price is so much different.
終於…我的車到了家的車庫。嶄新的Honda Civic Sedan LX Auto。
嘩！在馬來西亞時做夢都沒想到會有Honda Civic囉（發白日夢要跑車就有啦）！馬來西亞的Honda Civic價錢RM115,000以上，我那捨得或買得起？我在檳城的車是Proton二手車。
美國的Honda Civic Sedan LX Auto價錢加稅後大約是US$20,000，不要把美元換馬幣，因為是生活在美國。即使換率成RM66,000)，價錢也是相差很大。
Alright, now I need to find a non-profit organization. One of my wishes: do volunteer work.
Oh yeah, I named my car, Dragon (Fei-Long). And had a newborn ceremony for Dragon with Metta sutra.
May Dragon accompany us on the road smoothly and safely.