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一個孤獨的美食家正要找尋自己的深夜食堂

近期對圍繞食物提材的劇種感興趣。

上年尾無意中發掘了「深夜食堂」,深深被內容所吸引。簡單的食物,短短的三十分鐘,但是帶出的故事竟可以那麼的有趣,那麼的細膩,那麼的感人。很坦白,觀看完兩輯「食堂」後真的有點失落,希望不久的將來有第三,第四輯的出現。

同樣是漫畫改編,半小時的深夜劇「孤獨的美食家」正在日本播放中。方包也第一時間同步追看。初步的感覺是很佩服原作。提材不但是另類,甚至(可說)是前所未見。每一集的中段至尾聲都是看中年主角怎樣尋找和享受他的食物,不停地說「好味」。表面上很無聊,但出奇地精彩。更有趣是每一集出現的餐廳都不是虛構,而是真正存在的小店。

其實只要食物做得好,有心,吃飯是一種最簡單但經常被遺忘的享受。

正如劇的開場白所謂:「 不被世間和社會所束縛,幸福地填飽肚子的時候,短時間內變得隨心所欲,變得自由。誰也不打擾,毫不費神地吃東西的這種孤高行為。這種行為才是平等地賦予現代人的最大程度的治癒。」

不知不覺在市中心上班也有四個半月,感到自己代入了「美食家」的角色。每天的午飯時間就是要尋找自己想吃的食物和空間。有時更會留意其他食客的表情。請不要誤會,方包不是有什麼的企圖。正所謂相由心生,每個人的食相都會自然流露出他[她]當時的心態。方包只不過是對這點感興趣,別無它意。哈哈!

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孤獨的美食家

http://www.letv.com/ptv/pplay/71171/1.html

深夜食堂

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlsjqq_yyyy2-y01y-yyyy_shortfilms

Time to hang ’em up?

Last Sunday I went out and play some footy with the lads. Can’t remember the last time I kicked the ball around but it must have been at least 2 years. A few hours before we played, I was joking with someone that I would needed to load up on carbs, bananas, V-8 and at least 30 minutes of warm-up to ensure I don’t cramp up after 15 minutes. (Once I had to leave a game because BOTH of my legs cramped up at the same time after contesting a 50/50 ball with someone…….) At the end I didn’t have a V-8 nor did I warm up for more than 5 minutes. I murmured to myself that things could end very badly in a hurry.

Surprisingly I played for over an hour, in constant rain, without incident and just when I thought I would survive the session, something freakish happened. I intercepted a ball and proceeded to run at the last defender that’s between me and the goal. As I was doing a poor imitation of C. Ronaldo’s signature step-over move, the ball shifted slightly on the wet turf and my left foot stepped onto it. I slipped, lost my balance and the back of my head hit the field turf as I landed on my back.

With all the recent increase in awareness on head traumas, I was a bit worried that I may have suffered a concussion since the lads told me that my fall, apparently, looked kind of bad. The fact that I was able to remember everything right before and after the incident tells me I was very fortunate to escape serious injuries. In hindsight I have to thank those little black plastic pellets underneath the field turf which cushioned my fall some what. Nonetheless I wasn’t myself as I moved around gingerly the rest of the evening. Then Monday morning came and I paid dearly for not warming up sufficiently as my neck, shoulders and abs were really sore. I had a hard time just getting out of bed and I could barely turn my head the entire day.

As of today I think I’m pretty much back to normal but now the question is on the back of my mind:

What if I fall on my head again in the near future?

六度分隔理論 – 6 Degrees of Separation

有「五億探長」之稱的呂樂兩週前因胃癌在温哥華病逝,當地英文報章如The Province及 The Vancouver Sun都作出詳細的報導。家中的《五億探長雷洛傳》VCD 也得以重見天日,屈指一算這齣戲差不多是二十年前的出品。(當年劉華只不過是三十出頭。嘩! 明年豈不是他的五十大壽!) 戲中很多情節需是虛構但不減呂樂傳奇的一生。更意想不到的是方包一位舊同事是呂樂的後人!

六度分隔理論再一次成立!

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Conan = Class

Takes a big man (literally) to make such a big speech.

Awesome quote at the end!

 “All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”   –   Conan O’Brien

Leno: All you have is just a big chin.

Early October Google Doodles

For the past few years I’ve managed to amass a collection of Google Doodles but I don’t recall the last time there were 3 different ones on 3 consecutive days. Anyways, here they are:

Google 2009 China Natl Day 60

Oct 1st – More significant than the start of the new NHL season, it was China’s 60th anniversary. Sadly, despite my Chinese heritage, I could not summon enough patriotism to celebrate the occasion for reasons I’ve mentioned before. I sincerely hope the Motherland will alter my views toward her in the near future.

Google 2009 Gandhi

Oct 2nd – Gandhi’s birthday. One of the greatest historical figures of all time yet all I can think of is Ben Kingsley.

Google 2009 Mid-Autumn

Oct 3rd – Mid-Autumn Festival. Shopping for lanterns was quite an occasion back in the day and I missed having that day off to enjoy my annual consumption of star fruit and pomelo. Moon cake? Not so much as I preferred as little yoke as possible.

Thoughts and happenings from the week that was

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” – James Thurber

July 1 was the start of the NHL free agent frenzy and what an anti-climatic day it was for Canuck Nation.

It started with the re-signing of the Sedins just before the opening bell but since then, all quiet on the western front. (Few minor signings notwithstanding). All the speculations never materialize (including my laughable predictions) and the likes of Gaborik, Cammalleri and Niedermayer all signed elsewhere. While it’s a relief the twins are back for another 5 years, part of me was kind of ticked off that the Canucks couldn’t bring in the top-6 forward and/or the puck moving defenseman they so desperately need on Wednesday. In some ways I wished Mike Gillis had to go to plan B. At least it would have made things interesting but I guess we’ll never find out.

Cue the Sundin watch. Part deux. Well, maybe not. Now that we have Samuelsson in the fold

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Whistler is a place so close yet a place I don’t frequent much. This week Pie Pie Lo and I spent a day there. Here are some highlights from the trip.

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Had a chance to get caught up with 2 of the 4 summer blockbusters I’ve earmarked: Transformers II and Terminator Salvation. I’ll leave the reviews for someone else since I find movies to be a very subjective topic. People watch for different reasons. For myself, I just want to be entertained; be it the plot, the cast or the action sequences. Oscar worthy they are not but I was entertained by the 2 aforementioned flicks and Star Trek as well. Hopefully G.I. Joe (insert joke here) will complete the list.

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A few weeks ago Ms. S told me about these annual summer architectural walking tours offered by the AIBC (Architectural Institute of B.C.). They started this past week and I went to a couple of them (Chinatown with Cdn Gooner and Strathcona by myself). Interesting and informative, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact I would highly recommend the Strathcona tour for anyone who’s interested in the local history of a truly unique neighbourhood.

Be a tourist, for a few hours, in your own city.

Some teasers for you to look at as I’ll need some time to compile the photo album.

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So much for watching Zidane live in Vancouver on July 4th…….

The match between the “Canadian All-Stars” and “Zidane & friends” was cancelled 2 days prior, likely due to poor organization/marketing and a general lack of interest. That’s just fine with me. If it wasn’t for Zizou, do I really want to pay money to see the likes of Bob Lenarduzzi and Carl Valentine getting thumped by a bunch of international footy has-beens?

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First it was Farrah Fawcett & Michael Jackson, then Billy Mays (Mr. Oxi-Clean) and now Steve McNair. All within a span of 2 weeks. Yet another reminder how fragile life can be.

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Brett Favre – Take it to the bank!

On Your Mark. Get Set.

(* = Lingo alert)

As mentioned in my previous loaf* titled “On Your Mark” (which happens to be the slogan for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games volunteer program), I had submitted my application to become a volunteer. This morning I took my first step towards that after attending a 3 hour orientation session at the PNE. It began with a security check followed by a 10 minute one-on-one interview. I was chosen to be part of the transportation group but its role is more than driving. The other function is to be first contacts for people arriving at the venues not knowing which direction to go. Directing people traffic, so to speak. So during my interview I stated my preference to be a host instead of a driver. Hopefully the organizers will take that into consideration.

Volunteer Training BinderThe rest of the morning was spent inside a large classroom where a detailed overview of the games was presented. And all the participants received a training binder (A VERY nice one) along with a sticker and a pin as souvenirs. In the fall, we will receive notifications confirming our duties at the games. Accreditations and uniforms will be issued soon after and role-specific training will take place just prior to the games. It is likely I will start in January and complete my duties at the conclusion of the Paralympics games in March. I’m excited and looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Some odds and ends

After the session this morning I met up with Pie Pie Lo* for lunch since she had the afternoon off. So we went to a new ramen shop that was recommended by my parents. G-men ramen is a little shop located at Continental Plaza in Richmond. Judging by the small queue outside on a Monday, there must be something to this shop.

Click here for the gallery and further details on the menu.

Saturday I drove down to Safeco Field in Seattle to watch the Mariners for the first time in 3 years. Happy to spent a nice day at a beautiful ball park that, hard to believe, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June. It gave me a chance, as well, to catch up with a couple of friends I haven’t talked to for some time. All in all, a great way to start my holidays.

Click here for the gallery. 

Absolutely thrilled that Everton once again finished as “Best of the rest” considering the terrible start to their season. Now it’s onto the F.A. Cup final at Wembley this Saturday. Come on you Blues!

Finally, an admission.

I’ve started playing Pet Society and Restaurant City on Facebook. Insert joke here.

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Say Hello to my little friend!

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