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幸福是什么?请读《地球行星的旅者》!

January 31st, 2009 2 comments
地球行星的旅者

地球行星的旅者

终于读完了这本书,间中停顿了有好几个月。趁着这几天的假期,一口气把剩余的看完了,也重看了首几篇散文。有些书是连第一遍都难以读完,有些书则是读完后还想重读, 因为每次都会有新的感触。《地》肯定属于后者。韩国诗人作者柳时和把行旅印度神秘之旅的经历写成了三十余篇散文,同时也把他行旅印度的目的-探索人生意义以及探讨幸福快乐的本质-精彩的描述出来。

对于最近发生了一些状况的我来说,这本书无疑像是当头棒喝。失去了一些本不应得到的,却庸人自扰的失落了好一阵子。像此书所写,

“我们在人生中并没有失去什么,什么都没有失去。不管在任何情况之下,不应说 ‘我失去了什么。。。’,而当说‘啊!那东西回到原位了!‘ ”

这句话和 “本来无一物,何处惹尘埃” 似乎有异曲同工之妙。

当拥有时并不快乐,那时的我为何还要执着的不肯放手?

真正的幸福不是拥有,而是快乐。这是我读这本书得到的启示。看起来很简单,真正面对时却不容易放下。

作者在书中也提到印度人的口头禅:”No Problem!“。 两三年前我去印度旅行时也面对同样的问题 -总之什么东西他们都 “No Problem“,虽然很多时候是”Big Problem“。

失去人生方向的人,强烈建议读读这本书。或许你可以找到一些答案。

“活在世界而让你今日拥有这些东西,所以当他们在你身边时更要珍惜,如同旅者珍惜可住一晚的旅馆一样。”

“珍惜活着的自己,热爱人生。”

书讯

ISBN:978-986-6759-15-4

作者:柳时和 (韩)

翻译:陈香华

出版:天下杂志

初版:2007/08/29

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Apple’s Macintosh Turns 25 today!

January 24th, 2009 No comments

It was 25 years ago this day, January 24th 1984, that the first Macintosh personal computer was debuted, with 128k of RAM. How time flies and technology advances, now that the iMac is the currentversion of the Macintosh with up to 4GB of RAM.

Then:

Macintosh 128k

Macintosh 128k, 1984

And Now:

iMac Intel

iMac Intel, 2009

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Lesser Known Island Retreat – Thailand’s Koh Lipe

January 23rd, 2009 6 comments
Beach Volleyball is the daily routine on Lipes Pattaya Beach at dawn

Beach Volleyball is the daily routine on Lipe's Pattaya Beach at dawn

I first heard about Koh Lipe, or Lipe Island, in southern Thailand in Andaman Sea, was during Dive Expo in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. Got some brochures about Lipe from one of the booths, read it up but didn’t really have any plan to go visit. And then I heard about it from a diver friend who herself hasn’t been there. And then I read an article introducing Koh Lipe in one of the dive magazines. Checked out some Lipe websites and I am sold, and managed to get Bill and JS onboard with me.

We went there 20 Dec 2007 (yea I know, it was over a year ago, but so what?) – it was super peak season during year end so if you happen to plan going Oct/Nov/Dec you better book the resort first. We’ve seen backpackers walking to and fro at the main Lipe beach (called Pattaya Beach) trying to get a place to stay but to no avail.

Getting There

The most convenient way for Malaysians (or from Malaysia) to get to Lipe is thru Langkawi Island. We used boat transfer from Langkawi direct to Lipe which costs RM228/person for a roundtrip, using Telaga Harbour’s service. There are other boats departing from other harbours at Kuah so you need to ask around (heard that those would be cheaper). Telaga Harbour’s catamaran takes about 10-12 persons and the trip takes just over 1 hour. Telaga Harbour is just beside the Petronas at the northern side of Langkawi island, and not that far from the Langkawi airport. There is a simple custom facility up at the 1st floor of the Telaga Harbour building for cleerance purpose, and on Thailand side, a little hut situated at the Lipe main beach served as the custom checkpoint. Do call and confirm the boat schedule in Telaga Harbour.

There are other ways of getting into Koh Lipe if you are from Thailand side. Check out the Useful Links at the bottom of this page.

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Save The Sharks Campaign by Scuba Diver Australasia

January 18th, 2009 2 comments
No Shark Fin Soup!

No Shark Fin Soup!

Scuba Diver Australasia is running a “Save The Sharks” Campaign, where A5 size postcards are given out FREE to be displayed on wedding dinner tables, to increase the awareness of not eating shark fin soup (like the saying goes, “when the demand stops, the killing will”). Of course, postal charges need to be paid up before they will send over the cards. If you are interested, let me know so that I can give you the their email address for your further inquiry.

This postcard – with its tagline “After saying ‘I Do’, join us in saying ‘I Don’t (eat shark fin soup)‘” – is targeted to Chinese restaurant wedding dinners, where shark fin soup is more often than not served as one of the dishes. This traditionally is to show that the dinner is a lavish one since shark fin is expensive. Human’s appetites (mostly Chinese’s) in shark fin soup is causing 100 millions of sharks being killed annually.

Get real people! Stop eating shark fin soups so that the brutal killing/finning of millions of sharks can be stopped. We have to act before it is too late that the extinction is inevitable. Scuba Diver AA is doing a good job in increasing the awareness of public. With your help, it will not be too little, too late.

And by the way, check out Scuba DIver Australasia’s website at http://scubadiveraa.com/ – I love their magazine, and the website is giving out free trial for their e-magazine!

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Boycott taxi drivers that don’t use meter at KL Sentral (or anywhere else for that matter)

January 18th, 2009 No comments
Just Say No to No Integrity

Just Say No to No Integrity

I was spent and tired, just got back from LCCT Sepang by the Skybus after my Bangkok trip. The Skybus – with its ever strong and cold aircond – took 1 hour to the dot to reach KL Sentral. It was just over midnight. A Malay guy came by to the bus door, supposedly a taxi driver.

“OUG?” – I asked. this is where I stay.

“Yea… erm… 25 Ringgit!”

“Mahalnya, kurang sikit boleh?”

“Tak boleh la boss, dah lepas 12”

“Takpe la!” – RM25 is just too expensive for a trip less than 10km.

I went over to the side of the bus to retrieve my backpack while the taxi driver walked over to chat to other passengers. My trip buddy Boon was already waiting. Just beside the bus lane, taxis are abound and all parked nicely but without drivers. We walked further down and were surrounded by a legion of taxt drivers.

“Nak pi mana?” One of the taxi drivers asked me.

“Takpe la, mesti mahal”

“Tak la, tanya dulu, mai sini tanya!” He led us to a small table with a manila card written “taxi”. A guy sits in a chair, surrounded by taxi drivers. He probably is the “managing director” here.

OK, since we are here already, I will just ask.

“OUG berapa?”

“OUG? OUG ke Bukit OUG? Lain tau!” One of the taxi drivers asked.

I was like, OK, “OUG!”

“Pasti ke OUG? Bukan Bukit OUG? Harga lain-lain!”

I was a bit pissed. “OUG! Kalau Bukit OUG, I dah cakap Bukit OUG!” I raised my voice.

“OK OK!” The MD said. He then starts to write down some numbers on a piece of paper, looks like a tear-off from a cigarette carton box. “Erm.. OUG… erm”. It took him like 10 seconds or so. “21 Ringgit!”

“Ooi mahal la!”

“Macam tu la, mana mahal?”

Boon too asked for the taxi cost to go back to his place at Dataran Prima at near Kelana Jaya, and he got “RM29!”. He worried that there is no other cabs and he gave way. We said Goodbye and parted.

As I started to walk off, one of the taxi drives asked: “You pergi mana? Tak nak naik taxi macam mana balik?’

“Ada lah”, and I crossed the bus lane and walked towards the monorail station at the main road at Brickfield, just less than 2 minutes away. It was my lucky night – there was a taxi stationed right at the bus stop beside the main road. I walked up and asked “OUG? Use meter?”

“Yes!” The Indian driver replied.

In less than 15 minutes, I reached home with the meter reading of RM8. With the extra 50% premium for over midnight ride (applicable for 12am to 6am rides), I paid RM12. Not that I will become a rich person immediately by saving RM9, but I don’t want to be ripped off by unethical taxi drivers that conquer Sentral at night times as if they are the landlords there. And it is illegal for taxis to not use meter too!

Of course, they behave this way because of the lax in enforcement by the related government departments. Not all the taxi drivers are like this, there are only a handful of bad apples. Do something, Government! This is not the way you want your own citizens or foreign tourists to be treated just hours after they arrived in Kuala Lumpur!

And to everybody else: Let’s start boycott all taxi drivers that are not using meter. It may cause some inconveniences, but together we can make a difference! Probably one day, the enforcement department will wake up too. Zzz…

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爱一个人,不难;不爱,才难

January 9th, 2009 4 comments