Everyday life

上海灘

今晚去Hong Kong Police 170th anniversary concert 聽葉麗儀現場唱上海灘,太動聽了,只有原唱者才能唱出的味道和功力。葉麗儀,唱上海灘唱足34年,去到世界各地,唔唱呢首歌就唔落得台。佢話佢係一個好有福氣的人,唱到呢首好歌。相信每一個歌手都想要一首上海灘,每一個人都想要一個上海灘。希望大家都擁有或快將得到blessed for life的東西。

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Stay young

女為悅己者容,也要為同年紀者容。最近在不同場合遇上好多年冇見的中學和大學同學。佢…讀書時明明是個靚女,點解而家一眼就睇出佢係俾仔女玩到殘晒的媽媽;佢…以前好貪靚,攪咩全頭白頭髮成面又乾又皺都唔去執執佢呀。見完佢哋,我不禁照鏡,睇清楚自己係咪都老咗咁多。最嚴重的一次,見完“老同學”後我忍唔住在seminar的中場break時入厠所reconfirm自己個樣冇日久失修變到。請各位好好努力保養自己,不要以容貌remind大家歲月不留人啊!

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How to stay happy in a relationship (15): strawberry lavender jam

 

Egyptian strawberries that were packed in Dublin. Egypt – where Hubby and I met; Dublin – where he is from. 咁有緣,買盒試吓啦。點知難食到爆,又酸又硬又鞋,唔入得口!But I am not going to give up on the strawberries.

I made them into strawberry lavender jam! Put 200g strawberries, 100g sugar, 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender and juice of half a lemon into a pot and rest for 30 minutes. Bring it to boil, then simmer to the right consistency, for about 30 minutes.

The lavender undernote makes the jam much more complex and luxurious than plain strawberry jam. It tastes fabulous!

Just like a relationship, if one has the heart and patience (and wisdom) to develop it, with a little magic touch (like lavender), it can turn out to be fantastic, and gets better as it matures!

 

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Guilt free shopping

This is what I call guilt free shopping – a friend who volunteers to hold birthday parties for kids told me they need party supplies. So off I went to Shamshuipo and bought these! Hundreds of balloons, party banners and small gifts! The more I spend, the more good deed I do! A rare feeling on a shopping spree. : )

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Mentorship

我以前就讀的中學有一個mentorship programme,由舊生帶領一組中五學生,讓學生有機會加深認識她們將來有志投身的行業。籍此我認識了五個對法律專業有興趣的中五同學,跟她們聊了一個下午,感覺一個字:impressive!

同學們年紀雖少,但個個都intelligent and sensible,認真得來又不悶疍。當中她們有些已明確知道自己的抱負,只想了解更多barrister and solicitor的工作性質。很慶幸她們分得出兩者有不同,比無綫的編劇更有common sense!我反而更impressed by那些知道自己專長但not sure將來想做甚麼的同學。在她們的年紀,有很大壓力要set個goal,好像没有目標就不會有achievement一樣。很多同學都aim high,入醫科難就話想讀醫,扮有理想。但其實只得十六七歲,怎會想得那麼遠?所以我覺得有勇氣直認自己未確定目標,可能是有腦不跟風的表現。

其中一個同學是今年的vice headgirl,原來要選做student council,要上台用英文講opening speech,台下Q&A session,要用英文,普通話或廣東話對答。哇,即是要fluent in三種語言!兩文三語,原來是這樣迫出來的!時常聽見時下年輕人有多麼不濟,見到我的幾個師妹,令我覺得香港未來未必那麼灰!

Mentorship programme其中一個theme是job shadowing,帶同學們參觀workplace。有大律師mentors曾經帶mentees court visit。我做solicitor,law firm 只得好多好多files and documents,没有point to visit。反而婚姻監禮人的工作比較dynamic,更具參觀性。不過wedding始終是private function,要帶外人出席就要事先取得同意。如果你願意讓我帶幾個同學去參加你的婚禮,請你告訴我吧。

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多功能的TVB電視劇

一家人一路睇,一路鬧,有共同敵人,有助家庭融洽。

一年一次的俾面派對/親友聚會,只要一開電視,就有共同話題,還可交流意見,打破生疏隔膜。

新相識的男女,不想直接問對方年齡,只要一講細個時幾年班睇那套劇集,就即刻計到自己和對方差幾多歲,方便快捷。當然自己答自己幾年班時記住要加多句,話唔記得當年睇嘅係咪重播啦…

想找拍拖結婚對象,最怕遇着已婚扮未婚的騙子,做了小三都慒然不知。有冇一條好像TVB劇集般一擊即中的問題清楚快速查出答案呢?

 

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Birthdays with Love 雙赢後感

做義工,除了幫人外,義工本身也有得益。答應為Birthdays with Love供應party food,my main objective is to have a win-win situation. The kids enjoy better food (than junk food they usually order) and I enjoy the process. No point in bringing agony upon myself over a party, or having a good laugh but causing food poisoning…

Setting my own record of cooking for 42 people, I started to plan what kids eat at parties. Honestly I have no clue. I haven’t been to parties that don’t revolve around wines and beers for too many years…

Chicken wings – all kids’ favourite, must be on the menu. Grill chicken wings健康D,but when I calculated the time to turn 100 chicken wings at the grill, I decided to 炆雞翼。淘大瑞士汁加可樂,一大煲,分兩次就煮到過百隻,最方便。要預早兩日買,溶雪,洗淨,抺乾。The preparation time is much longer than the 30 minute cooking time. 都幾好味,in fact it’s the first dish that ran out at the party.一問小朋友要唔要多D嘢食,有人大聲話要雞翼,即係話佢哋鐘意食啦,成功!

Pasta – 2 kg dried pasta, 30 sausages, 2 kg mixed vegetables, 1.5 litre tomato sauce. Daunting quantities! One big pot of pasta sauce, 2 big trays of pasta. 最緊要pasta唔好煮過火,就唔會成pat嘢咁。當日好多小朋友都有再添食,仲有人拿回家吃呢!不過我預備的份量太多,煮少三分一都得。

Salad – 12 apples, 1 kg grapes, 300 g raisin, 1 big bunch celery, 1.5 kg chicken fillet, 600 g mayonnaise, 50 g walnut. Chicken fillet之前一晚要煎定,雪凍備用。Apple要peel, chop, 浸salted water未變色。這是最多人讚賞的dish, 比平時的罐頭雜果沙律明顯有heart得多。

Tuna sandwich – Alan’s specialty,由佢一手煮理。5 packs of bread, 5 cans of tuna, 300 g mayonnaise, 2 small red onion. 個個大人都話好食,但小朋友原來唔鐘意食三文治,有人見到個tray,一味叫住要食春卷,吹脹!下次再cater for kids, 不會整 sandwiches.

Overall, it was a success.

WIN: Everyone enjoyed the food. 雖然我預計份量太多,但他們都有準備食物盒帶走食剩的,再剩下的就留給centre下午的另一個event, nothing goes to waste.

WIN: 為了個party,花了不少時間planning, shopping and cooking. It wasn’t easy. Alan and I asked ourselves why we did it. The short answer is – it’s because most people don’t. We did it and we are proud of it!

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Birthday with Love

Today is my niece’s birthday. 同往年一樣,我親手焗製她的生日疍糕。從來我都是著重味道多於賣相,我不擅長cake decoration,所以年年她的birthday cake僅是外貎平平而已。到到今年她都寧願揀要Yee Yee疍糕而不要街外買的,我應該很欣慰,不枉我昨天花了三四個鐘over her cake.

我家一向注重心靈富足多於物質充裕,niece很小的時候已讓她選擇收聖誕禮物還是將錢捐去慈善機構。她懂事乖巧,收到donation receipt當禮物一樣開心。Generosity is a virtue.

時常聽聞現時流行的小朋友生日會花費越來越高昴,似乎幾千元是最低消費。幾千元是最低工資的半個月薪金啊,基層家庭要攪生日會實在有經濟壓力。

有見及此,有朋友發起了很有意義的活動Birthdays with Love,不時去各區為基層小朋友攪生日會,每次都徵求義工和donation.今個月尾的生日會將會是我首次volunteer to cook for a party.

剛巧這次party的地點是我husband個個星期去義務敎英文的社堂,他熟識地方,方便計劃menu 和如何deliver food. 我很感恩老公是個好人,何只birthday with love,簡直day day with love啦!

 

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大廚出馬

上星期日在家攪個Advanced cooking day,同兩個喜歡烹飪的朋友跟着 ”Heston Blumental at Home“ recipe book在家煮分子料理般複雜的菜式。講明是advanced,目標想要哇哇聲,好勁好勁嗰隻。單是買材料都超過一千元,仲貴過出街食。

Red cabbage gazpacho, bruleed chicken liver parfait, homemade French bread, garden salad with sauce gribiche, poached fish. 全部都非同小可的步驟繁多,樣樣都要用thermometer量温度,似做實驗多過煮飯。企足一天,由2:00pm煮到11:00pm,攰到爆,但菜式味道只是一般般。我們的結論是it’s not worth the effort. 198英鎊去Heston的餐廳食都值得。

昨晚在家將星期日食剩的菜隨意促煮成晚餐,冇跟食譜,只隨心follow common sense,結果出乎意料地美味and satisfying,比之前一晚更好吃。

男女關係和這兩晚的dinner都是一樣。有時花盡心思,苦苦經營,期望越高,失望越大。最多只可以說是個過程都算是個難得的經驗,但結果只換來身心疲累。相反,萬不經意的spontaneity,反而效果可能出人意表。

So if anyone thinks they are leftover, the best is yet to come, perhaps.

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Dialogue in the Dark

Weekend去了Dialogue in the Dark,一個由失明人士帶領的75分鐘漆黑體驗。在没有視覺幫助下,大人細路,每個人對於那特別的經歷都會有不同的感受,我highly recommend大家去試試。

參加者拿着手杖,走進完全没有光的環境,要靠其他感官去感受身邊的環境。用手去摸樹葉,用耳去聽雀仔聲,用腳去採石地泥地。一些平常的事情,例如行一級樓梯,找個座位坐下,都變得很challenging。很難忘導賞員叫我去找通心粉,我經常都買pasta,但原來看不見時,要分辨通心粉,penne ,fusilli都不是件易事。莫說平時除了揀貨品,還要看有甚麼特價那麼複雜了。失明人士的生活一定比一般人遇上更多障礙。

很久之前我曾經offer過免費幫失明人士證婚,但一直都無人問津。看來都是時候follow up with that organization, remind them of my service.

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