好人好事

近一段時間,在香港甚至是全球發生的不愉快事件一波又一波,加上天氣沉鬱,雨落個不停,總是令人窒息。

不過,四月固然令人沮喪,仍有一些好人好事,值得令人感恩,以及充滿希望的。因為當中的善心、積德和對陌生人的愛,都有其感染力。

話算最近兩次到本港兩大外資企業的店餔,都遇到好心員工,在了解事情的同時,已按客人(即我)的需要,完滿解決。我要向他們說聲多謝。

首先,周三我到銅鑼灣宜家預期買儲物箱,將家中的CD唱片重新整理,騰出空間。逛店其間,又想到為父母重置被單,所以亦取了紙尺和鉛筆,以備不時之需。誰不知,意外就如此發生,鉛筆咀甚尖,不小心穿進左手手指頭,以為痛一下而己,誰不知指頭一下湧出鮮血,還看見鉛在傷口周邊。因忘記帶紙巾,所以直接找員工看能否商借。好心的員工姐姐,一看見下就在櫃枱張羅,看她又找藥水膠布,又找消毒藥水,更細心地以棉棒為我抹血、搽消毒藥水,最後體貼地貼上膠布。其間一句問題也沒有。贊!

到昨天,因蘋果藍牙老鼠壞了,在無保養、無購物單下,想先查看問題所在,所以帶同老鼠到IFC蘋果店查詢。原來按情況,無保養下,老鼠的零件更換,約收費443元,比購買新老鼠的500多元只略少。正猶豫間,負責的蘋果員工又使用其顧客服務為先的好態度,話我知一般是無得換,又或要付費修理,但他給我一個特別安排,就是無償的替我更換新老鼠,新換產品還擁有90天換領期添,極其發揮好人好事精神。

所以話極困境中,還是有光明的。就此一記這兩宗好人好事!就此謝過!

A smal cut by a sharpened pencil at Ikea

A small cut by a sharpened pencil at Ikea

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滿 ~庭 ~芳 ~

蝸角虛名,蠅頭微利,算來著甚幹忙。
事皆前定,誰弱又誰強。
且趁閑身未老,須放我、些子疏狂。
百年裡,渾教是醉,三萬六千場。
思量,能幾許?憂愁風雨,一半相妨。
又何須抵死,說短論長。
幸對清風皓月,苔茵展、雲幕高張。
江南好,千鐘美酒,一曲《滿庭芳》。

《滿庭芳》﹣ 蘇軾

 

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迷失了哥哥的「港樂:光影留音張國榮」

今午突然雷暴警告,雖然有點殺風景,但又想或許是在哭哥哥罷,也無不可。撐著傘到文化中心,等待光影留音下的張國榮,回味他的過去。卻,哥哥竟被消失得無影無踪。

哥哥逝世十週年,重頭戲為本月三十一日及四月一日的演唱會及晚會,今日港樂演出為期兩日的「光影留音張國榮」我視為頭盤(因為無可能訂到主菜)。卻怎知,港樂的處理全然進退失據,音樂重編欠佳、影片剪輯無章、再加上任主持的陳雋騫胡言亂語,一個懷念張國榮的音樂會,卻竟不見哥哥影踪,你說這對哥迷來說,是不是太沉重?

話明係「光影留音」,整個演奏會中,竟只得零碎的電影片斷,還要是亂插播,除咗哥哥外,還有不少其他人尤其張曼玉的大特寫,與音樂主題極為不配,更時有時無,好不失望。

其實,回顧整個節目編排,我想起碼有碼三大缺失,至令效果欠佳:

一、全場歌曲編排(rundown)和重編,都由菲藉指揮家Gerard Salonga 負責,但明顯他少看張國榮電影更無聽其歌曲,了解度不夠,所以欠了張國榮應有的風韻,例如不覊、自信、深情等等等等。其實只要多看王家衛的哥哥電影(事實上節目內所播的皆盡是王大導的footage),都會有那種既接近又疏離,既深情又不覇的感覺。

而且,Salonga 的編曲十分傳統,與一般交響樂的編排方法無太大分別,這種傳統手法,與哥哥的離經叛道表演手法已經不協調,再加上其未能將各歌曲神緒放大,自不然平平無奇。你說是一般的電影歌曲演奏也可。我想,整體編 排欠佳,死穴在於Salonga不懂中文和對張認識不深,相信改由華人音樂家重新編曲將會更佳。若黄霑仍然在生固然好(他所填倩女幽魂的一絕,和其鬼才,都會令事情更接近完美),但若無人選,相信顧家輝或趙增熹都會是不錯的選擇。因為他們音樂造詣深厚,亦對張熟悉。

二、剛才提到影片雜亂無章,主要是剪片毫不認真,既不配合音樂剪裁,又求其了事。例如將春光乍洩毫無理念地分三個片段,安插在三首不同曲目上,只見混亂和曲目不清,自令欣賞者難以投入。特別是,為「光影留音」四字,重重的打了一巴!﹣ 光影不配,難以留音。

我想,或許是港樂太不重視影像,又或影片片段太過昂貴,但有心做事,就不能就其。找個有心的剪片,先聽樂曲演奏的新編排,重看所有在手的片段,找出個重點,對號剪出個故事來。就算難有故事,亦可以哥哥大頭為重點,製造一段段MV形式的配片,己經不俗,尤其王大導所有的footage,鏡頭超美,作MV十分理想。始終這場演奏,是為紀念張國榮而來,以他為主的MV仍十分貼切。

三、目前全場以電影歌曲為主,但偏偏無突出主題(即令人立時想起哥哥片內的造形或說話),又無影片配合,對懷念張國榮的主題便有所偏離了。我相信,首場入場聽眾,都不會記得所有演奏樂曲來自那場場景(尤其改編之後)。

由於相信不少買票人士,都以哥迷為主,其實港樂可考慮將上下場分為電影及流行曲兩部份,後者把張主唱的電影主題或配歌直接演奏,這樣入場人士的投入感將會更大,想起他的戲之餘,亦想起他的歌,演奏會將更貼題和表現更佳。

最後,當然問題還有那毫無準備,只看稿讀的主持陳先生了,若以錄制旁白代替,可能更好。

一場念記哥哥的音樂會,電雨的晚上,就這樣糟蹋了!

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Perhaps love

It’s already the third consecutive day that unbelievable stabbings happened to Hong Kong families making headlines that shocked local people.

On Friday, the Australian-educated younger son killed his parent and chopped them into pieces with assistance of his friend. He even has a ‘clear’ mind to fake a story telling his brother parent has gone China for holidays to hide the incident. To be more astonishing is that, he whatsapp-ed his online game friends about his plots and how to shut out nasty smell at the apartment.

One day after, another youngster, co-operated by his worshipper, stabbed his parent to one death one serious injured solely because they complained the duo too noisy in playing online games.

Two incidents already clouded the city and saddened us on why today’s family bonding has become so fragile and easily broken into bloodsheds. The west Kowloon incident happened today brought us to a further low as it seemed a woman killed a man before jumping from her apartment.

In our tradition, family always is our last resort and those that we treasure most. Because it must be love that two people vowed to live together, and have their offsprings to extend the feeling. It would be our castles that we trust and lean upon so we are strong to fight our life battles.

Why there’s the twist in these tragedies that children denied their parents’ love and become so demon putting them to death?

Perhaps the society now has too many discontent and unhappiness. We forgot how we could enjoy a joyful life just being passionate. Maybe we do not love enough to have patience, forgiveness, empathy and most of all – love!  We focus too much on our mischiefs but neglect what we have. Its same theory of the half glass empty without seeing it is also half full.

Maybe its time we refocus to the big love, looking at the society and difficulties from another angle. Perhaps Love will cure all.

May God bless this city, I pray.

十度以下

不知不覺,又終於到了冬天,預告又預告下,溫度又大幅下降,今個晚上,重新下試十度以下。十一點,黃大仙錄得只9.2度。

冷冷的天氣,最受罪的是鼻子,改善以來,在氣溫驟降下,敏感反應甚大。披衣再披衣後,再加個口罩,終於不再打噴嚏。

今天原本打算留在家慢活,卻怎知一個SYNC動作後,世界全然反轉,IPHONE癱瘓,IPAD SYNC 不了。望著電腦輕歎。致電蘋果熱線,竟然放公眾假期,立即上網訂分店技術諮詢。然後立即飛車過海銅鑼灣,當然之後得出結果係 ﹣ 無能為力。一來一回116,需時不過兩個小時,但問題則仍然未解決。唯一希望,現只剩下深水埗電腦公司,期望可以取回所有資料。

這幾個月,真的大部份電子產品都千瘡百孔,首部 IPAD 經過超過兩年後,自動CERTIFIED, 然後就到部IPHONE 4,在忘記將電話簿BACK UP 後,現時仍未重新與ITUNES 連結,電話簿命縣一線,IPHONE 自不然未能重生。

世界終結未終結後,竟然不斷降溫,愈來愈凍,無論是溫度,抑或是際遇。

既然冬天己經來到,想問 ﹣ 我的春天還會遠嗎?

Doomsday

Its been rumoring for year that today, according to Maya canlender, is the last day of the world. It stirs so many reports and discussion, but do you really believe it?

I always believe the world will end according to God’s will and we enter into a new world, but not that any date that we could speculate or make funs with. Doomsday has now become the talk of town and hotspot on every papers and online chatrooms, but what’s the meaning to us except to occupy some of our time and conversation without the need to have indepth thinking and reflection of our past deeds?

Doomsday, the end of the world, should be an important event we finally finish our present lives and enter into a well-prepared new world that God make for us. We no longer face sorrows, helpless, and sins but a promising happiness with God. Before that, we should reflect our past history, what we have done and any wrongdoings that we need to regrets and repentant.

We all are sinners as no one of us are perfect. We need to know our merits and demerits and how we could better ourselves. Believing in God does not make us perfect either, which on the other hand we would discover our imperfection and dark sides so we could beware and becoming good. Doomsday thus is the target we have to improve ourselves to meet God’s image and is the driver for us to become better.

However, the recent hot talk of Doomsday and focus all gone wrongly and lack of the real meanings. People are just making fun of it or use it as a tool to market their goods, products and programmes. So sad.

I don’t believe today would be final as God’s plan would not be that shallow and superficial. Our missions from Him have not been completed yet that we still have the runs to make.

Life will go on, for a better future. I do believe.

RIP

This month is a sad month as we said RIP more often than before.

Big names passed away made us sad, of course, but the hurt feeling cannot be comparable to when those that we love and those innocents who died of a sudden.

People dying young always make us so vulnerable. H’s departure was so typical, those little kids who died due to a gun attack in Newtown of United States was another depressing news that our emotion really can’t afford to bear.

We already find it hard to digest if someone you know died young. But how come anyone have such an evil mind could kill small lovely kids out of nothing? Did they really going nuts and not realize what they were doing?

RIP, rest in peace, all those passed away. Wish all such unhappiness and unwanted events would not be happening again.

The funeral

During the past weekend, I have attended an old friend’s funeral.

Its quite different from those funerals I had attended during my life. The funeral was conducted in a way normal Christian would have when they passed away. But it differed as its the saddest funeral I have attended so far. It also was inspiring to me as it reminded me of my older days and that I should prepare for my own funeral.

My friend died young, only at her golden year of 38. For the nearly 20 years that we have known each other, she always was the understanding and caring person. She’s not those kind of person that likes being loud and attention-seeking, but I am sure everyone won’t forget her.

I forgot how we met, whether we have been working at the same company or just because we worked in the same industry. We talked to each other irregularly, sharing friendly conversation and thoughts on our works. Then, she flied overseas to further studies before changing industry when back home. Then, was almost the same time she told me she was diagnosed breast cancer.

I never thought breast cancer could kill, as few people around me diagnosed same disease and got cured. But that happened differently on her. On and off, during our not frequent meetings, she told me it returned and had impacts on her health. She has been doing lots of exercises, cutting workload to reasonable level and maintained regular hours work times. She even changed to a part-timer despite she loved her work so much.

However, the illness has last year made her cut off from work completely when it became more severe. I was so careless then that I thought she’s strong enough and would once again fight a winning battle as what she had done a decade ago. I was wrong, and I lost the last chance to talk to her and telling her how I found her friendship heartwarming.

Her great personality and strong will to fight against sickness in order to fulfill her life was so impressing and that’s why we all were weeping, crying with reddened noses and swallen eyes at the funeral.

I never found any funeral that attendees were so uncontrollably sad and weeping was so audible. She was certainly missed by us for leaving us so soon. But her life attitude and love for all certainly will live within us for long long time.

I was engaged in reflecting how my encounters with her in the past and how I have changed. I believe I acted the most normal and older me when I was with her than with other people cause then I was the older self that was less skeptical and have more faith in people. Actually why and how I had changed? That, is what I need to found out and search for the better me from now and onwards.

Her funeral also reminded me I better prepare for my own funeral and notify necessary person who could help me to arrange a simple services that would do good to my family, relatives and friends.

Life never was a well-planned journey but we need to prepare ahead so it could be not forgotten and has its meaningful impact. My friend demonstrated me.

盤點 repost @ 2011

近數個月正在學習的功課,是點算、捨得和放下。

一月一遊,已成了我短期的不規則中的規則狀況。是get away 也是一個調劑,但從中卻發現了自已開始認真的去管轄自已的賬戶,不再花一些可省而不影響生活質素的使費。雖然有點縛手縛腳的,欠缺了以往「使咗先算」的舒暢,但同時也為自已不再受慾念束縛的第一步。

過去由於一直不太計較多花幾元,算了罷,使得來搵得番的心態,並沒有認真對待自已的賬簿。一個金錢管理頗成功的舊同事,曾建議每天為自已制訂一個支出賬,了解自已收支情況,從而令一些不必要和無謂的使費省去。只是,一直懶著,到現時才開始打算身體力行 — 當然仍然「唔湯唔水」。

近日,決定一個兩日一夜番禺長隆遊,因是額外的計劃,又先入為主是中國極短線團,所以沒打算大花費。其中,38港元的旅遊保險費,本來無所謂,但一想在美國運通一年千多元的全年旅遊保現時都用不了多次,點解仲額外買保險,決定省掉。

這決定,其實在過去未有出現過,很多時覺得唔係貴雙重保障,唔使煩…. (下刪一百字),就咁買咗。今次決定唔買,令我發現,雖然給人寒酸感受(其實唔應該),但是正確一步。

點算支出,除控管新簽開支外,還包括檢閱現有的定期使費,發現自已一直在重覆付費,經典的是上網費用。每月同時訂購網上行寬頻和everywhere 令我這部份月費高達800元或以上,但明明寬頻月費200多元,everywhere 也強調是200多元,最多為400-500元,點解現時竟然近千? 而且,router壞了,長期只用everywhere, 平白無辜用多了卻仍讓其流血。新近動作是,寬頻轉用一個只165元月費計劃,還包無限wifi屋內及屋外上網,希望屆時可以取消較貴的everywhere, 省掉起碼400元。

September 7, 2011

Kyoto Scenery

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