Thursday, September 29, 2016

家香茶室

我们听说家香茶室好久了,这次终于找了个好借口,大伙儿约定了一个周末,大老远的到Pulau Betong吃海鲜去。

浮罗山背Pulau Betong淳朴渔村


由于听闻他们可以代客煮海鲜,停了车,我们立刻兴致勃勃地往渔民停泊的地方奔去。去了才发觉我们当中没有选海鲜高手,大家有点儿不知所措,最后决定回到家香茶室直接点菜就是了。

家香茶室就是左边那家小店


由于是在渔村,我在开车往Pulau Betong的路上就一直想着煎炸小鱼,可惜家香老板说当天没小鱼,我们最后乖乖点了一尾红鱼。我想吃lala、balitong之类的蚌类也没了,下次真的得提早到达。

由于有孕妇同行(再加上我们超级懒惰),蟹我们可不点了。而同行的又胃口不大,最后我们海鲜倒吃得不多,带着少少遗憾,改天带几个大吃王来弥补。

吃海鲜嘛,只要新鲜必然好吃。而我们千里迢迢来到渔村吃,新鲜是必然的,也没必要大肆称赞。反正,简简单单地蒸了最好吃。豆豉排骨是他们周日才作的小菜,汁拿来淋饭好开胃。

家香豆腐 - RM9

Salumi - RM8 

红鱼江山美人 - RM40

大虾蒸酒 - RM50

甘香苏东 - RM25

豆豉排骨 - RM20

是不是值得千里迢迢到这儿吃呢?这有点儿见仁见智。食物的确价廉物美,但不至于叫人销魂难忘。然而,我自小被爸爸训练成爱“趴趴走”,我享受“觅食”的感觉,也爱这种乡趣环境。久久来一次还真无妨。

(许多人没吃过salumi,我们那天在家香也讨论了许久。这是我家传统菜肴,一直以来我们都管这叫sailumi,问妈妈华语叫什么总免不了要被骂的“sailumi就sailumi啦,我哪里知道”。由于要写这部落格,我就依据娘惹语言上的思路,google了sayur rumi,还真给我找着。据说英文叫Pigwort Watercress,也不知真假,真叫人抓狂)


Jia Siang Cafe 家香茶室
321 MK7 Pulau Betong
11020 Balik Pulau
Penang
Tel: 019 – 746 8465 / 019 – 764 5116

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

守宫木

我三姨家种了好大一棵的马尼菜(我们一直都叫马尼菜,这称呼应该是源自sayur manis吧,以前住在怡保时邻居总叫这树仔菜。Google了一下,发觉原来中文名字真好听,叫守宫木,有点儿像武侠小说里的名称)

这很好种,三姨拿来的马尼菜我们把叶子取了,茎直接往土里插(种在大盆里),十天后就开始长嫩叶了。长了嫩叶我们才把它移到篱笆外,任它日晒雨淋。

十天后,长嫩叶了


一个月以内叶子都长得挺茂盛了。
一个月后


插枝后的七个星期,我们决定开张,剪了一些马尼菜配板面。自己家里种的,没化学加工品,现摘现吃,好鲜甜!



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

悠然而往

一晃,一个月过去了。千般滋味、万般感触都已沉淀。十六年岁月浓缩成一滴眼泪,在生命的湖泊中甚至翻不起一阵涟漪……该在生命中留下的珍贵都留下了,该在生命中遗忘的也没记起了……


朋友们问,在做些什么呢?我总答不上来。“悠然而往,悠然而来而已矣。” 算不算答案?只能说我渴望不惑,却一直还在寻觅。而立都还有距离,从心所欲简直遥不可及。

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Only Conclusion Was Love

Amy and Sheldon have been the most interesting couple on The Big Bang Theory. They are both outcasts, both awkward. These two outcasts continue to build a life together, find solace in each other, and they can at least rely on each other.
From defining Amy as a girl who is his friend but not his girlfriend, to the relationship of the minds, Sheldon finally evolved into someone that actually involved in a romantic relationship.


1) Sheldon Cooper kisses Amy Farrah-Fowler.
Sheldon Cooper kisses Amy Farrah-Fowler.
On the lips.
And likes it.

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik acting are always fun to watch when the writers decided to show some softer side of Sheldon and Amy. In this episode, I love how Sheldon kiss with Amy initially "came out of anger" and enjoyed it once he got there. I also love how Amy doesn't know what to do or prefer not to do anything with her hands.
The kiss was only made better when Sheldon asked Amy to go with him to see the train's engineer. He finally noticed that she is as important to him as his other interests, and he wanted to share them with her.


Sheldon kisses Amy



2) Sheldon says I love you to Amy
Here was how Dr. Sheldon Cooper first told his girlfriend that he loves her.
“There’s no denying I have feelings for you that can’t be explained in any other way,” he said. “I briefly considered that I had a brain parasite, but that seems even more far-fetched. The only conclusion was love.”
This confession was so shocking, coming from Sheldon. Sheldon doesn't say what he doesn't mean. The fact that Sheldon finally could recognize that he loves Amy is another milestone in his crusade of ever becoming a better partner for her.


I love you too




3) Sheldon bought the perfect gift
Like I said earlier, Sheldon always give the most enthralling and tantalizing gifts, even when he was trying to 'seek revenge against his girlfriend'. His plan was to surprise her with the gift and make her feel guilty for not getting him anything. "I hope you treasure this as much as I treasure you."

It has to be perfect



4) Sheldon and Amy announce they are getting a turtle
Sheldon and Amy hold hands to announce some significant news! Break out the champagne and congratulate the happy couple—Sheldon and Amy are getting a turtle! “We care so much about each other, there’s enough left over for an eight ounce reptile.”


Who would’ve thought you two would be the first in our group to start a family



5) Our kids will be Martians
Sheldon was applying to be one of the first people to colonize Mars but he neglected to tell Amy about his application. Amy told him that what she wants is “for us to be planning our future together.” Ultimately, Sheldon got the hint that Amy is hurt and they gently found a way to work through it and talked about their future together.


If I'm going to a barren, lifeless planet, I want you there with me



6) Shamy's Fort
Sheldon and Amy building a fort together on date night, doing what they can to counteract the years of neglect they suffered as kids. And to our surprise, Sheldon suggested they suspend the date night parameters so Amy can stay later. Amy negotiated a sleepover, and she got a G-rated sleepover!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Paradigm Altered

We finally see more of the softer side of Sheldon when Sheldon and Amy finally started their "relationship of the minds". Throughout this boyfriend / girlfriend relationship, Sheldon showed small gestures from time to time, progressed really slowly, and I found that sweet and heartwarming. I love how the writers are trying to find a logical, yet organic way to develop this weird little romance.


1) I would not object to us no longer characterizing you as not my girlfriend

Sheldon asks Amy to be his girlfriend


Relationship Agreement



2) The Tiara!!!
Sheldon and Amy encountered their first problem in their boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. When Amy got upset after Sheldon showed no reaction to her article making the cover of a prestigious journal, he turned to Leonard and Penny for advice on how to be a better boyfriend.


The Tiara!



3) Amy's Campaign
Amy has embarked on a campaign to increase Sheldon's feelings for her. Their "romantic dinner" was a unique and successful one, at least for Amy. However, my favorite part is when Sheldon confessed to Leonard that he was having affectionate feelings for her and kept thinking about her at inappropriate times. The way Sheldon explained how the random particles morphed into Amy's dandruff on her slightly humped shoulders is just sweet. 


Shamy's Romantic Dinner

Sheldon engages in the tradition of whining about his woman 



4) Sheldon holds Amy's hand
Perhaps the greatest leap forward in Sheldon's willingness to show his softer, more emotional side to Amy is when he voluntarily, without any prior prompt from Amy, held Amy's hand while Howard's Soyuz capsule was being launched into space.


Sheldon holds Amy's hand



5) Sheldon romantic speech to Amy
Of course Sheldon will express his feelings this way. I can imagine him feeling awkward, don't know how to express the feelings that are new to him, and opted for hiding behind the Spiderman and gave that touching speech. The strength of Jim Parsons as an actor makes his words believable.


Sheldon romantic speech



6) Sheldon taking care of Amy
Many people like this episode because of the hint of "kinkiness" but I like the fact that Sheldon did it because “I made a commitment in writing to comfort you in times like this. And additionally, you are my girlfriend and I care about your well-being.” Sheldon doing almost anything that is justified in the name of science or reason. In that case, she was sick enough that she needed to be bathed; she needed to have something rubbed on her bare chest. (by the way, the bloopers from this episode are really cute)


Sheldon taking care of Amy

Jim and Mayim Bloopers - TBBT Season 6



7) Amy is now comfort to Sheldon
Initially the pair took on more of an academic, personal relationship than a romantic relationship, gradually, the barriers started to drop, as Sheldon overcame his touch aversion. And before Sheldon noticed, Amy has become a comfort to him. Sheldon needed to be held and consoled by Amy when he is very upset about Kripke

Sheldon needed a hug



8) Amy is Sheldon's emergency contact
Sheldon always give the most enthralling and tantalizing gifts. Even before he started to really show some effort in being romantic in later seasons, he already showed his potential in gifts giving in Season 6 Valentine's Day episode. Amy is now his emergency point of contact at the university. (Well, I thought, if I have a stroke or a kidney stone, who would I want to share that with?)


Amy and Sheldon's Valentine's Gifts



9) Sheldon reveals if he will ever sleep with Amy
This is one of my favorite scene (both story wise and acting wise). I was shocked and thrilled to hear Sheldon admits that he is quite fond of Amy, that he’s working on his lifelong aversion to the physical contact that comes naturally to others, and that potentially, somewhere down the line, he could see himself actually sleeping with Amy. Sheldon’s honest admission shows that he may not always realize when he’s doing/saying something wrong but he is working on improving himself. Amy and Sheldon both give just as much to their relationship, they just do it in different ways.


It's a possibility



10) Love Spell
This is a lovely episode which managed to address character dynamics in believable fashion while throwing us the usual geeky entertainment with style.
Sheldon and Amy got physical in the context of Dungeons and Dragons. What maybe is a small step to other people, is as big of a step to these characters. Sheldon and Amy's frank discussion of what their relationship is illustrated that progress beautifully. Amy understands Sheldon. Sometimes she does want more from him but she also understands why their relationship is what it currently is. Despite Sheldon's issues, Sheldon gets Amy. While their progress toward intimacy has been moving at an incredibly slow pace, progress has been made—which shows that Sheldon is trying and that he does truly care about her.


Keep rolling


条纹十二卷抽花剑

八月三十日发现我家条纹十二卷抽花剑了,小小一朵在中央,很清秀可爱。



六天后抽得老高了,还没开花。


到了九月十一日,发觉它还开叉呢。


到了九月十八日,我开始觉得它有点儿不受控制了。花剑长得东歪西倒的,不靠墙都站不住了。


条纹十二卷的花儿小小的,秀气呢!

Friday, September 23, 2016

悟空

看“中国新歌声”,听见单良在盲选时的“悟空”,觉得他完全唱不出这首曲子的内涵,于是我又上网把戴荃给找出来了。

在中国好声音第二季时,庾澄庆组的《妹妹你大胆地往前走》已经让我喜欢上戴荃(那时好像没看过他的盲选,到了PK赛才见到戴荃,哈林选了蘑菇兄弟,我好庆幸汪峰把戴荃给救了)。

到了“中国好歌曲”,这‘大师兄’简直就叫人惊艳了!《悟空》的歌词对人物刻画和角度不太一样,很特别,而且他不仅仅是把戏曲的腔调揉进了歌里,还把戏剧惯有的曲折冲突体现在歌词上,很叫人震撼。“叫一声佛祖,回头无岸”,听得我泪都流了……

这一棒,叫你灰飞烟灭。

他音乐底子好,文化底蕴深厚,最重要是他对于自己的文化和音乐有着浓浓感情。在大家都哈日哈韩、崇拜西方文化的世界里,中文流行乐坛上需要这样一号人物。



《悟空》
原唱:戴荃 
填词:戴荃
谱曲:戴荃
编曲:戴荃


月溅星河,长路漫漫,
风烟残尽,独影阑珊;
谁叫我身手不凡,谁让我爱恨两难,
到后来,肝肠寸断。

幻世当空,恩怨休怀,
舍悟离迷,六尘不改;
且怒且悲且狂哉,是人是鬼是妖怪,
不过是,心有魔债。

叫一声佛祖,回头无岸,
跪一人为师,生死无关;
善恶浮世真假界,尘缘散聚不分明,
难断!

我要这铁棒有何用,
我有这变化又如何;
还是不安,还是氐惆,
金箍当头,欲说还休。

我要这铁棒醉舞魔,
我有这变化乱迷浊;
踏碎灵霄,放肆桀骜,
世恶道险,终究难逃。
这一棒,叫你灰飞烟灭。

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gurney Bay

相对来说,Gurney Bay Island Seafood 是槟岛一家较新的餐厅,我一直想去尝尝但总没法成行。最近较有空,有好多理由到处吃吃走走。结果,一个月内,我去了三次。



餐厅设计简单,过了入口的小桥流水,就进入摆设海产、河产的区域。廉价的、昂贵的、稀有的、普通的,反正就是形形色色。如果你来的是海鲜大排档营业时间,那服务员就会在这里给你介绍并点菜。







进入餐厅,则是开阔的半露天设计。白天来全是自然光,多好。


穿过餐厅,可以到达沙滩。渔船很多,幸运的还可以看见渔夫归来。我特幸运,还碰上老天把苍穹染紫,还没开始吃晚餐心情已经特佳了。




我个人觉得海鲜大排档价钱公道,食物也都不错。我尝过了一些比较平凡的菜色,发觉他们肯下料,所以都简单得来又好吃。比较稀有的海鲜也点过了,(有些还真是只有在这家见过)都物有所值。
(不好意思,许多菜肴名称都忘了,价钱更记不起,就写一些我还记得的吧)

咸蛋菇(对不起,菜肴名字忘了) - RM24

咸蛋虾(对不起,菜肴名字和价钱都忘了)

芥蓝两味(对不起,价钱忘了)

蛋蒸濑尿虾(对不起,价钱忘了)

由于我难以遏制的好奇心,我点了多宝鱼。(目前特惠:6只鲍鱼+1只1.2kg多宝鱼共RM268,我们有七个人,多要一只鲍鱼,多加RM19.80。)我孤陋寡闻,第一吃多宝鱼,肉质鲜嫩,连啃鱼头都啃得好开心。
南非鲍鱼

清蒸多宝鱼

我们也点了法国面包蟹,约1.2kg左右的吧,好像是RM168左右。蟹脚都拿去煮咖喱(配炸馒头),蟹身拿去蒸蛋。我比较喜欢蒸蛋的口味,蟹膏好多,淡淡清香。




吃晚餐时发觉它也做广式早餐,于是又找机会来这儿叹早茶。(梹城人周末很迟起身,我们九点多到达,餐厅内相当冷清,到了十点多就差不多满座了。)环境很好呢,吹着海风,慢慢叹。点心都不贵,蒸的、炸的都好吃,只有包类水准惨不忍睹,叉烧包、流沙包都啃个半条命。以梹城的点心水准来说,这家算不错了。




特惠:烧卖一笼RM0.80




广式点心营业时间:6:30am ~ 2:00pm
海鲜大排档营业时间:11:00am ~ 12:00am
地址:82, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang
电话:04-2288168

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

我看Stranger Things

我最近有点儿闲,但我还是尽我所能避开电视连续剧。我怕自己上瘾,然后一发不可收拾(如The Big Bang Theory),叫我自己郁闷。

可是我最近还是看了两部,一是Master of None(才5小时,甭怕!),另一部就是Stranger Things了。



我第一次看见Stranger Things的poster,我就有想看这部电视剧的冲动了。虽然我对它一无所知,但那海报有种熟悉的八十年代的味道……

那,最后,我怎么会下定决心看这部电视剧并喜欢上它呢?

第一:只有八集
小舅到我家,我问他看了Stranger Things吗?他说好看!才八集。正合我意,不就是我八小时的人生嘛。不怕挥霍掉。而且,看完了这电视剧后,发觉八集刚刚好。这种supernatural的故事,太长就有点儿拖泥带水了。

第二:八十年代
八十年代初的浪漫以及Steven Spielberg式的天真单纯是我的死穴。戏里浓浓的八十年代怀旧情意结是我的死穴。而这剧从小孩的视觉出发,唤醒了我们孩提时对未知的强烈好奇心。那,是我的八十年代。

第三:一流选角
除了让Winona Ryder勾起我们的八十年代记忆,他们还找了一班很棒的演员,特别还有几个出众的童星。(你看他们几个小瓜怎么在Emmy ’16里抢尽镜头就知道什么叫魅力了)
我最爱小胖Dustin(Gaten Matarazzo饰演)。有时候很害怕童星长大,但是我们看着他在戏里渐渐发育变声,可爱不减。小瓜大有来头,从舞台剧出生,演Les Misérables呢!我忍不住,follow了他的Instagram
Finn WolfhardCaleb McLaughlinNoah Schnapp也都很棒。不知道以后会不会像Stand by Me的演员们一样,叫人一见就想起童年。

第四:Eleven
更重要的是,我们现在认识了Millie Bobby Brown。这小妹妹再次肯定了我一向来的看法:演技和明星魅力是可以与生俱来的。戏里她只有几句对白,可是她深度地表达了悲伤、恐惧、疑惑、爱、对友情的渴望,让我们随着她的情绪起伏屏息紧张轻叹……

第五:娓娓道来(别怕,我的部落格不会有spoilers)
故事叙述倒也没有辜负一流选角。作为悬疑剧,气氛营造得很好。因为是从小孩的观点出发,所以观众很容易被带入其中。老实说,我个人觉得故事多多少少有点儿空洞,欠观众太多解释(可能他们早决定要拍续集)。但是,作为娱乐节目,这剧的叙述法值得我花上八个小时。

 

只是哦,对于Stranger Things还有续集,我真的有所保留。好莱坞总是贪得无厌,不懂得见好就收,因而毁了好多好戏。以前Heroes叫我惊艳万分(Sylar还是我心目中电视史上最有型的反派!),然后越拍越不像样,像Sheldon所说:“Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season till we were grateful it ended.”;我再爱24,也就看到season 5就放弃了;当我觉得Prison Break概念不错想要开始看时,一听主角逃狱了四次(共四个seasons)我就没兴趣了。

希望好莱坞别毁了Stranger Things。

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Master of None



I have no idea who Aziz Ansari is when I decided to watch Master of None. Now I completed watching all his shows on Netflix Malaysia.

I didn't know anything about the show either. I was expecting for a lighthearted goofy comedy, but it turns out to be more of a drama with some comedic elements. All ten episodes are basically short films of themselves, bringing largely unaddressed issues of sex and race into a mainstream comedy. 

I binged this 5 hours show in one evening! It is entertaining, and at the same time, thought-provoking to me.

If you read the synopsis, it says it follows a 30-year-old actor who has trouble making decisions, navigates life in New York City. You change the age and city, this synopsis is applicable to everyone of us. At least, it fits me well. "Jack of all trades, master of none". That's me! Approaching 40 and I still haven't figured out anything about myself, not to mention Dharma.

Dev’s dad sums up what may be the greatest blessing but also the biggest curse Dev and all of us face: “You realize fun is a new thing, right? Fun is a luxury only your generation really has!”

(One of my favorite episode, "Parents" won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 68th annual Emmy Awards.)