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21工坊手工涼麪 July 31, 2016

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昨晚在圓山飯店吃自助餐吃到飽,把個肚子吃的撐死了。今早本來要叫 room service 過個乾癮,想想還是不要的好。在房裏把剩下來的水果和蛋糕吃了,喝了不要錢(甜的要死)的咖啡,解決了一頓飯。沒花錢也沒多少卡路里。中午可以出去吃個清淡的中飯,跟昨天晚上吃的稍微平均一下。

圓山飯店每二十分鍾有 shuttle bus 送旅館的客人去圓山捷運站。我們坐十二點的 shuttle bus去捷運站。同行的一共二,三十個人,把個不大的巴士擠的滿滿的。大概五分鐘後,就到了。

下了巴士往捷運站走,沒幾步路就看到這家麪店。門口有幾個人往裏面張望。我們被他的名字吸引住了:21工坊天然手工冷麵。21工坊我不知道什麽意思,不過天然我懂,手工我知道,冷麵夏天吃正正好。


冷麵味道可以,花生味道的。有點酸。梅子泡菜我不喜歡可是又說不上來為什麼。可能是酸過頭了,有點嗆。味增湯裏面有豆腐,包心菜和幾片蘿蔔。香腸倒是不錯:一點都不油,味道清淡,肉也沒有筋,沒有碎骨頭。最重要的是它完全沒有夜市香腸那種一面吃,一面滴油的情景。

及格了。下次太熱時可以再來。

XBOX ONE – Taipei 地下街 July 30, 2016

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Lots of peoole watching them dance 阿龍with the moves by the dancer in XBOX ONE.

Apparently they work for the store selling XBOX in one of Taipei’s underground Promenades. 

That big person in the middle is a guy in blonde wig.

名字不見了 July 30, 2016

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前年五月此店中

塗鴉刨冰一般红

塗鴉不知何處去

刨冰依舊笑冬風

前幾天來西門町看熱鬧,走著走著就到這家冰果店。本打算進去吃一碗芒果冰,看看我們以前留下來的名字是不是還在牆上。沒想到接連兩個旅行團來到這裏,一下子就是三四十個人,把整個冰店擠的水洩不通。我們等了二十分鍾,等這些觀光客走了才進去。

沒想到,牆上的名字全都不見了。老闆把樓上的牆壁重新粉刷了一遍。以前的牆壁已經被客人寫的體無完膚,連一點空白的地方都找不到了。

我們5/5/2014在牆角寫的名字當然也不見了。夥計跟我們說老闆最近重新粉刷過的牆壁不能寫任何字,不過地下室的牆壁還是歡迎客人塗鴉,寫上個人的名字。

5/5/2014于西門町三兄妹冰果店

名字不見了 July 30, 2016

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去年三月此店中

塗鴉刨冰一般红

塗鴉不知何處去

刨冰依舊笑冬風

前幾天來西門町看熱鬧,走著走著就到這家冰果店。本打算進去吃一碗芒果冰,看看我們以前留下來的名字是不是還在牆上。沒想到接連兩個旅行團來到這裏,一下子就是三四十個人,把整個冰店擠的水洩不通。我們等了二十分鍾,等這些觀光客走了才進去。

沒想到,牆上的名字全都不見了。老闆把樓上的牆壁重新粉刷了一遍。以前的牆壁已經被客人寫的體無完膚,連一點空白的地方都找不到了。

我們5/5/2014在牆角寫的名字當然也不見了。夥計跟我們說老闆最近重新粉刷過的牆壁不能寫任何字,不過地下室的牆壁還是歡迎客人塗鴉,寫上個人的名字。

5/5/2014于西門町三兄妹冰果店

好多人 July 30, 2016

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台北市悶熱,87°F,humidity:77%。台北市地下街變成避暑聖地。

禮拜六下午三點半,台北市地下街,between Y9 and Y11。

老婆不見了。她早已在茫茫的人海之中消失。鞋子:NT$200。女人衣服:NT$250。皮包:打五折,買千再送百。

她受不了誘惑。我擔心箱子裝不下。

鶴立雞群 July 29, 2016

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我第一次看到東方明珠是在它剛蓋好沒多久。那時候,觀江大道還沒有開始蓋。我站在外灘,就在它的對面,一眼看過去覺得它好醜。

我的第一感覺是:

“怎麼這個’塔’一點中國味都沒有。中國的中央政府怎麽會批准這樣的建築物蓋在怎麼重要的地方?真是奇怪。”

可是每一次我們來上海,總要抽空來外灘和對面的濱江大道走一走。到现在已經不下十幾二十次了。當年,浦東那邊還沒有太多的高樓大廈。東方明珠的兩邊都是不太高,也不太起眼的樓房。二十幾年後,大樓蓋的一棟比一棟高,蓋的一棟比一棟好看。東方明珠兩邊都蓋滿了樓房,一直往黃浦江的上下游蓋出去。

記得我一九八五年聖誕節的前幾天第一次來上海。飛機下降時是晚上八點半左右。我從飛機上往下看,上海烏漆嗎黑的一片。整個上海沒幾盏灯。第二天去外灘。站在破破爛爛的堤防上看浦東,浦東還是一片平地呢。誰知道,短短的三十年竟然有這麽大的改變。歎為觀止,歎為觀止啊!

現在再來看東方明珠,它還是跟邊上的高樓大廈不對稱,可是看習慣了,它也沒有那麽’醜’了。多看幾次,反而覺得它有’鶴立雞群’的樣子。不過這個’鶴立雞群’的’鶴’快要被邊上的’雞’比下去了!

The ‘World Order’ is no more July 29, 2016

Posted by hslu in China, Cold War, Debt and deficit, Economics, Energy, Global Affair, Islam, Liberal Media, Middle East, Military, Muslim, Oil, Putin, Taxes, US Government.
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DC think tank(s.) The White House. The Department of Defense. The Department of State. The CIA. The FBI. The HSA. The Federal Reserve and its regional banks. The Wall Street. The liberal media. And, last but not the least, the Hollywood.

These are the major players in the United States which have established ‘The World Order‘ as we have known for the past 70 years.

Their sidekicks are IMF, The World Bank. The Asian Development Bank. Saudi Arabia. The EU. And the United Nation.

For a while, about 4 years, give or tske a few months, the American independent shale frackers tried to wrestle the control of crude oil market away from the major Middle East oil producers and Russia. They had their moments. But, they failed miserablly. 

The ‘World Order’ that every countries in the world have suffered for so long is no more. The ‘World Order’ which has carefully cultivated by the U.S. has begun to crumble from its root: the enormous U.S. national debt, the ever increasing personal debt, the hatred towards America from some people in the world, the safety of its people, the wealth gap, the great revession and the slow death of its industrial and manufacture sectors. The booming sectors, such as high tech, are great for some and for the GDP. But they only benefit a few. And many of them come from foreign countries.

Slowly, America is losing its long term allies. Egypt, Saudi, Turkey and many South American countries come to mind. Even England moved against the U.S. olicy in some areas of the world afair. American foreign policies are not producing what it were indended to achieve. ‘Nations Building’ efforts have become sink holes of American tax money with disastrous outcomes. The American military machine has wasted trillion of tax money with nothing to show for, except 10 aircraft carriers saling around the world for the sack of projecting the mighty American power to its enemies. Terror attacks have wrecked havoc to the stability of Americans’ daily lives. . The discremination against blacks and Muslims are threatening to tear the society from the inside out. Entitlement and welfare benefits have become a financial burden to people who pay into the federal income tax system.

America is, nonetheless, picking up new fights first against Russia and then China; dubbed the ‘New Cold War’ (by me) which forces these two nations to become economical and military allies against a common enemy, namely the U.S.

Now this (South China Sea arbitration) came along on July 12, 2016 but it didn’t produce the desired outcome for Phillippines. It made Phillippines realized that it has been played by the American foreign policy machine all along.

Source: 多維新聞網頁

America’s decline has begun. The ‘World Order’ established by America and its benefits, such as U.S. dollar being the world’s reserve currency, are slowly fading away.

No one knows the outcome and no one knows the timing of existing ‘World Order’s’ demise.

Many people are watching. I am too.

欣葉日本料理,信義商圈,台北 II July 28, 2016

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甜點非常多,還有專人做crepe。只可惜吃到甜點已經力不從心,心有餘而力不足了。只有几点的那幾樣點綴點綴。

欣葉日本料理品質超高,用料新鮮,服務周到,擺設整齊,價錢非常公道。不過忙的時候,人擠人,來來往往川流不息,拿菜的地方還需要排隊。

不過,說真的,如果你的肚子裝的下,又喜歡吃海鮮,那欣葉是一個值得一來再來的餐館。不過不要來的太勤快,腰圍繼續增加也不是一個好現象。適可而止,可也。

欣葉日本料理,信義商圈,台北 Part I July 28, 2016

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每次去’吃到飽’都會感到内疚。只怪自己肚子吃到撐了才知道停下來。

我們室內設計師的公司在台北信義商圈附近。我們和他們開會以後,慢慢的逛到台北101附近時,已經四點半了。又快要吃飯了。

吃了幾天的美食廣場,今天換個地方吧。欣葉台菜海鮮吃到飽看起來還不錯,價錢也合理。就它吧。免得餓著肚子到處找。

我們先定了位,六點半來的時候,這個可以坐三,四百人的餐廳已經坐了六成的客人了。可見這個餐館受人喜愛的程度。餐館的裝潢大方,位子排的擠了點。不過客人來欣葉是盡其能耐吃到吃不下為止,而不是來欣賞餐廳的情調的。大方可以了。拿菜的地方不算很大,分好幾個區,每人各取所好,儘量拿,沒人管你。開放式的廚房就在後面。裏面好多個廚師在忙。三百多人同時吃飯,夠他們忙的了。

過沒多久,餐廳就坐满了。拿菜的地方也開始排隊了。我們慢慢的吃,儘量找好吃的撿,每次只拿一點點,不好看的不吃。少肉,少鹽,少油,少炸是不變的規矩。

日本料理海鮮多,看起來新鮮,做的也夠精緻,許多菜的味道也可以。專門有人看著的牛肉卻咬都咬不動,跟輪胎底差不多。不要錢的酒,沒什麼酒味。啤酒一杯都沒喝,怕漲壞了肚子,吃不下飯,還要跑廁所。

餐廳的服務員忙得不可開交,光收盤子就夠他們忙的了。好在其他的都是客人自己來,服務差一點沒什麽關系。反正又不是來享受超級服務的。

在浦東吃滷肉飯 July 28, 2016

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臺灣話叫滷肉飯’LO BA BEN’。正大廣場樓下的美食街有一家臺灣來的滷肉飯。他自己的招牌上說自己是’了不起的滷肉飯’。試試看,看它有什麼了不起的。

了不起的滷肉飯果真不錯,肉沒有切碎,看起來比較多,只是我覺得豬油多了點。蒸蛋還可以,可是不夠熱。牛肉麪看起來比吃起來好吃。麵Q可是牛肉湯不夠好,牛肉火候不夠,吃在嘴里就覺得差了一點。配菜一般,沒有什麽特別。

看來我們一陣子不會去了。