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Is it okay to eat pancakes for dinner? December 13, 2017

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I am going to add syrup, butter, whipped cream and honey too. Brown sugar sprinkled on top of the pancakes was caramelized before serving. 

The restaurant is Kua Aina at Mitsui Outlet Park in Linkou. We want to try something  other than Japanese Ramen, 牛丼, 滷肉飯,牛肉麪 or dumplings and Kua Aina looks good to us. 

It is busy but there is no line at the door. The restuarant is spacious. The selections are plentiful and, based on the picture on the wall, their hamburger looks good. Besides, we haven’t had french fries for a long time. On top of all these, they have pancakes.

Waitress station.

Menu. Burgers look good.

Syrup, butter, whipped cream and honey to top it off.

1/3 lb of meat. Tender, juicy, medium well, just the way I like it. French fries are crispy too. Bacon isn’t crispy enough. It seems to me that Taiwanese likes it this way.

Salas is ordinary.

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一江山戰役 December 12, 2017

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https://scout.com/military/warrior/Article/In-1955-America-Threatened-China-with-Nuclear-War-112125213

這篇文章中說到的海南島失守,一江山戰役和大陳島撤退都是我在幼稚園和剛開始上小學的時候發生的。除了從課本上學到的一點事蹟,我知道的不多。六十年以後來看這一段歷史,雖然它是一個外國作家用英文來寫的摘要,依然令我驚心動魄。

人類的歷史就是用一個個殘酷無情的戰爭和殺戮與千萬個士兵和無辜的百姓的白骨堆積起來的。你看看,”一將功成萬骨枯,古來征戰幾人還”是一個對人性多麼諷刺的寫照啊!

這個世界上,有多少人因為戰爭而喪失家園,流離失所,妻離子散,埋骨沙場。一江山戰役六十年後,現在的這個世界並沒有改變多少。戰爭和殺伐仍然在世界各地積極的進行中。

好在,中國現在雖然依舊一分二裂,大陸泱泱大國,氣運昌隆,台灣獨立無望,前途堪憂。和平統一仍然是很有希望的。

大陸和台灣,怎麼比? December 5, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Economics, Life in Taiwan, One Belt One Road, Taiwan, 台灣, 一帶一路, 中國.
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台南的朋友轉來的。在李敖的眼中,當年不可一世的台灣竟然淪落到現在這個地步,怎麼不讓人痛心呢?

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李敖抱病寫出的這一篇~

文:李敖

我不喜歡政治

但為台灣的同胞

以及下一代難過

請您思考下列這些事實

何以致之
大陸在上太空站對接

港澳珠跨海大橋通車

自建航母

自建五代戰機

整建南诲諸島

京廣高鐵下月通車

高鐵輸出印尼菲律賓

建設一帶一路

現在還再加一網

高鐵已通至歐洲及越南

現正研發時速六百公里

磁浮列車……

反觀台灣現況政府在做什麼好事:

致力同志婚姻合法化

倡言吸毒除罪化

一例一休

清算在野黨

打砍軍公教警消

拆故宫南院獸首

破壞孔廟古蹟

進口瘦肉精美牛

進口日本輻射產品……

連個賣蔬果的位置都要搶

島礁分不清楚

抱錯美國大腿

跪拜日本鬼神

滿口虛無口號

滿腦想著如何鬥爭

如何摧殘中國文化

咱們現今的政府何以淪落如此

台灣還有什麼前途和未來

更可怕的是

誤射了飛彈

竟然沒有一個大官下台…

死了一條狗

卻要部長三番兩次道歉

難怪找不到兵員

將帥無能累死三軍

霸凌…軍公教…

硬砍…勞工假…

弄垮…觀光業…

欺騙…空姐們…

亂鬥…反對黨…

空口…長照業…

自肥…同路人…

破壞…家庭制…

媚日…進核食…

機場…淹大水…

捷運…搞不好…

航運…撐不住…

兵源…誰要當…

當家…還鬧事…

經濟…直直落…

台電…送財團…

核電… 瞬間啟…

地價…漲不停…

台灣…沒希望…

罄竹難書啊!

等一下…

還有搞集體A錢8800億元

叫什麼前瞻基礎建設……

綁樁(債留子孫)

是要每一個人負債4萬元

為了台灣更好 

願意盡一己之力者

就廣傳出去吧!

再繼續讓這些媚日畜生亂搞

台灣人除了自求多福

真的要自作孽不可活呀!

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其實,我覺得中國做的遠不止上面所說的那些事情:

太空站的建立,登月計劃積極進行,火星計劃的推動,天體物理學的研究,超級計算機的突破,半導體芯片的製造,電子商業平台的普及,人體基因的發展,人工智能之應用,北斗衛星導航系統的成立,量子力學的基本發展,等等基礎科學和應用科學都在全面進行。

國家政治穩定,經濟欣欣向榮,國運繁榮興盛。政府按部就班爲國家和大多數的中國國民解決問題,企業創新突破努力不懈。雖然中國有許多問題,例如:環境污染,房價高漲,債臺高築,財經體系不夠健全,等等,可是政府與人民同心協力爲國家未來五年 ,十年的前途而努力。

台灣的現況卻正好相反:

台獨激進份子爲台灣獨立這個不可能實現的目標而違反民意倒行逆施。對大陸政策搖擺不定,人民意志被政客利用,國家前圖堪憂。

台灣政府和社會是民主政治的俘虜。國家政策和人民思想是電視名嘴的玩物。本末倒置,無法無天,一事無成。

環境保護團體激進的思想左右政府政策,島內公共設施無法正常實施。而卻對台灣嚴重的天氣污染現象無動於衷。

民進黨打擊國民黨,趕盡殺絕,置之於死地而無所不用其極。如今國民黨一敗塗地,一盤散沙,無財無勢,已經到山窮水盡的地步了。民進黨一黨專政,為所欲為,民主政治名存實亡已成事實了。

民進黨和國民黨的政客都爲個人的權力而鬥爭,爲黨四年以後執政而打擊對方。完全不爲國家的前途,不爲家庭的安康,不爲人民的幸福而努力。

勞工薪水停滯不前,平均薪水甚至已經回歸到15年前的水平。

大學畢業生只能領22K的薪水。年輕人對前途沒有信心。他們不敢結婚,不敢生子,以致台灣入口老化趨勢嚴重,長照問題無法解決。

當年首屈一指的工業,如今在世界上已經沒有任何競爭力。當年的盛況早已煙飛灰滅。那些工業無法轉型,回天乏術了。

新南向政策乃舊瓶裝舊酒,毫無創意,不切實際,推行至今一無是處,沒有任何成果。

島內電力不足,政府不顧夏天限電危機隨時可能發生,提倡全面停止核能發電,卻沒有解決電力不足的方法。

你說,這怎麽比?

Discrimination against Asians is ignored in the U.S. December 4, 2017

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I came upon this article while searching for “discrimination against Asians” on the web. The moment I saw the title of the article, I sensed a natural connection to the author’s observations. I later was surprised to learn that the author is an Asian (I guessed Chinese) man who was adopted as an infant boy by American white parents.

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/how-the-rules-of-racism-are-different-for-asian-americans/

Of course, his background and mine are different in many ways but the feeling of being discriminated against is probably the same. 

I knew from early on that, being an Asian in a white dominated soceity and working for a white-male dominated industry, I had to work hard just to get along and then move ahead. It fit perfectly with the unwritten rule the author said about Asians in America: pushing ourselves and our children harder to level the playing field. This was just the way it was for me back then and probably still is for many Asians in a country ruled by a white supremacist like Trump.

Fortunately, being in the field I was in, there were many foreigners with advanced degrees which made discrimination against Asians and foreigners, for that matter, less severe. 

I am very hopeful that with the dominance of America chipped away by a stronger and more determinant China, discrimination against Chinese in America will recede sooner than later. 

DAMPE & WIMPs December 2, 2017

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A pprobe detected a mysterious signal that physics can’t explain

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The spaceprobe entered the orbit in December 2015. It wss launched from the Jiuquan (酒泉) Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert (戈壁沙漠), about 820 miles northwest of Xi’an (西安). 

DAMPE stands for Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) while WIMPs are known as weakly interacting massive particles. The DAMPE spaceprobe was specifically designed to look for the indirect decay signal of the dark matter, the so-called WIMPs.

I don’t know that China is into this kind of research in astrophysics, the kind of research which doesn’t yield any immediate benefits, if ever, except advacing knowledge in space, time, and possibly the meaning of life and why we are here in this world.

This project will go on for 5 years.

Antonio, Macau November 30, 2017

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We came to Macau in early November to celebrate our birthdays which are four days apart. We stayed at Studio City casino because it was one of the newest casinos in the Taipa area. This island just south of the old Macau territory is where all the new casinos are. At least one more casino is close to completion less than a mile fron the Studio City casino.

Unfortunately, business at Studio City on this Tuesday was very light and I didn’t like any of the restaurants in the casino for our birthday celebration.

I found out on Yelp that (官也街) Guanye Street was an old district in Taipa where many shops have been doing business since the Qing Dynasty. 

We came here to visit the old streets 老街, to taste authentic portuguese food and to celebrate our birthdays. Two portuguese restaurants caught our attention: 

Cozinha Pinocchio Taipa, 木偶葡國餐廳

Antonio Macau

We picked Antonio Macau.

Asparagus soup. Creamy and smooth.

Super sauce. Some clams had small stones though.

A huge bowl of fish stew. Excellent.

The restaurant was quite small and we had to wait an hour to get a table. Antonio is okay but not great. Nonetheless, we had a good time.

Time waits for no one.

說得好 November 30, 2017

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台南的朋友寄來的。

不過真正需要內省的是民進黨。這些人,思想狹窄,爲他們的一己私利,陷台灣多數人民於不利。他們明知不可爲而為之,實在愚蠢之極。

The Mighty U.S. Aircraft Carrier is Dead November 29, 2017

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Face It: The Mighty U.S. Aircraft Carrier is Dead

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You read it right and I am not joking. 

Mr. Harry J. Kazianis said so. He is the director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest and executive editor of its publishing arm, The National Interest. 

China’s DF-21D (東風-21D 反艦中程彈道飛彈) is formidable. It is THE aircraft carrier killer because:;

  • DF-21D is mobile and can be lauched from a truck.
  • DF-21D is guided using radars, satellite networks (北斗衛星導航系統 BDS), and drones. 
  • DF-21D has two or three maneuverable warheads.
  • DF-21D can strike at speeds approaching Mach 12
  • DF-21D has a range of almost 2,000 miles. 
  • DF-21Ds have been deployed by China in 2009 and are fully operational, according to Pentagon source.

If you think DF-21D is very very bad for America’s carriers, DF-41 is highly deadly for the entire carrier fleet. Consider these:

  • 1st successful test: July 24, 2012.
  • Latest (8th) test: Nov. 5, 2017 when Trump was in Japan.
  • Up to 10 warheads.
  • Range: 8,750 miles.
  • Striking speed: 25 mach.
  • Can be deployed via railroad cars or trucks.

Are DF-21D, DF-41 and DF-5C capable of destroying America’s aircraft carriers? The real answe isn’t very important. As long as these missiles can keep the U.S. carriers away from Chinese coastline to render their short range fighter jets useless, the war against U.S. navy, if there ever is one, is already won. The best these carriers can do is serving as a mobile parking lot for the fighter jets.

Are the glory days of American aircraft carriers over? Maybe not. But, one thing is for sure, America’s aircraft carriers are definitely over the top. 

“生不逢時恨事多”是也。

One more thing about DF-21D: a sinking aircraft carrier carries with it 5,000+ soldiers and up to 100 fighter jets.

It takes only a hundread or so to deploy 10 or 20 DF-21D at the same time.

早飯,澳門新濠影匯,Studio City November 28, 2017

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我們在澳門住的新濠影匯酒店有免費早飯。其實,飯錢已經包括在房價裏面了。別以為你佔到什麼便宜,早飯不是免費的。實際上是自己吃自己的。

餐廳大門

餐館的設計是以五六十年代好萊塢電影和電影明星爲主題。餐廳裏面都是用老電影明星和老影片的海報做裝飾,非常特別,新穎。









看到這些掛在牆上的老電影海報,使我想起很久以前我們家的一半翻譯書。厚厚的一大本,裏面都是四,五十幾年前最紅的電影明星的相片,生平,簡介和他們的英文與中文名字。

有名的電影有:賓漢,亂世佳人(飄),慾望的街車,第凡内早餐,阿拉伯的勞倫斯,梅岡城故事,西城故事,等等。

漂亮的女明星有:奥黛麗赫本,費雯麗,葛麗泰嘉寶,英格麗褒曼,伊麗莎白泰勒,瑪麗蓮夢露,格蕾絲凱利,珍哈露,貝蒂戴維斯,朱迪加蘭,碧姬芭杜,拉娜透納,等等。

瀟灑的男明星有:亨弗利鲍嘉,葛雷哥萊畢克,東尼寇帝斯,克拉克蓋博,馬龍白蘭度,大衛尼文,尤伯連納,詹姆斯狄恩,李察波頓,查爾登希斯頓,等等。

著名的導演有:希區考克。






















各式各樣的中式早飯應有盡有。還有一位印度來的師傅專門做飛餅:香蕉,青蔥,奶油和原味的。另外一位師傅做麵粉,可惜我沒肚子吃,只有放棄。

餐廳的服務生工作勤勞,收盤子很勤快。我沒操作過餐廳的咖啡機,眼睛又看不清楚上面的小字,一個勁的在那裏張望,裏面的員工看到我在猶豫,馬上問我是不是要咖啡,問我要什麽樣的咖啡。來上海,台灣這麽久了,我早就學會了”美式咖啡,兩個奶精”了。

餐廳的生意並不是很好,早上只坐滿了五成左右。有一邊是不開放的。我們報了門號,小姐勾了我們的門號,還帶我們去裏面就坐。也免得我們亂坐。座位很多,很寬敞,拿菜的地方也不擠。東西出來的也很勤快。值得再去。希望它週末忙一些,不然生意太不好,就煞風景了。

Empty malls in America November 27, 2017

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http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2017/09/19/retail-apocalypse-20-big-retailers-closing-stores-in-2017.html

More than 6,700 retail stores in the U.S. have closed their doors in 2017 since January 1st, a new record.

The previous record was 6,163 store closings in 2008 during the financial crisis.

Source: Fox Business

Source: Business Insider

I couldn’t help but think what’s going to  happen to those people who used to work for these stores?

Did anyone bother to tell them that the headline unemployment rate, u3, is 4.1% in the U.S.?

The all encompassing u6 unemployment rate is 7.9% for October 2017. 

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