15 Apr 2017

花見 ~ 満開


Einer Bekannter war letze Woche in Japan zum einer Urlaub und hatte mir ein Foto des schöneste Sakura schicken.

Was für eine Bekannte.

24 Mar 2017

尊王公镇茶山

尊王公镇茶山是戏说台湾尊王公系列的故事之一。故事中的林老爷凭着碧观音的秘方而成富甲一方的茶商。少年时的林老爷某一天在街上看见已有青梅竹马的吴丽卿而强娶她为正室。之后又娶了细姨月英,并产一子世华。虽已有二妻,林老爷仍要娶个三姨太入门,并到尊王公庙请神观礼。尊王公赐林老爷签警告林老爷若执意出门娶三姨太,将面临家破人亡的结果。

铁齿的林老爷一意孤行。正室,细姨与儿子迎来的却是一个自称是三姨太的年轻女子玉琴和一具三姨太称是林老爷的无头尸体。三姨太自称林老爷临终前让她成为林家的掌家, 并泡了碧观音逼吴丽卿让她入门掌家。

私通王管家的月英怀了王管家的孩子,唆使王管家偷玉琴的碧观音秘方。被玉琴发现的王管家为了保护月英跳井自杀。王老爷突然返家。除了世华,林家没人肯忍林老爷。林老爷被玉琴当成疯子关进柴房,面对尊王公神像忏悔。月英与林老爷串通毒死玉琴。放鞭炮庆祝的吴丽卿告诉林老爷与月琴他们将亲生女儿害死。

原来当年月英生下的是女儿。为了自己在林家的地位让王管家偷龙转凤,并把自己的女儿扔在荒郊野外。水伯经过将女婴包走抚养。几年后,吴丽卿与青梅竹马乘林老爷不在家时幽会被月英撞见通报林老爷抓奸。吴丽卿的青梅竹马为了保护吴丽卿自称是他对吴丽卿无理并跳井自杀。水伯带着一个小女孩见吴丽卿。原来吴丽卿的青梅竹马是水伯的儿子。水伯与吴丽卿于是利用小女孩报复林老爷。这个小女孩就是玉琴。

故事的结局就是玉琴没死,该忏悔的人忏悔,该放下仇恨原谅的人放下仇恨原谅,一家团圆皆大欢喜。




虽然故事结尾是皆大欢喜,我却相当震荡。不知到编剧是否把这故事定在某个年代,日据时代或日据时代之前。总之,故事里的年代法律应该不发达。家里有人跳井,林家却不用报官。林老爷和月英涉嫌毒害玉琴忏悔后也没事。以今日的法律来看不可思议。

故事简直是旧社会女性的悲歌。吴丽卿被迫嫁给一个她不爱的男人,不断吃堕胎药拒绝怀林家骨肉来抗议林老爷,伤神又伤身。虽然林老爷抓奸在床,却因为爱她而没休妻并告诫下人不可将事情说出去,吴丽卿仍然因爱人被迫跳井自杀而耿耿于怀,酝酿了长达二十年的复仇计划。月英名义上是林老爷的细姨,实际上只是林老爷传宗接代的工具。怀孕后,林老爷不再在她房里过夜了。丈夫没死,不得宠的月英却守活寡。之后,月英接受王管家的爱,还怀了他的孩子。道德的束缚使她面对被浸猪笼的命运。玉琴虽是林家千金,却因母亲的自保行为而被遗弃,还被大娘当成复仇工具对付她的亲生父母,差点儿被自己的亲生父母毒死。

25 Feb 2017

ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神

第一次入住ホテルマイステイズ旗下的饭店,想说天神一带购物吃饭的选择应该不少。没想到挑的这家ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神不太好找。在天神地下铁问了职员ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神该往几号出口,他说四号。拖着行李找到四号出口。天啊!是阶梯!辗转到三号出口有电梯,到路面时费了好一些功夫才找到ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神,在一条小巷子后。

因为费了好一些时间找ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神,差一点就赶不上从博多出发的Aso Boy!了。

ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神的双人房空间相当不错,有够地方将行李箱打开。玄关处有个小空间放了张小桌,小桌上有烧水壶,绿茶和马克杯。虽然想喝水时得走几步路,我还是挺喜欢这个补水空间。


浴室罕见地采用两盏荧光灯,第一次用上这么明亮的饭店浴室,给ホテルマイステイズ福岡天神打分!洗手盆不知为何是橙色的。第一次住入没有浴帽,梳子的饭店。这些都要在一楼自取。咖啡也在一楼自取,稍嫌麻烦。

18 Feb 2017

ハイアット リージェンシー 福岡

This is the 2nd time I stayed at a Hyatt Regency, the previous time being at Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

Average rate for a weekday room at Hyatt Regency Fukuoka with breakfast thrown in is about 27,000 yen, slightly cheaper than what I remember was the rate at Hyatt Regency Kyoto.

Despite both being Hyatt Regency hotels, the one in Kyoto and Fukuoka were quite different.

The room in Kyoto was huge, and so was the bath room, cleverly separated into bath, toilet and wash basin areas.

The Fukuoka hotel seems to have been another hotel previously, as the room was much smaller and the bathroom was what was common in business hotels.  I would have expected a proper sink with vanity table from a Hyatt Regency hotel.

Room amentities, such as tea and coffee, and toiletries were not as impressive as those at the Kyoto hotel.  The furniture seemed a little dated as well.  Which was rather disappointing.

Service however was good, with a staff bringing over a luggage trolley to bring my bags and showed me to my room.  That was really appreciated after I got a bit disorientated trying to find my way to the hotel in the dark, and with google map obviously not indicating that a landmark building I was looking out for was hidden being scaffolds.



11 Feb 2017

Eating onboard China Airlines

Flew China Airlines in January and Febraury, and had a chance to try different menus from four different caterers. 

The first meal was an early lunch, with 2 choices of mains.  Seafood noodles or rice with chicken.

The seafood noodles was quite a misnomer, with sweet and sour fish being the only seafood, and with a rather fishy smell at that.  The portion of vegetables was rather generous.  Appetizer was some sliced meat with cucumbers, not very inspiring.  The bun came nice and warm and melted the butter very quickly.

The rice with chicken was not awesomely good, but at least it did not have the fish smell of the mis-named seafood noodles.  Despite being an in-flight meal, seasoning was used rather sparingly, so the meal was neither too salty nor sweet.  Kudos to Caterer No.1 for being health conscious.


A very early dinner was served with sauteed pork with rice or 三宝饭.

Again the mains were easy on the palate, but it was quite obvious that the previous meal and this were prepared by different caterers, because the amount of meat and vegetables and rice were totally different.  Caterer No.1 believed in less carbohydrates and more greens and was generous with protein while Caterer No.2 decided that passengers should eat more rice, less meat, and vegetables are just an afternoon.

Appetizer was a slice of rather pale ham with cucumbers, and there was no cake this time.  Instead there was a taiwanese treat of date cake wrapped in edible rice paper.


This was 三宝饭, but I counted only sliced duck and sausages.  Perhaps that little stalk of vegetable counted as a 宝 too.  I wished the Caterer had been more generous with the duck because it was tasty and unusual to have duck in a economy class meal.


Caterer No.3 was Japanese, so the cooking was more Japanese, in terms of the dessert - tea mousse and soft sweet roll.  Mains were seafood pasta and rice with chicken.

This seafood pasta was a real seafood pasta, with prawns, squid rings and many small scallops bathed in tomato pesto on penne which surprise surprise was still al denta for me despite being a reheated meal.  I previously had penne on another carrier which was soft and too soggy for my liking.

Appetizer was small cubes of ham with 春雨, a 和风 appetizer.  The tea mousse was not very good, and I could not taste if it was red tea or black tea.


The rice was chicken was not as good as the seafood pasta, especially the rice, which somehow did not even have the right moisture consistency as those combini bentos.


Caterer No.4 was not as good with pasta compared to Caterer No.3, but did a better job with the rice.

Mains were a choice of chicken pasta and spiced fish rice.

The mains seem a litte smaller in portion compared to the previous three meals and appetizer was the same sliced ham as Caterer No.2 had provided.

Caterer No.4 was also not so into vegetables, because why did pumpkin had to be cubed into such small cubes?!

Dessert was interesting a biscuit-like thing with black sesame seeds with some frosting such that it resembled a picture of 阿里山.

Perhaps next time I should ask the stewardesses where these interesting desserts can be bought.



30 Dec 2016

鹿港一日游

我在旅游展碰到彰化县政府城市与观光发展处行销推广科的徐秀芳,跟她说我想到彰化的鹿港和八卦 山大佛,她向我推荐一个新的项目:鹿港老街店办的印象鹿港一日游。行程看起来不错:龙山寺,天 后宫,摸乳巷,桂花巷,DIY 体验,午餐。鹿港我是一定要去,既然有导游,我就给负责人发了电邮调 时间报名。负责人还很热心地替我找到从台中后车站有一趟车直达鹿港。

鹿港一日游那天我铁齿地坚持要搭彰化的台湾好行到鹿港。于是到台中高铁站搭乘首班八点出发的台 湾好行。我就不信巴士在起点出发会误点。结果八点的台湾好行很争气地准时到站出发。不知何故, 巴士进入彰化后开始误点。却也没堵车。若巴士没误点,我应该会有十分钟的时间在集合时间之前可 以 消耗。眼看时间已过九点还没到鹿港,我担心负责人以为我是 no-show。

建议#1:自己开车进鹿港,时间上可以比较好掌控。我不知到是不是彰化客运的车 suspension 不好, 还是空调不好。每每搭乘后觉得五脏六腑颠得让人难受。而且自己开车的好处就是买了东西可以放在 车内,不用领着到处走。 

找到集合地点,是什(人两)漉饼行(原玉珍斋第四代黄森荣第二子黄一(木羽)的店)。饼行的门 市应该是老房子,是不是古厝不晓得。因为已经迟到,导游已经准备就绪,不好意思要求探索饼行。 正式出发前,先为骑 U-Bike 补一下:一份绿豆糕,一口酥及中国茶的点心 (残念地没有凤眼糕)。 我不太吃这种咬一口就象粉一样散开的东西。什(人两)漉饼行的绿豆糕和一口酥不错吃,甜度也适 中,是个不错的拌手礼。因为要骑 U-Bike 怕回到彰化车站之前糕点都震成粉,只好作罢。午餐之后下 雨,越下越大,也就没绕回饼行买拌手礼。残念。


骑着 U-Bike 跟着导游出发到龙山寺,中途停下介绍了意楼,然后在龙山寺介绍地很细很细很细。我参 加的团,从来没有一个导游或地陪介绍庙宇介绍的这么细。我第一次这么了解一座庙的结构,第一次 发现窗花的秘密。导游不愧是在地人。一开始我其实没太听得进导游在说什么。因为被他浓厚的泉州 乡音打败了。导游看起来三、四十岁,不符合我心目中说华语会有这么重的乡音的年龄层。从导游讲 解的内容,觉得他资历应该不浅。难得的是,他不像一些资历深的导游一样油,喜欢讲一些有的没的 或没哩头的笑话,有时候还瞎掰。




U-Bike 不难骑,在马路上骑却有点儿怕怕,尤其是横过车道时。实际上我心里挺担心的,感觉上却觉 得司机们好像知道我初次在鹿港马路上骑 U-Bike 而刻意放慢速度让我横过车道。在桂花巷旁归还 UBike 的我松了一口气,因为雨开始大了,骑 U-Bike 有点儿不方便,在雨中我的骑车速度更慢。

现桂花巷艺术村前身是日治时期的日式宿舍群,经整修后为工艺家的工作室兼展场,游客可以在这里 体验各项传统艺术如书法,替剑狮上色等。有点儿好笑,我一直把剑狮与安平画等号。去安平时没计 划要 DIY 替剑狮上色,没想到来到鹿港竟还有机会接触剑狮。桂花巷艺术村现在很有生气,文化气息 很棒。我觉得有点儿残念的是没保留一间日治时期的日式宿舍的原貌作为鹿港日治时期展馆。作为 “二鹿”的鹿港日治时期是怎么样的,我还挺想了解的,却没时间好好问一下导游。


午餐在什(人两)漉饼行自家的叁楼吃

午餐后就是鹿港另一重点 天后宫。因为早上在龙山寺时有用心听导游讲课,所以在天后宫很快进入状 态欣赏三川殿的石窗透雕,龙虎石雕等。最重要还是能亲眼看见妈祖神像。


跟着导游走了一下鹿港老街,摸乳巷,看了半边井,十宜楼和意楼。也让导游教我如何分辨古厝是哪 一个朝代建的。因为时间的关系,残念的只能走马看花地逛鹿港老街,没机会进入任何老街的店。我 还满好奇老街店的内部得构造。下着雨的鹿港老街逛起来也有点儿热。


建议#2: 勤看天气预报,挑个天气好的周末到鹿港。不知到平日的鹿港老街是否所有的店都开门营业。 我周末去,店家都营业,人潮也多,气氛不错,就嫌下雨。 

什(人两)漉饼行办的鹿港一日游真的办的不错。导游挑对了,游客是很受益的。这次鹿港一日游增 长了不少见识,唯一残念的是因为天气和搭公交的缘故,什么手信都没买着

23 Dec 2016

铜锣一日游:苗栗客家文化园区与客家大院

纯粹只是想到客家大院看看。上谷歌地图确认客家大院的所在地,发现不太远处有个苗栗客家文化园区。点击苗栗客家文化园区的网址,发现是客家委员会客家文化发展中心所办。应该是个新景点。根据网站上的资料,苗栗园区有八个特展室还有餐厅,应该可以合并客家大院做个铜锣客家文化一日游。随后我发现,很贴心啊,苗栗客家文化园区暂不收入门费,还有免费接驳车,那到客家大院的交通费就省下来了。这么贴心,我原本以为苗栗客家文化园区一定不怎么样,要不,何必免入门费又有免费接驳车?免费接驳车还可以载我到三义呢。

我在铜锣下车时原本有点不爽。我从台中上车,台中的热不是开玩笑的。问了铜锣火车站的职员免费接驳车点在哪里,他说到交通灯下等。步出铜锣车站到交通灯,铜锣是凉爽的!心情顿时开朗起来。等了一下,接驳车来了。


到了苗栗客家文化园区,开始下小雨,苗栗客家文化园区正好可以避一下雨。就不知道午餐怎么办。反正来了就看看了解一下客家文化。到了询问处领了一份导缆图,发现苗栗客家文化园区还挺大的,可以在餐厅吃午餐。


离开时在询问处填了意见问卷。我劈头说“苗栗客家文化园区的网站有点对不起苗栗客家文化园区。我原本想看的重点是客家大院,但是苗栗客家文化园区太好玩了,我在苗栗客家文化园区比原计想花的时间多了四倍!”。



苗栗客家文化园区不只通过平面海报介绍客家人在台湾的历史、现状,也有很多可以互动的展品,如扫描QR码可以变装各款客家服饰,客家花布伞照相,照相点也非常多。我还发现N年前我看的“美乐加油!”有客家元素。美乐的角色含有客家妇女克勤克俭、坚韧不拔的美德。依稀记得“美乐加油!”有看见桐花、客家花布。

午餐点了客家(米反)条,梅干扣肉,客家擂茶,客家麻薯。第一次吃客家(米反)条,还是淋咖喱的,有点象カレーうどん的感觉。(米反)条象是粗了两、三倍的(米果)条,咬劲较好。客家擂茶和客家麻薯我之前在别处吃过。感觉普普。这的客家擂茶和客家麻薯有一种说不出的自然香气,让我体会越吃越顺口这句台语的意思。我一般不吃梅干扣肉,嫌它死咸。这的梅干扣肉梅干不会死咸,反而有一种淡淡的茶香,扣肉几乎入口即化。如果2014年在冲绳Peace Memorial Park吃的沖縄そば的扣肉是第一名,这的扣肉就是第二名了。真想不到梅干扣肉也可以是好吃的。

姑且不论苗栗客家文化园区收不收入门费,我觉得它办得非常认真、有诚意。在苗栗客家文化园区我看见很多三代同堂,也看见很多年纪二、三十岁的人来苗栗客家文化园区认识客家文化。离开苗栗客家文化园区时发现停车场满满的,车子多到得停在路边两旁。有些收入门费的类似景点不见得办的有苗栗客家文化园区出色。唯小小的残念就是苗栗客家文化园区的卖场没有用客家花布制成的文创品。

虽然离开苗栗客家文化园区时下着雨,还是决定续程前往客家大院。接驳车运将还是早上那一位。下车时司机说回程时可以在土地公庙避雨,看到车来才过马路 (回程的车站在对面马路,无遮顶)。贴心的司机!

客家大院其实是在苗栗桐花公园内。谷歌地图中看不出客家大院其实就在苗栗桐花公园内。因为下着越来越大的雨,所以不太有耐心逛苗栗桐花公园,尽量直奔能避雨的客家大院。我原以为游人会部多,想不到挺多人不畏风雨来到客家大院,其中不乏外国人。客家大院规模比苗栗客家文化园区,展品也少的多。想要较深入认识客家文化,我觉得苗栗客家文化园区是比较好的选择。客家大院比较象是辅助景点。