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Leave for the memories

A couple of hundred young engineers met me in 2005 in Beijing. The expectations were high: they needed to grow up fast to take on intense and difficult software development projects, working for leadership positins that were 16 hours away … Continue reading

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台灣罵

打開台灣電視,所謂新聞節目,就是一小時的罵!罵得狠,罵的絕,就有人稱快。於是各台分邊,輪流開罵。選舉後,馬英九成了過街老鼠,所有人罵的最佳標的。慘哪! 台灣有複雜的中國情結。老蔣時代,培育了對立仇恨,美麗島造就了獨立的激情。以前他們是"水深火熱中的大陸同胞"。今天是我們一步步的被邊緣化,眼看就要被經濟統一了。台灣像是小時候的模範生,長大了發現吊尾巴的留級生混的比自己好一萬倍。見面時太太尷尬,無法面對。兩千萬人中一半"寧死不屈"不為五斗米折腰,另一半想他們是白癡。 台灣還有許多可愛的地方:精緻的文化,禮貌的百姓,溫曛的服務,一流的高等教育。錢是跟人的,戰略地位,也是人做出來的。台灣的罩門是分歧:南北,藍綠,世代,府院,獨統,窮富,官商。其實分歧是人的本性,舉世皆然,只要協商而不對立,不同的意見是正向的。 協商的基礎是信任。下次碰到個"對方",別開罵,想想他們的觀點,有商量的餘地嗎?罵只是一時之快,只有破壞性。再罵,這島就沒了!

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再遊蘇州

好些年前來蘇州過,重點是貝律銘設計的博物館,稱是一代大師的閉門作. 幾個園林古鎮當然也看了. 感覺蘇州是個可順道一遊的地方,而不是個重點目的地. 從南京去上海,不如加一站蘇州,頗理想的. 夏天的蘇州,中午時無風酷熱,汗流不停. 過一陣子清風帶著雨意吹來, 然後一劈雷,大雨傾盆. 我搶著雨前晃逛完了平江路. 說來也頗豐盛,先吃個臭豆腐,逛了”耦園”,吃個小吃午飯,再聽聽”彈唱博物館”的節目. 跳上個公交車,一路回酒店. 先沖個涼,再看窗外雨景. 彈唱博物館的巷口有個小吃叫”弄堂口”,居然有自釀黑啤,來了一扎,配上小籠包. 一人邊吃邊看鄰座遊人. 也自得其樂. 博物館今天的節目是說書,我興匆匆買張”狀元座”,結果是蘇州話,我一字聽不懂. 但是發現看他說書也很有娛樂性. 表情豐富,語調上下,不時還離座手腳表演一下. 我傻瓜聽書,還邊聽邊笑呢! 在耦園看到個對聯,上聯”耦園住佳耦”,下聯”城曲築詩城”,橫批”枕波雙隱”. 這多幸福啊! 這園是清朝個按察使修的. 一宅二園,故名”耦”. 出差行程中多了一天,在蘇州晃晃. 決定正確!

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于記杏仁豆腐

台北信義區,新光三越A11地下館B2. 聽說有其他分店. 他的杏仁豆腐雪花冰.一絕! 聽說他將杏仁豆腐凍成冰,再刨成雪花.碗底為其他配料. 這冰入口軟軟涼涼的,沒有一般刨冰的尖刺. 雪白帶點甜,可愛又可口. 看官們如到附近,不彷試試.

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The Right Not to Buy.

Ding Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) is a world-famous restaurant chain with a humble beginning not too far from where I lived in Taipei. Over the past several decades, they have opened dozens of branches all over the world. Chinese, and foreigners … Continue reading

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Food Scare in Taiwan

The news industry in Taiwan is beyond sensationalism. For an island of 20 millions or so population, there are nearly a dozen news TV channels and half a dozen newspapers. The competition for eyeballs has been a blood sport. As … Continue reading

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Only in China!

ChengDu’s summer can be scorching. Temperature can reach 100°F (40°C). As a Seattle resident who’s used to much milder weather, I cannot really imagine living here without air conditioning. Even for local that commute with a scooter, that blazing sun … Continue reading

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台北的小籠包

August 30th, 2013 居然四天吃了四次小籠包. 客戶請吃鼎泰豐,這當然是經典之作. 還請人加了一整碗的薑絲. 小心夾起,一口咬破,湯汁溢出,滿口香氣. 餡,皮,醋,薑,混在一起. 太棒了. 鼎泰豐台北有好幾家,世界各角落也都有. 品質一致. 實數難得. 第二天晚上沒事,信步走到中正紀念堂後,看到杭州小籠包. 這家兒時騎著車來,坐在矮凳子上,來上兩籠,吃完走路,不當回事. 現在好像是個觀光景點了. 也好,等了個桌子(30分鐘),點上一籠,加幾個小菜,蒸臭豆腐是必然的. 吃的不亦樂乎. 口味好極了,但是懷舊的喜悅更高些. 下個晚上在喜來登的請客樓請客,又是江浙菜,看到小籠包,心頭一動,來PK吧. 小龍包的口味不錯,但醋太酸,整個平衡就不對了. 吃完略帶失望. 最後一天,誤了中飯,剛好不遠,就殺去了點水樓南京東路的旗艦店. 既已PK,當然點小籠包. 一包入口,長嘆一聲. 台北人實在太幸福了,區然能有如此美味. 這店還不用排隊,走進來點了就吃. 小籠包難吃的到處都是,這四家平心而論都好吃:包小,皮薄,餡香,汁多. 如果我想吃小籠包,這四家都是上上選. 今天我以老饕心評比: 杭州小籠口味好,性價比第一. 點水樓和鼎泰豐不相上下. 請客樓就點別的菜吧. 後記: 中秋前,鼎泰豐做芝麻酥餅.別忘了點.

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What to do in Taipei?

So you are stopping by Taipei for whatever reasons and need to kill time. You heard that this is a vibrant city that offers many, many fun activities. The problem is that you don’t know any of them. Here are … Continue reading

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Superpower Chess Game

Let’s see, Xi JingPing and Barrack Obama met in Sunnylands, California, early June 7th. Months prior, all major news media berated China for all kinds of cyber criminal activities: piracy, hacking, spying, and downright stealing US’s advanced defense technologies. Move … Continue reading

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