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平反六四 – 多倫多 89 – 64 = 25週年紀念

2014 年平反六四主題毋忘六四存真相  薪傳火種待黎明

2014年6月1日 ** RAIN or SHINE * 風雨不改 **

7 pm: 在中國總領事館前遊行集會(240 St. George Street)

8 pm: U of T 多倫多大學校園六四紀念碑前燭光晚會(Hart House)。

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1 comment May 28, 2014

平反六四 – 多倫多 “六四”24週年紀念

多倫多“六四”24週年紀念活動通知:
2013年6月2日 ** RAIN or SHINE * 風雨不改 **
7 pm: 在中國總領事館前遊行集會(240 St. George Street)
8 pm: U of T 多倫多大學校園六四紀念碑前燭光晚會(Hart House)。

Add a comment June 2, 2013

KLM Crown Lounge at Pearson

Wow all the years of points-collecting finally turned out sweetly:  a Cathay Pacific business-class flight out from Toronto to Hong Kong!  But this post is not about the fancy business-class seat, meal choices, entertainment system  or treatment.  It’s about the KLM Crown Lounge.

Mine was a red-eye flight, boarding at around 1 am.  Nothing opens at the check-in hour (3 hours before the flight); let alone the boarding hour.  Knowing that business-class passengers get complimentary access to lounges, I researched a bit on the business lounges at Pearson before heading to the airport.  First I landed here .  Oooh… it closes at 10:30 pm…  no….  Then I looked further  and found that Cathay Pacific uses the KLM Crown lounge at Pearson.  Read some dated reviews and then I dialed my expectations way low.

Upon check-in, we got vouchers to the KLM Crown Lounge.

The place is small, with some very 90’s furniture.  It has about 30 tables scattered in a L-shaped space.  It provides a limited varieties of newspaper and magazines.  There weren’t too many people there then, so air was ok, tho I probably would not object if someone claimed that it’s stuffy when packed.   There is also free internet / wi-fi access tho speed is slow.  Now, food and drinks.  Hey, it’s more than just pretzels.  It has cup noodle, soup, PF cookies, party-mix snack, toast, mini pastries/quiche, Chinese-style dim sum, fruit etc.  As for drinks, it has beer, wine and liquor, coffee and tea (above par selection), soft drinks, juices, water etc.

Being able to wait comfortably in this lounge at this hour prior to the boarding was a bliss.

Not the fanciest business-class lounges Cathay Pacific employs for sure, and compare to the ones at HK International Airport, this may be considered on the pale end, but it’s not the worst for sure, and it does not suck.

Add a comment February 5, 2013

想推”國教”?

想推”國教”?

Well… how about taking care of all these first:

  • 真平反六四,
  • 真通捉並嚴懲: 豆腐渣工程 & “自殺&包庇自殺”李旺陽的人,
  • 廢一孩政策,
  • 除一黨覇權,
  • 肅官僚貪污,
  • 尊重新聞&言論&集會&人身自由,
  • 真維護人權,
  • 真愛公民,
  • 不做洗腦動作,
  • 不將公民做棋子,

然後先講啦…

否則,

  • 有人維權, 說真話, 黨(“這國”)說他們擾亂社會秩序, 又要軟禁, 又要拉, 又要睡棺材倉,
  • 有BB還沒有出生要死, 有谷姓女子謀殺又可以不用死 (not that I favour life-sentence),

請問叫人如何去愛”這國”?

想洗人腦,教人閉上眼睛去信去愛”這國”?   No way.

Add a comment September 24, 2012

Triple Chocolate Ice-cream

What’s your ideal “triple chocolate ice-cream”?

Mine is a toss up between:

Yay) Dark chocolate ice-cream + hazelnut choco swirl + bittersweet choco thins

Wow) Dark chocolate ice-cream + dark choco swirl + bittersweet choco flakes

Yours?

Add a comment November 7, 2010

Happy 12th Anniversary

Celebration rundown:

Sunday worship.  MacD’s breakfast.  Grocery shopping @ No Frills.  YE accounting.  Leftover homemade cake (Ginseng flavour!) high tea.  More YE accounting.  Vote Yes to Park Shin Yang’s comeback drama.   Fuel.   Korean + Sushi take out dinner.  (No dessert!) In His Love.   鄭秀文’s 不要驚動愛情.  Blogging!

Happy 12th Anniversary, My Love.   Many more happy years to come.  🙂

Add a comment September 20, 2010

Memorizing Passwords

We type our passwords in so many places nowaways.  At work – different systems and if you’re lucky enough to have a SSO environment, you only have one password to remember.  Otherwise, you easily have to type a handful different passwords each day for a number of times.  At home – email, social website, banking, online shopping, watching dramas, newsgroups, forums etc etc etc. 

Question:  what part of your body contributes in the memorization of passwords?

Would your answers be…

The brain.

Genius.

Anything else?  Is that it?

If I tell you:  your fingers.  Would you laugh at me?

Yea, right.

Fingers?  Really?

Try this.  Pick a password that normally takes you both hands to type.

Now try to type it using only one finger, e.g. your right index finger.

Feel the difference.  If you’re like me, you may feel that you almost can’t do it properly.  Alzheimer’s??

Do you agree that fingers play a major role in tthe memorization of your passwords now?

Certainly.  The exact sequence and combination of movements of the fingers are part of the memorization.  It is because you type these passwords over and over again, the sequences and combination of these movements are registered (conditioned) in the brain as part of the password. To the brain, a password is more than just letters / numbers / signs.   These muscle movements reinforce the memorization.  If you take away this condition (the muscle movements), your brain has less hints and you’ll feel that it takes more effort to type the password properly.

Add a comment August 13, 2010

UN-Happy Customer = Never-Again Customer

Hubby had his annual body check this morning (Sat) at 9:30 am. 

On the annual body check day, if possible, the annoying, unavoidable and logical task is to wait long at the lab for blood drawn.  (We usually make that appointment on weekend morning.)  We are drilled.  Hence we had a little plan.

This lab opens at 9 am when the med building opens.  We’ve seen mobs waiting before 9 am, and as soon as the security guard unlocks the door, the mob would rush in and run towards the lab (on the second floor) – and forget about who waited first outside the building door.

So this morning when we arrived at the med building, at around 9:15am, I went to the lab to get tickets  (for myself and Hubby), and Hubby went to pick up newspaper, and we would meet at the doctor’s office.

I got tickets 36 and 37.   The display on the wall in the lab showed “16” (i.e. they had just served the owner of ticket #16) .  There were about 30 people waiting inside and outside the lab. 

At around 10:15 am, after Hubby’s done and had the checklist for blood test, we went to the lab.  The wall display showed “34”.  Hey, that’s not bad at all – we’re 36 and 37 – perfect timing.  I thought we’re ok (you know that means we’re not ok – don’t you…).  The next ticket available from the dispenser was 68.  A lady who walked into the lab after us took a ticket from the dispenser and told us (out of kindness), “You need to take a ticket…”   We replied we already had tickets.  Then we heard the call-out for “29”…  “30”.   “How come the technicians advanced the display to “34” but they’re only serving ’29’, ’30’ “, I asked myself.  Anyhow, we started digging into the newspaper.  Then after a short while, I heard “44”… “45”.  Then I walked to the reception desk and showed one of the two technicians my ticket “36” and said, “Excuse me, I am ’36’ “.  One technician gave me her bitter stare and topped that up with an attituded speech, “You took the ticket and RAN AWAY!!  (Paused.)  Now get a ticket and GET IN LINE again!” 

I was totally shocked.  I wasn’t shocked that our little plan didn’t work out tho I was disappointed.  I was shocked because according to the display, I thought they were serving “34” so I thought we’re ok.  If the display were showing “43” as it should have been, then we would just (sigh and) take two tickets and wait.  I was more than shocked she gave me that glare and lectured me.  Then I took two tickets and sat down.  “N” minutes elapsed.  I told Hubby, “Let’s go.  I don’t want to wait here.”  Then he said, “Good idea!  Let’s go.  Why waited so long; I read some articles already.”  I didn’t want to act impulsively.  I was also “cooling my mind off”.  As we walked out, I trashed those two tickets and threw that into the garbage bin.

For lucky Ontarians, fees for most lab tests are covered in the health plan (OHIP).  A blood test “costs” Ontarians “nothing” (coz the fees come from our provincial taxes).  Tho it’s convenient to have all these tasks done on the same location the same day, as an Ontarian, I have my freedom to go to any lab and get my blood test done.  I told Hubby, “Why should I give them business if they scold me?!” 

Spare me that “monopoly” attitude.

Of course, the down side of this walk-out means we have to “fast” again for the next blood test, and have to find another weekend morning to go to another lab.  But I feel much better with the new plan.

Did you read the subject of this post?

2 comments July 31, 2010

3 messages on Canada Day

Today is Canada’s 143th birthday.  I just watched the Queen and the PM celebrating the birthday at the Parliament in Ottawa on TV.  Her Majesty looked gorgeous – love that red dress!  My Mom would second me, I am sure.

My 3 messages today:

1) Tho only a drop in the bucket, I’ll do part to make this country:  The True North, Strong and Free

2) I am still mourning on the passing of young Korean actor and singer Park Yong Ha in his prime age of 33 – I’ll pray for the bereaved family and friends;  and I’ll continue to support Park Shin Yang, until the day he returns to the k-drama world

3) I love my family.   Yes you, dear

Happy Canada Day!

Add a comment July 1, 2010

平反六四 – JUNE 4, 2010

On June 4, 2010 (Friday), the Toronto Association for Democracy in China will hold its annual vigil to commemorate the Tiananmen Massacre happened on June 4, 1989, 21 years ago.

多倫多紀念「六四」21周年遊行集會及燭光悼念晚會

** RAIN or SHINE * 風雨不改 **

6:30 pm – Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto 中國駐多倫多總領館 240 St. George Street (between Bloor and Bernard (3 blocks north of Bloor) ** St. George Street is between Avenue Road and Spadina Road; don’t confuse it with “George Street” which is also down town)

遊行 Walk to Hart House of the University of Toronto

7:30 pm – Candle-light vigil before the Tiananmen Memorial, Hart House Circle 多倫多大學校園Hart House Circle的六四紀念碑

If you can read Chinese, kindly refer to this Sing Tao article for details.

平反六四 . 毋忘89.06.04

2 comments June 3, 2010

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