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The Happy Ending

If you want half
they’re all yours
as am I
three little words
to wake your smile
and a kiss
from this would-be prince

Better the memories… 19 more words

Omakase

Pollen

This post is more than a year overdue, but we enjoyed our meal so much at Pollen, I felt like I had to post it anyway. 130 more words

Food

Sinfonia

Pugs and wolls have been busy with life, and the backlog of food we ate was too fast and furious for updates. wolls also went to eat lots of very very good food in many foreign countries travelling by herself on many short trips over a few months, but the thought of sorting the photos and uploading them and writing about them is too tiresome and then she procrastinated too much.  370 more words

Food

[Restaurant Review] Tachi

I went Downtown today to celebrate an anniversary with my boyfriend.  Before heading to Toronto, my colleague warned me about the recent shootings and told me to be careful.  794 more words

Food

BianTou 扁头 @ Hsinchu

Hsinchu is the semiconductor capital of the world – over 60% of all chips were made here. As a result, it made millionaires and billionaires of many of these techies working here. 458 more words

Good Eats

鄉里

六月中去美國Cornell開會,之後在Manhattan留了三星期。除了和LPH去吃好東西外,也沒有甚麼特別的地方了。感覺年紀越大,越是多事要處理,越是少心情去閒逛。世界杯期間就更糟了--雖然老實說,因為興趣不是太大,也因為其他原因,其實沒有看過甚麼比賽。幸運的是德國早早出局時我不在德國,不然的話我怕我忍不住大事慶祝,會惹怒MPI的某些人……

有時情願躲在LPH家裏一邊喝凍凍的盒裝檸檬茶,一邊看日劇《Unnatural》好了。不過我還是有克制的,沒有在美國完成,回到MPI後才看最後三集。石原聰美真的很美唷!上網看她之前的作品,雖然是同一個人演,但因為造型、談吐、化粧,好似變咗另一個人(例如在《真.哥斯拉》,演的是一個American born Japanese,那個粧就真的和我見到美國出生的Asian粧很似)。後來看到粧是她自己化的,務求要完美配合角色設定。這功力真的利害。有空的話再談談《Unnatural》這日劇。

但真的沒有怎樣認真逛過。最特別的是某晚搭錯車,去了Harlem附近的一個車站,等坐回頭車時,周圍的氣氛令我步步為營。也別拿紐約跟”in the middle of nowhere”去比較了,單單在Manhattan裏面,也有截然不同的地區。有時我想,在這樣一個分化大的國家,「民主」究竟是甚麼?

回到MPI那座小鎮,明顯「水土不服」,很多餐廳以前都覺得尚可,這一星期覺得難以下嚥。也難怪吧,Manhattan好吃的東西太多,頹到去Chinatown華興食個燒味飯盒,也有一番風味。另,今次也和LPH「癲」咗一次,去食sushi omakase,埋單每人271美大洋,接近舊紀錄(唔計去飲)的2.5倍。

「水土不服」是真的,但今次沒有上年暑假般反感--離開了一個月,去開的餐廳的人都還認得我。地方小嘛,都是「鄉里」,這也是正常的。在Manhattan,只有「茶餐廳」的人叫做認得我吧--多多少少因為我經常一次叫兩個早餐食,夠特別吧。回到MPI,樓上來自Iran的美女PhD學生親切地跟我打招呼,和D也coffee chat了一會,談的是他最近的「挫折」;和MPI唯一的廣東人M特地約食dinner,也和不少人閒聊過。有人告訴我,department director找「繼任人」又再「觸礁」了--老實說,我覺得這樣拖下去,也許AG1(我們department在MPI內的acronym)真係會摺……

在Courant三星期,坐的是角落的visitor office,而暑假期間Courant也顯得較冷清,其實心情不免有點郁悶。有一點要說說:在visitor office的最後一天,我竟然和Micha Sharir share一個office!

Last Day in Japan: Sushi Breakfast at Sushi Dai

After some Golden Gai bar hopping I was still wide awake and figured I had to check out Tsukiji Market before going back home. Because who needs sleep! 512 more words

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