Friday, June 29, 2012

Ruegen Island 吕根岛

More than 60 million years old white chalk cliff coastlines
超过六千万年的白灰形成的海岸


We are in Ruegen Island for the last three days.

Ruegen Island is the largest island and favourite tourist destination in the Baltic Sea.

Beautiful beaches, forest and parks, beautiful flowers especially roses.....

Due to my computer software glitches, I have problem to load pictures to Facebook. And story without pictures is dull story…. so no story……. may be later.











Big big roses everywhere
好大朵的玫瑰处处可见




过去的三天,我们都在吕根岛

吕根岛是德国勃德海最大,最北,游客喜爱的旅游胜地。

这里有美丽的海滩,青翠是树林,公园,美丽的鲜花,特别是好多颜色的玫瑰花。。。

因为电脑的软件出现问题,特别是不能上载照片到面子书。没有照片的故事,该是很闷的故事,所以没有故事。。。或者迟些吧。

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Picturesque home 风景如画


Dresden is a beautiful city, blending old and modern together. The Wifi at the hotel lobby was slow, loading a photo takes almost a minute. I shall share beautiful Dresden pictures on a later post.

Day moves on and we go on to the next destination.

On 25/6/2012, we arrived at the home of Angelica and Martin Paege, which was nestled in a picturesque meadow and lakeside in a village in Joachimsthal.

The home is tastefully decorated and the view from the house is breathtaking.

Mrs Paege, ever graceful and cheerful lady, has something in store for us …..I have my first home-cooked, authentic famous German pork knuckle (Aisbein) … and it is great beyond my imagination!

Mr. Paege is living history. He has been through thick and torn in life, living through world wars, separation of Germany, unification of Germany …

He had traveled widely and stayed in many countries and cities of the world, including Kuala Lumpur. He told us many life-experienced stories and history of his country, and interesting stories of his overseas stay.

Joachimsthal is hometown of Mr. & Mrs. Paege.

A great place, great company and great ……FOOD !!

We bid goodbye to Mr. & Mrs Paege after afternoon tea, expressing our gratitude and appreciation of their hospitality and generosity, left for Rugen Island with Wendlandts at about 4:45 pm.

(more pics in Facebook)


德思登(Dresden)是个美丽的城市,混合了新与旧。 住宿的酒店里提供的免费无线上网,速度非常的慢,上载一张照片几乎需要一分钟。我将在较后时,才写写有关这里的帖子。

日子很快的过去,我们也到了下一个目的地。

25/5/2012, 我们到了Paege 夫妇的家。他们住在一个小镇里的一个村庄,屋子坐落在一片畜牧草地及湖畔旁,风景美如画。

他们的家里布置非常的有品味,从屋里望见的风景,令人赞叹!

Paege夫人早已经为我们准备了一个惊喜 – 她特地烹煮了德国猪脚,来招待我们。

我第一次尝到了第一顿家里煮的,真材实料,名副其实的德国猪脚 。。。美味之处,超乎想象!(看照片)

Paege (贝格)先生是个活历史。他到过许多国家,也居住过许多城市,经历了人生的起落,度过了世界的大战,德国的分裂,德国的统一。。。。他与我们分享了本身亲身经历的体验,及一些外国居住时代有趣故事。

非常棒的住宿,称心的陪伴,更加有美食。。一级棒!

我们在用过了下午茶之后,向Paege夫妇告别,也感谢他们热情及慷慨的接待,在傍晚四点四十五分左右,前往下一站 - Rugan Island (吕根岛)



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Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy 29 th wedding anniversary

Taken today on train from Rathen to Dresden

Today is Dorit and Gerd Wendlandts's 29th wedding anniversary.

As we were traveling, no celebration and fanfare, but our most sincere and warmest greetings to both of them with love and friendship.

May they continue to enjoy good health and happiness, prosperity and wealth, their love for one and another too continue to grow and grow .....

We are honoured to be their friends.

To Gerd and Dorit, our gracious and generous friends, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !










Friendship spanning more than 2 decades

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Story of a small town 小城的故事


22/6/2012

The weather was great when we arrived at Lubbenau, a small town famous for pickled cucumber (Kurgen) and Spreewald – a thousand kilometers of waterway (canal) covering forested islands and lowland.

We boarded a man-powered boat for a 3-hour round trip along designated section of waterway. Cool breeze, blue sky, fresh air, quiet atmosphere, it was a great ride and a wonderful experience.

On the same day, an international dance festival was held in the town, we saw participants from many countries in colourful costume taking the boat ride too.

We continued our journey to Dresden after tea.

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Lubbenau 是一个小镇,以腌黄瓜及Spreewald(德语)著名。天气非常良好,蓝天一片,气候凉爽。

Spreewald 是一个拥有整千公里小运河(水道)的森林地区,有着很多的小岛。

我们乘坐一艘用人力划动的木舟,参加了三个小时的游船河。凉风习习,蓝天白云,空气清新,环境幽静,鸟语处处,非常舒服及称心的美妙体验。

同一天,小镇主办一项国际舞蹈庆会,来自数个国家的参加者,穿着鲜艳的民族服装,也参加游船河。

喝过下午茶,我们继续上路往Dresden去。

Saturday, June 23, 2012

In Dresden 人在Dresden

At Lubanau



We left Berlin for Dresden, en route, we stopped over at a small town Lubenau, famous for pickled cumcumber (?!) and have great fun in river cruise.

We arrived at Dresden, a beautiful city, on 22/6/2012 evening. Great weather - sunny and cool.

We watched Euro 2012 after dinner and saw Germany beat Greece 4-1 .

More later when free...... :D

今天我们离开柏林,到Dresden去游玩。路上停留在一个小镇Lubenau 游玩 (腌黄瓜出名!?)。

傍晚抵达Dresden,一个美丽的城市。天气非常的好,太阳普照,但非常凉爽。

晚餐后,我们观看了欧盟杯足球赛,德国4-2 战胜希腊。

有空闲再谈。。:D

Friday, June 22, 2012

Berlin 柏林



Today we learned a lot about the history of Germany through tour guide and our learned host Mr. Gerd Wendlandt.

China is a country with thousands years of history and recorded many great events of war and peace. However, these events only had impacted internally and rarely the world outside.

Germany has a much shorter history, but many events happened in the country had great impac and influence internally and internationally.

We visited many locations and building, by bus and foot, where great historical events taken place, and their effect rippled throughout the world.

Berlin is a beautiful city with broad tree-lined roads and history in every inch of soil.

21-6-2012 I was in Berlin, a moment of history of my life ..... It was a great day.

(see all pictures in Facebook)

今天我们对德国的历史,有着更多的认识,这得感谢几位巴士导游及接待我们的主人温特兰先生。

中国有好几千年的历史,记录了好多战争与和平的史记,但这些事件的影响,也只是限于中国国土内。

德国的历史比中国短,但许多国内发生的事件,却影响深远,不只国内,而是整个世界。

今天我们就参观了柏林市内好多的历史地点及建筑物,在这里发生的事件影响,不只限于国内,却荡漾到全球。

柏林是个美丽的城市,有着宽敞林荫的道路,湖泊及河流增添了更多的妩媚。

21-6-2012,我人在柏林,人生的历史一刻 。。。今天是非常棒的一天。

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A day in Potsdam 坡斯坦的一天


I am a country pumpkin going out to the city.

Everything is new to me especially in Germany. Mr. Gerd Wendlant is driving a car equipped with new technology... one of them is the cutting off of engine while waiting at the traffic light.

He is driving a diesel Volvo, comfortable and spacious. If the waiting at the traffic light is too long, the engine can be cut out ( off ) while other accessories are still running. When traffic light turns green, at an instant, the engine is turn on again go.... (my daughter was telling me about this new technology in UK and I experienced it in Germany).

On the second day, our gracious host ( The Wendlants) prepared a sumptuous German breakfast for us. I loved it and it was the best German breakfast ( western) I ever had. (see pictures to appreciate)

After breakfast, our Top Guide (Gerd) led us to a day tour of famous historical sit es and beautiful palace in Potsdam, a city of national and international notability. One of them is the Potsdam Conference 1945 of Stalin, Truman and Churchill to decide the fate of Eastern Europe.

Places visited:

1. The Glienicke brigde, better known as The Spy Bridge where the Soviet block exchanged spies with the Allied especially the American during the Cold War period.

2. The world famous, UNESCO World Heritage San Sanssouci Park where powerful Frederick dynasty built their palaces.

It was a cloudy and drizzling the whole day but it didn't dampened our happy spirit.

We capped an exciting day with a home-cooked Chinese dinner !

(See all pictures in Facebook)



我好像『阿牛』出城,对每样没见过的东西都好奇,特别是在德国。

温特兰(Wendlant)先生驾的是一辆宽敞舒适的豪华(Volvo)房车,配有最新的科技,车的引擎在等候交通灯转绿的时候,可以关掉(死火),但车上其他的设备,仍然正常操作(如冷气,收音机)。

当转绿时,只有脚推一推,引擎马上开动,立刻行驶。这是汽车的新科技,不知在马来西亚,是否有些汽车有装备上。(小女儿告诉我英国已经很流行(新车),但我却在德国体验)。

在德国的第二天,温特兰夫妇一早为我们准备了一顿丰富的德国早餐。这是我平生最丰富的一顿德国(西式)早餐。(有照片为证)

早餐后,我们到邻近的坡斯坦市参观景点。坡斯坦(Potsdam)是德国一个非常著名的历史城市,这里有许多历史遗迹,历史事件,举世闻名。其中最著名事件之一是著名的1945年坡斯坦会议,苏联的史达林,英国的丘吉尔和美国的徒鲁门峰会,决定东欧的命运。

我们今天参观了:

1. 著名的『间谍桥』。这是在共产东德的时候,苏联盟国与欧美盟国交换间谍的地点。

2.这里有世界著名的费德力皇朝所建的宏伟美丽的皇宫。

今天整天都阴天及下雨,但没有干扰到我们快乐出游的心情。

我们以一顿美味丰富的中餐结束这美妙丰富的一天。

(全部照片Facebook)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In Germany 人在德国


We left Glasgow for Berlin in a 8:55 morning flight.

After almost 20 years of yearning, persistent prompting and invitation of my wife’s old colleagues, finally at about 12:00 noon today, I set foot on Berlin, Germany, the historic city that played an important role in shaping the world.

Dorit and Gerd Wendlant were at the airport to welcome us. They were frequent visitors to Malaysia. ( see also German visitors)

From 9 degree cold and rainy weather in Aberdeen, it was a sign of relief to bask in the warm sun of Berlin ( temp 19 degree).

Dorit and Gerd brought us to their cozy and beautifully decorated apartment and treated us my favourite food – German sausages, goose liver with bread.

Later, they brought us to see the historical Check Point Bravo and the original Berlin wall slabs.

Mr. & Mrs Paeger from another city, also came to meet us.

In the evening, we were treated with special asparagus dinner. ( Now is the asparagus season )

It was an exciting first day in Germany.

(see more pics in Facebook)

我们乘搭早上8:55 的班级,离开格拉斯哥,飞往德国的柏林。

大约二十年的愿望,太太德国同事的不断催促及盛意权权的邀请下,今天中午大约十二时,我终于踏足德国的柏林,一个冷战时期的城市,它的历史影响力整个世界。

Dorit & Gerd Wendlant 夫妇在机场热情的迎接我们。(也参看德国访客

从气温九度的亚伯丁,到了阳光普照的柏林,的确松了口气!

Wendlant 夫妇把我们带到他们非常舒服的家里,招待了我们标准的德国美食 – 德国香肠,鹅肝酱及德国面包。

过后,他们带领我们参观了冷战时期,东德共产党政府设立的『Bravo 关口检查站』及柏林围墙的原来石板。

住在另一个城市的Paeger 夫妇,在傍晚较后时间,也到来与我们相会。

傍晚,他们招待我们吃应季的芦笋晚餐。

这是非常丰富的德国第一天。

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In Glasgow 人在格拉斯哥


We were travelling down to Glasgow this evening.

It was sunny all the way from Aberdeen to Glasgow, with temperature rising to 15 degree C.

Glasgow is a city with many grand but old looking buildings. We spent a few hour at the city center.

We will be leaving for a new destination tomorrow morning.

我们今天南下到格拉斯哥。

天气转晴。从亚伯丁到格拉斯哥,都是太阳高照,气温增加到15度。

格拉斯哥是一个满布宏伟但陈旧的沙石建筑物的城市。我们到市中心逛了几个小时。

明天早上,我们将会离开到另一个新的地点。

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Scotland 4 人在苏格兰



Another rainy cold morning in Aberdeen.

Today I went for a coastal neighbourhood exploration.

又是寒冷下雨的早晨。

我到住宿附近的海边探幽。

Scotland 3 人在苏格兰



We are adjusting well to the rainy and cold weather of Aberdeen.

The sky cleared up this morning and offered me an opportunity to walk around the neighbourhood.

Later we went to the city ... my wife did some shopping, and me exploring the Union Street, the center of the city.

We also visited the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University (RGU), the only two universities in Aberdeen.

( more pictures in Facebook )






















King's college, University of Aberdeen.


我们对亚伯丁多雨又冷的天气,也逐渐习惯了。

今早,天空放晴,稍微有些阳光,我也乘着机会到所住的地方附近走走。

中午时间, 到市中心,让太太购物,而我则利用这机会,到这里最热闹的友联街逛逛。

我们也到这里唯一的两家大学参观,它们是亚伯丁大学及罗伯戈登大学。小女儿是在后者毕业。

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Home cook 家里的菜
















We spent Saturday indoor due to wet and cold weather outdoor.

My wife cooked delicious Malaysian food for a few home food-lovesick friends of Elizabeth.

星期六整天下雨,气温低(9度下),我们整天都留在家里。

太太烹煮了美味的马来西亚餐,招待女儿几位思念家乡菜的朋友。

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Scotland 2 人在苏格兰


The next day after our arrival was cloudy and cold. It drizzled in the late afternoon.

Not much activity except went grocery shopping.

My wife made a pot of hot chicken soup for dinner, good for cold weather.

It was below 10 degree C and cold for me.

We watched live telecast of Euro 2012 while enjoying our dinner.... Sweden lost to England 3-2 !










我们抵步后的第二天,气候阴霾及冷,到了傍晚,还下着细雨。

没有什么活动,只是到超市购买一些粮食。

太太烹煮了一大锅的鸡汤,这么冷的天气,是最好不过了。

气温在10度摄氏之下,对我来说,是很冷了。

我们用晚餐时,也观赏欧盟2012足球赛 。。。瑞典输给英国3-2!











Strawberry & Raspberry

Friday, June 15, 2012

Scotland 人在苏格兰



整个旅程总共是25个小时。

从吉隆坡到杜拜,航程六个小时半,那时一段非常“艰辛”的旅程。

凌晨二时起飞,那时身心都疲惫了,但又不能入眠。Emirates (亚酋)的机位相当舒服,服务也很好,餐饮都很充足,就是左转右弯的不能睡,有时顶多五到十分钟的漂浮在浅睡中。

在杜拜三个小时的停留,然后转机,七个半小时后,终于到了终点 – 英国的格拉斯哥(Glasgow)。

这段行程还好。因为是白天,天气晴朗,所以远途可以望见窗外的景色。飞机飞过中亚地区,越过伊朗,伊拉克或部分沙地阿拉伯地区,可以见到险峻的山区,一片棕黄色,还看到了覆盖着冰川的山麓,非常壮观。

飞机越过了黑海,进入了欧洲,景观又不同,可以见到秩序井然的农田,及人类聚居的城市。

抵达格拉斯哥后,我们还得再乘三个小时的汽车,才到了这次的真正目的地 – 苏格兰的亚伯丁市( Aberdeen)。

是的,我们是到英国参加小女儿在七月的毕业典礼,也乘机旅游,所以会逗留久些。

天主特别降福,抵达后,这里的天气从阴霾变换成阳光普照,但温度大约在10-15度之间。

我们从吉隆坡国际机场(KLIA) 开始,飞机加转机时间,加上车程,途中停歇喝杯咖啡,总共用了25个小时,才抵达目的地。

(全部照片在Facebook)

The whole journey took about 25 hours.

Flight from KL to Dubai took about six and a half hours, and was very tough for us.

The plane took off at 2:00 am Thursday. We were tired but could not sleep. The seats of Emirates Airlines are comfortable, service is good and plenty of food and drink, but it did not help us to sleep except 4o winks in between tossing left and right.

After 3 hours of transit in Dubai airport, we boarded a flight to Glasgow, a seven and a half hours flight.

This sector was better. It was a day flight with fine weather, I can view the scenery outside (or down under). The flight path went through center Asia, passing through Iran and Iraq, may be part of Saudi Arabia. I can see brownish mountain ranges, mostly un-inhabitated, some covered with snow (0r glacier), very beautiful and astonishing!

The plane crossed the Black Sea, entering Europe and saw different scenery. I saw cultivated land and townships.

Upon arrival in Glasgow, we took a car journey of another 3 hours to reach our destination - Aberdeen of Scotland.

We are here to attend our youngest daughter Elizabeth's graduation in July, and take the opportunity for tour and sightseeing. We will stay a few weeks in Europe。

God blessed us with fine weather upon our arrival, from cloudy in the morning to sunny in the afternoon. Temperature 9-15 degree C.

Leaving KL on Thursday morning, arriving Aberdeen at about 5:00 pm local time, it took us more than 25 hours to complete the journey (flight time, stopover, car journey plus coffee break).

(See all pictures in Facebook)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On holiday 度假

KLIA 11:45pm.

Another 2 more hours of waiting for a long haul flight.

I am embarking on a longest and furthest holiday..... Keep posted!

KLIA 吉隆坡国际机场, 11:45 pm.

还有两个小时,将乘搭远程的航班。

我将开始一次最长,最远的旅行。。。卖个关子,请留意后续吧!

6 pcs of luggage... almost 70 kg!
六件行李。。。近乎70 Kg !

Sunday, June 10, 2012

WWW number plate tender

The impending 13th general election must have gotten on the nerves of politicians, making them crazy and loosing control .... saying dumb things, doing crazy things ....

Nizar, the well-liked former mentri besar of Perak, commented on Sultan of Johor's RM 520,000.00 winning bid for the car number plate WWW 1 as "wasteful".

In Malaysia, it is a taboo and foul of law to criticize the Sultans or royalty. The UMNO played up the issue. Police has recorded statement from him pending further investigation ... However, he is a brave fellow expressing opinion most Malaysians kept in their stomach!

(Last week, former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said: “If royalty cannot be disputed, this means the rakyat (people) has deified them; this is because only God cannot be disputed by the people. As long as a member of the rakyat uses proper language and arguments, it is unreasonable for him or her to be punished for the criticism.)

On another car number tender fiasco, Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai's RM24,200.00 winning bid of WWW 15 landed him in hot soup.

He has made himself a clown at a press conference when questioned by reporters on who pay for the number .... he fumbled and gave round-the-bush answer, making himself silly and foolish.
"unsure who had forked out the money, but was certain that his ministry did not foot the bill"

When asked why paid such a big sum for such number plate, he skirted the question and said he did not know what the cost was when the bid was made. (what a ^%$%^^son of b##$$ minister talking!)

MCA president Chua Soi Lik, the man who has everything to say on anything, has to answer for him. And yet he gave a dumber answer saying the money is going to a government consolidated fund (??), like right hand giving to the left hand.....

They gave dumb dumb answers except one smart and honest one needed from Liow: " Yes, I paid RM24,200.00 for the number and it is for my own private car." period.

{Liow Tiong Lai} and {minister of Health} are excellent brands, is {WWW 15} needed ???

Sheer greed !

-- written 8/6/2012 ...

(more dumb things are being said by Liow even till today....)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Kajang pao 加影包

Kelven & Jennifer

The Kajang Pao.

Special pao, speicial pao-ing (packing), special way of eating !

Tony eating pao with fork and spoon 匙叉吃包法

加影包。

特出的包,特出的包裹,特出的吃法!