Wednesday, July 31, 2013

大树下的芙蓉古早味 Old Seremban taste under the trees


今天早上,《阿姑的故事》编写人叶宁,约定了芙蓉的年娇,金彪夫妇及数位资深教友,谈谈郑姑的故事。我,代号818,也随行。

郑姑在芙蓉服务多年,但现在已患上老人失智症,目前住宿在蕉赖的安贫疗养院。

访谈过后,金彪夫妇请我去吃花城古早味道咖哩喇沙(咖哩麵)。

麵档就设在大树下,已经有数十年的历史了,是一位阿婶开的。年娇的孩子从小学就开始吃到成年。

一级棒。




I was in Seremban this morning to attend an interview session for the book < Story of the Catechists> at the home of Steven and Anna.

Angela is the author of this book who conducted the interview with a few Seremban parishioners on the life of catechist Agatha Chang.

Agatha is suffering from dementia and currently residing in he Little Sister of the Poor Nursing Home, Cheras.

After the interview,  Steven and Anna brought me to eat the authentic/old Seremban Laksa (Curry Mee).

It is a Mee stall under big trees with more than 30 years of history.

It is fantastic !

Steven and Anna 金彪及年娇夫妇

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pilgrimage ( 1 )朝圣之旅



七月26 日,我参加了一个非常特别的朝圣之旅,到槟城大山脚圣妇亚娜(St. Anne's Church) 朝圣。

我加进了一团来自沙劳越加拿逸(Kanowit)伊班族的朝圣团。该团是由一位来自非洲肯亚籍神父及当地领袖兼传道员带领而来。

玛窦神父来自非常的肯亚,属于英国弥尔传教修会的会士。大约两年多前,在晋铎的两个月后,他被派遣到沙劳越诗巫教区服务。

这位勇敢的传教士,为了尽快及有效的实现传教使命,他很快的学会了伊班语,解除了语言的障碍及文化的差异。他会说一些华语。再假些时日,他的华文造诣必会更好。

 这是我第一次这么样的近距离与伊班族的兄弟姐妹接触,及一位非洲肯亚的神父交流。

这也是我第一次到圣妇亚纳堂朝圣。我本身对朝圣的态度可能与他人不同。还没朝圣,就有了“朝圣疲劳” 。。。对朝圣听得及见得太多(听过很多美丽的朝圣地方及故事,也见过很多“朝”过的“圣人”),所以有一种“不圣的唏嘘”(此文曾刊载于《爱之光》)。

这次我应该是因着“朝声”而前往圣妇亚纳堂作一个朝圣之旅。 不过,我告诉自己,无论结果如何,圣或不圣,这趟行程必定是与众不同,也必定有所收获。

 我们一行人,在28号下午三时左右,就抵达圣妇亚纳场地,然后参加了晚上八时的感恩弥撒。

这台弥撒是由罗马梵蒂冈宗座驻 马来西亚大使若瑟马力诺总主教主祭,古晋夏总主教,槟城主教及多位神父共祭。弥撒过后有圣妇安纳塑像游行。

槟城首席部长林冠英也出席了这台弥撒,不过他在领圣体前就离开。

我在这里见到了朝圣者的恭敬,虔诚及信德的行为而感动。

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On July 26, I embarked on an unique pilgrimage to St. Anne's Church in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

I joined a group of Iban pilgrimes from Kanowit, Sarawak led by Fr. Mathews Olili and lay leader Catechist Edmund Kalai.

Fr. Mathews is a Mill Hill Missionaries priest from Kenya. He was sent to Sibu Diocese immediately upon ordination slightly more than 2 years ago. He was recently being transferred from St. Francis Xavier's church in Kanowit to St. Charles's church in Selagau.

This brave young missionary has to overcome cultural shock and language barrier soonest possible in order to discharge his pastoral missions. Within a short period of 2 years, he has mastered the Iban language and some Mandarin.

This was my first time such close contact with fellow Iban Catholics and more uniquely, an African priest from Kenya. A rare opportunity and blessed encounter for me!

This was also my first pilgrimage to St. Anne Church honouring St. Anne, the mother of Blessed Virgin Mary on its feast day.I saw waves of big crowd thronging the grounds throughout the evening and night.

I witnessed their fervent devotion, piety and acts of Faith towards St. Anne, leading them to God through Sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. 

We attended the feast day 8:00 pm Mass on Saturday, July 28. The Mass was celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Jeseph Marino, co-celebrated by Archbishop John Ha of Kuching, Sebestian Francis, Bishop of Penang, and many other priests.

Lim Guan Eng, the chief minister of Penang was also present at the Eucharistic celebration. However, he left before the Holy Communion.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Evil old man 邪恶的老人


Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who asked whether Chinese Malaysians want to share
political power with the other races or want to seize it altogether.

He claimed that already has the control of the Malaysian economy, the Chinese wants to seize political power .....

He is sowing the seeds of fear, suspicion, hatred and distrust among races. He is destroying the unity and hormony of the country. He is playing the racial card for his selfish personal interest.

Chinese has today no control over Malaysian economy ... Oil and gas, banking, automotive, transport, aviation, government-linked companies are in the hands of the Malays ...

And how can a population of less than 25 % seizes control of the country ?

This 88 years old man, in his twilight years, still spiting poison and toxin, telling lies and distortion, leading simple and honest people to sin, to hate, to fight, to destroy ..... 


" It would be better for such a person to be thrown into the sea with a millstone round the neck than to be the downfall of a single one of these little ones." (Luke 17:2) (c/r Matt 18: 6)

前首相马哈迪在《海峡时报》的一篇文章中,称华人正面对一个困境,到底要与他族分享权力,或者要夺取政治及经济权力,独占己有。

他说华人已经控制了马来西亚经济,现在还想要夺取政治权利,如新加坡般的模式。

他是在各族之间,散播恐慌,憎恨,猜疑。他要破坏我国各族间的团结及和谐。他为了自己的自私目的,而玩弄宗教课题(这是他的拿手把戏)

华人早就丧失了经济权。国家的金融,油气业,汽车业,重工业,运输,政府关联机构企业,面粉,糖厂等都落在马来人的手中。(有些是从华人手中夺取的)

少过人口25%的华人,能够夺取国家的政治主权吗?

这个88岁的老家伙,已经是活在人生的余晖期,还要喷发毒药,发布谎言,歪论,使人犯罪,互相憎恨,争斗,破坏。。。。。

把一块磨石套在他的颈上,投入海中,比让他引这些小子中的一个跌倒,为他更好。”(路17:2)

(意思即是:这个使到无辜,纯洁的人犯罪,跌倒的人,倒不如把一块磨石绑在脖子上,投入海中去死好了对他更好)



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Way up north 北上


I am going up north .... 我往北上了




Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teh Farm & The Farm 郑园及庄园


One of the job of retired persons are to check on their working friends.

Today we went checking on two of our working friends at Teh Farm and The Farm, both are in Lenggeng, Negri Sembilan.

Richard Teh is running a Guinea Fowl for more than 2 years. Currently the farm is having about 3 thousand fowls, mostly for eggs.

I saw a potential of a "leisure" farm, suitable for outdoors activities, camping and retreats.

The facilities are simple (can be improved). At present, it can comfortably hold activities for a group of 20.

Later, we went over to The Farm, which is about 10 minutes away, meeting up Andrew for lunch.

We finished our "work" at about 2:30 pm.

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 退休人士的其中一项退休工作,是造访工作的朋友。

今天我们到玲珑探访了两位工作的朋友  - 郑园(Teh Farm)和庄园 (The Farm)。

Ah Teh (Richard 郑国端) 的‘郑园’是个珍珠鸡养殖场,目前只养了大约三千只鸡,主要是下蛋鸡。

‘郑园’已有两年的历史,曾经养过整万多只各种的鸡,包括珍珠鸡及肉鸡。

我看到这里成为“休闲”农庄的潜能,如户外活动,露营,培训及退行等活动。

这里的设备还很简单,但可以改善及扩充。目前可以很舒服的容纳20人组的活动。

过后,我们到离开大约十分钟车程的‘园庄’,与Andrew 会合,一同共进午餐。

我们在下午大约二时 半就“收工了”。

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Guangzhou WAR 广州步行吃喝游 3 (Ending 完结)

In front of the hotel 酒店前照

 Our hotel is situated at Zhujing District, an area seperated from the city by the Pearl River. However, we can cross over to the other side by the many bridges, by bus or by ferry. It is very convenient.

On the third and fourth day of our Guangzhou WAR, we explored the more urban area of Guangzhou - by foot, ferry, Metro and bus.

Guangzhou Metro is user friendly and cheap ( A 10-station trip usually cost RMB 2 only)

On the fourth day, we spent half a day for sign seeing and left for airport in the evening. We spent RMB 7 to the airport by the Metro ... "cheap till you laugh !"

It was a great trip for us and a wonderful fun and food filled journey that we would like to repeat if opportunity arises.

It was not an expensive holiday. It cost each of us about RMB 1200 (RM 600) per person inclusive of hotel, food, transport, day tour and some shopping but excluding airfare.

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Bye Bye 再见
我们的酒店是在珠景区,被珠江与广州市相割。不过,这里有许多大桥,可以步行或乘车,或渡轮过江,非常的方便。

在广州的第三及第四天,我们游历了广州市区范围,当然又是步行,渡轮,地铁及巴士了。

广州地铁非常的容易及方便乘搭,而且价钱便宜。(通常十个站点行程,只需两元人民币而已)

在第四天,我们利用早上半天时间去观光,然后在傍晚,乘搭地铁到机场,取道回家。从广州市区到机场,相当长的一段路(大约四十分钟),只需人民币7元 。。。真的是“便宜到笑!”。 (假如乘搭德士,大约人民币120左右。)

就这样结束了我们的广州吃喝游,一个令我们难忘,充满乐趣及享受美食的行程,假如还有机会,我们一定再会回到广州来!

这不是一个用费高的假期。 我们每个人都费用,大约是人民币1200元左右(RM600), 这包括了酒店住宿,交通费,饮食及一些购物,但不包括机票。

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The WAR 步行吃喝 ( 2 )



A convenient way to explore Guangzhou was to join a local one-day tour. It covered most of the famous landmarks and scenery of the city.

We joined the day tour on our second day in Guangzhou.

 It brought us to the following places:

1. Baiyun hill. It is only about 300 meters above sea level and covers 28 hectors of forested land. It is the green lung of the city, a popular place for the city dwellers especially during weekends and holidays.

2. Huang Pu Military School. A first military cadet school of China co-founded by Sun Yet sun, Chiang Kai Sek. It is the equivalent of West Point of the US.

3. Yuexiu Park to see the symbol of Guangzhou city -  the five-goat monument. Guangzhou is also know as Goat City.

4. Museum of Mausoleum of Nanyue King zhao Wei  -  An ancient tomb of Nanyue Dynasty (Year 137- 122 BC)was discovered and a museum was built around the archeological site.   About 2000 pcs of exhibits were on display. Visitors are allowed to take photograph inside the museum.

5. Chen Ancestral Hall. Built in 1888, it showcased beautiful architectural design, wood carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculpture, paintings ... 

6. Canton tower - nickname The Sexy Waist。

It cost RMB 188.00 (RM 100 ) inclusive of lunch, cable car, entrance fees ... It was really worth it !!!

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一个方便又廉宜观光广州的方法就是参加当地的一日游。

在广州的第二天,我们就参加了这个由广州旅游局批准的一日游。

我们参观了以下的广州名胜及古迹:

1. 白云山。这座市区内的绿肺,占地大约28公顷,海拔大约三百米而已。它是广州人周末及假期的好去处。

2. 黄埔军校。它是中国第一所军校,由孙中山,蒋介石等创办,深具历史性,它的地位犹如美国著名的“西点军校”。

3. 越秀公园里的五羊雕像。这是广州的地标,游客必到。

4. 西汉南越王博物馆。1983年,考古学家在这里发掘了公元前137-122年,南越王第二代国王赵眜之墓陵。博物馆就在原地建造。我们可以观赏到出土的千多件展示品。

非常珍贵及独有的如丝缕玉衣,玉器,铜器及兵器等。参观者可以在馆内拍照。 

5. 陈氏书院。 这座建于1888年的陈氏祠堂,建造风格美轮美奂,我们可以观赏到石雕,木雕,陶艺等艺术。

6. 广州通迅塔,也昵称为“小蛮腰”。

一日游费用只收人民币188元(马币100元左右),包含了所有的入门票,高空缆车票及午餐,实在物超其值。

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Our sumptuous dinner 我们丰富的晚餐

Monday, July 15, 2013

The WAR 步行吃喝游 ( 1 )



Four of us decided to make a walking-eating Rendezvous (WAR) to Guangzhou, China.(Guangzhou is the capital city of Guangdong Province)

With Tony be the advance party - attending to his personal matters days early in Guangzhow, booking hotel and marking out our road map, Susan flying in from Singapore and us from Kuala Lumpur, we met up in Guangzhou Baiyun airport at the early morning of July 10.

We checked into our Pearl River fronting hotel at about 3:30 am. 

With hardly 3 hours of sleep, we started our WAR at 9:00 am.

It was a hot summer in Guangzhou with day time temperature reaching 35 degree, we, the tropical residents, were sweating profusely ... my shirt was soaking wet throughout the day.

The first place of visit was just across the Pearl River. We boarded a ferry to cross over to the other side, and it cost RMB 0.50 ( 50 cents RenMinBee).

It was my dream came true to visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Guangzhou. Our Kajang former Cathecist, the late Lucy Leong was from Guangzhou, and frequently mentioned this beautiful "stone house)" in her home country.(It was popularly known as The Stone House because the church was built with stone blocks)

The construction of the Cathedral started in 1861, and took 26 years to complete.

Two foundation stones were blessed and laid on each side in 1863 by a French Bishop, with the word "Roma" and "Jerusalem" engraved respectively.

One kilogram of soil from Rome and a stone from Jerusalem were laid under the foundation stones respectively.

It is a grand and beautiful church.

After our visit to the Cathedral, we went straight to have the famous Cantonese Dim Sum for breakfast.

We went out the whole day, exploring the city and food - by foot, ferry, Metro and public buses.

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我们四人决定到羊城(广州),来个“步行吃喝游”。

东尼 (Tony) 是我们的先头部队 - 他提前几天来的广州,处理一些私人事务,然后定下酒店,安排我们的数天的行程。

苏珊(Susan) 从新加坡起飞,我们则从吉隆坡飞来,在七月十日的凌晨,大家在广州白云机场回合。三时半左右,我们进驻了珠江河畔的酒店。

虽然只有三个小时的睡眠,但我们在早上九时,就开始了广州游的第一天。

正值是夏天,这里的气温达到35摄氏度,对来自热带动我们来说,也是酷热难顶,全身汗如雨下。我的衣服一整天都是湿的。不过,热天好过下雨天,我们还是怀着愉快的心情,享受这里的一切。

我们要去的地方,就在我们酒店的江对面,所以,我们乘搭渡轮过江,只需两分钟,票价是人民币五角钱。

来到了广州“石室”圣心主教座堂,是我们梦想的实现。记得我们的已亡传道员梁姑,她常常向我们提起她家乡这座美丽的『石室』教堂,另我非常的憧憬。

这座主要以石块建成的法国式教堂,在1861年开始创建,用了26年的时间,才得以完成。

教堂两边的大柱,有两块奠基石,分别刻上了ROMA (罗马)和 JERUSALEM(耶路撒冷)两个字,表示了天主教会的根源及扩展。

ROMA 的石块下,埋放了一公斤来自罗马的泥土,JERUSALEM 的石块下,则放了一块来自耶路撒冷的石头。 这两块奠基石是由法国的一位主教,在1962年祝圣及安放的。

这是一间深居历史性的美丽教堂。

参观了教堂后,我们就到一家茶楼“饮茶”。(广东人所谓的吃点心)。

接下来的就是更多的步行观光及享受美食。

我们外游了一整天,体验了乘搭渡轮,地铁及巴士等交通工具。

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Retreat 避静


On Saturday, my wife and I went for a retreat at the Good Shepherd Seminay in Melaka organised by Queen of the Apostles Curia, Kuala Lumpur.

Retreat is a pit stop for soul and a spirituality tuning session.

About 70 legionaries from KL and Kajang area attended this 2day-1night annual activity. About 40 of them came in a chartered bus.

The reatreat master was Fr. Anthony Heng, CDD.

Retreat ended this morning (Sunday) with a thanksgiving Mass at noon.

We left before Mass for Tangkak to meet up with officers from Melaka Curia at St. Mathew Church, Tangkak.

I was on the invitation of curia president to speak to officers who were attending an officers retreat there. 

We left for home after lunch.

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我和太太在星期六,到马六甲善牧修院参加由吉隆坡诸宗徒之后区团主办的常年避静。

避静是灵魂的休息站,灵修的维修时光。

大约70为军友参加了这项两天一夜的常年活动。

避静导师的主徒会会士王安当神父。

避静在今天(星期天)中午,弥撒过后结束。

我们提前离开,赶赴东甲金山之约。

我们不是去会见传说中的金山公主,而是到东甲圣玛窦堂会见在那儿参加职员避静的军友们。

我是受到区团团长俊伟兄弟的邀请,与军友们分享一些圣母军的“故事”。

俊伟是位年轻有为的团长,他的团队在去年成功的举办了第二十届‘马新汶台圣母军交流会’。

祝愿马六甲的圣母军,在这位充满干劲的年轻人及团队领导下,继续的扩大及发展。


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A day in history 历史的去年今日


3/7/2012 at Berlin Airport.

After a wonderful holiday in Germany, we bid farewell to our old friends Dorit and Gerd with a heavy heart.

“ Dorit and Gerd, Mr and Mrs Paege,  we miss you all very much!"

See old post "In Germany"

Our first home breakfast in Germany 德国的第一个家庭早餐



3/7/2012 德国柏林机场。

共度了一个德国难忘的假期之后,我们在柏林机场与老朋友告别,依依不舍。

" 老朋友,我们很想念你们!”

参阅旧帖子“人在德国”


Blessing of sunshine and rain



It was a gorgeous day -  sunshine and heavy rain.

This morning, my wife and I went to Putrajaya to submit travel documents for a group of  pilgrims to Jerusalem to the Home Ministry for approval.

Israel is the only country in the world does not have diplomatic ties with Malaysia. However, Christians and Muslims are allowed to visit the holy city of Jerusalem.

The policy concerning Christians visit to Jerusalem changes many times in the past decade.

At present, Christians are required to submit travel documentary proof such as air tickets and travel itinerary, plus baptism certificates and letter from the churches concerned to the Home Ministry for approval.

2 years ago, it was Immigration Department as the approving authority,

It was bright sunshine, blue sky in Putrajaya. No haze but plenty of fresh air.

In the evening, we welcomed heavy downpours .... refreshing rain brought down the temperature.

Today was also the opening of the 21st RCIA ( Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), a course for those who wish to know the Catholic faith and the community.

It is my 22nd year of involvement in RCIA. Hopefully, with many young faces emerging and taking more active roles, I can "retire" in the near future!

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Fr. George lighted a candle declaring open of the 2013-2014 session  赫佐治神父点燃蜡烛,宣布慕道班开幕

今天是个美好的一天 - 阳光灿烂,也有大雨的到来。

今天早上,我和太太到布城(Putrajaya),为一群朝圣者提程文件给内政部,以获得批准耶路撒冷朝圣之旅。

以色列是全世界唯一与马来西亚没有外交关系的国家。不过,基督教徒及伊斯兰教徒可以到这圣城朝圣。

政府对于基督教徒到耶路撒冷朝圣的政策, 过去十年来,曾作多次的更改。

目前,基督徒要到耶路撒冷朝圣,必须向内政部提出申请,呈交文件如机票,行程表,还有领洗证书及有关教堂的支持文件。

两年前,移民厅是申请的批准单位。

今早的布城,阳光普照,蓝天白云,没有烟霾,空气清新。

在傍晚的时候,来了一场及时大雨,气温也马上下降了。

今晚,也是加影圣家教堂第21届成人慕道班开课的第一天。成人慕道班是一项为那些想认识天主教信仰,认识耶稣的外教朋友而开设的课程,长约45个星期。

这是我第22年参与慕道班的工作。随着更多的年轻人的参与及负起责任,将是我不久后,可以隐退的时候了。

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