Travels & Holidays

中国丽江纳西族 - 木府是土皇帝的故居

中国丽江真是个好地方。这古城有一句非常让人遐想的口号:“来丽江享受柔软时光”。用“柔软”二字形容时间,也许在其他地方是不可思议,也不恰当的词儿,可是在慵懒的丽江午后,坐在茶馆,一手拿杯子轻触唇边,让幽幽的茶香刺激嗅觉,清淡的茶水滋润喉间,另一手握住书卷,让文字填满思维,触动内心最深处的灵魂

单单静躺着读书品茶是很好的选择,可是到了古城,不走走体会当地的古迹文化,却会是人生一大憾事。

木府就是这样一个不能不去的地方。

明代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹代徐霞客给木府留下的惊叹从木府出来,门前的大片大理墙上,金碧生辉的金色字体写:”宫室之丽,拟于王者”。那是明朝徐霞客游毕木府后发出的惊叹。我曾走过北京王城,堂皇富丽的装饰,雕栏玉砌的楼台,金碧辉煌的宫瓦,热闹竞艳的宫中野史。。。。。每个转角处都有故事等我去寻探,木府想在这儿跟北京城较量还不够资格。

忠义两双全是木府土司的执著?


诚然,木府有它的特色。它不是万岁王府,也算是当年“土皇帝”的居所。纳西族姓木的土司曾统治丽江470年,历经元,明,清三个朝代,一直对朝廷忠义不二,单单在木府入口处的石牌坊就写有“忠义“两字,乃是明朝万历皇帝批准建造的。第十代土司木泰所题的诗句,如今是对联挂牌坊两侧,“凤昭每来红日近,鹤书不到白云闲”,意即皇帝诏书一到,心里犹如与太阳亲近般暖和;长期没接到朝廷文书,心里就象白云闲飞般空洞。这对联是凸显土司忠君爱国的情怀,还是他猛拍皇帝马屁的脸孔?这是见仁见智的问题。

木府的建筑群没有精雕细琢的纹理,却处处表现粗线条的勾勒,少了一分刻意装饰的荣华,多了一分清新自然的淳朴。这里一花一草,一景一物都与自然融合一体,走在平实的石路上,心情不会有太大起伏波动,也不常出现让人惊叹的飞檐楼阁,可是我的心有着一股平静和安稳,有回归自然的快意。

丽江木府,更深了解你以后,你的魅力不亚于金碧辉煌的王城宫殿!

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Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition in Taiwan 死海古卷展览

 与您分享台北信基大楼的“死海古卷展览”

 

我们的信仰根基在于主的话语。信仰里面包含基督徒个人很主观的经历,也有上帝允许留下来的客观证据。

虽然我们的信仰绝对不是扎根在考古和出土文献中,它们也给了我们历史的佐证,不会让人觉得基督教只是神话一桩,与民间传统神话一样没有客观的依据。

希望你能有点时间观看这段介绍影片和下面的叙述。神祝福你。

 

以色列死海古卷展,是今年臺灣基督徒的年度盛事,由臺灣福音書房、臺灣基督徒信仰研究學會和基督教論壇基金會共同主辦。官方網站如下:http://dssexpo.info/

延長展期:
一 10/30(四)~11/1(六)每天11:00~18:00
二 11/7(五)至11/29(六)期間,每週五、週六、週一11:00~18:00
雖然展出的內容十分吸引人,但仍有許多讀者不克前往,並向水深之處反映,希望能夠分享相關內容。正好水深之處的同仁們也配搭了這次的服事,可以近距離觀察;為了服務讀者,我們挑選了一些圖片,佐以簡單的說明,希望能為大家提供一幅鳥瞰圖。

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Amazing Langkawi Beach

It was an amazing and relaxing holiday!

Most of the other vacations I had were joining a travel tour, trying to capture as many beautiful shots of the places and absorbing as much “information” about the places (which I forget 90% of it after a few months or even weeks).

This holiday is different. It was a self-drive holiday to Langkawi and Penang from 21st – 28th July, 2014.

Of course we did not miss the classical tourist attractions, but we spent much time just to enjoy a swim in the sea or in the hotel’s pool, find some interesting eating places where we could devour the food plus chat about anything and everything.

The following shot was taken by Wynne. I love it because of the relax atmosphere depicted here.

Lankkawi

I also managed to capture a beautiful sunset shot. A clean and pure shot of the sun and the waves. Continue reading

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Yummy Dim Sum Places – It can be where memory resides

嗨,朋友,

如果你跟我一样喜欢吃点心,这个帖子就正适合你了。

吃点心曾经是我们家庭每周一次的活动。打从我懂事以来,我们每个星期都会去吃点心早餐或午餐。当年我们都喜欢到“美伦酒店”(现在的Concode Hotel)的文华殿。直到我们都成长了,我们的家才不再有这样的习惯了。

Damansara Jaya 锦选的点心也曾经是我和爸爸妈妈每个星期天早上到教会之前的必光顾之地。我们吃得不多,但是皮蛋瘦肉粥,凤爪,叉烧包和芝麻枣是他们不能缺少的四种点心。有时候,我很懊恼,为什么爸妈不尝试新的口味呢?现在我明白了,老年人抗拒改变,他们喜欢同样的事物,他们比较容易掌握。

时光不再,我现在想在星期天跟他们吃点心的机会都没有了。自从爸爸中风以后,他行动不方便,主日也就没有再跟我们到教会崇拜。每次我驾车经过“锦选”,我的心都会抽动一下,因为那段逝去的日子已经是一个我们共同的回忆。当然,我们还是可以带他们去吃点心,毕竟那已经不再一样,那不再是每周一次,爸爸也无法像以前一样尽情地吃,有时候还得我们把肉撕成小块才能进食。

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Wish You Were There? I love to be there!

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit

God has created an amazing planet earth. Some of the most beautiful places here could make you breathless when you see them. There is no other alternative but to travel around and see them with your own eyes. Travel has always been my first choice of spending my free time and affordable money (if I have some).

I came across these 33 photos of beautiful places on this planet earth. Some of them I have seen them, like the amazing “Avatar Tianzi mountain” in zhangjiajie, China, the Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China and the Pamukkale hot spring in Turkey. However there are still 30 others I have not seen.

I hop you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

The original post can be found by clicking HERE.

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can’t Believe These Actually Exist On Earth…

Mark Pygas
So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it. Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies.

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites.

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Manchester becoming the best city in the UK!

Yay! My “Second Home” Made It To The Top!

My daughter, Wynne, shared this article with me. I didn’t know that my “second home” (See here for previous blog) is becoming the best city in the UK.

Am I glad? Yes and no.

Yes – it becomes famous, not only because of the two football clubs, namely Manchester United and Manchester City, but it has other well balanced attractions in history, arts, modern entertainment and cultures.

No – with the Malaysian ringgit earning capacity, it may be becoming too expensive for me to visit this city.

Anyway, congratulations Manchester, I am proud of your progress and development since I left you in 1987.

You may view this article’s original blog entry here.

8 reasons Manchester is the best city in the UK

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Photography as a hobby – anyone?

I have been trying to learn photography, not so much I want to take professional-looking photos to impress others, it’s more that I want to take reasonably good pictures family activities, church events and my holidays. However, I always find it hard to pick up my camera. Time is such a scarce resource that I hardly find enough of it to rest, not to mention the luxury of taking a few hours strolling around with camera.

Someone told me when you have a will there is a way. I admit I don’t have enough passion for photography to sacrifice my other activities. However, there are specific times when we go for holidays. I would surely not miss the opportunity to experiment and try taking reasonable shots. If you are like me, hard to find time in your normal busy schedule to play with your camera set, don’t have enough passion to sacrifice others for this hobby – don’t loose heart, just learn the skills naturally when you are away from your normal routines – holidays and traveling. I am yet to form the habit to bring my camera along in my normal days.

I find the blog post below good for inspiration and motivation that we should not give up the hobby. You can find the original post here: http://digital-photography-school.com/3-tips-on-how-to-approach-photography-as-a-hobby/

One day we will be surprised that we can actually take good pictures that even amaze us.

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Best Cha Siew in town

I came across this blog. It is informative and will satisfy all cha siew (Cantonese BBQ pork) lovers in Klang valley.

The post was blogged by Open Rice and its website is http://my.openrice.com/info/landing/index.html

You will find different cuisines from diverse cultures.It’s handy when you want to find something to eat and yet run out of ideas.

Enjoy!

*The restaurants/stalls mentioned here are not halal

OpenRice Malaysia, Char Siew, Char Siu, Best, Klang Valley, Meng Kee, Siu Siu, Overseas, Tian Hong, Soo Kee, Char Siew Yoong, Peel Road, Choon Yien, Spring Golden, Famous Seremban Favourites, Toast & Roast

Char Siew or Cantonese Style BBQ Pork is so delicious that it, in my personal opinion, represents the peak of Cantonese Cuisine. The best Char Siew is normally prepared using pork loin with a good ratio of fat and lean meat. The pork loin is cut in strips, marinated with sauce, and roasted with an oven until the meat is juicy and slightly burnt at the edges. Some restaurants, such as Meng Kee and Soo Kee, are still using charcoal fire to roast the meat, producing Char Siew that is even more fragrant and finger-licking good!

Here is a useful guide to the 10 best Char Siew in the Klang Valley (click the restaurant name for info and OpenRice members’ reviews):

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Manchester – My second Home

I don’t know why this article came to me via Facebook. It triggers a lot of good memories and makes me “home-sick”.

Manchester is my second home! I can always say this with confidence and no shame. It is the place where I knew the Lord Jesus, my spiritual birth city. Thanks for the many brothers and sisters at Manchester Chinese Christian Church who shared the gospel and their lives with me. Although it was more than 33 years ago, Manchester still has a very special place in my heart.

My two children studies in Manchester University, so my wife (I knew and married in Manchester too) and I visited the city more regularly these years. Whenever we were back there, we will not miss visiting our dear Christian friends, Elder Eric and Sau Ngor, Pastor Kim Lau and Josephia and Michael Poon and Swee Leng. Thank God for the long lasting friendship. Of course, we will visit our “home church” at Yarburgh Street, Whalley Range.

Visit my second home - Manchester Chinese Christian Church at Yarburgh Street, Whalley Range

Visit my second home – Manchester Chinese Christian Church at Yarburgh Street, Whalley Range

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Tips for Photographing Popular Tourist Destinations

I know you frustration…….

When you visit a popular tourist destination, you will probably find that the place has been photographed thousand times by different people and you could hardly find something “new” to tell. I came across this article by Digital Photography School (http://digital-photography-school.com/) which can shed some lights on your next visit to places like London bridge, Venice, Pisa tower, Pulau Langkawi, Singapore’s Orchard Road……….

Happy learning together!

Tips for Photographing Popular Tourist Destinations

As photographers, we often note that one way to make interesting images that are different from the norm is to get our camera to out-of-the-way places that haven’t been flooded with photographers. But what about those times when you’re heading somewhere that has been photographed millions of times already? Is it possible to create interesting photos of tourist destinations? Can you create something intriguing if you’re headed to the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Great Wall of China or Mount Rushmore?

I say yes. Let’s consider how you can make an interesting photo, or series of photos, at a famous location. Let’s look at an example from Alcatraz Island, the former prison that’s now a tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay.

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#1 First, cover the usual

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Tips to Take Great Vacation Photos

Want to take great photos in your vacations? Here are some useful tips.

I received very useful photography tips regularly from Digital-Photography-School.Besides I also see great photos posted in the site, gratifying satisfaction of my visual desire.

This is one of the site which I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in photography to subscribe. The website address is http://digital-photography-school.com/

I must say I do not take any commission from the school in recommending this 🙂

Enjoy this article and learn.

10 Ways to Improve your Vacation Photos

A Post By: Kai Behrmann

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This has probably happened to all of us. We’ve just come back from an exciting trip and want to share all the wonderful moments with our friends and family. But after a brief moment we seem to be the only ones still enjoying the picture-show. Everyone else has quickly lost interest.

So what can we do to stop putting people to sleep with our vacation photos?

Here are some tips to help you take vacation photos that everybody will love. It’s easier than you might think, and it definitely doesn’t require expensive equipment. Keeping in mind some basic rules, you can take stunning images even with your mobile phone.

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A Real Touching Story of a Chinese teacher

Let us not love by words only but by actions

I received this video shared by Sister Adeline this morning. I find it a great encouragement for us to continue loving in actions and not only by words.

The video is about a 30 year old man spending his time as a teacher in a poverty stricken village in Yunan Province of China. He can play guitar and compose songs. He joined a Talent Search programme with a simple desire to earn more money which could afford him to buy meat for his students. He did not mention a word of loving these children but his action spells “sacrificial love” for them and it can be understood by all.

There are so many passages in the bible telling us that our belief is like noisy gong if it does not touch others’ lives and make a difference. Continue reading

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Memorable Travel at Zhangjiajie – Part 1 张家界之旅 (一)

鬼斧神工的张家界

I cannot remember when did I create this video. It must be when I first came back from the tour and was playing with some kind of video editing software.

我已经忘记什么时候制作这部短片。我想应该是我旅游回来没多久,在尝试录影软件时制作的吧?

Anyway, I am very pleased to share with you this beautiful place in China. The natural landscape is amazing. As you stand and gaze at the majestic mountains and strange-looking landscape near and far, you will not help but to praise the wisdom and majestic of our Creator.

我很高兴能够跟你们分享这个中国土地上的一块珍宝。张家界的自然地势是让人惊叹的。当你站立在连崖上观看雄伟壮观的山群和奇山怪石,你只能惊叹造物主的伟大和智慧。

I hope you enjoy it.

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Travel Tips: How to choose a backpack?

Backpacking – the way to go when you are young…….

“I am probably too old to do backpacking travel.” This is a subjective statement, I know. Many travel enthusiasts will disagree with me, they can do backpacking though they are in their 60’s or even 70’s.

Well, I did backpacking in Western Europe when I was 20 with my then student flatmate Clarence Yeung. It was an experience that I would not want to exchange with any other forms of traveling. The thrill of finding all necessary information such as accommodation, eating places, supermarkets (for packed lunch), tourist attractions, train time table…..etc is really training us to make decisions quick in an unfamiliar land. We used to spend a few hours sleep on the bench (or even floor) in train stations just to get a connected train to a destination. Of course, you can choose not to do that. Being a student from Asian country where foreign exchange made it expensive to spend in Europe, we just tried to minimize traveling time and accommodation costs.

Both Clarence and I used backpacks. It was just not practical to bring bulky and beautiful luggage (this is reserved for exotic travel with escorted tours). My backpack was an inexpensive one made of nylon and with no famous brand. However, it had all the ingredients of a good backpack.

Yes. Choosing a good and suitable backpack is not an easy job. Most of the good and branded ones are quite expensive. Continue reading

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Good news for Japanese food lovers in Kuala Lumpur

12 Japanese Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are insanely delicious

My daughter knows that her parents and brother are Japanese food lovers, so she shared the following blog post with us.

I also know that many of my friends love Japanese food too, so here it goes……check them out and see whether you can find good ones without the “exotic” price tag. 🙂 Continue reading

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