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Since easyjournal’s server is still down, there’s no way to do whatsoever to get it imported into WordPress. Though I’m not sure if it can be imported anyway even if it’s not down. Therefore, I have to do the migration manually and it’s PAINFUL!First of all, I have google my easyjournal blog and retrieve all my old entries by opening the cached pages. Yes, opening each cached page of each entry. Then copy and paste.Then I have to copy and paste it up here at WordPress one by one…Yes, one by one. I’m not sure if this is the only way but that’s what I’m doing. If any of you knows there’s any other better method, please let me know!  It’s just painful, painful, painful. Just spent about an hour or so to paste entries of 2005 and 2006. My eyes are so tired…Let me go enjoy an eye mask …wakaka 

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Easyjournal’s server has been down for a few days. The error page reads “Unable to load file ‘EasyjournalCore'". And today, I just got fed up with it and decided to look around for a new place to get my blog hosted and so I am now here. Well, I’m not sure if I’m staying here for good but people say that wordpress is a good platform. And just now, he’s moved from Blogger to this place as well.The wordpress site says even if California is falling into the ocean or Dallas is hit by a meteor, my blog would be okay. Guess this blog may have a long lifespan…hopefully.  

花了八天遊日本關西,花了很多錢,但是很快樂,玩得快樂,買得高興…呵呵呵!
 
本來並沒有打算花八天旅行的,但剛好印度航空(Air India)有$2000的八天指定日期機票(3月12-19日),八天便八天!買了機票以後,在藝術節碰上一個朋友,也是搭過印度航空的,跟我分享了他的經歷:航班延誤,先在後機室呆等,然後上了機,滿心歡喜,怎知還是要等,在攝氏三十多度的高溫下,好像乾蒸燒賣,然後空姐開始派飯 – 咖喱飯,於是變成乾蒸咖喱燒賣。我滿喜歡吃咖喱的,但我不要做乾蒸咖喱燒賣呀!果然不同人有不同經歷,延誤是有一點點,半個小時左右,算正常的了,航程十分順利,除了回程那一班機上的洗手間十分髒之外,沒有什麼要投訴的。

酒店方面,訂了大阪富士屋。本來不知富士屋是什麼,但日文老師一聽到,便說是大集團,應該不錯。大阪富士屋離心齋橋火車站大概10-15分鐘路程,就在心齋橋筋附近,喜歡逛街的可以shop till you drop,在酒店附近還有超級市場,可以隨時補給食物、飲品,以至其他日常用品,而且價錢比 7-11 便宜。至於房間,由於我們有三個人,第一個晚上酒店經理給我們換了一間很大的房間。櫃枱小姐本來給我們的是607,經理把房間換成901,是全酒店最大的房間,洗手間與浴室分為兩部份,而浴室沖身和浸浴分開,可見房間之大。

第二天到了有馬的竹取亭溫泉酒店,第一次去溫泉酒店,很貴,因為有朋友要求要有房內風呂,另一個要sukiyaki牛肉窩,於是就變成超過港幣2500元的享受了!不過,實在很舒服,房間十分之大,食物非常美味,而且非常之多,吃得很飽。一泊二食,加上溫泉,再加上一流的服務,雖然很貴,但也是物有所值的了!

 

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第三天回到大阪,回到富士屋,今次沒有901,只有907,嘩,房間怎麼跟之前兩晚的差天共地,小得可憐!終於忍不住走到服務台查問有沒有可能換一間大一點的,幾經翻查,終於說可以在第五天晚上換房間…那就捱兩個晚上吧!反正在房間的時間不多,之後數天根本不在大阪遊玩,白天的時間應該都在其他地方,不過晚上回到大阪睡覺吧!

左算右計,決定花三天在大阪以外的地方遊玩,於是買了關西JR 3-day pass。從旅程的第四天起,一天到京都,一天到奈良,一天到姫路。京都和奈良都是港人常去的地方,到處聽到廣東話。為了可以回大阪shopping,留在京都的時間並不太長,只夠我們去二條城和銀閣寺,當中銀閣寺還在裝修,整座銀閣給圍在綠色尼龍網內,什麼都看不到!奈良則去了元興寺和格子之家,途中必經奈良公園,看到不少鹿,不過明顯遊人不絕,餵食也不絕,而且人人都愛餵牠們吃元興寺範圍內小販賣的鹿餅,於是牠們不太理睬餵鹿餅的遊人,反而愛親近餵蔬菜的。在奈良還看到在全個行程僅見的一間 100yen 店,在100yen店裡 “玩" 了很久!

姫路是比較少港人去的地方,西方遊客和日本人比較多,整天沒聽到過一句廣東話或普通話。去姫路,當然是去看姫路城,也是日劇《大奧》取景的地方,建築很美。看日本保存了那麼多的歷史建築(而且十分積極地申請世界文化遺產,成功申請後,還在每個建築前竪立一個木牌,上面寫著「國寶XXX」),再看香港不停拆舊建築物,實在有點傷感。順便一提,姬路JR站雖是新幹線轉車站,車站十分現代化,但那裡的洗手間,和廁(蹲的)比洋廁(坐的)多,而且沒有洗手皂液,頗為不便,幸好遊伴帶了一支免水清潔啫喱(即是啫喱酒精…),才令我們感覺良好一些。

到了最後兩天,終於留在大阪吃喝玩樂,逛街購物了。這個行程有幾個必買物件的:日文聖經、日文電子辭典和結他。是的,我從日本千里迢迢抬了一個結他回來!在日本買大概八千港元,在香港買要萬多元,反正去玩,當然要把她抬回來,省下的錢,夠買機票和付酒店房租呀!日文聖經在酒店附近的書局便有,也沒有太計較價錢就買了,反正格價本身也是成本來的。日文電子辭典,在yodobashi電器城買了casio ex-word 最新款的,含廣辭苑第六版,而且剛好做特價,價錢比書局便宜了大概一萬yen! 八天以來吃的都不錯,價錢就…大概港幣一百元左右一餐吧!最便宜的一餐是港幣40元左右,在奈良吃的。

花八天遊玩,代價除了是旅費和購物要花的錢,還有八天不開工而失去的收入,再加上購物時有點亢奮,錢包實在有點乾涸。為了讓錢包濕度盡快回升,一下機便馬不停蹄趕回家,然後便回琴行教琴!

去一趟旅行,之後便要省吃儉用好一段日子,才能讓心理和錢包回復平衡,果然是「有咁耐風流」呀!

 

 

 

While Placido Domingo was singing at Asia Expo, Andras Schiff was playing the piano at City Hall. And I went to City Hall. 

The program that evening was: 

Schumann Papillions 

Beethoven “Tempest" Sonata 

Schumann Fantasie in C minor 

Beethoven “Waldstein" Sonata 

One intermission…and naturally everyone would think it’s placed right in the middle between Tempest and Fantasie. It is, however, placed right before Waldstein…much to my surprise. The Waldstein is long, 32 pages, but still…takes 25 minutes only. With an intermission placed right before it, that’d make the concert program kinda imbalanced in terms of length with the first half going over an hour and the second with 25 minutes only. 

The Schumann pieces were brilliant. I don’t mean that the Beethoven sonatas were not as good but there are certain little elements that I don’t really like that much but still…it’s splendid. 

As usual, encore is inevitable. And after the encore pieces, I understand how the program was designed so. 

The first encore piece was Italian Concerto by Bach…and it’s the complete Italian Concerto. 

Then first half of one of Bach’s Partitas. 

Then a Schubert piece. 

So, the program lasted for about 105 minutes, then encore for about 40 minutes, plus a 20-minute intermission…The whole concert started at 8pm and ended at 10:30pm. 

While most Hong Kong people know Lang Lang and Yundi Li, how many of them know Andras Schiff? Or how many of them would pay attention to any other pianists? One thing that I don’t like about Lang Lang is his extremely exaggerated body-movement – it’s so exaggerated as if he can’t play well without those movements. Typical American training. On the other hand, European pianists, like Andras Schiff, usually just sit cool on the stool and play through with minimal body-movement. It’s not like they don’t move, they do. But they only move when it’s necessary. 

Oh well, guess it’s just a matter of style. But… 

 

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