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I’ve sort of completed the migration from easyjournal to here. But I still hop back to easyjournal every now and then…just to see the stats there. It’s pretty “amazing" that it still has, in average, 94 visitors everyday even though I wrote very clearly (in late March) that the whole blog is being migrated over here on wordpress. So, now it shows how “reliable" and “convincing" that stat figure is. 

 

廣告

I go to church every Sunday morning and my church is in TST. In TST, one big problem is there are many restaurants but aren’t that many nice and inexpensive ones. I’m not talking about cheap – just “inexpensive" in the sense that it doesn’t hurt my wallet, that’s all.

Anyway, last week, as both of my two lunch-mates didn’t show up (well, one went to the morning service and the other had to stay home to take care of her dad who’s ill), I had to find a place to have lunch on my own. And I walked pass this little cafe near Ashley Road and the menu seems attractive. Price range is $48-$68…fair enough. So, today I went there with one of my lunch-mates.

This cafe is called One Cafe. Nice decor (well, it’s not like really classic/distinctive but…nice) with a dark wood theme. The first impression is that the setting is not crowdy at all though it’s not really spacious. It looks clean.

The set lunch contains soup, main dish, coffee/tea. There are around 20 sets to choose from and I chose stir-fried angel hair with mushroom while my friend chose salmon filet with potato and veggie. 

Soup: my friend and I both ordered veggie soup (the “red" soup) and it just tastes weird. We called for the manager and he offered to give us the cream soup (“white" soup). As he delivered the cream soup, he explained that the chef didn’t add enough salt and thus the soup tastes like “grass". Well, this explanation may satisfy those who don’t cook at all. Unluckily, both my friend and I do cook a little bit. And we conclude that the weird taste comes from: 1)right, not enough salt; 2)the veggie is not fresh enough; 3)wrong combination of veggie. And obviously, the first reason is the least important one. The “white" soup is…full of cream and starch. Well, it’s not cream… I think it’s just made of “cream soup powder" plus soybean powder. The reason that I don’t think it’s cooked with too much soup powder is it tastes plain. I added quite some pepper powder to make it tastes like soup. 

Main dish: well, my friend ordered Salmon filet and it’s fine. the stir-fried angel hair with mushroom is a disaster. I expected it to be salty but the angel hair tastes sweet (well, a little bit of sweetness is good but it’s too much). The mushroom…tastes weird. My friend said it’s rotten. No, it’s not. The weird taste comes from the root part of the mushroom. Obviously, those in the kitchen really needa learn how to cook. You needa cut and discard that root part! Ok, I do keep them when I cook for just myself at home…when I’m extremely tired and lazy. But this is a cafe…>_<

Coffee: came with condensed milk. After adding condensed milk, the coffee just looks like… sewage water. Alright, it’s coffee, not a pageant queen…looks doesn’t matter, only taste does. Well, tastes awful! Brown sugar gave the sweetness and the condensed milk gave that not-so-watery texture. The coffee beans…well, obviously being over-boiled and so gave the sourness. And the three – sourness, sweetness, not-so-watery texture – don’t blend together. Imagine that!

I left this cafe with an unsatisfied stomach as I could only bear to finish the soup, 1/3 of the angel hair, and four sips of coffee. Yes, four sips…just coz I wanna figure out where that taste comes from. At the end, my friend and I went to McCafe right after leaving this cafe and each bought a cup of coffee. Taste way better! How sad!

P.S. This cafe is a good example of a Cantonese slang: 好眉好貌生沙蚤. The decor looks good, the soup looks good, the angel hair looks good, the coffee looks good. Everything looks good…better than just good but tastes absolutely horrible. Can’t think of a good translation of the Cantonese slang… I mean, no translation may truly express this slang in a good way. Let’s try literal translation (I know, I know…just laugh): Good eye-brow, good looking, but with lice – normally used to describe a person is decent/good looking but indecent in terms of conduct. 

A few months ago, a young boy’s mom told me that they’re very likely to leave HK after this semester. About a month ago, one of my students’ mom told me that they’re going back to US for good and will probably stop their lessons (it’s two little girls) from May. 

Honestly, when I heard that they’re leaving HK for good, especially the two little girls, the first thing that came up to my mind, apart from that I’ll miss them – they’re really adorable, was really a very earthly matter: money. It’s not like a severe blow to my income but it does affect a bit. But almost simultaneously I knew that I need not worry as God will provide just as He has always been providing all that I need. 

Then about a week after I knew that the two little girls are leaving, a friend called me one night and asked if I can go teach his two kids. This friend is actually a colleague back from Ed Dept and I haven’t met him for a couple years already. Maybe even longer than that…I really don’t remember. I was reluctant to go to his place at first as he lives pretty far away from where I live. I live in NT East; he lives in NT West. It’s really the two ends of NT. Then he said he’d call a taxi for me, door to door, so that I don’t have to worry about transportation, and he’ll pay for my transportation time as well, which means I only have to teach them for about 1.5 hour but he’ll pay me for 3 hours. Of course, it’s a very good deal. I did ask him if he really wanna pay that much to hire me instead of sending his kids to some studio nearby but his place is really too remote and it works best for him to have me going to his place. Money just isn’t a problem to him but everything else is. So, I agreed to teach his two kids and today is my second visit their. Very lovely kids – a boy and a girl – I love teaching them. 

And this is not the end of the story. Some time ago, a friend told me that the professional society she’s in is going to hire a part-time secretary and kinda asked me if I’d be interested. I said yes, as long as it doesn’t involve literally working in an office. Last week, when she was attending the executive committee meeting of this society, she called me and asked me again if I’m really interested in taking the job. Well, she asked me coz we’ve known each other for years and she knows that my wallet is kinda dry at the moment. She told me the tentative terms and it’s really attractive. Then an interview was arranged and I got the job yesterday – contract signed… if everything goes fine, I may at least do it for a couple years or even more. 

Now let’s do the math: -two sisters leaving for good for sure +two new jobs = earning even more 

“So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide (Hebrew: Adonai-Jireh). And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." Genesis 22:14

God provides. Not only that, He provides more than we ask.

“[He] is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…" Ephesians 3:20  

 

 

Have been chatting on msn with a friend who’s got troubles and problems with relationships. Haven’t chatted with him for years but as I am chatting with him, I suddenly realize that it’s the same thing we talked about when we last chatted online and it was icq we’re using back then. You can tell how long ago it was.

And throughout the conversation, I kept telling him one thing: pray before planning/acting. 

But then he keeps telling me that he’s afraid that God will give him someone who’s not pretty and not fun.

Hmm…how does he know that God’s choice is not pretty and not fun? 

“I feel like that. Isn’t there free will that I can choose mine?"

Yea, he has free will just as we all do and he chose his own girl and then made a mess out of it. And it’s not the first time. I doubt if it’s the second either. I’m not sure. But the thing is, just as I kept asking him for the whole night: haven’t you learned the lesson? 

Following our own way just doesn’t work. Just look at all the troubles you’ve got.

But following God’s way is dangerous, he said.

Great! So…following God’s way is dangerous? Oh, tell me how much safer it is to follow your own way? You’ve chosen your own way and then got into a mess, made a whole lot of troubles. That way is proven a bad one and still you’re telling me that the way that you didn’t try (but many others did and got greatly blessed) is more dangerous because you feel so? What crap are you talking?

Yea, surely it’s easy to follow our heart and go by our own way. Take the driver’s seat and just go all the way on our way. Surely it’s easy just as it easily leads us to hell. Sometimes we just don’t learn the lesson, do we? We just so want our way. We think we know what we want. Then get ourselves into hell. Then we pray a bit and let God drive. Then after a while, we see that the alarm is off and the road seems straight, then we wanna get control of the steering wheel again. Then we put God into the backseat and become the driver … then boom! 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
       and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him, 
       and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“In all your ways"… including LOVE. 

“And he will make your paths straight"… including the path of love as well. 

 

One of the goals of my Kansai trip is buying a guitar for myself. My friend gave me a website and told me to get a Kodaira AST-100 from a shop called FANA. So I copied the address from the website and made a trip there on the last second day of my trip. And here is how I found that “shop": (hover over the pictures to see captions) To be honest, I only stayed in that shop for less than 30 minutes. There was the shop keeper and another young guy who seems to be a guitar student of the keeper. The keeper seems pretty nice. I tried out only two guitars of the same model and quickly decided to take the second one. My friend, who is also my guitar teacher, tried the new guitar last Thursday and said it’s good. In fact, he said I probably can use it even in diploma exams. It’s got good overtone and good intonation accuracy (referring to the frets). The one little problem is there’s some noise on D string especially on the second fret. We’re not sure if it’s a problem of the strings or a problem of the guitar itself (if so, most likely to be a problem of the fret which can be fixed). We’ll try out with another set of strings. Hope that it can pass the test =P

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