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    一場來的匆促而迷離的國道車禍,叫上帝把氣質清新甜美的許瑋倫帶離人間了。
   
    遠在台灣的妹妹、星期天在家賴著MSN的前同事,紛紛從線上告訴我這個消息。
   
    坦白說,我不太常看偶像劇,但是我知道這個可愛清秀的女生,幾次看娛樂新聞或一些綜藝節目訪問她,給我感覺是個外表溫柔隨和同時又聰明、內心很有想法的個性小女子。
   

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The more I study
The more I know

The more I know
The more I forget

The more I forget
The less I know

So why study?
(讀的越多,懂的越多;
懂的越多,忘的越多;
當忘的越多,知道的便越少;
所以…為甚麼要讀書?)

讀書讀煩了:舉凡為漫無目的而煩、為莫名所以而煩…,不管為何因讀書感覺煩擾疲累,這幾句話,該會像醍醐灌頂天降甘霖一般,深得人心!即使這段話說的很是無賴,看起來活脫脫是推脫逃避的藉口,但是,這短短數行,到底是為「為甚麼要讀書?」一問,作了極快而絕妙的答覆。

沒想到這話是印在牛津大學校區附近各個商店都有販售的小書籤上吧!?牛津呢!世界上首屈一指的大學、歷史悠遠地位高崇的學術重鎮不是嗎?竟然如此堂而皇之地挑戰與質疑起「讀書」這件事本身的價值與意義。正當我拿著這印有如此弔詭卻又令人莞爾的字句的小書籤竊笑時,我把書籤翻面,潔白的紙背上,有一行顯著淺灰的小小字跡…

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    到底該說我即將迎接幾歲生日呢?在不到三個月的不久之後?
 
    很複雜的情緒呢…說二十九比較年輕,至少還是「二」字頭,但是恐懼逢九必衰的傳統迷信作祟,不太想這麼說;那,直接說要迎向三十而立嗎?不不不,感覺是把自己硬生生說老了,天底下沒有一個女人會樂意對自己這麼做!
   
    之前和Yuri討論過關於年齡的計算方法。日本和台灣,原來都是一樣,算人的歲數有分「虛歲」和「實歲」。(数え年・満年齢)而很雷同的是,我們的爸媽、或是爸媽的爸媽都習慣與堅持報「虛歲」,當我們這些作孩子或孫子的都極不心甘情願被「虛歲」平白多增了一年歲數……。尤其是,對是否青春常常被無情卻自然地直接與「你(妳)幾歲」劃上等號(雖然我們內心極度不以為然也很想瀟灑地不以為意,但現實的確是如此看待年齡與青春的關連,尤其對女性更甚!),因而斤斤計較的女人如我們來說。
 

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    宿舍的警報器,昨天半夜三點…名副其實的「三更半夜」,突然大鳴大放起來!
 
    英國的警報器,以聲音超尖銳刺耳聞名;尤其是裝在宿舍的,不單如此、還以「很敏感」著稱。也就是就算沒事,它也會沒來由地自己胡亂響一陣。
 
    警報器鈴聲大作當下,大家會各自作何反應呢…仔細一觀察與事後思量起來,其實還蠻有趣與耐人尋味的。
 

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    Capitalism can make a society rich and keep it free. Don’t ask it to make you happy as well’ (The Economist, December 23rd 2006)

    This is one of the compelling sentences I have read recently from magazines or newspapers, being rich and living freely seem to be the essentials in people’s life and the goals those people are always yearning to achieve. However, after we really achieve what we think, or others consider that we ought to be, are we REALLY HAPPY about that?

    What is happiness, where is it and how to have it? I think, first of all, we have to ask ourselves just one very simple question—maybe it is actually very hard to answer even it looks like not a hard one—How to measure happiness?

    Seeing those people who are called as rich people and definitely viewed as people owning countless valuable properties, do you think they are really happy? I used to watch the TV program which is a famous reality show ’The Apprentice’ produced and held by Donald Trump. To tell the truth I like his ways of thinking about his life, his career and how to survive and succeed in the cruel business world; however, I couldn’t stop wondering and questioning living a life like Donald is a happy life as to me? I don’t like control and being in charge of so many employees and companies, focus on a lot of numbers shown in my bank accounts or on the balance sheets or reports or laptop although I have an ability to deal with them well, that is not the way I feel happy to follow for getting a rich life full of a feeling called a real happiness to me, so I can easily judge and say aloud that it is not the happiness I am seeking to get and looking for.

    People are doing a variety of things, trying hard anywhere anytime to earn as much money as possible, involving different events and activities, learning as many skills or passing difficult exams and so on in their lives… it seems that people should not feel bored and disappointed in their lives because they are trying their best to do so many things so hard but why a larger proportion of them on earth still cannot feel they are really happy? 

    I always remember and like a sentence written by a female author who just passed away last month due to committing suicide for suffering from her very severe depression—maybe the best thing in life is doing nothing! Don’t say I am not realistic! At first when I read this, I felt she was just like a person without any sense of taking responsibility for herself… but now I think maybe part of her thoughts for writing this may be right—since doing many things still let people feel only tired and hopeless but no achievement or a feeling of happiness, so why not just let yourself doing nothing, not always but sometimes, sometimes moving forward without knowing a certain destination is far more dangerous than you just stop without making any movement.

    Stop to think about what kinds of values are essential to you? By doing what or getting what can make you say you are happy from the bottom of your heart? Answer them and the consequences you get for these questions are the places where lies your happiness—somewhere you must go and take a look at it!        

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    今天,室友蘇菲敲了敲我的房門,遞上了這一張寫好很久的聖誕小卡片。

    是IRENA親筆的祝福呢…好窩心!最近不知怎麼地,陸續收到台灣或這裡朋友們的親筆問候,聖誕老人業務太繁重,所以遲到了嗎?哈哈…

    但我不以為意,卡片上的聖誕快樂雖已過了時效,但新年的氣氛與喜悅仍在,加上暖暖的真誠心意才是最要緊的,讀到這張寫得很認真的小卡上的內容時,我忍不住自己的眼睛與嘴角,盡是笑成了彎彎的弦月弧度。
 

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     Recently,  I am doing something about 'looking back'.....
 
   Checking all the articles those I wrote in this blog, and the pictures which I put in it as well.
 
   It is really a very interesting process, sometimes, it is useless for one to look back and think of his/her life too often, but sometimes, it is necessary to do so because one must firmly realise and remember how to live a life like what he/she is able to enjoy and think it is worthy enough to cherish so far and feel appreciated for what he/she could own now.
 

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    我的2007,在舉世聞名的倫敦泰晤士河河畔聳立的大摩天輪倫敦眼跟前,燦爛奪目變幻多端的煙火與眾人的喜悅驚嘆中,華麗地揭開序幕了。
 
    連番旅途並未讓我太過勞累,儘管在之前的德國聖誕行與這幾天的倫敦遊,踩下了不計其數的步履,過度勞動的雙足時有麻木酸疼,但更多溫暖豐碩的感動與開懷圍繞著我,像是有效的熱敷,舒緩我的疲憊。
 
    從漢堡、柏林、盧北克到倫敦,遍覽很多新風景,大啖很多好料理,身邊是好友相伴,雖然一路上又是冷風吹偶然雨水下,也有藍天白雲豔陽普照的好天氣;上天是眷顧我們的,總在最關鍵的時刻,給我們最棒的天候:2006的最後一天,倫敦一如我印象中般,不意外地反覆著晴時多雲偶陣雨。入夜、漫步在雨下不停皮卡地里,不禁亦發擔心起關鍵的倒數煙火,會不會就此「泡湯」。就在心滿意足地享用完好吃的日本料理後,走出餐廳,滴滴答答的雨勢停歇,天空暗黑卻分外清朗,舉頭還看得見雲朵和一輪接近滿月的明月!
 

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