Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tim Ho Wan (添好運) Jan 2014 Special Sneak Peak

I believe most people are no less familiar of Tim Ho Wan by now.  It is the Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant that was awarded with the Michele star and retained it for the fourth year running.
 
Its first Singapore outlet at Plaza Singapura has been drawing crowds since then till now. Followed by the Toa Payoh branch, Tim Ho Wan Singapore has officially opened its 3rd and 4th outlet at Bedok Mall and West gate this 28 December 2013, which marks a great milestone for Tim Ho Wan to have launch 4 outlets just within 9 months. For this occasion, Chef Mak Kwai Pui, who is stationed in Hong Kong, has travelled over to Singapore for the grand opening of these 2 new outlets.  With these 2 outlets in the east and west, heartlanders no longer need to travel down town to have their appetite satisfied.

We were invited to the Official Grand Opening of the Bedok Mall outlet and official opening started off with the traditional Chinese lion dance, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony.
 


Tim Ho Wan’s marquee dish, Baked Bun with BBQ Pork has earned the applauds of many food critics and its other menu mainstays such as the Pan Fried Carrot Cake and Steamed Egg Cake have also made it to the must-try lists of gourmet lovers.
Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (S$4.50/ 3pcs)


The Baked Bun with BBQ Pork is definitely a must try at the Tim Ho Wan.  The crispy outer crust yet soft and chewy bun is indeed scrumptuous!

Missing in menu of Bedok Mall out, is the Chicken Feet in Black Bean sauce.  In replacement, they have this Braised Chicken Feet in Abalone Sauce.  Apart from the steamed soft chicken feet, it is more of crunchy and chewy type.  Love that the braised chicken feet also comes with peanuts.


Never one to rest on its laurel, Tim Ho Wan continue to come up with new creations to cater to Singaporeans’ palates.

We had the previlege for a sneak peak of the January 2014 specials, of which, these monthly specials will be available at the different outlets and on rotation basis where patrons get to try them at their preferred Tim Ho Wan outlet during different months.

Bedok Mall and Westgate January 2014 Specials
 
  Yam Dumpling with Chili Crab Meat $5.00

 
 I think this is a very unique way of presenting the Singaporean's all time favourite - Chilli crab.

Jade Wanton in Laksa Soup $5.00

Look at the size of the wanton, it's BIG indeed! I will think that pure shrimp wanton may go better than the chives wanton with the Laksa Soup, but again, this is just individual preference.

Toa Payoh January 2014 Specials

Crispy Salad Fish Rolls $4.20

I love how the batter was done, very crispy!  But it may taste better if the portion of the thousand island sauce is reduced, as I do find it somehow masked the taste of the fish.

Phoenix City Quail Eggs $5.00
 
This is one the favouite among all of us, the prawn is fresh and crunchy.

Plaza Singapura January 2014 Specials
 
Dace Fish Paste Soup with Lettuce $6.00
 

Steamed Chicken with Fish Maw $5.50
 
I'll think that it is pretty good deal for the Steamed Chicken with Fish Maw at $5.50 with the generous portion of fish maw, the steamed chicken that retained the moisture which adds to its juiciness.

To keep up with Tim Ho Wan's latest updates and promotion, check out:
Tim Ho Wan Website: http://www.timhowan.com/, and
Tim Ho Wan Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/timhowan


Tim Ho Wan Singapore Outlets:

Tim Ho Wan Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Road #01-29A, Singapore, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 10.00pm (Monday – Friday)
9.00am – 10.00pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday)

Tim Ho Wan Toa Payoh
Address: ERA Centre, 450 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #02-02, Singapore 319394
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Monday – Sunday and Public Holiday)
 
Tim Ho Wan Bedok Mall
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Road #B1-51/52 Singapore 467360
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Monday – Sunday and Public Holiday)
 
Tim Ho Wan Westgate
Address: 3 Gateway Drive #01-13/14 Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Monday – Sunday and Public Holiday)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Shane Cao at Hood Bar and Cafe

15 December 2013, Singapore - Shane Cao (曹轩宾) was earlier in town to promote his new album, 《参宿七》 (shēn xiù qī).

The exclusive showcase was held at Hood Bar & Café at Bugis+. Former contestants of Channel U’s Superband competition - Juno Lin ( 林昭宇) and Jacky Chew (周玮贤) did the opening acts for the showcase and performed their self-composed songs that will be released in their first EP.

Juno Lin sang his newly released single, 《反正是愛》, which was just released on 10th Dec. And Jacky Chew performed 《是我不好》, that will be released on 17th Dec.  Listen to Jacky's song with your eyes closed, you may be mistaken for a moment, that you are listening to JJ Lin JunJie!


Juno and Jacky collaborated to sing Gary Cao's (曹格) 《背叛》 while the audience sang along!
The 2 newcomers got the chance to exchange conversation with Shane Cao, who gladly shared his experience and tips as a producer and composer.

Followed by is Shane's solo performance, where he sang a total of 6 songs.  Among which, is 《魂不吝》, which Shane specially dedicated to his fans, who have been supportive all this while.  Shane still sang 《可惜不是你》, despite the fact that he has been singing this song numerously and is almost getting sick of singing this song repeatedly.  Reason being, this is the song that brought him to everyone’s attention.



While all are having a great time listening to Shane, all good things must come to an end.  Shane ended the session with 《还记得吗》, which was inspired by a true life story of his friend.


If you can't get enough of Shane's music, you can purchase a copy of his new album, 《参宿七》 from all CD-Rama outlets.

To view more photos of Shane at Hood Bar & Café, pls visit my Facebook Photo Album.

曹轩宾日前于新加坡宣传他的个人新专辑《参宿七》 (shēn xiù qī),并于Hood Bar & Café 举办了个人音乐会。

前 U 频道 Superband 参赛者,林昭宇 (Juno) 与周玮贤 (Jacky) 为音乐会掀开序幕,并演绎了他们个人最新发表作品,《反正是愛》及《是我不好》。若闭上眼睛聆听周玮贤的演绎,会有那么一瞬间,你以为自己正在听着 JJ 林俊杰的歌。二人一同演绎了曹格的《背叛》,亦乘机向曹轩宾讨教音乐创作及制作音乐的心得。

歌友会中,曹轩宾演绎了共 6 首歌曲,并以《魂不吝》点献予那些对他不离不弃的粉丝。音乐会最终以《可惜不是你》作结尾; 尽管曹轩宾已尝过无数次,也开始感觉腻了,但,他仍抵不过大家的请求。毕竟,《可惜不是你》这首歌开启了他辗转为歌手的道路。

若还听不够曹轩宾的演绎,你可在各个 CD-Rama 购买他的新专辑《参宿七》。

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Shane Cao at BookFest@Singapore 2013

14 December 2013, Singapore - I first got to learn about Shane Cao (曹轩宾) was some time around 12th Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 (GCMA 2012) when radio stations kept playing his cover version of 《可惜不是你》, which was originally composed by him and sang by Fish Leong (梁静茹). 

During the GCMA 2012, he wore a white suit and played the piano version of 《可惜不是你》, and looked totally like a prince charming.  His version was so melancholic that I can’t help feeling tears at the verge!  His live performance left a deep impression on me.

(Video Credit: Michelle Jee)

Recently, Shane returns to Singapore as a Singer with his latest album, Rigel 《参宿七》. The songs in his latest album consists of different elements liks Electric, Rock, R&B, Funk, etc; which is big change from his usual ballet singing.  It might be too big a change for some but I feel that this is great as he gets to explore the different varieties of music and not limiting himselfs to ballets only, even though I personally still prefer his ballets. 

His appearance was at the BookFest@Singapore 2013. Shane sang a couple of songs, including 《纠结》 as well as the keyboard version of 《可惜不是你》.  He also sang《还记得吗》 which was originally inspired by his friend who had passed on and dedicate it to those who have lost their loved ones, and hope to encourage them to be strong.



After his performance, there was an autograph session where crowd of fans are seen and couple of them holding dozens of his latest albums! The response is considerably good for a new comer.  The fans also got a chance to take a snapshot with him which is a great ending to the session.




To view more photos of Shane at BookFest@Singapore 2013, pls visit my Facebook Photo Album.

初次认识曹轩宾是在《第12届全球华语歌曲排行榜》举行的时期,听到他重新演绎为梁静茹创作的《可惜不是你》,与梁静茹演绎的版本截然不同。

在《第12届全球华语歌曲排行榜》颁奖典礼上,曹轩宾一身白色礼服,用钢琴演奏并深情演绎《可惜不是你》,俨然白马王子般。

近日,曹轩宾再度重返新加坡宣传他的最新专辑《参宿七》 (shēn xiù qī) 并于新达城第七届海外华文书展中举行了签唱会。他的新专辑包含不同的音乐元素,如:电子、摇滚、R&B, 及Funk。对于一些人来说,这样的转变或许太大了,但我却不以为然,能够尝试多元化的音乐是件好事,虽然我仍然较爱他的抒情歌曲。

曹轩宾为大家带来了几首好歌,包括,《纠结》 、及键盘钢琴版的《可惜不是你》。他也演绎了《还记得吗》,一首灵感自一位已故友人的动人故事,并献给那些失去至亲的观众,希望能够激励他们勇敢走下去。演出过后,便举办签名会,以一位新人来说,出席率还不错,更有歌迷买了大批的专辑以示支持!歌迷除了能获得他的签名外,还能与他和照,好不欢喜!

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Have a blessed Christmas, my dear friends!
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Domino's Bloggers Appreciation Night 2013

Attended the very first Domino's Pizza event.  Sound ironical that I attended the appreciation Night when I had not attended to their previous food tasting sessions.

Happened that most of the time I just can't my schedule but this round I can make it, so I just thought of trying my luck to register and support my fellow blogger friends who have won the prizes of the inter-blogging contest by Domino's Pizza.  Anyway, sis, CF actually attended Domino's event before so I'm turning up "in place" of her, muahaha, I know, this reason is simply lame...

The event was held at the SCAPE* Studio and the room was filled with Blue, Red and White balloons which simply makes one think of the Domino's Pizza.  It was a great session meeting some old friends and making some new friends as well.

We had a great feast of the Domino's Pizza and other finger foods as well.  We are simply spoilt for choices!!!

We actually managed to taste 4 types of Pizzas.  Too bad, I did not get to try the Hawaiian Pizza which is highly recommended by all.  But still there is a lot to feast and I get to try their new Cheese Crust.  It is certainly fulfilling with the cheese, yet not over-whelming.


Pizzas from Top Left Clockwise: The Classified Chicken, The Big BBQ Pizza, 
The Chicken Temptations and The Prawn Sensation.

The Onion rings taste superb, I just find it very different from what I ate elsewhere, it is only upon looking at the brochure, that I realise it is Garlic Cheese Onion Rings, no wonder...


The Crazy Chicken Crunchies taste slightly spicy, shiok! But to Malcolm & Don, these are a bit spicy for their taste bud!  But still, I see Don keep popping these into his mouth, lol!

Roasted drumlets will never go wrong, these golden roasted drummets are gone before you know it!

And finally come the long waited Chocolate Lava Cake which everyone is raving about it!!!  I finally got to taste it and now I do understand why everyone loves it!  You gotta try it yourself! All you need to do is place your order through a few clicks at http://www.dominos.com.sg


The cameraman went around shooting candid shots of us savouring the food; cheeky Don tried to act funny with his piece of Pizza, muahaha! Poor Dawn sitting beside Don, is trying very hard to contain her laughter.

Of course the Appreciation Night is not all about feasting but also giving out the prizes for the inter-blogging contest. And the Winner is none other than Only William!  This is the 3rd time he won the prize, but from what I see, he truly deserve it as he has seriously put in much effort.  

Congrats to Malcolm, Damien (Uncle TehPeng), Dawn and Chloe who also won the consolation prizes.

Of course, these shall not be all.  After all the makan and prize giving, it's time for photo session with fellow bloggers before we end the night!
Photo with Chloe, such a sweet gal! (My eyes looked shut, aiya... spoil the photo)

Photo with Tse Lyn.

Clockwise: Photo with Tse Lyn, William, Dawn, Don, and Malcolm.

Clockwise: Group Photo with Don, Dawn's BF, Dawn, Valentine, William, Malcolm, Tse Lyn & Sweetie Evalee.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Touching Love Story of Tree, Leaf and Wind

Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. 
Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay...

In my previous post, I shared about this touching love story about Tree, Leaf and Wind in Chinese.
For the benefit of those who can't understand Chinese, you get to read the story in English here...

I first heard this story through Y.E.S. FM93.3, and can't help weeping throughout the story... I believed, many have heard about the story but recently seeing one of my Taiwanese Photography friend, Faye Chen, posted the following picture, I just can't help but wanted to share the story with those who have never heard about the story...

Tree
People call me "Tree".

I had dated 5 girls when I was in Pre-U. There is one girl who I love a lot but never dared to go after. She didn't have a pretty face, good figure or an outstanding charm. She was just a very ordinary girl. I liked her. I really liked her. I liked her innocence, her frankness, her intelligence and her fragility. Reason for not going after her was that I felt somebody so ordinary like her was not a good match for me. I was also afraid that after we were together all the feelings would vanish. I was also afraid other's gossip would hurt her.
I felt that if she were my girl, she'd be mine ultimately & I didn't have to give up anything just for her. The last reason, made her accompany me for 3 years. She watched me chase other girls, and I have made her heart cry for 3 years.

She was a good actor, and me a demanding director. When I kissed my second girlfriend, she bumped into us. She was embarrassed but smiled & said, "Go on!" before running off. The next day, her eyes were swollen like a walnut. I did not want to know what caused her to cry. Later that day, I returned from soccer training to get something & watched her cry in the classroom for an hour or so. My fourth girlfriend did not like her. There was once when both of them quarreled. I know that based on her character she is not the type that will start the quarrel. However, I still sided my girlfriend. I shouted at her & ignored her feelings and walked off with my girlfriend. The next day, she was laughing & joking with me like nothing happened. I know she was hurt but she did not know deep down inside I was hurt too.

When I broke up with my fifth girlfriend, I asked her out. Later that day, I told her I had something to tell her. I told her about my break up. Coincidentally, she has something to tell me too, about her getting together. I knew who the person was. His pursuit for her had been the talk of the School. I did not show her my heartache, just smiled & gave my best wishes. Once I reached home, I could not breathe. Tears rolled & I broke down. How many times have I seen her cry for the man who did not acknowledge her presence?
During graduation, I read a SMS in my hp. It said, "Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay"......

Leaf
People call me Leaf.

During the 3 years of Pre-U, I was on very close terms with a guy as buddy kind. However, when he had his first girlfriend, I learnt a feeling I never should have learnt - Jealousy. Sourness to the extreme limit. They were only together for 2 months. When they broke up, I hid my happiness. But after a month, he got together with another girl.

I liked him & I know he liked me. But why wouldn't he pursue me? Since he loves me why didn't he make the first move? Whenever he had a new girlfriend, my heart would hurt. After some time, I began to suspect that this was one-sided love. If he didn't like me, why did he treat me so well? It's beyond what you will normally do for a friend. I know his likes, his habits. But his feelings towards me I can never figure out. You can't expect me a girl, to ask him. Despite that, I still wanted to be by his side. Care for him, accompany him, and love him. Hoping that one day, he will come to love me. Because of this, I waited for him. Sometimes, I wondered if I should continue waiting. The pain, the dilemma accompanied me for 3 years.

At the end of my 3rd year, a junior pursued me. Everyday he pursued me. He's like the cool & gentle wind, trying to blow off a leaf from a tree. In the end, I realized that I wanted to give this wind a small footing in my heart. I know the wind will bring the leaf to a better land. Finally, the leaf left the tree, but the tree only smiled & didn't ask me to stay.

Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. Or cause Tree didn't ask her to stay.

Wind
Because I like a girl called leaf. Because she's so dependent on tree, so I have to be a gust of wind. A wind that will blow her away. When I first met her, it was 1 month after I was transferred to this new school. I saw a petite person looking at my seniors & me playing soccer. During ECA time, she will always be sitting there. Be it alone or with her friends, looking at him. When he talks with girls, there's jealousy in her eyes. When he looked at her, there's a smile in her eyes. Looking at her became my habit. Just like, she likes to look at him.
One day, she didn't appear. I felt something missing. I can't explain the feeling except it's a kind of uneasiness. The senior was also not there as well. I went to their classroom, hid outside and saw my senior scolding her. Tears were there in her eyes as he left. The next day, I saw her at her usual place, looking at him. I walked over and smiled to her. Took out a note & gave it to her. She was surprised. She looked at me, smiled & accepted the note. The next day, she appeared & passed me a note and left.

It read, "Leaf's heart is too heavy and wind couldn't blow her away."
"It's not that the leaf's heart is too heavy. Its because leaf never wants to leave tree." I replied to her note with this statement and slowly she started to talk to me & accept my presents & phone calls. I know that the person she loves is not me. But I have this perseverance that one day I will make her like me. Within 4 months, I have declared my love for her no less than 20 times. Every time, she will divert away from the topic. But I never give up. If I decide I want her to be mine, I will definitely use all means to win her over. I can't remember how many times I have declared my love to her. Although I know, she will try to divert but I still bear a small ray of hope.

One day, hoping that she will agree to be my girlfriend, I gave her a call. I didn't hear any reply from her over the phone. I asked, "What are you doing? How come you didn't want to reply?" She said, "I'm nodding my head". "Ah?" I couldn't believe my ears. "I'm nodding my head" She replied loudly. I hang up the phone, quickly changed and took a taxi and rushed to her place & pressed her doorbell. During the moment when she opened the door, I hugged her tightly.

Leaf's departure is because of Wind's pursuit. Or because Tree didn't ask her to stay...


Afterthoughts
Maybe it's Tree's arrogance, thinking that Leaf will stand by him forever, causing him to lose Leaf.
Or maybe, it's Tree's cruelty which hurts Leaf over and over again, causing her to dishearten and decide to leave him.

Is it Wind's perseverance that finally touched Leaf and woo over her hearts?
Or is it Wind's note that awoken Leaf?

Is Leaf accepting Wind wholeheartedly?
Of is Leaf just accepting the fact that being loved is more blissful than loving others?

Undoubtedly, there are some many questions in my mind, but only Leaf have the answer to all these questions... So what are your thoughts?

Friday, December 20, 2013

樹、葉、風、的愛情故事

葉子的離去,是因為風的追求,還是樹的不挽留?

相信許多人對這個故事並不陌生,之所以想在部落格裡分享這個故事,是在面子書上看到陳飛攝癮陳飛兄所分享的這張落葉的照片,在此希望與那些還未聽過這個故事的人共勉之。

第一聽到這個故事,是透過FM93.3的“音樂故事”,聽完故事后,不禁發現已熱淚滿眶。這個故事亦有英文版本。同樣的故事,不一樣的語言,卻同樣地令人感動。然而,我依然較偏愛華文版本﹔淺白的文字、蕭瑟的意境,令我感動不已。單單是標題,就已讓人感到無限的感慨、無限的遺憾……

樹的告白:
會叫樹的原因,是因為我擅長畫水彩畫,最愛畫樹,久而久之, 我的畫作右下方索性以一棵樹來代表我。

高中三年交過五個女朋友,有一個女孩子,我很愛她,卻遲遲不敢追, 她沒有美麗的面孔,沒有姣好的身材,沒有撩人的魅力, 一個再平凡不過的女孩子。我喜歡她,真的真的很喜歡她,喜歡她的單純, 她的直率,她的可愛,她的智障,她的脆弱。

不追她的原因,也許是潛意識覺得平凡如她配不上我﹔ 也許是因為怕在一起后,一切的好感都會消失﹔ 也許是怕外人的指指點點傷害了她﹔ 也許是覺得,她會是我的,不用急著為了她而放棄一切。 最后這個原因,讓她陪了我三年,讓她看著我和別的女孩子厮混了三年, 讓她心痛了三年。

她很想當一個好演員,但我卻像一個嚴苛的導演。 我和第二個女朋友在廁所接吻,被她撞見, 她尷尬的笑笑說:“go on!”然后跑掉,第二天, 她眼睛腫得跟核桃一樣,我故意不去猜想是誰讓她哭成這樣, 嘲笑了她一天,她在所有人都回家后,在教室哭了起來, 她不知道練球回來拿東西的我,看了她一個多小時。

我的第四個女朋友,一直很不喜歡她,有次她們兩個吵了起來, 我知道依她的個性不會去惹事,但我還是護著女朋友, 她被我吼了一下后,愣住,眼淚滑了下來,我無視她的眼淚, 陪女友走出教室,第二天,她依舊嘻嘻哈哈的和我開玩笑, 我知道她很難過,但她不會知道我的心不比她好受。

當我和第五個女朋友分手時,我約她出去玩,玩了一天,我對她說: “我有事要對你說。”她說:“真巧,我也有事要對你說。” “我和她分手了。”“我和他在一起了。”我知道“他”是誰, 他追她也有一陣子了,是個蠻可愛的男孩子,活潑有趣,充滿了熱情, 追她追得滿城風雨。我不能表現自己的心痛,隻能笑笑地恭喜她, 但當我回到家,心中的痛楚強烈得令我無法承受, 像有個千斤重的石頭壓在我胸口,我無法呼吸,想大叫卻叫不出來, 眼淚竟然滑了下來,我掩面大哭,多少次, 我也看著她為了那個不願承認的人掩面大哭。

畢業典禮時,我在手機上發現了一封簡訊,這是十天前, 我掩面大哭時傳來的,隻是我一直沒有去開過機。

“葉子的離開,是因為風的追求,還是樹的不挽留?

葉子的告白:
高中時,喜歡搜集葉子,why?因為我覺得, 一片葉子要離開它長期依賴的樹,好勇敢哩!
高中三年,我和一個男孩子很好,不算男女朋友那種好, 是好朋友那種好,但是,在他交第一個女朋友時, 我學會了一種不該有的感覺,吃醋,心中的酸, 不是一顆檸檬可以比喻,那就像是100顆臭酸的檸檬,酸到不行, 他們隻在一起兩個月,當他們分手,我還得掩飾自己心中強烈的喜悅, 但是一個月后,他和另一個女孩子在一起。

我喜歡他,也知道他喜歡我,可是,他為什麼總是不追我呢? 明明喜歡彼此,為什麼不行動?每當他交一個女朋友,我就心痛一次, 一次又一次的打擊,讓我不禁懷疑,是我一廂情願嗎?不愛我, 為什麼要對我那麼好?他對我的好,已經不是普通朋友可以做到。

喜歡一個人,好難過,我可以清楚的知道他的喜好,他的習慣, 唯獨他對我的感覺,我猜不透,難道要我這個女孩子去開口嗎? 盡管如此,我還是想在他身邊,關心他,陪他,愛他, 也許算是一種等待的行為,等待他回來愛我,就像每天晚上等他的電話, 等他的簡訊,我知道,就算他再忙,也會撥出一些時間給我。 這樣的等待,陪了我三年,等待是難熬的,是令人想放棄的, 但等到的那一剎那,讓人第二天會繼續等下去。

這樣的煎熬,這樣的痛苦,這樣的幸福,這樣的矛盾,陪了我三年。 直到三年級下學期,高二一個學弟喜歡上我,每天的熱情追求, 令我從一開始的拒絕,漸漸願意挪出我心房的一些位置給他。 他像一陣溫柔而持久的風,撩撥我這片搖搖欲墜的葉子,到最后, 我發現我已經不想隻留一點點的位置給這陣風,我知道這陣風, 會帶我這片傷痕累累的葉子,到更幸福的地方。 於是我離開了樹,樹隻是笑笑,沒有挽留。

“葉子的離開,是因為風的追求,還是樹的不挽留?”

風的告白:
因為我喜歡的女孩子叫葉子,因為她有一棵令她依戀的樹, 所以我要當一陣風,一陣呵護她的風。
第一次看見她,是高二我轉來一個月后的事,個子小小的她坐在球場旁, 一雙眼凝視著同和我在球場的學長,每天的社團時間,她總會坐在那裡, 一個人,和朋友,她的眼光依舊凝視著他,當他和女孩子打打鬧鬧, 她的眼中有淚,當他看向她,她的眼中有笑。看她成了我的習慣, 就像她愛看他。

有一天她沒來,我心中沒來由的焦慮與不安,我無法解釋那種感覺, 除了不安,還是不安,而且那學長竟然也不在。我沖去他們教室, 躲在外面,看著學長罵她,她的眼淚,他的離去。 第二天,她依舊坐在場邊,看著他,我走過去,對她笑一笑, 拿了張紙條給她,她先是驚訝的看著我,然后笑笑地收下。 隔天,她拿著紙條出現在我面前,然后離開。

“葉子的心太沉重,風吹不動。” “不是葉子的心太沉重,是葉子根本就不想離開樹。”  我回給她這段話后,她漸漸會和我說話,收我的禮物,接我的電話。 我知道她喜歡的不是我,但我還是有毅力一定要讓她喜歡上我, 四個月內我告白了不下20次,每一次她都轉移話題,但我還是不會放棄, 我決定要的人,我就一定會給它追過來!

一直到不知道第幾次的告白,出了口,雖然知道她一定會又說到別的事, 但還是有一絲絲希望她的答應,沒想到她都不說話,“你在干嘛?怎麼不說話?” 我對著話筒說。

“我在點頭。” “啊?”我不敢相信自己的耳朵。 “我在點頭! 她大聲叫。
我甩掉電話,匆匆披上一件衣服,上了機車,沖去她們家按門鈴, 當她開門的那一剎那,緊緊抱住她。

“葉子的離開,是因為風的追求,還是樹的不挽留?”

讀后感
也許是樹的自負,以為葉子會一輩子厮守著他,讓他失去了葉子。
又或許,是樹的殘酷,一次又一次地傷害了葉子,讓她心灰意冷而離去。

是風的執著,深深地打動了葉子
還是,風的字條,一言驚醒夢中人

究竟葉子是真心真意地接受風
又或是,她已接受被愛比愛人幸福的觀念

心中難免有很多疑問,但,這一切的一切,就似乎隻有葉子能夠解答。而你又有何想法呢?

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Starbucks Christmas Open House 2013 Marks New Height for Donations Raised

The inaugural Starbucks Christmas Festival, held at Starbucks Plaza Singapura outlet together with the annual Christmas Open House, concluded with a house full of merriment on 5 December 2013.


Light Up Cermony - Jane Lau, managing director of Starbucks Singapore (right) together with Goh Yan Zhen, store manager of Starbucks Plaza Singapura (middle) and Bill Foo, Chairman of The Salvation Army (left). 
 
Islandwide of 98 Starbucks outlets participated in this year’s Christmas Open House and gave away total 29,411 cups of complimentary tall-sized Christmas beverage from 5pm to 7pm, raising S$62,655.30 for The Salvation Army, which marks the highest amount raised for the past 10 years.
 
Goh Yan Zhen, store manager of Starbucks Plaza Singapura ringing the bell to
mark the commencement of the Starbucks Christmas Open House 2013

The Starbucks Christmas Festival also marked the culmination of a week-long public performance by 23 local artistes including, 53A, Charles Lim, Dawn Ho, Kevin Guoh, Michaela Therese, Munir Alsagoff, Natalie Hiong, Nick Tan, Rachael Teo, The Glad Stones, The Ukulele Girls, and Vanessa Faith. They have joined hands to put up performances in celebration of Starbucks and The Salvation Army’s decade-long partnership and to raise fund for The Salvation Army.

(From Left to Right) Bill Foo, Chairman of The Salvation Army, Jane Lau, managing director of Starbucks Singapore, Goh Yan Zhen, store manager of Starbucks Plaza Singapura, Serena Chen, Sara Wee, Bani Hidir and Alvin Khoo from 53A, and Michaela Therese rang the bell to kick off this year’s Christmas Festival.
 

53A doing the opening of the Starbucks Christmas Festival

 
 Other local artistes performed at the Opening Christmas Festival - Natalie Hiong, Dawn Ho,
Munir Alsagoff, Vanessa Faith, The Glad Stones and The Ukulele Girls
 
  Artistes that performed during the week-long Starbucks Christmas Festival - Rachael Teo,
Nick Tan, The Glad Stones, Charles Lim, The Ukukelele Girls and Zack

During the Christmas Open House, Starbucks customers were treated to a complimentary tall-sized Christmas beverage at every Starbucks outlets in Singapore and were encouraged to donate to The Salvation Army.
Kids are donating to The Salvation Army at Starbucks Christmas Open House 2013!
  
Starbucks customers donating  to The Salvation Army at the 10th annual Christmas Open House 
 
 Happy Customer at Starbucks Christmas Open House 2013
 
Salvation Army Pop Up Thrift Store at Starbucks Plaza Singapura
 
 
Images Credit: Starbucks Singapore, except for those water-marked