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與夢參老和尚面對面

二零一零年的三月中旬,

我的一位好鄰居熱心的邀請我與她同去看夢參老和尚,直說這是很難得的機會。

我一聽說是見夢參老和尚,哇!這位是了不起的人耶!我曾看見他在電視上的講經節目,九十幾歲的人了,講話聲音比一般人還響亮,聲音好像透過空氣傳得好遠的感覺,而且每句話都有力地敲打著我的想法。雖然聽他講經的時間很短,但我好感動,這個年紀了他還是這麼認真。

沒想到這次與夢參老和尚見面的距離比起我坐在電視前看講經節目還近,與他的距離至多只有九十公分多,在座的大概約有八、九個人,每個人都有機會發問,他針對提出的問題談話。

我提出的問題:「為什麼您九十六歲的高齡,講話的聲音還是如此宏亮?」

老和尚先是笑笑跟我講:「那你問我,我問誰呢?我倒覺得自己差了,沒以前好」

我愛台北象山:幸福

view of elephant mountain in Taipei我的幸福是 開門見象山

我的幸福是 象山上如如不動的佛菩薩們

我的幸福是 象山上聲聲問好的山友們

我的幸福是 象山上老友們的熱茶、包子與炒麵

我的幸福是 象山上張開毛羽迎向陽光的筆筒樹

我的幸福是 象山上牢牢抓住巨石不斷攀爬的大板樹根

我的幸福是 象山上展翅盤旋追日的大冠鷹三口

我的幸福是 象山上穿梭樹稍覓食的松鼠們

我的幸福是 象山上離我遠遠見我就散的竹絲

我的幸福是 象山上載我步步而上的石階

我的幸福是 象山上大開我眼界的姆指山

我的幸福是 象山上完全接納我的花草樹木

我的幸福是 與您分享象山上的幸福

我愛台北象山:努力向上爬的筆筒樹

象山上的筆筒樹

 

三億年前地球的板塊運動

原本沉睡在海裡頭的象山巨石被推擠浮上海面

巨石帶著不曾見過天日的海草一起迎向陽光

海草們幾億年來吸收日月的精華漸漸長成蕨類

蕨類們不斷地加油持續向陽光方向努力

矮小的蕨類們長成了一棵棵高高的樹穿過大樹們的遮蔽

一隻隻像鵝毛筆的樹葉垂掛在蛇紋樹幹上

當初的低等植物自侏羅紀時期進化成筆筒樹存活下來

如今筆筒樹們光明正大地佔有象山一席之地
 

How to get to Elephant Mountain?

How to get to Elephant Mountain?

From Taipei 101 it takes about 15 minutes to get to the start of the hiking path.

First, walk east along Xinyi Road for about 10 minutes to the junction of Song Ren Rd and Xinyi Road Section 5.

From the office to the kitchen

There are some questions I'm often asked:From the office to the kitchen

How long you've been cooking?
Where did you learn cooking?
Did you learn cooking from a culinary school?

Well, there is a story to tell which might answer those questions.

Afternoon tea with delicious Black Forest cake

Gasthaus Zum Adler German Restaurant

Gasthaus zum Adler, a German restaurant run by Mr. Söffner, is near the center of eastern Taipei, 10 minutes walk from Taipei 101. They specialize in southern German cuisine. Mostly the dishes are home made.

We often go there for afternoon tea: a cup of fresh coffee or tea, with home made German dessert. It costs only NT$150. For German desserts, we can have a choice of their home made ice cream, chocolate-coated banana cake, chocolate truffle, or black forest cake.

Homely Local Italian Restaurant

Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant

I enjoy casually walking into this local Italian restaurant in the evening, greeting Mr. Antonello, the chef, and Mrs Antonello, followed by Mrs Antonello's indication to sit at a table.

I enjoy Ciao Bella's authentic Italian home-style flavor, simply handmade pasta, good stewed tomato sauce, handmade bread, homemade rich chocolate cake with ice cream. It's all about Italian food – just simple and good quality ingredients.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Jade market

Taipei's jade market can be a very surprising place. The first surprise is that the jade isn't all green. The second surprise is that the stallholders don't seem very enthusiastic about selling jade.

Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan: Flower market

Join the crowds strolling through Taipei's Flower Market on Sundays. It's good for people watching even if you're not buying, and in summer all that vegetation keeps temperatures surprisingly pleasant in the shaded market.

 

 

Why study cooking in Taipei, Taiwan?

Taiwan fried rice!“Food is one arena where Taipei — the world’s most underrated capital city, according to Monocle magazine — blows Beijing away. Its food incorporates more influences, spans street food to haute cuisine with greater aplomb and is out and out more delicious”, according to The New York Times.

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