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時間、空間、歷史幻象交錯 Illusion of Time, Dimension and History

時間、空間、歷史幻交錯

吳哥王朝早已於歷史洪流中煙消雲散。這個盛極一時的神秘高棉帝國,除了留下一段段謎樣的歷史,還有千百年來屹立不倒的文明遺跡。置身其中,一座又一座的祭祀廟宇、國王陵寢,在刻上活靈活現精緻浮雕的走廊中穿梭,每一個角落都有故事,感受到千百年前人民生活過的痕跡。王朝的輝煌,在廢墟中一幕幕重新上演,虛實交錯,同時又像細訴往事如煙。人類文明敵不過時間和歷史的巨輪,一切已煙消魂散,剩下的只有遺址。

那是一段關於人性的時代傳記。紀錄了人類如何在苦難之中絃歌不輟地創造文明,同時又不斷因其貪婪自私的本性而摧毀所有的繁盛,留下一頁頁血雨腥風的史書,滿山遍地的白骨亡魂。時宜至今,歷史仍不斷重新演釋,週而復始,令人痛心。

吳哥建築美學

吳哥窟的建材主要紅土、砂岩、方磚、經過精密計算和佈局進行相崁,並以大木刻和仔細上色的木材蓋建。最早期在高棉神廟留下的木材,因為年日久遠早而腐爛,只剩下牆上一個個整齊的洞孔,便可知一二。吳哥的建築群包括祭祀的地方,迂迴的長廊及至後期錯綜複雜的廟宇,高聳層疊式金字塔式建築。而後彌山 (Mount Meru) 是高綿建築學的高峰,它是整個宇宙及精神層面的中心,採用了軸向校准,對準了夏至及冬至的方向,並以幾何和精確的比例,展示王朝的偉大及力量!當我爬上吳哥窟的高梯,再一層一層爬上去看寺內的大佛,不能不讚嘆建築群信仰的力量。

Illusion of Time, Dimension and History

The remains of the great Khmer empire spread out in the jungles and allow its visitors a glimpse of the majesty of this once proud civilization. Stories and legends of the era lie in the stone inscriptions adorning the buildings. These carvings tell episodes about gods and people’s everyday life so vividly that I am able to relive its colorful history. But revisiting the past also prompted me to think how ironic it was for such a powerful civilization to suddenly come to its end, its people gone, and its architecture abandoned in a jungle. I cannot help but ponder about the dark side of human nature, and how history keeps repeating itself under the influence of human greed, which brought upon wars that ultimately destroyed the very proud civilizations they themselves built.

The Aesthetics of Angkor Architecture

The Angkor Wat is known to the world for its architectural and artistic value. A large part of the Angkorian architecture was mainly constructed of red clay, sandstone and brick. The stones, laid without mortar, were fixed to places with very tight and nicely-fitted joints. The earliest temples used a lot of wooden materials that perished over time. The major scheme for the building construction of Angkorian temples was that of the Temple Mountain, an architectural representation of Mount Meru, which is the home of the gods in Hinduism. The temple itself was in the shape of a pyramid of several levels, and the home of the gods was represented by the elevated sanctuary at the center of the temple. When building the sacred space, it is believed that the designers took measurements of solar and lunar time cycles and incorporated this divine mandate to perfection. When I was climbing up to the stairs step by step, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the effort of the designer and the power of the religion.

A moment of solace.

Lost in space and time.

 

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知性台北,心靈角落

Let the Taiwanese wisdom soothes your soul

 

每次到台北,心裏總散發著由衷的微笑。她不是一個令人震攝的霸氣城市; 它的多元、包容、人性化和文化卻由每一個街角弄巷及台北人身上一點點的散發出來。而台北人很愛護這城市,一切讓空間並列生存和保育,走到每一個角落,也可找到一個讓人心靈平衡的空間, 因此可能香港人也找回屬於自己的心靈角落。

I’ve put on my souful smile from my heart whenever I come back to Taipei. The city is not famous for its power. Rather it is a city of diversity, human touch and culture where you can feel it in every corner, or with whoever you meet. Taipei people love their city. You can see the balance of tradition and growth here. There is a reason why many Hongkongers feel very connected with the city.

青田七六是馬廷英的故居,建築揉合日式和西式設計, 這個老居子是古蹟,咖啡館和地質展示館, 很值得一遊。

The old-school architecture was built with Japanese touch and Western style. Highly recommended for its heritage value, its decent café and a living museum of geology.

應接室擺放著懷舊擺設。

The classic collection at the reception.

下午時段供應日式下午茶。如中午或晚餐則供應定食。

Japanese style of afternoon tea served in the afternoon. Set menu for lunch or dinner.

洋式下午茶以糕點為主。

Cakes are served for the afternoon set.

屋內的地板、一磚一瓦保存得很好,仿如置身日治時代的台灣。

As if you were back to Taiwan in the Japanese colonial era – well preserved with the floor and tiles from the old days.

屋內一圖,放置當時的生活照。

Portraits of the old days.

洋式的飯廳, 這古蹟不單極具歷史意義, 也是餐館,若不想沒位子,建議預約。

The dining room in western style. In love with the historical value of the building which revamps as a restaurant now. Reservation is recommended if you’d like to pay a visit.

Etiquette

禮儀軼事

Small Stories About Etiquette

 

到英國學習禮儀學,是我生命中其中一段很好的經驗、人生旅程。除了英國本身保留了大量歷史和文化遺產,學習資源充足,如不同皇宮及博物館均提供大量教材,擴闊眼界。而當我更了解他們的文化,知道他們想法的由來,也提升了與他們溝通的成效。個人的經驗告訴我,當我的談吐行為、習慣、知識及信心與他們沒多大差別時,英國人(外國人) 是會對你有多一份尊重。

Studying etiquette in the U.K. has been one of the vital and rewarding life experiences throughout my life journey. The United Kingdom is an amazing country of history and heritage where one can easily live up with examples and resources like palaces and museums. I am pleased to understand their culture. By understanding more of their thoughts, I have managed to communicate more effectively with the locals. From what I learnt from my experience, somehow  you can earn more respects from the English (or foreigners in general) if you understand, speak and act as if you were part of them (of course, in confidence).

老師安排我到白金漢宮 (Buckingham Palace)近距離接觸,於禁地拍了張照片。

My teacher arranged my visit to the Buckingham Palace where I could manage to take a few shots in the forbidden area.

學習衣著及個人形象、指定動作到 V&A 學 Fashion History

Learning the art of dressing, personal styling, designated posture. Learning Fashion history at the V&A

一直至今,男仕的衣著向來都比女仕講究 。

James Bowden 於 Manners for Men 曾把男仕服裝總括和分類為: 步行、騎馬、駕駛、探訪、划船、狩獵、射擊、高球、騎自行車、網球、板球、足球、用膳、抽煙、休閒、賽車、遊艇、西裝、摩托車裝,更說明了應配以各種飾品才算完整的打扮 , 也是說明了於社會上的身份。當然,今日的社會也簡化了很多。

The art of menswear is more sophisticated than women wear by tradition.

James Bowden wrote about the menswear in the <Manners for Men>. The dress code categories include: walking, horse-riding, driving, visit, rowing, hunting, shooting, golf, cycling, tennis, cricket, football, dining, smoking, causal, racing, yachting, formal attire, motorbike.

He also introduced the accessories according to the outfit, which represented the social class status. Of course, nowadays, the dress code is far more simplified.

學習餐桌禮儀,必須辨認刀具及器具的功能,也需要設計餐單,根據餐單擺放餐桌佈置、桌具及酒杯,亦需要學習排位、娛樂、布藝、佈置美學、花卉擺設、作為主持人的責任等學問。

The basics of table manner: to distinguish the tableware and their functions, to design a menu, to set the table with table cloth, setting, tableware and glassware in accordance to the menu. Furthermore, you can imagine you ‘d learn more like seating plan, entertainment, and the art of clothing, the art of design and deco, floral arrangements and the roles and responsibilities of a host.

老師即場考我法式與英式的7道菜setting ── 訓練過關!

I was tested by the 7-course setting in both French and English ways. Yeah, and I passed!

標準Afternoon Tea 示範:三層架及scone(英式鬆餅)

Scone放於側面,如果沒有這樣多的糕點,scone則置於中層。

The demonstration of the classic Afternoon Tea: a three-tiered cake stand and scone

Scones are usually put on the side of a cake stand. Alternatively in the centre if there are not many cakes and bites for the day.