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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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台中。老英格蘭莊園。和媽媽去旅行

Taichung – A stay in Old England Manor with Mom

 

一個很特別的假期,忙碌的工作過後需要休息,也想擴闊自己的眼界,同時媽媽原來未到過台灣,所以決定帶她到台北及台中一趟。口密的我從來沒有告訴她,我早已訂了老英格蘭園 (Old England Manor) 或任何一間酒店。照顧我這個任性而又好奇心重的女兒這麼久,很想給她驚喜!

It’s a very special holiday. It is a break for work, an opportunity to widen my horizons, as well as an occasion to take Mom to Taiwan for the first time. I wanted to give her a surprise in the accommodations – thank her for taking care of a willful and curious daughter for so long.

這個英國 Turdo建築風格的古堡位於情境,華麗典雅,䇄立於1700公尺山間,雲霧、陽光時聚時散, 神秘又富魅力。這個建築由構思至落成歷時9年的時間,耗資超過2億新台幣。所有建材、木雕和家具全由歐洲進口。整座古堡分3個區域,只得23間房,每一間房也用頂級的Focal Utopia的音響,浴室用Hermes或BVGARI 精緻淋浴用品。房間每天都貼心附上一個surprise 給我們,晚餐更邀請所有客人到堡主的莎士比亞音樂廳,享受過百萬法國 Focal Utopia 音樂的共賞會,也讓住客互相認識、一起喝酒、小吃和聊天。古堡內有很多複製的藝術品給住客欣賞。這裏私隱度很高,不開放給外賓,參觀人仕只可到這裏享用有名的傳統英式下午茶,可參觀餐廳和室外庭園。清境溫差很大,白天和晚上可相差10度,必須帶多一點衣物。住在這裏認識了莊園內的服務員,每一位都很貼心和細心,每天除了與賓客談天說地外,也特別照顧我媽媽,離開時真的很不捨得這個地方。

The Old England Manor was built in Turdo architecture style on top of the hills in 1700m of Cingjing. Elegant and grand. Charming and mystery as well with the on and off mists and sunshine. It was built with NT$200 million for 9 years.  All building materials, wood sculpture and furniture were imported from Europe. The castle is in divided in 3 zones, a total of 23 rooms. Each room is equipped with top-tier AV brand Focal Utopia and Hermes or BVGARI shower supplies. Guests will receive a daily room surprise, and are invited for dinner with the Host and enjoy a Focal Utopia concert in the Shakespeare Conference Room. It is a fabulous opportunity for guests to chill out with some drinks and bites together. There are many  artwork replica in the castle. One to note about the castle – high privacy level – visitors are restricted to enjoy the renowned afternoon tea in the restaurant and take a walk in the outdoor garden only. Recommend taking more outfits with you – Cingjing ‘s temperature contrast up to up to 10 degrees between day and night. I missed the stay so much – for the considerate and sociable hotel guests who had taken a very good care of my mom!

由台北到台中,可乘搭高鐵,全程只需1小時。

Just an hour high-speed-train ride from Taipei to Taichung.

酒店被群山環抱。

The hotel is surrounded by lovely hills.

地理位置很高,天氣變化很大,雲海隨時出現。

High up in the hills, with constant changing weather. Watch out the cloud sea if lucky.

匠心獨特的古堡,猶如置身歐洲。

As if you were in Europe at this delicate castle.

大堂禮賓部 (Reception) 帶有強烈的 Turdo 色彩。

Strong Turdo touch in the Reception.

房間雅緻,大得可給一家四口子住。每房設minibar, 每天供應最新鮮的生果,替換讓你驚喜的小吃。配以Focal Utopia 音響、50吋LCD電視機,Super King Size 大床,一切都是最優質的享受。

Elegant room design which can house up to a family of 4. There is a minibar with the freshest refill of fruits and surprising snacks on a daily basis. The best in-room experience with Focal Utopia AV, 50-inch LCD TV and Super King Size Bed!

客廳。

Dining room.

卧室。

Bedroom.

書房。

Reading room.

莊園內每晚準備Set Dinner,並且安排於音樂會之前完結,讓客人可準時出席音樂會。當晚的紅豆菜忌廉湯。

Set dinner is available before the daily concert so that you can enjoy the concert on time. The Red bean veggie cream soup of the day.

餐前小吃是時令蘆筍。

Appetizer: seasonal asparagus.

前菜是中蝦配以松露煎蛋,這樣的配合是很夾。

First course: A perfect match of shrimps, truffles with eggs.

主菜是烤羊扒。

Main course: Grilled lamp chop.

或可選擇煎三文魚。

Another option: Grilled salmon.

甜品是 pana cota 。

Dessert: pana cota.

莎士比亞音樂廳的音樂分享會。

The concert in the Shakespeare Conference Room.

複製的巴洛克大師貝尼尼 (Berlini)作品 「阿波羅與載芙妮」(Apollo & Daphne)

The replica of “Apollo & Daphne” by Berlini.

莊園內每一個地方也是拍照的景點。

Fabulous photo taking spots everywhere.

於園內的一個偏廳。

One of the living rooms.

走廊。

Corridor.

宴會廳。

Ballroom.

連接各區的走廊。

Corridor connecting to different zones of the castle.

這裏的英式下午茶很有名氣,不少遊客慕名而來。

Many tourists come for the renowned English Afternoon Tea.

日出。宮原眼科,看看「哈利波特圖書館」,日治時代建築,風格重現。

At the Miyahara: The Dawn Cake. Check out the “Harry Potter Library”. Architecture dated back from the Japanese colonial times

一走進入內,是空間倘大書櫃和飾櫃,有點似百子櫃。

A huge shelf for books and accessories. Just like the hundred-drawer shelf in Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics.

四層樓的中庭天花是用玻璃做,讓天然光透進室內。

Glass ceiling of the atrium on the 4/F. Perfect sunlight for the indoor area.

日出的手工糖果。

Handmade candy of the Dawn Cake.

這個品牌包裝超精美,很多人特地來為婚宴喜事預定喜餅。此外,它的鳳梨酥和太陽餅也是伴手禮的首選。

Very delicate packaging of this brand. Many people come for ordering wedding cakes. Recommendation for souvenirs: Pineapple Cake and Sun Cake!

到二樓的醉月樓晚膳,這個珍珠奶茶內有美人茶,是我喝過最美味的珍珠奶茶。

Dining at Zui Yue Lou on the 2/F. The best Taiwanese Milk Tea I’ve ever had with the Beauty leaves in the recipe.

素茶很新鮮清甜。

Plain tea is refreshing too.

點了一個台中小吃拼盤。

A Taichung platter.

此房獨有的「眼科冰淇淋」,雪糕和其他配料大到一個人也吃不完。

The exclusive Miyahara ice-cream – such a big portion and topping for one.

在台中四處游走,發覺台中有很多日式建築,其中之一是林之助膠彩畫紀念館。畫室是教授之故居,簡樸優雅。

Surprised to locate a collection of Japanese style of buildings here and there in Taichung. Recommend one of them – Lin, Chih-Chu Memorial Building, a former residence of Professor Lin. Simple and elegant.

紀念館保留了當時用的顏料,現在已沒有人用這種帶礦物的膠彩。

The painting pigment was well preserved for exhibition. Long forgone pigment mixed with minerals.

室內的和室,反映了教授深受日本文化影響。

Prof. Lin was influenced by the Japanese culture a lot, as seen from the Japanese dining room.

林教授部份畫作,筆觸很細緻,也被日本版畫的影響,所以很平面,和風味很濃,由於膠彩含有礦物,每幅畫也像發出獨特的光芒。

Some artwork of Prof. Lin. Delicate brushwork. Influenced by the Japanese woodcuts, you can see the Japanese touch and flat in his presentation. Sparkling   with the special mineral touch too.

很喜歡林教授畫的花和鳥,讓人感受到他本人嚮往的平靜和安穩。

In love with the flowers and birds of Prof. Lin’s artwork which you can share the peace and harmony from his end.