7月29日(雨)

从来没做过服务业的工作,所以,去咖啡店捧茶捧咖啡当侍应生一直是我的‘心愿’之一。这次来二姐家度假,刚好她邻居开的咖啡档需要临时工帮忙一天,我便去客串一下。
为了方便顾客辨识我是捧咖啡的,也穿上了围裙。

从早上7点做到下午1点左右,见识到小镇的不少顾客,各有不同的嘴脸和态度。这间咖啡档我也来光顾过好几次,虽然只有13张桌子,早上8点到10点享用早餐的高峰期却是高朋满座,我要帮顾客点茶、送茶、收拾桌子、切面包等,有时还真的应付得手忙脚乱。
临走前跟咖啡档老板合照。老板为人亲切和蔼,没有嫌我越帮越忙,不断叫我趁得空时喝咖啡吃面包,我已感激万分。

下次若有机会我还要再去体会这样的工作经验。

(Today I worked as a waiter in this coffee stall at Kota Tinggi. The boss is my sister’s neighbour. It so happened that his wife was not free today, so he requires an assistant. I was there to help him take orders, serve the beverages, cut the bread and clean up the tables. I worked from 7am until 1pm. I have always wanted to get some experience in this kind of service line. It’s fun to be able to communicate with different types of customers and handle their needs. I don’t mind doing it again next time.)

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关西京阪奈8日游独家彩照(24)

看见一名妇女在知恩院里的凳子上蒙头而睡,八成是大陆客。(A woman, most likely a China citizen, was sighted sleeping on a bench in Chion-ji temple.)

在知恩院的友禅院庭园自拍。(Selfie in Yuzen Garden)


友禅院里的水上观音。(The floating Guanyin.)


针叶树。(A pine tree)


沙石庭园。(The rock and sand garden)

自拍。(Selfie)


美幸亦是树名。(Another plant in the garden)


出了南门,便是圆山公园。(You will come to Maruyama Park after passing by this South gate.)


圆山公园里有200多株樱花树,是赏樱的好去处。(Maruyama Park is one of the most popular venue for sakura-viewing)


圆山公园一景。(A scene in Maruyama Park)

真的水鸟。(This is a real bird)

一棵奇树。(A plant in the Maruyama Park)


垂柳。(The willow)


某上人的祖坛。(A high-ranking buddhist monk’s grave site.)


另一棵奇树。(Another rarely seen plant.)


日本的国花。(The chrysanthemum)


通往高台寺的鸟居。(A tori gate leading to Todaiji temple.)

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7月28日(晴)

剥皮后经过第二轮剃毛,Suki有了新造型。

装睡的Suki。


Suki和我。

(This is Suki’s new look after the ‘touch up’ following yesterday’s ‘extreme makeover.)

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关西京阪奈8日游独家彩照(23)

知恩寺正门。(The main entrance of Chion-ji temple in Kyoto.)

我从此门进入。(I entered from here.)

古门。(The ancient door)

知恩院平面图。(The floor plan)


知恩院有好几个山门。(There are more than one entrance to Chion-ji temple.)

北门。(The north door)

新玄关。(The new hallway)


法然上人御堂。(The imperial hall of the founder of the temple)

知恩寺庭园。(The landscaped garden)

知恩寺庭园自拍。(Selfie)


进入庭园参观需付500圆。(Entrance fee is 500 yen including 2 gardens)

方丈庭园景观。(The garden of the chief monk)

自拍之一。(Selfie 1)

自拍之二。(Selfie 2)

方丈庭园。(Another scene in the garden)

藏经阁。(The library)


宝佛殿。(The treasure buddha hall)


大钟楼。(The bell tower)


有400年历史的大钟。(The 400-year old bell)

每逢除夕夜,这里有敲钟108下的仪式。(The bell-hitting ceremony on the New Year Eve here in Chion-ji temple is very famous.)

纳骨堂。(The bone receiving pavillion)

写经塔。(The script writing tower)


法然上人雕像。(The statue of the founder)

智慧之道。(The path of wisdom)

御庙。(The imperial temple)


御影堂。(The imperial shadow foyer)

离开前再自拍一张。(Another selfie before i leave)

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7月27日(晴)

四个月前跟Suki别后至今,小外甥还没带她去宠物店修剪毛发,她的长毛已经快要盖住双眼了。今天趁着开斋节假期,跟三哥的车来到二姐家,我们给她剥皮。


剪下了一层粗厚的毛皮。


剪完第一个回合,洗完澡穿上新裙子,顿时焕然一新。


看起来年轻又清爽。

(I came to my sister’s house in Kota Tinggi for holidays again. My brother and I helped ‘skin’ my sister’s pet dog, Suki. After the first round of ‘extreme makeover’, now Suki has a fresh new look.)

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关西京阪奈8日游独家彩照(22)

闻名遐迩的清水寺舞台,高13米。来访的时候遇到下雨,拍的照片不多。(The very famous 13-m high wooden stage of Kiyomizudera temple. I didn’t manage to take many pictures here as it was raining heavily at the time of my visit.)

清水寺正门。(The main entrance)

把清水寺说成京都第一名刹也没什么不妥。(Kiyomizudera temple is one of the most in Kyoto.)

通往清水寺道上的八坂塔。 (Selfie on the way to the temple)

八坂塔近观。(The 5-tier pagoda)


很多游客在这个点拍八坂塔,据说角度最美。(Apparently, this is the best spot to get a panaromic view of the pagoda.)

二年坂是通往清水寺必经的一条斜坡。(You’ll pass by this Ninen-zakka slope, which is a shopping street.)

此地商店林立,已成游客必到名胜区。(Many shops lined along this Ninen-zakka slope are worth visiting.)

人潮拥挤的二年坂。(The Ninen-zakka slope has become a popular tourist attraction.)

突然出现歌舞伎。(A kabuki was sighted here.)

观音。(The Guanyin statue)

一年阪相对较冷清。(The Ichinen-zakka is relatviely quiet.)

再前一些有三年坂。(Connecting to Ninen-zakka is the Sannen-zakka.)

摄于三年坂。(Selfie at San-nen zakka slope.)

有没有类似台湾的九份呢?(Does it look like the Jiufen village in Taiwan?)

又有一座三重塔。(A 3-tier pagoda)

羽音山清泉水。  (Getting some fresh spring water from Otowa mountain)

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7月26日(晴)

友人要去神州深造,我们相约在白沙罗上镇这间‘拉达劳勿’驰名印度咖喱鱼头餐馆聚会。(A friend of mine is leaving for China for further studies. We gathered for lunch at this famous Ratha Raub Indian Restaurant in Damansara Uptown.)


点了店家强力推荐的咖喱鸡。 (Chef recommendation – kari ayam.)

也是招牌菜的炸鸡。(Indian style fried chicken, not bad.)

非吃不可的咖喱鱼头。(Their signature kari kepala ikan.)


炒杂菜。吃来吃去,就这道菜最好吃。(This is the best – fried mixed vegetables.)


印度炸米饼。(Pappadom is also one of my favourites in terms of Indian cuisine.)

其实我不是要招手,而是示意前来收钱的服务员不要挡到相机的镜头。(Posing for the camera.)

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关西京阪奈8日游独家彩照(21)

天龙寺的鸟居。(The tori gate in Tenryu-ji temple)


沙石庭园的雕塑。(The statues in the rock & sand garden)


飞云观音。(The flying cloud Guanyin.)


后门。(The back door)


方丈室。(The chief monk’s room)

天龙寺山脚下的商店。(You will pass by these shops on the way up to Tenryu-ji temple.)


竹林。(The bamboo grove)


自拍于竹林。(Selfie in the bamboo grove.)


野宫神社。(The Nonomiya shrine)


祈求好姻缘的神社。(A shrine to pray for good romance.)


看看信女们的心愿吧。(‘I wish I can get married by next year.’ so written by a worshipper.)


也有祈求考试合格的。(Students also come here to pray for good results in exam.)


参拜的仪式都大同小异。(The praying ceremony is more or less the same in every temple.)


后山的小神社。(Another shrine at the back mountain.)


也有祈求安产的。(Pregnant mothers can also pray for safe delivery here.)


走累了可雇人力车夫载你一程。(You can take these trishaws if you’re too tired to walk.)

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7月25日(晴)

这两个月内,我又游历了泰东北四个府,分别是黎府、黎逸府、玛哈沙拉堪和加拉信。四个府都没有什么旅游名胜,也很少见到游客,只有三三俩俩的老外,但一般相信不是游客,而是娶了泰裔老婆而定居在那里养老的。

虽然没什么特别好玩的地方,但每个城市住它三四天,每天上巴杀和夜市看人家买什么东西、卖什么东西,找好吃的当地食物,搭车去别的县走走,在市中心的河边或湖边公园乘凉散步,我也觉得非常快慰,对于这两次安排得很密的旅程,我感到很满意(其实,又有哪次泰国之旅我是不满意的呢?好像没有)。
泰东北区共有20个府,这一带的人民多以务农为生,而且九成是前首相塔辛的忠实支持者。泰东北共分为20个府,占了整个泰国大约1/4的总面积。
到今天为止,我一共去过了20个府当中的12个府,仍然意犹未尽。对于泰东北的小镇风光,我有一种无以名状的痴迷。
我喜欢泰国小镇悠闲而与世无争的生活步伐。当然,对于马来西亚的各州属小镇,我也喜欢去住住走走,例如麻坡、居銮、昔加末、安顺、太平、劳勿、文冬、话望生,这些曾经印过我足迹的小镇,也留下深刻的印象,只是想到本地治安不靖,想要再去,三思之后还是却步了。

(In June & July, I visited another 4 jangwat out of all the 20 jangwat in the Isaan (north-eastern area) part of Thailand. That means until today, I have travelled to 12 jangwat in Isaan. I like this part of Thailand especially the Isaan food, culture, village life and people. The only problem is I find it quite difficult to understand their Isaan dialect. But that alone didn’t dampen the fun part of my trip. I need probably one more year to cover all the jangwat in Isaan. By then, I should be able to tell which jangwat I like most and which one is the most suitable for me to spend the rest of my life…)

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关西京阪奈8日游独家彩照(20)

渡月桥已成为岚山的标志之一。  (The Togetsukyo bridge is an iconic landmark of Arashiyama.)

游岚山之前,可在此歇息吃些东西。 (Before visiting the Arashiyama area, you can take a rest and have some food here.)


这里有座美丽的公园。 (On the riverside there is a public park.)

不能不自拍啊。(Yes, i am a selfie maniac.)

在渡月桥上赏景。 (Here is the name of the bridge – Togetsukyo, translated as ‘moon crossing bridge.)

河边景色。  (The view by the river)


桥段全景。 (The bridge)

有洋酒免费试喝。 (Wine sample for free tasting.)


世界文化遗产天龙寺就近在咫尺。 (Tenryuji temple is just a short distance away from the riverside. This is also a UNESCO heritage site..)

达摩祖师。  (The Damo monk portrait)


又有,达摩祖师。 (The picture of Damo monk)

天龙寺的庭园。 (The garden of Tenryuji temple)

入园参观需买票500园。 (You have to pay 500 yen to get into the garden.)


园里每种植物都标明它的学名。 (Each type of plant is clearly labelled for those who are interested in botanics.)

这里的竹林也很著名。 (The bamboo groves in Arashiyama is very famous)

电影《卧虎藏龙》曾在此拍外景。 (This makes a great location for Chinese costume martial art movie. A scene in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ was shot here.)

来上一堂植物学课吧。 (You can learn more about the native plants of Japan here.)

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