「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Friday, December 18, 2009

談雪

談雪



在別人網誌提起“鵝毛大雪”,顧重點是談與”雪“有關的舊事。


雖然這兩天返冷!但香港是沒有下雪天的。想當年初見到的雪,是家用電器“冰箱”(香港粵語:雪櫃)內見到的,舊款的冰箱在頂部,是設有雪格的裝置,這個雪格要時不時溶雪,就是要把冰箱的東西,全部拿出來,把冰箱電源切斷,讓霜雪溶掉後,清理妥當後再放回東西。現在的冰箱,則多分成上下格,叫作無霜冰箱(香港粵語:無霜雪櫃),方便得多了。


直到有次去韓國公幹,才第一次見到真正的雪,當年的“首爾”仍然叫做“漢城”。但沒有見到下雪,祇是早上上班時,由酒店步行返分公司路上(約十分鐘步行),見到昨夜下的雪,已經被掃到行人路的兩旁堆了起來,我已經樂得不理雪的清潔與否,就拿在手中把玩,一班同事不理旁邊本地路人,在互擲雪球胡鬧一番。


第一次見到真正的下雪,要等到去東京公幹,是一個星期日的早上,顧此不用上班,我睡到過了九時,醒來由酒店的窗戶往外望,另一邊正在下著“鵝毛大雪”,急不及待,連早餐都未吃,就把自己包裹著厚衣,歡欣地跑出室外,就酒店所在港區:赤坂、溜池、虎ノ門、神谷町一帶,行了一個大圈才返回酒店用早餐。


這場東京罕有的大雪,到了中午還未有停,我和同事們吃完午餐,就相約到外面走走,坐的士去到銀座,最後行到日比谷公園,根本就祇有我們幾個香港人。我不幸誤踏入一個雪氹,雙腳沒入積雪,足足過了腳脛,雪走進了我的波鞋,雪溶掉後就弄濕了襪子,凍得我雙腳僵了,初次嘗到冰雪的恐怖,急急召的士返回酒店。


再一次面對雪的可怕,就是一次東京公幹完畢,拿著日本國鐵火車證,北上作日本東北流浪遊,週遊了仙臺市松島海岸後的下下午(未到黃昏日落),很想去北海道的扎幌看“雪祭”,YES,why not? 就趕乘新幹線去盛岡市,再轉乘特急到青森市,剛剛趕得上由青森發車,去北海道扎幌市的夜車。


原訂晚上十一時許出發的列車,但在車上呆等到凌晨十二時多才開車,夜車開得比平常慢,窗外已經開始有飄雪,過了“津輕海底隧道”後,即是在北海道那一方,窗外的雪已經下得很大,過了函館和室蘭後,列車卒之停了下來,已經是清晨時份,但外邊還是黑黑的,而且車外雪還是下得很大很大,兼且又不通言語,很有孤立無援的感覺,查看時刻表,這列車因為是夜車不設餐卡,也沒有食物飲料售賣機。


幸好我帶有些乾糧和飲品,就在火車上開餐,未至饑寒交逼(其他的乘客也是一樣),如此在車上等候苦候,本來清晨六時許抵達扎幌的列車,到了天光後七時許,就卒之緩緩重新慢駛,而且是行行停停,停停行行。唉!總算不用困死在這個鐵棺材裡,不過雪雖然細了些,外面白濛濛一遍,甚麼也見不到,到下午二時多才終於抵達扎幌市。不是第一次來扎幌,下車後把手拉車小行履,安放好入儲物櫃後,就孭著背囊先去找吃的。


這次在大雪後的扎幌遊,因為由扎幌車站起,有一條很長的地下街,沒有帶來不方便。除了參觀了扎幌的雪祭,吃過北海道式的巨型魚生刺身,還有“蟹”宴,即是供應幾種蟹,各樣不同生吃熟吃的做法。並且順道去了小樽和支笏湖,但幸好都沒有再下大雪,勾留了三天就返回本州,繼續我的日本東北流浪遊。


另一次遇上下大風雪,是在加拿大魁北克滿地可市 Montreal or Mont Real,在風雪中步行到 St. Patrick's Basilica 和 Notre Dame Basilica 大教堂,再上在山上的 Saint Joseph's Oratory 大雪中的大教堂,遠看很是凄美。


之後幾年還有數次上到雪山之巔,經歷一下冰川的雄偉,前後到過“瑞士的阿爾卑斯山”山登上《少女峰》,日本的“日本阿爾卑斯山”山登上《立山大觀峰》,還有紐西蘭的“南阿爾卑斯山” 乘搭直升機上《franz josef 冰川》上漫步,幸好幾次在山巔上都沒遇到下大雪。


反而有一次在洛杉磯探親,老表帶我去西面的大山上的 Big Bear Lake,附近有滑雪場,並且嘗試我的第一次滑雪經驗,兩天一夜的滑雪之旅,第二天整個上午下着“鵝毛大雪”,滑雪完畢積雪經已蓋過汽車頂,沒法找到車子,這種徬徨至今難忘。



後記:
雪是潔白的代表,女孩子女士們的名字有個“雪”字,給人很多的先入為主,若是位膚色略黑的女孩子,就會被人背後取笑,真衰!伶人“白雪仙”女士,藝術造詣不用多提,她的徒兒“謝雪心”近來就很有人氣,但有位名氣界仁姐叫作“盧覓雪”,未見其人有很多幻想,原來是位大肥婆,有些失望!陶才子曾經利用“冰肌雪膚”來形容林才女,卻嘢來無數的批評,一笑!


幾十年人生,都遇過幾位名字有個“雪”字的女孩子女性,男性朋友有用這“雪”字,做名字的沒記起,但電影界有位”林雪“的男演員。女性朋友有叫:“雪芬”、“雪卿”、“慕雪”、“若雪”幾位阿姐,都真的是白白凈凈,是否她們父母待她們出生後,才改用“雪”字做名呢?還是幾位阿姐,後天不斷護膚,保養得宜,修成正果,不負雪名?最後不得不提一位女性朋友,名字叫作“傲雪”,她真是一位很有獨立自主,又有拼搏精神的阿姐,她有位姐妹名字喚作“傲霜”!


後後記:
突然又記起,一位認識的女生名字,她叫”雪影“,她的臉很美,綸槨又分明,永遠含春的微笑,身材窈窕適中,啊!怎麼會先前,忘記掉她呢?不解!還有日籍的美女,阿”雪“ Yuki,還有還有,美籍的 Snowy,其實中外的女子,都愛用”雪“來作名字的。




我的舊文:
冰河期
我的日本 - "背囊遊"s ---(上)
我的日本 - "背囊遊"s ---(下)
Krispy Kreme 甜餅圈



19 comments:

exile said...

Sounds like you took some great trips, space. I am done with snowy places. Been there done that. It must be my HK + southern Californian DNA. Sunshine and beaches are where I belong.

新鮮人 said...

一個人揹着背包去旅行很浪漫,
正呀!

你個友人"傲雪"、"傲霜"嗰名有冷呀,
會唔會嚇怕男人架?

the inner space said...

Exile, on the contrary I am not a sun and sand people I even never wanting to go haiwian famous beach Waikiki nor any of the vacation hot spots at the caribbean.

the inner space said...

新鮮兄:讀你寫聖誕篇博文,都知你是個浪漫之男。我絕不浪漫,所以單身上路,不覺一點浪漫,祇有自由自主自在的感受。


傲雪姐姐,已經嫁人,有位公子,一家三口,樂也融融! 但我沒有向傲雪姐姐,八過有關她的姐妹傲霜姐姐近況,所以不詳。

exile said...

Waikiki Beach is over-rated. You aren't missing much.

There are only a few things that I don't mind doing alone. Eating. Watching movies. Working out. Shopping.

I absolutely hate to travel alone. I tried that and it was very boring. Free, yes but lonely.

the inner space said...

Exile, Eating alone 獨食難肥! May you forever slim and 窈窕!

exile said...

獨食難肥!...have you ever seen slim people in N-America?

肥肥肥, I am very fat.

the inner space said...

Exile, not to mention those female models and female celebrities. People have over stated SLIM is beauty in this world wide.

macy said...

space

怎麼你常常工幹呢?

可以一個人去流浪遊, 真的太好了. 可以自己去經歷, 自己去感受.

被困車廂時, 你是什麼感覺?

"雪溶掉後就弄濕了襪子,凍得我雙腳僵了" 這其實蠻危險...噢! 你喚醒了我的記憶哦...我第一次見雪應該是小學時, 全家到韶關旅行! 與媽媽的朋友一家同行, 因為太冷, 媽媽朋友的兒子, 把他所有的襪子都穿上, 卻不慎踩到雪裡, 弄濕了他所有的襪子.

我曾在秋冬時份到過Montreal, 很喜歡那裡的景物, 還記得, 那次是晚上去到當地, 第二天清晨一走出酒店大門, 已被那一片的晨曦吸引著, 說不出話來! 很想在冬天去看看, 那裡的建築物總是很典雅的, 蓋上厚厚的白雪, 一定很美吧. *.*

有沒有倒在雪的懷抱裡呢! 我可是pk進去的, 但原來很好玩.

你見過那麼多地方的雪, 你覺得那裡的雪最美? 不包括叫阿'雪'的女孩子!

the inner space said...

Macy 姐:》》怎麼你常常工幹呢?
是對上兩份工,為了搵兩餐,唯有頂硬上,無辦法囉。那幾年每天醒來,在睡床上要定一定過神,左右觀望,才能確定記得起自己,身在那裡。

》》被困車廂時, 你是什麼感覺?
車外雪還是下得很大很大,兼且又不通言語,很有孤立無援的感覺。

》》有沒有倒在雪的懷抱裡呢?
在洛杉磯西面的大山上,Big Bear Lake 附近的滑雪場,嘗試我的第一次滑雪經驗。初學時跌了很多次,而且上訓練班,第一件要學就是在雪地山坡上跌倒後,如何在站起來。

》》 你覺得那裡的雪最美?
暫時要算,步行上山坡上 Montreal Mont Real,St. Patrick's Basilica 的雪景最美。 那裡的雪最美,就不得而知了。

exile said...

My very first snow experience was in Palm Springs, California, up in the mountain. I was wearing flip-flops and shorts, no wonder I hate snow.

The most amazing snow scenery I've seen must have been the Swiss Alps. But then again, we almost crashed our car. Snow = Bad experience :-)

the inner space said...

Exile, it was hard to believe that snowing in Palm Springs.

Swiss Alps: driivng at the alpine route was exciting. I have seen that at the movies " Italian Job" and sequel.

my old article:天羅盜網

The Inner Space said...

今天偶然返看這段Blog文,發覺我沒有答覆 MACY 姐 和 Exile 的提問! 這是沒有可能的,我有問必答!所以到 Gmail 翻查,原來我是有回覆到的,祇是 Blogspot 又弄錯了!

現在把答覆兩位阿姐的文字補登如下。

The Inner Space said...

As of 12-23-2009
Macy 姐:》》怎麼你常常工幹呢?

是對上兩份工,為了搵兩餐,唯有頂硬上,無辦法囉。那幾年每天醒來,在睡床上要定一定過神,左右觀望,才能確定記得起自己,身在那裡。


》》被困車廂時, 你是什麼感覺?
車外雪還是下得很大很大,兼且又不通言語,很有孤立無援的感覺。

》》有沒有倒在雪的懷抱裡呢?
在洛杉磯西面的大山上,Big Bear Lake 附近的滑雪場,嘗試我的第一次滑雪經驗。初學時跌了很多次,而且上訓練班,第一件要學就是在雪地山坡上跌倒後,如何在站起來。

》》 你覺得那裡的雪最美?
暫時要算,步行上山坡上 Montreal Mont Real,St. Patrick's Basilica 的雪景最美。 那裡的雪最美,就不得而知了。

Space

The Inner Space said...

As Of 12-24-2009
Exile, it was hard to believe that snowing in Palm Springs.


Swiss Alps: driivng at the alpine route was exciting. I have seen that at the movies " Italian Job" and sequel.

my old article:天羅盜網

Space

exile said...

There was no mistake, Space. I remember reading your reply which led me to read your old post 天羅盜網. You are blogging a lot less these days. I bet you are having fun doing other things.

the inner space said...

Welcome in Exile, well it was blogspot removed my reply so it was their fault their mistake.

Yes, Indeed I have more time spending on other matters, I watched the lousy TVB comedy series 秋香怒點唐伯虎 for 4 weeks everyweekday at 8:30pm and then 蘇 Good (a cookery show) at 10:30pm on the TV. Furthermore I do more book reading too.

exile said...

I remember watching quite a bit of HK soap in my hotel room in HK. It was entertaining though I didn't know any of the actors. I like the cooking show actually. In that one episode, she was teaching people how to fry an egg which I thought was quite helpful :-)

the inner space said...

Exile, I am not sure IF we were watching the same episode, 阿蘇 she used a lot of OIL in the WOK to fry the SUN side up EGG (太陽蛋)。 My mum said she actually 炸蛋!

same in western cookery icon Julia Child who used lot of butter for all cuisine in her cook instruction book.