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EF(我的交換學生機構)為各州交換學生每年分州舉辦兩回「州旅行」,一次是Washion D.C.另一回是Disney Land,去年十月報名Washion D.C.時,我看到要一大筆資金($500多)便放棄了。

 

同時他們也舉辦「探索之旅」,各州的交換學生及美國同學皆能參加,前陣子簡章寄來,每趟旅程的價碼都是「州旅行」的兩倍,雖然旅程比較豐富,但這才知道州旅行的價格我比較能負擔,但這時已無法報名州旅行了,但很貴的「探索之旅」卻是我待在美國最後一個能選擇出遊地點的旅程,一但放棄與就不知何年才再有機會重返美國,我只得把握機會了。

 

把握機會同時,我瞥到了簡章上的一項:「所有交換學生鼓勵申請500元探索之旅獎學金」,便決心試試,因為只要有這筆獎學金,那「探索之旅」頓時價格便與「州旅行」一樣了!

 

獎學金申請細項有:1.Full page essay detailing how their presence as an exchange student in the community has significantly benefitted that community    2.Letter of Recommendation from the IEC or RC    3.Letter of Recommendation from the host family

 

寫文章就可以申請獎學金?在台灣我還沒聽說過,台灣教育似乎(這兩個字是多餘的嗎?)僅在乎的是智育成績,這對我是一項還需再努力的門檻,但既然申請獎學金看文筆的話,我對自己倒還算有信心。不過這是要篇英文文章耶,交換學生還有那些歐洲來的學生,他們因母語本來就有相同的字元,學英文對他們本來就比較容易,我若中文文筆有那麼一點點風采的話,英文作文就不敢當了.............不過還是得試。

 

文章主旨是我如何「值得注目地益於這個社群」(significantly benefitted that community),我當時搞不太懂題目,Felicia這麼跟我解釋:「就像你做菜時,利用胡椒和鹽讓這盤菜更有味兒,也就是你有哪些表現能為我們這個縣上爭光的」,我大致了解,洋洋灑灑的寫了一頁,還附上附件。

 

老實說文章若要評分,評語該是「通順」,稱不上頂尖,但今天我收到了獎學金支票,之前也接到EF Boston的賀電:「恭喜!我們審核超過100份申請函,你是唯一拿到獎學金的!」我想想,拿到獎學金的關鍵是啥?

 

我附上了一篇中文剪報和該文翻譯,正是<異國珍奶 台灣滋味>,他們也在電話裡說:「我最喜歡的就是那篇文章,很有趣!」(附上這篇文章而非他篇的原因是報上印了McCreary Central High School)

 

看來在這人人都頂尖,路上走滿大學生的e世代,唯有與眾不同,才能被另眼相看!

 

p.s.功不可沒的當然少不了為我篆寫推薦信的IEC~Rebecca Stephans與host family~Felicia,以及中國時報浮世繪版,這是<異國珍奶 台灣滋味>的所刊處,以及EF Taiwan的Jessi Ko將這BLOG的每月精華收到EF網站(這是我的另一個附件囉!),特此致謝!

 

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有人說髒話又不想聽起來非常髒,所以就稍稍改變它的發音,「ㄢˋ」便是個例子(這個字的還原不用解釋了吧......)。英文也有類似的語言,例如"SH*T"會說成"SHOOT",最近聽到個新鮮的,就是把第一個字首與第二個字首對調,例如中文譯為「天殺的」這句髒話便說成"Dod Gamn it",說完還急補一句"I didn't cuss."(我沒罵髒話)。不過呢,舌燦蓮花永遠勝過口吐毒蛇,髒話還是不說為妙!
 
新文章分享野孩子文化
我以為八歲的孩子該是生活規律的七點起床上學,放學後進補習班,星期六日上才藝課,功課最好名列前矛……。但他們不是的。他六點半起床(為配合校車駛經家門時間),下午三點放學,然後開始「撒野」……
..........敬請期待近期中國時報浮世繪版週三文采青少年

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Tyler was one of my classmates in English class last semester; this semester he transferred to another school, but we still keep in touch online at MSN messenger. Joey is his best friend; I met him also at English class last semester, although we don't have the same class this semester, we still often see each other at school lunch time.
 
Few weeks ago (before my computer broke), I met Tyler online at midnight. He told me "Joey is here now!" and also invited me to be there some time. I'm glad his invitation, and after three weeks, I went his house and spent a night.
 
Tyler's family is hospitality. 2/24 after school, Tyler and his stepfather picked me at school. After we back to his house, Joey came there in few minutes. We went to his room first. His room is in basement. Than he showed me him and his family's photos, and told me his grand mom is Japanese, no wonder I felt he looked like half Japanese when I saw him at the very first time. He has 3 beautiful sisters, 2 of them are older than him, and 1 of them is almost looked like real Japanese.
 
Before supper, I shared some candy from Taiwan, and showed my school photos. They said my school, Hsinchu High School, is so beautiful. I'm sure it's true. American schools are just like castles, concrete hide all the beautiful nature scenery and air-conditioner instead of fresh air.
 
Because his sister is like a Japanese friend who I mat at Language and Culture Camp, so I also shared some camp photos. Tyler thought Asian girls are prettier than American. It makes me think of the Chinese old saying "Foreign moon is always looked more like a circle."(「外國的月亮比較圓」,自己翻的,若不正確懇請指正) I have some friends in Taiwan also thought American girls are prettier. We also used MSN messenger to chat with Tyler's girlfriend.
 
We had a great supper; Tyler's mom cooks really well. She made some rice. It's been a long time (since I went abroad) I didn't eat the rice the same well as his mom's, especially she cooked with pot and stove not electric rice cooker. After a big dinner, we chat together about 2 hours. It was a good chatting. At the same time, Tyler and his older brother played wrestling, I also enjoyed watching.
 
When we went back Tyler's bedroom, it's almost midnight. We felt a little bit sleepy, but still turned on TV to find a good movie if there is any good one. Suddenly, we saw a channel "NEXT ON: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(德州電鋸殺人狂)" Than we started watching. Gosh! This is the bloodiest movie I have ever watched. If you want me tell my feeling about this movie, I can only say.........what a bloody hell.
 
The movie was end at 3:00 in the morning. My eyes had already half closed. I felt asleep less than 5 minutes. When we waked up, it's almost lunch time. Tyler's mom made some biscuits and gravy. I love it. We three played football in the afternoon. American loves football so much. Tyler and Joey throw football straight and far, I can't do as well as them, but I think I learned something.
 
I left at 3:00 in the afternoon. I had really good time there, and enjoyed getting alone with Tyler and Joey; we may meet together again before I go back Taiwan.
 
 
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「摔角」(wrestling),我以前一直覺得這是頗暴力的,更甭提把它當作一種運動,但這裡的學校從國中起就有這樣的社團,而且校際間也常有比賽,是球類運動之外的一項熱門運動。
 

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連著四天的假期(2/18週六2/19周日2/20總統節2/21雪假),我們絕大部分的時間都在醫院裡關心仍在病床上的Sisi,我在病房裡看書看電視交替著做,其實還頗無聊的;回到家後,我的電腦最近嚴重癱瘓,所以還是看書看電視的輪迴,真想不懂沒有雪為何放雪假?
 
我借用了接待家庭的電腦,信箱與留言版中都收到了些對於Sisi的問候與祝福,在此由衷感謝!據醫生說法,她早該在週日出院,但身體的一項數值(好像是含氧量)還未回到正常值,所以迄今拖了兩天,但大致上已好轉不少,看來大家的祝福與關心,Sisi都收到了,再次感謝!
 
在醫院走廊上,有一區雜誌供探病人閱讀,我看到一本去年六月的<U.S. News>主題是<The CHINA Challenge>,索性就拿來翻閱,談的不外乎是中國近年來經濟大幅提升,「中國的經濟以每年9%成長,將於2020成為世界第二大國,僅次於美國」、「去年,美國對中國商品入超$162billion」,文中還提到先進武器「目標是用在台灣島,中國視為背叛的省份」,這段文字看得令人頭皮發麻 。
 
在網路上讀報紙,看到隱藏一陣子的統獨問題又大剌剌的浮上檯面,是又要選舉了嗎?我搞不太懂,我總覺得這是一種政治把戲,好像不談統獨,政治人物就怕自己在報上沒版面,寧可不在乎民生或經濟問題而辯論一個抽象的名字。
 
這本雜誌在談的China Challenge重點就是經濟發展,而我們的政治人物卻老愛把政治問題當重頭戲,這......不予置評。 

 
http://www.usnews.com/china這是<U.S. News>The CHINA Challenge的專題網頁。
 
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My hostsister Jessica, a 2-year-old girl, has a very rare disease, NKH(Nonketotic Hyperglycinemia). It's possible not every doctor know this disease. Because some doctors told my host parents she has diabetes when she was born.(Owing to the word"Hyperglycinemia"'s pronuciation is really close to "Hyperglycemic Crises (高血糖急症)".) But the dibatets' medicine didn't work on Jessica, so they kept finding doctor to help her. Finally, they found a doctor who knew about this.
 
What's NKH disease? I don't really know how to describe to you. In my opinion, it's kind of a vegetable(植物人). She can't move by herself(except when she is screaming or puking.), and she can't even eat by mouth. So, there's a hole on her belly, she can only eat by cannula(插管). Everyday, she just lie on bed and do nothing. Sometimes she pee or poo-poo(如廁的俗語) or feel bed, she will screaming and crying without moving her body. It break my heart every time. I think she is so poor. But, my host parents still love her so much, it's so affecting.
 
She feel sick these days. I can feel the air full of upset in our house. Especially my host parents, they seem to lost their smile. Today(2/16) after school, only Jess was in the house. And he told us Jessica was in Hospital. We prepared Felicia's stuff and brought to hospital. She stayed in hospital with Jessica.
 
When we arrived hospital, grandmom was there. Jessica was breathing with oxygen tent(氧氣罩), and her face was white. We looked at her and gave her  kisses. Felicia was preparing her medicine. I asked Felicia, "Does she feel better?" She couldn't make sure. After all, Jessica can't talk her feeling to us. But doctor said that she is getting better. It's a good news.
 
We stayed in hospital for about 3 hours. Her aunt came to see her. There was a man from church who visited us with his family, too. He led us to pray and gave her best wishes. Before the visitors left, everyone of them gave her a kiss and said "I love you, sisi." She got god's love and all of our love. I believe she will feel better as soon as possible. God bless her!
 
 p.s.上述任一醫學用詞若有誤,懇請不吝指正!
 
人與人之間是需要互相真心關懷的,儘管人性大多是自私,但不妨我們從小地方開始轉化起,對於別人的優點給予肯定、對於別人的表現給予掌聲、對於別人的生命給予祝福,也期待媒體在報導「壞人壞事」與「好人好事」能達到平衡……
 
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國中時,班上有位男同學很秀氣,說話聲音也略帶中性,同學便開玩笑叫他「娘娘腔」,英文老師聞聽之後,便叫他"Sisi",說這是英文的「娘娘腔」,當時不知為何叫"Sisi",字典也查不到,現在我終於明白了:這裡大人們總愛稱小女生"Sisi",家人也稱自己的姐妹"Sisi",這正源自於Sister,而比較親密的叫法。
 

 

鄭重推薦The Hospital

侯文詠,我最喜歡的作家。<白色巨塔>與<危險心靈>是他的長篇小說作品,近幾年都正在翻拍成電視劇。其中<白色巨塔>的預告片在以下網頁可以下載:

<白色巨塔>搶先看

與同好互動,請至:

侯文詠的官方網站

 

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家門打開,頓時眼睛盲了一陣;太陽出來了,把連下三天積的雪照的雪亮,讓人頓時無法爭眼;前天量了積雪,厚厚的有12.5公分深,讓我既看過癮也玩的過癮。昨天雪已融去部分,今天(2/14)大致上沒有陰影的地方都已經看不到雪了。

 

因為這場雪,讓我足足賺了三天的雪假(學校已宣布明天停課,雖然我們這區都已融雪了,但只要有部分區域的學生不方便上學,就會宣布停課。我們這裡的地形比較屬於山地,故若路面結冰或下雪,校車駛經可能有危險的情況,便會宣布停課。Felicia告訴我,其他地區若道路平坦好走,例如些大都市學校,下雪沒有一定嚴重程度是不放假的。)

 

雪假裡當然少不了玩雪。白雪令人想到純潔乾淨,卻忘了它覆蓋的是草地與泥土;我們拿著滑板從一個小坡地來回滑了幾趟,滑到雪下的草地與泥土都探出頭了,我也因此一褲子泥巴。等到進門時,褲子褪下來,小腿有長襪保暖,大腿卻凍的紅通通的,洗臉時竟發現臉頰上有大約零點三公分被凍傷的痕跡,這時才想起還鎖在行李箱的乳液......

 

除了玩雪,我們也製作白雪冰淇淋,說實在並不太好吃,既沒有冰淇淋的口感,還有一種獨特雪味(抑或說經由偉大人類排放之廢氣升空後,空氣粒子裡都含有不乾淨物質,下次應該嚐嚐雨的滋味),充其量是細緻些的挫冰加糖加香草香精。不過,上天賜予的冰,難得吃一次,也當抱著感恩的心......(天呀!我這結尾會不會轉得太硬?)

 

今天同時也是西洋情人節,沒雪的雪假正是我們「趴趴走」的好時機,我們首先到餐廳慶祝情人節,去的是「龐德羅莎」(Ponderosa),光想就覺得高級。記得以前每每到新竹中興百貨,看到「龐德羅莎」的招牌,就覺得那該是王品台碩牛排等級的餐廳,今天竟有榮幸光臨;不過用餐後,我覺得與去過的幾家美國自助式餐廳不相上下,好像沒有真的高出一級,唯一不同的是,有水蜜桃冰淇淋。

 

用餐後,我們去拍了家庭照。美國很流行上相館拍家庭照,幾乎家家戶戶的牆上都會掛著自己家庭與親戚朋友的家庭照及子女長輩照片,這是很溫馨也異於我們的文化,之前住過一周的IEC家裡進門的櫃上還置著他們幾年前接待過的一位台灣交換學生;至於我們家裡掛牆上的照片習慣似乎僅有兩種:一種事終生大事,另一種是「終」生前遺留下的照片。

 

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2/10/2006

今晚就要上場表演了!我們仍是九點準時開練,現在的座位已重新調整,原先是依部分區,現在則是SATBSATB的循環座位,這是為了讓和聲勻混的更平均更和諧好聽。這個座位是依身高排列,首日分布座位時,我們已填上自己的身高;美國使用的單位與我們大不同,不論石油(加崙)、汽車時速(英哩/小時)、身高(英吋)、體重(磅),所以我對身高實在不知該如何填寫,總不好填寫公分要他們自己換算吧?Trey, Jo-jo與我身高近似,所以都填上了5'10''(5feet 10 inches = 177cm),不過咱們的座位仍因混坐而很遙遠。這也是今晚上台的位置。

 

午餐後,我們到晚上的表演場地排練,這座演藝廳是the Kentucky Center of ART,規模大約與台中中山堂相等,我們兩百餘人步上階梯狀合唱台,有些過飽和現象,位置調整老半天才定型。在演藝廳裡排練,不僅有臨場感,音樂在廳內環繞的效果,令我們自己都很感動,七首曲子結束後,我們熱烈的為指揮與伴奏鼓掌,同時為自己的努力肯定。就看今晚了!

 

預演到兩點半就結束了,正式表演的集合則在晚間八點半,我們有極充分的時間休閑娛樂,原本想一快兒去打保齡球,但Whitney與Nikasha是SSA的成員,預演時間不同,不能全員到齊,便打消念頭。我們到附近的星巴克坐了一會兒,也沒事做,便跑回飯店打枕頭仗。整整六小時的自由時間,等在飯店實在無聊,但大家都沒出去的念頭,我又再次獨步上街。

 

今天換了個方向逛,大樓建築都獨具特色,其中有幾坐凸出的尖塔,上面都有座鐘,頂尖有十字架,這是教堂建築;整棟大樓覆蓋只有裡面看到外面的玻璃窗,這是商業大樓....前方突然有片公園般的草地,八國國旗成U行環繞著美國國旗,一旁還有個路標般的方向指引著此地距這八國的方向與距離。其中有面國旗很眼熟,一面紅旗上有五顆黃星,正是大陸的國旗,地上標著"The flag of the People's Republic of China, Representing Louisville's Sister City of Jiujiang"。我一邊看一邊重複念著"Jiujiang",但怎麼都沒印象這是何處,直到剛才查到這是江西省九江市,而他們於2004年起與Louisville開始成為姊妹市。

 

我就這樣閒晃了兩小時,身體有凍僵的趨勢,溫度大約5度C左右,我又再度進了星巴克,點最便宜的"freshly brewed coffee "(應該是台灣星巴克的「今日咖啡」),只為了讓身子暖和些,便走pedway回到飯店。

 

SATB是整場音樂會的壓軸,SSA比我們早一個小時集合,所以當我回到飯店時,女生們已開始準備換裝打扮,她們還貼心的幫我們仨(boys)熨燙白襯衫與黑長褲。從十一樓眺望下去,各層樓都有同學在整裝,大家換上正式服裝,感覺截然不同,為一場即將展開的音樂饗宴,展開令人期許的開場。

 

原先我們想入場觀賞SATB前的節目,但這是一場需購票的音樂會,往年都是客無虛席,而且主辦單位說我們是最後一個表演,實在無法讓我們先進場,我們只能透過場外的電視轉播觀賞。八點半,所有成員被帶入了一間放映室集合,並按上台位置做好準備,前方的帶領老師說我們約等個few mintune就要進場,但一等就是一小時。這段時間,有不少同學自告奮勇在座位上帶領全體娛樂,從大海嘯到唱兒歌,還有些瘋狂表演者秀愚蠢搞笑動作,真是high到極點,完全沒有上場前的緊張。

 

約九點半,我們從放映室步入後台,這時台上表演的是TTBB,如此接近舞台,讓我手汗直流,雖然兩百人齊上場,應該沒有緊張的理由,但......怎麼說呢?還是有些緊張......

 

十點整,我們終於走上台,但不知怎麼了,竟然台上站的位置與預演時不同,不知誰多佔了位置,原本我站在旁邊,現在卻在舞台正中央,視野遼闊又清晰,不津讓我倒吸一口涼氣。台下鎂光燈直閃,四層樓的座位有九成滿,掌聲持續不斷的直到大家到齊。指揮是位老教授,西裝筆挺的他看來充滿信心,這也讓我們也自信滿滿的準備開唱。

 

七首曲子之間的掌聲都很熱烈,直到末首,近全場都起立鼓掌;我們自己也鼓著掌,為指揮,為伴奏,為自己這三天的努力。

 

音樂會後,出入口擠得水洩不通,我們已事先與老師約在定點,所以很快便集合好。我們到一家頗負盛名的Hard Rock Cafe開慶功宴,不過在進入那一區(咖啡廳與PUB區)時,兩位安全人員把我們攔住,讓Ms. Jones戴上一個夜光手環,並交代我們必須要跟緊她。原來深夜十一點過後,未滿21歲的未成年人必須有大人帶領才能走近此區,不然應該會被帶到派出所吧?!

 

Hard Rock Cafe顧名思義就是Rock,一走近便見吉他掛滿璧,搖滾樂一首緊接一首播送著,我們慶功直至深夜一點才回到飯店,但心裡還靜不下來,Ya! Rock!

 

2/11/2006

"Jacky! Wake up! We'll leave in one hour."女生總在上午叫我們起床,我們急於回家之故是因為我們與McCreary聯繫時得知那裡正在下大雪,老師還預警若天氣真的太差,我們得在Somerest過夜一晚。Louisville這裡還不見烏雲呢,竟然McCreary County正在下大雪。上了高速公路後,往家的方現前進,沿途的天氣也逐漸變化,當午餐時分,距家僅剩兩小時車程,當地已覆蓋一層雪。

 

天氣並沒有傳說中的這麼壞,我們在下午兩點抵達學校,Jess已經在那兒等我,"Long time no see!",哈!好句中式英語!

 

後記
邊看著照片,邊紀錄著這四天的事,斷斷續續的終於寫完了。斷斷續續的原因是,現在外頭正下著雪,而且是大雪,往窗外看去,陽光打在雪上使人爭不開眼。我中途出去玩雪,這次的雪足足有12公分深,還用雪做了些香草冰淇淋,嚐起來與口感與一般冰淇淋大有不同,但上天做的冰淇淋,吃來仍是過癮。

 

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肯德基州高中生的年度合唱盛事便屬All-State Choir,這個大型合唱團約近四百人的成員是由肯德基全州各高中派代表在各區域由評審選出(見All-state Choral Adjudication),裡頭還分為三個主體:SATB,TTBB,SSA(S=Soprano,A=Alto,T=Tenor,B=Bass),我是SATB的一員。今年代表McCreary Central High School參加All-State的同學有Ashley, Whitney, Nikasha, Trey, Jo-jo與我六人,縣上的兩家報紙都以「焦點新聞」的方式在頭版二版呈現(點此連結報紙),我們除了感到榮幸,更是期待這音樂之旅的到來。

 

2/8/2006

我仍搭乘校車一早到校,雖然Ms. Jones(合唱團老師)說九點到校門口集合,公假都已請好了,但我實在不好用這藉口多睡個一小時再請接待家庭送我上學;帶了四天份的衣物用品,包包足足比平時大出四倍(基本上大部分美國學生是不帶書包只拿一枝筆與一本筆記本上學的,剩餘的課本則鎖在學校的locker裡),進到教室,除了我與Ashley外,其餘四人都不在現場(有自己的交通工具真好!),代課老師點完名,便發下Ms. Jones早已為我們六人以外的所有學生準備的三天份課程內容講義,我們有個很好的藉口(或說特權)而假裝忽略這些講義的,但既來之則安之,我們做了其中一份,並在8:55與同學揮別離開教室。

 

9:00,六人到齊!但我們的指導老師兼司機與交通工具卻遲到了二十四分鐘。一台箱型車塞下七人與七人的四天份行李於9:30「滿載而行」,中途約一小時的小憩如廁與午餐,在下午三點抵達目的地Louisville。在逐漸逼近Louisville時,窗外的景色從寬廣無際的大農家轉而高樓大廈。啊!城市!真是個令人渴望的地方,他散發著一股股科技、資訊、文化、流行的氣息,是我愛他勝過於鄉下之處。我是台北的常客,大城市與高樓大廈應該要有「熟悉」的感覺,但在McCreary待了半年,進入Louisville竟令我有股嘆為觀止的興奮,啊!城市!

 

肯德基音樂教育協會(Kentucky Music Education Assocation)是All-State的主辦,他們包下了一座十八層的四星級飯店,我們的房間在十一樓,飯店是「口」字型設計,出了房門便能從十一樓眺望飯店二樓,房間內則有將近落地的透明玻璃供欣賞城市。我站在十一樓房門外,倚著欄杆往下看,心裡有股往下跳的衝動(我心緒正常,決對沒有想不開的念頭),那股衝動來自於好一陣子沒走進高樓裡(McCreary裡我不記得有超過三樓的建築)以及電視畫面裡的高空彈跳,我想未來我一定會找機會玩高空彈跳。飯店裡的透明高速電梯讓飯店顯得更加高級,我想起每每到台中市總愛到火車站前的金沙大樓坐電梯(這幾年發生一次火災,不知現在重新開放了嗎),從透明玻璃向外望著節節高升的風景,火車站裡的自強號像是垂手可得般的迷你,啊!台中!今天的第二個驚嘆號,都是回憶作祟。

 

我們約下午四點穿越pedway(這附近沒見到地下道,但很多大樓都在二或三樓有pedway連接在一起)到最近的美食街用晚餐(往後幾天也都在這裡,因為美食街裡的價格比較符合學生),映入眼簾的一個招牌既熟悉又令我驚喜--Taipei,哇!"Hey! Taipei is Taiwan's capital!"我興奮的與大家介紹著。晚餐我當然毫不猶豫的選擇了家鄉口味囉!Ms. Jones與我各點一份炒麵套餐,當我看見老闆時,便先問了"Are you from Taiwan?",當他說完"Yes!"後,我便以中文點餐,整條隊伍後餐的人都探出了好奇的眼睛,發出驚訝的聲音,噢!我最享受這種感覺!

 

晚間七點,展開今天的第一次練唱,練唱內容已在半個月前發個我們樂譜與CD,要我們先練習了。七首曲子有五首拉丁語一首德語與一首英語,德語曲特別難練;"Heimat"是家鄉故土的意思,發音像是「海馬」,兩百多位SATB成員都有著自己的發音模式,所幸其中竟有位德國人,大家練發音多次才漸入軌道。我們的練習持續到晚上十點,挑選過的成員果然不一樣,似乎大家對於音樂都有直覺,音符淌流在身體的每個細胞中,音樂很和諧,感覺大家浸在同個游泳池內有著相同的水壓溫度與水波起伏,著時令人陶醉。
 
晚間十一點,整棟飯店熱鬧起來,大夥兒都在走廊上說笑,我還沒清楚狀況也被拉了出來,幾分鐘後有群人起了音,大家一齊唱國歌,在這口字型的飯店裡有著絕佳的音響效果,歌聲從各層樓流出在匯聚到口字型中央,在奔瀉回大家耳中,壯麗的音樂,令人感動。
 
2/9/2006

上午九點展開第二天練習,我們的座位依各部分四區,一曲接一曲的練習直到中午。午餐時間四百多人同時湧入了美食街,這美食街也才四家餐廳,隊伍長的不像話,我沒有那種有耐心排隊吃東西,便決定到接上閒逛。
 
Louisville的街上並沒有我想像的熱鬧,也許中午大家只管吃午餐,排隊去了,我獨步在這城市,又讓我想到台北,但......感覺卻迥異;我回想了一會兒,感覺最大的不同該是--整潔。台北的閣樓總塞滿機車與攤販,讓人覺得亂又擁擠,噪音更是無所不在,走在街上比較有壓力的感覺。也許紐約或其他大都市可能也有著台北相同的狀況,但一條讓人逛起來舒服的街道,才能讓異國遊客喜歡這個地方。台灣加油!
 
我逛了一小時才回到美食街,不出所料,隊伍短小不少,這次我選Subway潛艇堡,這是眾速食店唯一吃得到較多蔬菜的地方,雖然價格比炸食速食店高,但每一陣子我總得到Subway報到,不然長期蔬果不足對身體不是好事,更容易使身材橫向發展。
 
下午依然是三小時馬不停蹄的練習,但晚上行程卻輕鬆有趣,有各校帶來的才藝表演(都是唱歌),我特喜愛其中一位同學自彈自唱,嘴前還掛著口琴適時加入,好一場音樂饗宴!晚上十一點,大家仍準時出現共唱國歌,依然是如此壯麗澎湃,如此打動人心......

待續To be continued..........

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克拉克,許燦煌老師,是我的高一數學老師,一位叫『克拉克』的老師是我高中的第一篇投稿文章,表達的是對他的敬愛。高二分班之後便很少見到許燦煌老師。他是竹中相當資深的老師之一,不論是教學或年紀,「以竹中興亡為己任」正是我高二三數學林明崇老師對他的讚賞與敬佩。
 
出國迄今半年多,我寄了超過三十張明信片或卡片,畢竟在這裡並沒有什麼人可以用中文談天,寫信就好比是對一個見不到面的人的紙筆談天;盡管網路再怎麼發達,e-mail與messenger如何十倍速的縮短人與人之間的距離,但仍抵不過一張郵票、一個郵戳,與郵差把真實信件傳遞到收件人手裡那般真實與令人喜悅。
 
我收到來自台灣的包裹一定是父母的愛心,曾接到的三封卡片是朋友的祝福(見Chrismas wishes from Taiwan),這都令我喜悅不已;但前幾天收到一封親筆撰寫於標準格式信紙還附上一張明信片的信件更令我感動萬分,它寄自竹中,來自克拉克。
 
「承志:來信收悉,在美國的日子‧‧‧‧‧‧‧‧‧若有任何需要幫忙之處,請來信告知,吾將戮力以赴。」
 
他誠懇真摯的字句充滿了關心,實在不曾收過父母以外的長輩對於一位晚輩的信箋,還只上過一年數學課的晚輩,能如此叨叨絮絮關懷與叮嚀。這封信單頁,不長不短,對我有著莫大的鼓勵,感動萬分,言辭已無法道出心中的感覺,我還是只能以簡單二字,謝謝,表達對許老師的感動與感謝!
 
謝謝!
 
p.s.上圖是許老師寄來「竹中八十風采」明信片,左方為已拆除正在新建的新民樓,右方為校史館。

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Owing to our sping trip to George, madrical is making a donation. We tried to sell calanders, beef jerky, holidays stuff, and so on. We also had a special idea---ham dinner---it took place at school cafeteria today. After the ham dinner, there was coming a dessert auction. Every student prepared some dessert for auction. One of my classmate's dad is an auctioneer, he helped us to sell dessert.

 

Our ham dinner started at 5:00 p.m., and we performed at 5:30. Than the dessert auction begun. This was my very first time to watch an auction The auctioneer talked so rapidly. I can barely understand what he was talking. When I watched the auction, I didn't pay full attention, because one of the dessert I brought is Pearl Milk Tea, our most popular drink. I was worried about what if nobody wants it. After all, my host family didn't like the tea.(See <異國珍奶 台灣滋味> or <Foreign Pearl Milk Tea, Taiwan Taste>) So, I couldn't make sure does American like it or not.

 

Finally, it was Peral Milk Tea's tern. I made a poster for auctioneer to introduce. Than, started bidding. "One doller bid now one doller.......Two.......Three....... Four......Five dollars, who would bid a that five dollars bid? Five dollars. Sold!" Wow! My first cup Pearl Mike Tea was five dollars. I was so exciting.

 

After some delicious dessert be sold out. I ask to sell Pearl Milk Tea again. Because I prepared 3 gallon of milk tea and 2 bags of pearl. The second time we put two cups togethor. This time, 3 dollars per one cup. And not much people had interesting in this second time. I started feeling nervous. "God! Help me!" 

 

Something happened! Some people next to me asked me "What's pearl?"

 

"Mnnn.....It's kind of.......made by........mnnnnn......I..." I don't know how to describe what pearl is, so the last sentance I said was"It's a very popular and delicious dessert in Taiwan. Do you wanna try one?" I don't even know what the ingredient is, all I know is Pearl Mike Tea is aweful great.

 

"I would like to try one." He said.

 

"Oh! Thank you."I was cheering up, and asked them to sell again. But there's no dessert like mine, every dessert only sold once except the dessert nobody wants at first time. So, I just sold him 3 dollars the same as the last bid price. It gave me a great idea. I started walking through the tables and ask them to buy. Believe it or not, I sold 12 cups(3 dollars per one cup), it ran out all of the pearl. Wow! What a plentiful harvest!

 

I made too much mike tea. There's a gallon left. I shared with friends. Although not everyone wants to try it. But everyone who tried the milk tea said "Good!" Some of them said it taste like cappuccino(卡布奇諾).

 

Pearl Milk Tea is created in Taiwan. It should be one of our special culture. I'm so glad to introduce to them.

 

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