哈啰木老,大臣们都在等着你“教课”呢!?

 

15天的南极探游,回程时邮轮被近代锁国潮给滞留大西洋南美洲。船长临危不乱乐观机智。他这边厢呼吁大家共同守望相抚,克服心理难关;另一边厢马不停蹄与外头进行国际协商。经过无数次折腾,滞留6天后,船长终于带领所有15国籍191船民渡过窘局,送大伙平安回家!这一关几经煎熬苦涩;喜见七色彩虹呵!这位法国籍船长,他很负责任很称职。

我出门去南极前,大马冠状病毒确诊才25例;回到现实世界之后,病毒已经攻下180个国家(*注:按3月24日的数据),大马也榜上有名破了千数(现在3千多)。出国之前,大马还是希盟海誓;回来之后却已经被横刀夺爱,翻天覆地,说变心就变啊!如今大马政情混浊,疫情更不妙,经济濒临坍塌;真希望我们的船长也能大智大勇,撑下大局。且,一视同仁!?

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

The ship was so close to docking at Montevideo port in Uruguay, but were refused by the authorities.

 

WE were sailing back to civilization world from the southernmost tip of the world(Antarctica), bringing with us the heartfelt messages of love from the little penguins, when the captain told us that we had to be prepared to face a completely different world.

Things were not the same anymore – the world was no longer what we used to know barely 15 days earlier.

we already had some idea about what was happening around the world thanks to the internet.

This “invisible” virus has messed up our lives and we are now living in a tense world, with so many countries shutting down borders and observing lock downs and movement control orders.

 

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联合国大哥,你愣着干嘛?
还不赶快指示世界各国:先放行滞留者啦!

 

我们从世界最南端板块,带着企鹅的殷殷嘱咐回到文明世界的领域。船长却严肃说:终于回到现实世界,不过我们必须调整心态,准备面对;因为,这世界变了,已经不是我们15天前所熟悉的那一个了!?

其实在网媒时代,我们早略知一二;世界因为个肉眼不见的细菌,搞到人类都疯了!而这时刻,我们正巧又遇着神经线紧绷的巅峰;各国如临大敌关起大门谢绝入境!船长的意思是说:我们可能上不了岸了?!

大家哑口无言,心里都想着赶快回国;因为,大难似乎当头了,惦着要与家人同在。然而,这世界接二连三的惨酷继续加剧,又瞬息万变;所有人,都心中无数了!随行的欧洲人感慨:整个欧盟都上锁了,咱们有家归不得了!哎呀,听了还真令人目瞪口呆,不知所措!?这真的是我人类的世界吗?

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

Looking from afar, they looked like at least a hundred floating “soccer fields” in varying sizes drifting in my direction.

 

ON March 3 at 3pm on the waters of Antarctica (latitude S62°), we were cruising in the rough seas at a speed of 13 knots towards the 1,150sq km King George Island.

The island is known for its nine national research stations. China’s Great Wall Research Station was set up here in 1985, while the Chilean station boasts an airstrip for use of research personnel, as well as tourists.

Actually, visitors come to the island for a plethora of reasons, but for me, I have always wanted to sail across the seemingly dangerous yet assuredly safe Drake Passage.

One of the main reasons is because the 40-hour choppy voyage will invariably reward me with a “life-after-death” experience having eventually landed on this pristine paradise island with its out-of-this-world beauty beckoning.

During my three previous summer expeditions to the Antarctic peninsula, the entire land mass was blanketed in thick snow, so coldly fascinating. This is the sea-son for penguins to cheerfully shed their feathers for new ones as they prepare to usher in the winter.

 

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南极企鹅与冰川;生命共同体。

 

3月3日,下午3点钟。在南极S62°纬度海面上,我们正以13节的速度乘风踏浪稳健航行着,目标之一是面积1150平方公里的King George岛。这岛的知名度来自于岛上有9个国家科学站,各据一角的武林称霸! 1985年,中国长城站已在此扎旗。智利站甚至建有机场,以供各方科研人员使用之外,也是方便航空旅游的南极之门。其实,旅者各有所需!

至于我嘛,一直都偏好选择航行那有惊无险的德雷克海峡;这是因为经历了40小时波涛汹涌的大风浪后,总有起死回生之感以外,接着就是世外桃园与美丽人生在掀开的幕帘后等着我呢!

过往,我三次探究的南极半岛夏天,大地常年冰川雪地,冷艳深情!然而,正是企鹅们欣喜脱除旧毛长出新毛的季节,它们也准备迎冬;新生企鹅们也跟着妈妈,摇摇摆摆学习游泳捕抓磷虾呢!但是,这一趟的夏季三月天,有点出乎预料的是南极大陆居然会出现如此灿烂的蓝天白云,以及不时吹过来的暖风阵阵呐!虽然,高阳艳丽更能显现南极自然色彩,只是四周的雪白冰层似乎无法覆盖大山大地,黑压压的石块与乌溜溜的乳石似乎与白色雪地在彩调争辉? !

但,我更被眼前的另一幕景象给惊呆了! ?

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

Riyadh 导游鸭都拉比较专业,总是希望我们能入乡随俗。这也是他第一次接待“游客”。

 

沙地的确有诚意打开门户,发放“旅游签证”。我们一行17人领了第一批旅游签证之后,一马当先抵达沙地阿拉伯面积215万平方公里的国土。行事慢吞吞的酒店柜台人员一直抱歉地说:你们是本酒店第一批游客唷,我们得小心翼翼处理你们的护照签证。哇,这靓女只披了块头巾呐,她对着我笑开了一朵花!小姐妳慢慢来啦!我們不急。

而刚抵达沙地朝圣门吉达(Jeddah)机场时,我们遇见的那位海关女官员,虽只能见着一对眼睛,但听得出她语带友善笑意英语流利,还会说Welcome呐!印象都刻骨铭心。

最难忘的,是吉达机场的硬体设备,简直像个难民营般的乱七八糟。让人打从心底不明白,每年平均接待1500万名到麦加朝圣圣客的机场,硬体印象为何会与沙地的财富悬殊般的巨大落差?平心而论,目前的埃及开罗机场也改造得美轮美奂了啊!而约旦的机场更是中东地区最优雅的好!

显然,沙地的旅游事业还真的是从零开始!?接待我们的旅游巴士,像是载送普通乘客的长途大巴;麦克风坏的,冷气温的,司机不懂旅游景点的。至于所谓的吉达导游,则一直搞不明白我们为什么看起来是中国人,偏又自称是大马人。当然,巴士频频迟到、导游不专业、餐饮安排不对称、参观景点可有可无等都有待改进!导游又总爱问:你们想看什么、想吃什么、想问什么?不过,值得一赞的是,位在红海边上的吉达城市看来比较繁华,又有码头、商店与超大型的购物中心。更难得一见的是,路上果然有女性驾驶着汽车满街奔驰,美呆了!

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

The columnist had a good time learning about Lebanon’s history and culture from Mohamed.

 

Stepping out of Beirut’s international airport into my guide Mohamed’s car, I asked the local if the Lebanese capital produces marble. That’s because expensive marble is laid everywhere at the airport terminal. The lavish infrastructure doesn’t bring to mind a country that has gone through 45 years of armed conflict.

Immigration officials at the airport gave the impression that they were efficient, professional and friendly. I felt that the international media had not been fair in their reports of the country.

“This country is absolutely not a horrific place as many claim it to be. It isn’t unsafe or unsuitable for travel, ” said Mohamed.

Lebanon reportedly hosted two million visitors last year, and according to Mohamed, many visitors were impressed by the country’s rich culture. Back to the question of the marble’s origins, I’m told they are from Syria.

“Syria, the neighbour we both love and hate. Although we only have a small population of 4.5 million, we manage to house some 1.8 million distressed Syrian brothers and sisters and an additional one million Palestinian refugees, besides lots of marble!” said Mohamed.

He lamented that the influx of foreign refugees in Lebanon has caused social, religious and ethnic complications and crises.

“We sacrificed jobs, which should have belonged to us, for these people. The UN handed out aid to eligible refugee households each month, but who will come to the rescue of impoverished and dejected Lebanese families?” he said.

 

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Byblos :世界十大古老城镇古城。5000年历史,风韵犹存。

 

步出首都贝鲁特国际机场, 踏上司导莫哈末的轿车,我问他“黎巴嫩盛产大理石吗?机场内遍地铺上昂贵大理石哟!看起来,你们的基建还相当豪气;一点都不像“当了45年的火药库”嘛!?

环顾四周,我感觉国际媒体对黎巴嫩的报道有欠公允,歪曲居多;至少机场海关予人的第一个印象是有速度、很专业、蛮友善、带微笑。当然,还得观看后续行程所遇,以及整体情况来判断黎巴嫩的“安全与否”。一边暗想着,黎巴嫩的那顽强生命之根(宛如打不死的蟑螂),而你,依然健在吗?!

莫哈末有点惊慌地答说:真奈何不了国际媒体的说三道四;西方一致判定我们真主党是恐怖组织。其实,数百年来的黎巴嫩与以色列的关系总是剪不断地战乱不停;合法政府真没能力保护我们,只好依赖真主党的枪杆政权了!但坦白说,45年来的黎巴嫩现况与难堪,确实让外国人感到有些心里难安;但绝不是所谓的“不安全、不适合旅行”那么糟糕 。事实是,我们去年还接待了新高的200万人次旅客呢!游客们异口同声说,会把有文化底蕴、有历史古迹、有风土人情又十分安全的黎巴嫩,介绍给亲朋戚友们哦!

对了,那些大理石是那让我们又爱又恨的邻居,叙利亚的啦!不过我得重申,虽然我们人口仅仅是450万人;除了大理石以外,我们境内竟然还能收留了180多万的落难叙利亚弟兄难民,再加上近100多万的巴勒斯坦难民。可想而知,我们有多宽厚包容的心。老实说,这些数量庞大的难民真给黎巴嫩带来了许多社会宗教种族上交错不清的纠结,还有危机;甚至让本来是属于我们的工作都被“扶弱”、“礼让”掉了。而联合国还支付每月近300美金给每个合格难民家庭。但又有谁能救济穷途潦倒的黎巴嫩人哪!?

不过李桑请你放心,我能保证你的安全与安心,带你吃尽道地美食。黎巴嫩依雪松山,傍地中海风景真的很美。而且,我们富有各宗教传承与历史价值之瑰宝,就如:仅距离叙利亚边境7公里的古罗马3000年前巴勒贝克城堡,那可是当今世上保留最完整,也是最大的古罗马建筑物群。特别跟你说,是虔诚真主党真心地在此维护着这些异教古迹呐!

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101

Riyadh at night is just as beautiful as in the day time.

 

Many would probably know of the super wealthy King Salman Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and his fondness for all things grand. When he travels, he reportedly brings along some 1,500 people – of which 150 are said to be chefs – along with him on a chartered flight.

There are also two golden toilets on the plane…

 

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慈湖三角堡日落是金门十景之一

 

★ 金门 ‧ 慈湖三角堡 ‧ 轨条寨

每一个黄昏来临前,人们会散散落落地来到慈湖三角堡走走看看,逗留戏水。他们有些是外来的游客,有些是当地人,但都同样期待着夕阳西下时,那海水那海滩甚至是站在岸上的自己被染上金黄色,成为最最美丽的景致……。

慈堤是守护慈湖的一座海堤,海堤旁有一片美丽浅湾,日落时分的慈堤是金门十景之一,也是必访一回的景点,但要有好天气作为前提,才会有美丽的日落喔!

向晚时分,当潮水渐渐退去,一条条整齐划一的线条在浅滩上露出,它们就是“轨条寨(闽南语,音同:债、寨)”,是金门特殊的历史痕迹,也是金门独有的海滩风景。

沿着海滩设置有三层的轨条寨,看起来坚不可摧,而事实上,它们是用废弃的火车铁轨制成。这些铁轨先被一截一截裁切成铁柱,再将末端削成尖状,并且以约五十度角方向斜斜安插入水泥浆灌铸而成的底座,让每根铁柱都呈现一致向外的模样,以便抵御敌人船支登陆侵入。随着日转星移,如今的肃杀气氛已不再,而每根轨条寨上附着一层又一层密密麻麻的蚵壳,带着生猛活泼的渔家生活气息!夕阳映照,这些巨大的触手在金黄沙滩与海浪声的陪伴之下,变得温柔起来,好像是对着夕阳敬礼又像是依依舍的凝望,只剩下悠闲与舒适。

随着天空渐渐暗默,对岸的厦门市华灯初上,而这一边的金门却已经悄悄走入了宁静的向晚。

《金黄太阳慢慢晕染了天空,潮水退下的沙滩有一条条轨条寨,
走在此时退潮的沙滩,宛如行走在金黄太阳里一般梦幻。》

 

完整篇 —— 蘋果 101