2008年10月30日 星期四

Whisper to Lace-Blue Rose


In Victorian times, blue roses traditionally signify mystery or attaining the impossibility.

They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes.  Now, no

matter what is about the language of flowers, actually, “Blue Rose” is a kind of rare

flower, she is always able to attract the most eyes from people, so who is the blue

rose in your mind? And do you want to be as the blue rose? ……………..






Whisper to Lace-Elizabeth Cross

It is the first lace choker I made.  This cross make me to remember the Queen

Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth I is being celebrated as the ruler of a golden age,

an image that retains its hold on the English people. Elizabeth's reign is known as

the Elizabethan era, famous above all for the flourishing of English drama, led by

playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.  However,

she is always criticized for her personal religion: Protestant vs. Catholic.  The

cross is originally existed in every different communion with same feature, but

communions make the different story to split it…………


Whisper to Lace-Irish Crochet Lace

A couple of months ago, I addicted to study the Irish crochet lace and was attracted deeply by its exquisite patterns.  Irish lace gained an international reputation for the fineness of the needlework and the intricacy of the designs used and lace making flourished in many places.  Its type of lace is characterized by separately crocheted motifs which were later assembled into a mesh background, after such arrangement, Irish lace works will present the embossed aspect.  One day, I thought why did I not try to use those beautiful lace patterns to make some necklaces or chokers?  So, I try this idea to come true………………




2008年7月14日 星期一




Son of No. 2:「I want to get marry with cousin in the future, because I like her very much.


Mother:「You cannot get marry with cousin due to our law disallow such situation.


Son of No. 2:「Why does our law disallow it?


Mother:「In order for eugenics purpose, because the couple will bear the stupid baby if they are cousinhood.


Son of No. 2:「Mom, you and Dad are cousinhood, right?


Mother:「Of course not, why do you think so?


Son of No. 2:「Because I find I am very stupid……….


Mother …………

2008年6月3日 星期二



6/03/2008, what will you recall under the drizzle?  It will recall me for the

memory in Heerbrugg.  Heerbrugg is a small town near by St. Gallen of

Switzerland, for business purpose, I had stayed in that town for a couple

of months in 2004.  When the first step footed on airport of Zurich, mood

 was heavy……. Because I knew there were a lot of problems waiting for

me to dissolve and clarify, this trip was not a sightseeing for sure……. 

Switzerland is very beautiful country, however, I cannot feel its beauty at

that time since the heart was coped by dark clouds………


In April of 2004, it was always drizzly as today’s weather, remembering

one Sunday morning, in order to release the tired body and pressure, I went

out from hotel even though it was rainy.  To walk along the road for 3 hours,

no destination..... just walking and walking and walking……… The rain

doted on my face and cool air intruded into my lung, there was no people

on the road, only had few dogs on the side.


Year 2004 is unforgettable….. Frequently, pull the luggage to walk in the

airport and wait alone in the departure lounge, to and fro Zurich, London,

Paris, Taipei…..That year was filled with traveling, and heart was occupied

by solitude……………….




2008年5月22日 星期四

The women in painting—by Gustav Klimt

Portrait of Baroness Elisabeth Bachofen (1914)

                       Mäda Primavesi (1912)

Lady with Fan (1917)

         The Dancer (1916 - 1918)


The women in painting whose expression are calm, perhaps, are a little

bit delighted but are not too much, they seem to think something when

we stare at their eyes.  Klimt set up those women in two different worlds,

one is real, the other is fantastic.  Women were draw realistically, but the

backgrounds were arranged as a fictitious world, through such composition,

women did not exist alone in the painting, there was a bustling world

around her.  The women and their backgrounds seem to be not correlate,

but they set off each other via contrast.


Looking at these paintings, they inspire me to think of the “Art Deco” and

“Mix and Match” even if I know Klimt did not has any relation with those

design movements.  I wonder why Klimt utilized the Oriental objects (such as

Chinese opera characters, phoenix) to decorate the Western women portraits,

supposedly, this kind of arrangement might make the painting to be odd,

however, after his deliberate and painstaking drawing, those portraits were

presented in very unique and aesthetic feel.






2008年5月20日 星期二




Mother and son are eating the lunch……

Son of No. 2:「What is “associate”?

Mother:「Association is a kind of imagination, it will connect something in your mind or imagination when you perceive something.   For example: It will associate with 粽子when you see the dragon boat.

Mother:「Do you understand?

Son of No. 2:「……..Perhaps……...

Mother :「Well, another example: It will associate with your Dad when I see you.

Son of No. 2:「Why does it associate with Dad when you see me?

Mother:「Because you and Dad are alike whatever is for face or considerate heart.

Son of No. 2:「Hum……Dad is not so considerate as me, he has never help you to put the dishes in order, but I always do that for you.…………

Mother snigger…………

2008年5月15日 星期四

Indian KathaKali


5/3/2008 in National Palace Museum, KathaKali was performed starting

from 6:30 pm.  In accordance with the host’s indtroduction and

Mr. 吳德朗’s statements: Kathakali means a story play or a dance

drama.  It originated from Ramanattom and Krishnanattom, and was

belonging to the South-Western coastal state of Kerala.  Kathakali is primarily

a dance drama form and is extremely colourful with billowing costumes, flowing

scarves, ornaments and crowns. The dancers use a specific type of symbolic

makeup to portray various roles which are character-types rather than individual

characters. Various qualities, human, godlike, demonic, etc., are all represented

through fantastic make-up and costumes.  


Since I did not take pictures on the scene, so try to get some photos (see the

attachments) from web for reference.  This performance is bring me to remember

the Japanese traditional drama, Noh, played in National Palace Museum on

2/3/2007.  To compare Indian KathaKali with Japanese Noh, there are some

findings as following:


1.     Face:

The performers of KathaKali will make up and use different colors to portray

the characters, such as:


“green” is used to portray noble male characters;

“green background with red beard” is used to portray evil;

“lustrous and yellowish” is used to portray women and ascetics;

“black” is used to portray uncivilized hunters.


This kind of concept is similar to Chinese Beijing opera.  As for Noh, the main

actor will wear the mask, and the side player will not do so.  The Noh masks

normally portray female or nonhuman characters.  Several types of masks, in

particular for female roles, are designed for slight adjustments in the position of

the head can express a number of emotions such as fear or sadness due to the

variance in lighting and the angle shown towards the audience.  However, it is

not always possible to convey emotion for those masks of deities and monsters. 

Usually, these performers are not frequently called to change emotional expression

during the course of the scene, or show emotion through larger body language. 

Pursuant to the history, the roots of Noh can be traced back to the Tang

Dynasty’s theatricals, I wonder why it cannot be found the reflection of Chinese

opera on the point of “Face”.


2.     Music


The actors of KathaKali never speak, its songs are set for “ragas” based on

Carmatic music.  The instruments include a cylindrical drum, a drum held

horizontally, cymbals and a gong.  In addition to those instruments, there

are two vocalists render the songs to compose Kathakali music.  Noh is

chanted drama, the singing in Noh involves a limited tonal range, with lengthy,

repetitive passages in a narrow dynamic range. Apparently, melody is not the

focus of Noh singing.  Still, texts are poetic, relying heavily on the Japanese

seven-five rhythm common to nearly all forms of Japanses poetry.  From the

rhythm point of view, Kthakali’s music is more vivid than Noh’s.


3.     Acting


Since KathaKali’s actors never speak, hence, the body performance will be

very important to it.  Some particular facial expressions were developed to help

for telling the story, which are love, ridicule, fear, pity, anger, courage, disgust,

amazement, and peace.  Within the performance of this time, actor’s eye

movements is impressive of me very much, his eyeballs can move very very fast

from any angle.  Furthermore, characters used hand-gesture to enhance the 

facial xprssions and unfold the tex of the drama.   Mention to Noh, since its main

actor have to wear the mask, withhout facial expression, we have to rely on

player’s body language to know the emotion and will what they conveyed. 

As our awareness, for Japanese culture, people care about the compliance of

social regulations more than the will of individual.  Regarding this point, Noh

seems to interpret the personality of Janpanese society appropriately.


That night, with ending the KathaKali performance, husband, kids and I went

for the night market in a delight mood to eat some snacks.  Like to watch

performances since they always bring some different feels to enrich the flat life. 

In addition, through approaching the traditional performance of other countries,

we can know their culture and people more or less, ……..more understanding,

less fighting……..


2008年5月13日 星期二

Wind‧Azure Blue Sky

5/13/2008, it is windy and sky is azure blue, wind is a little bit cool like

as the one in autumn.  To feel the wind at this moment, it brings me to

remember Rossetti’s poem:


Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling

The wind is passing thro’.


Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads

The wind is passing by.




Watching the blue sky, it brings me to remember the same sky in Paris

on 6/27/1992, at that time, I stand in the front of Arc de Trimphe and

looked up at the sky to praise its color, how azure blue it was………….

Paris of 1992, it is my first time to go France, as for the language capability:

English was poor and French was none, but what I have only was a young

heart with a lot of bravery.  That trip was an adventure for me, it contained

bitter and sweet, whatever it contained, I enjoyed it for all. 



Time fleets so soon, Paris of 1992 has been far away from me, but its

scenery was branded on my mind, sometimes, it recurs unexpectedly

cause of meeting the similar circumstances.  The memory it left which is

hard to be erased and replaced even though I have re-visited Paris later on.


Memories are locked in a box, and the key could be anything, may be

weather, color, scent, touch,…….   Once the proper key shows up, those

sealed memories will spring………..



2008年5月6日 星期二




Mother and son are walking in MRT……


Mother:「Do you know why Mammy love you so much?

Son of No. 2 reply in confidence:「Because I am very cute.

Mother:「Which part of you is cute, you think?

Son of No. 2:「From head to toes, everywhere is……...


Calligraphy is Painting? ------- 董陽孜書法作品






Yes, it could be if you have sawn 董陽孜’s work.  She pays more

attention on the arrangement of empty spaces to deal with every single

character and whole scroll.  As such, we can always see superb

deployment which forms the integral aesthetic feel.  Moreover,

董陽孜brings the methods of inkwash painting into the calligraphy,

sometimes, her works with ink is either thick and dense or pale and

light, smetimes, her brushtip is either parched or splaying. 

Consequently, 董陽孜’s work is a kind of synthesis of painting and




2008年5月5日 星期一

Never Let Me Go


This novel was written by Kazuo Ishiguro who has been a Booker Prize

winner, one of his well-known works is “The Remains of the Day”. 

“Never Let Me Go” begins from that a female clone, Kathy, narrates her

childhood life at Halishm where is an exclusive boarding school secluded

in the English countryside.  As a human clone, Kathy and the others have

the same fate, to donate their organs until death.  Their fates cannot be

changed because “organs donation” is the main function for why they are

bred.  This plot brings me to remember Aldous Huxley's “Brave New

World”, where humans are created in test tubes and have been fixed

functions that they grow up to perform in society, the future of individual

has been set up from his/her birth, including the sex distinction, intelligence,

personality, capability and social ranking.  Everyone is forced to follow

those prescribed rules, but no one will fight or complain, they take those

rules for granted.  Regarding this point, the characters of this novel seem

to meekly accept their fates, of which plot is identical with the characters

of Huxley’s.


After finished its final page, this novel kept me thinking about its plot,

characters and themes long.  It is sad of me for Kathy’s and Tommy’s

destiny not to be changed even though how much effort they have done,

Kathy has to go on acting as the “carer” and Tommy has to go on donating

more organs till death.  The deepest sadness is arisen by that human clones

own their soul and aware the love but are deemed as “products”, no body

cares their needs, feeling and life, human beings breed them the only purpose

is for the harvest of organs.  If the human clones could not be treated as

human beings, why do them be given the perception and soul? Undoubtedly,

it is kind of torture for them.


I love this novel due to it touched my heart deeply, within this novel, Ishiguro

does not offer opinions on any issues, rather presents the questions in powerfully

compelling ways.  He adopts the plain and ungarnished statements to reveal the

 innermost heavy frustration of people, actually, to introspect ourselves, we

are dominated by the enormous social machine, perception, love and dream are

ppressed.  Pityingly, we seem to be under the same circumstances as the clones,

Ishiguro evokes those pains buried in our heart through this novel----“Never Let Me Go”.



2008年4月29日 星期二



8:00 pm of 4/25/2008, at Huwei Fort of Tamsu, the theater “山海經”

was performed in cool spring night, its script is modified from " The Classic

of Mountains and Seas" which is the immemorial Chinese fable.  Loving to

go to the theater performed by Golden Bough Theatre, their play always

can provide us extremely different feel, this is our third time to watch their


The content of theater “山海經” included several sections as follows:


【后羿】帝俊賜羿彤弓素矰  以扶下國  羿是始去恤下地之百艱


【刑天】刑天與帝爭神  帝斷其首  乃以乳為目  以臍為口  操干戚以舞


【女娃】有鳥焉  其狀如鳥  文首  白喙  赤足  是炎帝少女  名曰女娃


【人間】羿誅鑿齒於疇華之野  殺九嬰於凶水之上  繳大風於青邱之澤  下殺獬貐  斷修蛇於洞庭


【戰封豨】馮珧利決  封豨是射  何獻蒸肉之膏  而后帝不若


【化鳥】女娃游於東海  溺而不返


【夸父】夸父與日逐走  入日  未至  道渴而死  棄其杖 化為鄧林


【射日】羿焉蹕日  烏焉解羽


As for my comments regarding this theater:  Firstly, it adopts Taiwan's Hoklo

language to present the beauty of Chinese classic literature, every wording is

so elegant and precise to return the original ancient language, which is

impressive of me.  Furthermore, the power of drama is exploded by the

local rituals, distinctive music and body gesture.  Same as the “Troy,

Troy……Taiwan”, “山海經” is a kind of environmental theater, the

mysterious and treacherous atmosphere was spread with the blew wind,

trees shadows and dark sky, audiences are surrounded by such air

completely, their mood is forced to undulate with the environment, this kind

of scene is hard to display indoors.  Wonderingly, Golden Bough team

interprets the Chinese ancient literature in an unique and admirable way, the

snatches of performance vibrate in my mind all the time even though the play

has been finished………


In one word, 山海經 performed by Golden Bough team which is a very

good play and worth to be recommended to people.


Click the following address for more theater photos:












All family were eating the dinner……


Son of No. 1:「Mom, I made a dream last night, I dreamed a lot of “蛋炒飯” fell from sky and I was buried by them, it is so wonderful………..


Mother:「Not bad!!!   Well.........You can enjoy it for every day………


Son of No. 2:「Mom, I want to have a same dream as brother’s, but the rain should be “粽子” instead of ‘蛋炒飯”.


Mother:「Um………粽子雨……It is good, too….. but , it may be hurt………...………

2008年4月28日 星期一


材料1. 南瓜 1/2 個 
2. 大蒜粒 5 粒 
3. 鬱金香粉 1小匙家樂福
4. 肉桂粉 1小匙家樂福
3. 鹽 少許 
4. 橄欖油 
5. 黑胡椒 
6. 鮮奶 200 cc 
作法1. 南瓜去皮切大塊。 
2. 蒜粒去皮。 
3. 將上述處理好的南瓜及蒜粒放入湯鍋中加少許水及橄欖油煮至軟爛,水量剛好可蓋滿食材即可。 
4. 取出軟爛之南瓜塊及蒜粒,放入食物調理機或果汁機中打勻,再倒回湯鍋中加熱,並灑入鬱金香粉及肉桂粉,用鹽及黑胡椒調味。湯滾後轉小火,加入鮮奶攪拌至煮沸即可。水量及鮮奶量須稍加控制以免湯汁過稠或過稀。 




材料1. 紫苣 1/2 個惠康
2. 甜椒 2 棵惠康
3. 鹽之花海鹽家樂福
4. 橄欖油(Extra Virgin) 
5. 黑胡椒 
作法1. 甜椒洗淨放入烤盤以預熱上下火200度 C烤20分鐘至表皮略呈焦黑,取出,置於有蓋的耐熱容器中悶軟,待涼後,撕去表皮,切大塊。 
2. 紫苣撥開葉子浸水洗淨後(勿將葉片一片片摘下),以梗為中心切成4大塊,放入烤盤以預熱上下火210度C烤17分鐘至菜香飄出。取出待涼,切除中心的梗後,將菜葉片片分離,再切成大塊。 
3. 將上述處理好的甜椒及紫苣放入大沙拉碗中,灑上鹽之花海鹽、特級橄欖油、現磨黑胡椒粉,拌勻即可。 

this dish is perfectly matched with Moscato d'Asti sparkling wine








4/25/2008, 毬蘭,茉莉花 and 梔子花 blossomed!! Be crazy about the room fulled of flower scent, loving it appears indistinctly and invades in silence.  



2008年4月23日 星期三

拖鞋 與 蟑螂




Son of No. 1:「Mom, we will play an imitational drama and I will be the protagonist.

Mother:「Great!!!    Finally, your teacher find your talent ……

Mother:「What role will you act as?


Mother:「Slippers???  You will act as Slippers????

Mother:「What is the name about this drama?

Son:「”Slippers & Cockroach”

Mother ……….

2008年4月22日 星期二

Michael Sowa

                             【Pig in Soup


                          【Autobahn Pig



Fowl with Pearls


Laptop Sheep


Mann, Fisch, Tisch


Die Letzten Stunden in Pompeji



 Zugschweine Sammeln Sich


Michael Sowa was born in Berlin in 1945. He studied at the Academy of

Fine Art in Berlin and has worked in many capacities and published several

story books, Esterhazy being one of his best.  Sowa's art evokes wonder

and amazement, a mix of surrealism and comic illustration, of humor and

seriousness.  His work is whimsical, especially with the animal depictions. 

He mirrors life with odd people, and "normal" animals occupied in human

activities. I especially love the "laptop sheep" and the "pig in the soup",

sometimes, in order to refresh mood, people need to stir their brain by

odd idea.