DAISO products aren’t cheap in our country

Daiso (also known as “the dollar shop”) is a Japanese home supply store when in fact most of the products are made in China. 

I did a search on taobao (an online shopping platform mainly used by people living in China), and I was surprised to see that the same products I found in Hong Kong DAISO stores are sold for double prices in the mainland!

And I thought Hong Kong people were paying a third of the price more than the original price in Japan due to exchange rate. Apparently mainlanders are paying even more than us!

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靈魂也需要美容

吾最近發現,每天出入的地鐵站中,看到所有廣告全和美容有關。真的很誇張!

由此可見,現今世代的女性對美麗的追求之熱切,同時,那些不熱衷於打扮的女士所受到的壓力亦加劇,要麼加入成為愛美一族,要麼需要練就強大的內心,才能抵受社會對她們的要求或期待。

相比起外貌上的整修,吾認為心靈上的整修更為重要,因為內在是一切行為的基石。假如我們的內心是一塊土壤,我們的行為就是這塊土壤所種出來的花。想種出漂亮的花朵,必需維持土壤的營養。外在的打扮,有如修葺雜草,雖然能夠維持外觀,但如果長期忽略土壤的質地,日後就難以種出漂亮的花朵。

那麼,如何才能保養我們的內心呢?是不是存好心,做好事,多做義工活動,多說好話嗎?這些活動的確能快速提升我們的自信,但吾認為更徹底地提高自信心的方法,是面對自己的缺點,然後接納它,同時為自己找方法改善這些缺點,或者將這些缺點升華成優點。例如,你是一個多愁善感,情緒很複雜的人,就去訓練自己的邏輯思維,你亦可以善用自身的特質,發揮那些需要用到這種特質的興趣,例如畫畫、唱歌、跳舞等等。

不過上述的方法猶如一個大project,需要一定的時間才能看到效果的,在還未看到效果之前,人們很容易會放棄自暴自棄,此時,我們需要加倍地愛自己。很多人以為愛自己是自私的行為,其實我們必須要愛自己,才有餘力去愛其他人。不懂得真正愛自己的人,對別人所付出的愛,要麼就太過多令對方窒息,要麼就太過少令對方沒有安全感。簡單來說,就是不懂得如何拿捏愛的分量。純粹地感情用事,沒有智慧的,就不是愛。

一個不懂英文的人又如何教會別人說英語呢?同理,我們必須先學習愛自己。千萬不要被廣告誤導。愛自己並不直接等於給自己穿華衣、吃美食、住豪宅。因為如果自己沒有經濟能力,卻偏要給自己買這些東西,其實是縱容自己去揮霍,而揮霍實在這是一種罪。

愛自己其實很簡單,就是給自己需要的東西,給自己適當的東西;知道自己需要遠離什麼,然後理智地離開什麼。有了這個生活基礎,我們散發出來的,才是正能量,這個時候給予別人的能量,別人才真正受用。

People Praise Products

People born and raised in this consumerist age give so much credit to products. Just take a look at the bank of haul and reviewing kind of videos!

We deploy our characters through products we keep around us, rather than the work we do.

Is it because most of us are employed to do uncreative work?

看不過眼嗎?

遇上看不過眼的事情,而想事情有所改變的話,我們需要:
1. 跟身邊的人有一定感情基礎,以影響旁人
2. 有實力和口才,以說服外界
3. 有權力,社會大眾不得不服
4. 有財力掌管制度,不留痕跡地操控一切

吾自懂事便看社會這裡哪裡不順眼,常有make a difference的衝勁,但回想起來,吾根本從來未有過實際行動。

遊手好閒的「正常人生」

表面上她的生活極為「正常」。有工作,有社交,絕非NEET。沒煙酒賭博借貸等不良喜好。但她仍感到自己是不健康的。

她的問題在於空閒時間的運用。

上班的時間要做甚麼,領導有指派,她不用自己下決定,但下班後的自由時間,她的草率的分配完全expose她的lack of wisdom。


不是只有割脈自殺才算是浪費生命。把命光投放在無益的關係上,或投身於無需思考的消遣活動上,也是慢性自殺,虛耗生命的一類。

身體有病,基於肉體的痛楚,不得不送往醫院,但心靈有損害,呈現的方式不是急症,而是頹廢、發慌、怠懶的生活狀態。

因為心靈荒廢的患者太多,甚至多於健康的人,所以大家在娛樂中得到認同感和歸屬感,殊不知者是一起陷入更深的病況。

娛樂騎劫了媒體,以至人生

(1)

假如互聯網只容許優質的資訊流通,全人類的知識水平將大幅度提高。可是互聯網早被低劣的傳媒利用,操控自制力薄弱的大眾變得更為輕易。

(2)

教育的本義是傳授知識,協助人類做正確決定,但娛樂阻佔用學習的時間,中斷學生對人生課題的思考。

(3)

每個人都有他要克服的人生課題,但這道題目是神出鬼沒的,需要人有自覺地檢視自己與人互動所發生的事件,適時糾正自身在思考上和行為上的毛病,才能應付突如其來的考驗,但娛樂活動卻佔去我們反思的空間。

I Miss Being a Student, but Learning Doesn’t Take Place Solely At Schools

When I was a school kid, I was one of those conscientious ones who put school work first and everything else second.

Now that I have left the campus for years, I have a constant feeling of missing out one of the most important thing in my life — learning.

I do read almost every day, but reading is part of learning only when I narrow down my materials onto one or two topics, otherwise it can only be counted as leisure reading.

Here is a contention of mine: Learning  doesn’t stop just because we aren’t at schools, and the identity as a student isn’t school bound either.

Think about it. What do we get from a course offered by an education institue?

1. teachers (to answer our questions, to assign and grade our assignments)

2.curricula and timetables (to track learning progress)

3. a bunch of course mates (to encourage each other, if one is lucky)

Well, we can actually prepare all these (thanks to the marvellous Internet) on our own — with other benefits as below:

1. Some teachers at school just don’t just don’t click with us. We could pick and follow our favourite gurus online instead.

2. We don’t need to farce our essays for the sake of meeting a deadline. We could work at our own pace.

3. No classroom drama or distractions.

The only thing we don’t get unless we enrol in a course is a certificate of recognized qualification, but this too, can be eclipsed by your achievements and portfolios.

Steps to take if you want to learn on your own.

1. Hire a coach online

2. Set a daily, weekly, monthly and yeartly timetable

3. Use online database and the library

4. Keep a blog or YouTube channel to share what you’ve learnt

5. Most important of all, have some self discipline