Extra virgin cod liver oil

You heard about extra virgin olive oil, but have you heard about extra virgin cod liver oil ? And here, in the remote Westfjords in Iceland, they cold pressed the cod liver oil, to make it purer and more nutritional.

We all know that fish oil is rich in omega-3 and vitamin D, good for your brain, eyes, joints, etc. Specially in Iceland, where sunshine is a big missing part. People have been taken cod liver oil for a long time.

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Sophisticated Chinese New Year sweet treat

We all know that France is famous for their sweets, but do you know that in China we also have very sophisticated dessert, specially when it comes to the Chinese new year.

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Chai Pao (soaked in tea)

They are more of a art than a food. They are made of a special Chinese winter melon, carefully craved then cooked in a sugar syrup for a long time. And then slowly dry with the wind.

To enjoy, make a cup of green tea, and drop in one piece of sweet melon.

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Zao tang (candy for the Kitchen God)

A sweet original from Northern China.

It is a kind of candy made of maltose that people in China use as a sacrifice to the kitchen god around the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month just before Chinese New Year. Guandong tang refers to stick shaped candy with a thickness of 2 cm and a hollow in the center. Tanggua is made into melon shape and sometimes with sesame on the surface.

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Icelandic skyr, cream and BLUEBERRIES !!

When I lived in France, my regular breakfast was toast (with butter and jam), soft boiled egg and coffee. And this habit hadn’t been changed for almost four years !

And now, four year since I’m in Iceland, I believe that I found my new love, which is plain skyr, cream and blueberries. These three things go perfectly together. I was not a big fan of cream, but Icelandic cream they’re so good that you can hardly say no to it. And Icelandic skyr? It’s becoming a trendy in some restaurants to either serve it as an appetite or dessert, of course, they’ll do something fancier to enlighten the humble skyr. For most Icelanders, skyr means school, kids and not fancy at all ! One of my friends, she got so “amazed” when it’s served with a lobster soup.

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In one of the finest restaurants in Reykjavik, they serve skyr as appetite with olive oil and basil oil tomato confit.

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In Iceland, bilberries (known as aðalbláber, or “prime blueberry”) grow predominantly in Westfjords and the surrounding area. In most of the country, the closely related bláber occupy the same habitat. Both species are commonly found growing with dwarf birch and crowberries. Wild growth is vast compared to the population of Iceland and wildharvesting is legal. As a consequence, it is a popular activity in August when the berry season peaks. A popular use for bilberries is to eat them with skyr.

There’re two annual blueberry pick up festival in Iceland, one is in Súðavík (Blueberry days) in the West Fjords and another one is Ólafsfjörður, which is also an art and music festival. Both festivals run from August 16 to 18.

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海中的水绝尽,江河消散干涸。人也是如此,躺下不再起来,等到天没有了,仍不得从睡中唤醒。这是<约伯记>里一段关于死的描写。

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一周前不经意间又翻开安妮宝贝的一部旧作,一段关于生与死的文字想先与大家分享。

"死亡,是一个人肉体的彻底停顿。因为这停顿,他所有的苦心经营似乎失去意义。肉体的欲望与无助,从来都不能与时间做抗衡。但在他死去的时候,他获得平静,就如同他脱去身上的旧衣,突然摆脱束缚获得自由。我们会因为见到最爱的人的死亡,而感受到他的新生,并因此而获得平静。

死,不会是生的一个对立面。它与生之间的关系,仿佛是彼此映照在一面镜子中的影像。没有差异。彼此包括。并且无时无刻在互相观望和对峙。

人与人之间最大的区别,其实是他们对待死亡的态度。他们如何面对死亡的命题,决定了他们会如何选择对待生命的方式。

生命始终都有它值得敬畏的奥秘存在。对痛苦的担当,就如同对喜悦的渴望,需要以赤子之心坦然相对。"

以前只是认为安妮宝贝的文字很小资很颓废,原来那是没有切身体会不理解,只是看到了文字表面的华丽没有看到里面的禅。

人生就是一个不断进行自我修行不断渡的过程,所有人都不愿意离开光亮,因为彼岸是一条没有回头的路,是一个未知灰暗的世界。但是只要你的心里一直亮着一盏灯,那么即使在最黑暗的夜你也不会害怕,因为你知道,那是一种归宿。

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"记得小时候还没有隧道和高架,我每个礼拜都会坐摆渡从浦西来到浦东,然后你会在轮渡口接我。"那是我对大阿姨说的最后一句话。她有些迷糊地说是,侧头望着没有阳光射进来的窗。我想像她当时眼里的世界会是什么样子,是对每一口吸入的空气、咀嚼的食物,对窗外风吹树叶飘落,对所有人对她的好更加感激,还是对这个世界的心灰意冷?我更愿意相信是前者。这是一个你没有办法设身处地考虑的境况,当坚强乐观感恩被真真切切肉体伤的痛苦所震撼的时候,精神是很容易崩溃的。心里面有说不出的痛当她仍然欢笑的和大家说话,仍然处处想着别人,在她眼里,所有人应当都是很美好的,因为她就是一个美好的女子。

生命没有所谓的公平不公平,因为那不是一个简单的数学题。处处讲究公平权利地位名气的人一定很累不自由,那么他就不会是一个幸福的人。在我眼里,大阿姨是一个幸福的人,因为她知道如何排除痛苦,看到生活中的光明,并且与她爱的人们分享这团火焰。

昨天早上醒来,眼前是海和起伏连绵的山脉,冰雪还没有完全融化,山中的雾气是山海看起来有些朦胧。风吹着树哗啦啦的直响,是冰岛独有的。突然没有原因的就想到大阿姨,如果她能看到这样的景色该有多好?我是那么的幸运,独自贪婪了这一切,那是一种自私可怕的感觉,因为爱人的死亡而获得的平静,仿佛是一种新生,从而更加珍惜眼前爱我与我爱的人。有人说过的一句话很有道理,翻译成中文就是:如果一个人一只脚踏在"过去",一只脚踩在"未来",那么他会做什么?他会在"现在"上面撒尿。那是最愚蠢的事情,不是吗?

所以,我希望所有我爱和爱我的人们都可以珍惜眼下,抱着一颗感恩的心,自由的生活。

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David

Let’s start today’s blog with a story, a story about the famous DAVID.

One day Michelangelo was asked by a journalist of his time, “how did you create this most amazing masterpiece, David?” to which Michelangelo responded, “it was easy, I went to the quarry. I saw this huge piece of marble and in it, I saw David. All I needed to do was to chip away the excess stone, to get rid of the marble that shouldn’t have been there. And when I got rid of this excess stone, there was David.

I heard this story from a public course of Harvard, called “Positive Psychology”, namely how to be happIER. The study shows that even in school like Harvard, some students are depressed and unhappy, including the professor who delivered this course. It may sound strange but absolutely true. For example, in a match, you expect to be in top three, but in the end you only get eight. Some people will think negatively that he’s so disappointed about himself, that he should have done this or that. While some people will learn from the loss, “well this time, I didn’t do good enough, it’s because…but next time, I’ll do better.” Same things happen, two totally different reactions. What we should do is to learn from the loss not to being regret all the time. We can not change the past but we can improve the future.

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Happiness is a lifelong pursuit. It’s not 1 or 0. Are you happy? It’s a meaningless question. The real question is HOW. Back to the DAVID story, easy said than done. In real life, it’s not obvious to do the subtraction. We’re adding too much on our shoulders, money, status, fame, self-esteem, etc. In the end, we feel breathless, but our self-esteem is so high that we refuse to say “please help, I’m weak”. We’re always on the run, busy managing the family life, social life, relations…but how many time we leave to ourselves? Tell the true, how many times you feel uncomfortable when it comes to the silence? Can you sit around a fireplace, just to enjoy the beauty of the stillness? I’m sure if I ask these questions to my friends, they would probably laugh at me. Stay still? Are you mad? My salary of an hour is hundred dollars.

My grandmother ask me something I didn’t expect “do you think your mum is happy?” I almost cried when she asked. I know exactly what she means. Having both her father and her sister sick, she’s doing everything on her own, I can only help until next month, then I’ll be going to another end of the planet. Plus the relation between my dad and my mum doesn’t help neither. He’s an intelligent man but his self-esteem is so high that he refuses to show any weakness. His character is also something very special. I would have gone crazy if I were her.

One’s character decides his destiny

There’re many things in the world you can not simply give an answer YES or NO. It’s not like when you’re madly in love with a person, when he asks you DO YOU LOVE ME.

Chinese people do a tremendous job with it. They never say YES neither NO. They say YES MAYBE or NO BUT…You can not blame on them, millions of years history makes this nation learnt something called GRAY.

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They believe that being in the MIDDLE is the safest, saying something GRAY is the most polite way. They let you understand their true meaning.

I read something this morning: Be ware of what you think cause it’ll become your speech; be ware of your speech cause it’ll become your action; be ware of your action cause it’ll become your habit; be ware of your habit cause it’ll influence your character; be ware of your character cause it decides your destiny.

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