Monday, November 30, 2015

毅行教父陳國強 :慢,才是成功開始!

大家最熟悉的陳國強KK在 香港經濟日報專訪中暢談他過去20年的毅行心得及傳承精神,節錄部分金句,值得大家慢慢咀嚼,細細體會:

「慢,才是成功的開始。快,就是失敗的源頭」
「我不是教人點去贏,我是教人忘記速度,享受跑步。」
「好多叻人都離隊了,但他們在外面教,我一樣開心,無關係。教室只要每一至兩隊有舊生,就幫輕我好多。這就是傳承之道,將跑步精神傳揚開去。」

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**原文刊於《經濟日報》(2015   11月27日) **

毅行教父:慢,才是成功開始!
(採訪、撰文:經濟日報記者 梁穎勤) 
速度是跑手最大障礙 跑步宗旨強身健體

  「樂施毅行者2015」由上周五跑到周日,滿以為剛跑完100公里,毅行教父KK陳國強的腳怎也會有點風霜吧。誰知他說到興起脫下襪子一看,腳板底完全像剛做完牛奶浴那樣光潔,連半點腳枕也沒有。

  這一對20多年跑齡的「嫩足」,曾帶領寶蓮寺大和尚健釗師傅不需停步、一口氣跑上昂坪360市集,促成11月初「佛你跑」——寶蓮禪寺首屆越野跑。

還有帶領毅行教室學員、正生書院學生、各類病人、看似跑不動的人都一起跑。「我希望25年後,當我80歲時,能以5小時跑畢全馬。」他說,這紀錄在港暫時仍屬空白。

  人人都認為,跑步是一種競賽,但在毅行教室創辦人陳國強眼中,速度是毅行者中途退出的死因。「慢,才是成功的開始。快,就是失敗的源頭。」

領學生毅行 完成率100%
  今年毅行者有4,502人走畢100公里,完成率為88%。陳國強也有跟「遨遊人」組隊參賽,排名第9,但他一向最自傲的,卻是他帶領的學生,從來沒有一支退出,完成率是100%。

  周三晚上訪問一結束,陳國強就匆匆忙忙趕往沙田,教一班體力較弱的學生。當中有退休人士、家庭主婦、長者,都是認為自己跑不動,唔識跑,腳痛膝有事,腰椎勞損,三高四高者。

陳國強不無自豪地說:「他們最老的75歲。平均都近50歲。由最初幾百米,玩到10K(10公里),然後半馬,全馬。今年有些人連撒哈拉都跑埋。」都說強將手下無弱兵,可是這位強將卻要求弱兵們慢慢跑,緊記跑步的宗旨,是「強身健體」4個字。

有傷就停練 傷住操沒用
  有人叫他做麻辣教練,他不置可否,但聲明自己好多條件,「入得我門下,有3大死綫,一不可做大戲,篤篤撑(即是拎行山杖)。二不可擔遮,你出得來,預了會曬,我同你一齊曬,你行咁多,我只有行得比你多。三勿左包右紮,有傷就停練,傷住操根本沒用。

  他以魚缸打比喻,玻璃面有條細裂紋,你在外面不停黐膠紙,得唔得?

記者答,可以頂住一陣先,像奧運選手一樣。他權威地說:「記住,去到那個級數,是個競賽,是付出一生人一次為國家榮辱的競賽,但毅行者是慈善運動,贏了不怎麼樣,輸了也不會怎麼樣。」 

免費教人跑 叻人助傳承
  陳國強年年都有落場跑,不是只得一張嘴鬧人。講傷患,他最嚴重試過腳眼骨折暈倒跌落山路撞到嘴都歪了,「當年治癒我的醫生,今日已患老人癡呆,真是想起也心傷!」

正因為傷過痛過,他發誓深深鑽研跑步的精髓,掌握人體所有動作,知道怎樣跑才能有軀殼(有速度)又有靈魂(有策略有智慧)。「我想上天待我也不薄。現在我對住醫生都夠膽講自己的心得!」

  5年前他建立「毅行教室」,免費教人跑步,學生包括佛門中人、公司主席、街坊街里、弱勢社群、病患、正生學生。「我不是教人點去贏,我是教人忘記速度,享受跑步。」他說跑毅行者,不是學做F1車手,否則將來受傷,你會好後悔!足足20年,他以前的跑友很多已所剩無幾。「很多人都會託辭老了,不能再跑。」

  學員中跑得叻的,可留下帶教下一梯隊。「好多叻人都離隊了,但他們在外面教,我一樣開心,無關係。教室只要每一至兩隊有舊生,就幫輕我好多。這就是傳承之道,將跑步精神傳揚開去。」十多小時跑畢毅行的,可加入「遨遊人」,高一班。

  陳教頭嚴禁學生好勇鬥狠,戒速度。不過他的門生成績也頗可觀,一隊4人3個新丁,跑出21小時12分的紀錄。他鼓勵:做人一定要有理想,有信念,訂下目標(如20小時完成),就堅持邁進。「拎到獎與否不重要,但帶頭亦不可放軟手腳抖下先。明知會輸亦要盡力!」非常正能量。

跑步真諦 開心享受不受傷
  他笑言星期三晚上跟他練跑的40至50人,都已習慣風雨的洗禮,多酷熱多冷,都會準時由華富邨、筲箕灣、屯門甚至元朗準時現身沙田。

7點正上堂,絕不等人,9點前就會沖涼吃飯,留下吃飯的也有兩圍枱。每逢跑季,又會多一些「為參賽而跑」的學生來練。只不知道那些求快的人有多少聽得明陳國強的道理:「做人不是要無生命地去跑,無靈魂地去跑。要跑到好開心,好享受,不受傷,才是跑步的真諦。」

夠慧根明白這個道理的,寶蓮寺大和尚建釗師傅是其中一人,難怪他一次就學成跑步之道,一口氣跑上昂坪市集。「其實一開始他也不相信的。」陳國強笑說。

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特訓68歲大師 跑上昂坪棧道

  本月初寶蓮禪寺首辦野外跑步賽,名為「佛你跑」。觸發點原來是大和尚跟KK陳國強的一次跑步訓練。

大師有慧根 「佛你跑」誕生
  話說寶蓮寺健釗師傅平日跑上昂坪棧道,都要停上十幾二十次。陳國強去年偶然得知此事,怕他不經操練易受傷,於是主動獻身問大師:「你信不信,你68歲人也可以一口氣跑上昂坪棧道?」大師也參不透,反正陳國強說:「你信我啦,只要你聽我講,不要駁嘴,也不要每事問,我寧願你留番啖氣跑畢全程。」

  臨起跑前,他更傲氣地說明,跑到尾段,可以加速。事實證明果真如此。記者打爛砂盆問到篤,想知道他傳授了大師甚麼秘密?他本說大師有慧根,轉頭又笑笑口道:「不就是放鬆囉。」

他說平日最憎記者要他埋位拍熱身相片,「拉筋那一套是小朋友做的,我們慢慢地跑,全身由靜到動,循序漸進,血管行到warm up晒,關節位鬆晒,條氣順晒,毛孔適應晒外間高溫。這才叫真的熱身。

始終人不可以像跑車般3秒幾加速。若夾硬踩行架車,將心肺谷盡,只會燒油門。但一旦熱了身,加速就很容易。」

破例陪跑半馬 賀70大壽
  他與大師常相約清晨5點作其「Early bird」晨操練跑,又約法互不稱對方為「師傅」,「我叫他健釗,其實好無禮貌,哈。我話:健釗,你知不知道運動是不分你我他,不分宗教信仰,是強身健體,成為一個恒常運動。」

佛你跑便是推廣這套哲學。生招牌便是健釗法師,學跑後血糖由10幾20度降至5度幾,成績亮麗。陳國強12月12日,會送大師一份70大壽賀禮:「只要他有信念,肯付出。」他會破例落場陪大師跑十幾年無跑過的半馬,「因為香港半馬公認最難,由萬宜北潭涌跑到東壩,難在好多上落。」完成香港半馬,就等於拿到全球半馬准跑證。事成之後再送他一次毅行者。(採訪:梁穎勤)

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跑步是藝術 要懂挺胸卸力

  陳國強今年55歲,下個月就退役。但遠看他跑步,根本就像電視劇中的帥哥,近看也有6塊朱古力色的腹肌,還有雪白光潔的腳板。他說:「跑步根本不應該受傷,因為跑步是種藝術,如小橋流水慢慢地、溫柔地跑,而不是死衝。」

  翻看大量他的跑步照,有一點最異乎常人的是,照片中的KK總是昂首挺胸筆直地細步跑。他說:「跑步時應該上身放鬆,鼻尖應與腳趾同一直綫,腳掌整隻平放地面。」
溫柔地跑 勿僵硬求快

  城市人100個中有98個都舉止僵硬,要教他們放鬆地跑步何其艱難?陳國強說關鍵在於「懂得卸力。」

  他幫忙醫治過的個案當中,100個膝痛者,有98個非關「膝頭哥」的事。成因正是身體僵硬,又貪求速度,要跑贏,卻渾然不知道自己肩頸硬、腰硬、膝頭僵直,故每跑一步,撞擊力都會由上而下,由腿側ITB筋腱,經膝蓋落到蹠骨及足底筋膜,又由下反射往膝蓋、腰及上身。網上就有不少資訊,探究跑手的噩夢。

  陳國強觀察過許多人,發現大多是睡覺時雙腳打開如八字,「這已是ITB筋腱拉緊的證明。正常應是躺下時雙腳如90度朝天指的。」

  就算是紀律部隊,算是較精英,若未過40歲已身懷大肚腩,也有可能是患運動不足或不得法。他指真正的運動不是要傷身,偏偏許多人都敗在好勝心,「長期勞損後被迫退役,便推說年紀大,有勞損。」看在陳國強眼裏,只是不敢面對傷痛,逃避現實之舉。(採訪:梁穎勤)

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義跑賑災 2千里路傷和痛

  陳國強08年曾經為四川地震籌款,由香港義跑上北京,全程2,000多公里,跑足56天,過程中全身是傷,痛不可言。他說這是他人生中最大的反思,此後多跑超馬,包括跑馬路。

港跑上京 為08年川震籌款
  「每天跑40多50公里,磨到周身損晒,大腿側、屁股罅都血淋淋,不堪入目。連我是男人,卻磨到連乳頭都損到杯口般大,洗完澡讓它結一層薄薄的痂,翌日一穿上衣服又磨過,周而復始。」

  每天忘情地跑,靠手錶、鞋子晶片等計里程,可多不可少。其間上斜落斜不計其數,膝蓋位腫到難以置信,「在遼寧認識了兩位師傅,成為老朋友,初相識他們替我做治療時,也難忍男兒淚。

但我心想,我雙腳再痛,也痛不過地震災民被壓住雙腿等救援,或者災民喪妻喪子之痛。」他說當消防多年,又鑽研跑步多年,很清楚自己身體的承受力,單純磨損外傷,根本不是問題。

  其間跑到長沙、武漢等有機場之地,捐1萬元的捐款人可觀看跑者,及跑一段路,陳國強的老友便藉機來探望打氣,瞧見他屁股上的血地圖也譁然。

他說跑得辛苦,但不及陪着業餘的朋友「慢跑」辛苦,但既然承諾要做,一跑就要跑到尾,笑他傻的大有人在,但他只是淡然地說:「早就說跑步不是講體能,心態決定一切。」(採訪:梁穎勤)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gurkhas Soldier Videos

Gurkhas
Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years, but who are these fearsome Nepalese fighters?
Gurkha Motto: "It's better to die than to be a coward"



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

ASICS MetaRun Long Distance Running Shoe Review

ASICS MetaRun: The Best Long Distance Running Shoe In ASICS History
ASICS unveils future of footwear technology with its best ever long-distance running shoe
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Packed with four patents and five new technologies 


IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Three years ago, scientists at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science set out on a mission with a clear objective: make the best ASICS long-distance running shoe possible. The result – MetaRun – will be available in the United States beginning November 28,2015.

Introducing five new groundbreaking technologies :
FlyteFoam: newly patented, ASICS' lightest, most durable midsole, with organic fibers for high-level cushioning

AdaptTruss: newly patented and revolutionary carbon reinforced adaptive stability system
Sloped DUOMAX: dual density midsole that adjusts smoothly to dynamic motion

Optimized Upper: featuring a glove-like, one-layer Jacquard Mesh and MetaClutch exoskeleton external heel counter with built-in memory foam

X-GEL hybrid high-tech gel

MetaRun is designed to provide distance runners of all levels everything they need to perform at their best from start to finish – all in one shoe. Equipped with five new groundbreaking technologies that adapt to individual runner requirements, ASICS scientists have gone further than ever before to maximize all four core long-distance running functions. 

MetaRun sets a new benchmark for ASICS, with improvements in every area. It incorporates ASICS' lightest midsole, provides stability that kicks in when needed, has a glove-like fit, and cushioning that absorbs every impact to deliver an unparalleled ride from the first stride to the last.

"As a leader in performance running, ASICS needs to stay ahead of the game. We challenged our team of experts at ASICS Institute of Sport Science to develop a shoe that transcends current design limitations and ensures our future success. MetaRun is our most technologically-advanced shoe ever and marks a significant breakthrough for ASICS. I am delighted that our team has raised the bar higher than ever before to set a new standard for long-distance running footwear," said Motoi OYAMA, President and CEO, ASICS Corporation.

Fine-tuned for performance: the long-run at its best
In 2013, Dr. Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Executive Officer and Head of Research at ASICS Institute of Sport Science, was given a challenge – to create ASICS' best long-distance running shoe possible. With no limits or compromise on time or cost, the only condition was that MetaRun had to provide better performance for runners than existing ASICS footwear in all four core long-distance running attributes: lightweight, stability, fit and cushioning. In the past, maximizing one would often compromise another.

Dr. Nishiwaki and his team fine-tuned every detail for performance, from the proprietary midsole formula to the precise positioning of X-GEL. Building from the chemical compound up, and with unrestricted access to the best equipment and experts available, rigorous testing led to the discovery of new materials and five key innovative technologies to finally achieve their goal.

Intricately balancing all functions, MetaRun provides unprecedented performance benefits in one shoe. Scoring higher than existing internal benchmarks2 in all four core functions, MetaRun provides superior comfort and support to keep runners fresh and in optimal condition throughout their run.

Lightweight: FlyteFoam lightweight midsole—with built-in organic fibers—is about 55% lighter than industry standard, helping to reduce overall weight by 20g as well as increasing cushioning, durability and bounce-back.

Stability: All-new, carbon-reinforced, two-piece AdaptTruss provides progressive adaptive stability that works seamlessly with the sloped DUOMAX construction to deliver 28% more rearfoot stability and 15% more midfoot stability, reducing pressure for a smoother transition.

Fit: Optimized upper with MetaClutch exoskeleton external heel counter with memory-foam lining, and glove-like, one-layered Jacquard Mesh, improves both static fit (44% in lateral and 26% in medial) and dynamic fit (12% in lateral and 15% in medial) to fit better to foot shape when still and in motion.

Cushioning: X-GEL hybrid gel formulation, shape and precision positioning increases rearfoot cushioning by 18%.

"At ASICS, we have pioneered innovation in performance running footwear since Mr. Onitsuka created the very first Marathon Tabi shoe over 60 years ago. Since then, we have dedicated ourselves to continuously improving our products. We design every shoe to be better than the last, so I am proud of the leap we have achieved with MetaRun," said Dr. Nishiwaki. "Tomorrow, MetaRun will be ASICS' new benchmark for all future products to provide even greater benefits to all of our customers. This is just the beginning of our journey," he concluded.

This limited edition shoe will give runners an exclusive opportunity to experience ASICS' cutting-edge footwear technologies. 

MetaRun will be available in the United States at select specialty retailers beginning on Nov. 28; it will retail for $250.

About ASICS
Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, meaning "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body," is an old Latin phrase from which ASICS is derived and the fundamental platform on which the brand still stands. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by Kihachiro Onitsuka and is now a leading designer and manufacturer of performance athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.asics.com. Follow @ASICSamerica on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for exclusive content and real-time news around ASICS products, events, and elite athletes.

1 Patents: FlyteFoam: JP/ AdaptTruss: JP, DE, US/ Flex Grooves:JP/ GUIDANCE LINE:JP, US, AU

2 Quantified research results measured against GEL-KAYANO 21 by ASICS Institute of Sport Science with standard error up to +/- 8.4%

亞玉豆腐花 元朗阜財街

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已經很多年沒光顧過「亞玉豆腐花」了,老店還在,開在元朗又新街中,店面極小,真不好找,而且極為高竇,每天下午一點鐘才開業,吃不吃由你。

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但這是有理由的,女主人每天清晨便起床磨豆作漿,製作豆腐花,工序需時,要過午才能侍客。

過程雖說簡單,也頗繁複:先將黃豆浸泡四至八小時,待豆吸飽了水份才能磨,製漿、濾渣、煮滾。

煮滾時,豆漿不能太淡,太淡了無味;不能過濃,過濃了又容易黐底。

最後的步驟稱為「沖豆花」,意即將小量的凝固劑放入桶底,降溫後的豆漿沖進去,五至十五分鐘即能完成。

滑與不滑,全靠經驗,最重要的是用心,吃一碗,即知。這家人除了豆漿、豆花,就是賣缽仔糕、客家糍粑,僅此而已。

豆漿和豆花分黃豆和黑豆做的,店裡把黃糖和糖漿及薑汁放在桌上,任由客人口味加減,女士們當然放得愈少愈好。

缽仔糕也做得出色,傳統的以黃糖、粘米粉製成,放入一個瓦製的小缽中蒸熟,故名之。店裡還堅持用容易打爛的瓦缽,其他地方已以塑膠杯子代替,一看倒胃。

也有兩種,味道相同,只是有紅豆和沒有紅豆之分。糕的份量極小。這才對路,一大了,也同樣吃不下去。

這裡的一口一個,既熱且糯,味覺清新,不會太甜,吃出粘米的香味來,難得難得。

令人驚喜的是客家糍粑,所謂糍粑,就是糯米糍,客家人的叫法不同而已,他們依足古法,用粘米粉搓成的皮又薄又軟,再填滿花生碎,黑白芝麻蓉去包,一個個白白胖胖排在古老的藤籃中蒸出,不嗜甜的人也會愛上。

新派甜品店開得通街都是,當今台灣派的佔大多數,但我寧願吃這種老土、樸實、不花巧的小食,願他們一代一代傳下去,但這句話,說得容易,做起來難。


客家糍粑$10/3件豆漿$7

紅豆缽仔糕$10/5件
豆腐花$6

「亞玉豆腐花」出品的小食樸實而不花巧,味道甚佳。

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

美國史上最年輕大學生:凱孝虎

美國史上最年輕大學生:凱孝虎
作者: 凱孝虎  
出版社:漢湘文化  
出版日期:2012/06/01
http://goo.gl/ytBViU

8歲進大學!地才少年凱孝虎的超強讀書方法
作者: 凱孝虎  
出版社:漢湘文化 
出版日期:2011/06/09
http://goo.gl/bzZtoD

We Can Do !
沒有所謂天才,只要有心,人人是地才
母親來自臺灣的地才少年凱孝虎,打破全美歷史紀錄-8歲進大學。
11歲時完成美國大學(文科)第二年的課程。
並且在所有科目中,保持名列前矛,
各科平均成績都是A+,獲獎無數,
更獲得美國國會加州州長阿諾史瓦辛格的表揚與認證。
2009年申請進入加州大學洛杉磯分校(UCLA),獲得董事長會全額獎學金。
2013年,14的他將順利取得學士學位。

We Can Do by Moshe Kai Cavalin

We Can Do: The Incredible Story of a Young Man Who Entered College at the Age of Eight and Graduated at Age Eleven
Paperback 
by Moshe Kai Cavalin (Author) 10/21/2011
Moshe Kai, throughout the book WE CAN DO, tries to emphasize that he is not a genius and any youngster, with good planning, a strong heart, hard work, and a resilient mind staying afloat during the ups and downs of life, can succeed beyond any expectations. MK tells that "I was able to reach the stars but others can reach the 'Milky Way.'" MK recounts his story, including his parents' contribution, his strategy, his method of study that culminated in his stellar accomplishments at such a young age, and the promise of more to come. The book includes his code of conduct with his advice of do's and don'ts, how to finish school in an earlier time, and what he sees in the future.

Bully Down (To Help Parents to Realize How to Aid their Bullied Kids & Help Bullied Teens to Survive and to Beat the Odds) 
Paperback – 2015
by Moshe Kai Cavalin (Author)






Monday, November 2, 2015

Online Jobs For Teens

http://onlinejobsteens.com/
http://www.dreamhomebasedwork.com/2014/10/online-jobs-for-teens.html/
http://realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com/2013/07/how-can-teens-make-money-online.html
http://www.hireteen.com/job-tips-for-teenagers/online-jobs/