1.21.2007

今天是遇到惡靈了嗎?

很久沒寫 blog,不過今天不記一下還真是不行,還沒到中午已經發生以下不幸事件:

開眼睛醒過來(早上七點不到ㄟ)
開冰箱掉檸檬派
開MSN遇到惡靈古爆
開爐火燒焦蔥油餅
開豆漿機豆漿樸出來

下午如果有別的事情,再來 update..... 希望最好是不要有update。="=


=====下午,有個小不幸 update=====
開微波爐融掉整條奶油
(想做餅乾,懶得等奶油回室溫,微波按10秒按成1分鐘,轉身去尿尿,就把奶油給整條的融掉,餅乾也不想烤了,感覺接著就是餅乾會烤焦。。。@@|||)

1.06.2007

Consumer Reports 汽車安全座椅測試報告

剛才看到我訂閱的懷孕媽咪電子報送來這個報導,雖然是美國的資料,不過這些汽車安全座椅應該有些在台灣也有上市。看了有點觸目驚心,不過為了小寶寶的安全,還是可以參考一下。

報導的內容大致就是說 Consumer Reports 對十二個不同的嬰兒安全座椅做了測試,其中只有2個 model 通過測試,其餘 10 個都沒有通過測試。不過 Consumer Reports 的標準比政府規定的還要嚴格一些:政府規定測試通過 30 mph 正面撞擊的座椅才可販賣,但是 Consumer Reports 的測試標準是 35 mph 正面 + 38 mph 側面撞擊,與一般車輛安全撞擊測試的標準相同。

報告還有指出一般常見用於汽車安全座椅的 LATCH system 有嚴重的瑕疵。米國的高速公路交通安全局也指出過 LATCH system 有問題,據說今年會舉辦公聽會討論。

測試通過的兩款安全座椅:
Baby Trend Flex-Loc Adjustable Back
Graco Snugride with EPS

沒通過的:
Chicco KeyFit
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP
Compass I410
Evenflo Embrace
Britax Companion
Graco SafeSeat
Safety 1st Designer
Combi Centre ST
Evenflo Discovery
Eddie Bauer Comfort

米國 Consumer Reports 的完整報告

1.04.2007

【一週孕事】Week 16

Week 16
1105 Sunday
十六週了,好快。

J 放假,傍晚我們扛了一堆衣服去洗。烘乾衣服拿回來的時候, J 手上都是衣服,一時不小心讓喵一溜煙跑掉了。進門放下衣服走出去看,喵完全處在攻擊模式不肯進門,還跑隔壁棟樓梯上別人家門口,J 試圖要去抱他,差點被咬掉一條腿。我們只好先回家折衣服,折好後帶著貓大麻想說再出去看看,喵已經不知去向。T_T

1106 Monday
搬來 Modesto 之後發現新的困擾,蒼蠅!

這裡的蒼蠅真是有夠多的。門窗都關得好好的,客廳落地窗偶爾打開也會保持紗窗關著,蒼蠅還是一直跑進來。一開始以為是我垃圾放太久沒清理,然後懷疑是因為家裡樓下外面不遠就是垃圾 dumpster,後來 J 說他在公司裡面也是蒼蠅一大堆,一邊接電話常常還要一手揮蒼蠅,很煩。而且這裡的蒼蠅很機車,會一直往人的頭上臉上飛過來,有夠討厭的。因為有蒼蠅,我也變得神經兮兮,所有喝到一半的水杯,如果人離開現場(去尿尿之類的)再回來,我就會把杯子拿去洗一洗再倒新的水。吃飯時也是忙得不可開交,一手拿筷子夾菜,一手拿報紙揮蒼蠅,真忙。不這樣做我又怕自己吃到不乾淨的東西,連帶影響到寶寶。

下午跟晚上都出去散步了兩圈,在社區裡面喵喵叫,喊喵的名字,看看他會不會突然出現。 No luck.

1107 Tuesday
下午去診所,這是來 Modesto 的第一次產檢。一些初步問診的事情,前次 intake appointment 已經讓護士問好了,這次就是讓醫生來做個簡單的超音波,進一步問些其他問題,還有解答我們的疑問。醫生說還沒拿到 UCSF 的資料(讓我心裡有點問號,是他們沒有把我的 release form 傳真過去,還是 UCSF 動作很慢呢?)。醫生說稍後他會再去處理。照了超音波,聽到寶寶超快的心跳,還有成長中的手腳和器官。可能是視錯覺,看到手掌和手指頭連著的骨架,感覺寶寶手指頭非常的長,可能是像爸爸有大手也說不定。我們也拜託醫生看看能不能照出性別,雖然知道其實還言之過早,最後當然是沒照到什麼東西,因為寶寶的腳一直靠在一起。只好期待 20 週的超音波囉∼到時候可以做比較完整的器官發展檢查,也可以知道性別。
baby_16wks.jpg

我們還和醫生談了抽羊水和其他產前篩檢診斷測驗的問題,最後決定先做 Extended AFP 之後再決定。離開診所前拿了 Extended AFP 抽血檢查的表格,過兩天再去指定的檢驗所抽血,20 週看診的時候就可以知道結果。在表格上要勾選 Ethnicity,看來看去,亞洲的種族列出有 Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian ... 等等(亞裔種族的選項還真多),但是沒有一個我可以勾選的,護士看我一副找不到選項的模樣,很熱心跟我說我們可以勾 other 然後在後面註明,於是我勾了 other,然後在後面很驕傲的寫上了 Taiwanese。 (雖然一張表格不能代表什麼,但至少讓我自己可以選擇讓我舒服的族裔認同選項。)

今天也記得跟醫生提了過去曾有脊椎出血的病史,擔心自然生產過程會有問題,他說會研究一下。

1108 Wednesday
J 已經好幾次說很忌妒肚子浬的孩子可以出生在這個年代,他常常掛在嘴上的就是 Do you know how lucky our child is going to be? 他指的是各種醫學和科技的發展,我們孩子在不久的未來都可以享受到,而那時我們可能都已經老了沒辦法享受這些新發明。(真不愧是個 Science and Discovery Channel nerd!!!)

1109 Thursday
連續幾天都特意出門散步找喵,不過完全沒有喵的蹤跡,只能期待喵還在這個 community complex 裡面,沒有跑到別的地方去。他是惡喵無膽,應該沒勇氣過馬路吧?!散步時看到社區裡的戶外家貓和野貓們,我都會停下來問他們,“有沒有看到我們家 Niki 啊?叫他記得回家喔!“鄰居路人如果聽到大概覺得怎麼有個奇怪的亞裔女子老是對著貓講話。@@

1110 Friday
在 MSN 上碰到 Peijen ,她已經 38 週了,是個女孩,再過不久就要進產房。兩個人東聊西扯分享了些懷孕的心得,還有對哺育寶寶的期待。她說對生產不緊張,聽起來比較擔心把寶寶帶回家後的情況。我好像相反,因為以前媽媽是
baby sitter,所以我有帶小孩的經驗,媽媽也對我很放心的樣子,對生產我反而比較有種不可知的害怕。

1111 Saturday
搬來 Modesto 之後,發現有新的 craving,愛吃爆米花。以前很喜歡吃洋芋片,現在把洋芋片遞到我面前我連伸手都不想,卻改成喜歡吃爆米花。也好,同樣是零食,爆米花至少比洋芋片健康一點。

【一週孕事】Week 15

Week 15
1029 Sunday
J 今天放假,我們本來計畫要去買傢具的,醒來發現下雨了,這下全泡湯。

不過今天也是我們搬到 Modesto 以來 J 不需要工作或奔回舊金山處理原來房子事情的第一天,可以 do nothing 的一天。他懶散的過了一天,我痛苦的與感冒掙扎一天。也寫完一份中翻英文件。

1030 Monday
今天去醫院門診,還不是產檢,而只是跟護士見面,填基本資料,go through 一些基本的須知和病歷。同時也傳真一份 authorization form 要求 UCSF 醫院 release information 給我跟新的醫院。從醫院還拿了三盒 prescription prenatal vitamins and DHA supplement 的樣品。明天來吃吃看。

這裡給的資料說可以吃Sudafed 解鼻塞流鼻水症狀,也可以吃 Rubitussion或 Vicks 44 咳嗽糖漿。這兩個正是這次最嚴重的症狀,從醫院出來我們就去 Pharmacy 買藥。回家後先煮了東西吃,然後吃藥。為了保險起見,我還是沒敢吃完整的劑量,把自己當作小朋友,都只吃一半的劑量,希望可以減輕痛苦,同時把藥物影響降低。

把一份英翻中的文件做完寄出,呼!同時終於把電腦、外接 monitor、硬碟、喇叭什麼的都接起來,我的「工作室」稍微有些樣子了。

晚餐熬了牛肉蔬菜大鍋湯(有點像羅宋湯,但不知道少放了什麼材料)。這幾天感冒反正吃東西都沒什麼味道,唯一的好處就是還是吃得下。

1031 Tuesday
感冒症狀持續
吃飯吃藥吃了從醫院拿回來的維他命和 DHA
賴在沙發上看電視發呆
去 mailbox 拿信

傍晚又希哩嘩啦吐了。因為咳嗽造成 gag reflex ,然後就吐了,把稍早喝下去的牛肉蔬菜湯都給吐了出來。

1101 Wednesday
今天精神好些了,終於可以出門去散散步。走去 wamu 存了一些支票(有錢拖著不去存,真是搞什麼飛機。。。放了好多天才處理。)然後走去 Trader Joe's 買東西。我家到 Trader Joe's 理論上應該只要過一次馬路,因為其實就在對面的 shopping strip 裡面,但是這個十字路口,我家這邊不能直接跨越,非得過三次馬路,過,繞十字路口的另外三邊,才能抵達「對岸」,而且都是要按行人按鈕,行人通行號誌才會變綠燈的那種。小鎮像我這樣自己走路出來買東西的人,算是極少數吧。

1102 Thursday
開始構思下一個活動的企劃內容。

1103 Friday
散步繞了一大圈。收到台灣寄來的書。
頭痛,差點又發燒,感冒怎麼那麼難纏。

1104 Saturday
精神不大好。

1.02.2007

Formosa Foundation 2006 Winter Newsletter

福爾摩莎基金會最新一期 Newsletter 已經出刊,有興趣的朋友可至福爾摩莎基金會網站下載閱讀,或直接按此連結下載:[Winter 2006] [PDF]。

ps. 這一期裡面有幾個禮拜前我應邀撰寫的一篇關於網路媒體與提倡台灣民主的文章,絞盡腦汁擠出了這樣的一篇陋文,順便幫媒抗和我自己做了點 shameless self-promotion,請大家不吝指教。
New Media and Taiwan Advocacy: Promoting Taiwan in Cyberspace

In 2004, Dan Gillmor published a book titled We, the Mediadescribing how Internet technology has changed journalism and people’s lives. In the introduction he uses the analogy of how journalism has evolved from “journalism as lecture” to “journalism as a conversation or seminar.” The ability to report, comment, and analyze news events is no longer a privilege of the “Big Media” but of anyone who is educated and equipped enough to take part in the cyber conversation.

Technology has evolved so fast that now you do not have to know any HTML or scripting language to be able to create a personal blog, whether it be about your personal life, cooking, or political commentaries. Digital cameras and recording devices are now so easy to use that even my father, who had trouble figuring out how to open the door of a microwave oven years ago, brings along a small digital camera on his trip to Japan.

All of these developments have made “citizen journalists” more than just an idea.

Political blogs emerged and became immensely popular during the 2004 presidential campaign, both in US and Taiwan. I became actively involved with a political forum (Taiwan Socialforce Forum, www.socialforce.tw) in 2003 and that was when I got my first dose of “cyber-social movements.” Voicing personal opinions (or simply ranting) is no longer limited to those who have a microphone in their hands. Through the forum and my own blogging experience, I have seen language/rhetoric used by forum participants picked up by politicians or political pundits, sometimes even verbatim.

In light of the poor coverage of international news by local Taiwanese media, especially international news articles or in depth reports that are fair and positive about Taiwan, I helped create the Taiwan Socialforce Forum start in 2003, an international news translation team. The work of the translation team is to search for news articles from international news sources and in-depth pieces such as conference or research papers by scholars and researchers from prominent research institutes or think tanks. We then translate and summarize these articles, post them online along with other background information and our own personal analysis and comments. The International News Board on the Forum has drawn traffic to the site and volunteers. Some readers have told us that we are the best international news source in Taiwan since there is no real international news coverage on local news channels and papers.

It is also through the Forum, where I posted information about the Formosa Foundation Ambassador Program. I was able to help people in Taiwan (and Taiwanese students around the world) learn about the Foundation and the excellent programs they have to offer. These are just a few examples among my experiences that illustrate the power of the new media.

There is also the improvement of video-streaming technology such as Google Video and Youtube. People of similar political viewpoints can exchange information and ideas not just through words, but through videos, too. Internet users in Taiwan used to email interesting clips of “wmv” files, including taped TV news clips. Now they go to sites like Youtube to do just the same thing.

Just this December 2006, during the campaign of the mayoral election in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan, people demonstrated their ability as citizen journalists by bringing along their recording devices to the campaign headquarters and political rallies. Some have also made their own campaign CF by editing photos, images, video clips and songs they have collected to express their support for a certain candidate. This is especially significant in Taiwan since a good number of news channels and papers in Taiwan are one-sided and do not provide a fair coverage to both sides of the campaign.

Earlier this year, I joined forces with the TECO-SF Press Division as the program writer and curator for the 2006 Taiwan Film Festival. Aside from emailing and calling up journalists and newspapers to help with the promotion of the film festival, we also set up a blog for the film festival (2006tff.blogspot.com) where we received many hits and inquiries prior to and during the film festival. The film festival is over but information about these Taiwanese films will be there online for interested individuals who came across the blog by Internet search engines or referred links.

The beauty of Internet technology is that it allows you to connect from anywhere in the world where there’s an Internet connection. I could be physically in Antarctica publishing posts onto my blog while watching online-streamed TV news from Taiwan. It also allows me to stay in touch with my friends and family via instant messaging and Internet phone service. You connect in the sense that you are connected to the information wherever you are. You also connect in the sense that you can stay connected to your relationships from anywhere in the world.

Technology grants us faster and speedier ways to get messages out with emails, blogs and forums. Through this new media in cyberspace we form online community and fight together for a good cause. There are infinite possibilities of what you can do with the new technology. I believe the new developments in Internet media can bring new light to the Formosa Foundation’s efforts to make Taiwan more visible in the American media and to educate the general public about the issues and importance of the Taiwan-USChina relationship. Cyberspace is the best new platform to help educate and inform the general public and grassroots political organizations in the United States about Taiwan.

Claire Hong, freelance editor and writer, currently lives in Northern California. She has worked in Taiwan and in the U.S. as an English-as-second language curriculum writer, translator, and is actively involved in events promoting Taiwanese culture in America. She is a contributor to the Taiwan Socialforce Forum (www.socialforce.tw). Her personal blogs can be found at www.socialforce.tw/people/claireCLAIRE or cleverclaire.blogspot.com.