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2019/09/19 04:12:39 網誌分類: 生活
19 Sep
          Hong Kong and Singapore have, for many years, tried to outshine each other as Asia's best city. Many people are at loggerheads over which city is better. I was in Singapore two weeks ago to compare it with Hong Kong. Some people say Singapore is now outshining Hong Kong because of the anti-government protests here. I wanted to see for myself if this was true. When Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok Airport opened in 1998, many people were at loggerheads over whether it outshone Singapore's Changi Airport. To outshine someone or something means to be much better than or more successful than others. If you are at loggerheads with someone, it means you disagree strongly with that person.

          Hong Kong Airport had a bizarre (strange and unusual) feel when I arrived there by the Airport Express. It was bizarre because security staff checked my passport and boarding pass before allowing me into the airport. The departure hall, which is usually buzzing (busy and full of activity) was quiet and half empty. The arrival hall was even more bizarre. It was empty aside from arriving passengers. Cathay Pacific's Pier Lounge, which I like to use, was almost empty. The Cathay plane was half empty, which saddened me because Cathay is a Hong Kong icon which we should support during these troubled times.

          Singapore's Changi Airport was buzzing when I arrived there. When I went to Changi for my return flight, I specifically went to terminal one to see The Jewel, which recently opened, even though my flight was in terminal four. Jewel Changi is awesome (extremely impressive). You have to see it to believe it. Its 130-foot waterfall is the world's largest and tallest indoor waterfall. The Jewel is like a rain forest inside a huge shopping mall with sky trains connecting it to other terminals. There is no need to be at loggerheads over whether Changi or Chek Lap Kok is better. Changi outshines Chek Lap Kok. I think Singapore, with its friendly taxi drivers and relaxed lifestyle, outshines Hong Kong. But as a Hong Kong person, I still support Hong Kong.

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          多年來,香港和新加坡都嘗試比對方更優秀(outshine),成為亞洲最佳城市。許多人都會爭拗(at loggerheads)到底哪一個城市更好。我兩個星期前到訪新加坡,將之與香港比較。有些人說新加坡現在已經比香港更出色(outshining),因為香港現在有反政府示威。我想親身去看看那是否屬實。當香港的赤鱲角機場於一九九八年啟用時,許多人都在爭拗(at loggerheads)到底它是否比新加坡的樟宜機場更優秀(outshone)。To outshine某人或某物,是指比其他人或事物更出色或成功,使之相形失色。若你是at loggerheads with某人,即是你跟那人不和,或極不同意那人的看法。

          當我搭機場快線到香港機場時,它有一種怪異(bizarre)的感覺。它有點異常(bizarre),是因為保安人員要檢查我的護照和登機證,才容許我進入機場。平常甚為熱鬧嘈雜(buzzing)的離境大堂,那刻都是寂靜而半空的。抵港大堂更是詭異(bizarre),除了抵港的乘客,基本上是空蕩蕩的。我喜歡造訪的國泰航空玉衡堂貴賓室,也幾乎是空的。國泰的航班也是半空,這令我感到難過,因為國泰是個香港的標誌,我們應該在這紛擾的時刻支持它。

          我抵達新加坡的樟宜機場時,倒是熱鬧嘈雜(buzzing)許多。當我回程再去樟宜時,雖然我的航班是在四號航站樓,我仍特地去了一號航站樓,去看那最近新開的「星耀樟宜」。星耀樟宜實在令人驚歎(awesome),你真的要親眼看見才能相信它有多厲害。它的一百三十呎瀑布,是全球最大和最高的室內瀑布。星耀樟宜就像一個巨型購物商場內的熱帶雨林,有高架輕軌列車連接其他航站樓。其實已經不用再爭拗(at loggerheads)到底樟宜抑或赤鱲角更佳——樟宜顯然比赤鱲角更出色(outshines)。我認為新加坡有着友善的的士司機和輕鬆自在的生活方式,比香港更出色(outshines)。但身為一個香港人,我仍然支持香港。

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        Michael Chugani 褚簡寧
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