Monday, November 27, 2006

遊山頂記

正值秋風送爽,禤中怡亦遊山玩水,看看香港美好風光。

田大少成功獨力以每呎樓面地價1.8萬元,勾出山頂加列山道12號前高級公務員宿舍的山頂樓地皮。禤中怡便趁假期往太平山走一趟,發現甚麼是「豪」。在加列山道下車,前面是一片南區海景,儘管有煙霞,綠色的山和閃爍的海水令人感覺舒泰。身處中間位置的山頂樓地皮有一條短短的斜路,相信日後新樓落成時,可顯示身份的不同。目前只有空空的舊宿舍,護衛員亦懶得阻礙禤中怡拍數張照片。

該建築物背靠堪仕達道,一條由高樹阻擋視線的小徑,卻是傭人遛狗的好地方,可惜總見到一些「米田共」,着實與豪宅身份不符。利用這條小徑也可通往勾出的地皮,近距離觀看,相信室內面積有一定份量也。

從外表觀察,街尾的瑞燕大廈顯然樓齡頗大,能夠稱得上年輕的,應以堪仕達道一號的高層單幢物業稱冠,但住山頂的話,總以獨立屋為人生目標。

從百祿徑轉上種植道,發現山頂也有不少建築工程在進行,或許反映豪宅有價,翻新重建皆有,大昌地產(088)的山頂豪宅項目賓吉道3至5號仍處上蓋興建工程,而種植道和普樂道也有新住宅正在興建,估計未平頂,反映未來仍有一些新供應。由於想一會新地(016)山頂龍頭豪宅倚巒,禤中怡從種植道和普樂道交界轉入施勳道,沿著微斜走,人一個也看不到,絕對比行圍繞山頂的夏力道清靜兼有新鮮感。可惜的是,倚巒建在基座之上,在施勳道難一窺全豹,幸好,施勳道也有些舊大宅讓人見識見識,而且景觀變化大,這邊飽覽南區海景後,不遠處即聽到維港傳來的「噪音」,所謂噪音,其實是山下傳來的雜音,可能是之前太寧靜所致。

若果想看經典建築物,不妨由道路旁邊的醫院徑走落白加道,首先映入眼簾的白加道15號,政務司司長官邸,但最特別的是旁邊的紅色建築物,原來是高級公務員宿舍,保安哥哥話可能已有逾百年歷史了,信不信由你。禤中怡喜歡走偏鋒,決定從漆咸徑落山,大樹繞山,又是另一番感受。

5毫7仙的故事
在中環街上,人來人往的大多是為理想(金錢、欲望成分不可少)追求的同路人,但在中環有一個地方,禤中怡每個星期天都希望能夠準時到達出席聚會,說的正是中區半山的堅道浸信教會,而昨天在教會裡聽到的一個故事,對於營營役役的中環族群而言,或者可視為一道金錢世界以外的心靈雞湯。

十九世紀80年代,在美國費城的小教堂前,有一個衣著破爛的小女孩在哭,牧師走上前問她所為何事,原來是由於主日學的課室太狹小了,故小女孩不能擠進去,情急之下,惟有在外邊無奈的哭泣。牧師帶小女孩走進主日學課室,叫喚課室內的小孩們大家「坐迫」一點,為小女孩擠出一個座位來。

主日學結束後,小女孩再次走到牧師面前表示感謝,更喜孜孜的表示聽到很多神的說話,感到十分高興。但約在兩年後,小女孩因病去世,牧師再次為這個家貧女孩辦理安息禮拜,小女孩母親其後拿著一個破舊的小錢包,走到牧師面前,表示這是小女孩對教堂的奉獻,希望能夠把錢用作興建一座更大的教堂,牧師打開小錢包,內裡共有5毫7仙(57 CENTS)。

牧師深受感動,在崇拜上向所有教友訴說著這個感人小故事,而教友中正好有一名報紙記者,並把牧師的一番話,當成新聞般刊登在報紙上。其後當地一名地產商看見報道,即把一幅土地以5毫7仙的價錢售予教會,而教友們亦共籌得25萬美元來建起這座教堂來。這座教堂名為Temple Baptist Church,小女孩的名字為Hattie May Wiatt。而這個故事不止在費城裡流傳至今,也成為了美國基督教界的一個美好故事。

禤中怡不是在向讀者傳教,只是希望能夠與同樣活在商業社會、注重回報的世道中,分享點點回饋的小故事。

驚毒菜?不如幫襯附近農場
近排香港人不知還有甚麼可以食,毒多寶魚、毒腐竹、毒鹹鴨蛋…,未知的還有多少。禤中怡有些長駐廣州的朋友,對甚麼「假豬紅、毒雞蛋…」都已經聽到麻木晒,估唔到現在連香港都係咁。

若不想食毒菜,又不想幫襯Citysuper、Great、Oliver之類的高檔超級市場,可以點算呢?!或者可以考慮學美國人,去自己屋企附近的細農場購物。而這個熱潮其實已經喺美國成形,居民寧願俾貴少少,去番自己屋企附近的細農場,買蔬菜同芝士,因為連鎖超級市場賣的菜,貨源太多,來源連超級市場本身都未必好清楚,而且好多時都會用農藥,絕對不合乎城市人的健康標準。至於自己屋企附近的農場,你可以睇清楚個農夫用甚麼農藥、水源同種子,咁樣比政府派成班食環署的官員四周查驗安心好多。咁當然,這些小農場種的菜一定係有機種植,否則難令顧客多付一點金錢呢。然而在資訊科技年代,小農場無論在搵客路,抑或種植手法上,都已經大有改進。新時代小農會透過互聯網讓客戶訂貨,農夫亦可以在網上推介當時得令的靚菜,大家就可以按圖索驥在網上訂貨,以信用卡找數,再駕車到農場拎貨。不少農場,亦都有用溫室種植的方法。甚至在能源方面,用太陽能供電,這些都是以前農夫不可能做到的。

但香港能不能夠仿傚呢?香港實有「俾得起錢」的客人,但最大問題反而是沒有人再願意務農,而且政府亦未必會支持,地產商就更加「求地若渴」。

(11月27日刊於《am730》)

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