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2019/02/02

再見,錦西街 Good-bye, JinXi Street




 
2006的八月一日,帕比樂英文小公寓在台北市錦西街開始營業,2019年的一月三十一日搬到新地址,在錦西街的日子一共十二年又六個月。
 
I started running Popular English Apartment at JinXi Street on 1 August 2006; on 31 Jan. 2019 Pop was moved to a new location. I worked at Jin Xi street for  12 years and 6 months.
 
確定要搬家後就忙著找房子,找到房子後忙著打包等許多瑣事,對於離開錦西街並沒有多大的感覺,一直到要搬走的前兩天,看著因為打包而雜亂不堪的教室時,回憶竟然在這個時候冒出來。
 
When I was sure to move away, I was busy looking for a new location. After the location was decided, I was busying packing. I didn’t have much feeling above leaving JinXi Street. Two days before I moved, looking at the messy classroom, memories suddenly flashed before my eyes.
 
我記得在錦西街開始工作後十七天,我的貓謝小花離開了我。
我記得帶著謝球球去上班,工作時他就待在我腳邊睡覺。
我記得坐在錦西街的電腦前,發現了貓生食的新世界。
我記得謝百吉離開我的後三天,每天下午五點左右心臟總是痛得讓我淚流不止。
 
I remember I lost my Hana after I started working at Pop for 17 days.
I remember I brought my dog to Pop. When I worked, he used to sleep beside me.
I remember I discovered a whole new world of cat food, i.e. raw.
I remember for 3 days in a row after Poki left me, at around 5 pm my heart was aching like hell that I couldn’t stop sobbing.
 
坐在錦西街的電腦前,我敲出了一百多篇的貓生食等相關文章,放在部落格讓愛貓者免費服用。
我還用同一部電腦敲出了兩本翻譯書,「你的貓」和「貓奴製造」。
 
Sitting in front of my desktop, I translated over 100 articles about raw cat food and posted on my blog for cat lovers.
I also translated two books, Your Cat and Cat Castle, by this same desktop.
 
當然還記得我的第一位學生。她跟著我上課好多年,從年輕的小姐變成兩個小孩的母親。
我記得我在美爾頓的學生,出社會後來到帕比樂上課。當中她離開台灣去澳洲遊學打工兩年。回台的第二天就來帕比樂找我,說要繼續上課。
我記得一個被朋友拉來上課的學生,看到我做生食後也買了絞肉機自製,這是一個我完全沒有說服,便自動轉生食的唯一成功例子。
我記得我高中同學的女兒來台北上大學時媽媽帶著她來上課,她說畢業後想要出國讀書。然後她真的去英國讀書了,而且是一間還不錯的學校,上個月她回到台北,我們都很期待跟她見面。
我記得一個沒有考上理想大學的小女生,每次上課都帶著一張酷酷的臉,考上心目中理想的學校後,每次來上課都是開心的笑臉。
我記得一個大學女生來上課,一次上課她說她的學校好爛,但她又需要文憑,年輕的她不知如何是好,說著說著就哭起來了。後來她辦了休學,轉考另一間比較好的大學,順利考上後去年也畢業了。
 
Certainly I still remember my first student. She had studied at Pop for quite some years, and now she has became a mother of two from a young girl.
I remember one of my students at Milton came to Pop to continue her learning after she graduated from college and started work. Then she left for Australia on working holiday for two years. The next day she returned to Taiwan, she came to Pop and told me she wanted to continue her study.
I remember a girl came to Pop because her friend suggested. When she learned that I made raw cat food for my cats, she bought a grinder and started making raw food for her two cats two. She is the only successful example that started making raw food for her cats without any persuasion from me.
I remember my high school friend brought her daughter to Pop to learn English. The live in Chang Hua and her daughter just started college in Taipei. She wanted to study abroad after graduation. Then she really went to England to study, got her master degree, and returned to Taiwan in Jan. 2019. We all look forward to seeing her again.
I remember a young girl who failed to get into her ideal college came to learn English. Every time she came, it was very, very rare to find a smile on her face. Then she got into the school she wanted. Afterwards, every time she came, there was always a bright smile on her face.
I remember another young girl came to learn English. She was a college student, but her school was so lousy and she didn’t what to do because she also needed a college degree for her future. While she was telling me her dilemma, she even cried. Then she decided to drop off, studied for a while, and then successfully transferred to a better college. She graduated last year and recently found a new job.
 
其實還有許多回憶,不可能一一寫出來。帶著這些回憶和四隻貓,我們和錦西街說再見,搬到新地址,保安街1-5號,在這裡帕比樂的瑣碎小事會繼續下去。
 
The memories I have about Jin Xi Street are countless. It’s not possible to describe them all. Together with the memories and my four cats, we left Jin Xi Street, moved to BaoAn Street. Our trifle little stories are to be continued here.
 
再見了,錦西街。
Goodbye, Jin Xi Street.


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