妳在哪裡出生?
我在榮總出生,小時候讀的是思恩幼稚園、天母國小,初中又唸衛理,所以都在天母一帶。沒想到後來繞了一大圈,又回到天母。我和天母特別有緣。
Where were you born?
I was born in Taipei Veterans General Hospital and went to Lords Grace Kindergarten, Tianmu Elementary School, Wesley Girls’ Junior High School.  They are all in Tianmu area.  What surprises even myself is that I have come back and end up here, again, after a big  detour in my life.  I guess Tianmu and I are just made for each other.

天母給妳的感覺是什麼?
我是一個路癡,在哪裡都會迷路。但是天母是我唯一一個不會迷路的地方。如果你和我約在天母,我總是可以想到幾條可以到的路。但在其他地方就不一定了。還有,如果要到東區,我就覺得有點不安,一個是每個人看起來都很忙,而且好像需要精心打扮,有一種逼著你要和別人比較的感覺,變成是一種負擔。不像在天母,可以很輕鬆、悠閒。

What do you feel about Tianmu?
I have no sense of directions, get lost anywhere I go.  However, Tianmu is the only exception.  If we are going to meet in Tianmu, I can always come out with certain streets that will eventually lead me to the place, but that is not applicable in other areas.  I am quite uncomfortable in the downtown eastern district.  In that area, everybody seems busy, and one needs to dress up sophisticatedly.  I feel that people are forced to be compared with others, and it turns out to be a burden.  Unlike in Tianmu, we can be really relaxed and casual.

繞過大半個世界(註:安古當過7年空服員),又回到天母,覺得天母有什麼改變?
我覺得天母變的不多,當然天母一直都有很多店開開關關,但是還是有很多老店「屹立不搖」,有些是我從小時候就在吃的餐廳,例如茉莉漢堡,只要去那裡,老伯伯就會和我聊天,當然很多新開的店家也很客氣,但是你就感覺是做生意的客氣,和老店那種關係不同。

Do you sense any changes in Tianmu after traveling around most of the world (note: An-Gu was a flying attendant for seven years)?
I don’t see many changes here.  Of course many restaurants have come and gone over the years, but there are still a lot old ones standing tall and firm.  Some of them were there when I was a kid and I used to eat in those restaurants, such as Mary’s Hamburger茉莉漢堡).  I called its owner uncle and he chats with me whenever I am in his place.   Surely many new restaurants are courteous, but you can feel that it is strictly business, very different from those old restaurants.

你的店吸引了很多愛狗的人,你為什麼會開在天母?對於你的店有什麼想法?
這都是機緣,我想到要開一個小店,就有朋友告知,芝山岩這裡還不是真正的天母,但是道路很寬,河川公園的活動空間又大,一看就喜歡了。

我希望我的店是一個「故事的空間」,我先是養了「多多」(一隻拉不拉多),後來又為牠養了「牛牛」和「妹妹」(都是金毛獵犬),溜狗時認識了很多朋友,也讓我後來決定要開「狗狗多多的家」。我又在這裡結識我的先生、有了很好的合夥人,我在這段時間內結婚、生女,可以說,這個店是充滿故事的空間。當然許多客人也在這裡有了他們自己的故事,我希望我經營的店,可以一直維持這種感覺。

Your restaurant has obviously attracted many dog-lovers.  Why did you choose Tianme for this restaurant?  What do you think about your own restaurant?
It is purely chances.  I wanted to open a small shop and my friends told me about this place.  Actually, Jhihshanyan is not real Tianmu, but roads are wide in this area, and there is a river park with a lot of open spaces. I love it at the first sight.  I wanted my restaurant to be a ‘Space of Stories’.  I had my first dog, ‘Dodo’ (a Labrador retriever), and then went on adopting ‘New-New’ and ‘Mei-Mei’ (both are golden retrievers).  While walking them, I came to know a lot of friends and that made me decide to open this ‘Dodo Cozy Home’.  In addition, I met my husband and my business partner here.  During these years, I got married and had a daughter, so this shop itself is a place full of stories, in a sense.  Needless to say, many guests had, have and will have their stories here.  That is the atmosphere I want to have in my restaurant.      

看長遠一點,你對天母有什麼期望?
我希望天母可以多一些人文氣息,再多一些社區的感覺。像日本東京的自由之丘,他們也是住商都有,他們形成一個有特色的賣家居品、家藝品的集合地,每個店都很小,但是都有自己的特色,很多東西是你在東京別的地方找不到的,因此一直吸引很多人來逛。他們也有很多好餐廳。像七段上面的也趣、Cozy Corner,就是我很喜歡的。我希望有特色的店可以在天母留下來。不然天母的特色就會消失了。

Looking into the future, any expectation for Tianmu?

I really hope that we could have a little more tint of culture and community in Tianmu, like Jiyugaoka, also a residential and commercial area in Tokyo.   Jiyugaoka is a collection of artistic and distinctive shops which sell unique household appliances and artifacts that cannot be found elsewhere in Tokyo.  It attracts a lot of customers, and tourists too.  Tianmu also has many fine artistic shops, such as Aki Gallery (也趣) and Cozy Corner , I like them both very much.  I wish all the stores with characters in Tianmu could sustain, or Tianmu would lost her uniqueness.

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