Besides being at the protest yesterday, Twatutia (大稻埕) was the other place we went. Just across the cloth market, there is the famous and old Watson’s. And there it is, the Art Yard I’ve heard for about two months. Art Yard includes four shops within it, Bookstore 1920s, Studio in Blooom, Luguo Café and Thinker’s Theater. As walking through blocks in Twatutia, I could really feel the glorious and ancient Taipei was trying to say something. Those story should be pretty fantastic and worth to know more.
After one week ‘KANO’ is in the theater, I got my break and chance to see it today. It’s a bit difficult for me to judge whether ‘KANO’ is a good or bad movie on a certain level. But I must say I am moved and impressed by the story very very much. Director Wei Te-Sheng (魏德聖) does love to tell story about those who seems like nobody but actually means a lot to a certain groups of people or part of the history. They were heroes inspiring our mind.
To put the CD cover of Yo La Tengo is only for reminding what I listened this week and what I did tonight. Infong has loved to go to a record store called White Wabbit Record this year. We spent almost two hours there tonight and listened different types of music, from Indie to Industrial to Experimental (I guessed). It’s not that bad to have a date like this, at least I bought a vinyl of my recently loving band — Silver Mt. Zion — Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward. As I don’t have one turntable at home, my very first time to enjoy it will be someday at Infong’s place…
另外，放上了Yo La Tengo的CD封面，單純是為了今晚以及本週在聽的音樂留個紀錄。陳先生這年來愛上一間唱片行 (或者說音樂廠牌應該更正確一點)，叫做「小白兔」；因此今晚在飽餐之後，在店裡一待就是快兩個小時，店員一張唱片換過一張唱片，各種類型可能都輪過了，約莫是包含了獨立搖滾(Indie Rock)、工業搖滾(Industrial Rock)和實驗音樂(Experimntal Rock)，個人我音樂知識很淺、分類很弱，而且樂團名字幾乎都記不得，單純的聽著看喜不喜歡，時間也是一眨眼就過了。好吧，也不是聽起來那麼無趣的約會，今天晚上下手買了最近愛團「錫安山」的黑膠，挺開心的，只是沒有黑膠唱盤的我，開箱的第一聽大概要等到哪天又有機會去陳先生家走走的時候了…
This week I got four-day-off in eight days. Actually it’s really a lot but also there was so many things happening on this Wednesday. On and off and on-off, it’s how I feel this week. I guess trying to find the new balance of the new working pattern is my life homework now.
Anyway, two nights ago I felt so blank without any reason, therefore I just follow my mind and put some colors on the planner. If I should name my drawing this time, ‘Spontaneous’ will be the choice. Let’s make the colorful lines find their way and go or conflict with each others.
I knew that it’s very stupid to scan the mobile but just wanted to make a record. These few days thanks for this old smart phone, HTC Incredible S S710e, which made our actors/actresses could get on a famous TV show. It’s probably the first time I typed so many words through WhatsApp after having a smart phone… I love you, my phone!!
把手機掃描真的超蠢的，不過實在是想為了我的老舊HTC Incredible S做個紀錄。最近這幾天感謝有它，所以成功地敲成了型男大主廚的通告，喜悅無法言喻；而這大概也是我擁有智慧型手機以來，第一次用WhatsApp傳了這麼多這麼多的訊息啊…我愛你，親愛的HTC手機！
These two names are not related at all. I put them together just because they were part of my life today. Ella and I met at a famous Hong Kong restaurant at East Area for lunch. It’s really joyful that we could meet and talk in Taipei after leaving Göttingen. What’t more important is that we are somehow still connected and could support each other’s dream. Thank you for being with me while I had to put some DMs of our theater’s new play — August: Osage County, to Eslite bookstores today. It’s soooo nice to see you today, my dear, Ella.
To recall this day, I actually had a lot of talks with old friends. I went back to Ogilvy for a short stop and had some conversations, both inspiring and boring ones. It’s still a place fulled with super brilliant ideas and suck things. Then Kelly and I finally got another chance to watch a movie together on a regular day. ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is an introspective movie which made two excellent actors, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, telling a legendary but also simple sad story. I think there will be some more to think about few days later but let’s call it a day now.
Today was so perfect!! Finally I got my two-day break and slept for long enough. Moreover, the weather was nice and had a very comfortable time with Infong for almost a day. It all started from the gramophone record of Silver Mt Zion and followed by Angelia & Pets’s bag. Everything seems to be just happened and fitted my desired. Specially thanks for Infong because of his generosity and love, that the night could end in a good beef noodle restaurant with the Japanese ice cream corn of 7-11 and smooth dark chocolate cake :)
I forgot my office key on this weekend working day. It’s quite stupid but thanks for my intuition of bring the novel this morning. Therefore I got myself an early 30-minutes-reading period without anyone’s interruption but with good breakfast. I just finished 1/3 today and couldn’t but sneaked for the ending a bit. I cried for the pure love story.
Today was the first time I went to the “反核四，五六 (No Nukes)” event. I had joined the 309 NO Nuclear Protest in 2013 but always had so many excuses that makes me never be at the 自由廣場 (Liberty Square) once. It’s kind of a shame in my mind. Finally these few days I made up my mind and went with Infong. It’s a great night with great people and great power there, although everything is actually really serious there. We should open our mind to think and to do what we believe. The future is not far away. It’s always just beside you and me.
I didn’t go to the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TiBE) for a few years. Today was a kind of accident Infong and I went to the exhibition for about half and an hour and I bought four books. It’s really nice that I still find books I want to read and have money to but them.
The other great thing this weekend was I luckily got the ticket of 孽子 (Crystal Boy), the theater version of 白先勇’s representative work and also a big production of TIFA (Taiwan International Festival of Arts) this year. The performance is not bad and below is how I put my thoughts into words (in Chinese) that night.