Art Yard

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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.

昨天除了參加反核外,還去了趟永樂市場買布,太久沒有踏進大稻埕,時空區域感都不見了。意外地,在市場對街遇見了「屈臣氏大藥房」李氏家屋,而我聽聞已久的『小藝埕』便坐落於此,一樓是「Bookstore 1920s」及「印花樂」,二樓是「爐鍋咖啡」,三樓則是「思劇場」;走進店裡,好好感受了一番。雨天,漫步在大稻埕,週邊的一切彷彿就正低訴著過往繁華台北。我想,改天是該好好研究一下屬於這裡的故事了。

KANO & Yo La Tengo

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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…

《KANO》上映一週後來到了我的放假,也總算讓我喬到三個小時可以進戲院。就某程度上來說,我有點難去評價它到底拍得好不好,但無論如何這是個非常好的故事,我很感動,非常。仔細想想,魏德聖導演很喜歡這樣的題材,從《海角七號》到《賽德克‧巴萊》都有類似的影子,故事本身若探究起來其實是很平凡的,但它們在本質上卻又都那麼堅持與質樸的憾動人心,成敗不那麼重要,可是這些小人物卻對於某些特定的人以及某段歷史來說,代表著很深刻的意義。藉由電影的敘事,「他們」就是英雄,在你我的心中。

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…

Spontaneous

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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.

To Freedom

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這本書沒有英譯書名,因此今天休息不寫英文版本日記。

在《柏林繼續叛逆:寫給自由》裡,陳思宏佇立於柏林,從歷史、社會、自己三個不同角度出發,書寫屬於叛逆與自由的故事;每一篇文章總有些什麼打動我心,因此三不五時需要停下,抽張衛生紙,拭淚。如果說上一本書《叛逆柏林》讓我更了解德國、愛上柏林,那這本新作所帶來的,則早已遠超過那些輕淺的喜歡與認識,而是更接近於思想上全面的洗禮。

隨著指尖翻閱書頁,我問自己,還想要什麼?想要去哪裡?該朝何方努力?能創造怎樣的改變?

My HTC Incredible S

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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!

Saving Mr. Banks & August: Osage County

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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.

Get Angelia & Pets!!

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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 :)

仔細想想,今天實在是挺完美的。總算是盼到了連休兩天的日子,然後一口氣睡到飽,配上能在如此舒服的天氣下和陳先生幾乎共度一天,實在非常幸福。從午後黑膠唱盤中傾洩而出的錫安山開始,然後是總算買的想要的Kido後背包,一切彷彿是腦中想要的就自動完成般的件件發生。然後感謝某人的大方與包容,讓今晚能在好吃的「牛老大」麵食晚餐後,還能享受7-11的北海道霜淇淋,以及,一口美味無比、有點酒香、濕潤暖口的黑巧克蛋糕。

山楂樹之戀 (Under the Hawthorn Tree)

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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.

在週末需要上班的早晨,發生了件挺蠢的事情;鑰匙昨天不小心落在辦公室裡。在等待同事來上班的片刻裡,不得不感謝今早不知道哪裡來的帶書靈感,意外地,獲得了一個30分鐘,能配著早餐的美好安靜閱讀時光。雖然才看了三分之一,但依舊忍不住地偷翻了結局。哭了。為了純粹的愛。

NO NUKES!

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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.

今天是許久許久以來,眾多不同藉口而沒站在自由廣場後,總算去了「反核四,五六」運動的一個晚上,距離上次參加2013的309反核遊行還真是好久了。說起來還真有那麼一點慚愧;但,這幾天努力的安排工作之下,總算是和陳先生一起去了。是個和一群很棒的人以及充滿民主生機,很不一樣的晚上,開心但其實也是嚴肅的。要離開的時後回頭看到自由廣場幾個大字,其實有點想哭;這個社會需要的,就是大家都更打開心胸,放開成見,更加自主的思索,然後為了值得的理念去奮鬥。我想,未來並不遠,它其實就在你我的手邊而已,只要我們馬上行動!

2014 TiBE & Crystal Boys

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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.

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