Monday, November 19, 2007

Dean and Britta in Taiwan (I wasn't there)

If you know me well, you should know the most important band in my life is Galaxie 500.

I saw Damon and Naomi (2/3 of Galaxie 500) in Taiwan few years and I was lucky enough to have a quick conversation with Naomi (She also signed my albums and had a photo with me). It was fucking awesome.

This year, the ex-Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham and his musical/life partner Britta Phillips (singing voice of the cartoon character JEM). My friend Sky was around them during their stay. I'm so jealous.

Click here for Sky's photos of Formoz Festival 2007.

Click here for Sky's article about Dean & Britta, if you know how to read Chinese :-)

(All photos are from Sky's photo site)
Formoz Festival , Taiwan 2007

Britta and Dean in a cafe in Taiwan
My favourite behind the scene picture

Monday, October 1, 2007


I picked up a bass after listening to this album

I was talking to myself:

To concentrate on a thought is not easy for you.
The only beat you can count is 1 & 2 & 3 & 4.
You're too lazy to think. you only feel.
You could be very present and grounded. You can't now. NOT ANYMORE.
You ruined things every time when You almost succeed.
You always choose to stay in your comfort zone.

Yes, I haven't
touched my bass for a long time. It's much easier to look at basses in music shops than playing them. (I don't even dare trying out them out there.) I haven't written anything in Chinese for ages. Last time I wrote was a few months ago and it was less than 100 words.

I said to myself:

You need to listen to the subtle signal of your mind, body and heart.
You need to stop wasting time on the internet!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Death on the Stairs

5mins before midnight,
I was the only one at the train station
My tram stop, after work.

Life goes on.

I've got "Tara" 2CD edition by Batrider for my birthday (Thanks Nikki). I fell in love with the band and found out they are leaving Australia. My friend told me they're playing a farewell show at a small pub.

So I went to the gig. It was very good but I felt (extremely) lonely for the first time in Melbourne.

The small venue was full of people who are "young and alive". I missed my wonderful friends in Hong Kong, the lovely people who make lovely music.

I jumped on a tram. There were two Chinese students making some stupid comment about a Chinese art house movie. I went to the other end of the tram. I really wished I couldn't understand their language. What made it worse is, I found out I jumped on the wrong tram. I, like the hero of a road movie, walked to a train station, along a quiet highway.

I was the only one at the Train station. Where the bloody hell am I? Only two stations away from home... but the next train was half an hour away.

Recent choice:
"Delivery" by Babyshambles
"Dinosaur Training" by Brooks Kubik

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sham Shui Po

Now Playing: "Jesus Hairdo", The Charlatans

Old Chinese tenement at Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Mr Yau, a man with 2000+ Books but less than 60 Sq. Ft. of room
Photos above are from the project " Our Life in West Kowloon"

(I started writing this article at 21/07/2007. Oh my f**king god, I desert my blog for a month. Luckily, I've not launched it officially...yet.)

"Hong Kong is a modern and prosperous city. But do we hear the voices of those living beneath the poverty line? Do we realize that there are still people living in such poor conditions today? In this wealthy society, the poor are given nothing but the cold shoulder. Their dignity has been heartlessly crushed. Struggling day after day, never getting any closer to living stable lives. Caring and acceptance, rather than hypocrisy are all they crave from society." From " Our Life in West Kowloon". (In English, click here for Chinese version)

I got an email from my friend H about the project . I highly recommend this website, especially if you only know Hong Kong for its Metropolitan side.

Like what the website said, Sham Shui Po is "one of the poorest districts in Hong Kong. It is also the area where most new immigrant families, singletons, street-sleepers, newly emerged underprivileged groups".

I used to go to Sham Shui Po a lot. I bought my pirate computer games on floppy disks there when I was a kid. I went there to get fabric and electronic parts, almost twice a week, when I was working in films/TV. Many friends of mine bought their 1st decent Hi-Fi system there.

I miss Sham Shui Po. I wish I can eat the lovely tofu desert (Tofufa) and chat with the friendly staff of the fabric shops there now.

Monday, July 16, 2007

54 Days til I Turn 30

Now Playing: "Theme From Shaft", Issac Haye

Bahama Mama's, Hong Kong

Unknown street in Taipei City

I took these pictures, with my LOMO LC-A range founder camera, in my early/mid 20's.
In 54 days I will be 30.
I don't have that camera anymore. (They have stopped making it)

Sunday, July 8, 2007


I am back.

I decided to start a new Blog because my writing style, subject matters, ideology, target audience have changed. There are so many things in my old Blog I want to throw away.

That's why I need to "leave it all behind" and build this new platform.

I was going to incorporate flashy stuff (like Twitter, Google Map and Stickam) with my Blog. But I changed my mind. I am sick of logging in to 4,000 different things.

Anyway, I A M B A C K