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Month: December, 2005

Here comes 2006, unheededly.

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My Year of 2005 – a review


It was an eventful year, 2005.

I started off my year of 2005 at Edinburgh – at the world famous New Year Party along side many drunken Europeans.

I visited Glasgow with Joyce afterwards, for the first time getting to know Charles Mackintosh.

Back in London, I handed in my essays, and second semester began, with a change of attitude on my part.

I went to Holland in February and toured Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft and some surrounding outskirts with Jackson and Jessica. I visited the Rijksmuseum again, and found the virtue of Rembrandt.

I began thinking of writing a book.

I visited Cambridge in March, and would have stayed longer in the Fitzwilliam Museum for their exclusive collections of European Art.

Aunt Cecilia passed away.

Another HKU fellowship was formed in April, consisting of Jackson, Jessica, me, and two new members Ann and Yan. Toured Belgium (Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp) and Luxembourg. Got acquainted with the great Horta and his Art-Nouveau architectures in Brussels, and visited the impressive Print Museum at Antwerp where the great humanist Erasmus was acquainted with the printer, and which made me all the more interested in the history of printing and publishing. Had a glimsp of Jan van Eyck‘s famous The Mystic Lamb at Ghent and was very stunned. And of course Belgian chocolates. Felt sorry not to have visited Brugel’s major paintings at Brussels.

Finally a war broke out between Linlin and me. No more dealings from then on. But I had the support of the cleaner, who got on with me in good terms.

All teaching finished. Long vacation began.

In May Jessica and I joined the HOSTUK programme, and visited Dr Donald and Mrs Hilda Gaston at Ballymena, Northern Ireland. I conquered my fear for huge dogs and became friend of Darcey and Sapphire, the Gastons’ super huge black dogs. Had a great time living in the country among 40 shades of green. Though the rest of the journey was a disaster.

Discovered that I was misinformed as to who was my dissertation advisor. Trying to right things again.

Finally brought up the mind to watch the famous West End Musicals – Phantom of the Opera.

Visited Brighton with Jackson and Jessica in June. Then a 11-day trip to Italy with Fi, touring Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. The trip was a  mixture of wonder and horror. Many Art and History, but more is said in elsewhere.

Trying to make most of the time left to us, Jessica, Joyce and I went to Prague in July. Fell in love with the art of Alphonse Mucha. Back and immediately took to Carlisle to meet the new hosts Mr Dennis and Mrs Glenys Donald, who learnt that I much desired to visit William Wordsworth’s Lake District and granted me my wish, with much gratitude on my part.

Vivian came to London and together we watched a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe, then the wonderful Mary Poppins. Toured Paris together afterwards, was a bit abashed by the dismal scene of the decaying city. But delighted in visiting the Louve again, and also Orsay.

Watched Les Miserables with Jessica.

Handed in the dissertation and Paleography assignment.

Seized my remaining time to visit all major galleries and museums in London. Visited Canterbury, Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Parted with Zaleha, my good flatmate. 3 September – Flying home, leaving my love for London behind.

House in North Point underwent refurbishment, removed to a temporary abode during September and October. Meanwhile setting forth for my book.

5 November – Elected as Vice-chairlady of Lady Ho Tung Hall Graduates’ Association 2005-2006.

Back to home in mid-November, living in a yellow chamber. Got a part time job at ampost but quitted after 2 weeks. I was not ready for any occupation yet.

Grandfather came back to Hong Kong in early December and began staying at our house. A bit of a strife in the beginning.

9 December – My 23rd Birthday.

Christmas with family.

Wan Lan back in Hong Kong.

SOLER [Intuition] Concert 28.12.2005!!! SOLER rocks!!!

New Year’s Eve – writing for the book in full force. Looking forward to seeing the finished product in the coming year.




AND – in the transition between 2005 and 2006 – I am with SOLER.




HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 如果要揾part-time,我係絶對唔會揾打電話個D


要一勞永凂呀要打晒五十幾個電話佢呀!做到呀何東!

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原來第一場個陣有個歌迷跳左上台仲攬住左Julio!早知我又去錫啖Dino啦!

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好衰架…… 整喊人……

我諗我要實踐自己好耐之前同Herb講o既o野。
break the ice

SOLER直覺演唱會》


SOLER [Intuition] Concert


28/12/2005




很興奮!有些音樂,聽CD才好聽的;但有些音樂,就是要現場拉闊,才有味道。SOLER正是後者(雖然他們的CD也很有味道)。我不喜歡看紅館個唱,對我來說那不過是很多很多人坐在一起聽歌,跟在家聽沒分別,可能還差一點,那就視乎歌手的料子和大會的安排。我喜歡聽Band Sound,喜歡聲音多於旋律,喜歡節拍多於歌手的透視裝。我也喜歡在黑暗的會場裡,跟着音樂一起唱一起跳,放下所有都市人的靦腆,用音樂灌醉自己,忘記自己根本不會唱歌也不會跳舞。






來到九龍灣展貿,提早來排隊的人龍已伸延至後門外。我也不算很遲,進場時我們的位置在正中距離台沒有十米,我抬起頭還可以看到半個人。等了十數分鐘,先有嘉賓歌手Vincent Wong出場演唱,雖然很努力的在搞氣氛,但觀眾都在等SOLER,而且那兩個日本人只讓人覺得好笑。我不禁想,JRock真的被淘汰了。但是如果LUNA SEAL’Arc-en-Ciel願意來的話,我一定通宵也來排隊。而且,若我是帶着當年看LUNA SEA的期望而來,我必然會失望的。那種被迷醉,被聲音淹沒的感覺,很難再在香港的演唱會找到。


 


千呼萬喚始出來,SOLER兩兄弟從台的兩側跳出來,立刻就唱一曲《海嘯》!非常有自信,非常有台風,SOLERJulio在左邊,Dino拿着結他在右邊。我的位置剛好能直望Dino!台下歡呼聲四起。







唱《羅馬冬假》的時候,
Julio即席走到電子琴前自彈自唱。Dino在台前用結他伴奏,間中露出享受的笑容。這兩兄弟真的喜歡音樂,喜歡舞台。一擧手一投足都吸引了所有目光。他們是天生的明星。


 


這時Julio說要介紹一個女嘉賓-盧巧音從後台走出來,令大家咋驚咋喜!三人合唱了一首英文歌,然後Julio拿起Candy的手,二人就在台上跳了支舞!令很多少女妒忌了呢。


 


第二節了,JulioDino換了件上衣再出來,立刻就來SOLER的首本名曲《失魂》。全場失控齊齊和唱!Dino伸手示意要觀眾再大聲點再大聲點!「YEAH~OH~」「YEAH~OH」的YEAH了好久,台下越來越熱血沸騰,SOLER也顯得越來越高興。我們跟着他一起唱,原來所有人都把歌詞記得滾瓜爛熟了!


 
我未死心 死守在附近
去等你轉身 是否太天真
從此再不分 不分年月日
到斷氣都甘心 為左一個人


 


這時所有人出盡力唱:


 可以認識妳 算今生我走運
等一世都等 願為妳等
不知道怎麼去 安守我本份
因我已經失魂


 


可以認識你們的音樂真好!SOLER






整個演唱會中,哥哥Julio顯然較會說話;而弟弟Dino則說了很多很誠懇的話,說到自己以前的女朋友,唱着給她寫的歌-My tears fall into your hands and turn to pearls-台下觀眾都被融化掉了。我還是覺得弟弟的含蓄比較可愛。雖然是比較含蓄,在台上的Dino仍是非常活潑;一時做些小動作,一時跳上跳下的,都說藝術工作者永遠都年青。另外一個世紀大疑團也解開了!原來SOLER就是JulioDino媽媽的名字!SOLER媽媽今晚也在場呢!有兩個如此成器又疼自己的兒子,必定是很幸福吧!


 


叫着叫着,我忽然發現自己頰上多了兩行淚水。SOLER不是在唱甚麼悲歌,只是我忽然感到台上是那樣的光亮,台下是那樣的黑暗。台上的人被豔麗的光芒包圍住,他們是多麼的漂亮耀目。我總是被這些人吸引,總是希望能沾上一點光芒。不希望一生也活在黑暗中。但是我抬起頭,他們郤離我很遠。Dino彷彿望過來這邊了,但我郤不敢肯定。如何,才可以脫離地面?


 


很好很好的演出。Julio說最後時,也不禁大叫不要。Julio說:「一個人要有一個夢想已經唔容易;更何況係兩個人有同一個夢想。」此時兩兄弟微笑對望,令台下十分感動。謝過所有人,最後Julio說:「仲要多謝Dino。」Dino也說:「我都多謝Julio。」笑着二人相擁。我覺得自己又要哭了。

嘉賓們再次出來,台上台下大合唱一首《
MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD DANCE》。SOLER的歌另一樣好,就是非常適合現場演唱,與觀眾交流。他們離開了,台下不斷叫encore。結果他們在一片歡呼中再出場了,請我們《STAY AWHILE》。演唱會期間SOLER不斷鼓勵觀眾一同唱一同跳,但大都反應冷淡,這或許是整個演唱會美中不足的地方吧。香港的觀眾坐慣了紅館,不懂看真正的拉闊。個個站得筆直,我一於好少理,繼續又唱又跳。比起看LUNA SEA時的瘋狂,這是小意思了。看拉闊也是一個很需要體能的活動,完場離去時,才發現全身痛得要命。不過,間中有一次這些活動,把我從死氣沉沉的平日喚醒,也很不錯。


 


 


 


P.S. 把頭髪染黑了。

 嘩嘩~我聽晚去睇Soler啦!呢個係繼99年LUNA SEAo黎香港之後,我第二個全場企位o既live… 好期待呀!好想快D見到Soler真人呀!(唔,我都係鍾意細佬多D)



哈哈… 但其實我都分唔到邊個打邊個

隨傳隨到就是這個意思。總是有一些人,會讓你覺得為他做甚麼也樂意的。未必是那種感情;是一種更純真的,沒有計算,沒有嫉妒,買少見少的忠誠。很多友誼打一開始都是這樣的,但時間久了,就會開始計算,介懷關係中的不平等。一開始計算了,忠誠就死亡。我希望對所有人忠誠,但自我保護意識令我開始計算。我記得Oscar Wilde的故事,沒多少人留意的故事,但郤那麼一矢中的。

我唔記得o左自己尋晚用晒D原稿紙o忝…… 都好o既,咁我可以早少少瞓,校返岩D時間。

It is Christmas’ Eve. And I am haunted by some ancient darkness of my heart.

同Eva 行街。原本打算唔買野,但結果都係破左財。再係咁落去唔係好掂。如果有人包起我直到我寫完本書為止就好啦。所謂既大時大節,係香港,除左係消費同消費,根本無其他意義。呢個聖誕我淨係想留係屋企靜靜地寫書,同埋一邊睇下書,一邊聽我之前係英國買既Victorian Christmas carols and songs。

保守估計,我已經寫了七萬字……




已不能返轉頭了,是吧?

我尋晚個惡夢成真左。我發現有D 人唔知咩叫事前通知,同埋咩叫奉旨。