2021/09/18

地下鐵

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地下鐵-幾米作品

早陣子,弟弟一口氣把數本幾米繪本送給我,雖然已經是有點兒殘舊,但對於喜歡他作品的我,還是內容最重要,難掩興奮的心情。(謝謝細佬:D)


地下鐵是一本頗早期的作品,或許比較出名的會是已經改篇了電影的向左走,向右走;但相比兩個故事,後者是都市戀人的尋尋覓覓…而這一本是如詩般訴說着一個盲女的感受,仍然滲出幾米淡淡哀愁的風格,只是今次,更深更重。

我認識兩位失明的好朋友,多少明白他們生活中的不便及不安,但由於他們是一對夫婦,所以始終可以互相扶持。他們一位是天生失明,丈夫則是後期因病失明,所以在對世界各種事物的認知和感受,也會有所不同。

故事中的女主角是屬於後者,所以在她的世界裏仍然看到色彩,但始終當只得一個獨自生活的時候,那種在都市人海裏的孤獨感還是來得特別強烈。當我(讀者)陪着她出出入入,上上落落地下鐵的時候,有一種和她一起尋尋覓覓和等待的共鳴;我想,是因為圖畫很美,文字正是她在心中的絮絮細語,彷彿在和我説話般!

看了很多頁,仍被哀愁籠罩着,還好到了其中一頁,文字是這樣寫的: 還好,守護天使一直眷顧著我。 下面一幅對頁是女孩坐在白天鵝背上,靜靜地在萍果綠色的湖水上蘯漾。水彩+粉彩般的効果如在霧中~全書最特別,也是我最喜歡的一幅圖畫。

另一幅深深吸引著我的,也是一個對頁,窗外黃昏彩霞映照入深沉的圖書閣,右邊窗台坐著女主角,文字是這樣寫的: 誰願意為我在黃昏的窗邊唸一首詩。坐在左邊窗台,是一直陪着她遊走的小狗。

或許我們會用失明者的心態去理解故事,但在看到後面,我同樣地發覺,即使是看得見這個世界的人,何嘗不曾在看似繁華耀眼的大都會中,某時某刻,同樣地感到孤單與無助?!

從來看幾米作品,也會被他營造的不真實感吸引,現實與幻想的事物,背後藏著作者、主角、或是要告訴讀者另外的一些情感,很容易讓我在不知不覺間進入故事中的世界;即使是短短的半小時,在回到現實中,心中已浮現了久被遺忘的人和事。

故事末後似乎有一個隱藏的結局⋯我想,留待你去發掘
 
地下鐵及月亮忘記了書面

2021/09/11

今年秋天⋯

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A chinese poem with illustration & autumn leaf photo by Oiseau Distrait
十月秋色 ~ 小巴黎  P.6-7  (click to enlarge)
                                    

 
從來都覺得中文詩很難寫得好,也許是因為我的中文根底差,但又事實上覺得…要用白話文去表達詩人情懷的時候,很多時會變得"造作"。因此,我總覺得文言文的詩詞較為優美,也較能達到詩中有畫意;可惜,我的文言文更不堪,不得不佩服古人的學養。

最近,因着朋友的特別需要,把 Oiseau Distrait 的 Petit Paris 系列中,即將在十月出版的 Palette October  翻譯成中文,似散文多一點點的內容,還只能勉強把原文交代;我想,日後還是要花多些時間學習學習罷!

香港已經進入初秋,天氣還是十分酷熱,隨了早晚稍有微風的痕跡,其餘時間彷佛仍身處夏季。但是今年的秋天,應該會過得不太一樣,也許是我們和一些親朋在香港過的最後一個秋天。是今年或是明年…要離開的始終留不住,也許世界之大,總有可安身之處,亦用不著太過離愁別緒;只是,秋天嘛!還是容易令人傷感,但願,或去或留的人,繼續努力走下去!主祐地球人!


折錄自 小巴黎 ~ 十月秋色(非賣品中文初稿) 忘記鳥作品

我快要墮下⋯ 
願我能⋯即使已是放手的時刻 
很想,很想支撐多一刻  
即使多一秒 

但我將要墮下⋯
沒有動力可撐多一秒鐘

請讓我徐徐墮下
至少可以和他們一起
放下一段歲月⋯
一個卑微的心願

請別為我們哀傷
這並不是終結
當自由的微風再度吹起時
我們便會再次飄洋過海
在疾風中閃閃發亮
告訴世人,關於我們這一代的故事
一個勇敢的故事


From: Palette October ~Petit Paris Series by Oiseau Distrait
 
I am off, falling off...
If it's time to let go
I still want to hold
a second of so...
 
But I'm lost
without force...
to hold any more
 
Let me fall
at least together
with them all
for a season
that's all
 
Don't upset
it's not the end
we will fly when the wind comes by
scatter across the ocean
shining in motion
let everybody knows...this generation
 



2021/09/03

Mount Fuji - Toilet Paper roll

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Japanese toilet paper roll, coffee sticks, cotton bags, handcream  souvenirs

What a wonderful sunny day in Hong Kong, and  Happy Friday as well, it's a good afternoon to write another post, I guess. O.K.,let's see what I've got in my photo library...A Fukubukuro !! (not include the small kitten behind :P)
 
Actually this is a mixture of souvenir selected by one of my best friend years before. I call it DIY Fukubukuro - in Japanese of a "lucky bag" 福袋. As you may know, every New Years or (any time of big sale) in Japan, department stores will prepare this kind of attractions to customers; of course, they may not know the content at all, say for a 3000 yen fukubukuro you paid, you will be in surprise of what you've got inside, most of the time the value is over 3000 yen, is it a lucky blessing to the start of a good year? 

Well, back to my lucky bag, they are wonderful and lovely, the one I would like to "present" is...Mount Fuji toilet paper roll!!! 
package of the toilet paper roll with fuji mountain presenter illustration

Let's start to unfold it, to see what's inside?

please continue to roll down.....


back side of the paper package with another cartoon illustration of the presenter walking up hill

continue....
the paper roll inside with printed data & illustration in roll form
continue...

Yeah! here it is...the knowledge you should know about the famous Mount Fuji, isn't it amazing ?!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unfold of the paper roll printed with illustration of 5 knowledges of fuji mount you should know
 
I know this post is going to be "long", because I tried to combine the 4 photos I've took as one to give the real face of the unfolded toilet paper roll. 
 
I don't know Japanese but base on the illustrations and "Kanji", the knowledge are mostly related to the type of volcano - an active one, the last eruption time; the shrines above in ancients time; lowest temperature on the mountain, and the temperature for the onsen (hot spring) which is suitable for you to prepare your delicious Cup noodle; also the sometimes there will be landslide...interesting!
 
Imagine having this toilet paper roll in you bathroom, so much fun while...:D
But I will absolutely place it in my living room for my guest as well as reserved one for this post.

Thank you to Jessie, always enjoy your souvenir,
Arigatōgozaimashita !
 
 
 


2021/09/01

曾經是個室內設計師嘅獨立作者

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尋晚瞓瞓吓覺,凌晨三點幾醒咗,突然間諗起好想寫⋯

唔經唔覺已經去到九月,短短幾個月離開咗室內設計師嘅行頭,除咗上堂教書嘅時候之外,慢慢都識得當自己係一個獨立作者(indie author),書架上嘅室內設計資料亦都慢慢下架,變成各式各樣同寫作、繪畫、攝影相關嘅嘢。

為咗講得出做得到,係收山後再次推咗三個室內設計工作(應該係最終回啦),終於第一次夏天唔洗落地盤,尤其唔洗帶住口罩係地盤"濕洗同乾蒸",真係舒服好多。以前成日坐係部大電腦面前用Autocad畫圖,用photoshop執sample board, 用word打文件;見客,傾電話,出電郵,落地盤,見師傅,傾電話,出地盤指引⋯ 而家就係另外一張工作檯用兩部細 iPad 寫書,搵資料;一大堆水彩顏料畫公仔,同埋幾本字典查生字;再返去大電腦度執相,執位,出版,網絡宣傳發送⋯

最大分別嘅係冇乜電話,可以全日好靜,如果冇開住音樂,有時由坐低直至第一次離開工作枱 (因為對眼開始攰或者肚餓,又或者口渴 :p )原來已經六個幾鐘。如果唔係要上堂同返教會,其實我真係唔多知道今日係星期幾?又或者係乜嘢節日假期。如果儲夠糧食,可以五日唔出門口,日寫夜寫,幾時瞓都得⋯生活上嘅改變都真係唔少;初時唔多適應,覺得仲攰過做設計工程,我諗,係因為冇"時限"嘅關係。

無論點都好,要改變就要學習,做乜都係咁,唔向前行,就會退步,所以我都可以話係踏上一條不歸路。當有朝一日,室內設計慢慢係我嘅專業知識層面上生疏甚至流逝嘅時候,希望相對地係寫作方面會有進展,咁我就可以寫下一個系列:做個...的獨立作家!



2021/08/27

Obsess to the voice of Stacey Kent

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Stacey Kent candid moments album cover

I just can't stop listening all this week...Stacey Kent!
 
The first time I've heard her vocal was years before from a French online radio, a song call "C'est petit rien" in her "Breakfast on the morning tram" album. Then I started to aware of her unique voice, some people said it's the sleepy voice just after wake up...
 
A voice light as feather, sexy & emotional. Originally I thought she is French but actually she is an American Jazz singer. No matter what, I also started to write down some more songs title that attracted me such as "Que reste t'il de nos amours" & "It might as well be Spring", etc.

I know, I know, purchase online or listening on Youtube are the easier ways, but I am a bit old fashioned :P , so I try to find her CD...

Unfortunately, HMV was closed in Hong Kong since 2019, it's even more difficult to look for this "vanishing" CD product, I am afraid. And fortunately, on the other hand, I found a few from another store although it's not her French albums, it's a double CD set, Hurray x3 !!!
 
I can't explain but her voice keep me working in a peace of mind, so comfortable like a bird talk next to my ears...my obsession began, my pleasure :)
 
 


 

Autumn Breeze Sale 2021

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Hey, pal,
"Summer Cool Sale" of Book 2 Entrée Sortie is coming to an end after a few more days up to   31 August 2021 (date included). So, I think it may be nice to have an "Autumn Breeze Sale" before our Winter come for Book 3 Chat Noir, what do you think?

39% reduce in price from 1 to 30 September 2021
                                                          
click to enlarge

Meaning, you can purchase in 
$1.99 (US) from Apple Books 
or $15.46 (HK) from Google Books

Enjoy! together with the forever free 
Book One : Pont Neuf of Petit Paris series.



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Au revoir!
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2021/08/20

SQUARE in Tsim Sha Tsui East

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It's been a while not going to the Tsim Sha Tsui East district, until recently I was having a gathering over there.  So I've decided to go earlier, buy some time, hanging around to see if there is any big changes.

Tsim Sha Tsui East commercial building viewing from footbridge

Actually not much, when I was standing on the footbridge looking towards this view, same feeling of the good old days as I was a student, still...a lot of "squares".  
Tsim Sha Tsui East is always a bit isolated and therefore even though it is a tourist + commercial zone, I feel more relax here compare with the Canton road section. 
 
A new high rise with rectangular windows in earth tone
Except this new building (to me) I've discovered near the harbour, I will say it looks nice to fit into the surrounding, subtle & decent; again square square square... 
 
Finally, I found "Square of the Day" in a dramatic colorway that attracted me. I thought the purplish shade was due to deterioration of the glass curtain material instead, but did create another unique scenario I love.

Square curtain walls of a hotel in purple shade

Looking into windows of the buildings from street in or after the twilight time is one of my "hobby", it's interesting, imaginative and even with surprise sometimes; I will always imagine the look of the peoples who live inside, what is his/ her job, what are they doing right now/ or waiting for someone may be...under the bright white or moody yellowish luminescent; weird thoughts, I know :P

close up of a room interior through curtain wall of a hotel

What do you think?