Here's my favourite birthday present this year! My Tweji Tuki soft toy from Shelby! Really appreciated the gift because it come from her Piggy Bank. Great afternoon at our favourite spot TeaCafe... Seng Eel Chooka Hameeda!
The drumming waves of Piano Island Resound on the far side of the island The voices of tour guides arriving early each morning with packs of tourists Resounds throughout the island... The music of Gulangyu has slowly deserted the island Seeking better fate in a faraway land There was a time when the sound of piano Could be heard throughout this lil dot on the map Exuding from every tiny window on the island
I poured out my woes at the reception of MOGO where I stayed
I was comforted by Xiao Pan, the ever so friendly staff
I should count my blessings
I was there before the last sound of music is gone
A concert takes place at the Gulangyu Concert Hall every night And it happened to be the American Music Week So how can I miss my first concert on this island to on Day 1? Let the show begin... For a start, a vocal and piano duet
It was a concert experience like none other Nothing like the Suntory Hall Tokyo Or Perhaps a concert in Vienna and Prague Here, the concert runs free every night And the local community has an interesting concert culture Young man giving up seats to an elderly who comes in 20 minutes after the concert started Children talking People eating, entering, leaving in the middle of a performance Here, you won't find the snob, the pretentious Nor the "I am so cultured' mentality in the concert goers Everyone is here for a common purpose ... The simple enjoyment of music And the locals can tell a good performance from a mediocre They discuss, critique, and share their opinions with audience next to them They have probably seen more performances this lifetime than I ever will
It was really cold on the first night I found lil restaurant serving local treats Decided to take-away knowing how huge the portions are Dinner for the night... Famous Fuzhou Shark Meat Fishballs with Shuo Bak Chang!
This is really yummy...
But check out that chunk of fats!!!
I allowed myself only a tiny bit
Didn't do much on this first day
Loiter around MOGO
And stroll along Long Tou Lu (Dragon Head Street)
Went to a nearby bookshtore and found lots of music books!!!
A book on finger practice by Lizst
A book entitled The Complete Pianist...
I spent the next few days reading that
An aluminuim tin can mug from my favourite store.. FEN
So here it is. The lapin who will be my new face. I was planning on making an earthy, featureless bunny to begin my blog with. Fortunately or unfortunately, its construction was barely completed before my trip. Didn't think this blog was going to materialise until I chanced upon this fellow. So there you have it, Cheri Joan's new image... the Lapin.
Why the rabbit? It is a rather misunderstood fella. So you think the Hare lost the race because he went for a nap along the way and was a rather complacent and arrogant lil' creature? How about this for a change... hare deceived all by feigning sleep so that his friend, the tortoise, could have a taste of success. The Lapin...a reminder of our twisted perspectives.