Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Brief meeting with Taipei


street of taipei

City impression

If London is my bosom friend and beloved, Amsterdam my adulterous lover, then Taipei is a new friend which I have pleasant first impression. Maybe I have watched too much tv in Hong Kong, my expectation of this city was influenced by the news about fighting in their parliament and aweful tv series. It was a nice surprise when I found this city is in fact much better than the image showing in their news and tv soup operas. It is so Confucian (in a good way), my mum was frequently given seat by others which was quite impressive, anyway the name of some of the underground stations already suggest such confucian way of life.

Taiwanese Food. The thing which every Hong-kongese goes there for. It's a pity that I did not try much cos' I didn't have time, but maybe I should be glad for the avoidance of gaining a few more inches to my big belly.


Chado - The Taiwanese way of tea

Books. The things which many Hong-kongese go there for. Eslite is definitely an achievement and pride of Taiwan. I just glanced through their website and found that it is in fact a listed company. I was very amazed by the co-existence of business, money-making, commerical activities and the profound, intellectual, cultural activities. Actually these two groups should not be mutually exclusive but yes, that's the case in Hong Kong. I couldn't find the books in "bookstores street" (which is nice also, near Taipei Station) I found them in Eslite. When I found the whole volumes of 管錐篇 just within my reach on the shelves, I felt like screaming! These're the books I thought I could never possess!

Formoz Festival

That's the main reason I went to Taipei. It's good to have such music festival so close to my hometown (of course it's better if Hong Kong itself will organise one in the future). I saw Super Furry Animals once in Cardiff Stadium but stadium, as usual - sucks, so I think the small venue of Formoz is much better. SFA was as humourous, playful and brilliant as usual. It's great to have some early stuff like Show Me Magic (but I longed for Something 4 the Weekend). There was some problem in the sound effect during Receptacle For The Respectable so it was not as hilarious as the version in the album. The highlight was of course Man Don't Give A Fuck. In order to survive in this cruel world, we all have to sing this song everyday.


SFA

Dirty Pretty Things, that's the main reason I went to Formoz Festival. The audience was more gentle than those in UK (or Japan) so it's OK to stand in the front row. The band became better and better (of course, this is a diligent band, "..carl is studious" as gary said [but carl didn't like this "unrock n' roll" description] haha) , tight and fit (for their performance and outlook ^^). I expect to have their new b-side track One To My Left but I got Plan A instead, so I won't complain. Shirtless (or may I say Topless?) becomes their ritual at the end of every gig, greedy gaze, lustful stare from every corner of the venue. We all love this ritual.




examples of bad photography

p.s. special thanks to ppp, river and her cute little sister, you all make my day!!

11 comments:

galaxy said...

做乜咁鐘意佢地除衫呀 ! 如果佢地用水淋濕哂個身, 再"Fing"下個頭, 頭髮帶起D水花"fing"到周圍都係, 咁會唔會更加好睇, 哈哈哈。

Vv said...

tmk, d 相ok 呀, 冇你講得咁差......

kittyshambles said...

galaxy唔好笑我啦,你所說的假設情況都不是未見過,演唱會這麼熱,全身及頭濕透都不出奇,是呀,這樣會更吸引,他們是上帝的傑作,不好好欣賞就是暴殄天物(wow,明明十分好色,還想詭辯;p )

Vv那些相是全部之中最正常的幾張,(得幾張咁多喳,及size縮小了好像質素好些,其實是騙人的),他們全都鬆、郁、濛, Vv the Photo Master, please help me!!!

Brilliancy said...

I'm glad you have good impression on Taipei!
This city is not aweful at all, though not that lovely, either :p

kittyshambles said...

brilliancy, your city is nice, I think I will visit again (as there are some books I want to buy in Eslite but they're too heavy I couldn't carry this time) but yes maybe that's because I have not met the dark side of the town (as every place or person has the dark side, right?)

ppp said...

yeah, this city is not awful at all, though not that lovely, either. maybe next time i would like to take you to the dark side of here, but you could see the beautiful light as well!
but after your leaving, i meet someone's dark side, it makes me feel deeply sad until now...

"I'm empty, lost, and alone..."

galaxy said...

係呀台灣都唔係差的地方, 只是政府同政治上就..........
其實台灣都值得去旅遊的。
最攪笑我上次去,個海關見我passport的相是長髮, 真人係短髮, 佢笑口"誓誓"讚我短髮好睇好多, 哈哈哈哈 ! 所以我咪加了D分比佢地囉 !

kittyshambles said...

galaxy, 香港的政府及政治一樣令人沮喪... 你已逃之夭夭,安居加拿大,你唔明啦...

ppp, don't be sad as they don't worth your sadness ... I don't know what to say...hmm maybe just say "F_ck 'em".

galaxy said...

Hello - Kitty !
其實天下烏鴉一樣黑 !
有人講過政治跟黑社會都係一樣的黑暗, 無論在那個國家。
所以世界需要你地法律人士,來維護 ! sorry, 我睇得太多戲了, 哈哈...

McMinMin said...

KITTY, 多謝你d 手信...都食咗唔少啦....不過點解無我最愛嘅"鐵蛋"??

喂, 你今日做乜咁靚女....哈...哈...friday night.....

kittyshambles said...

Ms Pretty I saw u having 2 "handsome" guys together, very 幸運 ;)