Thank you people!
The Hong Kong Arts Festival 2009 is approaching to its end. The shows this year are really good. Bravo, the programme committee!
I’ll write about all the performances I have watched, starting with Lisa Ono: A Celebration of 50 Years of Bossa Nova.
This was the first time to see Ono in live. She is such an elegant lady with a beautiful voice (stable performance with CD quality)! I am not particularly fond of Bossa Nova, but Ono’s performance was stunning. It’s like you are lying under the water and everything is so calm and peaceful.
Ono, with her band did some of her famous Bossa Nova songs like Garota de Ipanema, and also some rearranged Jazz songs and soul music such as Moonriver and (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. She also sang 2 songs in Chinese (夜來香&朋友) to thank the Hong Kong audience.
I was so moved when she sang (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Soul song written and performed by American soul singer Otis Redding in 1967, 3 days before he was killed in a plane crash…). The lyric is really cool, and it is exactly what I’d do when I have time.
*remark on the photo: I think it’d be fun to make the photo looks vintag for the song~
(SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sittin' in the mornin' sun I'll be sittin' when the evenin' come Watching the ships roll in And then I watch 'em roll away again, yeah I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Ooo, I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time I left my home in Georgia Headed for the 'Frisco bay 'Cause I've had nothing to live for And look like nothin's gonna come my way So I'm just gonna sit on the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Ooo, I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time Look like nothing's gonna change Everything still remains the same I can't do what ten people tell me to do So I guess I'll remain the same, yes Sittin' here resting my bones And this loneliness won't leave me alone It's two thousand miles I roamed Just to make this dock my home Now, I'm just gonna sit at the dock of the bay Watching the tide roll away Oooo-wee, sittin' on the dock of the bay Wastin' time
I played with this cat in a park next to the Pardo Museum, Madrid. Recently the museuem launches a porject with Google Earth and uploaded some of it’s masterpieses online (The Prado in Google Earth). We can view Velazquee’s Las Meninas, Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights etc. from Google Earth with 14,000 million pixel! (~1,400 times more detailled than the image a 10 megapixel digital camera would take) I have tried, the quality of the paintings online is amazing (haha of course I still prefer to see them in the museum ) What are you waiting for?! Go and have a look!
Gaudi’s forever dream-the great Temple de la Sagrada Familia!
The rooftop of Gaudi’s Casa Mila! The smiling faces are actually chimneys.
One of the photo I took for my postcard project.
The world is in pieces, but not one as long as violence against people by people are escalating.
I took this photo in a fast running train. Actually there is a nest on every tower I saw.
This palace is built to demonstrate the power of Charles V (it is right next to the Alhambra places complex, the former Muslim Palace, now the Alhambra Museum). It is a classic example of Italian Renaissance building outside Italy. I am always amazed by the integration of Muslimand Eurpoean architectural styles in Spain. Everything matches so perfectly. Although the Christian had conquered the Muslim land, we can still see the influence of the Muslim cultures.
Patio de los Leones (the Lion’s Fountain). Sadly the lions have moved to the Alhambra Museum, but you can still see the beauty of the Muslim palace courtyard.
I really like the green color in this photo.