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Keep calm and carry on.

I’m what I eat.

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Rib Eye Steak w/ fried baby mushroom

Spicy Snails in Rose Wine Sauce

Teatree mushroom w/ duck soup

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08/31/2011 at 8:05 pm

What I learnt from Wenzhou train wreckage

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The past week was pretty much a mess-up.

Wenzhou high-speed train wreckage was definitely at the center of the storm. The accident killed 40 and injured nearly 200, while people are missing. Sina Weibo, the chinese equivalent to twitter, contributed the most in public criticism – with less censorship & looser control than traditional media, Chinese netizens condemn the low efficiency & nonchalance of Ministry of Railway. Though rumors have been spread alongside the uncovered truth, Weibo still served as an effective platform of public criticism that has never seen in China. The dissatisfaction amounted by Chinese netizens finally results in the apparence of Prime minister Wen Jiabao and formal apology from the Railway Ministry. However, censorships & bans from the State department of publicity eventually reached mass media late night last Friday, leaving hundreds of newspapers changing their Saturday editions, thousands of reporters got their work retracted.

Nevertheless, as part of the online “movement”, there have been four things that makes me wonder how powerful we are in this digital era.

First, tbh, discussions on Wenzhou train wreckage is the most widely spreaded one ever in the history of Chinese internet, even with a moderate censorship. Numerous celebrities, those who has been tweeting about their personal lives & specialized areas, now have turned to this public issue. Unlike some previous ones such as death in Mine Accidents, high-speed train is highly related to everyone in the country. I have always argued that in China, the conflicts were so diversed that we lack a common land/interest for different social classes to fight against all together. But high-speed train will get people nervous ‘cuz you will risk your life riding on any of the trains. Besides, Weibo does change the way people consume media and information. We were able to spread the information & participate in discussions much more effectively than ever.

Second, our attention span has considerably shrunk as information consumption grows. People are so used to “being tired” of something. Last week we focused on China’s red-cross corruption, today we mourn for Wenzhou Highspeed train wreckage, tomorrow it’d be something else. The turmoil on Sina Weibo will get appeased, as it usually was. How many people on earth still remember what happened last November in Shanghai, the high-rise fire? Survivors are still fighting for the truth, as most of us have already forgotten the whole thing.

Thirdly, censorship comes what may, and chains of interests is so intertwined within and outside the communist party that no one dares to point out the truth directly, even if the truth is self-explanatory. This negative point of view has long been existed. Most of us are held responsible for the current situation. Some of the social norms are two-edged razor blades. E.g. We always boast about how “money-saving” Chinese people are, but on the other side, it could also accounted for small-scale misappropriation of public property, this happens very often to almost everyone, but at large, it would become the root for economic crimes of some government officials. As we don’t treat it seriously as something immoral.

Lastly, there has been this funny phenomenon that some people would behave in this calculated “god-complex”, to show that doubting too much/spreading the rumors on Weibo is some kind of “media illiteracy”. They call netizens “The stupid gangs”, journalists & celebrities “stupid jerks”. I have to admit some of them were my college friends [noting that I graduated with a Journalism undergrad degree]. I have to repress my shouts, “how could you become this cold-blooded bastards?” When everyone’s deeply caring about this situation and trying hard to make it better, pushing the government to be more transparent and fighting for our own rights, how could you bystand and play God-complex? Oh my fucking god, none of you are even close to that level, just fucking drop and stop it. You disgust me dearly.

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08/01/2011 at 3:52 pm

Posted in China, Documenting

What’s wrong with this picture?

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这个夏天似乎并不轻松。随着宅程度的日益提升,也愈发自我中心。我的“标准”愈发与这个世界格格不入。我终于意识到,世界的核心,或许就是无意识的狂暴与失序。

她打电话给我,告诉我,他说,这个世界上已经没有什么可信之人了。那些看似道貌岸然的,扭过身去,也会露出另一副嘴脸。糖水里泡大的我们,在起初的惊讶过后,也渐渐对这个光怪陆离的世界感到习以为常。人生总有高潮和低谷,不以物喜,不以己悲。

但我常常又觉得忿忿不平,却也常在反思自己作为即得利益者的一生。或许我应该少一些忧虑,这样我的人生也会随之轻松起来。但事实好像并非如此,即使知道背后有强大的精神与物质支柱,却仍会心有不甘。

我不想做一个没用的人。活在世上,必要经历许多烦恼,要时时警醒自己,不要为凡俗迷乱双眼。人生短暂,经不起随波逐流的折腾。认清自己的目标,走下去,就可以了。

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07/22/2011 at 7:00 pm

Posted in Random

Yo La Tengo – Our Way to Fall

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I remember a summer's day 我记得某一个夏日
I remember walking up to you 我记得我走向你
I remember my face turned red 我记得我发烫的双颊
And I remember staring at my feet 我还记得我低着头,躲闪你的目光
I remember before we met 我记得遇到你之前
I remember sitting next to you 我记得坐在你身旁
And I remember pretending I wasn't looking 我还记得,佯装东张西望,欲盖弥彰

So we'll try and try 所以,一再尝试
Even if it lasts an hour 即使只有短短一小时
With all our might 也定要竭尽心力
We'll try and make it ours 也还要继续努力,将一切写入彼此的回忆
Cause we're on our way 因为我们无法停止
We're on our way to fall in love 我们无法停止,沉入爱里

I remember your old guitar 我记得你破旧的吉他
I remember I Can't Explain 我记得那首“I Can't Explain”
I remember the way it looked around your neck 我记得它挂在你身上的样子
And I remember the day it broke 我还记得它坏掉的那一天
I remember song you sang 我记得你唱过的每一首歌
I remember the way you looked tonight 我记得你今晚的模样
And I remember the way it made me feel 我还记得,我当时的感受

So we try and try 所以,一再尝试
Even if it lasts an hour 即使只有短短一小时
With all our might 也定要竭尽心力
We'll try and make it ours 也还要继续努力,将一切写入彼此的回忆
Because we're on our way 因为我们无法停止
We're on our way to fall in love 我们无法停止,沉入爱里

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07/21/2011 at 2:03 am

Posted in Music

墨镜

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随着年岁渐长,我越来越喜欢带墨镜。

恰巧美国是个特别合适带墨镜的国家,每逢艳阳日,街上男女老少墨镜比例极高。除去遮阳,墨镜更重要的功能是叫人读不出你的表情。情绪的微妙之处往往会从眼中流露,即便掩饰得再高明,也难以轻易改换或伪装眼神。来纽约以后,我常常避免同生人的眼神交流。是的,纽约就是这么一座高速运作的冷漠城市,不经意的眼神交换,常会引致误解或麻烦。但纽约又是一座充满了各种古怪奇葩的城市,街角旮旯,地铁上下,时常不由地报以注目,却又要自觉十分地试图隐藏好奇。这不礼貌。倘若带上墨镜,便无须顾及世俗礼仪,眼角余光兜转,细节一览无疑。我便是如此,籍着墨镜的掩护,面无表情地观察、掂量、审度、蔑视、嘲笑。哦对了,忘记了墨镜的另一个重要用途,若是疲惫不堪面露菜色,亦或受不了地铁明晃晃的灯光,也大可带上墨镜,枕着破旧的木板车厢就此睡去。

此时此刻,墨镜是自身脆弱的庇护所。

是的,墨镜所掩藏的,通常都是那些负面情绪与无动于衷。若是见着可爱活泼的小孩,我便常常摘了墨镜,做着鬼脸讨人欢心。我就是这么偏心了。这就是城市的生存之道。

我还住在雪城的时候,出门常常忘带墨镜。

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07/18/2011 at 12:24 am

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Right Now, Rights for Gay Oh Yah.

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Last night I was hanging out with a friend to see John Maus’s live @Mercury Longue. I have never heard of this guy until I googled him and saw this youtube video for his 2008 song “Rights for Gay”. Mr Maus makes his living mainly by teaching philosophy. Btw, he was featured in Ariel Pink’s two albums back in 1999 and 2000. Fun enough.

There’s not much to see at the live performance but himself being on stage, wearing a loose white shirt and an old baggy jeans, yelling like a beast, raising his clenched fists, hitting either his head or chest violently, or jumping like an angry gorilla…all the above might not sound pleasant, however there was something strangely charming about him, that makes me swinging along the music, beaming back to his weird shaped eye-teeth. I just can’t stop smiling at the whole scene, the live of a happiest Karaoke performer, bouncing all over the place.

Back to Gay Rights, I was at the NYC Annual Gay Pride last Sunday. Me and Jia’die, an old college friend of mine, were initially standing at the crossroad of Stone Wall and Christopher and finally made to her partner’s place on Christopher. Thanks to the excellent location of the apartment, we were able to watch the parade from above sitting on the fire escape (and that’s partly why I love New York). The New York State just passed Gay Marriage on Friday night and it inspired many participants. Wedding Dress was the biggest theme of the day.

And there were a couple of times that my eyes were brimming with tears. The 6 hour long parade was one of a kind, there was something irresistibly touching about the whole scene, that I could not help being overwhelmed. How I wish we could have the same event displaying Gay Pride and/or existence of societal minorities in China. The current biggest problem with China is the government trying to create a homogenized society under the big name of “Harmony”, while more and more people wouldn’t listen any longer. We have been exploring our own identities and we embrace diversification.

Recently a celebrity couple, actor Sun Hai’ying and actress Lv Li’ping, have been tweeting how homosexuality were sinister, quoting the Bible and promoting homophobia via China’s major microblog service, Sina Weibo. It would be totally acceptable if this happened in the States, or other places where the conversations were fully balanced. But in China, where homosexuality is still being discriminated in general, using the celebrity power to promote homophobia is completely a major attack on Gay Issue. It also generates a great discussion over Gay Rights on Sina Weibo. In a sense, it may also cast a light on current situation of Chinese Gay community, bringing more attention towards issues like anti-AIDS and anti-discrimination.

What I dont get is, the couple’s accounts on Sina Weibo were both with a Prefix of “Yan yuan” (actor in Chinese), indicating their major role as actor and actress. As “Artists” (as they may consider themselves are) and “Party Members” (Oh yeah, they HAVE to be Atheists), promoting homophobia in a public microblogsphere under the name of GOD LOVE,  would that be something appropriate?

Oh my, that was completely disgusting and stupid.

Last but not the least, would Jesus discriminate?

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Gay cat in West Village

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Very nicely dressed up for the day!

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The Ballons
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Marriage Yah!
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Very cool.
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Showtime!!!
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The guy carrying the Chinese national flag. Dude, you’re not alone.
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Theme white dress.
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I never know Macy’s could be this cute overload.
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Absolutely pride!
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And this was my favorite. I’m definitely a google fan. Google rules, I love android!!! Google also added Gay Pride features on their search page. 😀 Well done folks!

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06/30/2011 at 6:27 pm

新院的意义 by 喜北肉豆蔻

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http://boos.audioboo.fm/swf/fullsize_player.swf

新院的意义 改编 by 喜北肉豆蔻

新院里有万种风情 新院盛产许多美女
我迷失在新院里每一天漫长的回忆

我品尝了黑暗料理 我踏过下雪的中庭
我熟记马新课每一句我最爱的真理

我还记得最爱新院哪里 我还记得129歌会前三的奇迹
我还记得军训结束那天你情难自已 还记得 红毯上的你

坐上大巴一起旅行 三甲港沙滩上露营
吃遍了五角场附近的廉价餐厅

青砖宿舍不分男女 爬上7楼也没电梯
我怀念二楼男生宿舍每次小组会议

我还记得两次大小实习 我还记得屠图某个位置我最欢喜
我还记得在考试结束狂刷URP 忘不掉 0613的你

你还没忘记最爱新院哪里 我还记得兵哥办公室的烟灰满地
我还记得张志安上课精力特别充沛 还记得 喝挂的狼狈

不会忘记 黄金一代过去三年点滴 都是我 留恋的原因
恋留一生 就是新院的意义

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06/17/2011 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Music