Started the raining Sunday with Indie Pop , R&B/Soul

Hectic weekdays ended up with an awesome Friday home party. No doubt that Saturday was for cleaning up the house, then I woke up without an alarm in the cloudy Sunday morning. Interesting that I found a website yesterday: bandcamp introduces plenty of songs which are various forms of music. For me it looks like treasure in the box.

One of the most beautiful things to do on the raining Sunday is being ready to spend all of the time on MUSIC.

I love the form of music young scum presents in this album:

ethnic expressions impressed on me with the free spirit in the music:

The voice: Dwight James & The Royals

 

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An Expat In Mumbai-Anniversary II

It is going to end up two years of my settlement in Mumbai. Recently I have been asking a question to myself: Onward, what are you going to do and looking for?

Recalled the memory of two years back, the moment when I decided to shift to Mumbai, left my families, my sons, my everything…I was happy and sad, full with hope and worry. Remembered my tears in Bangkok airport, heart was torn because of a mother’s love to her sons.

I am truly grateful for my sons’ understanding and support, their independence makes me feel released from my concern and be little comfortable through knowing they are doing well. And there is no less gratitude to my families for their endless love. Because of the truly blessed love I am here following the voice of my heart, pursuing the one, the dream, the peace, the destination.

Look back the past year in India, definitely the friendship has been fundamentally supporting me with both life and work. I got respond at any single moment whenever I need consultation or clarification. More than that it gave me the warmth at the moment when I felt down.

Secondly, traveling is always in the prior priority of my mind. It has been fulfilling my life with so much stunning beauty, so much rich outcome which was from the mistakes.

And of course the LOVE, yes it is the thing which can either break me or build me, which I have been practicing to do in a way most of people didn’t understand.

In the past year, a heart broken separation with V who made me happy whenever I saw him or heard from him. Once I loved and it seemed there would be no regret and end.

And here is T, the one who is now like a sky full of stars I am gazing at with whole of my heart. The one I feel like I have been knowing him for long. For now, we never know where the destination will be, but we know and promise ourselves that we are always capable and willing to make it.

Here is a lyric of a song:

Everything that kills me makes me feel alive.

It is exactly reflecting my life and my desire.

With my gratefulness to every good and bad, I have an answer in my mind for what am I going to do and looking for.

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International Jazz Day in Mumbai

Every year on end of April it is the international jazz day. Frankly to say I love jazz but I don’t know the festival until this year after I noticed an advertisement on facebook.

FLEA Bazar Cafe located in lower parel of Mumbai, one of the places hosted the jazz music concerts in this day. It was quite late when the concert started at 9:30 pm. Very crowd, vivid automophere: alcohol, food, smoke…., live bands played different style of jazz music, people were dancing, shouting for talking…. Since the second day is the holiday and dry day as well (government doesn’t allow alcohol in some specific days such like labor’s day.), it looked like people wanted to catch the happiness, craziness wildly at such pretty night before the dry day, and even I almost forgot it was only Monday.

Mumbai is one of the most modern cities in India. The indoor such like bars, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, museums; outdoor such like sports club, live bands, adventure activities, traveling …all of them are reminding us the change of India and also uncovering the normal life of middle class Indian to us.

At the jazz night there are many musicians gathered in the cafe, they were not the roles of jazz show but went to meet old friends over there. Apart from those talent and experienced musicians, also few different style people such like transgenders, gays, moguls….all equally stood listening to the music, intoxicated.

My friend T, as a decades of experience in sound engineering, he is so proud of those talent musicians because the quality of performance is so good. And I am very relaxed, happy, satisfied with the beautiful night with T.

I love Mumbai.

Bands played the Jazz music:

The Many Roots Ensemble

Hipnotribe

Adil Manuel Collective

 

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Sofar Sounds Bombay

Yesterday I joined a live concert in Worli, Mumbai. The host is Sofar Sounds Bombay.

I came to know Sofar Sounds several months back. It was gratefully that finally I was in since it was the fourth or fifth time of applying to join the live concert. Previously I was always informed that “we are sorry that you are not joining this time”. Initially I was so upset and the mood was questioning “what the hell?”. But slowly I realized it is actually a very good strategy of making such live concert more noticeable difference.

The procedure of the live concert is that the announcement is 2 or 3 weeks prior of the date of show, and the fans shall apply to join via website/email then wait for the message of whether we will be joining or not. One more interesting thing is that the venue has been kept as a secret until the day before the show.
There were three bands performed the show in TAO art gallery yesterday. The music was more like Jazz but also mixed with some classical, hip hop, funk, african and folk….., the quality of audiences was also very good.
Now I am absolutely agree with the way Sofar managed the shows and admire all the effort they have been doing to support those individual musicians who are definitely the talents.
If you also pursue the pure music which is without commercial craft, welcome to visit Sofar Sounds Bombay for detail.
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The white city-Udaipur

It has been long time I didn’t travel with companions. Two months back we planned to spend few days of Chinese New Year somewhere in India. Udaipur seems to be a good choice since it is not far from Mumbai(1.5 hours for flight). Luckily we reserved cheap flight tickets of Air India and also found a guest house with very fair price. In February, it is a pleasant season in Udaipur where the temperature is maximum at 30 degrees in day time and 18 degrees during night time.

We expected the flight might delay for some time but it delayed for 3 hours which was out of our expectation. More disappointing is that it also delayed for 3  hours in returning.  But still there is one benefit of choosing Air India that we got boarding in the international airport instead of domestic one which is very local, crowded and very few shops and restaurants.

In 2 days we visited city palace, amrai ghat, kani mata(cable car on the hill), monsoon palace, and Shri Rishabh Dev Digambar Jain Atishaya Kshetra temple, rest of time we were just roaming nearby the guest house among many different shopping stores.

Good food always brings us much joy of travel. Over there we found very nice places such like Millet Mewar, Sun and Moon rooftop restaurant, and good coffee at a cozy place cafesatori. Meanwhile, there are few fail items which didn’t meet our expectation such like: White Terrace Restaurant, and a very horrible breakfast at Hotel Amet Haveli.

The thing made me extremly happy is being with my campanions: two young boys Derrick and Steve. Derrick has lot of ideas of acting and photography, Steve has extraordinary sense in taking shots. The combination came out a role for me to be an actor in front of the camera. Thus we had lot of fun in it.

3 people, 2 cameras and lot of laughter in the journey. I love you boys. 🙂

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Forever Thirty-Five

Today, there is one more age counted on my life.

After today, I will be at forever 35, I think it is the most beautiful age of a woman. Also I promised to myself that no matter how many years will be added up to my life, maybe 75, 85 or 95…, spiritually I am 35.

Maybe it will be wonderred why I don’t want to stay at 25? (Yes, it is a younger and attractive age since it looks so fresh.). But after I had gone through 10 years from 25 to 35, I am very confident and happy to remain on the more mature and wise stage.

Recently I have been recalling the memory between last B-day till today, the most beautiful and bitter one happened on the same thing. Plus I also had understood something from it. That is the EGO.

It will be a life long practice that don’t be stuck by the EGO but stand out from it, free the SOUL.

All the BEST.

Birthday selfies since 2012

 

排燈節紀實 Diwali in Mumbai

今年10月19日,印度大節日,排燈節(Diwali)

根據我跟印度同事討論的結果,對孟買人而言,另外兩個大節日應該是春天3月的色彩節Holi跟秋天9月的象神節Ganesha。不過,以“land of festival”聞名的印度而言,在這片廣大多元的土地上,節日著實太多,誰也說不準,在哪一個省邦,又有著什麼樣具代表性的節日。

今年的排燈節,我破例沒去Varanasi,不過我肯定會想念Varanasi恆河畔的夜祭,滿眼飄逸跳舞的油燈,還有彷彿炸翻了天空,整夜喧囂的炮竹。

我待下來,想看看孟買人如何過排燈節Diwali

排燈節的由來,始於Lord Rama結束14年的深山靈修回歸他的王國Ayodhya時,其妻子Sita遭遇Lord Rama弟弟Laxman的設計,遭10頭怪Lanka Ravana囚禁。為了營救愛妻,Lord Rama打敗10頭怪,凱旋回國,王國子民一齊點燃燈火,迎接Lord Rama榮歸。而這一天,後來被賦予”光明戰勝邪惡“的含義,名為Diwali. (Wikipedia: Diwali (English: /dɪˈwɑːl/)[4] or Sanskrit dīpāvali means “series of lights”,[22] and is derived from dīpam “light, lamp” and oli “glow of light”. Diwali is also known as dīpotsavam “festival of lights”)。

排燈節前後共5天,分別具有不同的名字跟流程。在這5天當中,第一天,人們清潔,佈置居家環境,添購新衣,新鞋,餐具,在家門外或是陽台懸掛燈籠,霓虹燈,在家門外地上佈置油燈,繪製rangolis並放置鮮花,以迎接節日到來。第二天,人們沐浴,塗抹香油,女性則在手腳繪製Mandhi。第三天(今年落在10月19日),是排燈節的重頭戲,開窗開門迎接神明到訪,同時大家也穿上新衣,帶著甜點,拜訪親戚朋友,交換禮物,互道祝福的話。接下來的第四/第五天,分別屬於丈夫妻子/兄弟姊妹的節日,同樣互送禮物,並且祝福來年。看到這裡,是不是很像中國人的農曆新年?沒錯,Diwali也就是印度教的新年。

理解以上流程之後,昨天我去了一趟Goregaon車站,從家裡步行距離約40分鐘。Goregaon除了是一個火車大站之外,也是蔬菜水果各式商品的集散地,在這裡,大概沒有買不到的東西。

在Diwali節日腳步接近的同時,車站周邊販售的商品,理所當然都是應景的東西,熱鬧非凡。

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