Mayday No Where? Mayday Now Here?

演唱會過了快一個星期了,洗澡時仍然會時不時的唱起他們的歌。令我意外的是,想起的不是「憨人」,不是「叫我第一名」,而是「突然好想你」。芭樂的歌就是有它這樣神奇的力量。

有人說五月天像是一個宗教,賣你的是勇敢追求夢想的信仰。對人生是行尸走肉要革命。對地球,對人類要愛護要和平。

十幾年下來,他們影響了不少人,無奈的是,他們本身仍在革命仍在努力中。歌時不時要芭樂點。廣告時不時要拍一點。台語歌也要放棄一點。這就是人生。革命需要經費,人需要吃飯,小孩需要喝奶。

像我這樣’老歌迷’時不時會以老賣老,不明白為何不能唱一些以前比較簡單的歌。後來想想,覺得自己像個老人家,不肯像過去放手,不肯改變,仍活在’古時代’。This is an irony, cause my profession is helping people to manage change.

放開了那些,我反而能用另一個心境來享受他們的歌,他們的演唱會。
可能真的有一天他們會從 no where to now here。在那之前就盡情享受他們能給的那些吧。

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Sodagreen 《小时候》: Of Father and Son

《小时候》

小时候,我们的城市像郊外,我们的脚步很轻快
当时天空很蓝,心很小,路很宽
长大后,我们的存在像尘埃,我们的距离被拉开
有时相处很难,想很多,话很短

我要爬上你的肩膀,我要眺望你的远窗
我忘了问,什么样的倔强,让我们不说一句真心话
我要长成你的翅膀,我要拂去你的沧桑
我忘了说,心里面的愿望,始终是要你的肯定啊
从你温柔眼眶,绽放

(我相信,今天他一定装上了翅膀,来到现场,听我唱歌)

这时候,我们的心变得柔软,放下了父子的身段
知道时间太晚,不要躲,不要散

我要爬上你的肩膀,我要眺望你的远窗
我忘了问,什么样的倔强,让我们不说一句真心话
我要长成你的翅膀,我要拂去你的沧桑
我忘了说,心里面的愿望,始终是要你的肯定啊
从你温柔眼眶,绽放

我要爬上你的肩膀,我要眺望你的远窗
我忘了问,什么样的倔强,让我们不说一句真心话
我要长成你的翅膀,我要拂去你的沧桑

我忘了说,但我仔细回想,脑海里最珍贵的一幅画
是你载着我,叮咛我,要我抓牢肩膀
安心在你背后飞翔

记忆中,我们的一切,随着你老去的脸
成为永远

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I attended their concert last Friday. More on the reviews later as I’m unable to type Chinese now. But one of the section that greatly moved and disturbed me was this.

Qing Feng (the lead singer) was sharing about his relationship with his father. He recalls that when he was young his father will bring him out every weekend to explore new parks to play. But he doesn’t recall since when they stopped talking to each other.  Until one day when his father was critically ill and in the hospital, just as Qing Feng is about to leave the hospital room, his father called out to him and said “你要加油哦…” (It means something like Don’t give up and do your best). He walked out of the room and tears just stream down. And the next day he recorded this song as a demo and played it to his father.

Seriously, I was very “disturbed” after the section. Till the next day, I still feel very disturbed by it.

I’m disturbed not because I’m like him or that I don’t talk to my Dad. But rather I know there are always somethings between a Dad and his son. My bro doesn’t get along very well with my Dad. They always squabble with each other. Chubby doesn’t get along well with his Dad too, but that is for some more serious reason which I won’t share.

So how will it be like for my son and Chubby? You know the lyrics is so close to us that I can literally picture it with Chubby and Zai. Since we are both working, we always try to make the best of weekends for our kids. Especially to Zai who can’t stand staying at home for too long without activities. So we went exploring parks, go swimming and any activity we think might interest him. Just like how Qing Feng’s dad use to bring him around. Unlike in Taiwan, we don’t have the luxury to bring him to place that is closer to nature, but if we can we will do it.

Like Qing Feng’s dad, Chubby likes putting him on his shoulder too. To give him a good view of the surrounding and its less tiring for Chubby to carry. These few days when I see my son sitting on his Daddy’s shoulder, I will think of this song.

So will Chubby and our boy walk down the same path as Qing Feng and his Dad?

I brought up the topic to Chubby. I’m glad he didn’t brush it off but came out with a good reason from his point of view why such things happened. From his experience (?), he feels that its because traditionally, Asian fathers are the strict ones. When a boy is in his teens, he has a huge ego, so he will tend to rebel against things. However, the Asian fathers will tend to handle such rebels with a strict force and greater ego, thereby leading the boy to rebel even more. So it became a vicious cycle. And soon, they will be at “cold war”. But underlying, actually the boy is yearning the most recognition from his Dad, which Asian fathers are “stingy” in giving.

I think that Chubby is quite right. I really hope that by knowing this, Chubby will be able adopt a different approach next time when our boy grows up. You know, sometimes its easy to understand but its really difficult to do. Like these few days the boy had a huge problem eating his medicine. We both lost our patience with him. It reached a stage that Chubby actually caned him. I know it hurt his heart to cane him and he knows it won’t help much. But still, he can’t help it. Knowing and doing is really different.

I just hope that years later, I will still remember about this and calmly remind Chubby about it and hope that they will still remain as really good “friends”. My boy is actually more attached to Chubby than me. I really wish to see this continue forever and ever.

What are your thoughts about Father and Son? Are there ways to keep them still close to each other?

戒指

詞曲: 伍百

將這戒指為我戴上我不要自由
將這戒指為妳套上妳只屬於我
從今以後只有妳能將我全看透
不分日夜我的身邊總為妳保留

今生今世怕要讓妳為我來擔憂
一次一次我會做錯要妳原諒我
不會再有第二個人能將我左右
心是冰的如果這時妳掉頭就走
相愛只要一瞬間就註定到永遠
不知道該不該說說妳也需要我
心裡不安又忐忑 牽著你的手
輕輕對妳說出口 要不要嫁給我

今生今世怕要讓妳為我來擔憂
一次一次我會做錯要妳原諒我
不會再有第二個人能將我左右
無論什麼我都願意只要妳開口
相愛只要一瞬間就注定到永遠
不知道該不該說說妳也需要我
心裡不安又忐忑 牽著你的手
輕輕對妳說出口 要不要嫁給我

將這戒指為我戴上我不要自由
將這戒指為妳套上妳只屬於我

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Last Saturday we attended the 20th Anniversary World Tour Concert by 伍百 and China Blue. I’m not really a 伍百 fan. I only know a few songs of his but Chubby was the one who is more actively “involved” in his songs. The concert performance by 伍百 and China Blue were good but more can be improved on other areas like the location. I don’t mind it being at the RWS since I prefer a more cozy feeling when it comes to rock concert. But the place really look like a convention hall and the sound system sucks.

The crowd was an older generation, so don’t expect them to stand throughout the whole concert. But I was surprise that most of them promptly stand when requested by 伍百 and remained standing till the end of the concert. If only 伍百 have requested them to stand earlier. 😛

One of the songs that really caught us is this 戒指. Being our “matchmaker”, this song somehow struck us even more.

All in all it was an enjoyable concert, but I think I need to go listen to more of his songs before he come for his concert again the next time. 🙂

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“The Matchmaker”
For us, we always consider two “person” to be our “matchmaker”. First is St Andrew. The second is “伍百 and China Blue”. This is because we both first met each other at SAJC for our 3 months course. However, we lost touch soon since we both went to poly. We still see each other around since its the same poly but we never really got in touch.

Fast forward 10 years later, we saw each other again at ABC concert. Although the concert has other artiste, but the main reason why I went to the concert was for “伍百 and China Blue”. He was working on the concert, so he happened to see me. And surprisingly we remembered each other. And exchanged phone numbers there and so the story continues. After we got together, we realise that we should have met each other earlier. Cause I attended a few concerts where he was working in. But we do not know why we only finally met up at the ABC concert. So we feel that its destined that “伍百 and China Blue” will be our “matchmaker”.

Since the ABC concert we attended another concert of “伍百 and China Blue” with Ah Yue a few years back. But this is the first time we are attending a pure “伍百 and China Blue” concert together. So much has changed between us from the ABC concert till now…

D.N.A

After deliberating and deliberating, I finally make it to the concert at the very last minute… all thanks to Jean who couldn't make it to the concert and gave the tix to me for free… thanks Jean!

After tots of the concert? Well, the crowd control and all were certainly badly manage… the audience were only seated by 8:30pm 1 hour behind the scheduled start time… and the concert didn't start until 8:45pm…. terok was all i can say about that…

Concert content? Well, I didn't have much feeling for it… I guess I stop feeling much for their concert since the last D.N.A… I dunno… probably I'm getting old, I felt somehow their concert lost certain flare, I can't say exactly wat was it… but i dunno, they can't seem to excite me anymore…

or maybe my long time MD concert partner, Ah Jo, is not there… I have attended all their concert in sg with her, since 2001.. this is the first time I'm attending it without… actually she waited for me to make the decision to go or not to go… I wan't really that keen, until I know its National Stadium… but still I tot I wouldn't go, cos expressing of BM is a huge problem for me… so even when QH asked me I rejected it… until the friday before the concert, QH asked me again… talked to hubb, and he came out with a solution for me to express my BM… it was only until friday evening did i decide that i'm going… so paiseh and sorry to Ah Jo, cos in the end I went without her..

and worst, I was thinking about Zaizai half the time when I was at the concert… worried and wondering if he has gone to bed… can my hubb handle him? i think I wasted Jean tix, paiseh to Jean…

but I have to agree the fireworks at the end was awesome for a concert… nice and just add the touch to the concert…

will I be going for their next concert? i dunno.. seriously i wonder what is the motivation next time…

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D.N.A

For the past few days I have been contemplating whether to attend Mayday concert… if I don't, it will be the 1st time I'm missing their paid concert in Singapore.. but well, certain things have to start from somewhere…

Initially I wasn't really keen on the show, cos its still D.N.A… and the location was padang… but after knowing that it has shifted to National Stadium, it arouse more of my interest…. Its always a dream of mine to attend an open air concert in the National Stadium… let alone its Mayday…

besides, I didn't really enjoy the last D.N.A. concert.. cos I was pregnant then, so 80% of the time I was seated and I dare not jump even if i'm standing.. but again i find the content somewhat similar to that of "JUMP"… so it didn't make much of a difference…

and lastly is $ matters… with the addition of Zaizai plus our flat coming, I'm tight on my finances… just had a discussion with hubb that probably we can't go travelling or concert for the next 2 years to come… with that, should I spend another 100+ to watch a concert? that can translate to a few month supply of diapers for Zaizai… (oh my, I'm sounding more and more like an auntie)

but again i think i need a break from taking care of Zaizai… the concert should help me unwind alot… but on the other hand, how to survive a 4 hour concert without expressing… will that affect my supply?

still have about a week to consider…. should I or should I not…

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