Archive for the 'Remembrance' Category

In Memoriam: Pina Bausch (July 27, 1940 – June 30, 2009)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)
Photo credit: Pina Bausch (Photo by Atsushi Iijima)

My first experience with Pina Bausch was her 1997 piece Der Fensterputzer (The Window Cleaner) which was created in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. I saw the premiere in Hong Kong just before the handover. A couple of years later, I was lucky enough to live New York and see every one of Tanztheater Wuppertal’s performances at BAM since then: Danzón (1995), Für die Kinder von gestern, heute und morgen (2002), Nefés (2003), Sweet Mambo (2008) and Bamboo Blues (2007).

It’s hard to believe that I will never see her new work ever again. It saddens me to think that I’ll never have a chance to take a brief glimpse at her timid and introvert self at the end of every performances at BAM. Each the piece that I was lucky enough to see had a very special place in my heart. They all moved and touched me tremendously. It makes me weep just by remembering the bodies have moved…

Guardian: Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies

NY Times: Pina Bausch Dies

R.I.P. Mr. Ades

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

On December 18 last year, we went to a restaurant for dinner in the village, we eaves-dropped, trying to figure out who the party sitting next to us were: they were celebrating this familiar-looking older guy’s birthday. We knew he’s the guy we see around the city selling potato peelers, and the guy, who was obviously very interested in him, has to be a writer.

On the way home, we were extremely obsessed and tried Googling their names on the phone. And voila, we were right: writer Howard Kaplan was celebrating Joe Ades’ birthday that evening. It was Kaplan who wrote the article about Joe Ades’ amazing story for Vanity Fair.

Last Sunday, Joe Ades passed away. Obviously I don’t know Mr. Ades, I haven’t even bought a potato peeler from him. I might have seen him a few times in my years living in New York. Nonetheless, I feel sad. Sad because knowing I was right behind him when he celebrated his last birthday not even 2 months ago. And he seemed really contented that evening.

What I wanted

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Browsing through the archive, I found sets that I wanted so badly, that I have keep flipping through the catalog inserts, fantasizing of owning. Of course, there were non-stop nagging…

I have always wanted a service station. I called it “gas station” then. I really wanted the tubes and the accessories from the set.

6371 Service Station (1983)
LEGO 6371 (1983)

6378 Service Station (1986)
LEGO 6378 (1986)

6394 Metro Park & Service Tower (1988)
LEGO 6394 (1988)

6990 Monorail Transport System (1987)
I was hoping to get this monorail system so that I could build a roller coaster. I would imagine building my roller coaster when I was flipping through the catalog (again and again) during bedtime.
LEGO 6990 (1987)

6399 Airport Shuttle (1991)
And the airport shuttle too… same idea.
LEGO 6399 (1991)

6374 Holiday Home (1983)
I wanted this set because I wanted the mailbox and the awning so badly.
LEGO 6374 (1983)

And the train sets. All of them. I couldn’t get any of them them because I was in my teenage years. My mom just wouldn’t get me any more of the city sets, she thought I was too old for them. She had no problem getting me Technics, but I still wanted to build cities and houses… so no train set for me until I was making money for myself later on.

My 3rd LEGO wave

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Recently the LEGO brick celebrates its 50th anniversary and released a revised Town Plan set featuring 3 golden bricks. That, unsurprisingly, has ignited my 3rd wave of LEGO Googling and buying… (1st wave was when I was a kid, 2nd wave was when Mindstorm came out… that’s when I owned my first LEGO train set, believe it or not).

Anyway, I found the LUGNET user group, and they remind me some much of those good old times I’ve had, and those endless nagging of my parents to buy, buy, buy…

733 Universal Building Set (1979)
A set I distinctively remember that I have first owned. I had no clue if there were others before this, but this I remember so well. There were many nights mom would build this set together with me. I wasn’t very smart then to build the models following the exact instructions.
LEGO 733 (1979)

6080 King’s Castle (1984)
Apparently this has been a really popular castle set. It can open up and transform. I never really understood how to build it then. I’ve always loved loved the horses and the knights. Again, I remember that my mom helped me so much building it.
LEGO 6080 (1984)

6680 Ambulance (1981)
My parents might have bought this at a store near my school one day as a treat after a school day. I’ve always loved used the pieces from this set, especially the doctor and nurse little people…
LEGO 6680 (1981)

I have never really owned a real space or pirate set. I had some space pieces and models, but never an major space station set. I was never a space and pirate guy, but I was definitely a LEGOLAND guy. I would build cities and houses with rooms and amenities. I am still fascinated by LEGO towns.

Then it was Technics period when I was a teenager. Somehow, mom had some connection with distribution and could get LEGO sets at a discounted price. Lucky me, she bought me A LOT. A LOT. She got me the educational sets that were not sold in stores, as well as weird catalogs for schools. That was definitely the height of my LEGO-time.

8889 Technic Idea Book (1984)
This Technic Idea Book really made me want more, and it was a constant frustration that I couldn’t build the models they show, because I didn’t have enough parts. I suppose that was really a marketing tool…
LEGO 8889 (1984)

1GB drive

Monday, September 24th, 2007

On the left, 1GB drive 20 years ago (IBM), on the right, 1GB drive now (SD card).
1GB drive 20 years ago
Via Gizmodo.

ONJ’s Physical

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Phyiscal was really the first pop song I remember singing when I was a kid. Mom had a mixed tape from a colleague of her, which I lived by. The first song on side A was Physical.

Michelangelo Antonioni, dies at age 94

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

My favorite director Michelangelo Antonioni, passed away at the age of 94 at his home in his native city of Ferrara Monday evening. His films opened my eyes to the world of cinema and taught me to watch and appreciate cinema. I am feeling extremely sad. Incidentally Ingmar Bergman passed away within 24 hours before Antonioni’s passing.

May he rest in peace.

I invite you to remember Antonioni on the discussion board.

Some links:

Image: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

10 years ago…

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

The handover ceremony that happened 10 years ago.

10 Years

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

hong kong and china flagsOn July 1st, Hong Kong will be celebrating her 10th Anniversary of transferring her sovereignty to China. Since then, Hong Kong has become Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Right after the handover in 1997, I took a trip to Europe with my backpack and few friends. I started from Paris, then Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Geneva, Montpelier, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and London.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since then. But then again, as cliché as it sounds, the older you get the faster time seems to go by.

Ah, the color of red.

Visual prototype

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I found this picture somewhere on my drive. It’s the first “visual prototype” of my thesis. It’s kinda freaky in a sense.
Visual model