Music and Endless Wintering

“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” ― Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World   Last night saw the revival of my 7-year-old iPod (above), opening an emotional floodgate of memories tagged to songs from another lifetime. Despite being in a badly scratchedContinue reading “Music and Endless Wintering”

[THAILAND] oo8.CoCo Tam’s Bar, Koh Samui

Day beds, bean bags, egg chairs, shishas and the island’s most varied selection of cocktails on the beachfront: there’s nothing not to love about CoCo Tam’s Bar. The music was sooo good we had to ask the bartenders for their playlist! Ideal for after-dinner chillout drinks, we took a short walk here from H BistroContinue reading “[THAILAND] oo8.CoCo Tam’s Bar, Koh Samui”

[THAILAND] oo7.Black Moon Party

This is Koh Samui’s very own Black Moon Party at Chaweng Stadium on a Friday Night. Thailand’s offshore islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui are best known for their Full Moon, Half-Moon and Black Moon parties. Us party-goers were a good mix of Caucasians, Chinese and Japanese tourists, as well as the local Thais,Continue reading “[THAILAND] oo7.Black Moon Party”

Crossing Po River, From Milan to Venice

Four hours in a confined train carriage, and us 3 travel-buddies have seen boredom right down to the essence of jumpy, restless psychosis. Especially since we were headed for Venice! As our train pulled away from the city of Milan, across Po River and into Venice, I had this pretty clip captured and filed awayContinue reading “Crossing Po River, From Milan to Venice”

London Lovin’: Covent Garden

What exactly is in Jamie Oliver’s Secret Basement? Found this green door whilst exploring the outskirts of Covent Garden!! When the celebrity chef bought an old bank building in Manchester, his workers uncovered old Joy Division and New Order master tapes, as well as a million dollars worth of treasures (including gold, jewelry and aContinue reading “London Lovin’: Covent Garden”

For the Love of Music

Inspired by LP Cover Lover, an amazing site containing the world’s greatest collection of record album covers from the golden age of LPs, I checked out Amoeba Music on my recent trip to San Francisco. Occupying a 24,000 square foot former bowling alley on the eccentric Haight-Ashbury district, Amoeba Music is the world’s largest independentContinue reading “For the Love of Music”

Travel-diary: Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

Welcome to Hippie-Land!

breakfast at midnight

It feels like one of those nights “22 is basically the only age you can use as leverage. Meaning that because it’s the exact age between life-as-you-know-it and what will later be known as ‘real life’ (that’s scientifically proven, of course), people expect you to make some mistakes. Mistakes like overcooking a pot-roast or datingContinue reading “breakfast at midnight”

oo2 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦

Don’t you think you’ve had enough Do their claws make sores Take my hand and come away “We have with us a fresh face from Seoul, where many of you were from. Make him feel welcome. Please come in, Max.” Stoicly, Max stepped in. He scanned the classroom, his gaze never faltering when his eyesContinue reading “oo2 ✦ Dangerous Mind ✦”

plugged into my iPod under my umbrella in the rain

Nobody knows we were meant to arrive in somebody else’s life for reasons so obscure we speculate, and plunge into the same mistakes, putting a name, a cause, a title, a status allowing them to stay. I’m listening to your favourite overrated songs; button sunken from the days you’d hit replay. Plugged into my iPodContinue reading “plugged into my iPod under my umbrella in the rain”

love in the ice

Chilling to the bones, icy cold. This song still makes me tear at the climax. Personal favourite since 2008. 冷たいその手 君のせいじゃない 幼き日々ほった 傷抱え 誰かを愛すること 恐れてるの 言葉の裏側 背を向けて 抱きしめた心が 氷のように そっと溶け出す 誰もが誰かに愛される為に この世に命を煌(きらめ)かせるのさ それがもしも僕なら もう一度君の心を 永遠(とわ)の優しさで 暖めるよ… 運命の悪戯(心を痛めても) その涙の先には ひとすじの光が(闇の中舞い降りて) 僕らは気付くさ 苦しいほどに強く 感じあえる 人の温もり 誰もが持ってる哀しみや孤独 癒してもらえる場所探している SO… 君にはその場所が ここにあるさ 恐れないで もう迷わないで 僕が守る 切ないほど(my heart )美しい 愛だから(Don’t beContinue reading “love in the ice”