Friday, December 13, 2019

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Wen Fu 2016

我听到天开始亮了 / 梁文福

 

   

 

The purchase of the new release of some of the artists, to me (and maybe to a lots of their fans) is always a no brainer. Local artist/musician Liang Wen Fu is one of the best examples to me. : ) Growing up with Singapore home grown music ‘xin yao’ (新谣), which heavily influenced generations of Singaporeans and local singers. Wen Fu’s songs are just so Singapore, so closely related, and so blunt with regards to the good and bad of Singapore local culture.

 

24 years apart, this is the latest new CD release by Wen Fu “Listen till Dawn” (我听到天开始亮了). The album recorded 15 songs close to our heart that span over decades. The two that touches me most are his variation of his own original scores. 《新加坡派》to 《新加坡派2.0(Singapore Style to Singapore Style 2.0) and 《历史考试前夕》to 《新谣历史外传》(History Exam Eve to Xin Yao History). 《新加坡派2.0is like a report card on the growing up of xin yao and fans, 《新谣历史外传》the new variation has included many key figures in Xin Yao into the song.

 

Some of the songs collected in the album is Wen Fu written for various special occasions.《从心出发》(Start from Heart) was performed by 4 local artists (蔡健雅, 蔡淳佳, 陈伟联,潘嘉丽)and Singapore Chinese Orchestra celebrating Espanade 10 anniversary.《找回那感觉》(That Old Feeling) was for the new image launch event for Local Chinese news paper.《看电视》(Watch TV) was written in 1999 for board casting channel 8.《简爱》(SImple Love) was Wen Fu gift to Singapore independent 50 years.《自在苏州》(Easy Su Chow Province) was written for a China board casting station in 2016.《新欢会旧爱》celebrated 75 years of Broadcasting in 2011 with the three Chinese Boardcasting stations.

 

The other group of songs in this album of Wen Fu were the theme songs for various TV series, movies and other singers he had written over the years. 《放映爱》(Love Show) was written in 2016 for a local movie of the same title. In 2015 Wen Fu wrote for a teacher singer 符杰荣 听明天在歌唱》(Listen to Tomorrow Song) in his album《唱歌给你听:梦想发光》(Songs for You). In 2013, 《《下一首歌》(The Next Song) was written for singer 玖健,and in Hong Kong singer 马浚伟 albumCherishthe song《如愿》 (Wish). In 2015, 《人生无所谓》 (Easy Life) was the theme song for Singapore Media Corp Channel 8 TV series of the same title.《起飞》(Take Off) was a TV series with story back drop from Xin Yao and《好想告诉你》(How I Wish to Tell You) was written for this TV series, which recalled so much good memories for the generation grew up with Xin Yao. Finally, in 1999 Wen FU wrote for Hong Kong diva 张学友《她来听我的演唱会》(My Concert Lady Audience)but in this album of Wen Fu it was the version he sang during his concert in 2015, a very special interpretation of his own music live on stage.

 

As I have said, some albums you just buy without much thinking, naturally. I wish Wen Fu all the best, and a cheer to a Singaporean who has grown up in this little red dot and a culture dessert in the past, who has written so many ever lasting pieces for the Chinese community Singapore and world wide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adidas Kanadia

Adidas Kanadia

 

 

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The Kanadias:  TR5 (black-red, blue-green, white-red), TR6 (white-orange)

and TR7 (green-olive)

 

 

For a person who like running so much it is strange that I have not written an article on running in my own website  : D

 

Not really a fantastic running since young, I do like running. It was not until the end of my days in national service, I met a crazy runner and I started runing mid distance 10km from my camp in Guillemard to East Coast Park. Then the year later I studied mechanical engineering in National University of Singapore and that four years I ran marathon with friends met in jogging club. My best marathon was in 1986 and subsequently getting from bad to worse due to more time spent on studies.

 

I had a bad right knee injury because of wrong trainging pace for my marathon in 1989 and after that I dropped long distance running for quite a while. I almost stopped running after my first kid, and not until one year in my department we were allowed to pack up early for sport acitivities that I started my run again. That first run I had very horrible feeling at all my joints and I was so shocked that I was wondering what had happen to my body. Lucikily after a few runs my joints went back to normal, and since then it is no turning back for me to run and exercise regularly.

 

I have been an Adidas supporter since my first marathon. Somewhere in between I think Adidas went out of fashion and I did switch to Brooks and Nike. Recently Adidas brand is hot again and I went for the trail shoes Kanadia and like them very much. I am a strange person where I very often buy things because of the look rather than functionality. But Kanadia serves me well and I also started trail running for many years.

 

I do not often go for races, except the once a year company cross country. But that activity was stopped in 2016 and after that some how I feel quite relief that I need not train for competition any more and begin to run the way I like. Now I am doing middle to long distance from 6km to 15km and sometimes running jungle trails. I do not have a clear competition objective now and I am not very sure whether I will go back to long distance marathon again.

 

Sparrow Building Nest

Sparrow Building Nest

 

麻雀衔竹枝

 

 

 

 

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In 2013 a local film production "The Girl in Pinafore" 《我的朋友,我的同学,我爱过的一切》brought back memories for those Singaporeans who had grown up with XinYao (Singapore local school pop) with the song "Sparrow Building Nest" 《麻雀衔竹枝》.

 

There were stories about this song. Even the writer of the song Liang Wen Fu wrote an article in Zao Pow (Singapore local main Chinese Newspaper) on this song: it was the evening of 1st Aug 2013, for the first time in Singapore history, the top 3 main Chinese board casting stations of Singapore board casted the same song " Sparrow Building Nest" after the song was banned in Singapore for 23 years! One of the DJ said for that moment there was this urge to cry. The song writer could still recall the warmth of his father's shoulder while listening to this song of his over the air.....

 

Those year Singapore Government was promoting speak Mandarin campaign and all dialects were banned from TV programs and board casting stations. The aim was to have a common spoken language within the Chinese Community to forge better communication and unity.

 

It then made me start digging out my CD with this song. Actually there were more than one songs written by Wen Fu that were band. I do not have the original release, but I have this particular song under the CD collection 《笑说城事》, which collected Wen Fu works from 1987 to 1990. These works were about events and happenings in Singapore, with very strong local flavour. Some of the songs were "One Step at a Time”  《一步一步来》, "Eve of History Exam" 《历史考试前夕》, "The Good and the Bad" 《好与不好之外》, "Some People and Many People" 《有些人和很多人》, "Too Many" 《太多太多》, "Good Song" 《好了歌》, "Tragedies of a Eastern Man" 《一个东方男子的悲剧》, "The Town that the Somebody Stay" 《某某人住在很那个的小镇》, "Singapore Pie" 《新家坡派》, "New Flute Tune" 《紫竹吹新调》, "Love Stories" 《爱情烈士外传》, "Three Daughters of Mr Chang" 《老张的三个女儿》, "Rock and Roll Stories" 《摇滚话三分》, "Sparrow Building Nest" 《麻雀衔竹枝》, every song is a master piece by itself, with lots of local flavour, witty and humorous, and if you are not familiar with local Singaopre history, Chinese history and Chinese Swordsman Fictions, you may not be able to understand the lyrics fully!

 

Other than the outstanding music and lyric of Wen Fu, I also only discovered recently that actually the recordings were quite good indeed. As for arrangements, it has always been good in those days, where real instruments were used for recordings like violins, cello, piano, erhu, pipa, Chinese flute, percussion and etc, which to a classical music lover like me would find the music full of colour, rather than the artificial synthesizer. 

 

Maybe Wen Fu's songs will bring back too much memories of the past. While listening to this song that was band for the past 23 years, I could not help but tears drop in the eyes........

 

Tank Model

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat

 


 

This is my favourite US fight jet that served in the US Marine Forces for many years and is no more in service. My bought a few Tomcat models and here I attached photos of one of the model my friend made for me.

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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