Archive | June, 2008

牛街和颐和园…九门小吃…Niujie, Summer Palace, Beijing food

The countdown has begun…these are my last few days in this amazing city of Beijing…people told me that yesterday they started the mandatory bag checks on the subway system here…so I’m not looking forward to getting on the train and doing that…I already HATE that I live on the 13 line and to get into the main part of the city I have to go Xizhimen to switch to the 2 line and I seriously have to walk for about 15 minutes before I finally get to the 2 line!! DAMN!!! It’s SOOOOOOOOO annoying…that interchange part is badly constructed if you ask me…这个礼拜是我在北京的最后几天. 有人跟我说在地铁站里面公安开始检查所有人的书包, 等等…当然是非常麻烦可是他们是为奥运做这样的活动. 我住在北京地铁的十三号线…如果我想去城里那我需要在西直门转线转二号线…可是在西直门我需要走差不多十五分钟才到二号线!!! 特麻烦…

These past few days have been awesome…we went to this part of Beijing called 前门…which I visited with Alison almost 4 years ago and I loved it then. It’s a really old part of Beijing and the streets were full of shops, old shops, and a really bustling part of Beijing. This time however, I get to 前门 and the WHOLE place is under construction!!! WHAT?!??!! THE WHOLE THING! Imagine if all of 广东道 Canton Road in TST was under construction…that’s what it’s like here. It was crazy…so we had to take these back ally roads that were full of dirt, mud and more construction and there were actually shops here! WHAT?! People were actually selling food amongst all this disgusting dirt…weird weird…anyway…we made it through that warzone alive and then we went to this AWESOME part of Beijing called 牛街…this is a very special place for me because it is surrounded by a beautiful mosque, a Muslim food supermarket, a Muslim food court, and lots of Islamic related places so it was great. We visited the mosque first and from the outside it looks like a traditional Chinese courtyard! But in the middle there is this beautifully built mosque with Chinese elements…I was taken aback that I went in and actually prayed because we came right at prayer time. 这几天玩的特开心…我最近去了一个很特别的地方叫牛街…这里对我来说很有意思…在这儿有个清真寺, 还有清真超市, 还有清真小吃的地方…我们先去了清真寺…我真的想不到这个寺会有那么多中国文化的元素!!! 是一个非常漂亮的寺…这个地方还有很多中国式的感觉可是中间有一个很漂亮的prayer hall…我在这儿突然想祈祷…所以我进去了祈祷…里面是特好看, 特有感觉…

Then the next day we spent the whole day at the Summer Palace…what an awe-inspiring this place is…it’s like when you see 故宫 for the first time or 天坛 for the first time…when we arrived at the Summer Palace I was like WHAT THE HELL!??!?! This WHOLE place was constructed for the emperors and emperesses? Crazy…然后我们去了颐和园…如果你去过天坛, 故宫, 等等, 你一定会有一样的感觉…是特大…想不到我们人可以创造这个地方…好像是从天国下来的! 里面的苏州街很有意思…我们在这一个地方过了很长时间…

然后昨天去了找一个地方叫九门小吃…是一个胡同里面的地方…可能我们是错方向开始找这个地方所以是非常难找到…可是这个地方里面有很多非常好吃的东西还有很有感觉…吃完了我们出去了逛逛…外面是后海…在后海我们找到了一个很有意思的东西…在水上面他们建立了一个鸭岛!!! 你们可以看我的照片看看这个鸭岛是怎们样的…

PHOTOS OF 牛街, 前门, 颐和园: click here

PHOTOS OF 颐和园: Part 2 click here, Part 3 click here PHOTOS OF 九门小吃 and 后海: click here

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MY EYES MY EYES…

Yo…just got back from judging at the Metal Battle band competition hosted by Painkiller Magazine and held at 13 Club! A lot of fun and it was great to see so many incredible Beijing bands at one show! There was a band called 641 that sounded exactly like Hatebreed! Then another band played earlier that sounded like a mix of Terror, Figure Four and Hatebreed…of course these were the 2 bands out of all the bands that played that got me the most excited :-) hehehehehehe…but there was one band called “Ling Yi” or something like that – and they were AWESOME! I don’t know if I’d buy their album – but their live performance was incredible…they mix a lot of traditional Chinese music and elements into the music including Chinese rhythms, China’s many ethnic minority singing styles, etc…very VERY unique band and music…

But I haven’t been in a bar or closed room with so much smoke in a long time!!! MY EYES ARE KILLING ME NOW!!! DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy that most places in HK are SMOKE-FREE!!! THANK GOD FOR THAT!!!

刚才看完了北京metal乐队的比赛…这个比赛是painkiller杂志做赞助然后在北京的13 Club做比赛! 非常好看的一晚…他们有请我做评判所以我有一个很好机会看在一晚上看到那么多北京heavy音乐的乐队…有两个乐队很有hardcore感觉…一个是差不多hatebreed 哪个风格…还有一个乐队有些Terror, Figure Four和hatebreed的风格!

可是有一个乐队叫零壹是特别好看…他们加了很多中国音乐的元素在他们的音乐到…很多中国rhythm和中国少数民族的唱法! 非常特别的音乐…表演真的很厉害…

可是看完这个演出我非常珍惜香港…因为在香港差不多没一个餐馆和酒吧不准抽烟!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh…在北京很多演出地方你还可以抽烟所以现在我的眼睛特疼! 超幸苦!!!

我要睡觉了…只有一个礼拜在北京…怎么办 :-(

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SNOWBOARDING

OH MY GOD!!! Had such a good time yesterday snowboarding in Beijing!!! Technically I don’t think we were actually in Beijing…we had to drive over an hour to get to this place that is an indoor snow mountain. There are two parts – one is for beginners and one for the more advanced. The beginners one was just a slope…the more advanced one had jumps, a grind box, ramps etc!!! DUDE SO MUCH FUN!!! I have posted some photos from it on my facebook page so go check that out…I’ll upload a video that Alison shot of me on the slopes…click here

Last night I got a call from our good friends at China’s biggest metal magazine called Painkiller and they want me to be a judge at their “Metal Battle” Contest that they’re having on Friday night!!! That’s SO nice of them to invite me to be judge for this!!! Can’t wait!!!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED TO BE HERE!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

昨天晚上去了滑雪!!! 玩的特开心…这个地方是一个室内的滑雪山…有两个山一个是为刚刚开始滑的人另外一个是给玩的非常好的人玩…我们玩四个小时!!! 玩的非常…我已经离开北京之前啊再来一次!!! 我已经上载了几个照片…我这几天应该会上载一个短片在我滑雪的时候!!! :-) 一定看到我非常开心!!! hahahahahahaha…click here

然后昨天晚上收到电话…是我们最喜欢内地的杂志的朋友们Painkiller Magazine…他们这个礼拜五赞助了一个metal乐队的比赛然后他们请我做评判!!! 那我非常想感谢他们这样请我做评判!!! :-)

我太爱这列的生活…每天有很多东西可以做…

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FRIEND JESSICA/SKO/DVDs/SNOWBOARDING

Dude…watched another good DVD yesterday before I went to meet my old friend Jessica who just got up here to Beijing. I watched a documentary on Iraq called “My Country, My Country”. I don’t know if you guys have ever seen this or heard about it but I found it in one of the DVD stores here in Beijing…it’s SO good! The movie follows a doctor in Iraq during the ongoing war there and this doctor provides free medical service to Iraqis. The movie follows him right before the first ever free elections that took place there (I think in 2004)…and he actually becomes a candidate running for a seat. It follows him talking to Iraqi prisoners at the infamous Abu Gharib prison, talking to regular people on the street, and you can hear the REAL sentiments of Iraqi people from this movie (not from what you see on CNN or the news). Highly recommend this movie for anyone that is not afraid to hear about the sadness and tragedy of real life…昨天也看了一个很有意思的DVD…这个DVD是一个纪录影片关于伊拉克…这部电影有跟着一位伊拉克的医生. 这位医生的服务是免费的然后他这样可以见面很多普通的市民. 这样你可以听到市民的真正的感觉关于美国和这个战争. 这位导演有跟着这位医生去访问很多拘留者在伊拉克的最出名的监狱叫Abu Gharib…然后这位医生成为了一位挑选人…可是后来他的党输了…非常感动的一部电影…如果你想看和感觉到伊拉克的真话那你可以试这部电影…

Also, last night besides hanging out with Jessica, I also went to go watch my friend’s band SKO play! That was fun and I finally got to check out the venue D22 which is right next door to 13 Club! Hahahahha…I didn’t know that! So while I was there of course I went over to talk to the owner of 13 Club who is a big fan of King Ly Chee so it was great to talk to him about life and politics and of course Dimebag Darrell! :-) 我昨天跟我非常好朋友Jessica逛逛了. 她刚才到北京所以我们去了很多地方逛. 然后我去了看SKO 演出在D22. 我不知道D22是在13Club旁边…我们非常喜欢13 Club所以我进去了看13 Club的老板叫 “Liu li xin”。。。非常好人也是荔枝王的支持者! :-) 跟他聊了很久关于很多东西 (其中一个题目当然是Dimebag Darrell! :-) 他是Dimebag Darrell的最大的歌迷! :-)

You won’t believe what I’m doing today…I’m going snowboarding!!!! WHAT?!??!?!?!?! CAN’T WAIT!!! 你们一定不相信我今天有什么计划!?!??!! 我会去滑雪!!! SNOWBOARDING!!! 非常期待这个机会去滑雪!!! 可能明天有很多照片给你们看!!!

Okay 2 things: 最后两件事情

1. Our bastard of a guitar player Brian turns out to be a riff machine! After almost a year and a half in the band, he finally just sent us an old demo of a song he wrote! And this thing has KILLER riffs in it!!! The dude has to start sharing more!!!

2. Just read a great interview with the singer of H2O (arguably the best melodic hardcore band on this damn planet…) so if you have time please check it out – it’s VERY long: click here 刚才看完了一个个很长的访问. 这个访问时跟一个很有名的melodic hardcore乐队叫H2O. 如果你们有时间话请过去看看! click here

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DVDs

I have officially gone DVD crazy…I’m announcing my sickness today so the world can be wary of me when I return to Hong Kong bringing back this new disease! hahahahahaha…I have bought so many goddam DVD’s that I think I should be worried about crossing the border when I return in just over a week’s time…

Yesterday I watched the Beijing based movie called Lost in Beijing苹果…The movie is so good and I think the original uncut version is banned in China because it documents the infamous “massage parlors” in Beijing which only front as massage parlors but actually provide other “services”. People who live in Hong Kong or in China what this is all about. Anyway, the movie totally turned out to be something that I wasn’t expecting and was a great great movie…all the actors in this thing were incredible. Wong Ka Fai is already one of my favorite HK actors, and for him to take on this role just sets him in mind up there with Johnny Depp! And dude, Johnny Depp is the BOMB!!! Anyway…great movie…

Then it rained here like torrential rain…my girlfriend got stuck outside in the rain on her way home…after that we went to celebrate our good friend SKO’s bassist’s birthday…that was a FUN night!!! Photos from it are all up on my facebook page again in part 2 and 3 of my Beijing trip albums: PART 2click here

PART 3 click here Tonight I’m going to be watching SKO play…should be fun!

我今天可以通告你们…我生病了…我的病是买DVD! hahahhaahaha…在北京太便宜了!!! 我已经买了很多!!! 我有点儿怕过关的时候会不会有点儿麻烦…算了下个礼拜先想…我昨天看了一个内地拍电影叫苹果…非常好看!!! 我几个礼拜前在香港在报纸看了一个review…我马上想买可是在香港我找不到..然后前天在李游家附近有个DVD店在哪儿我找到了…这部电影是关于中国的按摩地方…什么人都知道有些按摩地方不是就给按摩的服务…所以这部电影是说这个事情…部电影的故事非常感动…感动我想一想按摩里的人有什么样的生活…可能很多也有很幸苦的生活…如果你们有时间看可以看吧…很有意思…

然后昨天晚上庆祝了我朋友SKO的Li Yo的生日! 你上载了照片可以上这两个link看看: PART 2click here

PART 3 click here

今天晚上我过去看SKO演出! should be fun!!!

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