Monday, June 23, 2008

Farewell! My Manga Collection!

I am going to move to Muzha this summer. My new place is much smaller than where I live now, I won't have enough space to store my collections. I will have to get rid of some (or much) of my collections of manga, books, CDs, and DVDs.

Last weekend, I cleared out my manga collections from a storage room and book shelves; I planed to sell them. I finally realized I have a lot of mangas. (The mangas in the pictures are only 1/3 of my collections.) Giving away or selling my collections is tormenting, I checked every set one by one to ensure I won't regret getting rid any of them.

As checked my collections, I started reading them again. Eventually, I spent more time on reading those mangas than on reorganizing them. I only cleared out small section of my collections, it seems that I will spend A LOT OF time doing this cleaning job.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

My Lullaby

I love Beethoven's music a lot, but recently I spent most of my time listening to Tchaikovsky's violin or piano concerto. Every time I listen to them, I imagine I am the player immersed in the music, feeling like what Billy said at the end of Billy Elliot, disappear, like electricity.

I wish I could played piano or voilin well. I have a lot of plans about what I would like to do after I finish my master degree. One of them is that I hope I can pick up piano lessons after I finish my master degree.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 Mikhail Pletnev with Moscow Radio Symphony Vladimir Fedoseyev

David Oistrakh plays Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35: 1st Movement

天涯歌女 The Wandering Songbird

Lust, Caution

One of the greatest moments in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. She has no country; she has no family. She is a lonely soul drifting in the wartime. But she has the man's real-self and affectionateness when their hands hold. It's the moment two lonely souls come to attached to each other.

When I searhed for relevant clips on, I found two Chinese legendary actresses, Zhou Xuan and Li Xianglan, also sang the song. The song in different context delivers very different messages.

I never saw any movie starring Zhou Xuan or Li Xianglan in theaters, because they were great stars belonging to my grand parents' generation. But I often read stories about them when I read articles or references regard to Chinese film history.

天涯歌女(The Wandering Songbird) By 周璇 (Zhou Xuan)

Zhou Xuan on Wiki

The clip is from a movie called Street Angle. Zhou Xuan is very cute and her voice is sweet in this film.

天涯歌女(The Wandering Songbird) By 李香蘭 (Li Xianglan, a.k.a. 山口淑子)

Li Xianglan on Wiki,

Saturday, June 7, 2008

2008-06-07 Friends' Graduation

My lovely friends had serious postures when they were taken pictures with our professor.

They are fun and sweet people, and most of them graduate this month. I will miss them very much after they leave our department.