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《Berlin》003 ﹣ MoritzplatzA normal Friday morning. Guten morgen Berlin and good night Hong Kong :)

《Berlin》003 ﹣ Moritzplatz

A normal Friday morning. Guten morgen Berlin and good night Hong Kong :)

— Vor 1 Woche mit 1 Anmerkung
#Berlin  #moritzplatz  #gutenmorgen  #Illustration  #drawing  #sketch 
《Berlin》002 ﹣ Mariendorfer Damm作為香港人+旅遊L,我很慚愧的告訴大家我從未去過泰國。以前在港每有空檔去旅行,心就不其然飄日本、歐洲…無他,香港總是太熱太迫太熱鬧,可以出去的話總是想挑一些寧靜、空曠又充滿歷史遺跡的地方,好讓耳根清靜一個人好好獨自避世散散心。泰國?這地方熱辣辣又多(港)人,Sun of a beach亦非我杯茶,可以的話我寧願多走幾次日本。但此刻人在德國,想說的是現在我真的真的好很好很好很想去泰國度假。德國天氣糟糕無人不知,冬天連續幾個月零下十多正十度我也能夠忍受,但最攞命的是無太陽。柏林在十一月開始冬季,而每天的日照時數會降至只有數小時,換言之太陽十點多升起三點多便下山了;而在陰霾密佈的天空下我敢講就算任何精靈電兔都會感到沮喪抑鬱,這也解釋了為何歐洲人的心情如此容易受更天氣所影響。前陣子看到兩個意大利朋友趁聖誕假期飛到泰國將自己晒成兩口舊朱古力,心裡羨慕得要命;Well不過冬天結束後又是一條好漢,柏林還是好玩得讓我賴死唔走。

《Berlin》002 ﹣ Mariendorfer Damm

作為香港人+旅遊L,我很慚愧的告訴大家我從未去過泰國。以前在港每有空檔去旅行,心就不其然飄日本、歐洲…無他,香港總是太熱太迫太熱鬧,可以出去的話總是想挑一些寧靜、空曠又充滿歷史遺跡的地方,好讓耳根清靜一個人好好獨自避世散散心。泰國?這地方熱辣辣又多(港)人,Sun of a beach亦非我杯茶,可以的話我寧願多走幾次日本。

但此刻人在德國,想說的是現在我真的真的好很好很好很想去泰國度假。德國天氣糟糕無人不知,冬天連續幾個月零下十多正十度我也能夠忍受,但最攞命的是無太陽。柏林在十一月開始冬季,而每天的日照時數會降至只有數小時,換言之太陽十點多升起三點多便下山了;而在陰霾密佈的天空下我敢講就算任何精靈電兔都會感到沮喪抑鬱,這也解釋了為何歐洲人的心情如此容易受更天氣所影響。前陣子看到兩個意大利朋友趁聖誕假期飛到泰國將自己晒成兩口舊朱古力,心裡羨慕得要命;Well不過冬天結束後又是一條好漢,柏林還是好玩得讓我賴死唔走。

— Vor 1 Monat mit 2 Anmerkungen
#Berlin  #thailand  #travel  #winter  #sketch  #Illustration  #drawings 
《Berlin》001 - Alexanderplatz
Let’s start with the language when we are talking about Berlin. Although learning Deutsch is a must for living in Germany to me, however since I was occupied by tons of works (What an excuse…) therefore my Deutsch is still awful after four months intensive lessons. One of my friends joked to me and said don’t come to Berlin if you really want to study German, and the main reason is because of too many “Ausländer” here. Due to the economic crisis a lot of young Italians, Spanish and Portuguese came here for seeking job opportunities. Besides tones of youngsters from all over the world attracted by this low-budget living city in order to pursuit a free life, and don’t forget the Vietnamese and Turkish who grounded here from a few generations ago already, which makes Berlin a multi- culture city that minority groups are no longer an issue. When you travel Sbahn to the famous tourist area Alexanderplatz, you will be no surprise to hear people speaking English on train and locals who have different colours and languages speaking. There was a time I tried my best to use my broken German to ask the people is the ATM machine broken or not, however they all speak English to me immediately after they hear my grammar/ sentence structure is wrong plus my heavy foreigner accent. Although on the good side that it’s more convenience for communicate on daily life, but at the same time it also lower my motivation of learning Deutsch. Gonna be carful about that!

關於柏林想講的實在太多, 就先從語言說起吧。入鄉隨俗,學習當地言語理所當然,可惜本人語言天份認真麻麻,加上到埗後一直忙這個忙那個(懶人籍口!),德文學了四個月後仍然一塌糊塗。友人笑說,如果要學德文的話的千萬不要來柏林,原因是柏林太多.外.國.人.了 。近年鄰近國家的不景氣,使到大量的西班牙、葡萄牙和意大利人都湧到這裡;而柏林的生活指數在歐洲來說可算是最底,又再吸引了一班來自世界各地、嚮往自由生活的年輕一輩蜂擁而至;加上第二次大戰後大量引入的土耳其勞動人口和早幾輩已在這裡落地生根的越南人(他們同時是此地為數最多的亞洲人),今時今日想在柏林找人種族歧視你應該都幾難。坐Sbahn往遊客區Alexanderplatz走一轉,車上聽到的不少是英文對話;在遊客區中散步,碰到不同膚色操不同語言的也不一定是遊人。自己就曾經嘗試用極爛的德文和德國人作簡單對話 (我問銀行的櫃員機是否關了還是壞了),但人家一聽到你說的文法不對/句子結構不對/外地口音便馬上於0.09秒內用英語作答。講英文沒錯對於生活是便利了,但長此下去只怕會慢慢變得倚賴而失去學德文的動力,小心小心。

《Berlin》001 - Alexanderplatz

Let’s start with the language when we are talking about Berlin. Although learning Deutsch is a must for living in Germany to me, however since I was occupied by tons of works (What an excuse…) therefore my Deutsch is still awful after four months intensive lessons. One of my friends joked to me and said don’t come to Berlin if you really want to study German, and the main reason is because of too many “Ausländer” here. Due to the economic crisis a lot of young Italians, Spanish and Portuguese came here for seeking job opportunities. Besides tones of youngsters from all over the world attracted by this low-budget living city in order to pursuit a free life, and don’t forget the Vietnamese and Turkish who grounded here from a few generations ago already, which makes Berlin a multi- culture city that minority groups are no longer an issue. When you travel Sbahn to the famous tourist area Alexanderplatz, you will be no surprise to hear people speaking English on train and locals who have different colours and languages speaking. There was a time I tried my best to use my broken German to ask the people is the ATM machine broken or not, however they all speak English to me immediately after they hear my grammar/ sentence structure is wrong plus my heavy foreigner accent. Although on the good side that it’s more convenience for communicate on daily life, but at the same time it also lower my motivation of learning Deutsch. Gonna be carful about that!

關於柏林想講的實在太多, 就先從語言說起吧。入鄉隨俗,學習當地言語理所當然,可惜本人語言天份認真麻麻,加上到埗後一直忙這個忙那個(懶人籍口!),德文學了四個月後仍然一塌糊塗。友人笑說,如果要學德文的話的千萬不要來柏林,原因是柏林太多.外.國.人.了 。近年鄰近國家的不景氣,使到大量的西班牙、葡萄牙和意大利人都湧到這裡;而柏林的生活指數在歐洲來說可算是最底,又再吸引了一班來自世界各地、嚮往自由生活的年輕一輩蜂擁而至;加上第二次大戰後大量引入的土耳其勞動人口和早幾輩已在這裡落地生根的越南人(他們同時是此地為數最多的亞洲人),今時今日想在柏林找人種族歧視你應該都幾難。坐Sbahn往遊客區Alexanderplatz走一轉,車上聽到的不少是英文對話;在遊客區中散步,碰到不同膚色操不同語言的也不一定是遊人。自己就曾經嘗試用極爛的德文和德國人作簡單對話 (我問銀行的櫃員機是否關了還是壞了),但人家一聽到你說的文法不對/句子結構不對/外地口音便馬上於0.09秒內用英語作答。講英文沒錯對於生活是便利了,但長此下去只怕會慢慢變得倚賴而失去學德文的動力,小心小心。

— Vor 1 Monat mit 1 Anmerkung
#Berlin  #germany  #sbahn  #graphic  #Illustration  #sketch  #travel 
After the China Life series, here we go the life in Berlin, more stories coming soon!
中國生活告一段落,是時候多談有關在柏林的種種了,更多故事陸續有來!

After the China Life series, here we go the life in Berlin, more stories coming soon!

中國生活告一段落,是時候多談有關在柏林的種種了,更多故事陸續有來!

— Vor 2 Monaten
#germany  #berlin  #sketch  #Illustration  #graphic  #travel  #europe 
雜遊 4)鹿特丹(Yanto@Rotterdam的河畔長椅)
“我小時候就被帶到荷蘭,所以從來未到過我的故鄉印尼;而我只知道我的生母和別的男人有了我,所以被丈夫遂出了家門,在留落街頭和工作之間她選擇了前者,而被迫放棄了我。到了荷蘭,我的養父每天都打我,養母則毫不關心我,所以14歲的時候我逃了出來,再沒有回去,這段經歷也是我在左眼底紋上血淚的原因。現在我在青少年中心幫助和我遭遇差不多的人,閑時幫人剪剪頭髮放放狗,生活倒也過得愜意。這亦算是Sad Story的Happy Ending 吧”

雜遊 4)鹿特丹(Yanto@Rotterdam的河畔長椅)

“我小時候就被帶到荷蘭,所以從來未到過我的故鄉印尼;而我只知道我的生母和別的男人有了我,所以被丈夫遂出了家門,在留落街頭和工作之間她選擇了前者,而被迫放棄了我。到了荷蘭,我的養父每天都打我,養母則毫不關心我,所以14歲的時候我逃了出來,再沒有回去,這段經歷也是我在左眼底紋上血淚的原因。現在我在青少年中心幫助和我遭遇差不多的人,閑時幫人剪剪頭髮放放狗,生活倒也過得愜意。這亦算是Sad Story的Happy Ending 吧”

— Vor 2 Monaten
#Amsterdam  #rotterdam  #drawing  #travel  #holland  #sketch  #Illustration 
雜遊~3)巴黎 (地鐵站內滿是骯髒的垃圾和充滿尿噪味的空氣,但和上海相比又算是甚麼呢?)
之前也有提過,一直以為巴黎的人有一股氣燄,非我同類就bye bye 睬你都嘥氣,殊不知是之再訪巴黎遇上的人都親切有禮,破除了我陝隘的偏見。Well,一樣米養百樣人,銘記於心。

雜遊~
3)巴黎 (地鐵站內滿是骯髒的垃圾和充滿尿噪味的空氣,但和上海相比又算是甚麼呢?)

之前也有提過,一直以為巴黎的人有一股氣燄,非我同類就bye bye 睬你都嘥氣,殊不知是之再訪巴黎遇上的人都親切有禮,破除了我陝隘的偏見。Well,一樣米養百樣人,銘記於心。

— Vor 3 Monaten mit 1 Anmerkung
#Paris  #France  #Travel  #sketch  #illustration  #graphic  #drawing 








雜遊~2)日內瓦 (手指被天鵝誤以為是點心)
跟蘇黎世一樣 ﹣漂亮的風景、現代化的建築、整潔的街道、友善美麗的人們、安全的社會… 還有甚麼可以挑剔?但老實說,如果你叫我住在這兒,對不起我想我會敬謝不敏,而原因就是 ﹣風景太漂亮、 建築太現代化、 街道太整潔、人們太友善美麗、社會太安全了;沒錯這地方是很完美,感覺就是一幫精英想在地球上建立一個烏托邦;但同時就是一切都太穩健了,如果在那裏生活一個星期,應該就會知道往後一年的生活是如何過的吧。相比起來,我還是喜歡貧窮、骯髒但生機處處的柏林。

雜遊~
2)日內瓦 (手指被天鵝誤以為是點心)


跟蘇黎世一樣 ﹣漂亮的風景、現代化的建築、整潔的街道、友善美麗的人們、安全的社會… 還有甚麼可以挑剔?但老實說,如果你叫我住在這兒,對不起我想我會敬謝不敏,而原因就是 ﹣風景太漂亮、 建築太現代化、 街道太整潔、人們太友善美麗、社會太安全了;沒錯這地方是很完美,感覺就是一幫精英想在地球上建立一個烏托邦;但同時就是一切都太穩健了,如果在那裏生活一個星期,應該就會知道往後一年的生活是如何過的吧。相比起來,我還是喜歡貧窮、骯髒但生機處處的柏林。

— Vor 3 Monaten
#zurich  #geneva  #travel  #sketch  #illustration  #drawing  #switzerland 
雜遊~1)倫敦 (就在那出名臭檔的Victoria Coach Station)
從愛丁堡坐了一天的巴士到倫敦巴士站,然後轉車到阿姆斯特丹。就在臨上車之際,車長突然喝令我要先到櫃檯check-in 才能登車。「你只有兩分鐘!」「那…我先把行李放在這兒行嗎?」「不行!」即時嚇到瀨屎。到櫃檯,見到一個英國仔仔,大家都要 check-in,但櫃檯無人。「請問你們…」「我們不是幫你哪家巴士公司打工的!」又再瀨屎。衝到閘口再問,最後到了另一櫃檯,迅速完成俾人話、check-in 和登車三個手續,頓時興奮得和英國仔仔high 了個five。噢!幸運之神!我知道你是疼我的!

雜遊~
1)倫敦 (就在那出名臭檔的Victoria Coach Station)

從愛丁堡坐了一天的巴士到倫敦巴士站,然後轉車到阿姆斯特丹。就在臨上車之際,車長突然喝令我要先到櫃檯check-in 才能登車。「你只有兩分鐘!」「那…我先把行李放在這兒行嗎?」「不行!」即時嚇到瀨屎。到櫃檯,見到一個英國仔仔,大家都要 check-in,但櫃檯無人。「請問你們…」「我們不是幫你哪家巴士公司打工的!」又再瀨屎。衝到閘口再問,最後到了另一櫃檯,迅速完成俾人話、check-in 和登車三個手續,頓時興奮得和英國仔仔high 了個five。噢!幸運之神!我知道你是疼我的!

— Vor 3 Monaten mit 2 Anmerkungen
#Illustration  #drawing  #sketch  #graphic  #bus  #victoriacoachstation  #travel  #london  #amsterdam 


(Wham! <-年年聖誕都會聽到 “Last Christmas”,然後George Michael 年年又要俾人笑矩came out, 慘)不覺中已在柏林待了差不多四個月。見習的工作即將告一段落,加上完成了之前有關上海生活的回顧後,接下來終於將可以畫更多有關柏林與歐洲的種種體驗。聖誕將至,對歐洲人來說就好像我們的新年,朋友們都跑回家去了,而自己則會和滯留的(?)吃頓飯喝喝酒。聖誕對我這沒宗教信仰的人來說一直都沒有太大意義,甚至在港時只覺得她是各大商場用來掠水的籍口;不過在這天寒地凍的情況下可以有假期留在暖暖的家整理一下瑣碎事碎也是忙碌生活中的小情小趣。Frohe Weihnachten und Glücklich für die neu Jahre 2014! Four months in Berlin already. Following the finish of my internship job and the life in Shanghai drawings, finally I can put more effort to draw about my Europe/ Berlin life. In Western Countries the importance of Christmas equals to our Chinese New Year therefore most of my friends here has already flied back to home. And for me I will stuck(?) here and have drinks/ meals with my friends. Christmas is never a significant festival for an atheist like me, and I wonder it’s just an excuse for the shopping malls to earn big money in Hong Kong. But of cause it’s still a good thing to have a holiday for tidying things at home rather than step out in the cold cold street. Frohe Weihnachten und Glücklich für die neu Jahre 2014!
(Wham! <-年年聖誕都會聽到 “Last Christmas”,然後George Michael 年年又要俾人笑矩came out, 慘)

不覺中已在柏林待了差不多四個月。見習的工作即將告一段落,加上完成了之前有關上海生活的回顧後,接下來終於將可以畫更多有關柏林與歐洲的種種體驗。聖誕將至,對歐洲人來說就好像我們的新年,朋友們都跑回家去了,而自己則會和滯留的(?)吃頓飯喝喝酒。聖誕對我這沒宗教信仰的人來說一直都沒有太大意義,甚至在港時只覺得她是各大商場用來掠水的籍口;不過在這天寒地凍的情況下可以有假期留在暖暖的家整理一下瑣碎事碎也是忙碌生活中的小情小趣。Frohe Weihnachten und Glücklich für die neu Jahre 2014! 

Four months in Berlin already. Following the finish of my internship job and the life in Shanghai drawings, finally I can put more effort to draw about my Europe/ Berlin life. In Western Countries the importance of Christmas equals to our Chinese New Year therefore most of my friends here has already flied back to home. And for me I will stuck(?) here and have drinks/ meals with my friends. Christmas is never a significant festival for an atheist like me, and I wonder it’s just an excuse for the shopping malls to earn big money in Hong Kong. But of cause it’s still a good thing to have a holiday for tidying things at home rather than step out in the cold cold street. Frohe Weihnachten und Glücklich für die neu Jahre 2014!
— Vor 3 Monaten
#berlin  #Wham!  #Lastchristmas  #christmas 

Making of the experience 

It’s so gald to take part in the Berlin Creative online magazine SensaNostra ‘s event on 14/11/2013 - the “SENSA NOSTRA EXPERIENCE” with my work “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” ! And finally here comes the part one photos - the making of! Check them out! Also thanks for Sensa Nostra and all of you who gave me a big hand! X! *For more photos of the event please click here www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1395521480691462&set=a.1395521450691465.1073741829.1375960365980907&type=1&theater

從沒想過到柏林只幾個月便能參與展出,真的要衷心感謝幸運之神的眷顧呢  是次活動是柏林網上創意媒體 Sensa Nostra 所舉辦的 “SENSA NOSTRA EXPERIENCE” ,地點是前身為屠宰場,現為 night club 的Shift - 真正的柏林風
味呢。展出的作品叫 “Ich bin ein Berliner”, 顧名思意就是自己這幾個月來對柏林的印象。先來 Round 1 的 making of 圖片!非常多謝 Sensa Nostra 和各位朋友的幫助! X! *更多活動照片現在可以到 Sensa Nostra 的 facebook page 看啊! click here www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1395521480691462&set=a.1395521450691465.1073741829.1375960365980907&type=1&theater

— Vor 4 Monaten
#SensaNostra  #drawing  #illustration  #sketch  #event  #berlin  #photo 
No. 9 Guangzhou 九. 廣州
大約四至五年前有一陣子會偶然到廣州工作,一般都是每隔一至兩個月便到那邊工作一至兩天。行程通常是這樣的 ﹣旁晚時份一行幾人先搭上預定的小型貨van經陸路到廣州的酒店下榻,翌日上午和客戶開會,或者到活動的場地幫忙佈置,一直工作到晚上便坐火車回香港。當然很老套很大路的一句話,那時的工作辛苦歸辛苦,但回想起得著還是挺不少,更不期然思量當年如電兔的精力從何而來; 現在在柏林,星期一至五早晨上班晚上學德文,精神身體累得不行,不期然想起四五年前的這段時光,就發現二八歲的年輕雖仍年輕,但比起二十四五歲的年輕原來是有挺大差距的,抽象的時間概念頓時變得實在起來。而且世事永遠都是”藤㨢瓜瓜㨢藤” ﹣如果我沒有在那間公司工作,就認識不到由惜日同事變成今日好友的雯雯,亦為我日後的旅居上海埋下了伏線 (就是她於我離職一年多後引薦我到上海的公司工作),而在上海認識了的朋友更影響到當下在異國的際遇,只能說生活就是一套最現實的戲劇呢。
Four/ five years ago I needed to go to Guangzhou often for working, usually one time per one/ two months. We went there by van from Hong Kong at night and stayed at the hotel in Guangzhou when we arrived, then we met the client or worked in the next morning until night and travelled back to Hong Kong by train. Looking back I will say I am so happy that I learnt a lot at that moment, and I am wondering why I have so many energy to work for such as busy and stressful life at that time. Now in Berlin on weekdays I need to work at morning and go to German school at night and that’s already makes me so exhaust. By this I can finally see the huge differences between aged twenty-four and aged twenty-eight although I am still young now. The intangible time suddenly becomes so solid with this comparison. On the other hand this precious memory also brought me a chance of knowing one of my best friend Man Man, who gave me the chance to move and work in Shanghai two years ago. Life is definitely a drama and you never know what happen next, in old say.

No. 9 Guangzhou 九. 廣州

大約四至五年前有一陣子會偶然到廣州工作,一般都是每隔一至兩個月便到那邊工作一至兩天。行程通常是這樣的 ﹣旁晚時份一行幾人先搭上預定的小型貨van經陸路到廣州的酒店下榻,翌日上午和客戶開會,或者到活動的場地幫忙佈置,一直工作到晚上便坐火車回香港。當然很老套很大路的一句話,那時的工作辛苦歸辛苦,但回想起得著還是挺不少,更不期然思量當年如電兔的精力從何而來; 現在在柏林,星期一至五早晨上班晚上學德文,精神身體累得不行,不期然想起四五年前的這段時光,就發現二八歲的年輕雖仍年輕,但比起二十四五歲的年輕原來是有挺大差距的,抽象的時間概念頓時變得實在起來。而且世事永遠都是”藤㨢瓜瓜㨢藤” ﹣如果我沒有在那間公司工作,就認識不到由惜日同事變成今日好友的雯雯,亦為我日後的旅居上海埋下了伏線 (就是她於我離職一年多後引薦我到上海的公司工作),而在上海認識了的朋友更影響到當下在異國的際遇,只能說生活就是一套最現實的戲劇呢。

Four/ five years ago I needed to go to Guangzhou often for working, usually one time per one/ two months. We went there by van from Hong Kong at night and stayed at the hotel in Guangzhou when we arrived, then we met the client or worked in the next morning until night and travelled back to Hong Kong by train. Looking back I will say I am so happy that I learnt a lot at that moment, and I am wondering why I have so many energy to work for such as busy and stressful life at that time. Now in Berlin on weekdays I need to work at morning and go to German school at night and that’s already makes me so exhaust. By this I can finally see the huge differences between aged twenty-four and aged twenty-eight although I am still young now. The intangible time suddenly becomes so solid with this comparison. On the other hand this precious memory also brought me a chance of knowing one of my best friend Man Man, who gave me the chance to move and work in Shanghai two years ago. Life is definitely a drama and you never know what happen next, in old say.

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