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10 Things You Need To Know About Nathan Hartono | The Singapore Women’s Weekly

http://www.womensweekly.com.sg/family/10-things-need-know-nathan-hartono/?slide=9

“If I win, I will rent a fleet of Milo vans and treat everybody to Milo peng (iced Milo).”
~ Nathan Hartono

I doubt Hartono will win, no offence to his talent. I mean, given a country of over a billion Chinese, what are the odds that a 华侨, in his case, a naturalised Singaporean Chinese born in Indonesia, and an Anglo-Chinese boy at that (for those not in the know, that’s the epitome of UN-Chinese-ness on the Red Dot), could win a competition named 《中国好声音》literally (Good) Voice of China, official name change notwithstanding?

Still, I am keeping my fingers crossed for free Milo!

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Random Gratitude #18

Nice songs to have a moan to:

《害怕》孙燕姿

忘 我沒有很努力要自己去遺忘
那些和日記一起收藏的過往
孤單在思緒之中變得很漫長

想 我沒有很刻意讓自己不去想
那些和照片一起靜止的模樣
我學著堅強 堅強到不用學著不想 學著遺忘

還是害怕夜深人靜時總想起你
還是害怕不經意的聽見你的消息
然而當愛已經沉澱得太清晰
當擁有已經是失去 就勇敢的放棄

還是會害怕一個人時就很難忘記
還是害怕突然寧願當初沒有決定
然而當愛最後的出口是分離
我會這麼相信 走下去

Got some semi-bad news today. Grateful for my work mom who was there.

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Marry Me, yes? «不完美心跳»

«不完美心跳» ~ 動力火車
作詞:藍小邪 作曲:張簡君偉

突然心就亂了 有什麼又來作祟
當我環顧周圍 只有你像是危險
撥開微笑 準備好迎戰冷眼
卻不防心好像瞬間通了電 拍子快了些

站在離你遠遠 繼續旁觀你表演
準備好的不屑 說不見就又不見
沒想微笑 笑意卻更加明顯
心越跳越好像被你通了電 來對我撒野

天知道要用多少的誤解 交換我們的了解
要用多少的錯覺 換我們相信直覺
不管太多太多的昨天 誰要對誰說抱歉
現在才明白 那多特別 Ohh~

心漏跳那一秒 又正好與你擦肩
那安靜的狂野 你卻好像都聽見
那是微笑 還是對我的輕蔑
心跳都好像是被你通了電 節奏太驚豔

天知道要用多少的誤解 交換我們的了解
要用多少的錯覺 換我們相信直覺
不管太多太多的昨天 誰要對誰說抱歉
現在才明白 那多特別 Oh~

就讓不完美心跳 來證明心正在跳
不完美情節 襯托結局的美好
若我們的心沒有缺 要怎麼拼湊個圓

要用多少的誤解 交換我們的了解
要用多少的錯覺 換我們相信直覺
太多太多的昨天 為我們改寫今天
就別再浪費 這些成全
心跳繼續不完美的美 Ooh~~

I love/hate translating Chinese lyrics.  Maybe I just don’t have the vocab or feel for poetry.  Er, that’s not quite right.  Even with my rudimentary Chinese, I can appreciate the sentiment, but there’s a thousand layers of nuances that can’t be translated into a direct language like English.  First of all, there’s no tense in Chinese, so there’s a timeless quality to the phrasing if there were no time words – it could have happened yesterday, be happening now, or in the future.

There probably are better translations out there, but this is my version:

Imperfect Heartbeat

Suddenly my heart’s a flutter, what’s causing mischief again
When I looked around, only you seemed dangerous
Setting aside my smile, preparing to face the cold looks
But in an instant of unguardedness, I was electrified, and the heart beat a little faster

Standing far from you, observing as you continued the show
With ready disdain, you refused to meet just like you said you wouldn’t
Not thinking of smiling, but the intent to smile appeared more obvious
The more my heart beat, the more it seemed as if you’d electrified it, (for you) to just behave wildly

Chorus:
Heaven knows how many misunderstandings must have happened for us to understand each other
How many false impressions must we have (suffered), for us to trust our intuition
No matter how many yesterdays, or who (should have) apologised
Only now do we realise how special it was

When my heart skipped a beat, coincidentally, you had brushed past
Its quiet ferocity, you seemed to have heard it
Was that a gentle smile, or contempt towards me
My heart has thoroughly been electrified by you, the rhythm’s too amazing

Chorus:
Heaven knows how many misunderstandings must have happened for us to understand each other
How many false impressions must we have (suffered), for us to trust our intuition
No matter how many yesterdays, or who (should have) apologised
Only now do we realise how special it was

So let this imperfect heartbeat prove that my heart is beating
(Let) the imperfect plot accentuate the beautiful ending
If our hearts were not incomplete, how then could we make a whole

Heaven knows how many misunderstandings must have happened for us to understand each other
How many false impressions must we have (suffered), for us to trust our intuition

There’s been too many yesterdays that have helped us to rewrite the today that we have
So let’s not waste what has been put in, to allow us to be (together)

The heartbeat continuing the imperfect perfection.

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Marry Me Already! «兜圈»

Just because.

«兜圈» ~ 林宥嘉
曲:林宥嘉 詞:陳信延

玩玩積木 換換座位 聽聽唱片 又輪迴了 幾遍
騎騎單車 盪盪鞦韆 看看雲堆 還要吹散 幾遍

喔 不知不覺 已走了 多遠
妳 打呵欠 我 遊花園 差一點 多一些

路過了 學校花店 荒野到海邊
有 一種浪漫的愛 是浪費時間
徘徊到 繁華世界
才發現 妳背影 平凡得特別

繞過了 城外邊界 還是沒告別
愛 錯過了太久反而 錯得 完美 無缺
幸福兜了一個圈

想去的終點 就在原點

聊聊是非 吐吐苦水 喋喋不休 是時候談 風月
等待誤會 熬成約會 重新定位 要成爲 妳的誰

想起來好像昨天 我們初次見面
想不起很久以前 少了妳在身邊
謝謝妳陪我 迷途樂園 繞了一個圈 才體會
這樣的迂迴 多麽可貴

那些美好的兜圈 讓回憶值得懷念

No inclination to do the translation; it’s a lyrical musing at how love comes full circle.

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In days of yore…

【那些年,我們一起追的女孩】電影主題曲《那些年》官方正式MV

I miss my friends whom I’d grown up with. I miss those carefree days of silliness where the hardest thing we had to do was making sure the homework was copied finished, when literally jumping into the MRT brought on uncontrollable fits of giggles. I miss furtively discussing which boys were cute, or sometimes just keeping that boy just that much closer to my heart and have my heart skip a beat when he looks my way. I miss having grand dreams, thinking everything was possible and the adults were just meh.

I don’t feel any different, but I know I’ve aged. I feel somewhat browbeaten and a bit of a sellout for chasing mammon, not my dreams. I feel sad for not feeling intense about life. I miss you, my 白莲教,especially you, TYY, my sister in crime. I don’t know how to cross back the chasm to you when a boy came between us. Even when you’ve moved on, and have two beautiful girls of your own, I miss the closeness we once had. To you, TYY, I dedicate this song.

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伴 ~ 黄小虎

如果命运可以定做
如果有另一次选择
我想我还是会把手让你紧握
快乐的陪你去坎坷

就算你有天变落魄
就算你老的不能动
我想我还是会挽着你看日落
你的心疼在泪光中

* 嘴巴上彼此嫌麻烦
眼神中关怀那么满
没说爱却早已认定一辈子的伴

* 在人前从来不浪漫
在心中却总为对方打算
最懂的人最暖的伴

就算我以后变罗嗦
就算我老了有病痛
我想你还是会照顾我到最后
隐藏最弱不眠不休

* Chorus


没有辛酸,没有遗憾
什么是陪伴,什么是心安
你是答案

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原来的我 ~ 齐秦

给我一个空间 没有人走过
感觉到自己被冷落
给我一段时间 没有人曾经爱过
再一次体会寂寞

*曾经爱过却要分手
为何相爱不能相守 到底为什么
早知如此 何必开始
欢笑以后代价就是冷漠

* 既然说过深深爱我
为何又要离我远走
海誓山盟抛在脑后
早知如此 何必开始
我还是原来的我

给我一个空间 没有人走过
感觉那心灵的伤口
给我一段时间 勇敢的面对寂寞
再一次开始生活

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