Hopes And Fears

Duo Busking Along A Busy Street In Downtown Shanghai While A Cyclist Nonchalantly Cycles Pass

These two lads were diligently setting up their gear on a pedestrian walkway next to the junction of Jiujiang Road and Xi Zang Middle Road, downtown Shanghai. It was coming up to 10pm, the roads still busy with traffic and most people making their way home after spending the evening out at the nearby attractions. It was already quite late and I couldn’t work out why they were only setting up shop and performing at such a late hour. One was setting up his drum kit while the other fine tuned his guitar and kicked off with a song while waiting for his buddy get his drum kit ready. These lads certainly spare no effort in getting their sound right, with a full drum kit and commendable sound system in tow to support their performance.

When the drummer was ready, surprise, surprise, they swapped instruments, and kicked off their second song. The guitarist/vocalist now sang a sentimental song, within three four verses into the song, I was impressed, he sounded great, and the drum and guitar arrangement just right, at least to my ears, anyway. I recorded part of their third and forth song that night, hoping to share them with you here, but alas, WP does not allow .wav file uploads with my basic WP subscription. The odd thing was, there wasn’t much of a crowd listening to them the time I was there, maybe their timing was bad or there is too much good talent in Shanghai; I felt sorry for them, they sounded good, and by the looks of it, made a great effort to put up a good show.  After the fourth song, I hesitantly took leave as I did not want to miss the train as it was getting late and I wasn’t sure when’s the last train service.

On the train ride ride, I reflected on the boys performance and wondered what hopes they harbour in their minds, motivating and spurring them on from one performance to the next, with the hope of making it big some day, tempered by fears of what if all their efforts and aspirations were only a dream in vain? From what I saw and heard that night, I certainly wish them the best of luck and every success in realizing their dreams. Godspeed.

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 35mm


Getting To Know You

Don’t we all just cherish and reminiscent on those special moments in our lives, one of which is meeting someone whom we are instinctively attracted to and desire to know more about, which eventually led to the beginning of a wonderful friendship or relationship… sweet.


Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you


Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me


Getting to know you
Putting it my way
But nicely


You are precisely
My cup of tea

Some background to this set of photos … earlier on, I bought a beer from the Santarinas and was back at my table enjoying my drink and the Christmas Market atmosphere when I noted these two lads walked up to the bar. One of them acted rather shy from his body language while the other commenced to strike up a conversation with the ladies. (sensing a candid photo opportunity, I had my camera ready) Well, whatever the topic was, it jolly worked and broke the ice, and shy boy was slowly but surely getting more acquainted with Santarina :), with a little help from his buddy.

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 35mm

with lyrics from ‘Getting to Know You’ by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Nagai The Busker

Nagai The Busker

a forlorn tune resonates the chilly winter air
it’s been a quiet night, a buskers plight
Nagai croons and strums with unassuming flair
an aural delight, deserving a beam of limelight

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Roaming the Nakasu area to check out the famed Fukuoka Yatai food stalls and some night photography, I was also rewarded with the pleasure of coming across this busker at the bridge on Kokutai Road. I stopped to listen for a while, took a few photos, gave him a tip, and walked on. He was pretty good, in my opinion, but there weren’t many who stopped to listen that night, which I thought was rather unfortunate for him.

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 23mm