How Cantopop Influenced Me From The Hong Kong Handover 20 Years On.

It’s very rare I usually do an essay/commentary on my blog. For those who know me, I’m a total Cantopop fan/lover when I combined that genre with Canadian indie music when I had a weekly radio show.

Being as a Chinese, my mom used to rent videotapes from Hong Kong’s TVB. Ranging from dramas to music shows, it’s been ingrained since I was young.

How did I become hooked on Cantopop? I would say that the Hong Kong Handover in 1997 affected me because I had relatives living there and my parents were from there. I didn’t want to lose that part of my cultural heritage. It wasn’t until towards the end of high school where I was listening to Hong Kong radio on the Internet and my love of radio came back in a different approach. 

In my University phase, I still kept listening to the classic Cantopop songs and some newer music. 2003 struck when Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui died and the Cantopop industry was never the same since. In the mid-2000s, I was not able to listen to one of the popular Hong Kong radio stations because of the audio streaming and switching to the Mac computers. 

Getting into Beyond
Aside from the tragedies, one impact that still hits the mark among Cantopop fans has been the death of Beyond’s frontman, Wong Ka Kui. I’ve been entrenched with their music because their range can soft, slow, fast and heavy. They were mainly a rock band unlike the conventional singers in Cantopop.

Their popular tracks were often love songs towards the end of 1980s and into 1990s, it was getting into the political message.  Continue reading

Venturing Around Downtown Ottawa on Canada Day 2017 – S12E18

It was a rainy and muggy way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. With the big celebration, lots of people flocked down to downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill for all the festivities. I did not go down to Parliament Hill with the strict security checks and the big crowds.

I started off my trek around downtown Ottawa to Major’s Hill Park to briefly see the people I worked with at CBC/Radio-Canada. They were surprised and happy to see me drop by. I later went back to Jacques Cartier Park for MosaïCanada 150 again because of the rain on Friday following the lion dance performance. I didn’t get a chance to check out the other sculptures. On Canada Day, it was considered round two. You will check out the photos below.

Following that excursion, I unexpectedly bumped into a high school friend who’s now in Toronto and hung out until I went to the Casper Nap Tour. These online mattress companies have become popular with the pricing and quality comfort. I had an eight minute nap and the mattress was pretty relaxing and soft. It was like floating in the air. I had no back strain or dizziness. It’s a fun tryout since there’s so much buzz with it.

Following that, I went back to find my friend and finally tried out Nando’s. I ended the afternoon with wandering to the Inspiration Village in the ByWard Market. It was fun to see my high school friend back in Ottawa for Canada Day. The worst part was missing out on the Snowbirds, it was later than usual.

That was my Canada Day 2017 in a nutshell. Check out the loads of photos below.

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