analogue wednesday #206

september is vindima (or grape harvesting) season in the north. we missed it this year, but here are some photos from my parent’s harvest last year, shot with the boy’s canon ae-1.

it’s a big day for the family, with everyone coming together to help. the best part of it though? i’ll show you next wednesday! :)


one second everyday — september 2019

september was all #150yearsofpostcards, all the time. we tested, drafted, printed, packed and flew to switzerland to set up the exhibition at the UPU. the work was so intense that i can barely remember what happened then earlier in the month… everything feels like a looooong time ago. glad we have these seconds to remember!

so we also played games with friends, hosted family and test-drove the phev car that is likely to replace our old diesel one. this is also the month when the mediterranean diet fair happens, tavira’s highlight event with entertainment and food for days. and switzerland was as nice as it promised to be! i hope we can go back some day to properly explore its mountains and lakes.


analogue wednesday #205

when i first looked at this photo, i thought the boats were for sure my exposure, from the neighboring town of santa luzia… but no! the palm trees are mine, and the boats are from scotland between moray firth and black isle, shot by matthew (aka megalithicmatt on R4R-94.


analogue wednesday #204

another frame from R4R-94, swapped with matthew (aka megalithicmatt). i like how this one came through, like a hidden path through the beach.


5 chinese dramas

the whole thing started with meteor garden, a netflix series that our friends were watching at the beginning of the year. we watched a few episodes with them in thailand in the hopes of catching glimpses of shanghai, but while we were seeing it, a strange and magical thing happened: all these chinese words buried in a dark corner of my brain for over 10 years, came back all in a rush of familiar tones and expressions. suddenly i really wanted to understand things again, i wanted more!

so since then i’ve watched a few of these series. here are 5 series c-dramas i’ve enjoyed lately:

meteor garden started me on this road, so it had to go first. it’s a netflix remake of a taiwanese series, but with mainland characters. it takes place in shanghai, where dong shancai is a university student that stumbles on a gang of 4 boys who think they’re kings of the world… adventures ensue! it’s mostly silly and light – but also very infuriating at times. i guess this is why they’re called dramas in asia. :D

i found a love so beautiful after searching for shen yue, the main character of the previous series. in this series, we follow her fumbling attempts at confessing her love for her childhood crush from high school till adulthood. it’s generally cutesy and light-hearted, but you can see how tough high school is for kids in china, especially as the dreaded university entrance exam draws in.

following hu yi tian (the male lead on the previous series), led me to go go squid! where he plays a supporting role — and it also lead me the world of e-sports. i’m glad it did, because this was a fun series to watch! like stepping into a parallel reality, it was amazing to see how intense the world of e-sports is in china and many other countries. i laughed out loud at their idea of what norway looks like though — i can’t imagine it has these many skyscrapers… :D

after that, i found some more dramas on the theme of e-sports and now i know more vocabulary about gaming than i’ll ever need, but i still find it fascinating. love O2O mixes a bit of game fantasy scenes with real world interactions and i liked the story quite a bit as well — it’s an adaptation of a novel by gu man, a chinese writer whose books have been so popular that a few of them have been made into tv series. the support cast is hilarious and yang yang is a darling, but the female lead… ouch. please, someone feed that kid. :(

(sorry, couldn’t find a subtitled trailer!)

and last but not least, boss & me, another drama based on one of gu man’s novels. also titled “shanshan comes to eat”, it’s mostly a happy series following a girl’s misadventures as a new employee in her company, where she eventually falls in love with her boss. she really enjoys eating and was hired to the company not because of her unspectacular accounting skills, but because she has “panda blood“, aka Rh-, which in China is said to be as rare as pandas.

so that’s it — five silly dramas that i’ve watched and recommend, if you have some time and would like to brush up on chinese vocabulary and listening skills. it’s a nice complement to more boring (but necessary) aspects of chinese learning, such as grammar or character writing practice. i’ve set myself a goal to take a higher level of the HSK exam in 1-2 years, and these higher level exams all have a speaking component, so i’m going to need all the practice i can get. wish me luck! :)