By Jocelle Koh
Indie chanteuse Ann Bai is best known for her enchanting representations of the human condition; our insignificance, and of course the meaning of life. In her first hit single back in 2013 ‘What Led Me To You 是什麼讓我遇見這樣的你’, she wrote of being inspired by her time in Beijing, of feeling so small and miniscule in the big picture; while encapsulating the beauty of that.
Thus it seemed only fitting that my first night in Shanghai was spent watching the elfin wonder perform for the first time at the legendary MAO Livehouse. Taking to the stage in a ethereal black chiffon dress, she launched straight into a mini medley of songs both old and new, including redone versions of old favourites ‘Not Listening不聽’ and ‘What’s Next’接下來是什麼’; rendering the delicate electronica folk more robust and earthy.
Having never seen her perform live before, the 27 year-old singer-songwriter was much different from what I’d expected. Despite her hipster Cheer Chen/Anpu vibe, the creative was effortlessly warm and chatty, telling stories about everything from the number of cats she owned (five) to gently ribbing audiences over their purported love of Mayday.
Hey everyone, welcome back once again to the third edition of our Thoughts of Taipei blog series! Hope you're enjoying it so far! I know I enjoyed writing it! just like Ann's song which denotes a sense of freedom, adventure and the unexpected, many don't know what's lying ahead, but either way it's best to take a little time to think and reflect before heading off into the unknown! Don't forget to check out our final instalment, A Secret Hollow to be released on the 19th!
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-WHAT'S NEXT 17.11.14
-A SECRET HOLLOW 19.11.14
Just to let you guys know as a disclaimer-this is most definitely NOT what every exchange experience is like. Looking at some of the people around me and at the experiences that they've had, sure they've had fun, but it may not have been as life-changing an experience or just as enjoyable as mine was. However to me, this wasn't just any exchange to another country; it was a chance for me to fulfil my hopes and dreams; and lesser known to me until now, it was also a stepping stone for me to keep on dreaming and finding opportunities to understand myself and my vocation a little better. So what I'm trying to say is, make your decisions with care. If you have a choice in the matter, make it carefully, because location really does matter. I've known some people who've made the wrong decision for themselves and ended up complaining the entire time during their trip because instead of the gleaming metropolitan area they assumed they'd end up in, they were left in a smaller countryside town which totally didn't match their expectations. So before you make decisions, consider carefully where you want to go and why you want to go there. If you truly follow the path that your dreams lead you onto, no matter how many mistakes you make before getting there, it'll all be worth it in the end. Just as Ann says in her song <接下来是什么>(what's next), take time to think and process information before making decisions. The more time you take to consider the alternatives, the more sure you will be of your decision when the time comes to make it. And I guarantee you,the happier you'll be with it in the end.*
*I should know, it took me two-three years to decide that going to Taipei was what I really wanted to do. I considered other alternatives in the process due to the obstacles in my way, but I'm glad I made the right decision this time!