Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Jun 10 2013

Long weekend

It was a long weekend. Not literally, unfortunately; it just felt that way. Saturday was spent recording songs for our second album at Soundkiss Studios. This is usually a lot of fun, and this time was no exception…except, well, one of the songs was one I’d been practicing over the previous week, not only to work out what I was going to play, or at least options to choose from, but just to increase my stamina so I could play longer without tiring out. This didn’t really work, for we had to go through the song several times just to make sure everyone was on the same page, and although my first couple of takes were good enough, my performance started to fall off, just in time for the other players to hit their stride in getting used to the song and honing their performances. I don’t envy David when it comes time to choose which edition of the song makes it to the album.

Sunday I gave another talk, this time on travel photography, at an art space near Dihua Street. There were four speakers, of which I was the second. The other speakers did well, but, as usual, I had too much material to get through in the short 18 minutes allotted. Afterwards I just wanted to go off somewhere, but those were the days, my friend.

You might have noticed that I don’t write here much these days, and when I do, it’s about relatively impersonal things, which I describe in a perfunctory nature. That’s just the way it is. A few of you know what I’m talking about, though I’d be surprised if anyone still reads this. Eventually I’ll either be able to write about my life again, or I’ll just stop. We’ll see.

posted by Poagao at 4:47 pm  


  1. Have been reading your site for years, always check in every now and then. Still waiting for your book to be published in English (which will probably happen before I can read Chinese).

    Comment by Virgilcat — June 10, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

  2. I too still read your site every now & then. Do keep on writing…! 😉

    Comment by eastdragon — June 10, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  3. I hope you will keep writing. I’m not in your inside circle, so I hope you can write more about your life sometime, too.

    In any case, know that your efforts are appreciated.

    Comment by Milan — June 11, 2013 @ 12:05 am

  4. Been reading journal since I discovered it in 2007 and it has been a pleasure. Hope you continue.

    Comment by Ashish — June 11, 2013 @ 11:55 am

  5. I only read your website to make sure you’re not dissing me.

    Comment by Thumper — June 11, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

  6. I have been following your site and youtube videos since I stumbled acrosss one of your travel videos of you visiting Japan a few years ago. Your travel videos and writings have inspired an ambition within me to seek out my own travels in the future. It is within my hopes that you continue writing upon this site as I enjoy viewing your writings.

    Comment by Dan — June 27, 2013 @ 6:33 am

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