Travelling man Roger Poh (he encouraged me to blog) has recently returned from the Middle Kingdom. So during the Chinese New Year period in January last month, while we in Singapore were snugly enjoying the quiet rain and forgiving sun, Roger was experiencing the harsh and piercing cold as he viewed the famous ice-sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow World (image 3). The visitors were mainlanders and he met one crazy guy "all wrapped up against the freezing cold." It was -20C and a once in a lifetime experience for him.
Mine is not a travel blog but what enticed me to post his wanderings are his pictures of Shanghai where he met a senior busker with his precious trumpet (image 2) and a music group in action (screen grab 1). According to Roger, China's public parks are exciting places and often packed with locals. They love to demonstrate their musical talents and attract a lot of attention. He also tells me that buskers in China play 60s music from the west. That's something.
Roger, who is a backpacker travels light, very light and enjoys the sight, the sound and sensuality of the places he visits. Which reminds me of the song Travelling Light by Cliff Richard and these lines:
Got no bags and baggage to slow me down, I'm travelling so fast/My feet ain't the ground/Travelling light, travelling light/Well I just can't wait to be with my baby tonight... No comb and no toothbrush/I got nothing to haul...
And of course Rick Nelson's: I'm a travelin' man/I've made a lot of stops all over the world/And in every port I own the heart/Of at least one lovely girl/Oh my sweet Fraulien down in Berlin town/Makes my heart start to yearn/And my China doll down in old Hong Kong/Waits for my return...
She's probably waiting for your return to Shanghai Roger, whoever she is. Thanks for sharing.
Images: Roger Poh Collection.