春天的氣候多變，一下春光明媚一下陰暗多雨，每次天氣好的時候就換上洋裝拍穿搭照，天氣不好的時候就蓬頭垢面的穿著牛仔褲窩在電腦前。值得記錄：每兩週在 Tübingen 舉辦的 Swing Zeit 人數越來越多了，難以想像第一兩次小貓兩三隻的光景，希望我跟 Julian 搬離這個小鎮之後這裡的 swing 會繼續成長。大家如果有機會來德國不要忘記找看看所在地有沒有跳舞的機會噢～ 整理一下上週的靈感，in case you missed it. /// April weather is either sunny and bright or wet and miserable. Good weather: dresses and photos. Poor weather: slouchy jeans and laptop. The bi-weekly Swing Zeit social in Tübingen was jammed this week. Hope it will continue to grow even after we move away :) The best part was seeing out-of-towners drive over just to join us! Here's some of last week's highlights, in case you missed it.
這個週一是 Easter Monday, 我第一次跟 Julian 的家人過復活節。他很久以前有告訴我復活節的時候家人都會做塞滿巧克力還有彩蛋的籃子（Easter basket）藏起來玩尋寶，但是提過之後我就忘了，沒想到有一天我會在德國加入他們的家庭聚會 ^^ 分享一下當天吃喝玩樂的照片。 /// On Easter Monday I went and celebrated with Julian's extended family. He did tell me ages ago that they do Easter egg hunts with baskets of sweets but I'd completely forgotten (in fact, at the time I had no idea I'd be living in Germany and joining in). Here's some photos from the trip :)
多變的春季在復活節送給我們又濕又冷的一週～ 一些精選的復古點子，in case you missed it :) /// Spring brought us a cold and wet week right at Easter time. Here's some of the best from this week, in case you missed it :)
上上個週末的老物市集，除了買了幾樣近期會上架的小物，也照了幾張相片 ^^ /// On top of buying a few things for the shop, I took some photos at last week's antique market :) Enjoy~
因為電腦進水大修、太陽花學運讓我無心整理材料（將近一週整天盯著 FB 等待立法院最新的動態，一面以身為台灣人感到驕傲另一面想踹扯後腿的下流媒體）、還有父母來訪的關係已經好幾個星期沒有什麼內容了。昨天把父母親送上了去飛機場的火車，今天終於開始整理這幾週的內容 :) 整理一下精彩的靈感，in case you missed it. /// Laptop drinking a cup of tea, being concerned with Taiwan's protests, and visit by parents = hardly any content for the last few weeks. Having put the rentals on a train to Frankfurt, I finally got down to cleaning up the content from the last few weeks. Here's some inspirational pictures, in case you missed it.
前幾天在朋友的 FB 上看到她的老玩偶要退休了。小時候我也有很多玩偶（當時夾娃娃剛開始流行，我的舅舅們有滿山滿谷的玩偶，很多被我收養）。我清楚地記得約八歲的時候在馬偕醫院開刀時就有我的狗狗玩偶陪著我。多年到處搬家的結果是現在一個都不剩，有點難以想像... Saw on my friend's fb that her stuffed animals was about to retire. Reminded me of my extensive collection as a child and how much I relied on them for companionship. I remember having my favourite dog-toy when I stayed at the hospital as an eight year old for a surgery. I wouldn't have been able to imagine life without them but after moving so much in my teens and twenties, I haven't got a single one left now.
攝影師 Mark Nixon 的 Much Loved 搜集了許多破舊不堪的玩偶，每次想到都讓我有點傷感。人不也是這樣嗎？完美無瑕的來到世界上，一路上的跌撞病老，最後模樣跟著些玩偶差不多（還好愛的人不會因為這樣就嫌棄我們）。我總覺得我們跟物質的關係也是這樣... 我不是不能去買些新的玩偶，只是新的永遠不會像原先陪伴我的那些朋友一樣。什麼東西都好，真正有價值的是我們的珍惜。Her post reminded me of Mark Nixon's Much Loved, and what it reveals about our relationship with the material world. We wouldn't forsake these old friends because they are tired and worn (we'll be that way too before long). Indeed, sometimes the preloved is especially beautiful because of the love and care that have obviously been lavished upon them.
Some day-dream inspiring bikes and accessories...
兩週前開始在 Stuttgart 的 Swingstep 教 Tranky Doo 的課程，為了學生們整理了一下相關的資源，順便跟各位分享。根據 Wiki：Tranky Doo 為四零年代由 Pepsi Bethel 編舞，最早出現在哈林的 Savoy Ballroom。當年，Tranky Doo 搭配的樂曲是 Tuxedo Junction，但是後來因為出現在 1987 年 The Spirit Moves 這個紀錄片的時候被配上了 Ella Fitzgerald 的 Dipsy Doodle 這首歌，所以現在也常常搭配 Dipsy Doodle。其實 Tranky Doo 本身的架構適用於多數 32-bar chorus 歌曲，所以學會了之後可以隨處發揮。
Two weeks ago I started teaching a Tranky Doo class for Swingstep in Stuttgart, so I thought I'd share some related resources. Tranky Doo was choreographed by Pepsi Bethel in the 1940s and first appeared at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, to the song Tuxedo Junction. However, a video of the routine was dubbed to Ella Fitzgerald's Dipsy Doodle in the 1987 film The Spirit Moves, so now it's often danced to this song too. In fact the structure of Tranky Doo is suitable for most 32-bar chorus songs, so once you learn it, you can dance it to many tunes ^^
不管技術如何，節奏感欠佳的話就難為「舞」T^T 以下是我上課時用的音樂，平常可以一面聽一面做一些簡單的節奏練習。/// Regardless of technique, without rhythm, it's hardly "dance" T^T Here's the music I'm using this time in class. Feel free to use them to do your rhythm exercises.
節奏練習題 Rhythm Exercises
這是我自己在常用的一些簡單練習，因為覺得對我有幫助所以上課的時候都會教學生。/// Here's some exercises I do. I find them really helpful so I always teach them to my students:
Tranky Doo 的版本很多。因為這次課程中多數是完完全全沒跳過舞的菜鳥所以我特別挑了個我覺得比較簡單的版本（其實差別沒很大啦）。這個影片的 Tranky Doo 就是我教的版本，可惜不是從背面攝影所以要看著練比較累。音樂是 Slim & Slam 的 Jump Session. /// This is the version of Tranky Doo I'm teaching. Unfortunately it's not filmed from the back so it's a bit more tiring to use it for practice. The music is Slim & Slam - Jump Session.
我跟朋友們看影片學 Tranky Doo 的時候是用這個影片，但是這隻編舞到了尾端跟上方的稍有不同（差別不大）。因為是從背面所以看著練習很方便，但是速度比較快。音樂是 Ella Fitzgerald 的 Dipsy Doodle。/// When I learned Tranky Doo with my friends, this is the video we used. This choreography is a little different toward the end but the difference is small. It's filmed from the back so easier for practice. But it's also faster. Music is Ella Fitzgerald's Dipsy Doodle.
我學編舞的時候通常會隨手記錄一下，免得日久忘了。另外，寫過看過之後記憶更加深。這是 Tranky Doo 配兩個版本的 Tuxedo Junction，但是要先聲明一下我不是樂手，所以上面跟樂理相關的關鍵字不正確，但是對於我自己跳舞的需求來說應該滿清楚的 ^^ /// Normally when I learn a routine I will make notes. Otherwise I tend to forget quite easily. Writing it down and reading it once through really deepens my recall. Here's Tranky Doo to two versions of Tuxedo Junction. But please remember that I'm not a musician so the terminology in there is incorrect - it's just my personal notes so I write what works for me :)
Tranky Doo 不是最困難的編舞，但是也不是最簡單的 :) 不過只要多多練習一定可以學得起來～ 加油囉！/// Finally, while Tranky Doo isn't most difficult routine, it certainly isn't the easiest either. So congrats to everyone in the class for doing such a good job :) See you next week!
我的 Pinkoi 設計館 / My Pinkoi Shop：Kiss & Tell Vintage
我的 Facebook 粉絲頁 / My Facebook Page：Kiss & Tell Vintage
我的生活是每週每週算的，不知為什麼時間總是過得這麼快。這週 Tübingen 的天氣出奇的好，但是到了週末卻全部成了陰天，不是故意折磨上班族嗎？回顧一下這週的一些最愛, in case you missed it. /// My life is counted by the week and I don't know why time always passes so fast. The weather in Tübingen has been exceptional this week, until it clouded over on the weekend. Here's some of this week's favourites, in case you missed it.
1915 年，巴黎街頭，全世界最可愛的童子軍，來自 The Retronaut. /// 1915, on the streets of Paris, the most adorable game of war, via The Retronaut.
二零年代的 Ziegfeld Follies 女演員，以及一個滿屌的玩偶。 /// 1920s Ziegfeld Follies girl and a very cocky puppet.
三零年代的日本插畫，好清純的美少女。/// 1930s Japanese illustration. I should wear my hair like that.
四位四零年代的美女。快把姐妹們聚起來一起拍一張像這樣的照片～ /// Four 1940s beauties. Quick - go round up your friends and have a photo shoot.
五零年代的貓眼眼鏡，配著這週的有感而發：偶爾難免遇到對我的外觀有意見的人，上衣胸線有沒有太低，皮膚是不是太黑，會不會太胖之類。這時候只能解釋：我的身體是我的，只以我的審美觀主導。你沒有權利干涉，更沒有權利把你俗淺的意見用「好意」的包裝來約束我。請省省口水吧，別把我跟會聽信你放屁的傻女孩搞混了。/// Fifties cat-eye glasses with this week's outburst: Occasionally I run into people who have an opinion about my appearance - is my top too low cut, am I too tanned, should I lose weight? At times like this I can only say that my body is mine and as such is guided by my aesthetics alone. No one else has the right to interfere - much less the right to use the passive aggressive "well-meaning advice" to try and censure me. Please keep your opinions to yourself, because you're mistaking me for someone who gives a shit.
六零年代：哪天我也要穿這樣（裡面不穿）。/// Sixties style: Must dress like this some time (with nothing on underneath).
最後，來張完美的棉花糖造型。/// Finally, some perfect cotton candy hair.
最近收到了這條美麗的七零年代百折領巾，用來綁頭髮很好看，順便跟大家分享一下這個簡單的復古造型。這種捲頭髮的技巧叫做 "pin-curl" - 有很多不同的做法。我覺得這種是最簡單的。
I found this 70s pleated scarf recently and it makes a great hairband. Here's the simple retro-style hairstyle I often do :) This technique is called "pin-curl" and there's many ways to do it. I think this is very simple.