On my road in Macau 人在澳門

On 1st June 2012, I had my passport on one hand and my backpack on the other, I embarked on a life changing journey that is without any itinerary.

2012年6月1日,我手持護照,背著背包,踏上一個沒有時限沒有路線沒有終站的的旅程。

In the beginning of this journey, I traveled overland from the west coast to the east coast in US, lived in New York for a while and worked as a Publicity Videographer for a film. And then I went to Mexico to study Spanish. After that I arrived in South America, traveled from Peru, Bolivia, Chile to Argentina, where I lived for half a year. In Bolivia I taught in a local university as a Guest Lecturer. In Argentina I worked in a hostel and a bar, as a Script Supervisor for a documentary and a Videographer for a branding event. Sadly I didn’t met my sexy Latino in South America so I traveled to Europe to continue striving as a Traveling Artist.

旅程開端,我由美西陸路遊到美東,短住紐約,並為一部電影當宣傳攝錄師。接著我到了墨西哥學習西班牙文。之後到步南美,由秘魯出發,途經玻利維亞,智利,到達阿根廷,旅居半年。在玻利維亞曾於當地大學作客席講師。在阿根廷曾於旅館及酒吧工作、還有為記錄片當劇本指導及品牌活動當攝錄師。可惜是,我沒有在南美搭上拉丁帥哥,於是遊到歐洲繼續做我的 Traveling Artist。

I embarked on my European journey from Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Southern France, United Kingdom to Paris, where I worked as an assistant for an artist. Unfortunately I was badly injured and I couldn’t work, so I returned to Southern France to rest and learn French. Even though I still hadn’t totally recovered after my half year in France, my destiny had sent me my Latino here. Voilà, because of love, I moved to Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea. I was very happy on the island, winter spring and summer had gone too quickly, and at last I had recovered after learning Chinese medicine to take good care of my own body, so I could move on and continue my journey.

歐洲之旅我由葡萄牙出發,途經西班牙,摩洛哥,南法,英國,到達巴黎,為一位藝術家當助手。可惜舊患復發,無法工作,於是搬到南法,靜心休養,學習法文。我雖怠在法國半年也沒有完全康復,但上天竟然真的給我遇上我的拉丁哥。結果,因為愛,我搬到地中海,西班牙屬島馬略卡。島上我活得很快樂,冬春夏轉眼就過,努力學習養生的我也終於算是把身體調理好,決定重新上路。

I have no idea how much time I will spend on this Macau trip, but it will be long enough to throw myself into media and creative fields again, and to introduce you the real lives behind the glittering facades of this world famous casino city, my home city. Though I now have returned to the starting point but my journey is not ending here, and forever it will be continued. Just because I will continue living my life as if I was traveling on the road no matter where I go, no matter where I live.

這趟澳門之旅,我雖不知會留多久,但相信會有足夠時間,能讓自己再次投入媒體創意相關工作,能為大家介紹我家矚目賭城浮華背後最真實的景物人情。而現在,我雖是回到起點,但旅程並沒終結,而且永遠繼續。因為,以後無論我走到哪裡,活在哪方,我都會用以旅行的心情,活出我的生命。

To me know more about me, please click on my world for my travel stories, my artwork for my creativity, about me for my biography, or follow me on my Facebook for my latest news and photos. Feel free to contact me if you want to work with me or hang out with me.

最後,請大家到訪 我的世界 看我的遊記故事,我的作品 看我的藝術創作, 關於我 了解我更多,又或到 我的 Facebook 關注我的近況。無論你想跟我一起工作又或一起玩樂,都歡迎隨時聯絡我。

Sio
Macau
06 / 09 / 2014

My first travel writing column 我的第一個旅遊專欄

“Magazine & More”, a lifestyle and fashion magazine from Macau, has started publishing my travel column “My boundless sea and sky” on its latest issue. In a total of six issues I will be writing my most profound feelings and most memorable experiences of my last two years of travel. This is my first column writing job, I am so glad to have my writings printed on paper. I really wanna be a travel writer one day and I hope I gonna have more writing opportunities in the future! Trust me I gonna keep working hard!

今期澳門時尚生活雜誌 Magazine & More 開始有我的專欄《海闊天空》,我會把過去兩年的最深刻感受最難忘經驗濃縮在一連六期的寫作裏面。這是我的第一個專欄工作,很高興我的文字給印在雜誌上面。我真的希望有天能夠成為一位旅遊作家,期望日後會有更多寫作機會!我會努力的呵!

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Magazine & More is being distributed in the many casino resorts, cafe and restaurants, hair and beauty salons, supermarkets, universities, commercial and residential buildings and many more places in Macau. Easiest access point includes OK Convenience Store and Starbuck Cafe. Magazine & More 分布於澳門各大酒店,餐飲,超市,高等學府,髮廊美容院,商業住宅大廈等等地方。熱點包括 OK 便利店以及Starbuck 咖啡店。

Behind the event highlights in Macau 澳門盛事背後

The best time to come visit Macau is between mid-autumn festival and new year eve, because we have numerous major events happening in period. From the International Fireworks Display Contest taking place in September; to the Macau International Music Festival, Lusofonia Festival, Macau International Trade and Investment Fair, Macau City Fringe Festival taking place in October; and then we have Macau Grand Prix the most internationally prestigious event, Macau Food Festival bringing us culinary delicacy from around the globe, Hush!! Full Band Festival the musical marathon with rock talents from local and overseas, Tap Seac Art Fair showcasing handcraft art pieces from Macau, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan taking place in November, the busiest month of the year; thereafter we started to see the most beautiful Christmas decorations hanging onto the lamp posts in every street, the biggest Christmas tree being placed at the central plaza of the city, and then everyone is waiting for the Christmas, the celebration of Macau SAR Establishment Day, the new year Eve and the new year, because it give us a long holiday break.

旅客們最應該到訪澳門的時間,就是中秋過後直至年底,因為每年在這段時間都總有著源源不斷的盛事發生。由九月份的國際煙花比賽匯演;到十月份的國際音樂節、葡韻嘉年華、國際貿易投資展覽會及其時裝秀、城市藝穗節;再到全年節目最豐富的十一月份,當中包括矚目世界的格蘭披治大賽車、搜羅全球美食的美食節、有著知名海外樂團的 HUSH!! Full Band 馬拉松搖滾音樂祭、展示中港澳臺手作藝術的塔石藝墟;之後大街小巷掛上最漂亮的聖誕燈飾,中心廣場豎起最大型的聖誕樹,然後全城等待聖誕回歸元旦新年,因為是長假期的到來。

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Pressure testing passed 終於通過壓力測試

Macau is in an era with less than 1% of unemployment rate, the demand is greater than the supply that even a cleaner is paid MOP 720 a day, you can easily get a job as long as you are healthy and ready.

在澳門這個失業率只有少於 1% 的年代,各行各業,求過於供,就連清潔工人也有 MOP 720 日薪,基本上有手有腳就有工作。

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However there are exceptional cases, even though we have multimedia related vacancies available at various casino resorts, freelancers like me prefer freedom but not stability, we still need to look for work and wait for work because the market is not so big comparatively. And of course it is because I just came back and it takes time to make connection again with the people in the industry.

但凡事也總有例外,就好像我所從事的影視工作,雖則大型博企有着不少多媒體相關職位,但由於我從來都是自由人身分,不願受困朝九晚五辦公室,我還是要不斷找工作不斷等開工。說到底,澳門影視需求相對不大,而且我還是剛剛回來,還要慢慢跟同業再做聯繫。

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流浪的勇氣 根本誰也拿得起

我一個女生,流浪兩年,走過歐非南北美。別人給我的讚美通常就是,我很勇敢。亦有些會說,也曾幻想遠走高飛,可惜沒這個勇氣。然而,我不認為自己特別勇敢,也相信許多浪人跟我感覺一樣,活在路上不過我們最舒服的生活方式,最需要的人生歷練,最忠誠的一次選擇。

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看在別人眼裡,浪人的所謂勇氣,可能是與生俱來,可能是突如奇來,更可能是通過一次又一次的旅遊經驗累積出來。其實,我跟大家都也一樣,在還未試過獨自外遊之前,也是害怕寂寞,在沒有試過長途旅程之前,也會擔心體能。我是擁有三十多國的自助遊經驗之後,才相信自己可以沒有路線沒有限期的流浪出走。

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TDM Radio Show 澳門電台《靚太好易做》

Below is the archive links to a Macau radio show in which I was being interviewed for my travel stories of the past two years. However it is in Cantonese Chinese only so you might have to wait till we see each other again to listen to my stories, if you don’t speak this language.

早前上了澳門電台節目《靚太好易做》跟幾位靚太分享我過去兩年出走流浪的一些回憶故事,以下就是節目重溫。可是節目全是廣東話,只說國語的朋友就聽不懂了。唯有希望我們有天碰面,那我就可以用我很爛的國語跟大家說故事。

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Figures looks amazing but it isn’t meaning anything 幸福的數字 不過是表面

Since we had our super luxurious casinos opened and the Macau version of the Vegas Strip built, our government had been earning over too much taxes from the gaming industry that the gross of at least tens of billions patacas (Macau dollar) every year had given our officials headaches of how to spend the money. As a result, lots and lots of subsidy plans were launched to help small businesses, example like window decoration subsidy or website subsidy or interest-free loan etc to be given to the general public like lucky money. And the arts and creative sector which no one cared about ten years ago had also became the government’s favorite in the recent years, that a subsidy of 9 millions patacas max has just launched early this year and everyone in this industry was busy writing the biggest proposal of the year.

澳門政府自從賭權開放,博彩稅收賺得盆滿砵滿。每年少則幾百億的盈餘,總令高官頭痛如何把錢花掉。於是,政府近年對各行各業推出了各種優惠資助。例如,聖誕櫥窗資助,網頁製作資助,中小企免息貸款,等等似是送錢給大眾平民的計劃。至於十年前無人理會的文創範疇,近年更是大力推動。而本年推出的文化產業基金資助金額更高達九百萬,令本行大小企業團體個人都埋頭苦幹精心編寫他們的世紀計劃書。

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Surely people overseas would be jealous of us when they look at these amazing figures. And yes indeed many companies and associations are making lots of money out from all these subsidies. But wait, listen to me, the truth is, to those who would like to make a living purely from the arts and creative industry can’t even easily feed themselves their three meals.

沒錯,單看數字,的確非常吸引,羡煞海外旁人。也的確,有着不少公司社團,憑着種種資助計劃賺錢發達。不過,對於很多認真想要用以文創為生的人,莫說發達,想要一日三餐也還未算是完全可能。

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How could I not able to adapt my life in my home city 我怎可能 不適應自己的家

“Can you adapt your life here?” This is a question every of my friend asks me since I come back. And also the question I pondered every day and night before I get back.

「你適應嗎?」這是我回來之後每個朋友都會問我的問題。更是我重回之前日夜思量擔心非常的問題。

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Surprisingly, I don’t feel anything wrong, I even feel good at some point. Even though the super dense population had already reached 600,000 and more, the central area is packed with Chinese tourists on every holiday and weekend, with high prices and unreasonable inflation that even a parking costs us two millions, and jammed traffic, noisy surroundings, polluted environment had given no one any quiet space to feel and to think.

然而,出奇地,我並沒有任何不適應,甚至感覺自如。即使,密集人口經已高達六十萬,周未假日總有陸客迫爆街,物價飆升車位都過兩百萬,交通擠迫道嘈吵空氣染污似乎誰也沒有靜心的空間。

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開工大吉!First day of work!

開工大吉!回來後第一個工作,就是當企業宣傳片演員,各位日後若需要臨時演員,也請考慮我!當然,若大家需要任何錄像製作,節目活動,宣傳推廣,媒體創作方面的人手,更希望大家考慮我!我可以做導演監製寫稿統籌安排協調改革指導教學開會接客人寫計劃書等等相關工作!謝謝大家,祝大家生意興隆!身體健康!出入平安!

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My first job after I returned home is to work as an actor for a corporate video, please consider me for any extra / background actor role in the future! Of course I rather wish you to consider me in any video production, live events, marketing, promotion, media and creative related jobs! I can do directing, producing, scriptwriting, managing, organizing, coordinating, reforming, teaching, training, or anything relating! Thank you so much everyone and I wish you all very good luck with your careers and businesses!

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Sio / Traveling Artist

我老闆是 LACY boutique

出走之前,我一直都是以自由人身份,從事媒體創作相關工作。是次重回,當然也希望繼續自由自在的生活。不過,要跟業界同行再次連繫,也都需時,必須耐心等候。(所以呢 有什麼合適我的工作請通知我 謝謝呵)

而在這段沒工作沒工錢的時間,給我吃飽飯的家人就是我的老闆。我媽是裁縫,我妹賣時裝,現在我每天都為她們的 LACY Boutique 做宣傳工作,拍了很多新品照。上架新裝有型格有可愛有斯文也有自家設計,風格應有盡有,適合不同個性的 Lady 們。

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