A Birthday Date with 王力宏 Wang Leehom at the Bird's Nest

You knew this was coming. If you've paid just a little attention to my blog, you will find that I can twist almost any topic into mentioning 王力宏 Wang Leehom one way or another. Who wouldn't want to mention such a handsome devil! Just look at him! Don't you just want to... *utters incomprehensibly*

I wouldn't say that I'm infatuated with him but I do have a very big soft spot for him and his talents. I think he's a talented musican, an interesting and inspiring man, a great actor and definitely an extraordinary singer. He's a man of many talents so enjoying the things he shares with his fans never really gets old because there is always something new, because he's the type of person who doesn't shy away from reinventing himself and trying something he hasn't done before.

Students often ask me whether there are any Chinese actors or singers I like and I always mention Wang Leehom. Some of the students who have known me for a while tease me with it, others excitedly tell me that he's married and when I respond that I couldn't give a hoot about that they appear baffled.

Somehow I just can't get the balance right. If I see a handsome man on the street and I tell my Chinese friend that I want to take him home and rip his clothes off I overstep some sort of invisible boundary but when I tell my friends here that yes Wang Leehom is sexy as hell and hotter than Chongqing hotpot but I don't want to drag him off to somewhere to have my wicked way with him I say the wrong thing again...or maybe it's the fact that I talk about sex and not marriage? Sometimes girls are too complicated, at least some Chinese boys are more open to the kind of humour I'm used to...and as such they are a lot more fun to hang out with. Seriously what do girls here talk about? Where's the fun in talking about boys when you can't be candid about it? Boys do it all the time and when I want to talk like that boys get me, girls don't.

But back to my date with the one and only Wang Leehom.

I'd been meaning to go to one of his concerts forever. I even planned to fly to Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, London...you name it. It never quite worked out so this time I just grabbed the chance and twisted it to my advantage. The timing was perfect. I had to go up to Beijing to renew my passport and decided to spend my birthday in the capital, away from Wuhan. I wanted to get out of the city, be somewhere else for a while, do something I hadn't done in some time. Lengthy recovery periods and hospital stays don't make it easy to travel. With my birthday being on the 13th and the concert scheduled for the 14th of June the timing for my short holiday was perfect. I got my official business sorted out and I even got to have some fun. If my previous posts weren't any indication of that well then I don't know...

I remember driving past the Bird's Nest back in 2012 during my first trip to Beijing but I don't remember even catching a glimpse of the massive stadium so when I got there (by subway, convenient as it can be) I was awed and amazed.

Like pretty much everything in China, the place is huge in size and I had to take a few moments to breathe it all in. I always thought Croke Park in Dublin is massive but compared to the Bird's Nest it seems like a peanut. Then again, Croke Park isn't an Olympic Stadium!

The show was fantastic, mind-blowing, moving and truly worth seeing. I brought my camera along but she and I have massive disagreements on what it means to take crisp and clear concert pictures. I regret buying it. It never worked quite right...or maybe I'm just too silly to use it properly? I gave up on my camera fairly quickly and just used my phone to snap some photos. I mostly just photographed the screen but the pictures turned out alright and I didn't attend the concert to snap a million photos, I just wanted to enjoy the atmosphere and the opportunity to see Music-Man II live in action!

Okay, I admit it, I have a think for those arms. Phwoar!!! *thud*

Leehom shared one of his new songs 《七十亿分之一》which I fell in love with at first listen and I'm anxiously waiting for the release of his new album or at least the song. The title translates into "One In Seven Billion" and I'm sure he wrote this song for his wife, but it's moving, the lyrics are beautiful, the music is incredible and oh flip it I'm a fangirl, there you go! I came out of the closet!!!