Lisbon CS Host Angela & Kico
荷蘭CS Host Matt說大麻蛋糕好好食，不過藥效的發揮時間比大麻煙慢；另一位荷蘭CS Host Anousja一聽我從未試過吸食大麻，立即起身，說要馬上點煙讓我嚐嚐，但當時已是深夜，輸給睡魔的我，選擇發夢多於見幻覺；立陶宛首都維爾紐斯的CS Host Egle吸大麻多年，她說吸大麻後會看見幻覺；CS Host Angela則說他們吸的大葉花粉無幻覺，只令人放鬆；誤打誤撞「吸」了大麻花粉二手煙的我，看不見幻覺，也感不到放鬆，只覺得窒息（被眼淚鼻涕嗆），不同人果然有不同體驗啊……
I am so happy to meet Angela and Kico. They were my CS Host in Lisbon. We were just like old friends when we first met～
I stayed in Edinburgh airport for a night and caught a flight to Lisbon on early morning. I was so tired when I got to Lisbon. And I saw a property ad written in simplify Chinese when I arrived in Lisbon airport, wow…
I owned a big thank you to Kico who drove to airport and picked me up. I went straight to bed and slept dead when I got to their home. It was already dinner time when I woke up. Angela and Kico prepared a full feast on dinner table. They were so sweet and my eyes were wet. They looked after me like family although we just first met. I was so lucky to meet them!
They were living on a small island near Lisbon. I could take a ferry (30 minutes per ride, high frequency) or drive through the bridge.
Their home was on first floor with a tall ceiling which near 3 meters. ‘Ceiling windows’ were installed in every room. Morning sunshine shone into the room everyday. Shading door was on the balcony and a little garden behind the apartment building.
It was near the city but still had space to grow vegetables, the building was elegant classic and practical. It was a very beautiful home.
Angela was a tutorial teacher and she worked about 3 days per week. She would look after the dogs and the plants and cook in her free time. She loves nature and drawing Mandala. She was living with her grandparents in the country when she was a kid and learn how to plant. Angela and her grandparents had a great interest on Chinese culture.
Kico shared his story with me openly on the first day. He was an ex-gangster and did all the bad things when he was young. His life was changed when he met Angela. Kico was caught by police and was judged observe behaviour. He then made a great effort to change his life and he was a construction worker who worked in every countries in Europe. He would look after the plants when he was at home. He was living a different life compare to his youth rich-in-day-poor-at-night and fighting life.
Kico was the first (ex) ‘gangster’ I met face to face. I had no idea what reaction should I make when I first heard his story on the first day.
The gangster in my mind are some ‘Cartoon Man’ who was full of tattoo, rude and fight a lot. I would definitely hide away if I met those people.
But the (ex) ‘gangster’ Kico in front me broke all my stereotype of a gangster: naughtiness was hide in his big eyes and warm to see his deep love to Angela.
I didn’t know how to get along with this ‘gangster’ at first.
We were talking about kung fu after dinner one night. My dad loves Wing Chun and Tai Chi and I (was forced to) learn some kung fu for beginner when I was young.
Kico had a great interest in kung fu so I asked him to relax his hands and push the fists towards me without strength.
Actually I really didn’t know Wing Chun but Kico seems playing very happy. He really didn’t put power on his fists.
He was so happy that he even demonstrated some boxing techniques. I was a total outsider on boxing so Angela and me were just laughing and be audiences.
I found out that ‘gangster’ was a big boy after Kico and I ‘fight’. ‘Gangsters’ were ordinary people like you and me.
I discovered that I was a bias person after I met so many different people on traveling. I always use my measurement to measure other people. And that bias people and limit myself. I should beware from now on.
Angela and Kico were in their 30’ and in a sweet relationship.
Some lovely red hearts were always flying all around when Kico looked at Angela in a sweet gaze.
Sweet honey were always falling all around when Angela would just smiled shyly to Kico.
Such a pair of darling love birds～
And they have 2 dogs as family members. Those 2 little dogs were lovely too. They made up a Happy Four.
Angela and Kico hadn’t married and had no plan to get marry although they already treat the other as husband and wife.
Angela said, ‘Our love don’t need a piece of paper to prove,’
Kico agreed, ‘I love her the same no matter marry or not,’
The marriage system was highly questioned in Europe. Kids from a non-marry relationship rise every year. I rethink a lot on marriage, especially I came from Asia which worship marriage and family system.
And about the above picture, I finished it after 2 hours shivering in cold winds. But it’s worth to finish a satisfy picture；）
Angela and Kico had a little garden behind their apartment building. They plant some vegetables in the garden. And bought some earthworms to dig the soil. And self-made kitchen decompose installation. And a rocket stove.
I had to visit farms and nature a lot when I worked in Hong Kong. I met those rocket stove and speaking about fish-vege-cohabit in a foreign country again. It just made me felt so familiar and so resonance!!
Angela was weeding in a serious look. Kico was sorting beans relaxingly.
I used color pencils to make the sketch first. Then Angela leave because she had to rush to her tutorial class. Then Kico went away because he saw me finished his sketch. And I was left to this empty set and draw, draw, draw.
I sketched the main characters first before I color them. I was so tired (and cold) when I get to those flowery background so I just draw them out without sketch.
The color would mix together when they didn’t dry. I was so worry but they became so pretty when they blend together after drying.
There is no right or wrong on art, just make some fun in drawing is fine；））
Angela looked at the picture with smile after she got back home at night, ‘These are beetroot, those are spices… I can recognise that is my garden!’
This resonance is the most valuable. I always believe it would be best for the paintings to connect with people. Angela saw her garden through the picture and I was glad that my drawing connect her with something she familiar.
Kico was like always. He was happy to see Angela happy：）
We were talking about ‘no wind no rain no sunshine’ in ‘Settling’ by Su Shu
I said, ‘This is a Chinese unique philosophy. Wind and rain is sadness; sunshine is happiness. And the poet yearns of…’
Kico quickly answer, ‘Happiness!’
I said, ‘The poet is yearning for “non happy non sad”, a state near “emptiness”,’
Kico was disappointed, ‘How can that be? Happiness is better than sadness,’
Angela walked pass and said, ‘“emptiness” is a state yearning by Taoists,’
Kico said immediately, ‘Oh, Okay, and I think “emptiness” is better now,’
That was a very interesting discussion. I never thought the Europeans interested in Taoism. Angela really knew “emptiness”. Kico’s ‘Happiness is better than sadness’ was a typical western straight-forward. And it was lovely to see his ‘My wife is always right’ philosophy.
It was so great to discuss Song Ci in Portugal～
Weed was very popular in Europe. I don’t drink or smoke and never tried weed. But I was smoked in weed accidentally in Lisbon.
Angela and Kico didn’t smoke but they smoke the weed pollen. Angela said weed pollen is cheaper. They usually smoked 3 to 4 times a day. Smoking weed pollen is similar to smoking, first burn then smoke in.
We were chatting in the living room after lunch one day. Angela opened the window and smoke her weed pollen causally. A wind blow in suddenly. The smoke blow towards me. I smoked in accidentally and felt like I was fallen into a flower core and was attacked by millions of pollens. I have nose allergies and the allergic reactions came immediately. I couldn’t stop coughing+running nose+tearing.
Angela extinguished her weed pollen immediately and suggested me to wash my face.
I rushed to the toilet and keep washing for 10 minutes. The allergic reactions slowly calm down.
My CS Host Matt in Netherland said the weed cake tasted good but the reaction came slower than the seed smoke.
Another Netherland CS Host Anousja once knew I hadn’t try weed before and she got up immediately and want to prepare weed for me to try. But it was late at night and I was so sleepy. I lost my attempt to experience the illusions to dreaming.
Egle was my CS Host in Vilnius the capital of Lithuania. She smoked weed for years. She said she would have illusion after smoking weed.
Angela said they did NOT have illusions after smoking weed pollens and they just made people relax.
I smoked in weed pollens accidentally but I didn’t see any illusion or felt relax. I was SUFFOCATED (by my tears and snivel).
Different people really have different experience…
Painting, green life, kung fu, Chinese culture, weed, education, marriage…
Angela, Kico and I always had countless topics. I am really happy and fortune to meet them in Lisbon and really hope to see them again in the future!