RESERVE your tickets now to the Round The Island Again concert, my first electronic concert in Hong Kong (not the first in Sweden though). 20 July 2018 8pm Hong Kong City Hall (Recital Hall). Tickets HK$100 (HK$50 concessionary tickets). Details and reservation www.vicmusic.se/concerts
Now the freshly new website of raphaelmak.com is up and ready. Come have a look and don’t forget to stream/buy/order a few songs, pieces, albums and gigs!
The second stage of the Stockholm Indoor Cup takes places in a school nearer to the city centre, Globala gymnasiet, just a few stations from the central station on the T-bana.
This stage of the event stands out in having the competition take place not only in the main building but also in two separate buildings, linked by passages marked with carpets on-site and blue areas on the map. While it was a few minus degrees outdoors, the indoor environment then becomes hot and humid by comparison which affected thinking due to insufficient oxygen.
For both stages, description sheets are available separately and not printed on the map. Start time band, at one hour intervals, is chosen during online event entry and start draw is done within each start time band.
A key to rapid route planning is to realise the loops that the one-way passages form (e.g. between staircases A and B on 2/F and 3/F). Compared to yesterday, however, there are not as many instances of a corridor divided into two sides with different linkages. One feature of today is the labyrinth set within the gymnastics hall (controls 14 to 18).
The only control marker on-site is the start marker as in the photo below. Note that the marker is of a special rainbow design by SOFT (Svenska Orienteringsförbundet), probably in support of LGBT rights and if I remember correctly, debuted around the time of Stockholm Pride either this year or last year. The left lane is the start passage and the right lane is the competition area; they are NOT mutually passable at the location of the marker.
And all the other controls have no markers, which makes them a lot harder to see:
The start area (appears to be the art room):
The outdoor passage: one must only run on the green carpets to ensure the shoes do not touch the snow and make the indoor areas wet; the rule to have separate indoor shoes for the competition has a similar intention.
A one way lane has arrows, complete with enkelriktat (one way) and the no-entry sign you see on roads:
The finish (mål). Note that there’s a live broadcast of the gymnastics hall (a separate one downstairs of the one with the labyrinth).
People mountain people sea (for those who don’t understand, it’s a calque from Chinese). The balcony is part of the competition area; there’s actually a control to the side of the pipe organ’s manual (very impressive for a high school to have a pipe organ).
The canteen seems to be part of the competition area, so the organisers are selling food and drinks themselves:
Two days after I completed my first HK100 race, I am officially introducing the Orienteering Starter Pack.
It’s a long time idea which aims at allowing the starter to obtain a compass, whistle, and the means to acquire basic orienteering skills, all in one box easily acquirable, so that more people can be introduced to orienteering.
You can order your Starter Pack here:
The above item appeared in the June 2016 issue of Sportsoho, a sport magazine in Hong Kong. Here I will not recall the circumstances behind this appearance, as I consider this case-closed (fellow orienteers will know; I have no grievances on this issue and I shall not discuss that again). However, I find it highly opportunate to explain how this item came into being.
Experienced orienteers will certainly get what information it reveals. (For the uninitiated: it shows which features you are allowed or not allowed to pass through, under the ISSOM rules, the rules that are in force in a sprint orienteering race. A sprint orienteering race is one that is usually held in cities and parks, that uses a 1:4000 or 1:5000 map, in contrast to races held in forests. By “not allowed” it means you get disqualified upon caught trespassing.)
I am not sure if there are any precedents in Hong Kong or elsewhere, although in Norway they have a “fair play” box on the map wherein impassable features are listed with crosses (search for maps from the famous Bergen Sprint Camp).
The impetus behind its creation was a need to differentiate the “Passable”/”Do no pass” symbols quickly during a sprint race. Characteristics to be distinguished include line width and colour. It can also render help to a competitor new to this orienteering format, or have difficulties differentiating these symbols. Although not initially the intention, a local orienteering coach has noted that it is currently used by coaches to teach ISSOM passability rules to children.
I designed this for a sprint map of Tseung Kwan O in April last year, and has included this in every sprint map I published since (most are for MetOC but some are for HKCEO and the aforementioned TKO map was for HKOC).
Ironically, I was disqualified in an important race last year because I trespassed an olive-yellow zone without even knowing. This has been a major blow to my motivation to compete ever since (combined with other factors such as coursework pressure). Perhaps prolonged orienteering fervour is not psychologically healthy and needs a rest.
The greatest thing I have learned from the ISSOM aid, however, is that you don’t often realize your full influence/contribution; keep on creating/innovating and you’ll be recognized and rewarded some day in the future.
So that’s a year past – not an easy year and also one that is unexpectedly harsh. This is not so much in terms of academic rigour – as I originally expected – as the tight expectation to fulfil multiple duties at multiple contexts. Worse still, such expectations can be emotionally charged, serving no good purpose but hurting all those involved.
Such situations are not uncommon in the contemporary world, especially in a cosmopolitan society yet with rather strong conservative inclinations like Hong Kong, and I accept this as part of the rite of passage. However, if you can lessen the burden of someone else by growing up and learning to restrain your emotions and wants, why not?
The new studio is excellent, and I love it. One cannot, however, escape the fact that monotonous work in the studio makes huge pressure and unhappy lives, in turn leading to inefficient work.
Add in the “enigma” of the classmates falling ill one by one. Before I thought I would emerge victorious at the end of the semester, I fell ill myself. First a worse-than-normal oral ulcer that delivered fevers right before the exam, then a bacterial infection at the intestine that kept me awake in agony all night. Thanks God those are all over now.
One more year to go. The legal stuff and the electives (I chose transport for specialisation) are real challenges that make everything preceding look like a piece of cake. Yet those are the real stuff that I’m really interested in (or rather, intrigues me).
But none matches the personal room I’ve just tidied. I now get to have a large sunshine workplace, and I get to literally let go of my childhood in the process. (No, my childhood is a splendidly happy one. It’s just that my room has large piles dating from the two previous decades.)
Now that the summer holidays are here – I understand why everyone tries to get an internship in the holidays. While I’m still trying though (I have never got one), I have come to terms with the notion that a summer without internship is a happier and freer one. And you can always earn the money (and the experience) somewhere else, some other time.
Never mind even if I don’t get to have a career in urban planning in the end. I’ll keep seeking.
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There has been a sea-change in my life since August, when I quit Gotland School of Music Composition to accept a place at the HKU Master in Urban Planning programme (I have been on the reserve list for that programme).
In the months that followed I kept on questioning the wisdom of this choice. My loved one is certainly a factor in the decision; finance is another. By choosing so, however, I gave up not just the country which I had long wanted to study in, but also the artistic field that I treasured and in which I always felt to be at home.
The main consequence of this is a major re-prioritization of activities. Urbanism, hitherto an auxiliary interest, thrust to the top of the list, while music sunk to the bottom. Orienteering still formed an integral part of my life with numerous commitments.
To be honest the thought that I am the “poorest performing” 25 students on admission (being admitted just two weeks before semester start) framed my mentality to put urban planning at the first of all priorities, at the expense of orienteering and music. Relations are often strained as conflicts arise, and I thank all of you for your understanding and patience.
Des Voeux Road Central rose to prominent attention thanks to the ongoing advocacy for pedestrianization. This major road in my district (and of the whole of Hong Kong) thus became the studio project topic and will continue be so for a semester or two. As intriguing to me as it gets, I have had (and will continue to have) a valuable opportunity to dig deeper into the district I lived in since babyhood.
Numerous terrible things happen around us and in the world. 2016 is a year of pessimism but yet also of hope. As different paradigms contest for prominence and power without regard to tolerance and compassion, let us humbly listen to others’ stories and join hands to build a better world of the future.
Duh, the inhospitable Hongkongish Affenhitze again. Streams of sweat whenever outdoors. A minute of sunshine followed by a minute of pouring rain. Flashing skies and torrential downfall in the middle of a night orienteering event (a few weeks ago).
So I’ll be going to Gotland School of Music Composition mid-August for a year (I suppose the weather in Sweden is more humane than in Hong Kong, at least in summer).
With the 26 April event successfully held, the focus has shifted to the upcoming MetOC Championships. Entries will be opening in a few days time, so stay tuned.
And of course – support my graduation recital on 10 July! 🙂 (Tickets at https://ticket.urbtix.hk/internet/zh_TW/eventDetail/26683)