As I have been sharing in my past few blogs, I have been working on NOT working on a weekend, therefore I would try to pursue some hobbies, creative projects, self-care, and other extra-curricular activities. This Saturday, I worked on two things: (1) editing my past street photos, specifically my Tokyo photos, and (2) desperately wanting to catch up on Money Heist Season 5, where I will get to listen to the song ‘Bella Ciao’ more.

EDITING MY TOKYO PHOTOS

There are two things that motivated me to do this today: (1) I keep getting reminded of my Tokyo trip by Tokyo’s character on Money Heist (just the name, since the city has nothing to do with her character anyway), and (2) after watching He’s All That recently, I was inspired by Cameron’s character as a (street) photographer.

Here are some photos which are specifically taken perhaps in the first two hours since I arrived at Shibuya Station in Tokyo:

I’m working on editing and posting more of my street photos from my past trips abroad, and starting to take the camera outside again very soon. Like what Padgett said in the movie, photographers like Diane Arbus and Ansel Adams did not get popular by just hiding inside their dark rooms.

I think it’s about time to take photography again more seriously. I’ll hit the streets soon, I promise!

MONEY HEIST SEASON 5 AND MY DESPERATE NEED TO CATCH UP

I remember my cousin Nia getting hooked at this particular series in 2019 but I never got enough encouragement from many people to start watching it. I’m such a late bloomer on the Money Heist craze! I love how this show twists my mind so far, and I just couldn’t stop watching!

I’m starting to get attached to characters, as usual, and at some point, it gives me a feeling of inspiration (not to plan my own heist, hey) in a way that it shows that even the finest plan that took very long to work could fail, hence persistence and consistency is always the key.

Also, it shows us that love can make us irrational and destroy our dreams in life. I’ll stop there before I talk more about it lol.

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‘BELLA CIAO’ AND ITS HISTORICAL REFERENCE

Before, I absolutely had no idea on a single reference to the song ‘Bella Ciao’ (I’ve been seeing it on social media — on captions, posts, everywhere) and all I know is that it’s a song from Money Heist.

I got so hooked when I heard it for the first time at the scene where Moscow was able to find the dirt in the ground after digging for their escape plan. When they sang it together, it gave me so much goosebumps and I felt like I want to celebrate with them.

“The show is Spanish, why did they have an Italian song?”

My usual curious mind looked for answers, and in parallel to Professor telling the context of it in the last episode of Season 1, I was stunned to know that it has a historical context.

According to Professor, this song revolves around the context of Resistance. Specifically, it was sung by his grandfather’s troops when they were fighting against fascism in Italy.

The history nerd in me is happy to know that it has references from World War II. I’m willing to dig more into it.

I found an English version of the song from Genius, and I was thinking it will be good to also share it here as well:

Goodbye, my Beautiful (BELLA CIAO ENGLISH VERSION)

One morning I awakened
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
One morning I awakened
And I found the invader

Oh partisan carry me away
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Oh partisan carry me away
Because I feel death approaching

And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And if I die as a partisan
(And if I die on the mountain)
Then you must bury me

Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
Bury me up in the mountain
(And you have to bury me)
Under the shade of a beautiful flower

And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
And the people who shall pass
(And all those who shall pass)
Will tell me: “what a beautiful flower”
(And they will say: “what a beautiful flower”)
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This is the flower of the partisan

(And this is the flower of the partisan)
Oh Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful, Goodbye beautiful! Bye! Bye!
This is the flower of the partisan

(And this is the flower of the partisan)
Who died for freedom

Can’t wait to reach Money Heist Season 5! I’m also digging Tokyo’s hair, but I’m not lucky enough to have a straight hair to try that lol.

Just rambling as usual,

Sherr

2 thoughts on “About Today: Editing my Tokyo Photos, Catching Up Until Money Heist Season 5, and Learning About ‘Bella Ciao’ (Scrambled Thoughts #04)”

  1. I confirm Bella Ciao is a war song, written when we were trying to get rid of fascism in Italy. I don’t know why it has been used in so many versions…maybe for its rhythm.

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    • The rhythm was indeed catchy! And the reason of the song choice is clearer to me now because of that info. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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