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昨天一早朋友就傳來相當驚駭的消息:陳昇因為剛剛切除口腔腫瘤而必須取消今年年底的
2021跨年演唱會。這消息對昇迷來說,絕對是非常震撼的,因為昇哥的跨年連續唱了26年,每逢年底迎新除舊都會跟歌迷一起度過,今年大家都祇好忍痛退票,希望昇哥好好療養之後明年年底的2022跨年演唱會帶著樂團一起高歌。

記得2018年底,我覺得有些迷茫,於是買了一張吉隆坡飛往臺北的長榮來回機票,除了重遊久違的臺北,也順便看看昇哥的演唱會。當時一下飛機就在桃園機場排長隊,心裡就有一種想要高喊「昇哥,我來了!」的感覺。內向的我當然沒有那樣做,反而是靜靜地拿出手機給臺北的朋友傳訊息報平安的時候說機場搭客排長龍等著入境,朋友笑說「全世界都來臺灣跨年」。

真的有這種感覺,畢竟全世界好像祇有臺灣這麼多個城市都在慶祝跨年,而且各個縣市都有自己的音樂會吸引當地民眾和遊客,儘管第二天要出席縣市府一大早的元旦升旗禮,有些長官還會出席,實在熱鬧得不得了。

由於疫情的關係,馬來西亞實行行動管制令,五月之後就是復原行動管制令或者有條件行動管制令,重點就是大馬人除了工作和留學之外一律不准出國。所以我若想看陳昇與新寶島康樂隊的跨年演唱會,最快也得等到明年年底。我想我會專心等待,這段時間好好充實自己,期待下一次再次去到臺北世貿中心看看昇哥與他的樂團。

對出國旅遊有期待、有希望,是的,我一直都是這般非常耐心地等待著。

A stunning news was made known from a friend early yesterday morning: Taiwanese singer Bobby Chen has cancelled the 2021 Count-down Concert in the end of next month because he needs to recover from a surgery to remove a tumor in mouth. This surely comes as a shocking news for his fans who have been following his count-down concert for 26 years. He was always bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new year with his fans. But for this year, everybody has to endure the pain for a ticket refund in the hope that Brother Bobby can have a good rest and bring his band back to the stage for the 2022 count-down concert.

I felt perplexed in late 2018 and bought EVA’s KL-Taipei return ticket to revisit Taipei for old time’s sake and Bobby Chen’s concert. There were long queues at Taoyuan International Airport and I had a feeling to shout out loud: “Brother Bobby! Here I come!” The introvert in me of course did not do that. Contrarily, I quietly took out my smart phone to send messages to my friends in Taipei to tell them I had arrived safely. “The whole world is coming for a count-down in Taiwan,” they joked when they learned of the long queues.

This was exacty how I felt that time. Only in Taiwan will you see so many cities and counties organising their own count-down events and concerts that attract the locals and tourists. Some officials still attend the events, even though they had to be on time for the flag-raising ceremony on early morning of new year’s day at municipal office buildings. What a happening event.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia imposed a Movement Control Order (MCO), and it has been Recovery MCO or Conditional MCO since May 2020. The main point is that no Malaysians are allowed to travel overseas, except for work and studies. If I wish to go for the count-down concert of Bobby Chen and New Formosa Band, the earliest date would be end of 2021. I think I will concentrate on waiting for the concert while I also make good use of my time to improve myself before visiting Brother Bobby and his band at Taipei World Trade Center.

Anticipation of what is going to take place and looking forward to going for another overseas visit is what makes me always wait so patiently.