It has always been a pleasure to be part of Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village since years. If you have read the cooperation articles, you might realize how I am touched by each event, and how much I have proved about self-growth during the years.
I remember the first event I attended in 2013, A touch of Chic, a charitable activity to support breast cancer. My mission was not only to record the process but also interview Eva Padberg, a well-known Model in Germany. It was my very first time to do a video interview, bought a mini microphone and learn how to edit videos. You could image that I was so nervous when I talked to Eva.
After that, I have more opportunities to every important moment with the villages. Depending on different situations, each time is a challenge for me. I learn from experiences; I know how to do my work properly. However, without all great and exciting concept and ideas from the villages, I can not enjoy all of it.
There are two campaigns that I was particularly impressed. In this article, I would like to tell you a story from the other angle, the stories behind the villages and me, as a participant of the social media.
這些年來不管是參加法蘭克福近郊的Wertheim Village或是慕尼黑近郊的Ingolstadt Village兩大購物村的活動，在文章裡所寫下「很有意思」、「令人意猶未盡」這些字句從表面上看來或許商業化；不過如果把這一連串參與的活動前後銜接起來，則是一整段因為靈感啟發而「自我成長」的過程。
我永遠記得第一次參加Ingolstadt Village的活動是在2013年夏季末，是場購物村集團舉辦的「A Touch Of Chic」支持乳癌的公益活動。那時候第一次做影音採訪，特別買了套收音麥克風，事前研究了錄影的方法，甚至後來做了功課剪接影片。更不用說，當我抱著相機走進會場，看到模特兒Eva Padberg時的緊張模樣；我永遠記得自己的聲音在發抖的胸腔裡迴盪的印象。
接下來更多的採訪、影片影像紀錄的機會，每次都因為人物、活動內容而有不同的挑戰。我從一個戰戰兢兢抖著心跳的採訪初學者，到現在不僅錄影、照相到發問都可以獨自完成，還可以依照現場狀況變通調整。這當中，把困難當成挑戰，正面迎上不退縮的心態幫了很大的忙。不過如果少了Wertheim Village或是Ingolstadt Village每次在活動中不同靈感的呈現，或許便少了許多自我挑戰時的樂趣。
Related Article：A Touch of Chic with Eva Padberg
Christmas Charity Book Exhibition
Christmas Charity Book Exhibition was a charitable project that Ingolstadt Village hosted with UNICEF, the project called Schools for Africa. The goal was to offer children in Africa a study environment for the primary education.
The organizers invited thirteen people/groups to join this meaningful project. Each of them have got an empty drawing book in A4 size. On the opened two pages, they drew about their Christmas stories, about their thoughts, dreams or memories. There was no rule about how to create the pages. It was all about love. At the same time, it is very personal and emotional.
Through the event and reading the creations, I understood those never told stories that behind the famous celebrities. It might be very fashionable; however, it was one of the most remarkable events I have been part of.
Christmas Charity Book Exhibition是Ingolstadt Village與UNICEF一起合作的義舉；目的是為了提供非洲的孩子們一個基本的讀書環境，計畫名稱為Schools for Africa。主辦單位邀請了德國十三位（組）俱有影響力的名流人士共襄盛舉，每一位（組）在兩面Ａ4大小的空白筆記本上繪製每個人對聖誕節的想法或是憧憬回憶的故事。創作方式與媒介沒有限定，是非常俱有想像力，同時也帶有個人情感與情緒的創作。
Related Article : Christmas Charity Book Exhibition
Frankfurt Wertheim Village Shopping Tour
At the end of 2015, I was thinking about to have a community for Chinese-speaking women who live in German Speaking cities to join and receive useful information that I learn from my work. At the beginning of 2016, the community is founded; and the shopping tour to the Wertheim Village was our first activity. I was excited and nervous. However, that was a successful event; I never could imagine that I went shopping with my girls and chatted in Chinese.
It cheered me. I was scared to carry out my dream and plan; however, step by step, I follow my heart and do something I wanted to. Slower is better than never.
Related Article : Frankfurt Wertheim Village Shopping Tour
Come back to the story of the Art Project. When I visited both Villages for Coach event in April, I already noticed there are three English words as outdoor art devices, Love, Happy and Joy. The bright yellow color brings a pleasant mood to the villages.
When I received the invitation to join the Art Project, I was wondering how artists would give changes to the devices.
回到德國境內兩大購物村的Art Project話題。四月中到購物村參加Coach的推廣活動時，不管是在Wertheim Village或是Ingolstadt Village，因應春季百花盛開怡景，在兩大園區內已經請了裝置藝術家打造了戶外的大型藝術裝置，分別是Love、Happy以及Joy三個英文字。鮮黃色的設計在陽光燦爛的園區內看來更讓人感到愉悅的氛圍；到了夜裡點上排列的燈泡，別有另番視覺的呈現。
這回收到購物村的邀約參與這場藝術裝置的改造；分別在法蘭克福的Wertheim Village以及慕尼黑的Ingolstadt Village，邀請不同的藝術家們針對個別主題將三個英文字Love、Happy以及Joy打造新的視覺形象。十分讓人期待藝術家們將會有什麼作為，帶給我們什麼驚喜。
The Munich artist team, ATELIERS Empfangshalle was responsible for redesigning these three words in the Ingolstadt Village. There were more than thirty artists worked together for the project. They thought the style and mood of the 70s’ could represent the meaning of Love, Happy and Joy.
When I arrived at the Village, I right away saw the word of LOVE which was painted one week earlier. Many visitors showed happy and joyful face while taking photos with it. It is exactly what the Villages look for.
在慕尼黑近郊Ingolstadt Village購物村的藝術改造是由慕尼黑藝術團隊ATELIERS Empfangshalle所領導策劃，超過三十位自由藝術工作者共同參與。藝術家們認為，多彩、不受拘束的七零年代風格，很適合這英文字Love、Happy、Joy所帶來的歡愉靈感。
Enjoying the word of Love, a complete representation was excellent. However, to view the whole process while the artists were painting was touched.
The artists wore their uniform; some of them put on the shoe covers, some of them just left their shoes as usual, some even took off their shoes and painted with barefoot. It was hot and windy; everyone was very concentrated. Sometimes they made jokes, chatted and then they immediately focused on their working again.
Flew with the wind; colors dropped on the texts. The texts that were in a bright yellow, now are covered by all different colors, lines and patterns. It seemed that the artists painted in freestyle; however, they followed their concept of this project, bringing a cheerful mood to all visitors.
I was beside since the beginning and viewed the whole process. I was so touched. I could not describe my feeling when I saw the artists placed all texts in a line. Especially when they cut the large canvas into different smaller pieces and put frames for each; the feeling that they presented was so powerful.
I realized, Art does not only mean the result that is presented but the creating process; the effort and energy that artists invest. Moreover, it takes a long time to develop their knowledge, ability and experiences. Everything together forms the value.
在法蘭克福近郊的Wertheim Village則以不同的意念來重新打造三組字。由藝術家 Il-Jin Atem Choi以抽象的人行、藉由瑜伽的形體概念表達出Love、Happy以及Joy這三個字與我們的關係。他以大型組件打造的再設計從不同角度觀看都有不同的輪廓呈現，耐人尋味。
For the Art Project tours to Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village, I invited my readers to join me as usual. What made fun was that we talked about our lives just as comfortable and free as in our hometown. I was glad to have their accompany. Moreover, we all experienced the concept that the Villages would like to offer, LOVE, HAPPY and JOY. Feeling the love, and enjoy every happy single day.
這次同樣邀請了住在德國的女子們和我一起出席活動，不管是Ingolstadt Village或是Wertheim Village；在搭乘接駁車前往購物村的路途上我們聊著彼此的生活，就好像在自己居住的家鄉一般自在。我總是自私，自己工作也拉著大家同行；其實目的地在哪已經不是那麼的重要，重要的是我們完全體驗了購物村在這次藝術活動中所提倡的生活哲學：LOVE、HAPPY、JOY，彼此之間有愛，以快樂與歡愉的氛圍度過每一天。
This is a collaborated project with Ingolstadt Village and Wertheim Village.
My Finds in Ingolstadt Village
Since I found out that buying Sporting shoes is a good deal in the villages, I always head to the sportive stores firstly to check what new shoes they have. This was what I found when I visited Ingolstadt Village. Moreover, my daughter joined with me for the shopping tour; my finds were totally different than when I go alone. We bought some kitchen accessories for her; she loves baking. We also bought three pairs of slippers for our Spain road tour in August. It is great to get better offer prices stuff that I do need at home.
My Finds in Wertheim Village
I wear only flats since years; collecting white sneakers becomes my pleasure when I go shopping. Any fine detail adds a bit charm to the shoes; moreover, brings a different touch to the styling. I found two pairs of white sneakers in Wertheim Village; moreover, a lovely denim backpack that I was looking for a long time. I am looking forward to showing some looks with the pieces.
I found this Tweezerman Eyebrow clip about a year ago in Wertheim Village. It saves my life and time. It is an excellent design that helps to clean eyebrow faster and easier. Highly recommended.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.