Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chinatown CNY Bazaar

Ouagadougou celebrates CNY at Marymount View (27 Jan 11)

Delights of Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 Market

Chey Sua Carrot Cake at blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 02-30. Very good indeed. Super crispy. Thanks to the friends who recommended it.

The micro-size kong bak pau of Teochew Handmake Pau at 127 Toa Payoh 02-02. They use lean meat but it remains tasty. Apparently they sell out by noon.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Banned year of the rabbit video

For those who can read Chinese and familiar with the players and terminology of Chinese politics... a rather amusing and cool video, complete with a warning to those in power: even rabbits can bite if forced to the limits.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sgtravelcafe 11 Feb 2001 BM: Lamu Maulidi Festival by Red

Red will be presenting the Lamu Maulidi Festival as the Brief Moment for the 11 Feb sgtravelcafe session.  Tonga will be presented in March instead.

Thaipusam 2011

It's Thaipusam again.  This time, there was some debate about a government announcement that Thaipusam participants should not create too much noise and so on.  In any case, I popped by downtown to have a look at the scene.  Just marginally less noisy than previous years.  It's a celebration and the participants, in my view, are entitled to celebrate in a way that is acceptable to the Hindu community.  Perhaps a storm in a teacup.  

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Congo Masks at the Asian Civilisation Museum

I visited the Congo River Exhibition at the Asian Civilisation Museum again, this time to take photos of the mysterious masks and ritualistic objects brought here from the musée du quai Branly of Paris, Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren (Belgium) and the Museum for Volkenkunde in Leiden (Netherlands).  Wonderful stuff that originally came from what is today Gabon, Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They depict the importance of spirituality, youth initiation, ancestor veneration and other traditional values that is imbued in Central African cultures for ages, and currently under threat by globalisation and urbanisation.

Art Stage Singapore 2011

I would be reluctant to pay $30 for this grandest of the art fairs in Singapore, but a friend has spare tickets for us...

Sgtravelcafe: Ukraine & Phuket's Vegetarian Festival (14 Jan 2011)

Friday, January 14, 2011

11th Feb 2011 Gathering: Bhutan by Albino; Tonga by Wee Cheng

It's time for exotic kingdoms! Albino will be presenting Bhutan - the Last Shangri-La", while Wee Cheng will be presenting the month's Brief Moments "Tonga - Last Kingdom in the Pacific". 

Date: 11th February 2011, Friday 730PM 
Venue: Wee Cheng's place. 
Address: 11 Pemimpin Drive #07-03 Marymount View. Singapore 576148
Time:  Door opens at 7:30pm (for usual potluck, socialising, networking, etc),
presentation will start at 8:40 pm.
(For potluck just bring a small box of pastry or a packet of noodles enough for 3-4 people or a bottle or 2 of soft drinks). 

Directions: Get out of Marymount Station (Circle Line) from Exit A. Face north and walk 400 meters. You should walk pass an overhead bridge, then Shunfu Road followed by a second overhead bridge. Cross the second bridge and Marymount View is there... at the junction of Marymount Road and Pemimpin Drive. Just opposite Shunfu Estate.
PARKING: Please park at your own risk on the roads outside, or at Shunfu Estate across the road.

See maps:

On Google Map/iphone4, type "Marymount View Singapore"

Friday, January 07, 2011

Ami Tribal Dance of Lanyu, Taiwan

A playlist of three videos of a dance of the Ami Tribe of Lanyu, Taiwan, performed at the Aboriginal Theme Park, Sun Moon Lake.

Change of guard ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei

Change of guard ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei

The historic port of Danshui

Located near the strategic northern tip of Taiwan, the small town of Danshui also guard the maritime approaches to Taipei. The Spanish, Dutch and Manchus have all built fortresses here; The French attacked the town but were repelled, some say, with the help of Matsu and other gods; The British opened a consulate that lasted till 1970s. Today, it is an outer suburb of Taipei, whose citizens come every weekend for the wonderful snacks, cakes and pastries, and toufu stuffed with glass noodles.

Beautiful Taipei (II)

Beautiful Taipei (I)