Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gift from 8494 miles away



A very surprising gift all the way from San Jose.
Thanks Bergen for the delicious chocolate.
We love it so much. :)




Monday, November 8, 2010

Chinatown - SG

I had spent my last weekend in Singapore to attend my friend's wedding dinner.
It has been more than 3 years since the last time meeting with all my uni's friends. It was fun to finally meet up with them.

I've stayed in Chinatown for the weekend. The place just reminded me of Petaling Street in KL.
Some snap shots before my camera run out of battery (curse myself for forgetting to charge the battery >"<)

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Coming out from the MRT station, the place is quite happening even during the daytime.
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The lanterns, booths, crowds, all these resemble Petaling Street in KL.
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Something that is not so similar to Petaling Street, the miniature lions used in lion dance are quite common in Chinatown. Perhaps the tourists may find them interesting and unique for souvenirs but definitely not for me.
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I quit using these brushes since elementary school .. hehe..
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Antiques...
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Cheongsam or 旗袍 are one of the common stuff can be seen everywhere within Chinatown.
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More variety, even for the kids.
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Found this piece of junk outside of the restaurant, not really sure what is it.
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"客栈" the traditional way to call a hotel / inn. Love the sign board.
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This is one of my favorite, "人在江湖,身不由己". It simply means you are forced to do something that you are not willing to due to certain circumstances. So does it imply that I have to dine in your restaurant even tough I do not want to ? .. hehe
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I did get a chance to visit one of the temple nearby - "佛牙寺".
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The lighting was poor inside the temple, anyway still get some snap shots of it.
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An Indian / Tamil temple, the main entrance was closed (>"<).
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For the last photo, found this "ang mo" posing outside of the temple. Hope he did not notice that I was shooting at him :p
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

鄭秀文 - 給自己的信

已经好久没听到一首令我感动的歌曲了。
最近听到了这首由Sammi在演唱会中演绎的《给自己的信》,心中有种莫名的感触。
这首歌的旋律并不陌生,曾经听过钟舒漫的版本,当然也听过原唱Angela Aki 的《手紙》以及刘若英的《繼續-給十五歲的自己 》;可是最有feel的也只有这个版本。



作曲:Angela Aki
填詞:周耀輝
編曲:謝浩文
監製:謝浩文

很相信能成就大爱 很相信能炫耀自己
很贪心 愿天天很多美好的派对
写封信来留住大志 写封信来提示自己
写得低 是心中很多似诗的细碎
怀疑我当天几多岁
令我写了一句不怕流泪
怀疑我永远不会累
就来十行列明十个壮举
让我闯出新世界 交出真个性
假使想爱 必会找到亲爱伴侣
突然十年便过去 方知岁月冷漠似水
就算笔迹不会变 纸张不会皱
偏偏想笑 竟会得到灰暗情绪
默然从头读过去 一句一句太乾脆
一个一个已粉碎
祝福我能游历万国 怎麽我还奴役自己
不甘心 在天天很多错失的证据
这封信如明亮大镜 这封信能明白自己
写得低 但怎麽抛低理想的散去
让我闯出新世界 交出真个性
假使想爱 必会找到亲爱伴侣
突然十年便过去 方知岁月冷漠似水
就算纸张不会皱 甚麽都生锈
偏偏想笑 只会得到灰暗情绪
默然从头读过去 一句一句太乾脆
一个一个已粉碎
很相信能成就大爱
很相信能炫耀自己
很贪心 愿天天很多美好的派对



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Korea 2010 - part 3

Part 3 of the trip.
After visiting the Gyeongbokgung We spent some time in "The National Folk Museum of Korea" (Finally remember the name :p). It is located on the ground of the Gyeongbokgung, built during the Joseon period (1392 - 1910). It exhibits the how the commoners and nobles lived in the traditional times.

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The museum itself consists of 3 main exhibition halls, each told " The History of Korea", "The Korea Way of Life", and the "Life Cycle of Koreans". There is also a Children's Museum and Open-air Exhibition. I'm not sure why they do not allow camera's flash light in the exhibition hall, so please bear with the poor picture quality.

The Exhibition Hall I started with the history of the Korean people.
It starts by providing the chronology of he Korea's living history, important turning points in people's daily lives.

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Something caught my eyes here, there are the "Three Kingdoms" era in Korea as well. It refers to the ancient Korean kingdoms of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla, which dominated the Korean peninsula and parts of Manchuria for much of the 1st millennium CE. So it is not the "Three Kingdoms - Wei (魏), Shu (蜀), and Wu (吳) back in China.

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I like the phoenix sculpture of this artifact.

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A fine made model of the villages' structure in the traditional times.

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Err.. I dunno who is she. Just found this picture at the entrance of the exhibition hall.

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It was just too dark for me to take a better quality photo >"< ....

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I wonder if these are the "heng dai" in traditional Korean's wedding.

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The 60th birthday celebration for the Koreans.

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Traditional education system in Korea.

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The ethical education, it looks so familiar.

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I would like to upload more photos taken in the museum, but the quality is just too poor.
A lot of blur images, so I decided to scrap those..  T_T

Some nice scenes taken at Gwanghwamun Square which is located just outside of the palace :)
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Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin

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Love the fountain ... nice place for weekend family outing :)

Next stop - Insadong.
It is known as the art and antique district whereby there are dozens of shops selling art supplies, and handicrafts here. This is one of the best place to grab some souvenirs for your friends and family.

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Traditional masks, they can be found all over the place in Insadong. They do looks kind of creepy o.O

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Street artist.

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I was lucky to be able to watch the semi final of the Taekgyeon tournament 2010.
This is the first time I heard of Taekgyeon, it is totally different from Taekwondo which I've learnt during secondary school.
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I'm not sure how special the ice cream is, but they are indeed popular since it can be found at every corner of Insadong.
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Koreans do believe in fortune telling ..
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Cute little creatures ^_^, I wish I could take them back to Malaysia.
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The restaurant that we went for our lunch ..
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Finally , the end of Korea 2010.
It was tiring rather than enjoying since I have limited time. Hopefully I got a chance to visit here another time.