My recent trip to Osaka was a voyage of discovery and I found a whole new area just a stone’s throw from the main haunts. Strolling along the streets I’ve come to know that I stumbled upon a couple of cute little cafes. I’d only walked two blocks from the main hub of Umeda, yet it already felt as though I was in a quiet suburb of a much smaller city. In contrast to the modern skyscrapers that are so iconic in that part of Osaka I started to notice small wooden houses in traditional Japanese architecture. The mood had completely changed from a bustling cosmopolitan city centre to a sleepy, bohemian district filled with meandering streets and little old ladies leisurely cycling past on rickety old bicycles.
Known as Nakazaki-cho, this part of Osaka is located only a short walk from Hankyu Umeda Station and JR Osaka Station. Even though the peripheral with skyscraper-lined business district, there are decade-old folk houses remained in Nakazaki-cho, and those are renovated to use as popular cafes or vintage clothing stores. Although it is a popular area for young people as well as Shinsaibashi, the place is not about the hustle and bustle like Shinsaibashi, and visitors can enjoy a walk around in the relaxed atmosphere. Old houses in Nakazaki-cho were preserved because the area was free from damages by air raids during World War II. Marginalized from the post-war development, nobody was interested with the area until utilized as renewed stylish town with nostalgic sense by young generations with new sensibility.
Rinku Premium Outlets, located in "Rinku Town" adjacent to the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, houses about 150 shops including famous brand shops from home and abroad. It was designed in the image of a historic port town, Charleston in the United States. Besides enjoying shopping in a street with the look of a resort, what I did managed to catch, with perfect timing, was the sunset. The breath-taking sunset at Rinku Town was particularly worth seeing. Spectacular colours over the bay witnessed from a wonderful vantage point, it was fate.
We all know just how romantic, inspiring and utterly Instagram-able they can be, but most of us only make time for sunsets when we're on vacation, as if that calming, beautiful moment can only occur when we're in an exotic place, free from everyday obligations. What better way to practice being aware of the present moment than by watching the literal passing of time as the sun sinks below the horizon?
From Short to Long! A Journey from Short Films to Feature Length Films with Royston Tan on 21 June 2015
A happy weekend! What do you really know about the local filmmaker, Royston Tan? I love all of his movies. Most of his films are innocent at times and heartwarming. He is sincere, imaginative, logical and authentic Singaporean.
I attended a workshop chaired by him who talked about the process of making short films and feature-length films, highlighting the difference between the two films from script development, character growth and more. He has also provided some insight on his upcoming feature film 3688, targeted to be screened in theatres in September 2015. Royston shared intimate feelings and past experiences seemed honest and reflective. It was an enthralling workshop which was heart-warming, humorous and genuinely sincere! I hope all of you can show support to him and appreciate his film works as much as i do!
很感谢 Royston Tan 陈之谦今天让我上了一堂宝贵的人生课程。这堂课程没有教材, 也不是在教室, 没有作业, 也没有分数。它虽然只有短短两个钟头, 却教了我很多年都没有教的东西。我想, 很少有人能够听到这样一堂课, 因此我觉得自己荣幸至极!
Royston Tan 陈之谦的新影片《想入飞飞》3688 即将在今年九月播映，希望大家能鼎力支持本地导演才子一直用心地创出一部一部热泪温馨的好影品!
While I write about amazing street art from all around the world I travelled to, there is actually a lot going on in my hometown Singapore too. Honestly, I’ve never thought I couldn’t keep up with Singapore’s street art scene, but that’s what happened during this summer, so I’m writing a blogpost collecting what’s new on the streets of Chinatown, including some older works that I still hadn’t review in my blog.
Street art has transformed Chinatown's public spaces into open-air galleries, adding vibrancy to urban landscapes. The whole place has seen a glut of impressive new public artwork appear to the delight of many. The walls come to life with murals that are painted, filmed, and re-painted to create captivating moving images. The artists had painted in Chinatown to connect with its heritage, working through issues of identity, influence and geography with sweeping murals saturated with local culture. They brim with both color and emotion.
Odds And Collectables (its slogan is known as 'The Last Time One') is a tiny little curio shop located along Telok Ayer Street, within Singapore Central Business District, dealing with the import and trade of antiquities and collectibles, including furniture and stamps.
Especially in a throw-away culture like Singapore, places like these, with true character and a belief in preserving things that are memorable and cherishing every item, no matter how big or small, are far and few between. So it was really wonderful being able to revisit Odds And Collectables at Telok Ayer Street again recently.
Kyoto, Japan: Sagano Famous Bamboo Forest Of Arashiyama And UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tenryu-ji Sogenchi Garden
I’m a huge fan of nature, especially the magical type. You know what I mean: fairytale gardens, enchanting forests, or quaint rivers and ponds. That’s why I’ve always had my heart set on walking through a bamboo forest in Japan. I was able to accomplish this life goal in Kyoto when I visited the grove in Arashiyama. Tall and serene, the bamboo encompassing the wide walking paths were just what I had been hoping for.
Only 30 minutes or so from the bustling Kyoto city center, the towering bamboo forest is an almost shocking contrast to the urbanity surrounding it. Wooden paths weave through the dense thicket of tall bamboo stalks that reach dozens of feet into the sky, creating a canopy. The absolutely gorgeous forest of skinny bamboo trunks is the heroin chic of wooded glades. As the wind passes through the tightly packed plants, the wood bends and creaks, the leaves rustle, and the trunks knock together, creating a peaceful sound like almost nothing else.
In Japan, Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are often situated near bamboo groves, which are viewed as a clever means of warding off evil, while the bamboo is seen as a symbol of strength.
Once In A Life-Time Opportunity To Visit The Presidential Suite At Legendary Raffles Hotel In Singapore
What a happy weekend! I had an intimate experience of the rooms and corridor of the historical Raffles Hotel in Singapore and a rare chance to check out the presidential suite. The suite is distinguished by it’s amazing spaciousness and elegant appointments, it’s magnificence amplified with soaring high ceilings. There’s a remarkable quality of antiques and artwork displayed, ultra lush period furnishings, grand chandeliers including Oriental carpets arranged on teakwood flooring.
I love the old school glamour of the place. The whole place is such an elegant hotel, feels like a throwback to a more elegant genteel time. I was fortunate enough to go behind the "veil" and experience this historic hotel up close and personal. It was like walking into colonial Singapore. The hotel is rich in history and every nook and cranny is filled with nostalgia. Many important people, heads of state, royalty and rockstars have stayed here over the years – from Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Princess Kate (Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) to Michael Jackson.
Social enterprises are social businesses driven by a social mission and have aims and objectives to achieve a social purpose. They are increasingly fashionable across the world. This coffee shop located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong opened in January last year is a collaborative effort between the New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Teresa Teng Foundation to commemorate the late Taiwanese singing legend. Teresa Teng’s songs had been extremely popular among Chinese-speaking population, which was captivated by her unique gentle beautiful singing voice.
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is an organization dedicated to bringing about social integration for those with psychiatric disabilities. The Teresa New Life Coffee Shop which provides opportunities and career training for the psychiatrically disabled to learn new skills, is not just a tribute to the star’s musical talent, but is also a reminder and continuation of her public spirit. In keeping with this positive message, the coffee shop’s menu revolves around healthy eating and features many organic ingredients, including Teresa Teng’s favourite soy products.
对于经历过七八十年代的人来说，邓丽君不仅仅是一位美丽的歌者，更是那一代人的集体回忆，即使现在的九十后人群中，仍有人对邓丽君的歌念念不忘。让人意外的是，在这里竟然还碰到了海外的游客，他们兴致勃勃的用餐，用心的挑选着邓丽君的纪念品，怀念满满。这咖啡店位于尖东站出口，在巴士站后的红红咖啡店, 相比附近的热闹的四川菜馆或德国餐厅, 这家小餐厅更显和谐恬逸。而且又是社企形式营运的，决定到这餐厅来试试。
位于大牌261实龙岗中心邻里的“菜市场”，有一间已经有50多年悠久历史的螃蟹批发商家店铺 － 林燕飞老字号海鲜批发公司。它作为从我国早期就开始发展的海鲜批发市场而家喻户晓。林燕飞螃蟹批发商行成立于六十年代，专门代理批发斯里兰卡螃蟹及基围虾等产品。由于虾蟹生长坏境完美等特点，其质量很高，味道极为鲜美，深受我国饭店，酒楼及市民的喜爱，也是过年，过节馈送。尤其是春节前的一个月是海味市场的旺季，销售额占全年的三成。
Ravine In An Old-School Sagano Romantic Train Arashiyama For Scenic Beauty In Kyoto 日本嵯峨野观光鉄道: 乘坐旧式列车欣赏京都水路的风光
The world is full of wonderful places to visit. And many of these places are found in the Land of the Rising Sun. That is why Japan is always packed with visitors from all over the world. One of the most traveled places in Japan is Kyoto. That is because nature has found a way to mix with the historical beauty of temples, shrines and towns in the city. The richly preserved Japanese traditions, its architecture and natural sceneries make a well rounded ambiance for relaxation. But do you know that aside from the temples and museums, there are many must-do activities in Kyoto that allows you to become closer to nature?
The narrow-gauge steam train Sagano Scenic Railway (嵯峨野观光鉄道), also known as the Sagano Romantic Train or Sagano Torokko, is one of Japan’s most scenic journeys, and can be combined with an exciting boat trip back on the Hozu River to make a wonderful day trip from Kyoto. The scenery is beautiful all year-round, with cherry blossom in spring, maple leaves in autumn and bamboo groves. It is possible to savor the twin delights of rail and boat travel, on a relaxing round trip, where the source of pleasure lies in the journey itself. Allow yourself to unwind amid the beautiful mountain scenery, enjoy the sakura cherry flowers in spring and crimson foliage in autumn cascading down the hillsides and let the fresh air invigorate your senses.
Hair for Hope is Children's Cancer Foundation (a non-profit for children with cancer and their families) signature fundraising event - the only head-shaving event in Singapore that serves to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Hair for Hope is in its 13th year running this 2015. For me at least, the line really struck a chord as it encapsulated so many of my initial feelings upon stepping into the Changi Simei Community Centre Hall yesterday.
Every shaven head in Hair for Hope represents the understanding by an individual of the ordeals that a child with cancer is subjected to. By volunteering to shave, shavees become CCF ambassadors in helping to raise awareness of childhood cancer among their family and friends. It also provides an opportunity to garner support from the public in the form of donations. Having their head for a cancer charity as a way to give back and show their appreciation for all the things they'd been given while others are fighting to survive.
“散发希望行动” 是儿童癌症基金会的年度剃头筹款活动, 自2002年以来一直响应着号召，在户外或校内举办这意义重大的慈善活动，为患上癌症的儿童筹款、献出爱心。