Monday, November 29, 2010

小提琴手 (xiǎo tí qín shǒu) - Violinist

The Straits Times, June 17, 2009 Wednesday
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Adeline Chia, Arts Reporter, June 17, 2009, Updated 10.13 pm

PHOTO: Tang Tee Khoon (above) takes over the instrument from US-based Singaporean violinist Siow Lee Chin, who was the first beneficiary of the scheme and who played it for eight years.

Violinist gets rare violin
SINGAPOREAN violinist Tang Tee Khoon, 25, is the new recipient of a rare Guadagnini violin under the National Arts Council's (NAC) instrument loan scheme.

Other promising musicians who wish to play a fine instrument can also do so in the future, as the council is setting up a $1-million seed fund to acquire new stringed instruments to loan out.

Called the Singapore Musical Instrument Bank, it matches dollar for dollar donations made by corporations and individuals. Private instrument collectors are invited to donate their instruments to the bank.

PHOTO: "Portraits" Violin Recital by Tang Tee Khoon, on 13 Aug 09, 7.30pm Victoria Concert Hall

Tang takes over the instrument from US-based Singaporean violinist Siow Lee Chin, who was the first beneficiary of the scheme and who played it for eight years.

The US$430,000 (S$648,000) violin was acquired in 2000 with contributions from the Far East Organization, the Lee Foundation and the NAC.

NAC's Guadagnini violin was crafted by J.B. Guadagnini in Milan in 1750.

It will be loaned to Tang for two years until May 2011. The loan period may be renewed, depending on the new round of applications in two years' time.

PHOTO: Wowed audiences in New York, Switzerland and Germany, young violinist Tang Tee Khoon returns to Singapore.

NAC chief executive Lee Suan Hiang said at a press conference yesterday that the violin loan scheme helps young musicians here achieve their full potential.

He said: 'We want them to excel internationally, and to do that, they need more than talent. They need a good instrument to help them produce the best sounds and great tonal colours.'

PHOTO: Ms Tang Tee Khoon’s PORTRAiTS recital

On Tang's accomplishments, he said: 'She is an accomplished young violinist. She is on the verge of a promising professional career and has won accolades in different parts of the world.'
By Adeline Chia, Arts Reporter, June 17, 2009, Updated 10.13 pm

PHOTO: 小提琴手 (xiǎo tí qín shǒu) - Violinist

PHOTO: Are you having a laugh? Read in the paper that two violinists were warned about practising their violin inside their home because of complaints from the neighbours that their actions were regarded as 'anti-social behaviour'.......... They were warned to desist - or face prosecution!!.........

PHOTO: Catya Maré The Solo Violinist

PHOTO: Catya Maré “Destination Love” released worldwide in February 2010.

PHOTO: Classical violinist, Sarah Chang Born to Korean-American parents, Sarah was recognised as a child prodigy early on. She made her first record at the age of nine, possibly the youngest violinist ever to do that.

PHOTO: Desislava Marinova, Bulgaria

PHOTO: Alfiya Latypova, Tatarstan

PHOTO: Aisha Dossumova, Kazakhstan



作詞:蔡振南 作曲:蔡振南



PHOTO: Amazing violinist Lucia Micarelli
In her signature dress and bare feet, Lucia Micareli played a couple numbers with Chris Botti standing on the grass at the edge of the crowd.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quality Appreciation Day- 26th Nov 2010: Visit to Desaru Fruit Farm

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Jeslin Loo, Saturday, 27 November 2010
(A one day trip, starting early in the morning at 0730 hrs till 2000hrs in the twilight zone, from Singapore to Malaysia)

PHOTO: Rose apple / Jambu Air (Eugenia aquea) flowering.
Flowers are 2-4", with hundreds of beautiful white stamens that attract nectar loving insects.

PHOTO: Desaru Fruit Farm

PHOTO: Desaru Fruit Farm, reminiscent view of our early childhood and kampong days. The environment is full of fresh & green with animals chattering peacefully. Otherwise is a very quiet atmosphere and simple life.
I still have many recollections of the past experiences when walking and living with the fauna and flora.

PHOTO: 榕树下
路边一棵榕树下 是我怀念的地方
晴朗的天空 凉爽的风 还有醉人的绿草香
和你 绕过小路弯弯 情人山坡看斜阳
晚霞照上你 的脸 情话绵绵说不完 啊
你 可想起榕树下 可曾想起缘草香
路边一棵榕树下 是我见你 的地方
甜美的笑容 亲切的话 还有默默的情意长
你 曾陪我留恋春光 尽情细诉心中愿
几个春天已过去 就是就是不能忘
啊 你 可想起榕树下 可曾想起绿草香

PHOTO: Friends and colleagues gathering together for a much needed meal and rest. We are really blessed with such beautiful company and good food.

PHOTO: Breadfruit trees and a hint of fine clear weather ahead. Huge lovely green above and the bright blue sky beyond. This is one kind of present which we have took for granted. Now is the time, now is the moment, to appreciate the beauty and inner peace that nature can offer.

PHOTO: Artocarpus altilis or breadfruit tree is from broad tree up to 20 m high with leaves 30-50 cm long that are thick, leathery and lobed. The greenish seedless fruits are round, mealy and about 20-25 cm in diameter. They are cooked or baked and used in the same way as potatoes. Abundant on Silhouette but rarely used as food at the present.

PHOTO: Breadfruit trees and the serene & tranquil blue sky high above. Our creator, God, has being kind to us, providing the much slogged relaxation and happiness while we worked diligently .

PHOTO: Dragon Fruit and rows of jack-fruit trees after this exotic fruit of the far east. The welcome shades are plentiful but still not enough compared to our mobile umbrella.

PHOTO: Bitter gourd, a potential herbal medicine for a lot of ailments, particularly in treating diabetes.

PHOTO: The twining plant around the specially constructed metal structure provides enough shade to cool the weary tourists.

PHOTO: Simple but practical area under the cool shade, to catch up on the day's events, and for the guide to continue with the farm's introduction.

PHOTO: "Ba-long-long" fruit

PHOTO: "Ba-long-long" fruit. Unripe ba long long has green/brown skin that is hard and the skin need to be remove and eat the fruit with either plum powder or prawn paste, as in Chinese rojak.

PHOTO: Banana plant and "Devil's fruit" plant. There are many different species of banana plants but mostly grow in groups with thick vegetation.

PHOTO: Guava plant. The guava, with its strong, rich aroma, is a large berry with diameter around 2 to 15 centimetres, and weighs ranging from 10 grams to 1 kilogram.

PHOTO: Guava plant with fruits wrapped with protective covering against insects

PHOTO: Guava plant flowering

PHOTO: Bitter gourd

PHOTO: Bitter gourd

PHOTO: Cucumber White Melon - manage to get the name and spelling from NTUC supermarket

PHOTO: Cucumber White Melon

PHOTO: Papaya plants
Papayas may be very helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Papayas are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A (through their concentration of pro-vitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients), three very powerful antioxidants.

PHOTO: Thousand bananas

PHOTO: Coffee tree

PHOTO: Raw coffee seeds

PHOTO: Poisonious banana and cannot be eaten (fruits are growing upwards). What is the purpose of growing them?

PHOTO: Rose apple / Jambu Air (Eugenia aquea) wrapped with thin colourful plastic bags to protect against insects. The pink plastic bags brighten up the atmosphere, just like Christmas is coming.

PHOTO: Rose apple / Jambu Air (Eugenia aquea) flowering.
Flowers are 2-4", with hundreds of beautiful white stamens that attract nectar loving insects.

PHOTO: The best part of the farm's harvest is the Fruit tasting.

PHOTO: Fruit tasting is a proud event hosted by the farmers who in primitive ways are trying their best to make the guests feel welcome and to enjoy as much as possible. Such kampong spirit is unimaginable in today's society but such is the unmistakable amount of efforts put in by the simple folks.

PHOTO: Fruit tasting and more tasting. No rules, no complicated regulations and no boundaries between anybody, but just the simple dying energy for the tourists to feel satisfied and happy.

PHOTO: Rose apple, water melon, pineapple, passion fruit, chiku (Sapodilla)

PHOTO: Tropical Fruits-Jambu Air (Eugenia aquea) / Rose apple

PHOTO: Tourist at Desaru

PHOTO: Map of Desaru

PHOTO: Desaru Beach