February 2019

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Little Miss Bento – Shirley Wong

Shirley Wong, aka Little Miss Bento, is an award-winning bento artist in Singapore who became an online sensation after posting her adorable Japanese bento lunchbox creations on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. The creative lady, who was an art major when she was in school, considers herself an artist rather than a chef.“The cooking method

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Lucerne

Sitting on a deep blue lake and surrounded by a mountainous panorama, Lucerne is a gorgeous city and a gateway to Central Switzerland. Dating back to the 8th century, there is a strong atmosphere of culture and tradition in this picturesque city. Frescoed walls line the streets, interspersed with cultural sites and historical curiosities. The

Taking Responsibility for Our Mistakes

Dizi Gui (弟子规) :Taking Responsibility for Our Mistakes

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is an ancient Chinese text for children that teaches moral values and etiquette. It was written during the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (康熙帝) (1661-1722) by Li Yuxiu. Beneath the conservative, “old-school” verbose of this ancient classic, one can still find gems

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The Great Escape From Venezuela

2.7 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, reported the UN on February 22, underscoring the massive socio-political crisis that has hit the country since the presidency of former president Hugo Chávez. The crisis has also resulted in a hyperinflation that is devastating Venezuelans. Last month, a BBC report revealed that Venezuela’s “annual inflation rate

Creative Gems to Visit in Bangkok

By Sebastian Chia Bangkok has always been a favourite travel destination for Singaporeans. To many, it is a shopping and food paradise, offering a huge range of choices for visitors of varying tastes. For culture lovers, it boasts traditional Thai art and architecture. The elegant and graceful Grand Palace, the serene and beautiful Wat Arun,

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People and Society at A Crossroads – Part 2

In the previous article, we highlighted the massive changes sweeping through the world since the 1960s. Under the subtle influence of the mass media, traditional values are blithely eroded and replaced by modern liberal values that no longer champion the sanctity of marriage and family. As healthy family units are key building blocks of any

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Enrich Life by Sharing

Primary School Teacher Dad once shared with me a thought-provoking story. In a devout place where everybody attends Sunday service, there was a businessman who was hooked on bowling. For weeks, he sneaked off to bowl while everybody devoutly said prayers to God.  A little angel in heaven came to know of this and reported

While playing a chess game, Emperor Liangwu (464-549) shouted the word “Kill!” was mistaken by his messenger as an order to kill his invited guest - Kowtow Monk.

Dizi Gui (弟子规) Communication Matters -Thinking Before Speaking

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is an ancient Chinese text for children that teaches moral values and proper etiquette. It was written during the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1661-1722) by Li Yuxiu. Poor communication isn’t just frustrating for the listener; it can also lead to mistakes,

19 Best Seafood Buffets in Singapore

We’re making your next fancy buffet hunting easier by listing down the best seafood buffets in Singapore. 1. Triple Three A Japanese buffet ensures that you will get a seafood galore! Triple Three is a seafood buffet in Singapore that serves up not only your traditional sashimi but mouthwatering crustacean and shellfish. Friday and Saturdays

Truth About Gossips Light Promise

Dizi Gui (弟子规) : The Truth About Gossip and Light Promises

Dizi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Student and Child) is an ancient Chinese text for children that teaches moral values and proper etiquette. It was written during the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1661-1722) by Li Yuxiu. Beneath the conservative, “old-school” verbose of this ancient classic, one can still find gems

Daddy Are We Rich

Daddy Are We Rich?

When a child asks, “Dad, are we rich?” the typical American dad will reply, “I am, but you are not. I earned my money through hard work. When you grow up, you can also do the same.” The child who hears this will be motivated to work hard, and he will develop expectations in life.

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What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day

My idea of how Valentine’s Day should be spent has evolved over the years. I had spent 10 years in all-girls schools, which meant celebrating Valentine’s Day with my girlfriends at Orchard Road. I would occasionally wonder when I would start spending Valentine’s Day with an actual date instead. The media was a large influence

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14 Uniquely Romantic Restaurants & Bars for Valentine’s Day

Want to make this Valentine’s Day an unforgettable and romantic one for you and your partner? Here are 14  restaurants to dine on this February 14th, in ascending order of price. 1. Artemis Grill Located on the 40th floor of the CapitaGreen building, Singapore’s most popular rooftop restaurant and bar offers diners a winning combination

The 5 Pillars of Art Appreciation

Do you recall the article, “How to Evaluate Good Art?” published in the 17 – 30 October 2014 issue of the Epoch Times? This article is a technical supplement to it. The five pillars of art appreciation are subject matter, form, colour, lines or brushstrokes, and composition. 1. Subject Matter Subject matter basically signifies what

Yue Yi

Yue Yi (乐毅): Role Model of Generals

Yue Yi (乐毅) was a capable general for the State of Yan (燕国) during the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.), and was considered a master of both the pen and the sword. During his time, the State of Qi (齐国) was very powerful and had a vast territory, but the Duke of Qi was a

‘Ship of Fools’

Art Speaks is the Epoch Times’ global art exploration project. Here we explore works of art created before 1900 from all parts of the world – Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania – and in all mediums whether they be decorative or fine. The goal of Art Speaks is to serve as a forum to diversify

The Next Stage in the Trade War

Despite the relative calm in the U.S.-China trade war and the prospects of reaching an agreement, the conflict is likely to develop further in 2019. Review of leading events to this day: The Epoch Times looks at the concurrent battles that make up the trade war. 1. Solar panels and washing machines Beginning from October

The Cultural Revolution of Chinese New Year

The Cultural Revolution of Chinese New Year

For ethnic Chinese, a typical Chinese New Year would involve gathering with family members at your elders’ house, cracking nuts and tangerines open while watching a variety show on TV. Kids would be running around, and the young might be comparing how much red packet money they have received. That’s what a modern New Year

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Through The Looking-Glass, Colourfully

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. – Oscar Wilde Colourful, delicate, and mesmerising, glass art is an ancient art form that harnesses the beauty of light. Glass painting dates back over a thousand years to the Middle Ages, where it was

9 Best Daiso Beauty Products

9 Best Daiso Beauty Products You Can Find for Just $2

Daiso beauty products are all over the store, but you might be slightly wary of them, given that they’re just $2 each. It’s natural to be concerned about what goes into the products you put on your face. However, do you know that Daiso has a fantastic range of beauty tools with great quality, almost

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