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Celebrating The Grandness of Grandparents

Celebrating The Grandness of Grandparents

Do you have a favourite memory of your grandparents, particularly as a child? One of the best times of my childhood was our family trips to Johor, Malaysia to visit my grandparents. Because I knew that once I got there, I would be spoiled rotten. My grandfather or ‘Ah Gong’ would make trips to the

The Untold Story of Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma 

NEW YORK—Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is so dedicated to the Children’s Orchestra Society that when she went into labour, the natural thing for her to do was to carry on with the music lesson. She coped with her sharp pregnancy pangs by taking frequent bathroom breaks to huff and puff. The orchestra needed a cellist, and

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An Art Critique on Park Chul-Hwan

Park Chul-Hwan is a famous still-life painter, with a Master of Painting from Hongik University Graduate School of Fine Arts in Seoul, Korea. The Korean artist has held 42 Solo Exhibitions in Seoul, Tokyo, China, Switzerland, Venezuela and New York. Park’s 1st Solo Art Exhibition in Singapore was held from July 4-15 this year, which

The Art of Managing Life: Following the Wisdom of the Ancient Chinese

The Art of Managing Life: Following the Wisdom of the Ancient Chinese

In the Confucian classic The Golden Mean, it is said that “the mandate of heaven is called nature; to follow nature is called the Dao”. In ancient China, farmers got up to work at sunrise and retired at sunset; they also took a rest during rainy days, reading poetry and literature. In modern times, we

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Inspiring Stories: How a Father Turned Despair into Hope

“We lost our dear son over seven years ago at the age of 26 after suffering for many years with manic depression,” Mr Chow Yen Lu shared at his TEDx Talk at St Joseph’s Institution in August 2017. “It was a very dark and difficult time for us, my wife and I. His passing on

Is Life all About Working

Is Life all About Working?

Two years ago, at her final press conference here on 23 September 2013, Aung San Suu Kyi mentioned that Burma could look to Singapore as a model. “A lot of Burmese look to Singapore when they think of economic reforms in our country because they see the success of Singapore, and many of our young people

Get Your Calm On

Get Your Calm On

Breath in. Breath out. Is it that simple to get rid of stress? It’s amazing how much your average worker repeats the “Monday Blues” mantra, while taking every chance they can get to splurge on therapies of the retail, food or travel kind. And small wonder. In 2012, a poll taken by the Health Promotion

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In The Bead For Peranakan Love

For the unaware, the beaded patterns hanging in wooden frames in Robert Sng’s Little Shophouse might seem nothing more than pretty craft displays.In actual fact, those intricate pieces are designs to be made into a famous part of the Peranakan iconography – the kasut manek (beaded shoes). No traditional Peranakan sarong kebaya is finished without

“CSR in Singapore: What’s the Next Lap?”

Effective from Jan 1, 2017, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will require all SGX-listed companies to adopt sustainability reporting. Companies will have to stipulate all aspects of their environmental, social and governance practices in their first sustainability report, due 12 months from the financial year ending Dec 31, 2017. In view of this mandatory regulation, how

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A Boy Who Grew Up in Front of the Embassy

Ben, 24, recalled spending much of his adolescence at Portland Place, London, near the BBC’s headquarters and Royal Institute of British Architects. Together with his mum, he endured some of harshest winters as they held silent vigil, everyday, round the clock, opposite the Embassy of China. Joined by volunteers comprising retirees, housewives and even university

Giving Cause for Hope

“My idea is this: I can’t save a generation of people now, but if one of the children becomes a significant person, more lives can be changed.” – Linus Lin, founder of Global Village for Hope On December 21, 2012, he didn’t expect the new Mayan calendar to bring about a new era for him. But

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[Keeping Traditions Alive!] Homegrown Music Association Revives Nanyin

As the music ensemble begins to play, a transformation comes over the voluble and energetic Lim Ming Yi, an administrative manager and principal musician of Siong Leng Musical Association. Seated in the centre with a wooden clapper, her bearing is sombre as she sings the nanyin vocal piece ‘Nostalgia’. “I am very bubbly now, but

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How The Arts and Culture Sector Could Vitalise Singapore’s Economy

One of the advantages of government support for arts and culture is its limitless potential to spur sustainable development and create job opportunities. Imagine there wasn’t an interest in art in Europe during the Renaissance. Would Europe still be what it is today? Suppose there is no ‘David’ – the Renaissance masterpiece by Michelangelo in

A visitor reads a description of an artist's work inside the newly restored National Gallery in Singapore. (Epoch Times)

Interview with Singaporean Arts Enthusiast

“I think a well-developed arts and culture scene is an indicator that a society is liveable, and probably makes the country more attractive for foreign investors.” – Jane (pseudonym), a Singaporean arts enthusiast For millennials, the arts have served as a moral compass for mankind, enabling it to discern beauty from baseness and righteousness from evil.

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Chinese Embroidery: The Heart Strings of Chinese Culture

(WATCH: Keeping Traditions Alive! – Eng Tiang Huat, Singapore) To Jeffrey, all this effort and respect is what artisanal work is about. It is a reflection of how things were done in the old days, and though it might not be the most efficient or profitable, it is certainly the most sincere. Tucked away along Geylang

Is Arts Education Being De-emphasised in Singapore?

“I strongly believe that, in a developed country, technology and the arts share a symbiotic relationship, where the two complement each other.” –  Mr Nelson Kwei, premier choral director. “Currently, there is a lack of emphasis on arts education in our local education system,” stressed premier choral director, Mr Nelson Kwei. Part of the problem, he explained,

Dr John Sharpley at his Changi Road residence. The international composer and pianist has called Singapore home since 1985. (Tony Soh/Epoch Times)

Dr John Sharpley: Music Awakens Consciousness

“I always believe that our consciousness is connected to something larger, maybe the universe.” – Dr John Sharpley, international composer and pianist Awakening Consciousness Dr John Sharpley’s compositions sound vast and expansive, just like the universe. When he composes, the extraordinary sounds of the universe – which he had once heard from his phenomenal out-of-body experience –

7 Impressive Benefits of Arts and Culture

Studies show that culture appreciation can enhance one’s mental health, including relieving stress, lowering one’s risk of anxiety and depression, and preventing memory loss. “Man does not live by bread alone. We do wish for the finer things in life, to appreciate beauty, love and something uplifting for the spirit,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien

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Dr John Sharpley: The Extraordinary Power of Sound and Vibration

Do you know that music is composed of waves of vibration? And that trillions of cells in our body resonate and respond to vibrations, which influence our feelings? From ancient sages to modern molecular science and string theory, studies have proven that all matter in the universe, including our bodies, vibrate. In other words, the

An interview with Choral Conductor : Mr Toh Ban Sheng

“Music to me is a realm. It brings me into another realm. When the music is taken to another realm, I always call it magical.” – Mr Toh Ban Sheng, award-winning choral conductor In 1999, Mr Toh Ban Sheng, a self-taught conductor, stood on the stage of the historic Victoria Concert Hall with Raffles Junior College Chorale.

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