Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Today marks the 2,560th Birthday for the Supreme Teacher.... and in Taipi, the Confuscious Temple annually holds a Confucious Ceremony in honour of the Great Sage, that is attended by locals and foreigners...
This life sized sculpture of Confucius, i took, from the National Palace Museum - he greets museum goers just right outside of this amazing building.
A FEW FAVE WISE WORDS FROM THE GREAT TEACHER:
-I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
-Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
-Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
-Study the past if you would define the future.
-Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Back in April of this year, Juliana and I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art to see the David LaChapelle Exhibit sit.... we took the MRT - as it was quite convenient.... walking through the station to our designated exit (Exit #1 on the Zhongshan MRT Station), we were already treated to a few art work hanging - that actually tells one/leads one to the proper exit for MOCA.... one after another, colorful wall sculptures, amazes all passersby - the two of us included....
After we got up the stairs and actually exited the station, we were once again treated to a bit more colorful sculptures & figures adorning the little park area, around the museums.... Red and White Robots (called BigPow), which are quite interactive as you can plug in your MP3 or iPod and instantly share your fave downloaded music with other passersby; big sized ducks, rabbits, chicken made, in mosaic styles, utilizing ceramic tiles.... colorful giant snails climbing up the walls; brightly colored balloons on top of a little foliage covered Kiosk wows people on the Chang An exit of the MRT station.... Each and everyone of them, just too fun to see.... and will totally bring out the kiddie in you...
Me with BIGPOW!!!
I read that these creations were completed February of this year alone, quite new!!! The project initiated by Taipei city's Department of Cultural Affairs and costed a whopping NT$21 million!!! The management of MOCA oversee the whole project and they turned to 4 local artists for the all the works created.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
...was even treated to Live Entertainment... A Couple of the Best Pieces On Exhibit
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
...and from The Church of St Nizier in Lyons, France
Favorite because it is the time of the year where for a week before till a week after, Moon Cakes are abound..... not just in shops but definitely my home.... everyone knows how much I love to eat them - all flavors, that everyday I get some.... which brings us to why it is a frustrating time, as well.... as I cannot refuse (it would be impolite! :) ) So am compelled to eat them, as I also cannot resist which mean I have to run longer miles , swim even more laps, and double the sit ups.... OR ELSE!!!! (These moon cakes possibly have the most calories any desserts can ever have.... LOL..).
Happy Moon Festival to all those celebrating!!!
The Moon Festival is one of the most significant festivals / holidays of the Chinese communities around the world besides the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) and the Dragon Boat Festival. Originally named the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month in observance of the bountiful autumn harvest.
Significance of the Moon Cake during the Moon Festival
On the 15th day of the lunar month, the moon forms a round shape that symbolizes family reunion. Upon this occasion, the legends of the festival are often told to the children. The custom of eating moon cakes tells a story of the downfall of the Yuan dynasty. The time was the Yuan dynasty (AD 1280-1368), established by the invading Mongolians from the north who subjugated the Han Chinese.
Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty were furious about submitting to foreign rules, a secret rebellion plan was coordinated to overthrow the Mongolians. Drawing close to the Moon Festival, the rebellion plans and outlines of attacks successfully passed out to all coordinators secretly via the messages and outlines stuffed in each moon cake. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the Yuan government which followed the rise of the Ming dynasty.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Came back this afternoon for a 20 day trip - LONG, TIRING, Covered many places, saw many beautiful AMAZING things, churches, historical sights, beautiful people... Overall, it was a NICE TRIP.... will post more about them and photos, of course, as soon as I get through them......
In the midst of all that, other things had happened... Am tired - Physically & Emotionally... but am not complaining.... Will get on with it all - One After Another...
"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." Romeo and Juliet ( Quote Act II, Scene II).