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Ben and Suanne
I can’t believe we have been at blogging for eight years already. Today is chowtimes’ eighth anniversary. So I thought I make a customary birthday post today.
When we started writing, our boys were barely into their teens and we spent countless meals eating out with them. Today they are young adults on their own, and sadly, they are going out eating more and more with their friends. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
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Ben, Suanne, Arkensen & Nanzaro
Dear Chowtimes readers,
May 2013 brings new hope and a new start to an adventurous new year.
Ben, Suanne, Arkensen and Nanzaro.
Ben and I made a short trip back to Malaysia in December due to his Chinese visa limitation of 30 days stay. Here are some of the Christmas decorations taken in Malaysia.
Furama Bukit Bintang.
Berjaya Time Square. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
Wishing all chowtimes readers a very Merry Christmas 2012.
Here are some of the Christmas scenes in Beijing which I would like to share with the readers.
The grand staircase of Continental Plaza.
Night and day shot of the decor above the grand stair case.
Decorations which lined the sides the grand staircase of Continental Plaza. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
After the makeup demonstration, we proceeded to another room for the demonstration of the performance techniques, follow with a short Cantonese Opera performance.
Cantonese Opera originates from the Southern part of China. It includes elements like music, singing, martial arts and acting.
There is generally a lead actor, a lead actress, a supporting actor, a supporting actress, a clown figure and a bearded male role. The female sings and speaks in soprano voice to indicate a young female role. The female performer who undertakes an old lady role will sings and speaks in their ordinary or tenor voice. There are female who act as a male role and they sing and speak in their ordinary voice or tenor voice.
The Cantonese Opera costumes are usually elaborate and handmade. One costume can cost few thousands of dollars. The costumes represent the status of the performer. The one above is likely for a princess or empress with the motives of phoenixes. The belt also represents of high statue in the society, usually for officials.
The above head piece is used for high official or imperial members. More on following page. Click here to continue reading
The city of Richmond held it’s third Culture Days weekend from September 28 to 30, 2012 at the Richmond Culture Center (i.e. Minoru Public Library area). Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
Culture Days featured many free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes”, to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers and other creative people in their communities.
What caught my attention was the Cantonese Opera activities during this Culture Days event. The first activity was Chinese Opera’s Signature Make-up Application demonstration. This demonstration was carried out by the Vancouver Cantonese Opera which is a non-profit organisation.
How does the Cantonese Opera actor/actress transforms from the left to the right? It takes a laborious make up session and dressing up. I will show you the steps here. The makeup usually takes 2 hours from start to finish. More on following page. Click here to continue reading