Chinatown, Vancouver

This is one of our impromptu walk in Vancouver.

This time we headed towards Chinatown. I like the above Woodward’s Building which has trees planted on top of the building.

This is one of the heritage building in Gastown, Dominion Building.

A totem pole and longhouse on top of Skwachays Lodge on Pender Street.

Millennium Gate on Pender Street in Chinatown. Continue reading

Canada 150 Parade, Vancouver

Ben and I took the Canada Line to downtown to watch the Canada 150 Parade in Vancouver. The two hour parade was in the evening.

We got off the Vancouver City Center station and parked ourselves just across the Burrard Station of the Expo Line. Here are some of the photos from the parade.  The parade showcase the multiculturalism of Vancouver.

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Queen Elizabeth Park in Spring

Nanzaro participated in the BMO Marathon for the second time.

The start of the race was adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Park. After seeing him off the run, Ben and I had our morning walk at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park puts on a new look in spring. Here are some of the views in QE Park.

A pair of Canadian geese swimming in a pond.

Flowers blooming gloriously in the sun. Continue reading

Merry Christmas 2012

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.

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The grand staircase of Continental Plaza.

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Night and day shot of the decor above the grand stair case.

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Decorations which lined the sides the grand staircase of Continental Plaza. Continue reading

Richmond Culture Days: Cantonese Opera Costumes and Performance Techniques Illustrations

After the makeup demonstration, we proceeded to another room for the demonstration of the performance techniques, follow with a short Cantonese Opera performance.

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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.

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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.

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The above head piece is used for high official or imperial members. Continue reading

Richmond Culture Days: Cantonese Opera Makeup Application Demonstration

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.

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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.

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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. Continue reading