Showing posts with label Cultural. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cultural. Show all posts

4 September 2014

Taipei Day 2 - National Palace Museum; Soka Center; Jay Chou Deja Vu Restaurant

Started off day 2 with the Taiwan National Palace Museum and Taiwan Soka Association headquarters building, Zhi Shan Culture Center.

Taiwan National Palace Museum

Take the MRT Danshui Line (red line) to the Shilin Station and change to bus R30 to the National Palace Museum. Other routes that will take you to and near the Museum plaza are buses 255, 304, 815, Minibus 18 and Minibus 19.

We took bus 255 because we wanted to visit the Taiwan Soka Association headquarters building nearby at the same time.
Bus 255 stops right outside Zhi Shan Cultural Center (opposite National Palace Museum), super convenient!

How the bus looks like:

Taiwan Soka Association (TSA)
TSA Zhi Shan Culture Center

No. 250, Zhi Shan Road, Section 2
Shihlin District, Taipei,
Taiwan 111



There was an calligraphy & painting exhibition by Lee Yih-Hong 李義弘 when we visited the cultural center.

Here's him:

You may refer to his works and bibliography here.

In the exhibition hall above, there was a collaboration project by the national palace museum and various museums of the world showing the history and evolution of arts, and raising awareness on the museums in the world.

Looking through a summary of the evolution of paintings.
As we walked 'through' the timeline, we can see that paintings get more colourful and at the same time, more complex. It's probably in-line with how the world has developed overall over the centuries.

Arts reference books for you to delve deeper.

Us in a photo in a photo :)

The TSA office which is a few steps away from Zhi Shan Cultural Center.
We went to make zaimu and bought souvenirs back for Singapore members & friends :)

Moving on, we crossed the road to the National Palace Museum!

National Palace Museum

No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist.
Taipei City 11143, Taiwan (R.O.C.) .

Opening hours:
Daily from 08:30 to 18:30 all year round.

Admission ticket price:
TWD250 per person
TWD150 for students with valid international student ID or Youth Travel Card

For more details on hours & ticket prices, click HERE.

Do note that photography is not allowed in the palace museum.
All photography equipments, coats and luggages will be requested to be deposited at the checkroom.

Familiar group? Haven't seen them in Singapore for quite some time.

A cute kitty store we passed by.
Full of kitty merchandises!

By the time we ended our tours at the soka center/national palace museum, it was way past noon!
Thus we decided to go for high tea at Jay Chou's Deja Vu Restaurant.

Jay Chou's Deja Vu Restaurant

No.1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei city 100
台北市八德路一段一號  華山1914文創園區  中四A館 


12 pm- 12 am



Nearest station: 
Zhongxiao Xinsheng station 忠孝新生站

The restaurant is hidden within Hua Shan Creative Park (文創園區). Take the Blue Line towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center and alight at Zhongxiao Xinsheng station. It's merely 2-3 stops away from Ximending/Taipei Main station area.
From Zhongxiao Xinsheng station, take a 10-15mins stroll towards Hua Shan Creative Park and you'll find Deja Vu Restaurant quite easily once you walk into the park.

The fine dining restaurant is a joint venture between 2 Taiwan celebrities Jay Chou 周杰伦 and Liu Qian 刘谦 and thus, ta-dah! You get a magic-theme restaurant.
Besides various items and props used by Liu Qian in his magic previously, Jay Chou fans will scream at the antique piano and the Batmobile which was featured in his 'Superman Can't Fly' and 'Super Sports Goddess' MVs.
I love the feel of this restaurant totally!

We had fresh orange juice (TWD160) and coffee latte (TWD80).

The tea sets are available at TWD580+ per tray, each tray serves two persons.
There was a selection of sweet and savoury treats respectively on the first and second tier, and fresh fruit platter on the bottom tier of the tray.

The tiramisu and cheesecakes were pretty good!
I had two servings of the cheesecake without feeling jerlat afterwards :)

Next up would be Wufenpu and Raohe Night market!


5 September 2013

SGI Batam Cultural Festival 2013

An update on one of the weekends in August where SDE went to Batam for the SGI Batam Cultural Festival :)
It is the first time performing at such a huge cultural event overseas (abeit it's just on another small island), so at certain points of time, some feelings are quite overwhelming (in a nice way).

We went over on a saturday, and all I can remember of the day were dance, sweat and smiles.
I think never in my life have I practised so much before. 
What's more with the jet lag and tired body from the week of busy work. 
Okay, just kidding, no jet lag. But tired mind & body before we went over, yes.

Nevertheless, SDE had a victorious performance and great learning experience over at Batam.
And I am sure many of us forged new friendships amongst the girls (i confirmed this upon seeing how many girls do not have each others' contacts in the whatsapp group prior to the Batam trip! lol)

Breakfast at harbourfront before setting off.

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Koped many of the pictures from Ying's and Yaya's cameras cos I didn't take many photos, was too tired :X

That's me, with a stone face at the background :/

Here's the resort/hotel which we would be staying for the night.
However, we had to move to the ballroom for rehearsals as soon as we reached.
No check-in at the hotel yet!

The ballroom was right opposite the hotel.
It is actually the convention hall of Swiss-bel hotel, Batam.

It is connected to Harbour Bay Mall (Batam) which seems...... either new or defunction :X

Empty holding area early in the morning.

Packed lunch for the day.

Afterwards, it was practise, daimoku, practise, daimoku, more practise and more daimoku.

Makeup done by Ying (:

Here's a close-up if you're interested, lol.

As performers, naturally we couldn't get the chance to watch other performing items, other than the ones right before ours and the one before the grand finale.

However, saw some sneaks from the camera :)
Our item! <3

The gymnastic item was fantastic!
It was so gooood that the Governer (of Batam?) and his wife stood up to clap for the team.
And little did we know, the performance was actually put up by three different teams! From Batam itself, Bintan and Jakarta.
They had met up only on the day before for "combine" rehearsal, yet, the show they had put up was amazing and shows no sign of "differentiality"!

The PDs :)

This was SGM (Malaysia's) item iirc.

Grand finale~

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Victory! ('.')v

And here's a photo of us taken with Liling's long arm, wahahha.
See how many of us she can position the camera far enough to squeeze in.
So useful for selcas! :p

And yah, we look like a group of minions. IKR.

Some of us too shagged to remain standing after the performance :/

My roommate for the night.

By the time we ended the performance and check-in to the hotel, it was almost midnight?
Some photos of our resort/hotel right next to the ballroom/shopping mall (:
Harbour Bay Amir Hotel (Batam).

Bathtub, which I didn't get to enjoy :/

The SGI-Batam members were so nice to make desserts and snacks for us.
Probably knowing that we couldn't eat well in the day while practicing.
The YWD/WD (with the hotel service staff) went door-to-door delivering these near to midnight.
Made us super touched!

Breakfast the following morning.

Bumped into an old friend, who was the in-charge for the Batam Cultural Festival.
What a coincident!

Our meeting and exchange in the morning.

That's about all!
An experience I hope I would remember in my heart for a long long time.