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Art exhibition by British artist Ben Henriques at Jonathan Cooper gallery in London.

Ben Henriques ‘Works’ 2018

I recently attended an Art exhibition by talented British artist Ben Henriques at Jonathan Cooper gallery in London and had a conversation with the artist. It is always interesting to meet and to discuss works with other artists. For that I am grateful. I have yet to learn so much about the art world and every opportunity I get is important to my personal growth as an artist.

Exhibition date: 19 APRIL – 5 MAY 2018

The exhibition, which includes over thirty works, will be the artist’s first solo show since 2014, and his first devoted purely to still life since 2012.

Robustly painted yet meditative in tone, Henriques’ paintings find beauty in the everyday objects that populate and document our lives. Under the painter’s eye root vegetables freshly harvested from the garden, soil still clinging to their roots, become a painterly symphony of colour and form, their outlines blurring into abstraction.

Elsewhere the artist’s tools, his oil paints and brushes, become the focus of his gaze, in a reflective work depicting the very materials with which its surface is constructed. Edges soften, forms dissolve, and colours sing. Non-narrative in tone, Henriques’ paintings nevertheless seek to express emotion, whether moments of stillness and calm, or an awareness of the passage of time and the fleeting nature of beauty.

Painted over the course of three years, this subtle yet confident body of work marks an important turning point in the artist’s development and style.

Click here to go to Jonathan Cooper gallery

Address : Jonathan Cooper Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 0AQ

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Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G Hotel Gurney Penang

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Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition with the GM of G Hotel and his team

1 February 2018

Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G Hotel Gurney Penang

Treasures of a Straits Chinese, my first solo art exhibition opened on a very auspicious day, the day after the extremely powerful super blood blue full moon eclipse.

It was a full house and I am extremely thrilled by the turn out. Many of my friends travelled from Singapore and from KL. Friends from my childhood days, new friends and the media.

I have compiled a short video so you can have a glimpse of the event.

I am truly grateful and it has been an honour to be able to share my work with such a beautiful audience.

I had been so stressed leading up to this big day but finally i can breathe again. I learnt many things this week and i had to give a speech in front of a crowd which made me panic into sleepless nights. I was in denial not wanting to write the speech but luckily my best friends who were staying with me the few days leading up to the show sat me down the night before to write the speech which I thought I could get away by winging it! Clearly not cos I am not a natural speaker.

Here’s part of the speech

A little story…

On the day of my opening a Malay Muslim security guard walking by his rounds was drawn to the butterfly painting. I gave him a few moments to contemplate on the work and to read the description as he was about to move on, I walked over and introduced myself and asked him what he thought of the painting.

He replied, “i understand what you mean. We have the same in our culture.” Thank you i said and he walked away.

I was moved because of all the paintings that is the one that connects me with my mother. He picked that one probably because it connects him with his loved one.

The description reads:

I dream of you. Butterflies symbolise love and long life. I was once told that the butterfly carries the soul of our departed loved ones.

I was moved by this interaction. The artwork has served its purpose. It connected two complete strangers from different backgrounds to share a moment of reflection, uniting two cultures and hopefully it has made his day a little happier, like he made mine.

The exhibition runs until 30 April 2018

Venue: G Hotel Gurney Penang, Malaysia

Under the full moon at BulanLifestyle HQ

Treasures of a Straits Chinese. A solo art exhibition by Penang artist Tiffany Choong opening at G hotel Gurney 1 Feb 2018

Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G hotel Gurney art gallery, Penang

Treasures of a Straits Chinese.

My long awaited first solo exhibition opens in 2 days at the prestigious G hotel Gurney Penang.

The journey has taken a long time. I had to wait for the sun, moon and stars to align. It’s been exciting, exhausting, nerve wrecking, a roller-coaster of emotions and to top it off, it’s going to be full moon.

I don’t know about you but the full moon drains my energy, in a good way.

Time for new beginnings… 🌕

Official launch of 1 Utama E: FlowRider and AirRider at 1 Utama Shopping mall, PJ

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FlowRider @ 1 Utama E official launch party

Last night, I took some well needed time off from preparations for my upcoming solo exhibition to have some fun. Despite the rain, what a fun night out it was at 1 Utama E official launch party…
I will have to go back another day to try the Flowrider and AirRider when no one’s watching or filming ;p
The vision of 1 Utama is to develop this new wing of the shopping mall into a sports and entertainment outlet and to attract sports tourism into the country via competitions.

1 Utama E, is the the new sports and entertainment outlet at 1 Utama shopping mall,

The AirRider simulates skydiving in a controlled and safe environment.

The FlowRider is a surf pool that is used for bodyboarding, flow boarding and surfing.

Address: 1 Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama City Centre
Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Customer Service Centre Tel: 03-7710 8118 | Email: custserv@1utama.com.my

Launch of HP Spectre X360 in KL

At the launch of HP Spectre x Lifestyleasia KL Spectre-Cular night

About last night. HP launches Spectre at Tamarind Hill, Kuala Lumpur.

This second generation all poweful Spectre laptop is the slimmest and lightest in the market and weighs just slightly over 1KG. Now, the question is….can I have one please…;p

https://youtu.be/FZe7LV5Pw14

With Chelsia Ng and John Tan from hokkien movie, You mean the world to me. Photo credit Lifestyleasia KL

International day of peace 2017

International day of Peace
https://youtu.be/u6ir9d2gthA

Roots and shoots

Each September, Roots & Shoots groups from around the world celebrate Roots & Shoots Peace Day and honour the UN International Day of Peace. Dr. Jane has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2002 and she inspires us all to live in harmony with nature and each other. Each Roots & Shoots project is a step towards a future in which humans can live in peace in an environmentally sustainable way—a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Celebrate Peace Day with people, animals and the environment through the activities below. Share your photos on the Roots & Shoots Peace Day Facebook Page and using #RootsandShoots #PeaceDay on social media.

 

United Nations

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

The theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

“In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as ‘the other’. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential.” He added, “Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.”

This year, the International Day of Peace will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages will be shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

The Day will highlight solidarity with refugees and migrants and showcase the shared benefits of migration to economies and nations, while also acknowledging legitimate concerns of host communities. Ultimately, it will be about bringing people together and reminding them of their common humanity.

Wishing our Penang friends and friends everywhere a Happy Chinese new year! 


Wishing our Penang friends and friends everywhere a Happy and properous Chinese lunar new year of the rooster. Keong hee huat chye as they say on the island. Illustration by BulanLifestyle.com
Source: Wishing our Penang friends and friends everywhere a Happy Chinese new year! 

Webstite: penanglocal.com

Finding life’s passion. A talk by Dr Jane Goodall in Malaysia.

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Finding Life’s Passion. Jane Goodall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Finding life’s passion. An inspiring talk by my hero Dr Jane Goodall this morning in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Jane Goodall has been my inspiration since I was young. When I was 20 years old, I went to Tanzania to volunteer as a research assistant because of her. I thought if she could do it, so can I!. I did but I didn’t last too long on the field. It takes determination and will power.

Dr Jane Goodall believes that we can make a positive change to our world regardless of who we are. She is known for her research on Chimpanzees in Tanzania.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures, and she managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

I am in awe of her dedication and passion. What an incredible woman.

This talk was organised by Roots and shoots Malaysia.

If you are curious and want to know more:

  1. Jane Goodall Institute.

Our Mission The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

2. Roots and Shoots

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

My cousin’s wedding, the Malaysian way

1. Temple
Temple wedding

I’ve just been busy helping out at my cousin’s wedding last few weeks, which explains why I have been missing from wordpress. Please excuse me. I would like to share some of the highlights with you.

I find it interesting to look at weddings from different cultures, and by sharing my cousin’s wedding with you, I hope you will find it interesting as well.

I live in a multi cultural society. Malaysia is made up of diverse races and religion.

My cousin is Eurasian. Her heritage is Portuguese Kristang. The Kristang are a Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay and for some possibly Indian or Chinese ancestry, which arose during the Portuguese colonial period (16th to 17th century). Her husband is Malaysian Malayali. The Malayali (also Malayalee) are a Dravidian people who inhabit the South Indian state of Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and have the Malayalam language as their mother tongue. 

When they decided to get married. They both agreed to combine their backgrounds. So they had a temple wedding, a catholic church wedding and a wedding dinner party to celebrate their union with their friends and family.

I was the maid of honour. I’m not quite sure what that role meant, but I took it on myself to make sure the bride was happy at all times. I assumed the role of bodyguard and messenger.

It was a beautiful wedding that lasted one week.

I wish them both eternal love and happiness.

Now that the wedding is over, time to rest 🙂

2. Church
Church wedding
3. Party
Dinner Party

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