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Historic Vessel Vega Humanitarian Mission Update 2. Pls help to reblog and share their story.

Update 2. March 2019

SOS!!!

The Historical Vessel Vega, run by an inspiring couple, Shane and Meggi, delivers roughly 20 tons of donated educational and medical supplies to isolated island communities in Indonesia.

They have dedicated their lives to this mission since 2004 and even helped deliver supplies to the Indonesian islands after the Tsunami.

If you would like to contribute to help Vega and the island communities we assist here is a link. http://sailvega.com/vega/support_the_vega.html

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Earlier in the year, in March 2014, I wrote about meeting the couple behind the Historical Vega Humantiarian Mission. Captain Shane Granger and Meggi Macoun were the most inspiring and passionate people I have ever met. I met them when they docked at Straits Quay Penang to collect donations for schools in the remote areas of Indonesia and East Timor areas. They were looking for school bags, school supplies, musical instruments and medical supplies. They had a list of things that people could donate. They didnt want money, they wanted specific things which involved people having to go out to buy or donate from their homes or schools. It gives people a sense of involvement. It surely did for me. I got a few of my friends to donate money so that I could go out to buy musical instruments for the school band.

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School and medical supplies aboard the Historical Vessel Vega.
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offloading the supplies onto the small boat

When I spoke to them and asked them why they are doing this instead of giving to charities, they replied that by the time big NGOs finish their meetings and talking, they would have have done much more themselves, and true to their word, they have indeed accomplished that.

Every year they collect about 20 tons of school and medical supplies from Penang, Singapore and Jakarta. Ports along their sailing route. They pick up and then they deliver to all the schools that they have identified over the years. They have been doing this relentlessly for 10 years. The whole trip takes almost a year depending on the winds and repair works on the boat. Then they sail back to Thailand where they are based and they start all over again.

It is so heartwarming to see the faces of the kids receiving their school bags equipped with a set of school supplies inside. It’s so emotional for me to look at the photos it makes me want to cry. I know how hard it has taken them to reach E. Timor. All the things that went wrong along the way, but still, they made it. Eliza, one of the volunteers onboard told me she was going to leave in July to go back to work, but I am so happy to see that she saw it through. I’m slightly jealous that I wasnt there with them. I asked Shane if I could go the day I met him, he said no. I went to see them almost everyday for the whole week and a half they were docked in Penang and by the end of their stay, Shane actually said yes to me coming onboard as a volunteer, but I chickened out for fear of being sea sick, which is such a lame excuse for because I was too scared I couldn’t heck the trip. It is gruelling. I know. I’ve followed them all the way through on facebook.

The photos are of the school supplies being delivered to Biamaraem primary school. One of the many schools that will receive school supplies that have been donated.

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Thank you to Historic Vessel Vega.  Hope to see you all on the journey home xx

All the photos are taken from Historical Vessel Vega. Photo credit Meggi Macoun and Shane Granger

“Aidabaslala school is in Bobonaro District and consists of a Pre school & Primary School section. The average family in that area has 6 children. That means a lot of children want to start their education now. Support for the very young is a priority, they are the next generation. Due to financial problems too many children drop out of school. Over 70% of children leave school before reaching year 9. The highest rate of dropouts occurs in the first two years of primary school.

On the day of our visit there where 85 students present. All received Kits-4-Kids bags.The Vega team had prepared special supplies bags for the teachers. 2 large boxes with general school supplies and footballs which where handed over to the head mistress. This year we had volunteers from the East Timor Maritime Police and Customs helping with the schools visits. The Kits-4-Kids Schoolbags were donated by students from the GESS German European School Singapore and students from Penang Malaysia. School-supplies were donated by Montessori kindergarten, Uplands, Dalat and CGL international schools and Tinker Bell couture Penang. Many thanks also to all the individuals who contributed, especially the nice folks in Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. As always if you like what we are doing please do share these pics with your friends.” ~Historical Vessel Vega

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Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes
Eliza handing out schoolbags and toothbrushes

For more info do follow their journey on facebook. They will be doing more deliveries. Maybe you would like to donate or be a volunteer.

Happy Chap Goh Mei. Last day of Chinese new year.

Chinese New year with lion troupe

Happy Chap Goh Mei. Today is the 15th and final day of Chinese new year celebrations. It falls on the snow moon and this auspicious day is also our Chinese Valentine’s day.

Today was such a joyful day chasing lions and dragons with Chelsia Ng 🤗

I’m so sad that the lunar new year celebrations have come to an end, but I do hope the year of the pig will be a whole year of celebrating happiness, success and love for us all.

And yes, we believe in magic and unicorns 🍊🌕💛🎑💚🙏

Watch the Chinese New Year performance here:

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

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
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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! 

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