Friday, April 30, 2010

"Every Touching Moment" 感動每一刻 [Shanghai 2010 World Expo]

Chinese President Hu Jintou declares open The Shanghai World Expo 2010 tonight with artistic performances, spectacular fireworks and high tech display. An estimated 70 million visitors are expected during the 6 months expo.

Opening Fire Works

Expo Song "Every Touching Moment" 感動每一刻
JJ Lin (林俊傑), Stefanie (孫燕姿) , Tanya (蔡健雅), Ah Du ( 阿杜)

Singapore Pavilion Tour

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interesting animal behavior

Today I'll share with you some doggie video clips.
Siberian Husky on the treadmill

Pembroke Welsh Corgi enjoying a bath

Chocolate Labrador drink with his nostril immersed in the water

Monday, April 26, 2010

History of Shanghai Expo

With a bit of digging around I've found out that what we are talking about is actually "World Expo". It's referred to as Shanghai Expo simply because it's held in Shanghai this time round.  The first Expo was held in The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, in 1851 under the title “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”. It was the idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, and was the first international exhibition of manufactured products. At that time it was called "World Fair" or "World's Fair". Since then it has been held in cities around the globe.

In the 1960's the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE; English: International Exhibitions Bureau) started calling World's Fairs "Expo's". From the year 1933 World Expo in Chicago each expo carries a theme. The theme for Shanghai Expo is "Better City, Better Life"
Everything you need to know about the Singapore Pavilion is on this website.
Haha cute, our mascot is Little Durian Star.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Shanghai Expo Count Down

Countdown to Shanghai Expo, 10 days to go. For me it's 30 days count down to our Shanghai trip. Certainly we will set aside some time to visit the Expo when we are there. I am however not quite sure what this exhibition is really about. Perhaps we will at least visit the China Pavilion as well as our own Singapore Pavilion. I am proud that our famous Singapore singers Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin, Tanya Chua and Ah Du will feature in a video clip during the expo.
Singapore Pavilion Theme Song
- "Every Touching Moment" 感 動每一刻
Composition : JJ Lin
Lyricists: 林秋離 許環良 Venus
Vocalists: JJ Lin
林 俊傑 , Stefanie 孫 燕姿, Tanya 蔡 健雅, Ado 阿 杜 

Interview with the designer

The Singapore Pavilion

Friday, April 09, 2010

My first step in Blogging

So I've been very keen to start a blog for quite some time. I finally got down to it with the help of some reference material by googling.

What held me back was what to blog about. Obviously I have lots of ideas and opinions about issues and current affairs and these could be easily put into writing as blog posts but I have concerns about how it will turn out and the reaction from readers.

Anyway I've decided that since I am taking a holiday to Shanghai end of May 2010 I might as well blog about my travel for a start.

At the end of last year my sister-in-law signed a 3 year contract to work in her company's Shanghai's office. She invited relatives and close friends to visit her. I was really excited about visiting. The reasons being, my wife and I haven't been to China. We love to travel whenever we can and it would be a good break for us. Most of all we would save on lodging expenses as sister-in-law have an apartment with spare rooms.

Once I made up my mind it a was about choosing suitable dates. We were reminded to book our air tickets early as the airline ticket prices are expected increase over time as the Shanghai Expo is to take place in May 2010. That was at the beginning of the year. By the time we decided, or should I say "I" decided (I do usually make the decisions and then consult) on the dates, the ticket price have gone up slightly. Even as I was going ahead to book the tickets there were a couple of little hurdles. We asked Mother-in-law and my wife's Auntie to join us for the trip but you know ladies aren't good at decision making. At first I was thinking of going around Easter but upon researching for the trip I found out that the weather will still be very cold. This can''t do as old lady won't be able to handle the cold. I finally settle for end of May, again working round a public holiday (Vesak Day Friday 28th May) so as not loose too many work days; this is very much a Singaporean trait. The weather forecast for end of May is a cool 18°C.

Now that the tickets are booked I am goggling daily for information on Shanghai. Besides researching places to visit I am also keen in making contacts with people in the Dog business - Pet Groomers, Dog Trainers, Kennels operators and Pet related suppliers. I've written to a dog Trainer and he has responded positively so that's going to be in the itinerary. My other interest is Ballroom Dancing. My wife and I danced Latin Ballroom for quite some time and only recently took up standard ballroom dance - Waltz and Foxtrot. I have very little success finding information about venues in Shanghai for Ballroom dancing. On the internet I came across a number of questions posted on forums by expats asking this same question. So far the only place that is associated with ballroom dancing is Paramount. Now this is a really interesting place with a rich long history. I found a number of very good videos on Youtube relating the history behind this place.