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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sweet Delights Mid Autumn at Central, now to 14 Sept 2008

Got this e-mail from Nikita as always so I post think up for my own updates when I reach Singapore ^_^ Fun time is waiting for me :)


Akita Kanto Festival, 30 Aug, 7.30pm (30 minute performance)

40 performers from Japan will kick-start the festivities on a bright note on Sat 30 Aug at 7.30 pm in the Akita Kanto Festival.

A Kanto is a dramatic array of candle-lit lanterns hung on a bamboo frame, each weighing 50 kg, and soars 12 metres into the air, forming a breath-taking sight of 46 lanterns, each suspended and swaying to the movements of the performers, as they dance to the accompaniment of flutes and drums.

JOIN THEM – and celebrate this unique festival to the sound of loud, distinctive Kanto cheers.

Mid Autumn Festival by the River '08, 31 Aug – 14 Sept'08

Opening Ceremony – Sunday, 31 Aug, 7 pm

The next day, at 7pm, President SR Nathan will grace the opening ceremony of the
Mid Autumn Festival by the River 2008
to "light up" the lanterns.

Not to be missed are nightly performances by award-winning "lion and dragon" troupe from Shanghai and dance group from Yunnan.

Sweet Delights Mid Autumn Bazaar 29 Aug – 14 Sept'08

Drool over these delectable selection of goodies from participating vendors namely

Bakerzin, Dippin' Donuts, Huang Ting Restaurant, Nippon-Ya, Paisley & Cream and World of Wines.

So make a trip to Central from TODAY and relish in the myriad of entertainment this Mid Autumn.

For more information kindly click on the central

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An extra-exuberant Merdeka celebration

MAS is promoting Borneo this Merdeka celebration, as a Sabah Mui how can I don't feel on top of the world? Thanks to Malaysia Airlines and below are the e-mail I got from them.

Happy Merdeka!

Malaysia is 51 years young! Let's have a really lively Merdeka celebration by plunging headlong into the many exciting adventures she has to offer.

Adventures? Oh yes - Malaysia has plenty of world-class attractions that cater for every type of adventurer:

Explore some of the world's largest cave systems
Dive and snorkel among some of the best-preserved coral reefs in the world
Have a white-knuckle ride white-water rafting down roaring rapids
Trek through thick rainforests teeming with exotic life
Rock-climb up some of the country's most unforgiving rock faces

Enjoy all these and more, all in vibrant Malaysia. Whichever you prefer, EVERYDAY Low Fares will fly you there at low, low fares and with 5-Star service.

Here are a few more specific recommendations to start you off.

Mount Kinabalu, Sabah
Conquer South-East Asia’s 4th-highest mountain
Panoramic views and a spectacular sunrise await you at the summit

Sipadan Island, Sabah
Dive and snorkel among beautiful corals in one of the world’s best dive spots.
Spot the island’s 47 species of birds and unique coconut crabs

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak
Discover a rich diversity of flora and fauna in Sarawak’s largest national park
Explore over 200km of cave passages and see the world’s largest natural chamber (Sarawak Chamber)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Borneo International Cat Show 2008 & City Mall Dance Competition

Got this information from Sabahan Bloggers' update in Facebook on the 22nd August 2008. Bloggers out there who are cat lovers, do check out this event.

Venue: Sabah Trade Centre, Likas, Kota Kinabalu Sabah
Date: 23rd - 24th August 2008
Time: 9.30am-5.00pm

The Borneo Cat Club, licensed by The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA), USA is proud to host Sabah very first international standard cat show known as the Borneo International Cat Show 2008 which will be held on 23rd & 24th August 2008 at Sabah Trade Centre, Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

There will be 4 International acclaimed judges, Rod U'ren (Australia), Becky Orlando (USA), Wayne Trevathan (USA), Diana Rothermel (USA) and Master Clerk, Dick Kallmeyer (USA). We are expecting 225 cats from local and abroad in the Asia - Latin America division which consist of countries as Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brunei, China, Philippines, USA, Holland, Germany and as well as West Malaysia and Sarawak to come to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for this spectacular event.

Some of the cat breeds which people of Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei would have the opportunity to see and available in this show are Persian, Maine Coon, Ragdoll, Abyssinian, European Burmese, Siamese, Oriental, American Shorthair, American Curl, British Shorthair Somali, Norwegian Forest and Exotic Shorthair.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Avril Lavigne's Malaysia Concert Is Back On, Singer Says -- 'Too Sexy' Or Not

So far I only noticed one person in innit saying the concert is back on on the 21st. That person is fast but sorry, hard to track you. Another also post in innit during 22nd and managed in top10 innit. I'll let the AV's fans find who are you ok? But others still keep on complaining until last night. Saw this link in msn first thing when I woke up, it's given to me by a friend last night. So SHUT UP if you didn't update yourself with the latest news _I_

Despite reports in recent days that Avril Lavigne's concert in Malaysia had been blocked because of government fears that the singer's image is "too sexy" — and subsequent reports that it had either been canceled or postponed because it could mar the country's independence day celebrations — the singer told MTV News on Thursday (August 21) that it's going ahead.

"Well, I've actually been approved by the government to play a show," she said. "I've already sold 10,000 tickets there, so I will be going to put on a concert for the fans.

"They tend to, you know, sometimes not want Western artists in their country," she continued. "I respect that, but at the same time, you know, there's people that listen to music there and want to see their idols and stuff, so it's all good: been approved by the government and [I'm] going to go put on a show and have fun."

Malaysia's Islamic opposition party, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, had been trying to cancel or postpone a Lavigne show scheduled for the country's capital on August 29 saying her moves and stage show were "too sexy." The party took offense with the pop singer taking the stage and possibly promoting the wrong values just days ahead of the country's independence day on August 31.

The flap over the Lavigne show wasn't the first time the country's officials had looked negatively at a show by a Western female pop singer. In the past, they forced Gwen Stefani to cover up her world-famous belly, drove Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera to neighboring shores to avoid a hassle and rang up several thousand dollars in fines against a Pussycat Dolls concert in 2006 for flouting decency rules.

All along, the promoter of the Lavigne concert, Galaxy Productions, had said that the show would not have any "negative elements." Malaysia requires performers to be covered from chest to knees and avoid clothes that feature obscene or drug-related images, as well as eschewing any jumping, shouting, hugging and kissing onstage.

By Gil Kaufman, with reporting by Yasmine Richard Aug 21 2008 2:19 PM EDT

P/S: Click the title of this post to lead you to the original link.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Waiting for Friday ...

Waiting for Friday ......

Here it comes .......

Here it comes .......

Wow it's Friday!!

Have a nice weekend!!

ROAR I'm just being bo liao as usual so post up something to cheer myself up before Chris needs to give me another session. Please dude, give me a break! ROFL

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world;if you compare, you are insulting yourself.

No one will manufacture a lock without key;similarly god won't give problems without solutions.

Life laughs at you when you are unhappy...Life smiles at you when you are happy...Life salutes you when you make others happy...

Every successful person has a painful story. every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for the success.

Easy is to judge mistakes of others. Difficult is to recognize our own mistakes. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to cover the earth with carpet.

No one can go back and change a bad beginning; but anyone can start now and create a successful ending.

If a problem can be solved, no need to worry about it. If a problem cannot be solved, what is the use of worrying?

If you miss an opportunity don't fill the eyes with tears. It will hide another better opportunity in front of you.

Mistakes are painful when they happen. But years later collection of mistakes is called experience, which leads to success.

"Changing the face" can change nothing. But "facing the change"can change everything. Don't complain bout others; change yourself if you want peace.

Be bold when you lose and be calm when you win. Heated gold becomes ornament. Beaten copper becomes weirs. Depleted stone becomes statute. So the more pain you get in life you become more valuable.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Make a lot of senses

This is a master piece. If you have not read it take the time to read it now. If you have read it take time to read it again!
GEORGE CARLIN (He recently died)


Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways ,
but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


This is an e-mail I got from my sifu Frankie Yee, he just came back from USA so I decided to promote this KACHING industry you may want to check out.

Here are the classes that I had typed. At least you know what classes I am planning to offer.
All classes can be drag into 6 months so just devide half the price. Most part time can only do once in a week. :)


Intermediate level Ceramics 3 (combination techniques) and Advanced Ceramics Professional Development

Course Description:

Intermediate Level Ceramics 3 and Advanced Ceramics Professional Development is designed for the student with the experience and discipline to work independently in art. This course is to develop and expand understanding of the skills, values and history particular to the ceramics medium. The students are expected to interact with other advanced students and share their problems/discoveries in formal and informal settings. Importance is placed on individual research and productivity toward professionalism in the field.


A portion of each class period will be dedicated to one or more of the following:


PowerPoint presentations

Glazes testing and clay bodies experiment

Group or individual discussions

Demonstrations individual or group

Individual / group critique

Course Goals:

To identify each student's style from define and refine personal expression into ceramics.

To encourage students to research and explore processes, materials, and techniques in order to accomplish aesthetic goals.

To provide students with more independent manner of exploring artistic problems, must as they will encounter after leaving the courses.

To promote student verbalized professionally through their esthetic ceramics artwork.

To acknowledge the esthetic of history and contemporary ceramics artists.

This course is a four months long period and it can be repeating over again depending each student progressions.

Each week will have two sessions and each session is 3 hours lecturing with additional 3 hours extra as total of 6 hours. Total of 8 sessions in a month. Date will be schedule available. The hour is between 10.00am to 5.00pm only.

Additional studio time is available when there is no class. Do check out the open studio schedule as first come first served by making appointment.

This intermediate and advanced courses cost (excluding ceramics material, glazing and firing pieces) for one month depends how many students are in a class section:

One student $750.00 MR each cost per month. Full payment is $3,000.00

Two students $650.00 MR each cost per month. Full payment per person is $2,600.00

Three students and up $600.00 MR each cost per month. Full payment per person is $2,400.00


Ceramics 2 (throwing on the wheel)

Course Description:

Ceramics II focuses on wheel-forming techniques of ceramics production. After demonstrating wheel-forming proficiency, students are free to explore their choice of forming methods as they develop their own aesthetic ideas in clay.

Course Objectives:

Students will gain knowledge in:

1. Clay Manipulation – demonstrated by ability in wheel-forming clay.

2. Technical information – increased familiarity with glaze formulation, firing and modifications, demonstrated by systematic glaze experimentation.

3. Aesthetic growth – increased awareness of the variety of past and present ceramics forms; the indication of a personal search for a meaningful form as evidenced in pieces produced.

This course is a four months long period. You will learn step by step from throwing simple cylinders, close form, mug/cup, bowl, plates, pitcher, lidded jar and teapot. You will also learning how to pull handle.

Each week will have two sessions and each session is 3 hours long. Total of 8 sessions of lecturing in a month. You can choose weekend or weekday to match my schedule available. Usually the hour you can choose is between 10.00am to 5.00pm or 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

Additional practice time is available for throwing when there is no class. Do check out the open studio schedule as first come first served by making appointment.

Ceramics 2 lecturing course cost (excluding ceramics material, glazing and firing pieces) for one month is $800.00 MR. Full cost payment is $3,200.00 MR. This course is directly teaching one to one and using porcelain clay only.

Top white Yeevia porcelain clay (china bone clay). $6.00 MR per KG.


For Advanced Professional Independent Ceramist that needs Consultant.

If you need any ceramics consultant regarding your artwork, I would be giving out my input, guidance and critiques at $100.00 per hour and minimum is 2 hours. Just make appointment with me.


For Wall Hanging Sculpture or Landscape mural wall Ceramics Workshop.

This course is a three months long period.

Each week will have two sessions and each session is 3 hours lecturing with additional 3 hours extra as total 6 hours. Total of 8 sessions in a month. Date will be schedule available. The hour is between 10.00am to 5.00pm only.

Additional studio time is available when there is no class. Do check out the open studio schedule as first come first served by making appointment.

This course cost is (excluding ceramics material, glazing and firing pieces) for one month depends how many students:

1 student $750.00 MR per month. Full payment is $2,250.00

2 students $650.00 MR Each cost per month. Full payment is $1,950.00

3 students and up $600.00 MR Each cost per month. Full payment is $1,800.00



This course is an introduction to clay and ceramics technology as applied to the production of art/craft forms. You will learn hand-forming methods of pinch, coil and slab construction. Emphasis will be placed on vessel form. Study will include the nature and origin of clay, a basic overview of the entire ceramic process from raw material to fired form and an introduction to ceramic history.

Course Goals:

You will gain knowledge in three areas of ceramic art:

A. Technical: Proficiency in three (3) methods of hand-forming clay. This involves analyzing and solving construction problems by applying knowledge of the nature of clay.
Intellectual: Understanding the physical properties of clay from raw material to fired product and applying this information in the use of the material to effect expression.
Aesthetic: Develop an awareness of the unique, expressive qualities of clay through personal experience and study of historic and contemporary work. Exercise creativity in the completion of ceramic works, and verbalize about intent and content found in ceramic forms.

This course is basically a three months long period. Each month will be focusing on one technique. Each technique, there will have a few methods of pinching techniques to learn. So do the others techniques to be mastering.

Each week will have two sessions. Each session is 3 hours long lecturing with hands-on demo and a total 8 sessions in a month. You can choose either weekend or weekday to match my schedule available. Usually the hour you can choose is between 10.00am to 5.00pm or 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

In one session, I will only take one to three students.

The cost:

The beginning hand build ceramics course cost (excluding ceramics material, glazing and firing pieces):

For one independent student, one month is $700.00 MR. (Direct teaching one to one) Total 3 months cost is $2,100.00

If the class has two to three students, each student will be paying $600.00 MR per month. Total 3 months payment cost per person is $1,800.00

If you can find one or two more friends to join you in a group, you will have friends around to chat with while making ceramics.

Extra given Open studio for 6 hours per week without instructor guidance is given to each student and please do make the appointment each week.

Other cost that are not included in the course:

1) Ceramics set tools $30.00 or you can buy from store.

2) Top white Yeevia porcelain clay (china bone clay). $6.00 MR per KG.

Kiln firing price.

Electric kiln full load per bisque firing or one low firing is $35.00 MR

Gas kiln full load for firing to high firing cone 10 is $150.00. Usually it takes 14-16 hours labor of firing and watching the kiln.

Gas kiln full load for oxidation for cone 6 is $70.00 MR

Gas kiln full load for oxidation for Cone 10 is $100.00 MR

For coloring glazes, the price will be between $1.00 to $3.00 per piece.

If you have interest to take the ceramics course and maybe you would like to ask more questions, please don't hesitating to give me a call.

Thank you.

Frankie Yeevia

Malaysia International Ceramist
Master of Fine Art (MFA)
Lecturer & Workshop
Ceramics Art Consultant

Tel: 014-358-0388