God Rejoices In You

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God Rejoices In You
The Lord your God is with you...
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17
God rejoices in your life.
He believes in you... watches over you...
and tenderly keeps you in His constant care.
You are valued and loved,
not only by those who know you,
but by the One who created you!

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Singapore Night Festival 2014 - Singapore Arts Museum (SAM) Re-Skinned!

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Each year as the Singapore Night Festival return to transform our urban cityscape into a dazzling wonderland playground, crowds gather in front of the Singapore Arts Museum (SAM)to catch the ever popular projection lighting that illuminate the old St. Joseph Institute (SJI) building to ones wildest imagination. For the past years, projection and computer artists make the impossible happen. Here's a little walk back memory lane as SAM re-skins itself each year.

Mimoïd II
Mimoïd II transformed the Singapore Arts Musuem (SAM) into a spectacle of projection wonder. Mimoïd II presented a constantly evolving architecture of a building where each transformation is based on the building's history and structure. The artwork goes beyond history, into the anticipation of paradise and the unknown. The word "Mimoïd" comes from Stanislas Lem's book, Solaris. The Mimoïds, which are wave formations of hundreds of thousands of pixels, have a particular fondness for all human artefacts and they imitate and 'give variations on the theme of a given object'.

The Magic Melody by Tigrelab
(Light sculpture) @ School of the Arts
During the 2013 Singapore Lights Festival the Singapore Art Museum transformed into an immersive futuristic instrument. A video mapping prologue introduced the essence of the instrument, showing how visuals and sounds combine with each other to establish a dialogue between architecture and people. Audiences were awed-inspired as an ingenious interactive video-mapping project magically translated sounds generated by your mobile devices into gigantic visual creations onto SAM’s façade, right before your very eyes. “The Magic Melody” was a collaboration between creative studio Tigrelab and the interactive art practice Welovecode.

Spirits of Nature

In this multimedia extravaganza, the faccedilade, balconies, windows and columns of the Singapore Art Museum transformed into a vast canvas showcasing the beauty of Mother Nature. On this giant canvas, natural elements came alive with spirits of their own; winds rumble and blow, fires are sparked and nature blooms. Be enthralled by the fantastical spirits of nature that surrounds and engulfs us in an immersive showcase of light and sound.

Looking back at my past posts, I started visiting the Night Festivals since 2009! It remains one of the premiere night events in Singapore not to be missed.

Nocturnals Roam at the Night Festival 2009

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Petition to immortalize Robin Williams in his favourite video game - Legend of Zelda

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We lost Robin Williams, 63, to an untimely death on August 11, 2014. Arguably one of, if not the most, funniest man to ever walk the earth, the loss of Williams is felt worldwide with a collect intake of disbelief and crushing sadness. Robin Williams was not only an excellent comedian but also a game enthusiast, so much so that he named his daughter, Zelda after the princess in Legend of Zelda.

Following a petition to name a NPC (Non-Player Charater) within World of Warcraft to memorialize the late Robin Williams, fans of Legend of Zelda are now petitioning to Nintendo to do similar in the new Legend of Zelda game. Nintendo of America for Ocarina of Time, Skyward Sword and Four Swords hired him and his daughter to promote the franchise in a series of ads.

The petition proposed by Nick Schaedel, Petition Organiser writes
Nintendo of America, Nintendo

Please consider naming an NPC in the new Legend of Zelda game after Robin Williams. It was a series he loved, and it's a small tribute to a great man.

As of 16 August, over 95,000 petitions were signed. I have submitted mine as an avid supporter of the game. It's a pity Williams did not have the courage to live out his difficult life, I have no doubt that he would continued to make the world a funnier place.
Make a petition at Change.org. I would love to see "Robin" around in the game.

Skyward Sword Commercial

Zelda and Robin Williams - The Legend of Zelda- Skyward Sword Commercial

Ocarina of Time Commercial

Robin Williams and daughter Zelda talk about their love for Ocarina of Time

25 Years of The Legend of Zelda
"The Legend Of Zelda" Retrospective
The Legend of Zelda's next adventure: Spirit Tracks
The Legends of Zelda on Wii Music
Wii Dreaming & 24
Hooked on Zelda!
The Legend of Zelda is back with The Minish Cap!
Wii Music
For the Love of Wii
Play! A Video Game Symphony Concert
End of Autumn @ Animal Crossing
Cool Toys I Want For Christmas
I have a Nintendo DS Lite!

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Learning from the Wrongologist - Kathryn Schulz

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"The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t." - Kathryn Schulz
Before coming across this TED talk On Being Wrong, I didn't even know there was such a position call Wrongologist!

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility. Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," and writes "The Wrong Stuff," a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.

“What’s most baffling and most tragic about this is that it misses the whole point of being human,” she says. “If you really want to rediscover wonder, you need to step outside of that tiny, terrified space of rightness and look around at each other and the vastness and complexity of the universe and be able to say, ‘Wow, I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong.’”

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Facing Goya Opera Singapore International Festival of Arts 2014

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It felt like a really long time since I last went to an opera. The last one was Puccini's classic of Cio-Cio-san as Madama Butterfly last year. Facing Goyamarked the official reopening of Singapore’s Victoria Theatre following a four-year restoration. But when I read the synopsis the opening act of the Singapore International Festival of Arts, I was instantly sold. The opera looks at the influence of art, pseudoscience and money on human frailty and moral failures over the course of three centuries. It had all the elements of art, science and morality that reads "Take My Money Now"!

Facing Goya Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)Trailer

Facing Goya is a taut thriller that follows one woman's passionate search for the 18th century Spanish artist Goya's missing skull. When Goya’s body was exhumed in the late 19th century, it was found without a head. Legend has it Goya asked friends to remove his head prior to burial to prevent tomb thieves and early craniometrists from getting hold of his brain for research.

In Facing Goya, the woman, a banker; takes us into the world of cloning and genetic profiteering. Surrounded by zealous scientists and eager business executives, she confronts the temptation of cloning Goya’s creativity for commercial profit, as Goya’s skull and DNA are fed to those exploiting science’s triumph over nature.
Facing Goya puts science on the cultural stage through the music of award-winning British composer Michael Nyman and the inspiration of one of the world's greatest 19th-century Spanish romantic painter, Francisco Goya.

Blending fact and fiction, the references, though, have now been noticeably refocused, with fewer scientists quoted and less ricocheting between time frames, making the transition from 19th-century brain theory to Nazi racial profiling to modern-day genetic engineering seem not just logical but inevitable. Facing Goya asks, "If Goya's skull was found, and if indeed, Goya’s creativity was cloned, what would happen? Can we clone the human soul?”

Facing Goya belongs in the tradition of hyperlink narratives, which weave together several smaller stories into a mosaic that makes a larger point about a given theme: David Mitchell's novel "Cloud Atlas" on the connections between human kindness and maliciousness throughout the ages, Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" films about the ideals of Europe and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia" about the lasting effect of cruelty toward children.

Facing Goya uses this structure to ask questions about our own humanity through the perspective and notion of creativity in the persona of Goya. Goya represents not just an artist, but a creative spirit, an intellectual daring enough to look at the world around him and speak up about what was wrong.

The opera debuted in 2000, four years after Dolly the sheep was cloned, and the opera raises questions about the use and misuse of human genetics. Who we are happens through our experiences.

Festival Director Ong Keng Sen directs a brand new version of this highly imaginative opera together with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The opera was modern, with extremely creative use of stage and video projection. A dark mix of science fiction, art history, biotechnology, ethics and conspiracy theory, Facing Goya was filled with two hours of Nyman’s highly atmospheric minimalist rhythm and a masterful juggernaut.

I leave you to enjoy the beautiful tracks from the opera:

"Leonardo Says"

The Size of the Brain, Facing Goya, Act 1 Scene 5

More Pictures of Facing Goya Opera Singapore International Festival of Arts 2014

Turandot: Night At The Opera
Puccini Gala: The Virgin Opera
Puccini's La Bohème Opera
The Tales of Hoffmann
Turandot 'Nessun Dorma'

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Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Open House 2014

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Has it been 4 years since Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall closed its doors for its renovation hiatus? I vividly remember the last backstage tour just before the building closed in May 2010. It was the last public tour of the original building before it made way for a total renovation.

The facade of the building is kept in tack except that the previously pristine white walls are now splashed with shades of gray. The area around the iconic black Sir Stamford Raffles statue is still under renovation and cordoned off.

As I stepped into the S$180-million refurbished Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall at their sneak peak open house weekend, I admit, I couldn't recognize the place. As far as I could recall, excluding the backstage tour, I visited the building two other times.

My first performance was the feet-tapping, heart-pounding, STOMP performance with Gerard and Chris. We set in the second row, face front to all the bang and action. Toward the end of the performance, the entire theatre stood stomping our feet to the percussion beat. It was a truly awesome experience. We understood the next day after all our intense stomping that the management advised the audience not to stomp as they were concerned the vibrations would cause structural problems to the 1900s building. Apparently we literally shook the house!

The second occasion was the "Little Shop Of Horrors" musical by The Dim Sum Dollies. Together with the FSPs, we snapped a picture with the original Dollies at the entrance of the theatre. Since then, we lost Emma Yong; one-third of the musical cabaret to stomach cancer in 2012.

A wide spacious corridor greets visitors as you enter. Originally composed of two separate buildings, the Concert Hall on the left and the Theatre on the right, the corridor historically stood in the centre. I have never seen the corridor before.

The interior facade of the left wing was designed differently to depict the pre-1950s era and the right wing to showcase Victorian architecture.

Ample natural light shine through the glass roof which peek through to the signature four faced clock tower.

The crimson red royal carpet lining the steps to the theatre has disappeared, exposing clean polished marble.

One of the new addition and a highlight to the building is a 3 storey spiral staircase that looks like a lit chandelier when viewed from a distance through the glass windows.

I didn't have enough time to catch the packed line up of free performances. Gone were the 883 red mildew seats in the original theatre which were removed to reduce the seating capacity to 673. Part of the renovation was to improve the acoustics which also resulted in more legroom for concert goers.

The old seats were innovatively used as part of a ceiling art installation. You could still see the white painted numbers imprinted on the chairs. It was a beautiful way to infuse the rich history back into the new building.

I left by the back of the building where the stage door is, hoping to catch a glimpse (with little luck) of the backstage.

Gone are the musky smell and empty hollow feel of the building, now replaced with cold blast of air conditioning and freshly painted walls. Slowly but surely, from one historical building to the next... keep it old on the outside with all the new tech and frills in the inside.

More Pictures of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Open House 2014

Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Backstage Tour
Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - The Carnival Of Animals and Peter & The Wolf
Little Shop Of Horrors
Turandot: Night At The Opera
Puccini Gala: The Virgin Opera
Puccini's La Bohème Opera

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