Events


Most recently, I attended a fashion party by Uggs at quite a nice venue -it was held at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (http://www.cafa.edu.cn/).

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At the party, I met a friendly guy who worked at P1.cn, the general manager of Hotel G in Beijing, and a lovely actress named Yubai Zhang (http://www.alias-talents.com/artiste.cfm/236496-yubai-zhang.html). I’m having a lot of luck making polygot friends who speak English, French and Chinese lately – and they’re always amazing young women who have great energy.

I do have a thought about these three languages though: How useful they are going to be! English is of course, the international language, a given. Chinese will be an incredibly useful language as China emerges as a major player, and French – besides speaking with the French-Europeans in France, Switzerland, Belgium and so on – is also quite an important language in the content of Africa. China has already begun to pay attention to Africa, harboring relations and such. I’m thinking it might be the next frontier. On the subject of languages – Spanish and Portuguese are becoming appealing, as I hear Brazil calling my name…am I being irrational and overly ambitious? I do hope to visit the continent of South American however, and while I’m there I’d like to visit Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni to cross off another item of my bucket list.  Kenya and Ghana will be next on the list as well. Thailand might also be sooner than I think…hmmm.

Anyways! I also had a wonderful time at a Valentine’s Day party this weekend – meeting attractive young people with few fun-loving lady friends of mine.

As such, although I do not expect receiving anything this year… why not plan to give a little? I have thus decided to continue my old tradition of performing random acts of kindness – giving out flowers to complete strangers just for the kicks of making them happy!  

More details to come in the next post after I experience my day…but here’s a preview:

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I’d like to highlight a recent successful event I helped put together as the designated events manager.

A big Thank You to Alan Lee for posting photos and details of the event on his blog.

Resonance: Music, Images and Wine from Australia

The Evening:

In a 600 year old Confucian temple, 150 people gathered in the foyer and enjoyed some Australian wine while waiting in anticipation for the event of the night. Vegan catering from Veggie Table busily replenished their quickly disappearing plate of delicious vegan muffins, hummus, mushroom balls, falafels and galore.

Out of nowhere a group of musical voices appear from the distance, entering the foyer as the door to the temple itself opens. Entering the cool, darkened temple where a mysterious resonating bell-like melody flows from a black grand piano in the middle of the stage. As the singers flow in with their enchanting voices, the audience eagerly followed them into the temple itself ready for a performance of the evening. Then silence. A filled house and a ready stage. The audience looked up.

Upon the wall was a projection of vibrant colorful images one after the next as the music transitioned through a journey taking the audience through time and the history of emotions leading to the Australia as it is today. A string-tugging ending note from the talented local violist, Zhang Miao.

Intermission and return.

Some with seats, some without. Music, piano… a powerful chorus to end the evening by the International Festival Choir and friends.

By the end of the performance, dusk had begun to set and the moon was barely out. The hidden hutong temple was spilling with excitement for a beautiful evening spent.

A wonderful end to the Year of Australian Culture in China, with sponsorship by the Australian Embassy.

Note: This event could not have been possible without the efforts of so many people, and the great turn-out was attributed to a contribution of efforts with several Australian networks (including the Australian Embassy, Australia China Alumni Association and many personal friends)