Gardens have a unique ability to ignite the imagination, balance the relationship between humans and nature, and calm the senses in urbanized settings. When I walked through the botanical gardens and the famous Gardens by the Bay, I couldn’t help but believe in and be impressed by Singapore’s vision to become a city in a garden. Our increasing awareness of the negative effects of climate change should encourage us to make more conscious efforts to preserve and reinvigorate the Earth’s natural beauty and healing powers. In a world that is reliant on technology and man-made structures, gardens provide a necessary respite and reminder of a home that we all lost. Continue reading “Gardens of the Future”
The Lion King is one of the most successful musicals in recent history. As of 2015, 80 million people have seen the musical throughout 6 continents. It continues to run on Broadway, West End, Hamburg, and Tokyo and shows no sign of stopping. The “Circle of Life” lives on as each generation experiences the artistry and coming-of-age story.
No doubt that the magic of puppetry contributes to the ongoing success of The Lion King. According to Julie Taymor, the musical’s director and costume designer, Ningyou joururi （人形浄瑠璃）or Bunraku （文楽）, Japanese puppet theater, served as an inspiration for the puppets’ designs. Puppets are fascinating pieces of art. We (humans) know that they are inanimate objects and have no life, but when a person moves them, they begin to reflect human behavior, expressions, and speech. They are given a breath of life. Continue reading “Bunraku and Lion King; Puppetry and Reality”
Since it is Valentine’s Day, here is a poem (or as I prefer to call it, thoughts on a page) that combines the theme of memories and love. I wrote this in May 2014 while I was listening to “Memory,” a track from the OST of Emma: A Victorian Romance. The painting is called The Ball or An Elegant Soiree by Victor Gabriel Gilbert.