Aug 31, 2008
I'm very disappointed and so will many Singapore-F1 enthusiasts and many of the Ferrai owners be. We probably should cheers for 0ther teams?
Maybe we should use another brand in the header of our blog besides Red Bull.
In many Buddhist scriptures, lanterns and lamps represent the Wisdoms of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. As the “Lamp of Continual Light” symbolizes the mind of Enlightenment, therefore, every practitioner in search of liberation contemplates their bodies as the lamp stand, their minds as lamp bow and their faith as lamp wick. The significance of hanging the “Ksitigarbha Life-Prolonging” Lantern during Ullambana Festival is to transmit to all beings the light of powerful vows made by Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.
The first day of 8th lunar month this year is 31st August.
Moon cakes have played a central role in Moon Festival traditions. Once, according to Chinese legend (not necessarily supported by historical records), moon cakes helped bring about a revolution. I was during the Yuan dynasty (AD 1280-1368), when the Mongolians invaded from the north and subjugated the Han Chinese. The rebel leader Zhu Yuanzhang (left) who plotted to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the Yuan dynasty sought permission from Mongolian leaders to give gifts to friends as a symbolic gesture to honor the longevity of the Mongolian emperor.
Hence today, far from the exotic and heroic legends, Chinese communities all over the world make, consume and exchange as gifts these moon-shaped pastries with sweet fillings of red bean and lotus seed paste, during the traditional autumn Moon Festival.
This is a day to worship the moon god an according to folk legend it is also the birthday of the earth god (T'u-ti Kung). The Chinese believe in praying to the moon god for protection, family unity, and good fortune.
The moon festival signals that the year's hard work in the fields will soon come to an end, with only the harvest left to attend to. People use this opportunity to express their gratitude to heaven (represented by the moon) and earth (symbolized by the earth god) for the blessings they have enjoyed over the past year. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos together. The round "moon cakes" are symbolic of family unity and closeness.
Even this "white" guy has no resemblance with any ancient customs, however he is probably the most renown and popular "ang moh" in the Chinatown Night Market.
Aug 26, 2008
The festivities will culminate with the widely acclaimed performances by renowned Japanese troupe, Akita Kanto.
Aug 25, 2008
But these Olympics were also about showing face! The Chinese organizers had to cater for 2 different audiences. The world, China had to show its rise as a superpower not caring about costs at all.
And for the citizens they had to justify the “official” $40 billion (insider say over 60 billion) inbuilding gigantic stadiums and other fabulous sports facilities (some of them may be hardly used afterwards), the closing down of factories, limiting travel within Beijing, putting thousands of people out of jobs for 4 months for reaching better air quality and using 1, 4 million citizens as “volunteers”. These volunteers also deserve a big round of applause for their efforts.
The closing ceremony was really spectacular and went again to extremes to satisfy every detail which will be hard measuring up to this level for future host cities.
The London Mayor and his Olympic committee were handed over the Olympic flag and an even bigger burden. Everything they do might or will be compared to Beijing. Can London compete with Beijing? Can any new host city compete? Does it matter?Definitely not and I think they even don’t want to. They will be different and great in their own way.They also know that the perception of these Games has become one of soul-less efficiency and robotic lockstep.
I watched last nights grand prix in Valencia also a first. The race track is interesting but the views were not that great. Whenever the cameras caught the scenery outside the track you saw containers and warehouses. Two eye catchers on the course were the modern bridge and some yachts lined up next to the track. But that's about it.
Some of the media tried to compare it to Monaco, because of the yachts I guess, but there is no way that Valencia comes even close to the real beauty of Monaco, it is way to industrial, at least around the F1 track. And there was some comparison with Singapore which I do not understand, others that the Spanish track is also new and a city loop.
Singapore will be so much more spectacular with the backdrop of our magnificent skyline, the Esplanade, the business district, City Hall, Suntec City and then the Flyer and the floating platform and last not least the pit building. I'm not even talking about the excitement of having the first F1 night race ever.
Let's hope out Media Corp guys will do a great job of including the gorgeous scenery into the race. You can't get a better promotion for our city state reaching an audience of millions on their TV sets at home.
No doubt it will be a spectacular race!.............and being bios is certainly allowed, isn't it?
Aug 23, 2008
So we expected it to be a fun night with fabulous sausages, bread and Erdinger and chatting.
But suddenly things changed, busy guys with trolleys and others carrying cables and lanterns caught our attention. Soon we found out what it was all about: A film crew was preparing to shoot a new advertisement video about Singapore for Singapore Tourism Board (STB).Starring the shoot was Singapore's ambassador, the famous, talented and sexy singer/songwriter Tanya Chua and asked to co-star were some of Erich's frequent customers and photogenic friends ("The Golden Girls"). Even Stanley, the fruit juice dude next door was featured in the shoot.
Man, he knows how to pose already......!!
It took a while and several "cuts" until the director was satisfied with the outcome.
And again "famous" ang moh (Erich)'s Wuerstelstand was the location for another video production!
As I mentioned earlier ....... just another ordinary Friday evening at Erich's.
By the way, talking about Stanley, he has got a blog now as well, featuring his Natural & Healthy Juice Bar with all his fruit juices and soon I guess with some of his recepies
Aug 16, 2008
Check out more than 250 festive stalls selling traditional goodies like moon cakes, pomelos, lanterns and more that will be lining the streets of Chinatown to cater for every festive need.
Stop by at Erich's Wuerstelstand or Backstube to boost your energy with his delicious sausages, meatloaf and bread for more walking around Chinatown's Festive Street Bazaar 29 Aug - 14 Sep:Stalls are open:
11am – 11pm Sun – Thu
11am – 1am Fri, Sat and PH
in Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Sago Street.
Expecting a huge crowd of visitors after a month long hiatus, during the hungry ghost festival, the best bet getting there will be taking public transport.
Take MRT to Chinatown (NE4) or Outram Park (EW16) stations or bus services.
Aug 14, 2008
for the first training on our new Marina Bay Race Circuit!
Major construction is more or less completed but there is still a lot of work to do.
The race track is snaking around the Singapore Flyer
A sharp right turn at the War Memorial Park
followed by a 200m straight and a 90 deg left turn into high speed St. Andrews Rd. stretch (ca. 500m) with a gorgeous backdrop of business district buildings
At the end of it after the Cricket Club drivers need to engage their brakes to slow down from over 300 km/h to meager 80 km/h for the narrowest and probably most dangerous part of our race track: The Anderson Bridge (built 1909)
then follows a sharp left to another high speed straight "The Esplanade Drive".......
at "The Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay" a 90 deg right turn leads to a short straight and to another critical part of the course. A combination of right-left (passing the Bay Grandstand and the Floating Platform) - and left again cutting underneath the Grandstand and exit with a right..
At this point the racers have almost completed one lap. There is 1 more right and 3 easy left turns until either the pit lane or the start/finish line
After estimated 61 laps the first winner of the 1st Singtel Singapore Grand Prix will be crowned. He will have passed 23 turns and 5.067km per lap, with speed in excess of 300 km/h along Raffles Boulevard and between 250 and 300 km/h on Pit Straight, St. Andrew’s Road and Esplanade Drive. The slowest speed will be measured at about 80-100 km/h.
Furthermore all the drivers will have completed the first ever F1 night race on the second most scenic race course besides Monaco.
There are still some great tickets left although 92% are already sold!
Hope we see you all there or you can also watch live on TV.