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Many things to do in NYC - and most are free!

Free dance performance at Juilliard, this week-end ... don't miss ...

Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 155 West 65th Street, Lincoln Center, 212-769-7406

"'Spring Dances at Juilliard':Juilliard Students Put Spins on Tharp and a Premiere," by Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times, March 30, 2007

New York is a very Christian community ... check-out the long list of music during the Easter season ...

"Heralding Holidays With Sweet Sounds of Musical Joy," by Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times, March 30, 2007

The Brooklyn Museum or Bust!

"'Kindred Spirits': Communing With Nature on a Grand Scale," by Grace Glueck, The New York Times, March 30, 2007

Posted March 30, 2007 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Easter   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Torch from 116th Street/Columbia University IRT Station

Torch from 116th Street/Columbia University IRT Station, opened 1904. Terra cotta by Grueby Faience Company, Boston, Massachusetts. New York Transit Museum

Architects of the NYC Subway, Hines & LaFarge: The Tradition of the Great Public Works, Part I, at the New York Transit Museum, 212-878-0106, March 19, 2007 - July 8, 2007, at the New York Transit Museum’s Gallery Annex at Grand Central, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Admission is Free.

Posted March 27, 2007 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Subway   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Trip to Pantai Kerachut

Some of the photos from the trip to Pantai Kerachut ...

Setting sail ...

Pantai Kerachut beach

Daniel Goon, Sydny, Peter, NYC, and ...

Pantai Kerachut Recreational Forest - Virtual Malaysia

Posted March 23, 2007 03:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend , Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Chinese barber shop & Eldridge Street

Chinese barber shop shop on Eldridge and Hester Streets ... hair-cut for $5 ... shampoo and head massage $2 ... shave $1 ... tip $2 ... a grand total of $10!!! Cut, shampooed and shaved by a lovely Chinese lady. I was so happy. Can't wait to return for another treat ...

p/s: the barber shop is located next door to a Chinese sausage factory ... Eldridge Street is a great street for everything Chinese ... and inexpensive ... a world away from the tourist traps on Mott and Canal Streets ...

Posted March 22, 2007 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Fulton Street IRT Station - exhibition starts today 3/19/07

Fulton Street IRT Station, opened 1905. Tiles manufactured by Rookwood Pottery. Photograph copyright by Andrew Garn.

Architects of the NYC Subway, Hines & LaFarge: The Tradition of the Great Public Works, Part I, at the New York Transit Museum, 212-878-0106, March 19, 2007 - July 8, 2007, at the New York Transit Museum’s Gallery Annex at Grand Central, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Admission is Free.

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Posted March 19, 2007 06:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Subway   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Relatives ... St. Patrick's Day


2nd uncle is my late cousin Herbert Chew's father ... Angeline's father is my 5th uncle ... I saw him in Ipoh ... he was recuperating in the hospital from surgery ... luckily, he has a very good Indonesian maid to watch over him 24 hours ... Grace's father is my 9th uncle-in-law ... he is 91 years old ... frail in physical health but very alert in mental health ... he was able to carry-on a good conversation with me in English .... very remearkable, I assumed he was happy to see me again after 40 years ... Grace's mother was my mother's 9th sister (9th Auntie) ...

The Traditional Chinese Family & Lineage - David K. Jordan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, UCSD


very wet and snowy day for the Irish ...

St. Patrick - The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent

Cathedral of Saint Patrick, on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets

St. Patrick's Day in New York City - Newyorkology

2007 New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Saint Patrick's Day - Wikipedia

St. Patrick's Day is so huge in New York City that it takes a whole month to celebrate it, so March is St. Patrick's month in New York. Keep checking this space to help you plan your St. Patrick's Day (& month) activities... - slainte, Murph

The Ultimate St. Patrick's Month Listings - March 2007 - MurphGuide

XM Green - Irish music this weekend on XM 200 (free online trial)

Posted March 17, 2007 07:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Ethnic , Holidays & Festivals , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Beijing duck ... Erin-go-brah

Dear EL: Yes, definitely the NICE Restaurant in Chinatown for Beijing duck ... $36 for two courses ... get the 2nd stir-fried with the duck meat and green snow peas or Chinese celery ... a bottle of Cote du Rhone will do very nice or a 12 year old Irish whiskey "Old Bushmill" ... great appetite ...

other highly recommended dishes are the boneless squab served with green lettuce ... Beijing pork chops ... beef with scallions ... salt & pepper squid ... prawns with Chinese kai-lan (broccoli) ... bring along an ice-cream cake ... to clean the palate ... Erin-go-brah

Posted March 16, 2007 08:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Chinatown , Chinese , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Breakfast at the Bayview, February 3rd, 2007

Photo taken on February 3rd, 2007... in the morning at breakfast at the Bayview... we are all wearing our Penang Free School shirt ... "as a sign of solidarity"....

Posted March 14, 2007 11:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend , Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

MOAR, February 2, 2007, Penang, Malaysia

MOAR, Old Frees, class of 1967, February 2, 2007, Penang, Malaysia

Penang Free School - Wikipedia


Posted March 11, 2007 09:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Delegates' Dining Room at UN Headquarters

The UN Delegate's Dining Room was recently featuring Welsh cuisine during Wales Week in New York... the public are welcome for the buffet lunch at the Delegate's Dining Room ... no sales tax .. .Monday-Friday ...

"Proper attire is required" - no jeans, no sneakers, jacket for men ...

The Delegates' Dining Room at UN Headquarters is open for lunch Monday through Friday. Visitors are seated between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. as tables become available. Reservations are a must, and should be made as far in advance as possible, through the Maître d'hôtel, at (212) 963-7625. The age requirement for group reservations is 12 years or over. Proper attire is required.

From "An information guide for the public about the United Nations"

Also see "VIP lunch at United Nations Delegates' Dining Room," from Newyorkology, May 13, 2005

United Nations Delegates Dining Room, web site, United Nations Building, First Avenue at 45th Street, 212-963-7099

Wales in New York

Posted March 10, 2007 08:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"I'm fiftysomething and I'm joining Facebook. You got a problem with that?"

It's clear that if you are in the target demographic for a face-lift, you're not going to know a lot of people on Facebook.
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If only there had been Facebook when I was in school! That way, I could have skipped years of loneliness. The Michigan State University professors found [see link below] that even morose students, such as I was, end up making social connections in spite of themselves when they sign up for Facebook. If I had had Facebook, I would have known all along that my reunion was coming up. Of course, now that there is Facebook, and everyone can stay in touch, and look at one another's photo albums, and see one another's haircuts as the years go on, reunions are going to be a lot less interesting.

"Facebook for Fiftysomethings: I'm unfriendly, solitary, and 30 years older than everyone else on the site. But could social networking work for me anyway?" by Emily Yoffe, Slate, March 8, 2007


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Posted March 9, 2007 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Chen Chee Hong and Penang Hill

I met Chee Hong at our MOAR (Mother Of All Reunions) after 40 odd years and again up No. 3 point on the Penang Hill climb during CNY. A retired teacher now, he spends his time helping out at the No. 3 & No. 5 hill stations. He says on most days he climbs up there in the afternoons.

Here are pictures of Chen Chee Hong making coffee for all climbers up at No 3 on the track to Penang Hill and the beautiful view from there. The tea and coffee, even beehoon and mee for climbers are all free. Climbers donate to the coffers. So if you are ever up there in the afternoon, do look out for Chee Hong. Donations are welcome when you climb.

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Posted March 5, 2007 01:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend , Travel   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"He was not of an age, but for all time."

In June 2006, I was scheduled to fly back from a trip to Sicily via Frankfurt am Main. Having seen the airport many times but not the city itself, I decided to spend a few days there. But as I discovered when I went to book a hotel, there was a little problem. Germany was hosting the World Cup that month, and the city was swarming with soccer fans come from all over the globe to watch the nail-biting zero-zero ties on jumbo TVs strategically placed around the city--one even floating on a barge in the middle of the Main.
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Foreign producers of Shakespeare like Groß and Wilms evidently don't find his work alien to their own experience, and, given the popularity of the plays around the world, the same may be said of theater audiences everywhere. As far as I can tell, the only people intent on questioning the timelessness of Shakespeare's plays today are literature professors in the English-speaking world. In recent decades it has become increasingly fashionable among Shakespeare scholars to deny that there is anything intrinsically great or universal in his plays. They view Shakespeare as a product of the narrow horizons of his own day, and label him a distinctly English phenomenon. Indeed his greatness is often treated as a cultural construct, something invented or even manufactured in England. His plays are said to be the product of a culture industry, which first imposed his works on England, then on the English-speaking world, and finally on the whole globe, as if he were a skillfully marketed commodity, the Guinness Stout of the Renaissance.

In this view, Shakespeare is the ultimate Dead White European Male. He was canonized by the cultural establishment of England and then used to impose English values around the world (especially throughout the British Empire). In their efforts to cut Shakespeare down to size, and find something contingent, even arbitrary, in his reputation, Shakespeare scholars sometimes speak as if the cultural establishment could have taken any one of his contemporaries--say, Ben Jonson or Thomas Middleton--and through clever packaging and marketing built him into the world's most famous poet. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! The only reason the general public pays attention to Shakespeare scholars is for their help in understanding his greatness, and yet some of them are now actively engaged in debunking that greatness as a cultural myth.
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Shakespeare most often crosses the border as a liberator, not a conqueror. Indeed, cultural exchange is generally more like free trade than imperialism.

"Playwright of the Globe," by Paul A. Cantor, Claremont Review of Books, January 8, 2007

hat tip ALD

Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton

If you want to see Shakespeare presented with a focus on the language and not the sets, we give our highest recommendation to Shenandoah Shakespeare at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia. The drive from Washington is beautiful and well worth it.

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Posted March 3, 2007 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)