Monday, October 16, 2017

A Minute on Stage is 10 Years of Hard Work ~ 台上一分鐘,台下十年功


Art is universal. It unites mankind in common brotherhood.

~ Excerpt from the quote of James Jackson Jarves

The appreciation of all things beautiful is human nature, more pertinent is the fact that people from any culture can appreciate the beauty of a great piece of art or music from a foreign culture, without the need to understand that foreign language.

Today, I would like to share one of my favorite YouTube video - "Matsuri" by Master Kitaro. Master Kitaro often coalesce his music with the flavors and cultures of the countries that he performed in. In this particular music video, filmed in 2011 in his Hong Kong performance tour, the Matsuri theme was harmoniously blended with the euphony of Oriental musical instruments.

The sheer concordance of the Kitaro tempo often evokes psychical peace and inspiration to many... including myself - overwhelmed by the profound serenity and inspiration from the tempo of Matsuri to sketch the dynamic beauty of the Goldfish :))

Beyond doubt, many cultures also found the love for the Goldfish and develop various strains of Goldfish in accordance to their aesthetic preferences. We can often appreciate different perspectives of beauty from these communal development. Breeders also cross bred Goldfish developed by different cultures to create new and interesting perspectives. Like the beautiful music of Master Kitaro, the beauty of the Goldfish is appreciated by people of many cultures!

Please also enjoy the exceptional musical performance by master Kitaro with the VIVA girls in this music video!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Aquarama 2017 ~ 國際觀賞魚與水族器材展覽會


If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. 

~ Frank A. Clark

judges working on the scoring.
Photo courtesy of Alvin Lim

ith the acquisition of Aquarama by VNU Exhibitions Asia Ltd, the much anticipated International Ornamental Fish Event will be held annually in Guangzhou, China from 2016 onward.

I felt very honoured to be invited as one of the International goldfish judges in the goldfish competition. 

The opportunity to work and learn from some of the world's renown goldfish dignitaries from China, Japan and South East Asia was much cherished.

Though it was a hectic day of judging in the show, we find time to discuss on further plans to fine tune our judging operations and the administration for future shows. It was also a rare occasion for the judges to learn and share with each other about the goldfish standards and appreciation from our respective cultures.

Regrettably, I was unable to take as much pictures as I wish of the show due to the tight schedule in the judging and meetings. 

We wish VNU a very successful venture in Aquarama as they are fully committed to continue the success of the Aquarama brand name as one of the leading International Aquaria events in the world.

Show exterior

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Weaving Roots ~ 扎根


Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals.
~ Vince Lombardi

Phyllostachys edulis is an amazing variety of bamboo. The young shoots of the bamboo takes 4 years to grow a mere 3 cm. However, from the 5th year onwards, it grows 30 cm everyday. Within 6 weeks, it reaches 15 metres and became a towering bamboo tree! Most people only see the amazing changes in the last 6 weeks but were not aware that the secret to this amazing feat lies in the first 4 years.

Spawn B 46 days old

The first 4 years of the bamboo was not spent idling; it was actually weaving a vast network of roots deeply (扎根) and firmly onto the ground over hundreds of metres, building a strong base foundation for future growth. While the spirit of the bamboo is frequently used to refer to one who persevere to grasp the basic foundation before aiming for greater heights in the future, it is also an allusion that patience is needed to make a good piece of craft or artwork.

In the art of making Ranchu, we know the importance of good progressive growth for the BBR. However, making Ranchu is not only about water changing and pushing aggressively for growth. As the body of the Ranchu is the easiest and fastest to develop, the overall proportions of a Ranchu can be distorted easily if the head and tail development are neglected. 

Spawn B 56 days old

Veteran Japanese Ranchu keepers often emphasize on the importance of a good foundation and balance rather than to push too aggressively for growth. Accordingly, a balance growth rate allows time for the fish to build the density of its tissues and bones gradually so that they will be healthy and beautiful throughout their adult life. Ranchus that are grown in a more controlled pace will also have a more refine finishing as well. 

Spawn B 85 days old

The advance of fish food technology and the use of greenhouse to breed ranchus earlier in the year are the main reasons that tosai ranchus are getting bigger in the All Japan Ranchu Show (AJRS) held annually on 3rd November. Nevertheless, in recent years, the Japan Ranchu Association (JRA) has imposed a curb on the size of tosai in the AJRS. Oversized tosai Ranchu bigger than 16cm are deemed oversized and called HIDAI-GYO(肥大魚), literally meant "fat and big fish", they are disqualified immediately and will not be judged in the AJRS.

References on keeping Japanese Ranchu:

Breeding the TVR

Breeding the TVR
Breeding and maintaining a bloodline of the Japanese TVR since 2003.

Goldfish Artwork

Goldfish Artwork
Marriage of 2 of my passions - Goldfish and Art.

Creating a New Variety

Creating a New Variety
My dream of creating a new variety of goldfish in 2006 has proven to be more than just an impulsive fantasy.

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