Sunday, April 23, 2006

Two Stories and a Funny Pic

Came across these two little stories kinda long time ago..think they're meaningful and worth sharing. And also a funny pic..which gave me a good laugh.

#1: A man asked his father-in-law, "Many people praised you for a successful marriage. Could you please share with me your secret?" The father-in-law answered with a smile, "Never criticise your wife for her shortcomings or when she does something wrong. Always bear in mind that because of her shortcomings and weaknesses, she could not find a better husband than you."

#2: A woman and her millionaire husband visited their construction site. A worker who wore a helmet saw her and shouted, "Hi, Emily! Remember me? We used to date in the secondary school." On the way home, her millionaire husband teased her, "Luckily you married me. Otherwise you will be the wife of a construction worker." She answered, "You should appreciate that you married me. Otherwise, he will be the millionaire and not you."

The weather forecasting stone. Funny.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Magic Class Graduation




I think the last memorable thing before I came to Batu Pahat was the TzuChi Magic class graduation ceremony. Talking about TzuChi, I joined this organization few years back after participating in one activity "Caring day for the lonely elder" in Singapore. That was the first time I heard of it, and was deeply inspired by it. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan and has been contributing to social and community services, medical care, education and humanism (the Four Missions). To date, it has become an international organization with over 5 million supporters and over 30,000 commissioners around the globe.


Three young volunteers. Jing, Teng Yee & I.

Tzu Chi Foundation in KL is located in Bukit Bintang, just opposite of YTL headquarters building. Here Jing Si library and education center is next to each other. Various classes are provided to public here..Yoga, cooking, flower arrangement, tea etc, and magic was newly added. This was the first magic course provided by the center, and it's planned and conducted by me. A total of 10 classes, with teaching of basic skills and knowledge of card, coin, rubberband and some impromptu magic. The fees collected were fully donated to the foundation. The response was very encouraging, with about 15 students ranging from 7 year-old kid to working adults..hence it's rather challenging, and surprisingly female students made up half of the class! Nevertheless things worked well and they all fulfilled, and some even performed better than my expectation. Seeing their 'graduation' was indeed gratifying. Never thought that i'd be given such an opportunity to teach to a class of students. On the graduation day i gave a short speech on my feelings and expectations, hoping they can do good with what they have learnt, esp in helping TzuChi on charity visits to nursing homes, orphanages and bring joy and entertainment to everyone! Wish them good luck and all the best!

Performed my favourite rope magic on stage (above) and close up card magic to the audience (below).



 With students: Felix, Sheng Wei & Gary


Two of the female students: I-Fun & Maggie. If you could recognize, I Fun actually starred in the movie Third Generation (DongLiang's sister)!=)



Friday, April 14, 2006

KENT, Pure Magic & Dunhill Shows

Think it's been quite some time I didn't update my blog..hmm let's just make a summary of what happened in these few months..before my memories fade! Where should I start..hmm first of all MMF had its second gathering at Fish&Co in Sunway Pyramid. Needless to say, this was another successful one and was merrier than the 1st. The highlight of the day would be Baalan was invited to perform to our next table for a b'day girl and the response was marvelous. Good job for him!




Like this pic so much. Everyone's so cool!

One week after the gathering I did a walk-around magic for KENT's launching party in Volvo Showroom with Brendan on 19th Nov..that was an awesome night. Brendan, a fellow cardician from Melaka, founder of MMF, also helped me to shoot a short video (or view below) of my performance..luv that vid to the max! Thanks to his vid-making skill.



"Darren in Action" - My card revelations

Taken with..what should i call him..the Electric man? He's one of the dancers of that night..it's very cool when he's 'switched on'.

 Then was helping out in the 'Pure Magic' night by TV3 and 8TV in Berjaya Times Square Hotel..with David, Robin and Eric on 2nd Dec..had lotss of fun! Had the chance of meeting some celebrities as well..but too bad I had to leave early that night to cover the job in the Magical Theatre Restaurant..long story=( Then two weeks after that i was called to do a table magic show for Dunhill's Christmas party in Alexis restaurant..the ppl i met there were really, really nice, esp. Stanley, Jeffrey, Joanne etc..we became good frens after the show!=)



With Eric, Robin, Vision & David in 'Pure Magic' night.

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