This month, we celebrate the passing of the seasons and in preparing for the arrival of spring with its deluge of transformations, hopes and renewal. In search of a different evocation of spring, I stumbled on a poem by Mallarme...
Focus: In Search of Spring
As is the case for Chinese New Year, the day of Easter varies from year to year, being based on a solar-lunar calendar. In 2011, it will fall on April 24 – very late in the year. Still, as spring arises, I am already reminded of what Easter means to me.
Lanterns can’t breathe in the night, they scout the darkness but the waves shake the boat and leave them trembling, not sure if they will make it this time, as if shackled to the ocean, holding their breath for the sky to appear.
On a sacred hill, surrounded by a boundless plain, are placed a series of stones organized into concentric circles. It is the spring equinox, and a number of tribes from the surrounds have gathered to this spot to mark the rising of the sun.
In late December 2010 I went to the Taipei International Flower Expo and had a good time. There are a number of reasons as to why this was the case. Please allow me to elucidate.
I did not pay much attention a few months ago to the controversy in the media about the price tag of this International Flower Exposition (台北國際花卉博覽會).
Of all the seasons, springtime has to be the one that brings the most smiles to the most faces. Bringing fresh weather, moods, and opportunities, spring time in Taiwan is a special occasion for many reasons, and gives the country yet another chance to show its beautiful colors.
This month's Renlai
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- Focus Response: Father Jacques Duraud, SJ on 'My God?'
- Dancing through the lens: Photographing the Pacific Festival of Arts
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- The Langalanga People: "Natives" of the Man-made islands of the Solomons
- A Vibrant Culture with an Ugly Facade: Honiara and the Pacific Art Festival
- Swept away from Sinology by the Allure of Taiwan's Pacific coast
- A Fight between David and Goliath
- Amateurs in Tokyo - Reasonable Riots
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