Category Archives: Mind Philosophy 艺门

The Mysteries of Jordan – Unlocking Secrets 约旦之谜-解锁的秘密

If you are looking for adrenaline-pumping travel experiences then Jordan is for you. What makes Jordan all the more exciting is its stark juxtaposition of the ancient and of the modern. Across the beautiful dessert of Jordan, Bedouin men clothed in flowing robes and headgears tend to their herds of livestock just as how their ancestors lived in ancient times. However, once you set your feet inside the capital city of Amman, all notions of antiquity are erased as the city is surprisingly modern and Westernised in every sense, a stark contrast with other Arab cities in the region.

In the commercial centre of Amman are ultra-modern buildings designed according to the architectural trends of its days, smart hotels and fashionable restaurants, trendy cafes and stylish boutiques and art galleries. All these evidences of a Westernised Jordan sit comfortably and peacefully with throwbacks to the old days of the city with its traditional coffee shops and artisan workshops.





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Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and becomes well-known tourist attraction after the climactic scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which the Treasure serves as a hidden temple.

Petra is the legacy of the ancient Nabataeans who settled in Jordan over 2,000 years ago. It sits inside a narrow desert gorge, accessible only by walking through a 1km long narrow, weather-sculpted siq (chasm). The walls of the siq itself are a sight to behold as they touch the 200m mark upwards. And at end, greeting visitors with its dramatic façade is the famous Treasury itself, the ornate monolith chiseled out of the pink sandstone. The surrounding area is dotted with hundreds of tombs, buildings, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and rock drawings. Also in the vicinity are a 3000-seat open air theatre and a monastery which dates back to the 1st century.




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Beauty in Ruins

There are other heritage sites that house glorious artefacts that speak of Jordan’s glorious past. The first is Jerash, which has been sustaining a civilisation for millennia. This fertile land was conquered by the Romans in 63 BC and is today one of the best-preserved provincial Roman town in the world.

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Excavations at the site reveal paved colonnaded streets, tall hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares, fountains and city walls fortified with towers and gates. Hidden for centuries in sand, the archaeological marvels of Jerash have undergone restoration for the past 70 years to reveal glimpses of their original splendour.

During the crusades, Jordan was thick in the fighting and it was in this time that the Ajlun /Ajloun Castle and the Karak/Kerak Castle were erected. Sitting up high on hilltops to offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, these majestic fortresses have stood the test of time and today make for perfect photo opportunities. While the Ajlun is an enthralling maze of towers, chambers, galleries and staircases begging to be explored; the Karak Castle is in fact a fort, a shadowy labyrinth of stone-vaulted galleries and never-ending hallways.







Sailing in the sands

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In the midst of a series of valleys in the south of Jordan lies a desert landscape that has towering monolithic rock formations rising from the floor. This region is known as Wadi Rum and is popular with avid hikers. The Wadi Rum provides a natural challenge for them as some of the imposing rockscapes reach heights of up to 1,750m. With many empty spaces, canyons and water holes to explore, this desert jewel also has 4,000-year-old rock drawings tucked within its crevices.



Auction off for Charity 爱心满溢

Transforming Iconic ‘Ghost’

into Extraordinary Masterpieces,

Love & Care for the Community.

Rolls-Royce had 12 leading artists creating unique artworks, each featuring a 1:18 scale replica of the iconic Rolls-Royce Ghost, for a one-of-a-kind exhibition in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Taking place at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars showroom in Berkerley Square, these spectacular artworks were donated by some of the biggest names in contemporary art including: Maggi Hambling, Richard Wentworth, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, JJ Adams, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Charming Baker, Natasha Law, Angela Palmer, Andrew Salgado, Stuart Semple and Yinka Shonibare.

12名前锋艺术家为劳斯莱斯创造独特的艺术品:每一个具有标志性劳斯莱斯古斯特1:18比例的复制品,为乳腺癌治疗慈善基金贡献独一无二的展览会。这项展会在伯克利广场劳斯莱斯汽车展厅举行,捐赠优美艺术作品的当代艺术领域的名人为:Maggi Hambling, Richard Wentworth, Gavin Turk, Mark Wallinger, JJ Adams, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Charming Baker, Natasha Law, Angela Palmer, Andrew Salgado, Stuart Semple and Yinka Shonibare

Ciaran McCrickard Photography - 19/05/2015 - Rolls-Royce showroom, Berkeley Square, London, where 12 replica Rolls-Royce Ghost cars have been given to 12 different artists to put their own take on them. They will be auctioned in June and proceeds given to Breast Cancer Care. Stuart Semple and Little  Ghost
Ciaran McCrickard Photography – 19/05/2015 – Rolls-Royce showroom, Berkeley Square, London, where 12 replica Rolls-Royce Ghost cars have been given to 12 different artists to put their own take on them. They will be auctioned in June and proceeds given to Breast Cancer Care. Stuart Semple and Little Ghost

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Penang Art Society@Melbourne, the Inaugural Overseas Arts Exhibition 艺术促进和谐关系

From 1 to 30 June, Australian art lovers, collectors and the public had the privilege of personally getting acquainted with Malaysia arts at a special exhibition titled ‘Penang Art Society @ Melbourne’ that took place at the astonishing gallery at SpACE@Collins, Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria. Organised by Penang Art Society (PAS) Malaysia and curated by the society’s President, Ch’ng Huck Theng emphasized that this first of its kind exhibition is a cross cultural exchange event to encourage cultural immersion, to promote international understanding and goodwill between Malaysia and Australia. The PAS@Melbourne marked an important milestone for the Society as it is the first ever art exhibition down under.


Dato Dr Rameez (left) acquired “Peace In The Village” from artist Yeoh Teik Hooi (right) with President Ch’ng witnessing the presentation

The exhibition was officiated by the Consul General of Malaysia to Australia in Melbourne, Dato Dr Mohammad Rameez Yahaya. ‘‘PAS has provided an important platform to nourishing and promoting the Malaysian art and culture scene. As we all know that people nowadays are emphasizing more towards the quality of life, arts and culture play important roles in enabling people from different background and different races to understand each other hence making this a better and peaceful planet to live in. The Malaysian government is proud of PAS’s effort in bringing Malaysia arts and culture to Australia and I would like to congratulate its President, Mr Ch’ng Huck Theng for taking this initiative to make possible this exhibition,’’ said Dato Dr Rameez in his speech. He further added that this is an important step to not only provide an exposure for the Malaysian artists but more important sharing and bridging the bond between two great countries.


‘PAS@Melbourne’ featured a collection of artworks from 20 renowned Malaysian artists, whose works have been exhibited at various international biennales and art shows, ranging from the Malaysian modern to contemporary art. President Ch’ng said in his statement, ‘‘having celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013, the PAS is the oldest registered art society in Malaysia with over 500 members and still growing. Established in the 1950’s, it was set up with the objective of consolidating various artworks from the region including paintings, photography, Chinese calligraphy, poetry, music, dance performances, bonsai, feng shui and others, to preserve and further promote these cultures. ’’

Among the VIPs that attended this colourful event were Turkish Consulate General, Ersel Ozdemir, Felix Wong Director from Echo3 Media, Colin Abbot from AMBC, Ita Puspitasari Consulate for Social Cultural Affairs Indonesia and Councillor Ken Ong.

61日至630日,澳大利亚艺术爱好者、收藏家和公众在槟城艺术社会@墨尔本中感受到马来西亚艺术的创作思维和轨迹,这个在维多利亚墨尔本柯林斯街 SpACE@Collins 举行的展览会也以美好姿态带领马来西亚艺术走向国际舞台。

槟城艺术协会 (Penang Art Society) 主席兼策展人庄学腾强调,这是首次跨文化展览和交流活动,鼓励与促进马来西亚和澳大利亚国际间的相互了解。槟城艺术社会@墨尔本是代表着艺术交流飞跃的重要里程碑。




成立于1950年的槟城艺术协会在 2013 年迎来 60 周年纪念,是马来西亚历史最悠久的协会组织。目前协会会员已增进至500人,艺术协会除了持续着前人的步伐,也开拓国际联系及倡导艺术民风。而会员们的艺术特长多样化,包括绘画、摄影、中国书法、诗歌、音乐、舞蹈表演,盆景和风水等。而这次20名的艺术家也带来了40多个特色展览作品。

出席参观展会的有土耳其总领事 Ersel OzdemirEcho3 Media集团的总裁 Felix WongAMBC 的代表Colin Abbot,印尼社会与文化事务总领事 Ita Puspitasari 墨尔本市议员 Ken Ong