Saturday, May 27, 2017

ARASHIYAMA KOEN (PARK) - PART TWO




Here are some interesting facts gathered from the internet about Arashiyama Koen:

(1) This place is one of the most popular spots for cherry blossoms/sakura viewing in Spring.

(2) Arashiyama Koen also offers spectacular view during Autumn when all the leaves turn red.

I could not find much information about this park actually as it focuses on the picturesque scenery most of the time. :)



































There are other tourist attractions in Arashiyama but we had only till afternoon to stay there. I guess I would need to stay longer when I visit Kyoto next time.

Friday, May 26, 2017

ARASHIYAMA KOEN (PARK) - PART ONE


20th March 2017 ~ The exit connected the Arasghiyama Bamboo Groove to Arashiyama Koen. First we saw trees without leaves but the weather was pleasant so we could still sit under one and ate our food comfortably.





breakfast Japanese style





Then there was this one section which was filled with Sakura (cherry blossom) trees with their budding flowers in early spring. Just imagine how this place would turn out when all the flowers were in full bloom.








There were actually other foreigners/tourists busy taking photographs at this area too.
































After that we were led to this walkway along a river. Surprisingly there not many people at this area, if compared to the Bamboo Groove.

TO BE CONTINUED IN PART TWO ...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ANGKLUNG PERFORMANCE FOR A DINNER FUNCTION OF UTM'S FACULTY OF COMPUTING - PART TWO

[CONTINUATION OF PART ONE]


23rd MAY 2017 ~ The venue of the performance was actually not that spacious. There was no stage so we just secured a spot in front of the counter right at the entrance gate of the restaurant. There was like a passage for visitors to walk by into the restaurant between us and the audience. Basically people just walked by while we were playing songs on our angklung and that made us feel like we were live buskers on the street.

the emcees of the evening
There were international guests in the crowd including people from Indonesia, Thailand, India and Japan. I always wonder what the audience reaction would be like every time when we are performing. I do not face the people when I am conducting so I can only just rate their excitement based on the applause at the end of the show. This time I was told the crowd got more curious as they left the dinner tables to watch us play.

the Dean of the faculty


another performer: a solo singer





















We left the place at about 9:45 p.m., feeling happy that we could perform for the event.

Nevertheless, I had a feeling that we also had entertained all the other restaurant visitors who were there not for this function, as well as the restaurant staff.

I have to thank Prof. Dr. Abd. Samad, the Dean of the Faculty of Computing, UTM, for personally inviting us to entertain the participants and guests of the conference. Hopefully we can come again for other similar event in the future.