Chinese Ancient Traditions Revived In Global New Year Shows

Two years ago some Chinese friends of mine took me to NTDTV’s (New Tang Dynasty TV) live Chinese New Year Spectacular. It was a thrilling and enchanting music and dance performance, with traditional Chinese instruments and costumes faithfully recreated from old manuscripts, paintings and pottery. The dragons, drums and dancers all evoked the grandeur of China’s great dynasties and legends of remote history. Ancient Chinese traditions speak of harmony between heaven and earth. They say that humans were created by Gods. Culture as well as moral and spiritual guidance were also imparted to humans by divine beings during different times in history. When humans respect the Tao, the “Divine Law or Way” and follow Heaven’s order, society will be prosperous …

Children Crafts Are Kids Play

Rainy days and summer vacations always cause mothers and teachers a moment of dismay. How to entertain the children if they can’t go outside and play? Better yet, what kinds of children crafts will help to break up a day filled with lesson plans, errands and other responsibilities? Children crafts are as varied as the types of children they’re meant to entertain. For younger kids, crayons, coloring books and plastic figurines will keep kids busy for hours, but many parents and teachers prefer a more ‘hands-on’ approach to crafts. In the old days, our parents made us play clay out of flour, salt and water. That was great stuff, but today, Play Doh is more popular than ever and is …

Chery Automobiles: China’s Auto War Begins

China is laying plans at this very moment to begin shipment of passenger vehicles to the North American market by mid 2007. Chinese automobile manufacturer, Chery, yes read that again…the company sounds strangely like Chevy, is looking at bringing not just one, but a whole fleet of low cost production vehicles to our shores. Proposed prices will astound you and could potentially bring the U.S. auto market to its knees. Don’t think for even one moment that Japanese and Korean automakers will be immune from this flood of low cost cars. Chery vehicles have been designed – some say stolen – from current Asian models and will compete directly against the likes of Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai. China’s long …

Checking for Key Digital Camera Features

In this article, I shall provide a list of the digital camera key features that you should think and know about. Here’s a summary of what to look for: 1.Resolution Resolution determines how sharp your image will be, how much you can enlarge a photo before the pixels start to becomedistracting, and how much you can crop a photo and still be left with adecent image that you can enlarge and manipulate. 2.Lens The lens is the eye of your digital camera. Look for the following in your lens: •You’ll want good-quality optics that focus a sharp image on yourcamera’s solid-state sensor. The best way to gauge the quality of the lens is to take a test photo or two. …

Buying An Abstract Painting

You may be mistaken in thinking that buying a piece of abstract art would be a simple thing to do. You just select the work you want… and buy it! The truth will creep up on you as soon as you look at the first painting “it is not quite the right one, so I will look for another”. Here is the first realization – and question to ask yourself – why exactly is this piece you are looking at “not quite right”? The answer can be manifold: 1. It includes a colour I do not like 2. I am not sure it will go with another item in the space I would like to place it 3. A slow …

Buying a ticket to ‘Disney on Ice’ through a broker

It makes for great family fun and it offers a friendly atmosphere for both children and parents. The Disney on Ice performances showcase many of Disney’s greatest figures, from Mickey Mouse to Cinderella, and you can watch as they skate around the ice arena through bright lights and uplifting music. Disney on Ice has been a staple attraction for several years and they are known for putting on captivating stories about the central themes that the Disney movies are known for. From Aladdin to The Lion King, Disney on Ice performs to the delight of the crowd and the happy squeals of the children. However, since the event is such a popular performance, tickets often times sell out…even if there …

Buying A Home Theater Within Your Means

When planning and purchasing a home theater you may find that in addition to a wide range of choices you are also faced with an extreme and vast array of pricing options for your home theater needs. Whether you are seeking a system that is simply a good means of watching your favorite sporting event on any given Sunday or you are hoping to find a home theater system that will be the envy of the neighborhood there are many systems available within many budget ranges that will accomplish both of those goals if you carefully plan the system you will ultimately purchase. You should establish a budget before going shopping for your home theater system and buy a system …

Buyers Guide To Electric Guitars

Live rock concerts were the rage in the 70’s and they are still the rage. The essence of rock music does not just lie with the lyrics; it also lies with the electric guitar and the various sounds that it can produce. There are so many kids across the block who would give up anything to play like Ritchie Blackmore, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Kirk hammett, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page etc. These men are not just some of the best guitarists of their times, they are legends. Now if you are interested in learning how to play the guitar then the first thing you will need to buy is a guitar. Most people …

Butterfly Tattoos – How To Find The Perfect Design

Butterfly tattoos are growing in popularity all the time and are one of the designs most commonly requested by women. And it’s not surprising. Butterflies are beautiful to look at and these designs carry a rich symbolism due to the short yet amazing life of these creatures. And due to the vast range of colors and species available, there’s no reason why your tattoo shouldn’t be absolutely unique to you. There are almost 25,000 different types of butterfly and they range in size from an eighth of an inch across to a massive twelve inches in diameter. And then of course there’s the color to consider. Many butterflies display the most beautiful range of bright and vibrant colors imaginable. There …

Bush Reveals New Missile Defense; Guides Weapon Back To Launching Pad

Rest easy, America, even when you contemplate the abbreviated flight of North Korea’s errant but someday, they hope, long-range Taepodong 2 missile – a name that, should the nation ever decide to enter the capitalist hustings, doesn’t sound like a very promising appellation for a new car. In the wake of the miscalculated launch of seven missiles by North Korea, including a Taepodong 2, President Bush told reporter Larry Wing in an exclusive interview, “We’ve got a missile defense system that will defend our country. We don’t just shoot down the enemy missile. We guide it back to where it came from. So anybody who launches a missile at the United States of America better clear out, because soon it’ll …

Building A Great Home Theater

It could be very easy to spend tens of thousands of dollars building the ultimate home theater experience for you and your family and if you use your home theater on a regular basis and have the money to spare you might find well worth the investment. However, you can also build a fantastic home theater for significantly less money if you are willing to put a great deal of effort into finding the right parts for the right price for your system. Everything comes down to matters of preference and available funds when building any sort of home theater. The truth of the matter is that most of us cannot afford to spend more than ten thousand dollars creating …

Building A Dollhouse

At one time, the creation of a dollhouse was a mystery known to only a select few highly trained artisans. Dollhouses were commissioned works, available only to the extremely wealthy. Mass-production techniques combined with newer materials and tools, however, made the construction of dollhouses a project that can be performed by anyone with a reasonable level of carpentry talent and experience. Your first step is to design the dollhouse. Once you have accomplished this step and have a clear idea of exactly what you want the finished product to be, you are ready to begin construction. You have two choices. You can buy a ready-to-assemble dollhouse kit, or you can create the dollhouse completely from raw materials. A dollhouse kit, …

Bruno Mathsson: Furniture Designer On The Cutting Edge

Swedish designer Bruno Mathsson was born in Varnamo in 1907 into a woodworking tradition. His father was a well known cabinetmaker producing well crafted wood furniture as had the four generations of Mathsson’s before him. He grew up learning the technical skills to make furniture, the feel and nature of wood and the tradition of excellence. After Matsson became interested in the technical aspects of making furniture, he began to absorb all the information that he could about furniture making. He borrowed books from designers and museums, and contacted people who would become long-term associates and mentors. He became intrigued by functionalism as a result of his self-education in technical issues and design. He earned a scholarship with a functionalist …

Bruce Springsteen – Magic

The embodiment of the American dream Bruce Springsteen, an influential American singer-songwriter and guitarist, was born in 1949 in a small New-Jersean town. He made up his mind to be a musician at 7, having seen Elvis Presley’s concert on TV. His parents were rather poor, and Bruce’s mother had to take a loan to buy him a good guitar. That is why the main themes of Springsteen’s music are people living from hand to mouth and politics. Bruce strated making performances in 1965, in 1972 he gathered the E Street Band, though for a couple of years it was not called so. Springsteen and the E Street Band worked together for many years, though parted in 1989. Bruce Springsteen …

Bruce Lee – Enter The Dragon

BRUCE LEE ENTER THE DRAGON LITTLE KNOWN FACT WAY OF THE INTERCEPTING FIST A WARRIOR’S JOURNEY LAST MAN STANDING GAME OF DEATH NUNCHAKU FISTS OF FURY THE CURSE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE SILENT BUT DEADLY ELVIS & BRUCE THE DRAGON “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own” – Bruce Lee ENTER THE DRAGON Bruce Lee Jun Fan Yuen Kam was born in the year of the dragon, 1940, and at the hour of the dragon, between 6 and 8 AM. LITTLE KNOWN FACT Bruce’s ancestry was Chinese and German. His father was Chinese while his mother was of German-Chinese decent. Her mother was Chinese and her father was German. WAY OF THE INTERCEPTING FIST Jeet …

Can A Printable Monthly Calendar Save You From Sea Pirates?

Are you using a printable monthly calendar to guide you through this month? Let’s see… you’ve got your days all neatly planned out… you know what projects need to be finished this week, and exactly what needs to be done this month. Right? Heck, you know what’s urgent, and even when you can take time out for a quick holiday… If your answer is yes, that’s good news. You’re excused and you may leave the e-table. But if you’re not… Listen up. I’m sure you know that goal setting is the secret to success in life. Life is rather too important to leave to chance, don’t you think? What if you could plan out your life much like you plot …