Listful Thinking: The Joys and Thrills of Dragon Boat

We love lists. First of all, they’re easy to read and in our case they’re easy and quick for us to write as it categorises, organises and summarises our ideas and observations; but then again, it’s just us. It’s still the choice of the readers on what materials they’ll read.

As the year draws to an end, let us look back on the listicles we’ve shared so far: Real-life experiences of dragon boaters, the people surrounding them and dragon boat’s status-quo and evolution, both as a lifestyle and as a sport. We have ranked them based on number of hits and how they have become viral through the support of our readers worldwide.

Toast Leonardo

We shall continue to offer relevant, yet fun, and informative, yet entertaining, reads for you in the coming 2016. Many thanks to all of you for inspiring us to do what we love doing. And while writing about dragon boat as our way of boosting the sport, it’s actually about giving it a voice, too.

Here’s a compilation of the list that we have posted about the sport; and here’s hoping that you can relate to any of our listicles; and, hopefully, if you haven’t done yet, you’d share them to your team or those whom you think will be interested to enter our wonderful, wonderful world of dragon boating.

1. 25 Things Only Dragon Boaters Understand

Drake

2. 22 Lessons and Things You Learned from Dragon Boat

Jen Aniston

3. 12 Things to Keep in Mind if your Partner is a Dragon Boater

Partners

4. 30 Thoughts Every Dragon Boater Has Before The Race

Adele stretching

5. 9 Dragon Boat-iquettes Every Paddler Should Observe

One Direction

6. 8 Types of Dragon Boats You See at Races

Hell Yeah

7. The Future of Dragon Boat

Future

8. 15 Motivational Tools from Incredible Dragon Boat Captains

Thank you TWD

9. 28 Amazing Athletes Who Will Inspire The Younger Generation of Dragon Boaters

Jane clapping

10. 10 Most Popular Dragon Boat Hashtags

Hashtag


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Fukuoka Asian Art Museum: Tales of my Village

The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum or FAAM, in Hakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, features an exhibit entitled: “Tales of my Village.” It showcases an interesting array of artworks by great artists from India, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, China, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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The collection has defined the term “My Village” which is something symbolic to the concept of “Homeland.” The exhibit will run until 26th May 2015.

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As FAAM describes it, “The works in the collection of the museum are not imitation of Western art or repetitions of traditional works. Instead they seek to overcome the existing framework of art, being made by artists living in ‘contemporary’ Asia.

While FAAM attempts to express a message of the ever-changing ‘Asia’, the Asian artists featured in the exhibition, depicts the sense of belongingness to one’s homeland and patriotism, if we may add.

FAAM’s “Tales of my Village” simply puts together a charming recoil to the basic questions: “Where am I from?” or “Who am I?”

Exhibit sequence: “Depicting Village Life”; “My Village”; “The Reality of a Homeland”; “Movement”

WORKS AND ARTISTS:

Nunelucio Alvarado “Sugar Daddy”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Sugar Daddy”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Nunelucio Alvarado “Masskara Queen”
Nunelucio Alvarado
“Masskara Queen”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1998

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong “Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)/Aarong
“Women of Bengali/Tapestry”
Embroidery on Cloth
Bangladesh, 2000

Song Hyunsook “8 Brushstrokes”
Song Hyunsook
“8 Brushstrokes”
Tempera on Canvas
Korea, 1998

Iftikhar Dadi Pakistan
Iftikhar Dadi
“Muslims are meat eaters, they prefer food containing salt. Hindus on the other hand prefer a sweet taste.”
Inkjet Print on Transparency, Light Box
Pakistan, 1997

Risham Syed “The Pillow Story”
Risham Syed
“The Pillow Story”
Acrylic, Collage, Buttons, Tea on Handmade Wasli Paper
Pakistan, 1999

Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan “Thah”
Mian Ijaz-ul-Hassan
“Thah”
Oil on Canvas
Pakistan, 1973

Gulam Mohammed Sheikh “Choice of Birth”
Gulam Mohammed Sheikh
“Choice of Birth”
Oil on Canvas
India, 1992-1994

Ismail Abdul Latiff “Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Ismail Abdul Latiff
“Valley in Morning Dew, Purification of Princess”
Mixed Media on Paper
Malaysia, 1988

Kazi Ghiyasuddin “Sound of Nature – 5”
Kazi Ghiyasuddin
“Sound of Nature – 5”
Oil on Canvas
Bangladesh, 1996

Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip “Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Haji Marsidi bin Haji Akip
“Symphony No. 22 (Kite Season No. 14)”
Oil on Canvas
Brunei, 1986

Sulaiman Haji Esa “Mahsuri 2”
Sulaiman Haji Esa
“Mahsuri 2”
Handmade Paper, Metallic Yarn, Bamboo and Acrylic
Malaysia, 1983

Choi Jeonghwa “Made in Korea”
Choi Jeonghwa
“Made in Korea”
Color Photograph, Acrylic Board, Plastic Chair
Korea, 1991

Luo Brothers “I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Luo Brothers
“I Love Tienanmen Square, Beijing”
Photograph, Computer Graphics, Watercolor, Lacquer on Board
China, 1996-1997

Manuel Ocampo “Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Manuel Ocampo
“Paradise Open to All” (Paraeso Abierto a Todos)
Acrylic and Collage on Canvas
Philippines, 1994

Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making) “Rickshaw”
Raj Kumar Das (Painting); Gaffar Mistry (Rickshaw Making)
“Rickshaw”
Tricycle with enamel paint, Vinyl, Bamboo, Tin, Metal and Photograph
Bangladesh, 1994

Liew Kung Yu “Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Liew Kung Yu
“Sincere Memorial Gift – 1”
Photo Collage, Tile, Cloth, Printed Paper on Wood
Malaysia, 1995

Atul Dodiya “Gabbar on Gamboge”
Atul Dodiya
“Gabbar on Gamboge”
Oil, Acrylic, Marble Dust, Charcoal on Canvas
India, 1997

Thawan Duchanee “Worship”
Thawan Duchanee
“Worship”
Oil on Canvas
Thailand, 1964

Thawan Duchanee “Self”
Thawan Duchanee
“Self”
Oil, Enamel and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Thailand, 1989

I Dewa Putu Mokoh “Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
I Dewa Putu Mokoh
“Mother and Child Laying Sound Asleep”
Acrylic on Canvas
Indonesia, 1992

Carlos V. Francisco “Progress through Education”
Carlos V. Francisco
“Progress through Education”
Oil on Canvas
Philippines, 1964

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Marisa Dasaravath
“Spirit of Mother – Hmong”
Oil on Canvas
Laos, 2008

“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Anonymous
“Chinese Figures and Auspicious Patterns”
Ink and Pigment on Silk
China, Qing Dynasty 18th Century

Luong Xuan Nhi “A Reading Girl”
Luong Xuan Nhi
“A Reading Girl”
Oil on Canvas
Vietnam, 1940

Liu Kang “Slippers”
Liu Kang
“Slippers”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, 1930

Georgette Chen Liying “Cityscape of Beijing”
Georgette Chen Liying
“Cityscape of Beijing”
Oil on Canvas
Singapore, Circa 1940

Jamini Roy “Fawn”
Jamini Roy
“Fawn”
Gouache on Cardboard
India, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Lionel Wendt
Title Unknown [View from a Vernada]
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Unknown

Lionel Wendt Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Lionel Wendt
Torso of a Sinhalese Fisherman
Gelatin Silver Print
Sri Lanka, Circa 1936-1937

Su Xinping “Walking Men”
Su Xinping
“Walking Men”
Lithograph on Paper
China, 1989

Kim Seongyoun “trans-“
Kim Seongyoun
“trans-“
Video (4:20)
Korea, 2003/2005

Khien Yimsiri “Musical Rhythm”
Khien Yimsiri
“Musical Rhythm”
Bronze
Thailand, 1949

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
7th & 8th Floor, Riverain Center Building
3-1 Shimokawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City
Telephone: 092 263 1100
http://faam.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/


Celebrating the Extraordinary

Brunei SEA Games Cambodia SEA Games Indonesia SEA Games Laos SEA Games Malaysia SEA Games Myanmar SEA Games Philippines SEA Games Singapore SEA Games Thailand SEA Games Timor Leste SEA Games Vietnam SEA Games

The 28th Southeast Asian Games 2015 (SEA Games) is only three months away; and this year’s theme is: “Celebrate the Extraordinary.” SEA Games’ opening ceremonies will be on 5th June 2015 and 16th June 2015 will be the closing ceremonies. The actual games will start from 29th June 2015, and medal ceremonies for some of the sports will be until 16th of June, the closing day. Refer to the complete competition schedule here.

This year is Singapore’s 50th celebration of independence from Malaysia. Dubbed as SG50, it is only appropriate that this beautiful island country hosts the SEA Games; the last time it hosted the games was twenty two years ago in 1993. It will be participated by eleven nations namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

What is SG50? As the committee poignantly describes, “It represents the little red dot that we’ve come to know as home. The logo celebrates the Singaporean spirit – signifying that our dreams are not limited by the physical size of our island nation.” Kudos to the one who put these words together; it’s simple yet very powerful. Visit SG50 for more exciting events and activities lined-up for the entire year.

The new generation of Singaporeans are generally sports and fitness savvy and I think it has become such an invigoratingly infectious environment that even those (at least most people I know) who are now living and working in Singapore are relatively more sporty and extra health conscious, which is a good thing. It is evident, too, in the massive participation, from both the locals and the foreign workers, in all small to big-scale marathons, dragon boat races, triathlons, and cycling events in the country, all year round.

Undeniably, I am very excited about the upcoming games and I just can’t hide it, ergo this post. What excites me more are the sports which I grew up with, either doing or those which I just simply enjoyed watching. I love all kinds of sports, so I will categorise all of the featured SEA Games sports in three ways:

Love doing.

Archery • Badminton • Basketball • Billiards and Snooker • Bowling • Boxing • Canoeing • Cycling • Football • Table Tennis • Tennis • Traditional Boat Race • Volleyball

Love watching.

Swimming • Rhythmic Gymnastics • Diving • Fencing • Golf • Sepaktakraw • Softball • Squash • Triathlon • Rowing • Synchronised Swimming

Love to try.

Water Polo • Equestrian • Floorball • Hockey • Artistic Gymnastics • Judo • Netball • Pencak Silat • Petanque • Rugby 7s • Sailing • Shooting • Taekwondo • Waterski • Wushu

On top of my list, of course, is the Traditional Boat Race or also known as Dragon Boat, as I have been paddling for almost twenty years now and the very first time I watched a Traditional Boat Race was in the SEA Games 2005 in Manila. It was held then at the La Mesa Watershed and Ecopark/La Mesa Dam in Quezon City, Philippines.

The venue for the Traditional Boat Race/Dragon Boat will be in the iconic Marina Bay. It will be a non-ticketed sport event so everyone will have a spectacular view of the races from the Waterfront Promenade, The Lawn or at The Promontory. It is happening on the 6th to 7th June 2015, Saturday to Sunday.

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Yes, it’s only a couple of months before the games, and to us who will be watching, we can only imagine the hard work of all the athletes who have qualified for each of the events/sports this year. We know it takes months and months, or, even years for these athletes to train for the games—the most prestigious sports meet in the Southeast Asian region.

The Heroes

As for the athletes, this journey, perhaps especially the last 100 days before the games, must be a very tough time for them—emotionally, mentally, and most of all, physically. As they push themselves harder and go through the last stretch of intensive trainings, morning and evening to most of them; we just have to send them all our best wishes and pray that they will be safe and away from possible injuries. These athletes are definitely heroes of the nation they represent and the flag they hoist with pride. Salute to all the SEA Games 2015 athletes!

The Supporters

As with the parents and families of the athletes, the excitement must be making them tremble at times, I suppose. I have had the good opportunity to interview a number of athletes who will be involved in the forthcoming SEA Games and when I asked them: Who’s your biggest supporter in this journey? They answered very easily: ‘My parents!’ Yes, Mom and Dad are on the top of the list and then followed by their fellow teammates, coaches and friends.

The Committee

As for the SEA Games technical committees, competition managers, local and international sports officials, and volunteers engaged in the process and those who will be involved during the actual games, the hard work and preparation are just as tough as they only want nothing but for the games to be facilitated smoothly, professionally, and more importantly, fairly for the all athletes of the participating nations. It must be tough working on the competition format, athletic policies, procedures, rules of racing, and the polishing of the technical handbook of each of the featured sports.

This 28th SEA Games 2015 has indeed brought so much excitement in the region not only because of the host country’s beautiful venues, people and culture, but because through the platform of sports, the Southeast Asian nations unite and integrate as one community having love and respect for each other. This coming June 2015, The Heroes, The Supporters, The Committee–the 11 Nations team up in Singapore for this big celebration of the extraordinary.

Brunei SEA Games Cambodia SEA Games Indonesia SEA Games Laos SEA Games Malaysia SEA Games Myanmar SEA Games Philippines SEA Games Singapore SEA Games Thailand SEA Games Timor Leste SEA Games Vietnam SEA Games

You must see these 50 Icons of SG, gorgeously collated by the amazing team behind SG50. It will make you smile. It will make you cry. It will make you proud!

28th SEA Games 2015 – Traditional Boat Race

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This fantastic view will the venue for the 28th Southeast Asian Games 2015’s ‘Traditional Boat Race’, more popularly known as Dragon Boat.

Race Venue: Marina Bay, Singapore
Race Dates: 6th – 7th June 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)

Race Distances: 200m | 500m
Racing Dragon Boats: DB6 | DB12
Racing Classes: Men’s Class | Women’s Class


 
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Upcoming Dragon Battle Singapore 2015

Event Date: 28th – 29th March 2015
Battle Venue: Orchid Country Club, Singapore

Registration is still open HERE.


 
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