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Sunday, 03 February 2013 00:00

Promoting TC Continuing Education Centre in Shopping Mall

Written by  By Gan Chian Nee, Petaling Jaya / Translated by Peggy Lee

Seventeen-year old Er Wen (right) performed his calligraphic skills smoothly and amazingly.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】

On February 3, 2013, Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre presented its concept of reverting to a simple lifestyle through its curriculum on humanities and other courses. With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, this event held at the Tropicana City Mall created a very happy festive atmosphere.


To usher in the Lunar New Year, Tropicana City Mall in Selangor created the festive mood with displays of numerous festive goodies and decorations. The Mall's Management invited Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre to display its courses on February 3. The 4-hour presentation attracted a fair number of shoppers. The atmosphere was cheerful and fun!

A group of Tzu Chi volunteers worked quickly to set up their exhibition venue. Immediately upon completion of the set-up, Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre happily presented its courses in Chinese music and musical sign language through a stage performance. Other courses demonstrated included Paper Cutting, Paper Sculpturing, Chinese Knot, Flower Arrangement, Calligraphy and Yang's Tai Chi.

To present Tzu Chi's unique flower arrangement, volunteers, Wong Yuen Shinn and Tong Sum Moi, skilfully demonstrated their creation of an exquisite flower arrangement to the public. With their grace and the soft approach, they applied an easy way of presenting the concept of "Elegance, Comfort, Peace and Harmony" to lead everyone to appreciate plants and flowers.

Host of the programme informed the public that the aim of the performers on stage was to introduce the humanitarian backgrounds and to emphasize on each available course - all of which have the element of compassion and care. On the floor, volunteers handed out to the public souvenirs as prizes for the 'Quiz' besides promoting the courses provided by Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre. Other than enjoying the beauty of humanities and acquiring skills, one will also experience spiritual growth through attending the courses.

Performance from three talented siblings

Klang's Sim Yong Keong, Owner of Yidian Art House, led his family of five to perform on the guzheng, erhu and violin, as well as, demonstrate their skills in ink-painting. His two daughters, Li Wei (19) and Li Mei (15), and son, Er Wen (17), played an ensemble with him while his wife, Li Mu Dan, took charge in coordinating and taking photos for the family.

Under their father's guidance, the three children have become proficient in various Chinese and Western instruments, as well as, in ink-painting and calligraphy. Er Wen played the erhu and violin alternately while his sisters took turns to play the guzheng and perform ink-painting. The latter 7-minute performance revealed a painting of peony and plum flowers. The sisters' amazing and smooth painting skills won rounds of applause from the spectators.

The Sims' vision towards education is to develop a good mindset in the children through musical instruments, ink-painting or calligraphy. Li Mu Dan expressed her grief that children these days are so glued to computers and mobile phones that they are slacking in their studies. Needless to say, returning to a simple lifestyle would be far from their thoughts.

Teacher Sim has been in touch with Chinese cultures and arts for the past ten years. He takes it seriously and is very emotional about it. Thus, he gradually retired from his business to go into education to purify minds. With a smile, a modest Mu Dan informed that they had constantly been given platforms from various associations to showcase their arts. They have treasured every opportunity to perform and have continued to review and improve through every performance.

Teacher Sim's main objective in opening Yidian Art House is not to make profit with a large number of enrolments. His studio is open only two days a week and the rest of the time he teaches at home. Surprisingly, his charges are cheaper from others.

Teacher Sim said, "We told our children constantly that no matter what they do or learn, they must hold on to it instead of just saying it a hundred times." He always treats praises cautiously. From his children, we can see the results of their hard work in cultivation.

Besides the fun in learning, the Continuing Education Centre has also blended the Dharma into our daily lives to enable us to find the true meaning in life. This rare opportunity to bring classroom learning into the shopping mall would awaken many people towards Tzu Chi and spread the spirit of "Jing-Si".

 

Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre's fun-filled promotion at the Mall attracted a fair number of shoppers.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】   Chinese orchestra performing Chinese New Year songs.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】

Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre's fun-filled promotion at the Mall attracted a fair number of shoppers.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 
Chinese orchestra performing Chinese New Year songs.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 
A Tzu Chi volunteer demonstrating the making of Chinese knots.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】   Children were attracted to the lively and interesting paper sculptures.【Photograph by Leong Min Li】

A Tzu Chi volunteer demonstrating the making of Chinese knots.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 
 
Children were attracted to the lively and interesting paper sculptures.【Photograph by Leong Min Li】
 
Wong Yuen Shinn (right) performed a unique flower arrangement, accompanied by a guzheng performance from the Sim family.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】   Li Wei, eldest daughter from the Sim family, won rounds of applause with her smooth and skilful painting. Her father and siblings played both Chinese and Western instruments in the background.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】

Wong Yuen Shinn (right) performed a unique flower arrangement, accompanied by a guzheng performance from the Sim family.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 
 
Li Wei, eldest daughter from the Sim family, won rounds of applause with her smooth and skilful painting. Her father and siblings played both Chinese and Western instruments in the background.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 
The Sim family of five displaying their works of art.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】    

The Sim family of five displaying their works of art.【Photograph by Lim Chung Lu】
 

 

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