Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chubu Shin Seisaku Kaigaten -Art Competition in Nagoya City Hall, Japan.

Rewinding memory to 1990............
It was a cold winter Ramadhan in Japan.The weather was gloomy most of the time but the feeling of really lonesome still vivid in my mind.No sunny cool winter, not cool...but just a very very cold winter.I love and cherished all those sunny summer day in Japan.Fasting was easy at daytime but a little  longer hour until break fasting at 8.00 p.m.

A close friend,Ando san invited me to enter an Art Competition in Nagoya just for fun and for the sake of  trying. The idea make me nervous and excited, as I recalled how Bakat Muda Sezaman used to make my eyes open and sleepless  for all those hardworking night during my student days.I was one of the winner in 1988 but not the first runner up. Enough to received RM 1000 from the sponsor  and a letter of recognition by the late Vice Director UITM Dr. Ahmad.

There in Japan the entry fee was a staggering  6000 yen and it will just vanishes or burned to nothing  if your work was not chosen by the committee and that makes me so nervous.Very close to breakdown. Luckily two of my artwork was chosen even though few had question if it can be considered as painting.Unfortunately my friend Ando lost his entry fee even though his portraits painting was cool enough to me.

During the prize ceremony,I recalled that the Japanese was so understanding that  all 'kam-paii' or 'cheers'was delayed till I break my fasting at close to 8.00 o'clock.I had bowed  to all of them showing my respect and deep  appreciation for new friend of fellow artist before break fasting.The prize was only for first runner up and there is no second prize or third.First runner up  goes to Masaki Takahashi.The first prize was a contract of a one month tv exposure on local NHK tv. The committee believe that the prize was the best prize they ever give to an artist and I also strongly think Malaysian Art Patron should follow this as an example because a lasting  exposure will means a better and bright future for the artist.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Hampton's Landing,Corpus Christi Texas.

Once upon a time in Texas November 1991.

It take 8 hours driving from Eagle Pass TX to Corpus Christi. I recalled, Lucas handling the wheel of our Ford Taurus Wagon with his son Puncho in front,Uezono and me sat at the back was so excited that we never stop talking and sleep all the way.Lucas drived all the way and only stop once just for nature's call.The weather was gloomy but I enjoy the drive passing through semi desert at night and arrive safely to a beautiful marina called Corpus Christi.
Richard the guide, brought us to a nearby swamp where we caught a live fish bait. Prawn was also use as a bait. At Hampton's Landing we bought a 60 cent stamp for each person as some sort of a licence to fish.
On that particular day the weather was gloomy,windy and cold but we went fishing anyway almost the whole day.
Finally the catch was good enough to make sashimi for the whole week!!