Epoch Times, Singapore Edition (Mar 17 Issue)

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Truthful News Reporting: Where Should Singapore Stand?

Also in this issue:
1) The Extraordinary Power of Sound and Vibration
2) China’s Economic Divergence
3) Corruption: A Significant Challenge to Doing Business in ASEAN

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Discover the Heart of Provence – Luberon’s Magnificent Hilltop Villages

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Lavender field in Provence, Southern France. (Fotolia)


Let’s travel to three idyllic ‘perched’ hilltop villages of the Luberon – Bonnieux, Gordes and Roussillon. Soak up the French spirit of joie de vivre at these medieval stone towns, each having has something to offer, and worth discovering.


Lavender field in Provence, Southern France. (Fotolia)

Nothing harkens summer in Provence better than the sweet scent of lavender. Across the iconic countryside, soothing fragrance emanates from sweeping fields of delicate mauve, lavender distilleries, and lavender honey, soaps, crepes and sorbets. There’s a magic in the balmy air that brings to mind the thought – ‘Paradise’.

Which is exactly what the French regard Provence as. And the jewel in the crown is the Luberon – a 600 square kilometre massif at the heart of Provence. Across the rugged mountainous landscape, striking stone villages perch atop hills, offering panoramic views of the lavender fields that blanket the countryside from June to August.

Ancient cobbled streets, stone abbeys, and fortresses define Luberon’s stunning hilltop villages, which have inspired dozens of writers, artists, and travellers for centuries. Rising above the sea of lush forested valleys and iconic vineyards, olive groves, and cherry orchards, they are the doorway to the ‘genuine Provencal experience’.

Let’s travel to three of Luberon’s ‘perched’ hilltop villages- Bonnieux, Gordes and Roussillon. These idyllic medieval stone towns, each having something to discover, are without doubt a lovely and peaceful retreat from the world.

Lavender field in Provence, Southern France. (Fotolia)


‘Enjoy a genuine Provencal experience’ at the laid-back and enchanted villages of Luberon, which for centuries, have inspired writers, artists, and travellers by the dozen.


Bonnieux: The Hilltop Bastion

One of the finest medieval villages in the Luberon, the hilltop village of Bonnieux is an impressive sight to behold. (http://www.onlyprovence.com/)

One of the finest medieval villages in the Luberon, the hilltop village of Bonnieux is an impressive sight to behold. From the church tower at its pinnacle, 19th-century honey-coloured stone houses cascade down the hillside, overlooking the rustic fields, orchards and vineyards of the Calavon river valley.

Previously home to several bishops during the 16-18th centuries, this once-affluent village has a 2,000 year-old history dating to Roman times. As such, there is much marvellous architecture to explore: ancient stone walls (remparts), medieval fortifications, stone fountains like the Dolphen Fountain, and the Pont Julien bridge built by the Romans.

Near the village summit is Rue Droite, the oldest street in Bonnieux, and the 12th-century Roman-gothic church Vieille Église, whose church tower tops the village. A second and newer church – Église Neuve – rests at the base of the village. Built in 1870, it is home to vividly depicted scenes of the Passion of Christ.

With a population of 1,400 residents, Bonnieux contains an impressive range of amenities. These include a post office, ATM, grocery store, pharmacy, tourist office, restaurants, cafes, shops, art galleries, and fashion boutiques. There is even an elementary school, community centre, library, and a bread museum – Musée de la Boulangerie, which showcases the history of sourdough bread.

Besides admiring the scenic village, also worth exploring are nearby landmarks like the Jardin de la Louve, an award-winning private garden; the Enclos des Bories, a drystone village in the Cedar Forest (Forêt de Cèdres); and the Café de la Gare, mentioned by British author Peter Mayle in his bestseller, ‘A Year in Provence’.

A delightful outdoor farmers’ market opens every Friday morning on the Place Gambetta, a small square situated in the centre of the village. The market sells the freshest produce, including strawberries, Cavaillon melon, wild boar sausage, cheeses, tapenades and jams, olive oils, honey, as well as fashion wear and crafts by local artisans.

Bonnieux also has a popular pottery market, which takes place each year during the Easter weekend.

Gordes: The White Citadel

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Epoch Times, Singapore Edition (Feb 17 Issue)

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Remember an instance when an artwork or music piece touched your heart?

Or perhaps it was a movie or dance performance that stirred your soul?

As American novelist Thomas Wolfe once said, “Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.”

Apart from building a shared culture and a sense of identity, what is the value of arts and culture to people and society? And is there a lack of emphasis on the teaching and learning of the arts in Singapore?

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Also in this issue:
– ‘Coffee-shop King’ Reveals the Ethos Behind Koufu’s Success
– Stolen Stories: Sungei Road’s Last Page
– The Coming Water Crisis

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Epoch Inspired Talks: Decipher the Elements of Chinese Ink Paintings of the Highest Order

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See and hear from grandmaster ink artist Tan Oe Pang on 17 February 2017, 7pm at Swatow Restaurant (Toa Payoh). Learn from the expert to ‘Decipher the Elements of Chinese Ink Paintings of the Highest Order’ while savouring authentic Teochew cuisine. ($80/pax)

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Bringing Singapore to the Global Choral Stage: An interview with premier choral director Nelson Kwei

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“Currently, there is a lack of emphasis on arts education in our local education system.”

“I strongly believe that, in a developed country, technology and the arts share a symbiotic relationship where the two complement each other.”

“With respect to Singapore, I feel that our economy and technological standards are quite in place. Perhaps now it’s time to shift our focus to developing culture and the arts.”

“Only then can our people’s cultural literacy improve, and can we cultivate an all-rounded future generation of Singaporeans. This would be an asset to our country’s development,” says Mr Kwei, who also serves on the National Arts Council’s Advisory Board for Choral Development in Singapore.

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Pioneer and Trailblazer of Singapore’s Music Scene: An interview with Mr Lee Yuk Chuan, a conductor, composer and musician

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At the age of 83, Mr Lee Yuk Chuan still leads an active and fulfilling life. A cancer survivor, he continues to conduct choral performances at the Esplanade, and he still teaches violin classes. But Mr Lee’s story is more than the average active senior’s story.

Mr Lee is a pioneer of Singapore’s music scene, and he has devoted himself to developing local music for the past half a century. For his significant contributions and impact, Mr Lee was awarded the Meritorious Award by COMPASS in 2000, and the Public Service Medal in 2001. Currently, he is the President of the Singapore Choral Association and the Honorary Chairman of the Association of Composers.

In an interview with Epoch Times, Mr Lee shares his journey as a conductor, composer and musician, and the fascinating insights he has drawn from his musical journey.

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