[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

[A Royal Performance]
1. On Monday afternoon, NUS held a concert in honour of Princess Sirindhorn, Crown Princess of Thailand. The Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the NUS Thai Music Ensemble performed. To the delight of the audience, the Crown Princess herself went up on stage to play a Thai instrument which looked like the Chinese er hu. The Singapore Foreign Ministry was honoured to be a co-organiser of the concert which was strongly supported by the Thai community in Singapore.

2. Princess Sirindhorn was in Singapore to attend the International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. Yesterday, PM Lee hosted her to lunch. She also had a good meeting with MM Lee.

3. Princess Sirindhorn is a remarkable person with a wide interest and totally without airs. At PM's lunch, I learnt that one important reason for her interest in Rehabilitation Engineering is the plight of those maimed in Southern Thailand. She visits that part of the country often. In addition to a strong command of the Chinese language (much better than mine), she also knows some Sanskrit.

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