Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pandas on Tour


‘1600 Pandas MY’ which had travelled half the globe is now landed in Malaysia. The hype is expected to tour around Malay Peninsula, making stops at more than 15 locations. Each of these adorable panda shows funny yet authentic expression. Upon their first visit to Malaysia, they are on a special mission, to pass the important message from World Wide Fund for Nature - Malaysia (WWF - Malaysia) regarding the significance of environmental preservation to every corner of the country.

The number 1600 is exactly the amount of the wild pandas that existed in t
The woods during the time this campaign was launched back then. Hopefully with this ‘1600 Pandas’ exhibition lasting 1 month in Malaysia, public awareness would raise and people would spend more time knowing the ideas behind environmental preservation.
JOM! Pandas, long live wildlife and the immaculate nature!

Then, they will go to Publika, Kuala Lumpur to support the conservation and sustainable development plus promote the message of coexistence between human and nature along with WWF - Malaysia as beneficiary organization.
Do you want to know how it feels when flocked by 1600 pandas? You can share the 1600 pandas footprints map to your friends and let’s trace their track together!
“1600 Pandas World Tour In Malaysia” Initiating the Culture of Creative Conservation.
Organizer & Partner
Organizer: Faster Advertising
Artists: Paulo Grangeon
Consulting Curator: AllRightReserved
Beneficiary Organization: World Wide Fund for Nature - Malaysia

In this coming December, artist Paulo Grangeon with collaborate with Faster Advertising as organizer and AllRightReserved as consulting curator to bring these 1600 pandas to tour around over 15 iconic landmarks in Malaysia.

Say hello to Paulo Grangeon, the French Artist and ‘Father’ of 1600 paper-mache pandas. He is the one who designed all these adorable pandas in various sizes. Then, the team in Bangkok crafted the 1600 pandas in the form of papier-mache using recycled material. These pandas promote conservation & reinforce the importance of building sustainable further in which humans live in harmony with nature. 

 Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, including the railway administration building and the railway terminal building with picturesque Moorish-styled architecture was designed by a British architect named A. B. Hubbock. It was completed in 1910 with 114 years of history. We can commute by train to any major cities in Peninsular Malaysia and up to Thailand.
Pandas make a stop over at the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step.
The father of the Indian nation, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Many endangered species including panda are on the verge of extinction due to habitat invasion and merciless hunting by human. Animals are also our friends; we can save ourselves by saving more animals. ‘1600 Pandas’ convey a message that we can nurture a beautiful planet with cleaner water, brighter sky and sustainable environment for all earth dwellers
Kuala Lumpur National Monument

Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur Lake Garden is the tallest bronze sculpture in the world, Kuala Lumpur National Monument. It was built to pay tribute to the brave warriors who sacrificed their lives for our nation, including the soldiers and police who were killed during the war.

Our heroes protected our homeland and sacrifice for our nation, without fear. Likewise, human shall protect our own Earth and maintain the ecological balance of the planet, in return to protect ourselves from natural disasters.
‘1600 Pandas’ reminds us that protecting environment is preserving life. We shall not only think of our own living, but also the lives of all living creatures. Protect the environment, protect the forest because where there is green, there is life!
 Close to the Federal Parliament Building and embraced by scenic lake view, every year commemorating Warrior’s Day on 31st July, there will be people presenting wreath to pay homage to the fallen heroes. The monument construction started in year 1960 and completed within 6 years.

Pandas visited WWF-Malaysia office and made some new friends. It was a fun day out!
Dato' Lee Chong Wei(拿督李宗伟)

Mossy Forest, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
The famous Mossy Forest in Brinchang Cameron Highlands fosters the growth of the world's largest flower, Rafflesia. Beside the amazing views, there are a great variety of mosses in the forest, such as liverworts, ferns, various wild orchids, pitcher plants and a large kind of rare wild plants in this mysterious forest.

The forest is located at the altitude of over 6000 feet high, where the plants can grow in the natural environment because of the fog and moisture produced continuously by the height over the troposphere. This is an ideal growing environment for ferns and mosses. This humid tropical evergreen broadleaf forest is also a breeding place for the animals which grow well in the cold climate including insects, snakes, frogs, birds and mammals.
Wild animals on earth are getting lesser because of the changes in living environment and hunting activities by human. "1600 Pandas" is concern about the panda’s extinction crisis that caused a dramatic reduction of pandas in this world.
Human beings should take the lead in conserving the extinction of wild animals for our future generations. A clear river is the mirror of the animals, do not litter and pollute our rivers. Please protect the environment, if the rivers become cleaner and clearer, the homes will be better.

Morning! Pandas are now at Menara Condong, Teluk Intan until 12 noon today. If you are here please say hi!

Happiness lies in contentment. As the world's leading expert in environmental science, Qu Ge Ping described that the favourable living conditions are meaningless without a clean environment.
Pandas are getting ready at Menara Condong, Teluk Intan, hope to see you all in a while

Say Cheese! Pandas are ready at Red Square, Melaka. We will be here until 12 noon today.

Candy Ice 林冰冰

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze was a famous Chinese businessman in late Qing Dynasty, he was known as “First Capitalist of China” , the New York Post even praised him as "the Rockefeller of the East". His blue mansion has been honored as the most beautiful house in Penang.
He hired professional architect from China to build up the mansion on 1880s. His mansion has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. The mansion perfectly combined both Chinese porcelain work and western architecture features were incredibly elegant but not vulgar.
Cheong Fatt Tze was the wealthiest man in Southeast Asia at that time, although he left a huge amount of legacy to his family but his son spent all the legacy, after his son passed away, his grandchilds sold the mansion to the others. Like one of the chinese saying “from clog to clog is only three generations”.
From 2008 until now, "1600 Pandas" has travels across half of the planet, these cutie little pandas visited France, Holland, Italy, Swiss, Germany, Taiwan and Hong Kong, they finally reached Malaysia.
All these little pandas ever wanted was to deliver the importance of conservation, inspiring public to save the Earth. We must protect our environment in order to save our human culture. Human need greens to survive, we protect the environment for our generation and the future generation. Human will only survive if our eco-environment is self-sustainable.
Penang Heritage Sites
George Town, Penang was officially inscribed as a one of the UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. The heritage site is like a splendid cavern with stories and legends hidden in every historical narrow footpath.
George Town heritage site area includes Beach Street, Carnavon Street, Lebuh Acheh, Lebuh Cannon, Lebuh Chulia, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling and Armenian Street.
There are clan houses, old temples and old churches can be found in the heritage sites. For almost hundred years, they have stood beside each other harmoniously on the same street, witnessed the long path of the Penang’s development.
Abraham Lincoln, the American president once said, “I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being”. ‘1600 Pandas’ urge human to put nature conservation and environmental protection as the first priority. A great leader must show compassion to animals being; a person who act mercilessly to animals will do the same to another person who makes him disqualified to be a human leader.
Penang Peranakan Mansion
The magnificent Penang Peranakan Mansion is a typical Straits Chinese building built with Ming and Qing Dynasties characteristics. On the mansion’s front door there is a large plague inscribed with the name of ‘Shen Zhi Jia Shu’, means Shen Zhi’s private family school, which also signifying an influential family with great reputation. This sumptuous mansion was the former residence and office of Chinese Kapitan Chung Keng Quee.
The mansion, built in the 1890s incorporates Chinese carved-wood panels, with English floor tiles and Scottish iron works. Visitor can easily feel the old days of Baba-Nyonya luxury lifestyle when entered inside the mansion.
The Baba-Nyonya retained most of their traditional Chinese culture but also assimilated the culture of the Malays which eventually developed a unique culture. The Baba Malay language, Nyonya's clothing, Peranakan beaded slippers, Nyonya’s Tableware and cuisine had become Malaysia’s precious culture heritage.
"1600 Pandas" hopes to raise people's awareness on saving our mother earth natural heritage, we should walk the talk, from a citizen to a nation, we must commit ourselves to protect environment.
Human life is limited but environment protection is limitless. Everyone should save our environment otherwise we have to fend for ourselves one day. Remember, the less paper you throw away, the greater earth you would see.

Ipoh Traditional Chinese Calligraphy Wall Plaque Sculptor
In those days people love golden calligraphy plaque as a gift for business opening ceremony. For example a new law firm, restaurant or clinic, they will order a special handmade gold plaque as a gift with calligraphy greetings such as "Uphold the Justice," & "Guests Flow In like Clouds".
With the advanced technology, hand-carved plaque industry is becoming a history, once there were in great magnificent years but now it has gradually forgotten.
Nothing last forever in this world, we often hear that “Earth is the only one”. However, when the trees and the plants in the world were cut down and destroyed rapidly, animals on the ground are unable to survive; human so-called “the most intelligent creature” maybe the last to survive.
Since New Year is a new beginning, "1600 Pandas" would like you to actions to protect and respect the environment, if we don't do so our environment in the future will become worst than now.

his shop makes Traditional Sign Board. This is also where I stayed during my schooling days. Pui Lei is still the name of this shop but this trade is dying. The second generation of the original owner is still doing it at the moment. The craft of scrupturing Chinese Deities here is however gone. So sad

Lenna Lim 林家冰, KeQing 可晴, Kit Teo 张起政
Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, Perak
Located by the sea, Kuala Sepetang in Taiping still preserves the largest mangrove forest in Peninsula Malaysia. The mangrove forest is a natural habitat for sea creatures and also a stopover for seasonal avian.
Kuala Sepetang is blessed with natural terrain. Aside from the lush mangroves, it is also the first railway station in Malaysia was built. The place is well known for its fireflies, traditional charcoal production and the fishing industry.

Why the mangrove forests protect sea creatures? Why do seasonal birds only spot mangrove forest for rest? The nature is full of wonders, including bizarre atmospheric phenomena as well as colorful coastal sceneries and even plenty of mysteries which have yet to be explored. We have only one planet called Earth, we should cultivate green lifestyle and protect the environment.
‘1600 Pandas’ remind us to be kind to nature, if nature is destroyed, human and other organism will face the certainty of extinction.
Putrajaya is the central administrative for the government of Malaysia. On 1 February 2001, it became Malaysia’s third Federal Territory after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

It is known as the Intelligent Garden City as one third of the area is reserved for green spaces like lakes and wetlands by emphasising the enhancement of natural landscape.
Environmental work is never an easy task. The goals may not be achieved by just shouting the slogans for 2 to 3 years.
The stone is broken by the last stroke. Success is the continuous effort of the people that coupled with the long term commitment and sustained pushing.
Hope for the best that the cute attack of this ‘1600 Pandas’ can create the environmental protection awareness among the people.
Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur
The British flag lowered at Independence Square and replaced by the Malaysian flag at the midnight of August 31, 1957. This marked the Independence Day of Malaysia where a nation was born.
A 95-meter flagpole is placed at the southern end of the square. That was a parade on 31 August yearly ever since.
Entering the 57th year, Malaysia is treading cautiously towards the international arena with the concerted efforts and solidarity of people.
As the human beings should have helped and worked hard on the environmental protection and conservation of nature for a better globe today.
In fact, we have missed the opportunity the see many of extinct animals nowadays. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure and preserve the animal species of this current generation.
The Welcome Launch of 1600 Pandas was successfully launched at Dataran Merdeka today! Thanks to our Government bodies, VIPs, Medias, Celebrity friends, Volunteers, Sponsors & Partners that assist us to welcome these adorable 1600 Pandas to Malaysia led by Father of "1600pandas Mr Paulo Grangeon"

 Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.

Yumi Wong 黄诗琪

Mr. Siow Ho Phiew (蕭斐弘) is the Malaysian King of lion dance. The man from Xiao family who introduced the lion dance to the world, to people of different racial and religion background. Lion dance is very popular in Malaysia, it is a national cultural activities which have now taken up by other races, Indian and Malay. Now, he is also actively promoting high pole lion dance (高樁舞獅)

 Little Guilin in Ipoh, Perak
Paradise truly exists on earth. This is such a panoramic view of natural caves, picturesque lake, waterfalls and geothermal hot springs. Pandas passed by Little Guilin in Ipoh, Perak for a short break to get closer to the nature. Have you been there?
Well, everyone loves paradise but eternity does not exist. Therefore, we have to conserve and preserve the beauty of this paradise for our next generation.

Rainforest are often called the lungs of the planet have been destroyed and occupied due to human cupidity and selfishness. This has directly destroyed and threatens the survival of wildlife.
‘1600 Pandas’ remind us that the cute animals need us to love and care for them so that they can grow and reproduce. If there is any unrestrained exploitation of natural resources, we will be the one remorse for the destruction of the environment.
 Rise & Shine! Pandas are enjoying the serene scenery at Taiping Lake now until 12pm today. Would you like to join us?

Taiping Lake, Perak
Taiping Lake it is the oldest lakeside park in Malaysia which has 126 years of history and covering 62 hectares. Formerly it was a mining pool. The old trees were planted along the road for shading that blends in the view of hill ridges.

Xu Jian Wu, a modern poet and some students from the local famous Hua Lian High School created and named the 8 representatives attractions according to the beauty of the hometown in 1962. After lapse of 40 years, the eight attractions had already ceased to exist, which can only be felt in those names.
In fact we are unable to retain most of the scene and nature, as in ‘1600 Pandas’ the cute attack is invaded through a piece of art. We are unable to hold or possess the real wild pandas as they need to be in the nature.
 Penang Fishing Village 

Penang started as fishing village because it is surrounded by sea. Therefore most of the early Chinese settlements were at the beach. The east coastline of Penang which is facing the Butterworth has several blocks of clan jetties. 

Penang Clan Jetty has been inscribed on the World Heritage list, original there were 8 Clan Jetties now left only 6 blocks after demolition; of which the Zhou clan or Zhou surname, called Chew Jetty is the largest block.

Ocean and life are closely related, it provides human with food, transportation, and also dominate the Earth's climate change, recycling of materials and normalize the operation of the entire ecosystem. If the ocean were destructed by marine pollution the livings on land will also perish.

"1600 Pandas" passed by Penang and experienced the vitality of the ocean. The rich diversity of marine life not only provides human with versatile requirements like food and medicine but also by protecting the coast, decomposition of waste, regulation of weather, fresh air and others to become one of the planet's largest life-maintaining systems.

We feel sad watching the ocean being violated outrageously by those shameless people. However it is better to take actions than just feeling heartbroken. Let’s work together to clean up the ocean and return back to its original blue to the mother Earth.

Fabian Loo (吕志勤),Wayne Chua (蔡佩璇)

I am so cute, hor?
This will be my last post on the 1600 pandas.
Wanted to share the beautiful pictures that I got from the Facebook page.

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