On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.
Sister knows best as cellist gets a new look
Cellist Trey Lee has good reason to be excited about the new year. The acclaimed musician is still savouring the pre-Christmas announcement that he will be the artistic director of the first Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival to take place this June.
'My vision is to create Hong Kong's own world-class chamber music festival. Atmosphere and location play an integral part in the success of any chamber music festival, and I feel that Hong Kong has all the right ingredients to achieve that success and beyond,' he says.
Since then he has joined his agent/sister Chui-inn Lee for a Bali holiday to celebrate their father's 70th birthday. Now, as Lee heads back to his current Berlin abode, the cellist has probably had to invest in a bigger suitcase to accommodate his chic, newly expanded wardrobe. To improve his appeal, his sister arranged for Shanghai Tang to be his new clothing sponsor. It's tough to say how comfortable Lee is with his hip makeover though. The cellist, who's more interested in timeless melodies than seasonal fashion, basically spent a full afternoon trying on garb and then asking his sibling 'What do you think?'.
You can see the now fashionable star in action for yourself when he performs with the Northern Sinfonia on February 14 as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.