Archive | May 2013

Wesak Celebration on 23rd May at Sian Chye Tong, Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang

Sian Chye Tong commemorates Wesak Day annually with a grand celebration and a state-of the-art float beautifully decorated by their Youth Section.  This year it is no exception.

Members and devotees came from all over to attend their Wesak Day celebration on Thursday, 23rd May at 7.30 p.m.  Wesak Day is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the 4th moon of the Chinese calendar, which is on 24th May this year.  As we are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society Wesak Day is a public holiday in Malaysia and it is celebrated on a grand scale culminating in a procession of beautifully-decorated, brightly-lit floats in the evening.

Entrance to Sian Chye Tong

Grand Entrance to Sian Chye Tong

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong

Main Altar of Sian Chye Phor Sat (known as Baby God)

Main Altar of Sian Chye Phor Sat (known as Baby God)

Lighting of oil lamps by devotees.  Hard at work is Peter Ho, the maestro.

Lighting of oil lamps by devotees. Hard at work is Peter Ho, the maestro.

Official Ceremony starts with prayers to Lord Buddha and Sian Chye Phor Sat.  In red is Eddie Khoo, Chairman of Sian Chye Tong.  State dignitaries present - YB Teh Lai Heng and YB Danny Law.

Official Ceremony started with prayers to Lord Buddha and Sian Chye Phor Sat. From left to right Khoo Kay Hock, Loh Choon Teik, Alice Teoh, Eddie Khoo Gim Siew, Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew, YB Danny Law, YB Teh Lai Heng, Hong Kian Beng and Gary Khoo.

Welcoming Speech by Loh Choon Teik, Chairman of Youth Section

Welcoming Speech by Loh Choon Teik, Chairman of Youth Section

Souvenir presentation to Patrons of Sian Chye Tong by YB Teh Lai Heng.

Souvenir presentation to Patrons of Sian Chye Tong by YB Teh Lai Heng.

Group photograph of Patrons with YB Danny Law, Eddie Khoo and YB Teh Lai Heng

Group photograph of Patrons with YB Danny Law, Eddie Khoo, YB Teh Lai Heng and Loh Choon Teik.

Wesak Day - a time of giving and receiving.  YB Danny Law giving donation on behalf of Sian Chye Tong to Linda Khoo who accepted the donation on behalf of Metta Mobile Free Clinic, Penang

Wesak Day – a time of giving and receiving. YB Danny Law giving a donation on behalf of Sian Chye Tong to Linda Khoo who accepted it on behalf of Metta Mobile Free Clinic, Penang.

YB Teh Lai Heng, State Assemblyman of Komtar, giving a speech.

YB Teh Lai Heng, State Assemblyman of Komtar, giving a speech.

Wesak Day Celebration officially declared open. Down came the confetti. (Photograph taken by Peter Ho.)

Wesak Day Celebration officially declared open. Down came the confetti. (Photograph taken by Peter Ho.)

Float of Sian Chye Tong (photograph taken by Peter Ho).

Float of Sian Chye Tong (photograph taken by Peter Ho).

Devotees praying at Main Altar

Devotees praying at Main Altar.

Devotees taking holy water.

Devotees taking holy water.

Lighting oil lamps for world peace.

Lighting oil lamps for world peace.

Thank you Peter Ho for the beautiful photographs.  Much appreciated.

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Ceramah at College Square (Field opposite Convent Pulau Tikus), Penang

I attended Pakatan Rakyat ceramah on 1st May at College Square in the field opposite Convent Pulau Tikus, which started at 8.30 p.m.  It was interesting to note that Pakatan Rakyat (DAP, PKR & PAS) had to sell souvenirs to raise money and pass the donation box for people to contribute.

The parliamentary candidate for Bukit Bendera is Zairil Khir Johari and the State candidate for Pulau Tikus is Ms. Yap Soo Huey.

Election Day is on Sunday, 5th May 2013 and it was interesting to hear what they have to say.

The person who made an impact was Zairil Khir Johari, an eloquent speaker who promised freedom of speech, freedom of the media and most important of all, to revamp the Education System and train our students (who will be the future leaders of tomorrow) to be thinking individuals.  I personally think that is the right way to go as our Malaysian students have been trained to be followers, and have never been encouraged to speak up and give their views and opinions like the students of International Schools.  He also said that should they find themselves in Putrajaya, then the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance should not be the one and the same person, so as to have a proper check and balance system.

The star of the evening’s ceramah was none other than the National Chairman of DAP, the iconic Karpal Singh aka Tiger of Malaysia.  He gave some interesting insight saying that the people who have been abusing power will be held accountable for their corruption and will be brought to justice, should the Pakatan Rakyat take over the Federal Government.  DAP has given its support for Anwar Ibrahim to be the Prime Minister (although PAS has not made any commitment on this issue) and Malaysia will remain a secular country as stated in the Constitution, and will not become an Islamic country.

Ms. Yap Soo Huey, the candidate of Pulau Tikus would like to ask the ruling party, Barisan Nasional where they get their funds from to give free food, free T-shirts, prizes for lucky draws, etc on a daily basis in Penang.  Penang has been swamped with their blue 1Malaysia Flags and Barisan Nasional flags, which she felt was an overkill and a waste of taxpayers money.

Ceramah at College Square, field opposite Convent Pulau Tikus, Penang

Ceramah at College Square, field opposite Convent Pulau Tikus, Penang

Khairil Khir Johari, parliamentary candidate for Bukit Bendera

Zairil Khir Johari, parliamentary candidate for Bukit Bendera.

Karpal Singh aka Tiger of Malaysia

Karpal Singh aka Tiger of Malaysia

Ms. Yap Soo Huey, candidate for Pulau Tikus, Penang

Ms. Yap Soo Huey, candidate for Pulau Tikus, Penang

Crowd listening to the speakers.

Crowd listening to the speakers.

Selling t-shirts and other miscellaneous items to raise funds for their campaign,

Selling t-shirts and other miscellaneous items to raise funds for their campaign.

UBAH T-shirts in various colours on sale.

UBAH T-shirts in various colours for sale.

A supporter wearing the hornbill hat, which I believed has been sold out.

A supporter wearing the hornbill hat, which I believe has been sold out.

UBAH mascot.

UBAH mascot.

I would  like to take this opportunity to remind all Malaysians to cast your votes on Sunday, 5th May 2013.  

Owl Shop next to Main Entrance of Khoo Kongsi, Lebuh Cannon, Penang

The Owl Shop was recently open on 27th April by two enterprising young guys, Sim and Mike.  It is a charming place selling owls, owls and more owls in all shapes and sizes.

I asked them why owls?  The reply I got was they just love owls and they started collecting them from all over the world at a very young age.  Their passion for owls was evident when I talked to them.

The shop is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily and visitors to Khoo Kongsi can get beautiful souvenirs to take home to their loved ones.

Owl Shop located next to Main Entrace of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Owl Shop located next to Main Entrance of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang at Lebuh Cannon, Penang

Mike Goh (Tel: +6012 421 6868) and Sim (H/p:  +6016 458 5886)

The Owl Entrepreneurs – Mike Goh (H/p: +6012 421 6868) and Sim (H/p: +6016 458 5886)

Owls Galore in all shapes and sizes.

Owls Galore in all shapes and sizes.

Owl made of shells and porcelain,

Owls made of shells and porcelain.

Owl bangles.

Owl bangles.

Owls costume jewellery

Owls costume jewellery

Owls coin purses.

Owls coin purses.

Owl souvenirs which will make charming gifts for loved ones.

Owl souvenirs which will make charming gifts for loved ones.

Owls soft toys and caps.

Owls soft toys and hand-drawn baseball caps.

Owl table lamp.

Owl table lamp and home decorations.

DVD of Khoo Kongsi, Penang and fridge magnets of Khoo Kongsi are on sale too.

DVD of Khoo Kongsi, Penang and fridge magnets of Khoo Kongsi are on sale too.

Shokichi Santaka and Kensi Ofusi from Japan visiting the Owl Shop.

Shokichi Santaka and Kensi Ofusi from Japan visiting the Owl Shop.

Owl in tree peeping at visitors to the Owl Shop.

Owl in tree peeping at visitors to the Owl Shop.

Sights and Sounds of Han Chiang High School, Penang on Monday, 29th April 2013

We were invited to the Birthday Celebration of Tai Tay Yah at Lim Lean Teng Hall in Han Chiang High School on Monday, 29th April, the day of the political ceramah of Pakatan Rakyat/DAP/PKR/PAS.  You can imagine our reaction – all roads would be leading to Han Chiang High School on that evening, so to speak!

Mindful of the road blocks and the traffic jam, we went early, arriving at 6.50 p.m. and we were allowed to enter the grounds to park inside.

The grounds of Han Chiang High School decidedly had a festive air about it:   people wearing UBAH hats which were distributed to supporters.  I will attempt to share with you the photos I have taken before the event and as the evening progressed, I just could not believe the multitude of supporters who came to hear the political speeches.

The stage taken at 6.50 p.m. before the start of the event.

The stage taken at 6.50 p.m. before the start of the event.

For supporters to sign

For supporters to sign

A lady supporter wearing the UBAH hat which was distributed to visitors.

A lady supporter wearing the UBAH hat which was distributed to visitors.

PKR car with poster of Anwar Ibrahim and loudspeaker "talking" to supporters.

PKR car with poster of Anwar Ibrahim and loudspeaker “talking” to supporters.

As the evening progressed, the crowd just came without stopping.  The following photographers were taken by my friend, Michael Chuan and I shared them from his Facebook.  Thank you Michael.

Lim Guan Eng, Karpal Singh (in wheelchair), Lim Kit Siang and company acknowledging the supporters.

Lim Guan Eng, Karpal Singh (in wheelchair), Lim Kit Siang and company acknowledging the supporters.

Supporters showing their enthusiasm and support for the speakers.

Supporters came to hear what the speakers had to say.

Supporters showing their support for the speakers.

Supporters showing their support for the speakers.

Supporters holding flags of DAP in front of Lim Lean Teng Hall, where the birthday dinner celebration of Tai Tay Yah was held.

Supporters holding flags of DAP in front of Lim Lean Teng Hall, where the birthday dinner celebration of Tai Tay Yah was held.

The rain came and the umbrellas went up.

The rain came and the umbrellas went up, but the crowd still stayed on to hear the speeches.

I am going to leave you with this quaint photo I took of 3 dinner guests in Lim Lean Teng Hall.

Dinner guests wearing UBAH hats.  Don't they look cute and adorable?

Dinner guests wearing UBAH hats. Don’t they look cute and adorable?