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Awards Recipients and Graduates at Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang – December 2014

It is December 2014 and this is the time of the year when Khoo Clansmen, who have received Federal/State Awards and Khoo Graduates gathered at Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square to pay homage to their Patron Saint, “Tua Sai Yeah” and their ancestors.  Members of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi headed by their Chairman, Khoo Kay Hock, welcomed all Khoo clansmen with drinks and the traditional nyonya kueh.  Mr. Peter Khoo Boo Hin, the Hon. Secretary of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi; Mr. Khoo Lean Huat, the Master of Ceremony together with committee members gave them a briefing and guided them to the various halls to pray to “Tua Sai Yeah”, “Tua Pek Kong”, “Chai Sin Yeah” and the Khoo ancestors.  The Ceremony started at 11.00 a.m. and ended with Peter Khoo giving interested participants a historical tour of the famous Khoo Kongsi, the Heritage Jewel of Penang.

Peter Khoo looking at the plaques in Central Hall.

Peter Khoo looking at the plaques in the Cheng Soon Keong Hall.

Khoo Lean Huat, Peter Khoo Boo Hin, Khoo Kay Hock and Khoo Boo Kean of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi welcoming Khoo clansmen.

Khoo Lean Huat, Peter Khoo Boo Hin, Khoo Kay Hock and Khoo Boo Kean of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi welcoming the Khoo clansmen.

Members listening to the briefing by Peter Khoo.

Members listening to the briefing by Peter Khoo, after a welcome speech by Khoo Kay Hock.

Looking at the plaques in the Cheng Soon Keong Hall before praying to "Tua Sai Yeah".

Khoo clansmen looking at their plaques in the Cheng Soon Keong Hall before praying to “Tua Sai Yeah”.

Khoo clansmen admiring the plaques in "Tua Pek Kong" Hall also known as the Hall of Fame.  They then prayed to "Tua Pek Kong".

Khoo clansmen admiring the plaques in “Tua Pek Kong” Hall, also known as the Hall of Fame. They then prayed to “Tua Pek Kong”.

Praying to "Chai Sin Yeah" and Khoo ancestors as part of the Paying Homsge Ceremony.

Praying to “Chai Sin Yeah” and Khoo ancestors as part of the Paying Homage Ceremony.

Group Photo 2014

Group Photo 2014

Peter Khoo giving a historical tour of Khoo Kongsi to interested participants.

Peter Khoo giving a historical tour of Khoo Kongsi to interested participants.

Time to call it a day.  Till next year.  Dinner at Jade Palace in the evening.

Time to call it a day. Till next year. Dinner at Jade Palace in the evening.

 

 

 

 

Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi

Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi (the Parentage Society of the Khoo Clan) finally has a new home.  They proudly moved into their new premises on Saturday, 19th July 2014 at No.6 Cannon Street, opposite the entrance of the iconic Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang.  Their committee members and well-wishers gathered at about 11.30 a.m. for the official moving-in ceremony, which was filled with a lot of fun and laughter.  First they put up their board and the auspicious red cloth over the doorway, followed by their meeting and delicious home-cooked food (courtesy of their friend, Miss Yeap).

As it was founded on 27th June 1884 for the purpose of looking after the welfare of the Khoo clansmen, which is now being done by the parent Kongsi, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi; some of the more sentimental Khoo clan members keep this Society for its intrinsic and historical value.

Group photo inside Hall before putting up the Toon Boon Tong Board

Group photo inside Hall before putting up the Toon Boon Tong Board

Lucky red cloth is up, now up goes the Board by Khoo Cheng Sun together with helpers.

Khoo Cheng Sun with helpers before putting up the Board.

Yay, we have a new home .  Don't they all look so happy and proud?

Yay, we have a new home . Don’t they all look so happy and proud?  They just could not stop smiling.

Meeting of Toon Boon Tong about to commence. "Where are the others?" asked Peter Khoo, the Hon. Secretary.

Meeting of Toon Boon Tong about to commence. “Where are the others?” asked Peter Khoo, the Hon. Secretary.

Answer - they were still outside having their photograph taken.

Answer – they were still outside having their photograph taken.

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Finally, they came in but the Chairman decided that he had to do food-tasting first.

Secretary said let us have our meeting first.

Secretary said let us have our meeting first.  A bit hard to concentrate with the aroma of home-cooked food filling the Hall.

Finally it was "chow time", courtesy of Miss Yeap, who delivered her yummilicious home-cooked nasi lemak etc.

Finally it was “chow time”, courtesy of Miss Yeap, who delivered her yummilicious home-cooked nasi lemak etc.

Wow, really mouth-watering dishes.

Wow, really mouth-watering dishes.

Some beautiful shots of the premises of Toon Boon Tong.

Some beautiful shots of the premises of Toon Boon Tong.

Some exterior shots of Toon Boon Tong.

Some exterior shots of Toon Boon Tong.

Toon Boon Tong members with Kuang.

Toon Boon Tong members with Kuang.

Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi (The Parentage Society of the Khoo Clan)

Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi (The Parentage Society of the Khoo Clan)

 

Family Evening at Khoo Kongsi, Heritage Jewel of Penang

Once a month Khoo Kongsi switches on its LED lighting for visitors.  It is usually on either the third or last Saturday of each month with Penang Global Tourism arranging cultural shows and performances for the spectators.  On Saturday, 22nd February there were drummers, Chinese Orchestra playing beautiful music, Chinese Yoyo and the main event was a Snake Show.  The crowd was held enthralled by the brave antics of the Snake Performer culminating in kissing a 16-ft King Cobra, not once but numerous times.  The whole evening’s entertainment was from 7 to 10 p.m. with souvenir stalls and hawkers food being sold for the spectators to take their dinner while enjoying their family outing at the beautiful and magnificent Khoo Kongsi.

Drummers starting off the evening's entertainment with the beautifully-lit Khoo Kongsi as the backdrop.

Drummers starting off the evening’s entertainment with the beautifully-lit Khoo Kongsi as the backdrop.

Family outing at Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Family outing at Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Performer dressed as Kwan Kong and friends.

Kelvin Lim dressed up as Kwan Kong together with friends.

Lim Soo Peng and friends.

Lim Soo Peng and friends.

Meeting of Toon Boon Tong during the Evening of Lights at Khoo Kongsi, Penang.

Meeting of Toon Boon Tong during the Evening of Lights at Khoo Kongsi, Penang.

Visitors watching the evening's performance while hawkers attending to customers' needs.

Visitors watching the evening’s performance while hawkers served customers.

Chinese Orchestra entertaining the crowd with sweet melodies.  Inset photos by Lim Soo Peng.

Chinese Orchestra entertaining the crowd with sweet melodies. Inset photos by Lim Soo Peng.

Visitors, family and friends enjoying their dinner while chatting with one another to the accompaniment of beautiful cultural music from the Orchestra in attendance.

Visitors, family and friends enjoying their dinner while chatting to the accompaniment of soothing and relaxing music from the Orchestra in attendance.

Chinese Yoyo.  Photos by Lim Soo Peng.

Chinese Yoyo. Photos by Lim Soo Peng.

Snakes and Pythons of the Snake Performers.  Top right photo a Penang boy with the python, Bottom photos visitor from China and his family (note the children standing a short distance once the father has the python on him.  Bottom right photo, visitor from Italy.

Snakes and Pythons of the Snake Performer.  Top right photo – a Penang boy with the python.  Bottom photos show a visitor from China and his family (note the children standing a short distance away once the father has the python around his neck). Bottom right photo, a visitor from Italy.

Snake Performer patting and kissing 16-ft King Cobra a few times during his amazing performance.

Snake Performer patting and kissing his 16-ft King Cobra a few times during his amazing performance.

Drummers came out for the final performance of the evening.

Drummers came out for the final performance of the evening.

Photos with the Snake Performers' pets.

Photos with the Snake Performer’s pets.  Girl in top left and right photos looking nonplussed wondering where was the head of the snake as it was curled into a ball.

What a brave little girl.  Unbelievable.

Snake Performer with his brave little nephew.  Looking at the little girl in the photo, I must say she is indeed one amazing little girl, fearlessly holding the snake.  Remarkable.

It was indeed a memorable evening for families and friends at Khoo Kongsi, Penang.  Hopefully they will look back at this Family Evening spent at Khoo Kongsi’s Evening of Lights with fond memories.  Thank you Lim Soo Peng for your photos.

Chinese New Year Open House at Sian Chye Tong, Air Itam, Penang

Sian Chye Tong held its open house on the 16th day of the 1st lunar month (corresponding to 15th February 2014). It was attended by devotees and well-wishers.  The temple was brightly lit with a magnificent horse in the Main Hall as the centre piece.  At 8 p.m. there was a lion dance, followed by drummers and a dragon dance.

Sian Chye Tong at dusk.

Sian Chye Tong at dusk.

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong.

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong.

Interior of Sian Chye Tong.

Rich and opulent interior of Sian Chye Tong.

Hosts and Guests enjoying themselves at the Open House.

Hosts and Guests enjoying themselves at the Open House.

Sian Chye Tong celebrates the Year of the Horse with this beautiful white horse.

Sian Chye Tong celebrates the Year of the Horse with this beautiful white horse.

Lion Dance to pay homage to Baby God and all the Deities at the Main Altar.

Lion Dance paying homage to Baby God and all the Deities at the Main Altar.

Drummer Boys entertaining the guests.

Drummers entertaining the guests.

Lou Sang at Sian Chye Tong.

Tossing of Yee Sang at Sian Chye Tong.

Dragon Dance - paying homage to Baby God.

Dragon Dance – paying homage to Baby God.

Sian Chye Tong.

Sian Chye Tong all lit up to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

Gong Xi Fa Cai.  Sian Chye Tong wishes all devotees a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  Till we meet again in the Year of the Goat, blessings from Baby God.

Horses and Zodiac Signs at Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

This event was jointly organised by Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; Penang State Tourism Development and Culture and the Snake Temple Area Residents Committee at Snake Temple, Jalan Tokong Ular on the evening of Tuesday, 4th February 2014.  It was on the 5th day of Chinese New Year which is the Year of the Horse.

As one walked into the venue along Jalan Tokong Ular there was an air of gaiety and festivity.  We went early at 5.30 p.m. to be in time for the official event at 7.30 p.m. and it was a good time to to take photos before the crowds came.  There were the 12 beautiful zodiac signs on display with horses as well.  I shall try to share with you the photos I have taken with my little camera trying to capture the sights, essence and atmosphere of this gala event.

Organisers checking and preparing the stage for the Official Launching of the Flame Watching Festival 2014

Organisers checking and preparing the stage for the Official Launching of the Flame Watching Festival 2014

Jalan Tokong Ular, Venue of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

Jalan Tokong Ular, Venue of the Ban Ka Lan Festival 2014

Twelve Zodiac signs on display with the Horse taking centre stage.  The famous wooden horse is  usually on display at New World Park.  In main photo to Horse is Khoo Kay Hock, Yeoh Seng Hoe, Khoo Kee Chooi and Ong Hock Lye, creator of the Horse.

Twelve Zodiac signs on display with the Horse taking centre stage. The famous wooden horse is usually on display at New World Park. In main photo of Horse is Khoo Kay Hock, Khoo Kee Chooi, Yeoh Seng Hoe and Ong Hock Lye (creator of the Horse) of OHL Gallery.

Chor Soo Kong Temples from Penang setting up kiosks for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony which would commence from 11 p.m. onwards.

Chor Soo Kong Temples from Penang setting up kiosks for the Chiah Hoay Ceremony which would commence from 11 p.m. onwards.  Centre Photo below shows Cheng Hoe Seah kiosk.

For more details on the the Flame Watching Ceremony (Chiah Hoay) by Cheng Hoe Seah, please refer to http://ritalim937.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/ban-ka-lan-snake-temple-annual-flame-watching-festival-2014/

Take your pick of your favourite horse.

Take your pick of your favourite horse.

Dragons leading dignitaries to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Dragons leading dignitaries to pay homage to Chor Soo Kong.

Official Launching Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Official Launching Ceremony of the Ban Ka Lan Flame Watching Festival 2014.

Star attraction of the evening - The Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Star attraction of the evening’s programme – The Shanghai China Cultural Acrobatic Performance.

Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah at altar of Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Chiah Hoay Ceremony by Cheng Hoe Seah at altar of Chor Soo Kong in Main Hall of Snake Temple.

Prediction for Penang’s Economy for Year of Horse 2014.  First 4 months – average; next 4 months – good; and last 4 months of the year – average.

Official Opening of Khoo Kongsi Art Gallery

The Art Gallery, situated in the left courtyard of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, was officially open by Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang on Friday, 12th July 2013 at 11.30 a.m.  The Trustees of Khoo Kongsi hope to use this venue to promote art and cultural heritage of Penang.  For the opening ceremony, the Art Gallery showcased the works of two Khoo clansmen, Khoo Khay Tat and Khoo Cheang Jin.

The much-awaited Khoo Kongsi Virtual Tour DVD by Leslie Lai was also launched by Y.B. Danny Law during this auspicious occasion.

Sneak Preview of the Art Gallery.  From left to right - Khoo Kay Hock, Gary Khoo, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Khoo Kee Chooi, Khoo Kay Cheng and Khoo Khay Hock.

Sneak Preview of the Art Gallery. From left to right – Khoo Kay Hock, Gary Khoo, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Khoo Kee Chooi, Khoo Kay Cheng and Khoo Khay Hock.

Guests at the Official Ceremony - Khoo Pok Kok, Yan Chen, Christine Tang and Khoo Kay Hock

Khoo Pok Kok, Yan Chen, Christine Tang and Khoo Kay Hock.

Guests chatting with friends while awaiting the arrival of Guest of Honour, Y. B. Danny Law.

Guests chatting with friends while awaiting the arrival of Guest of Honour, Y. B. Danny Law.

Well-known Japanese Artist Katsuhiro Sato with his wife at our Official Opening Ceremony.

Khoo Kay Hock with well-known Japanese Artist Dr. Katsuhiro Sato and his wife at our Official Opening Ceremony.

Y.B. Danny Law signing the guest book upon arrival.

Y.B. Danny Law signing the guest book upon arrival.

Chairman of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, giving a speech.

Chairman of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, giving a speech.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving a speech.

Y.B. Danny Law Heng Kiang giving a speech.

Artist Khoo Khay Tat, Khoo Boo Yeang, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew and Artist Khoo Cheang Jin listening to the speech of Y.B. Danny Law.

Artist Khoo Khay Tat, Khoo Boo Yeang, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Artist Khoo Cheang Jin, Alyssa Khoo and guests listening to the speech of Y.B. Danny Law.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by Khoo Khay Tat, Datuk Seri KHoo Keat Siew, Y.B. Danny Law, Khoo Boo Yeang and Khoo Cheang Jin.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by Khoo Khay Tat, Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Y.B. Danny Law, Khoo Boo Yeang and Khoo Cheang Jin.

Art Gallery is now officially open for public viewing.

Art Gallery is now officially open for public viewing.

Launching of the Khoo Kongsi Virtual Tour DVD by  Y.B. Danny Law.

Launching of the Khoo Kongsi Virtual Tour DVD by Y.B. Danny Law.

Tour of the Art Gallery with the artists in attendance.

Tour of the Art Gallery by VIPs with the artists in attendance.

Wendy Khoo, Douglas Khoo and Khoo Kay Hock enjoying the snacks and refreshment  after the Opening Ceremony.

Wendy Khoo, Douglas Khoo and Khoo Kay Hock enjoying the snacks and refreshment after the Opening Ceremony.

I will leave you with this beautiful majestice photo the pride of the Khoo Clan - Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, the Heritage Jewel of Penang.  Seen in photo is Khoo Boo Hong.

I will leave you with this beautiful photo 0f the pride of the Khoo Clan – Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, the Heritage Jewel of Penang. Seen in photo is Khoo Boo Hong.

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.