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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.

 

 

 

 

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Cat n Dog Shop

On the right of the entrance of the famous Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi along Cannon Street, are two very alluring theme shops – the Owl Shop and the Cat and Dog Shop.  I have written an article about the Owl Shop last year and I am doing this Cat and Dog Shop because I found the most charming and interesting collectibles for sale in this place.  Animal lovers, especially cats and dogs lovers, should try to pay a visit to this place.  It is run by KuangNien Sim and his wife, SiauHong Tee.  They are successful, upcoming young entrepreneurs, with a lot of imagination and they have a real talent when it comes to choosing sweet and charming collectibles to display in their shop for their customers.

It is a wonderful place for browsing around if one wants to look for gifts and souvenirs for friends and foreign visitors.

Owl Shop and Cat n Dog Shop on the right of the entrance to Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Owl Shop and Cat n Dog Shop on the right of the entrance to Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang

KuangNien Sim in his Cat n Dog Shop.

KuangNien Sim in his Cat n Dog Shop.

Charming gifts and souvenirs for the discerning collectors.

Charming gifts and souvenirs for the discerning collectors.

Shoppers browsing in the Cat n Dog Shop.

Shoppers browsing in the Cat n Dog Shop with cute and adorable posters of cats and dogs adorning the walls of the shop.

Practical gifts of mugs as gifts for friends.

Practical gifts of mugs and bags as gifts for friends.

Exterior of Cat n Dog Shop.  Customers can order personalised carvings as souvenirs for your friends and visitors.

Exterior of Cat n Dog Shop. Customers can order personalised carvings as souvenirs for your friends and visitors.

 

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.

Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple at Sunrise

My friend, Michael Chuan, has taken some stunning photos of Hean Boo Thean and its surrounding at sunrise and I would like to share them with you.

Setting up for the photo shoot.

Setting up for the photo shoot.

Hall of Goddess of Mercy on Top Floor.
Hall of Goddess of Mercy on Top Floor.
Ground Floor of Floating Temple

Ground Floor of Floating Temple

Jetty for sampans to dock at Hean Boo Thean.

Jetty for sampans to dock at Hean Boo Thean.

View of Chinese Clan Jetties namely Lee Jetty, Tan Jetty and Chew Jetty.

View of Chinese Clan Jetties.

What an enchanting sea view at sunrise.

Enchanting and breathtaking seaview from Hean Boo Thean.

Majestic of sunrise.

Majestic photo of sunrise.

Taking a break.

Are you taking my photo?

Sunrise

Sunrise

Photographers taking photos of sunrise.

Photographers taking photos of sunrise.

Low tid

Low tide.

Interesting photo.

Interesting photo.

Thank you Michael Chuan for allowing me to blog these photos.  Much appreciated.

Chinese Clan Jetties at Waterfront in Weld Quay, Penang

After the visit to Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple, we made our way to Lee Jetty and Tan Jetty in search of dinner.  The beckoning lights of these Chinese Clan Jetties during Chinese New Year were very inviting.

Entrance to Lee Jetty, the first one from Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple.

Entrance to Lee Jetty, the one nearest to Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple (on the left as one faces the entrance to the Floating Temple).  Notice the Por Seng Tai Tay Temple to the right of the entrance – the Lee Clan and the Chew Clan pray to this Deity.

Brightly-lit Lee Jetty.  Inset - entrance to Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Brightly-lit Lee Jetty. Inset – entrance to Tai Tay Yah Temple.

Lee Jetty by day (photo taken by Michael Chuan)

Lee Jetty by day (photo taken by Michael Chuan).

At the entrance of the unlit Tan Jetty.  This is where the Burmah Road Temple comes to send off the boat during the Emperor's Nine Gods Festival on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese Calendar.

At the entrance of the unlit Tan Jetty. This is where the Burmah Road Temple comes to send off the boat during the Nine Emperors God’s Festival on the 9th night of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese Calendar.

At the end of Tan Jetty, we reached the side gate of the Thai Restaurant.  Inset the main entrance facing Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple.

At the end of Tan Jetty, we reached the side gate of the Thai Restaurant. Inset – the main entrance facing Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple.

We decided to call it a night after dinner. The visit to the famous Chew Jetty and Lim Jetty had to wait.

At the entrance area of the famous Chew Jetty where the Chew clan pray to Por Seng Tai Tay.

At the entrance area of the famous Chew Jetty where the Chew clan (like the Lee clan) pray to Por Seng Tai Tay.

Along the iconic Chew Jetty where they pray annually to God of Heaven on the 8th night of Chinese New Year on a grand scale attended by the Chief Minister of Penang and his family

Along the iconic Chew Jetty where they pray annually to God of Heaven on the 8th night of Chinese New Year on a grand scale, attended by the Chief Minister of Penang and his family.

At the end of Chew Jetty, there is a Tai Tay Yah Temple, Deity of the Chew Clan.  One can  also see fishing traps, speed boats collecting passengers and folks just relaxing.  In the distance, the Floating Temple "floating" at the Waterfront.

At the end of Chew Jetty, there is a Tai Tay Yah Temple, Deity of the Chew Clan. One can also see fishing traps, speed boats collecting passengers and folks just relaxing. In the distance, the Floating Temple “floating” at the Waterfront.

Next to the Chew Jetty is the Lim Jetty, all brightly lit up for Chinese New Year too.

Lim Jetty. Notice the the old photo of Lim Jetty taken in 1910 and the painting by a 15-year old artist, Khoo Ka Leong.

Lim Jetty. Notice the the old photo of Lim Jetty taken in 1910 (bottom left) and the painting by a 15-year old artist, Khoo Ka Leong (bottom right).
Lim Jetty.  Notice the two bottom photos on left and right - that is the Ong Jetty where there are no houses as the Ong clan bought houses and moved out a long time ago.  It is the venue for the Kew Ong Yah Temple in McCallum Street to come to send off their boat on the 9th night of the Nine Emperors Festival from 1st to 9th day of the 9th lunar month.

Lim Jetty. Notice the two bottom photos on left and right – that is the Ong Jetty where there are no houses as the Ong clan had bought houses and moved out a long time ago. It is the venue for the Kew Ong Yah Temple in McCallum Street to come to send off their boat annually on the 9th night of the Nine Emperors God’s Festival from 1st to 9th day of the 9th lunar month.

I was given to understand that there are two more Clan Jetties after the Hean Boo Thean Floating Temple (to the right as one faces the road to the Floating Temple) – the All Chinese Surnames Jetty and the Yeoh Jetty.  Will make a visit at another time.

Hean Boo Thean (Floating Temple) at the Waterfront by the Clan Jetties

As I have never been to Hean Boo Thean since its opening last year, a good friend offered to take me.  We decided to go at about 6.30 p.m. to take photos so that we could watch the transformation as day turned to night.  When the lights come on each night, the floating temple looks like a floating fairyland against the velvety night.

I shall attempt to share with you a most memorable trip using photo collages.

Our adorable tourist guide showing the way to Hean Boon Thean walking amongst the haphazard idyllic setting of pre-war houses established by the early settlers when they arrived from China by ships.

Our adorable tourist guide showing the way to Hean Boo Thean walking amongst the haphazard and idyllic setting of pre-war houses established by the early settlers when they arrived from China by ships.  Right bottom photo shows the exit staircase from the top floor.

The exterior of the Floating on the Ground Floor.  Top left photo shows the various clan jetties.

The exterior of the Floating Temple on the Ground Floor. Top left photo shows the various clan jetties visible across the sea.

Main Hall showing Main Altar in front with various Deities.

Main Hall showing Main Altar in front with various Deities.

Cabinet on right of altar showing various headgears of the Deities.  From left to right of bottom photos

Cabinet on right of altar showing various headgears of the Deities. From left to right of bottom photos – headgear of Hock Teik Cheng Sin, headgear of Chai Sin Yah and headgear of Ong Yah Bo.

Photos from left to right at the top - Altar of Tua Pek Kong, Central Altar at the back of Main Hall with various Deities, passage way into back of Main showing a grand intricate sedan chair used by Deities during processions.

At the back of Main Hall.  Photos from left to right at the top – Altar of Tua Pek Kong, Central Altar at the back of Main Hall with various Deities, passage way into back of Main Hall showing a grand intricate sedan chair used by Deities during processions.  Bottom photo on left – Chor Soo Kong whose placement is below the yellow robe of the right Deity at Central Altar.  Altar of Tay Choo Kong below Central Altar in centre photo at the bottom.

Leaving Main Hall on Ground to go upstairs located next to the kitchen.  Table selling praying paraphernalia for purchase by devotees.

Leaving Main Hall on Ground Floor to go upstairs using staircase located next to the kitchen at the back of property (bottom photo on left).  Top photo showing table selling praying paraphernalia for purchase by devotees.

Hall with Goddess of Mercy on top floor.

Hall with Goddess of Mercy on top floor.

Inside Hall of Goddess of Mercy.

Inside Hall of Goddess of Mercy.

Images of roof decorations, 24 filial piety and sea vista before the magical lights   came on.
Images of  Kuan Yin Hall, roof decorations, lanterns, statues of 24 filial piety and enchanting sea vista before the magical lights came on.

As the lights came on and darkness fell, one can see the magical setting started changing before one's very eyes.  Totally captivating.

As the lights came on, the magical setting started changing making it a most memorable experience.

Back to Ground Floor to capture photos when the Floating Temple is all brightly lit up.

Back to Ground Floor to see the Floating Temple by night.  Notice the lanterns with name tags – blessings for devotees during the lst lunar month to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Lights against the black velvety night sky.  Notice the moon between the Dragon's mouth and the lantern.

Lights against the black velvety night sky. Notice the moon between the Dragon’s mouth and the lantern in top right photo.

Retracing our steps for a well-earned dinner.  What a memorable experience watching the magical transformation.

Retracing our steps for a well-earned dinner. What a memorable experience watching the magical transformation.

Thank you to my wonderful tourist guide and most patient companions, waiting for me to take countless photos while their stomachs must have been calling out for dinner.