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?

An Evening of Lights, Music and Cultural Dances at Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Penang Global Tourism held their usual month-end Evening of Lights at Khoo Kongsi, Penang on Saturday 30th March 2013.  It is the only time in the month when Khoo Kongsi switch on their lights in the evening for visitors to take photographs and enjoy the cultural dances, music and singing arranged by Penang Global Tourism.

The Khoo Clan House, with the newly-installed LED lighting, looked spectacular and on this evening, a group of professional photographers came to take photographs of this Heritage Jewel of Penang.

Khoo Khay Hock, Richard Khoo Kay Liang, Khoo Kay Hock, Peter Khoo Boo Hin, Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Chye Poh of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi

Khoo Khay Hock, Richard Khoo Kay Liang, Khoo Kay Hock, Peter Khoo Boo Hin, Khoo Kee Chooi and Khoo Chye Poh of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi (photograph taken by Peter Ho)

Standing - Photographers Sam Goh Sam, Michael Chuan, Peter Ho.  Sitting - Chua Boon Keat and Randy waiting to take photographs of Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Standing – Photographers Sam Goh Sam, Michael Chuan and Peter Ho.  Sitting – Chua Boon Keat and Randy waiting for the right moment to take photographs of Khoo Kongsi, Penang

Members of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi having their dinner.

Members of Toon Boon Tong Khoo Kongsi and friends having their dinner.

Lim Soo Peng, Peter Ho, Michael Chuan and their photographers friends have come to take photographs of the Heritage Jewel of Penang.

Lim Soo Peng, Peter Ho, Michael Chuan and their friends came to take photographs of the Heritage Jewel of Penang.

Some of the dancers from 5678 Dance Studio posing for the group of photographers with the iconic Khoo Kongsi as the backdrop.

Some of the dancers from 5678 Dance Studio posing for the group of photographers with the iconic Khoo Kongsi as the backdrop.

Cultural dance by members of 5678 Dance Studio.

Cultural dance by members of 5678 Dance Studio.

Theme - We are Anak Malaysia (Children of Malaysia)

Theme – We are Anak Malaysia (Children of Malaysia)

Evelyn Toh and Darren Ng from Penang Global Tourism, Penang with friends.

Evelyn Toh and Darren Ng from Penang Global Tourism with friends.

Dancers looking very ethereal while doing the Fan Dance. Thoroughly enchanting and gives a magical feel to the evening.

Ethereal-looking dancers doing the Fan Dance – thoroughly enchanting, giving the evening a magical feel.

Foreign visitors making their themselves very comfortable while enjoying the performances by 5678 Dance Studio.

Foreign visitors making themselves very comfortable while enjoying the performances by 5678 Dance Studio.  What a superb idea to bring your own deck chairs.

Thank you to Khoo Kongsi and Penang Global Tourism for putting on An Evening of Lights, Music and Cultural Dances for the enjoyment of visitors and Penangites.   Thanks to Peter Ho for sending me the first photograph – exquisite photo.

Penang World Music Festival 2013

This event is organized by the Penang State Tourism and a preview was held at Khoo Kongsi, Cannon Square, Penang during the evening of Friday, 29th March 2013.  The actual 2-day festival will be held at Penang Botanic Gardens from 6.00 p.m. to 12 midnight on Saturday, 30th March 2013 and Sunday, 31st March 2013.

For more information please visit http://www.penangworldmusic.gov.my/

Penang World Music Festival 2013

Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants of the Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants from Iran to the Penang World Music Festival 2013

Participants from Brazil

Participants from Brazil

From left to right - Khoo Kee Chooi, Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew (President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang), Khoo Boo Hong, Y.B. Danny Law and Khoo Kay Hock

From left to right – Khoo Kee Chooi, Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew (President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang), Khoo Boo Hong, Y.B. Danny Law and Khoo Kay Hock

From left to right - Datin Seri Daisy Khoo, Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew, Chief Minister of Penang Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Y.B. Danny Law

From left to right – Datin Seri Daisy Khoo; Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew; Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng and Y.B. Danny Law

Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving a speech

Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng giving a speech

Local Penang Hawkers fare being served to spectators and visitors.

Local Penang Hawkers fare being served to spectators and visitors.

Inka Marka from South American performing for the  crowd

Inka Marka from South America performing for the crowd

Participants from Japan listening to the music

Participants from Japan (on the left) listening to the music

Oratniza from Bulgaria performing for the spectators (note the mother and daughter vocalists on the left)

Oratnitza from Bulgaria performing for the spectators (note the mother and daughter vocalists on the left)

Y.B. Danny Law with participants to Penang World Music Festival 2013

Y.B. Danny Law with participants to the Penang World Music Festival 2013 in front of the iconic Khoo Kongsi, Heritage Jewel of Penang.

Mimi’s Nyonya Laksa on Thursday

Penang is the No.1 Destination for hawkers fare and Penangites are so spoilt for choice that they have developed discerning palates.  Opinions vary and people have different preferences when it comes to their favourite hawkers food.

I have a group of friends who agree that Mimi Koe sells the best Nyonya Laksa in Penang and so we will arrange to meet and adjourn for lunch.  Tucked at the back of Wisma Central on the ground floor is SL Coffee House and that is where you can find Mimi and the best Nyonya Laksa in Penang.

It is advisable to phone and reserve either the day before or early on Thursday morning so that one can be sure of getting the Nyonya Laksa.  Her phone number is +6019 472 3311.

I give below her Daily Special

Monday – Asam Laksa

Tuesday – Nyonya Food

Wednesday – Porridge

Thursday – Nyonya Laksa

Friday – Nasi Ulam

Mimi Nyonya Laksa, 1.07 - 1.07A, Ground Floor, Wisma Central, Jalan Macalister, 10400 PenangTel:  +604 226 5184

Mimi Nyonya Laksa, 1.07 – 1.07A, Ground Floor, Wisma Central, Jalan Macalister, 10400 Penang
Tel: +604 226 5184

Mimi Koe - H/P:  +6019 472 3311

Mimi Koe – H/P: +6019 472 3311

Nyonya Laksa - Rm4/- per bowl

Nyonya Laksa – Rm4/- per bowl

A friend brought basil and peppermint leaves from her garden, which really makes the Nyonya Laksa all the more yummy!

A friend brought basil and peppermint leaves from her garden, which really made the Nyonya Laksa all the more yummy!

 

Friends enjoying Mimi's Nyonya Laksa

Friends enjoying Mimi’s Nyonya Laksa

Some friends having a second helping.

Some friends having a second helping.

Mimi sells other dishes too, which we have tried and found them to be good.  Fried rice, fried belacan chicken - to name a few.

Mimi sells other dishes too, which we have tried and found them to be good.  Fried rice, fried belacan chicken – to name a few.

Bon appetit.

Chinese New Year at New World Park, Penang

Chinese New Year is a round of dinners and on the evening of Saturday, 16th February we went to Starview Restaurant at New World Park for our annual dinner.  It was the same day as the Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration in Inner City of Georgetown and the place was pretty quiet, as most people were attending the celebration in the Heritage Enclave.

I personally love this al fresco type of mall.  The open air concept gives their management an opportunity to landscape the mall and make it full of greenery, unlike some other places where there is no opportunity to do so. 

The place has a performing stage and a food court, where the famous Swatow Lane Ice Kachang is now the main tenant.  This business was started by two Lee Brothers, who had since passed on leaving their 2nd and 3rd generation family members to run the business.  As I know them quite well, I asked them to pose for me and they obliged.

Had our Annual Dinner at Starview Restaurant

Had our Annual Dinner at Starview Restaurant

Cultural Drum Performance on the Perfoming Stage outside Starview Restaurant

Cultural Drum Performance on the Performing Stage outside Starview Restaurant

The OHL Gallery with beautiful wood carvings

The OHL Gallery with beautiful wood carvings

OHL Gallery - Memories of Penang

OHL Gallery – Memories of Old Penang

Shopping Area New World Park decorated with Chinese New Year lanterns

Shopping Area of New World Park decorated with Chinese New Year lanterns

Diners eating outside the Bistro

Diners eating outside Mizi Bistro – it was quiet for a Saturday evening.

To the Food Court.  Although it was a Saturday night, it was pretty quiet at New World Park because people were at the Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration at the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown.

To the Food Court at the rear of New World Park.  Notice how quiet it was because most people were at the Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration at the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown.

Lee family at their Swatow Lane Ice Kachang Stall

Lee family members at their Swatow Lane Ice Kachang Stall

Met Chai Sin Yeah in New World Park.

Met Chai Sin Yeah in New World Park.

Making my way to the Main Entrance fronting Jalan Burma.

Making my way to the Main Entrance fronting Jalan Burma.

New World Park's Chinese New Year Decoration.

New World Park’s Chinese New Year Decoration at Entrance of Jalan Burma

Chinese New Year Cultural & Heritage Celebration – outside Khoo Kongsi

As I was leaving Khoo Kongsi, I saw beautiful stalls from various hotels along Lebuh Cannon, just outside Khoo Kongsi.  Then I went over to Lim Kongsi to have a look around.  As I said I was early and the people involved were still setting up their stalls, but I did manage to get some nice photos to share with you.

Staff from Eastin Hotel still putting on the finishing touches.

Staff from Eastin Hotel still putting on the finishing touches.  Notice the snake motifs.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Stall with the laughing Buddha

Stall with the laughing Buddha

The hotel stalls were starting to prepare the food as it was almost 2.45 p.m

The hotel stalls were starting to prepare the food as it was almost 2.45 p.m.

Staff busy with food preparation to get ready for the crowd.

Staff busy with food preparation to get ready for the crowd.

The beautiful Yeap Kongsi

The beautiful Yeap Kongsi

Arch with the stage area in the background for the official programme and show at 5.00 p.m.

Arch with the stage area in the background for the official programme and show at 5.00 p.m.

Girls from Penang Chinese Girls' Private High School with their intricate paper cuts and gorgeous paper craft.

Girls from Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School with their intricate paper cuts and gorgeous paper craft at Lim Kongsi, Penang

Beautiful beaded craft for sale at Lim Kongsi, Penang

Beautiful beaded craft for sale at Lim Kongsi, Penang

Lovely paintings at Soo Hong Lane.

Lovely paintings at Soo Hong Lane.