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Khoo Kongsi Annual Dinner for Clansmen – Awards Recipients & Graduates on Saturday, 13th December 2104

After the morning’s Paying Homage Ceremony, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi held its usual Annual Dinner honouring Khoo clansmen, who have graduated and who have been given awards for community service.  This year it was held at Jade Palace at 7.30 p.m.  Over 400 clansmen and guests attended this dinner.

The Master of Ceremony for the evening was Khoo Lean Huat, who gave a welcoming speech, followed by a speech from the President, Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew.  Then plaques were presented to Awards Recipients and for the graduates, they were given plaques and ang pows.  It was a memorable evening for all present.

Thank you to the Organising Commitee for a very well-organised dinner with sumptuous food served by Jade Palace.

Khoo Lean Huat welcoming guests to the Annual Dinner of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang.

Master-of-Ceremony, Khoo Lean Huat welcoming guests to the Annual Dinner of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, Penang.

Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew, President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang giving his speech.

Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew, President of Khoo Kongsi, Penang giving his speech.

Tan Sri Khoo Kay Por, Dato' Khoo Yeoh Gan Hong and guests at Main Table.

Tan Sri Khoo Kay Por, Dato’ Khoo Yeoh Gan Hong and guests at Main Table.

Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew presenting plaque to Dato' Khoo Yeoh Gan Hong.

Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew presenting plaque to Dato’ Khoo Yeoh Gan Hong.

Dato' Seri Khoo Keat Siew taking a group photograph with Recipients of Federal/State Awards.

Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew taking a group photograph with the Recipients of Federal/State Awards.

Khoo Kay Hock presenting a plaque to a Graduate.

Khoo Kay Hock presenting a plaque to a Khoo Graduate.

Trustees presenting plaques and ang pows to Khoo graduates.

Trustees presenting plaques and ang pows to Khoo graduates.

Guests watching the presentation of plaques and ang pows to Graduates

Guests watching the presentation of plaques and ang pows to Graduates.

We are enjoying ourselves.

We are enjoying ourselves.

A very happy Dato' Lim Eng Soon and Khoo Chye Poh making their way in hand-in-hand.

A very happy Dato’ Lim Eng Soon and Khoo Chye Poh making their way in hand-in-hand.

Inset bottom photo on the right - Khoo Kay Hock with Alan Khoo (photo - courtesy of Mary Khoo, one of our graduates.

Inset bottom photo on the right – Khoo Kay Hock with Alan Khoo (photo – courtesy of Mary Khoo, one of our graduates).

 

Till we meet again next year, A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Year 2015.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.