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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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.