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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.

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.

Wesak Celebration on 23rd May at Sian Chye Tong, Hye Keat Estate, Ayer Itam, Penang

Sian Chye Tong commemorates Wesak Day annually with a grand celebration and a state-of the-art float beautifully decorated by their Youth Section.  This year it is no exception.

Members and devotees came from all over to attend their Wesak Day celebration on Thursday, 23rd May at 7.30 p.m.  Wesak Day is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the 4th moon of the Chinese calendar, which is on 24th May this year.  As we are a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society Wesak Day is a public holiday in Malaysia and it is celebrated on a grand scale culminating in a procession of beautifully-decorated, brightly-lit floats in the evening.

Entrance to Sian Chye Tong

Grand Entrance to Sian Chye Tong

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong

Main Hall of Sian Chye Tong

Main Altar of Sian Chye Phor Sat (known as Baby God)

Main Altar of Sian Chye Phor Sat (known as Baby God)

Lighting of oil lamps by devotees.  Hard at work is Peter Ho, the maestro.

Lighting of oil lamps by devotees. Hard at work is Peter Ho, the maestro.

Official Ceremony starts with prayers to Lord Buddha and Sian Chye Phor Sat.  In red is Eddie Khoo, Chairman of Sian Chye Tong.  State dignitaries present - YB Teh Lai Heng and YB Danny Law.

Official Ceremony started with prayers to Lord Buddha and Sian Chye Phor Sat. From left to right Khoo Kay Hock, Loh Choon Teik, Alice Teoh, Eddie Khoo Gim Siew, Dato’ Seri Khoo Keat Siew, YB Danny Law, YB Teh Lai Heng, Hong Kian Beng and Gary Khoo.

Welcoming Speech by Loh Choon Teik, Chairman of Youth Section

Welcoming Speech by Loh Choon Teik, Chairman of Youth Section

Souvenir presentation to Patrons of Sian Chye Tong by YB Teh Lai Heng.

Souvenir presentation to Patrons of Sian Chye Tong by YB Teh Lai Heng.

Group photograph of Patrons with YB Danny Law, Eddie Khoo and YB Teh Lai Heng

Group photograph of Patrons with YB Danny Law, Eddie Khoo, YB Teh Lai Heng and Loh Choon Teik.

Wesak Day - a time of giving and receiving.  YB Danny Law giving donation on behalf of Sian Chye Tong to Linda Khoo who accepted the donation on behalf of Metta Mobile Free Clinic, Penang

Wesak Day – a time of giving and receiving. YB Danny Law giving a donation on behalf of Sian Chye Tong to Linda Khoo who accepted it on behalf of Metta Mobile Free Clinic, Penang.

YB Teh Lai Heng, State Assemblyman of Komtar, giving a speech.

YB Teh Lai Heng, State Assemblyman of Komtar, giving a speech.

Wesak Day Celebration officially declared open. Down came the confetti. (Photograph taken by Peter Ho.)

Wesak Day Celebration officially declared open. Down came the confetti. (Photograph taken by Peter Ho.)

Float of Sian Chye Tong (photograph taken by Peter Ho).

Float of Sian Chye Tong (photograph taken by Peter Ho).

Devotees praying at Main Altar

Devotees praying at Main Altar.

Devotees taking holy water.

Devotees taking holy water.

Lighting oil lamps for world peace.

Lighting oil lamps for world peace.

Thank you Peter Ho for the beautiful photographs.  Much appreciated.

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?

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.

Sian Chye Tong, Hye Keat Estate, Air Itam, Penang

The main deity in Sian Chye Tong is Sian Chye Phor Sat (Kumara Sudhana Bodhisattva) popularly known as “Baby God”.  In Penang, all temples celebrate Chinese New Year by switching on their lights to usher in the new year and Sian Chye Tong is no exception.  To welcome the Year of the Snake, they have installed approximately 500 red lanterns together with LED lighting and these will be switched on daily from 7.30 p.m. to 12 midnight.   

It is a glorious sight to behold for devotees visiting the temple to seek the blessing of Sian Chye Phor Sat during the new year.  On Chinese New Year’s eve, prayers will be held and candles will be lit to ask for good health, good luck and prosperity.

They will have an open house to celebrate Chinese New Year at 7.00 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd February with a buffet dinner.

Sian Chye Tong

Sian Chye Tong

Altar of Amitabha Buddha & Bodhisattva

Altar of Amitabha Buddha & Bodhisattva

Altar off Amitabha Buddha

Altar of Amitabha Buddha

Kuan Yin - Bodhissattva Of Compassion

Kuan Yin – Bodhissattva of Compassion

Sian Chye Phor Sat

Sian Chye Phor Sat

Photos – courtesy of Peter Ho and Gary Khoo.  Thank you, Peter and Gary, and a Happy New Year.