Malaysia – A Red Chinese New Year (3)

Hi there!! You thought that that was the last on the Red Chinese New Year? Well you are wrong. =P

Below pictures are taken in another shopping mall in Penang, Malaysia. Their theme is different from my earlier one.

A big treasure box filled with ‘gold’ and jewels…..

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and protected by a dragon!!!

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This mall theme was more like a old china house with a horse shed…..

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Why you ask a horse shed? Well the coming Chinese New Year, the chinese zodiac is horse.

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Outside the mall…  cute 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Seen your Chinese zodiac around?

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Another view …..

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A close up shot of the old Chinese house. You can even see the giant joystick and also the Chinese household shrine.

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Want more pictures? Stay tune……. =)

Malaysia – A Red Chinese New Year (2)

Hi there!! More red here. Still at the shopping mall and walking around. Lots of different decoration to see and also very tempting to make the shoppers buy (lots of) stuff.

Red and pink flowers (fake)…..

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Chinese decoration for the shoppers to hang in their house.

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more deco’s…..

 

 

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This year is the year of the horse… so lots of cute stuff horse toys.

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Kids will just love it… and adults too!!! Lol!!

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More flowers to choose from.

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This stall sells all the all the oriental decorations… something different from others.

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….mmmm something to think to have in your home.

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Stay tune. More pictures of the preparation for the Chinese New Year celebration from other places around Malaysia. =)

Malaysia – A Red Chinese New Year (1)

Another festive is round the corner after Christmas. This time is a another over at the eastern part of the world….  a big celebration for the Chinese folks all around the world.

In Malaysia is also the same and is a big one too. Another 2 weeks more to go and everyone is busy doing last minute shopping. Shops all decorated in red and playing Chinese New Year songs.

As usual, every year, there will be lots of cookies to choose and eat from. Sometimes there are even kind of cookies that you never the year before. 😊

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Not forgetting hampers as gifts to families and friends.

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Boxes and boxes of mandarin oranges to pick from; small to large sizes of mandarin oranges.

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This year, this shopping mall decoration is red and Chinese bamboo plant. Red in colour…..

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A view from the top.

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Another area of the mall where they had a big ‘Chinese bamboo plant’ gondola like deco

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Eye view shot…..

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Stay tune. More picture to come. =)

Malaysia – Penang; Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple (5)

Welcome back!! Before I start my posting, I also would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers and followers a Happy New Year 2014 and a better year ahead for all of us.  =)

Back to my posting….. been away from my computer for the holidays. Anyway I am back on the follow up on my trip to Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple.

Still inside the temple with more pictures to show you the details and colours.

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Wishing ‘tree’… You can write and put your wish on the tree.

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Detail architecture of the roof…..

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This is the track up the hill which is located inside the temple to head up to the 30meter bronze statue of the Kuan Yin .

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… stay tune for more.  =)

Malaysia – Penang; Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple (4)

Sorry for the short break. Have been on some technical training. Ok.. back to my trip to KeK Lok Si Temple.

Walking up half way, I was close to the temple entrance. The sight of the temple and also the colour does get one attention. Guess no amount of words can describe it but just enjoy pictures and sight. =)

This was the sight coming after the pond filled with turtles.

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A shot from the slightly higher point.

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Beautiful mural drawings as you enter.

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Like the pictures? More to come. Stay tune.

Malaysia – Christmas is Just Round the Corner (3)

Hi there! I can’t help it but to share the Christmas sights and decorations which I saw in another mall in Malaysia. This one was in Penang. This is a follow up from my previous posting; Malaysia – Christmas is Just Round the Corner (2)

The theme I guess was Candy land. =) Lot of lollipops and also giant ‘candy house’ look with big teddy bears enjoying the ‘candies’.

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Giant Christmas tree with lollipop and giant candy canes.

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Close up shots of the candy house and a lollipop stage.

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The shopper waiting for a fashion show performance which was arranged by the mall.

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This is really cute. =)

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A shot from the bottom of the candy house looking up.

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A young girl enjoy looking at the led lighted reindeer placed next to the candy house.

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Another giant Christmas tree.

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Wow.. what the heck is this?

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A giant present……

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…guess the floor could not take the weight of the present and sank to the floor below!! LOL!!!!

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Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year ahead to all my readers!!!!

Malaysia – Christmas is Just Round the Corner (2)

This is my follow up of my post on Malaysia – Christmas is Just Round the Corner (1) . By now, all the shopping malls and shops are in full force and ready for the Xmas shoppers with Xmas song blasting in the background. People busy window  shopping and looking for gifts or items on offers.

This is the final decoration up in one of the biggest shopping mall in South East Asia. Sights of giant ‘hot air balloons’ in the center of the concourse.

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Very colourful sight indeed….

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They even have wooden rocking horses all around for the kids to sit and ride while their parents take photos.

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More shots…..

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From the 2nd floor looking down. People walking on the ‘map’ of the ‘ancient world’

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Lots of colourful stuff toys for sale……

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and.. more. Guess kids (and adults too) love all these.

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Xmas wishing from the big fellas…….

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lastly…. to top it of…. a Christmas tree.

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014 Year ahead!!!

Malaysia – Penang; Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple (1)

Hi there!! Welcome back to my blog.

Today’s posting will be a place in Penang, Malaysia; Kek Lok Si Temple. I went there with my kids a few months back and now, I have finally got my share it with my readers about this place and it’s beauty.

A bit of history about this place before I continue. It  is one of the best known Buddhist temples on the Penang island (and also in South East Asia) and situated in Air Itam. Translated from Penang Hokkien, it means “Temple of Supreme Bliss” or “Temple of Sukhavati”. It was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang and construction began in 1890.

A seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed in 1930. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown. It reflecting the temple’s embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

The other attraction is the bronze statue of the Kuan Yin which stands 30.2m, was completed in 2002 and open to the public.  This replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier. The temple is a focal point of festivals of the Chinese community in Penang especially during the the Chinese New Year celebrations.  For 30 days following Chinese New Year, the temple remains open until late at night whilst thousands of lights turn the scenery into a sea of light and this is very impressive view!! =)

Ok.. enough of reading. Let’s continue our journey. =)

View from the bottom of the hill taken from the open car park.

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Statues seen in the open car park. I believe these statues will be brought up to the temple when they are completed.

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Walking along to road at bottom of the hill of Air Hitam. You can see the pagoda and also the Kuan Yin which stands out.

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There is a market near the temple where every weekends it will be filled with lots of people and cars.

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Stall selling all sorts of lanterns…

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Lots of motorbikes seen outside the wet market.

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Food stall outside the market. It is a good place to try some of the local food of Penang here.  =)

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Clear signboard leading to the temple; Kek Lok Si Temple.

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Well.. stay tune with me. More on the wet market and the surrounding area before we head up the steps to the temple. If you like.. then keep following me… and ‘walk along side’ with me on this trip. =)

Malaysia – Christmas is Just Round the Corner (1)

Christmas is just less than a month away and Malaysians are not missing out on this especially the shopping malls and stalls. Decorations are slowing popping up in pieces while others are in full bloom and ready for the celebration.

The following are photos from a shopping where they are getting ready from Christmas. Not sure what they making but in a few days time we will know

Top view from 2nd floor….. Mmmm looks like a map

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Colourful and beautiful view from the top. Hot air balloons??

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Ground level view…..

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Lots of wooden rocking horses.

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Another few shots of the hot air balloons and dressed up wooden rocking horses from ground level.

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So.. If you want to find see the complete decorations, then stick with me here and you will find out. 😊

Malaysia – Happy Diwali …. A Celebration of Light

Hi there!! Indians in Malaysia or can I say, Indians around the world will be celebrating Diwali (or called Deepavali in some places) tomorrow. It is one of the celebration in Malaysia aside from Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa (for the Muslims). It is also an officially holiday in Malaysia and Singapore.

Diwali or also called as ‘Festival of Lights’ which translates into “row of lamps”.It involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.They are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity, Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are played as it is believed that it drives away evil spirit. During Diwali, Indians will wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Kolams (also knowm as Rangoli) can be seen at the entrance of the Hindu households to welcome the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity, Lakshmi as well as guests into their homes. Kolams also can be seen in shopping malls and and the entrance of hotels.

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What is Kolam or Rangoli? Kolam means ‘beauty’ and are actually floor drawing using coloured rice powder and are used for ornamental or ceremonial design during Indian festivals.

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Traditionally, kolams are widely practiced by female Indian community worldwide to represent responsibilities of the women to maintain her household as well as to train them to be a good housekeeper.

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Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved shapes and dots of rice flour are placed in a grid pattern framework.  Apart from geometrical shapes, it also incorporates motifs like animals, fruit and flowers. Aside from rice powder, other ingredients also can be used which includes beads, shell, salt, fruits and vegetables.

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Beautiful kolam, right?

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Here’s wishing all my readers who are celebrating this festival a Happy Diwali!!