Archive for December 2012

2012 in review   Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 19,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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Photographic Society of Penang’s Outing at the Choong Thean Hotel, Penang   1 comment

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Our Photographic Society of Penang organized its last outing for 2012. Four beautiful models in old-styled Shanghai wear, shall be at location at 38, Jalan Pintal Tali or Rope Walk. Member shall be charged RM58.00 with lunch ( choice of Chicken Chop or Fish and Chips ), while non-member shall be charged RM88.00 as stated in our circular. It shall be limited to the first 50 photographers as the locality was a bit small and “hot topic”. “Hot topic” ? Well, the answer is ” beauty taking a bath in an antique porcelain tub “! It went on smoothly at 9.30 am but as usual the photographers were difficult to control in jostling for a better angle with greater composition. This is my small sample shots from the outing.

SP Lim

Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe. — Truman Capote

Updated pictorial guide to locate Hean Boo Thean the Floating Kuan Yin Temple of Penang   Leave a comment

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We had our good friend Evelyn from Kuala Lumpur visiting us for two days over the Christmas holidays. We had an opportunity of taking them to the Floating Kuanyin Temple thus giving me to reshoot the directions again. Hopefully this is better than the previous guide as these photos are in sequence.

SP Lim

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
By Buddha

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. — Carol Burnett

Auto Challenge Christmas Edition at Penang Times Square   Leave a comment

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Auto Challenge Christmas Edition is being held at Penang Times Square until 10.00 pm tonight – Sunday 23.12.2012. We are actually shooting at the Auto Challenge Christmas Edition but as you know, instead of shooting cars we are capturing the Santarinas. Hehehe … leave it to the photographers. Merry Xmas! And not forgetting a Happy New Year 2013.

SP Lim

Doomsday or not, it was Winter Solstice or Dongzhi/Tang Chek on Friday 21/12/2012   Leave a comment

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Happy Winter Solstice or Tang Chek or Dongzhi to the Malaysian Chinese Community celebrating this today. One more year is added to your age today after the multi-coloured tong yuen balls in sugary soup.It is also a day the departed elders are respected and prayed to at various Temples and Clansmen temples. This is more so where there are ancestral tablets worshipped. New ancestral tablets of the dearly and newly departed are placed onto the shrine on this auspicious day of worship. Our Lim Clan Temple or Lim Kongsi in Penang also observed this day of celebrations with the Chairman Dato Lim Eng Soon and his Committee Members praying at the Temple. Casting of the Urn Keeper ( Lor Choo ) and Assistant Lor Choo was also made.

SP Lim

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. — Marsha Norman

Shooting of a movie in George Town, Penang   Leave a comment

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Shooting of a movie is in progress in the Heritage enclave. They said it is a Mainland Chinese production.
What I do not understand is that why the members of the public cannot capture the acting and enactment on camera as this movie is being shot in the public in parts and not the whole story. If it is so secretive then shoot the scenes in an enclosed studio and best still do not show to the public after the movie is completed.

SP Lim

I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork. — Peter De Vries

Funeral of my late Brother-in-law Mr Ang Teng Cheng   1 comment

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My late Brother-in-law passed away on last Saturday, 15 December, 2012. His funeral ceremony was held yesterday – Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 10.00 am. According to local Malaysian Chinese customs, the body can be kept for 1 Day ( the day one passed away } or 3 Days, 5 Days and up to a maximum of 7 Days. My late wife, the youngest sister in the Ang Family of ten of 6 brothers and 4 sisters, Ang Saw Ai was only kept for 3 days as my parents are still alive. The younger generation’s ceremonial rights cannot exceed that of the older generation as tradition goes. Back to the present, my Brother-in-law converted to Christiany in his old age following his wife. Thus, the funeral was held in local Christian was with even the services and hymns sang in Hokkien – a Chinese dialect of Fujian and Taiwan. His remains was cremated. God bless his soul.

SP Lim

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. — Author Unknown

Lunch at Thirty Two – the Mansion at Farquhar Street, Penang   Leave a comment

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Thirty Two – the Mansion at Farquhar Street, Penang is a fine dining restaurant. Today, we are lucky enough to be included in the guest list of Dato Ahmad Hajar who is giving a sumptuous lunch to Rahmatullah for his unselfish act of kindness and sacrifice to the late Sarvan Singh. Kindness is always rewarded many folds.

SP Lim

The best style is the style you don’t notice. — Somerset Maugham

Pesta Chingay, Lion & Dragon Dance Parade 2012   Leave a comment

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Some quick shots from the Pesta Chingay, Lion & Dragon Dance Parade 2012 … even Tiger Dance
Extracted from the State Government Tourism site:

Pesta Chingay, Lion & Dragon Dance Parade 2012
Route: Padang Brown to City Hall, Esplanade
Date: 16 December 2012
Time: 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Padang Brown to City Hall, Esplanade

The Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office will be organising a Chingay, Lion and Dragon Dance Parade this Sunday evening. The parade will begin at 7.30pm from Johor Road at Padang Brown and will proceed to Jalan Dato’ Keramat, Lebuh Carnarvon and will reach the City Hall at Esplanade at approximately 9.00pm. At the end of the parade, there will be various cultural performances. The Chief Minister of Pena
ng, Y.A.B Lim Guan Eng is expected to grace the event.
The parade consists of Chingay teams, giant colourful flags and floats, lion and dragon dance performances as well as a collection of decorated trishaws. This year, more than 10 Chingay groups, 10 Lion Dance, and 2 Dragon Dance troupe members will display their skills in balancing stilt poles, the main attraction of the parade.

Key performance area for spectators will be at Padang Brown, Penang Road in front of KOMTAR, and Esplanade (in front of City Hall).

Chingay is originated from China, and the Penang Chinese first performed Chingay in 1919 during deity processions. It is a street art where the performer balances a giant flag that ranges from 25 ft to 32 ft in height and about 60 pounds in weight.

Over the years, the local Chinese has been improvising the Chingay performance. From a basic giant flag balancing by a solo performer, Chingay has developed to a team performance that consists of more than 15 persons in a troupe. Today, Chingay is not only performed by the Chinese, but the art has successfully attracted the Malays and Indians. It has become a very unique multiracial performance. The popularity of CHINGAY in Penang in particular, has also made it one of the very interesting cultural landmarks as well as an important tourist attraction.

Members of the public are welcomed to witness this colourful and cultural event.

For more information, contact 016-411 000, 04-650 5136 or email

Compiled by SP Lim

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them. — Anne Rice

Dinner for a kind classmate   Leave a comment

The happy ending for the nightPhotographer includedGood companyThe story unfoldsThe classmatesHock Eng and Rahumat IbrahimOld Town White Coffee

Dinner for Rahumat Ibrahim who was too busy making arrangement for untimely and sudden demise of our late classmate Sarvan Singh in a hotel thus unable to join us on the Reunion Cruise. Our late classmate Mr Sarvan Singh had flew in from Manchester, U.K. a week earlier to join us in this Reunion. However, his untimely demise prevented him by a mere few hours from rejoining his former classmates whom some he had not seen since leaving school in the late 1960’s. God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

SP Lim

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