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An Evening of Lights at Khoo Kongsi, Penang   Leave a comment


An Evening of Lights at Khoo Kongsi, Penang was held last hight – Saturday, 30 April, 2013. This was a concert with various cultural dances and singing by several junior citizen from the Penang community. It was very well presented and we enjoyed the night extremely pleased and satisfied. As for photographers, we got very good photos of the various rich and colourful costumes of the cultural dancers. The finale was the popular Opla Gangnam-style the Khoo Kongsi way. Well done!

SP Lim

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. — Jules Renard

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 6 Final   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the sixth instalment of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 5   Leave a comment



Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the fifth part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 4   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the fourth part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 3   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the third part of the Sea Procession.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the third part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Tea Party for the Lions’ REACH autistic children at Poh Hock Seah   Leave a comment


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A great Sunday, 24 March, 2013 was in store for 40 over autistic children from Lions’ REACH Association exploring the George Town’s Heritage Area. They and their families were given a small tea party hosted by Poh Hock Seah, Armenian Street, Penang.

SP Lim

I am a drinker with writing problems. — Brendan Behan

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
By Buddha

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 2   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the second part of the Sea Procession.

Hean Boo Thean – the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the second part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

Hean Boo Thean ~ the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession – Part 1   Leave a comment


Hean Boo Thean -the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013.

Hean Boo Thean – the Kuan Yin Floating Temple’s Sea Procession took place on 17, February, 2013. This is the first part of the Sea Procession. We had the opportunity with the Press and other photographers to capture this rare type of Procession – a Procession by using boats or sampans. We are indeed grateful to the Management Committee of the Hean Boo Thean for inviting us to the special arrangement of boats to ferry us to shoot these photographs.
The ceremony, I believed, was to transport the Thnee Kong or Jade Emperor image to the Chew Jetty for “Pai Thnee Kong” or Praying to the Jade Emperor Ceremony that takes place on the 8th night of the Chinese New Year.
The Dragon Boat to transport the Diety, came from Chew Jetty first and the crew rowed across the water towards the Floating Kuanyin Temple known as Hean Boo Thean, The spectacular towering structure in the background is the Penang’s highest 55-storeyed skyscraper. After the various Taoist Dieties were transferred to two boats, a procession was started by moving off to a Temple near Jelutong with Lion and Dragon Dances. Fire-crackers were let off with the resulting smoky sulphur dioxide smell. Well, it was an interesting experience and a few boats experienced some engine problems. Hopefully, they, including the boat operators, shall resolved these teething problems in future. After the Sea Procession headed southwards to the Temple at Jelutong, we headed back towards Chew Jetty. The various Taoist Dieties were then slowly and carefully transferred to the wooden jetty’s board-walk. A small ceremony was held and the Thnee Kong image was then carried to the main road where the “Pai Thnee Kong” ceremony was usually held. Thus ending the Sea Procession that I witnessed for the first time in my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

SP Lim
Note: Nearly fell into the sea when disembarking the rocking boat but with the Kuan Yin’s and Thnee Kong’s Blessings, this was not to be.

SP Lim

Good food and good company   Leave a comment


We are quite thankful with the number of visitors coming over to Penang Island. These visitors are actually our former class-mates from our once great school – the Penang Free School. The year 1964 marked the end of the MSSEE – the Malaysian Secondary School Entrance Examination, in the country. Thus, ending the transfer of the “cream of the crop” from various primary schools on Penang Island to the Penang Free School – the secondary school where students of 16 years old shall continue their secondary education after six years in primary schools. The pick of the crop ie the selected students from various primary school in Penang like Westlands Promary School ( where I studied ), Francis Light Primary School, Wellesley Primary School, Pykett Primary School, Jelutong Primary School, Hutchings Primary School were admitted to this premier school in Penang founded by Rev. Hutchings in 1816 to be religious-tolerant and open to students of all races and stratas of societies. Yes, we were the final batch of the selected students as the MSSEE was abolished after 1964. Some of these primary schools have new secondary schools eg Jelutong Primary has a new Jelutong Secondary School, whilst other primary schools had their feeder secondary schools.
Fast foreward to the present and back to the topic, we are thankful to Hock Eng, our “class monitor ” who has been keeping us in line – the former class-mates of 1964 to 1970 Class. Though, the Penang Free School is an all-male Secondary School the Upper Secondary Classes are of a mixed gender as female students are admiteed from nearby Secondary School like Convent Green Lane. We are rather thankful to Poh Weng and Saw Chin ( Poh Weng’s wife ) for hosting the many dinners and get-togethers for the visiting class-mates. Saw Chin is a marvellous cook and maker of nyonya cakes and other pasteries. We thoroughly enjoyed her cooking and sweets. This time around we enjoyed the company Mubarak Gani from Tawau who updated us on the latest developments in Sabah, Sze Meng from France with his bottle of white wine ( I missed tasting as I do not drink ) and Kooi Tin & Mike from UK. We really enjoyed the great food – the poh pheah – healthy food with a lot vegetables and prawns and her cakes. Thank you, Saw Chin and Poh Weng for being such gracious hosts at the ” Hargreaves’ Cafe “.

SP Lim

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. — Tennessee Williams

Lunch with our former PFS Classmates visiting Penang   Leave a comment


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Our former classmate Dato’ Ahmad Hajar hosted a luncheon at Penang Club for our classmate of 1964 to 1970 Class – Sze Meng from France, Hooi Hong and spouse from Australia and not forgetting our own Adi from Kuala Lumpur recovering from his harrowing experience with a poisonous plant of Taman Negara. It was memorable time with the classmates looking at old photographs and recalling the names of the classmates.

SP Lim

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. — Jules Renard

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