Archive for May 2013

The ” bare-footed” Mazu or Goddess of the Sea in Kelantan   Leave a comment


Remembering Kelantan ….. the last day there saw the 4 adventurers hunting for the over 200 years old – the ” barefooted ” Mazu’s Temple near Kota Bharu. We searched for 2 hours and with Albert Tan’s persistence and patience, we were successful in locating this Temple but the caretaker was not around. Next time, we shall check on why the Goddess of the Sea is called ” Chek Kah ” Mazu here?

SP Lim

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

Wat of the Sitting or Meditating Buddha called Wat Machimaram of Kelantan, Malaysia   Leave a comment


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“Remembering Kelantan series” – there are so many Thai Buddhist Wats, I just cannot recall the names. However, this Wat is commonly known as the Wat of the huge sitting Buddha but I shall change this to the Meditating Buddha. This Wat is called Wat Machimaram. More photos to follow.

SP Lim

I do not like to write – I like to have written. — Gloria Steinem

Leng Eng Tian of Kampung China, Kota Bahru, Kelantan   Leave a comment


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Tokong Mek or Tin Hin Kong Temple of Kampung China, Kota Bharu, Kelantan   Leave a comment


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This is a very old Mazu Temple named locally as Tokong Mek or Tin Hin Kong Temple of Kampung China, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, we visited during our Kelantan’s Visit. This Taoist Temple has presents made by a Kelantanese Sultan in form of a drum and from a VIP as seen in the Temple.Currently we can see some restoration works going on in the Temple.

SP Lim

I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter. — Blaise Pascal

Day 2 of my enlightening visit to Kelantan   Leave a comment


After staying at Albert Tan’s sister residence which is along the road to Kubang Kerian, we are off early in the morning. First, we went to the Ah Biu’s Bak Kut Teh ( a dish containing mainly pork in a Chinese herbal soup ) in Kota Bharu town or more like a city. I thought this is a Islamic State where “pork is banned in Kelantan” thought flashed into our head as drummed up by the mainstream media but this is the first untruth to be ignored! Ah Biu ( like my elder son’s nickname to his friends ) style of Bak Kut Teh in Kelantan is that each customer is only given a bowl each of pork and other ingredients with soup. There is no addition of extra soup as in the practice of Bak Kut Teh sellers on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The Bak Kut Teh is good even with our standards. Next, we scheduled to go on our non-fixed itinerary of visiting popular Temples, Wats, and beaches in Kelantan. Bertrand said we also should not miss the famous wet market which he shot 30 years ago. The second day’s journey of discovery began …

SP Lim

I do not like to write – I like to have written. — Gloria Steinem

Wat of the largest Reclining Buddha in South East Asia, Kelantan, Malaysia   Leave a comment


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This is the very first Thai Buddhist Wat we visited on arriving at Kota Bharu after the 7 hours’ of travelling by Albert’s car via the East-West Highway but not encountering any elephants along the way. This Wat had the largest reclining Buddha in Malaysia and perhaps South East Asia. While Daewi and Bago in Burma have the largest and second largest reclining Buddha image in the World.

SP Lim

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

My first trip to Kelantan   Leave a comment


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With the title of the blog, you might say “so what” but to me, it was significant as it is the very last State in Malaysia I had not visited once in my over 60 years of existence. It is just incredible as the State Government is so “Islamic in outlook” as painted by the press and mainstream media. In the past, the older generation was talking of th ” Kapak kecil ” gangs where one could get robbed and killed with a small axe – just fantasy and “grandmother” stories. This was a journey of discovery of truths and debunking the falsehood and unwarranted propoganda spread about the PAS ( Islamic Party of Malaysia ) State Government though the BN or Alliance Parties held the State administration for 10 years of the 55 years’ rule, after the Merdeka Independence. It was a trip triggered by my former work colleague Albert Tan as he has his family members in Kota Bharu – the State Capital of Kelantan or Kelate ( as in local dialect ).
On the eventful Monday of 27 day of May, 2013 we were picked from my home by Alber and his eldest son Marcel Tan at 8.30 am. Soon, we hit the Penang Bridge and onwards to Kulim Highway leading eastwards to Kelantan, travelling the part after Grik for the first time in my life. Bertrand Linet is my other companion for the adventure of the life-time. We stopped at Salim’s at Grik for nasi kandar and roti canai – our brunch and off to the next destination at the Royal Belum Forest Reserve with a resort. One have to pay RM2.00 per pax to enter the resort. It is a good place to look around but the resort was under some renovations. After taking some shots we were off to climbing upwards the Main Range – the mountains spanning the length of the Malayan Peninsula. The highest point on the highway is aptly named as ” High Point ” aka Titi Wangsa. Next stop is the Petrol Station, where we had “pee” break. Some 6 hours we were roaming in the state of Kelantan.

SP Lim

Be obscure clearly. — E.B. White

Message of the Wesak Day   Leave a comment


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What we think, we become.

By Buddha

Happy Wesak Day and Procession 2013   Leave a comment


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Today marks the Triple Blessed Day of the Buddhists – the Birthday, the Passing Away and the Attainment of Enlightment by the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. Today is the Wesak Day or Vesak Day celebrated by most of the Buddhists in the world. Some of the dates might vary in certain countries but the common observation is the full moon day in the month of May. Happy Wesak. Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

The Wesak Day Procession 2013 will start off from Malaysian Buddhist Association, Burmah Road, Penang at 6.30 pm tomorrow.

The route is from MBA, Pangkor Road, Kelawei Road, Burmah Lane, Burmah Road, Perak Road, Peel Avenue, Macalister Road, Perak Road, Anson Road, PBA, Macalister Road, Madras Lane, Burmah Road back to MBA. Please do not park on both sides of Burmah Lane as it is a very narrow road! Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

SP Lim

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

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

By Dalai Lama

From Wikipedia:-
Buddhism is a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”. The Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.[1] He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering (dukkha) through the elimination of ignorance (avidyā) by way of understanding and the seeing of dependent origination (pratītyasamutpāda) and the elimination of craving (taṇhā), and thus the attainment of the cessation of all suffering, known as the sublime state of nirvāņa.[2]

Two major branches of Buddhism are generally recognized: Theravada (“The School of the Elders”) and Mahayana (“The Great Vehicle”). Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar etc.). Mahayana is found throughout East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan etc.) and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, and Tiantai (Tendai). In some classifications, Vajrayana—practiced mainly in Tibet and Mongolia, and adjacent parts of China and Russia—is recognized as a third branch, while others classify it as a part of Mahayana.

While Buddhism remains most popular within Asia, both branches are now found throughout the world. Estimates of Buddhists worldwide vary significantly depending on the way Buddhist adherence is defined. Conservative estimates are between 350 and 750 million.[3][4][5] Higher estimates are between 1.2 and 1.7 billion.[6][7][8] It is also recognized as one of the fastest growing religions in the world.[9][10][11][12]

Buddhist schools vary on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices.[13] The foundations of Buddhist tradition and practice are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community). Taking “refuge in the triple gem” has traditionally been a declaration and commitment to being on the Buddhist path, and in general distinguishes a Buddhist from a non-Buddhist.[14] Other practices may include following ethical precepts; support of the monastic community; renouncing conventional living and becoming a monastic; the development of mindfulness and practice of meditation; cultivation of higher wisdom and discernment; study of scriptures; devotional practices; ceremonies; and in the Mahayana tradition, invocation of buddhas and bodhisattvas.

The 6th Malaysia 2014 DaBoGong ( Twa Peh Kong ) Festival shall be in Penang   Leave a comment


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The 6th Malaysia 2014 DaBoGong ( Twa Peh Kong ) Festival shall be organized by Poh Hock Seah on Saturday 13/9/2014 to Monday 15/9/2014. We are ready !
The 6th Malaysia 2014 DaBoGong ( Twa Peh Kong ) Festival shall be organized by Poh Hock Seah on Saturday 13/9/2014 to Monday 15/9/2014 in George Town. We welcome delegates from overseas and all over Malaysia.

SP Lim

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

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