Archive for December 2015

Sunrise from Penang Hill   8 comments

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Just finished shooting at the Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Penang Hill’s Outing – Sunrise and Monkey Cup Garden this morning of Sunday, December 20, 2015 … the sun did not make its scheduled appearance this morning due to the cloudy and misty condition so we just took the landscape that was in front of us instead. I took my 70-200 mm lens and shot the photographs of the Penang Bridges – the First and the Second linking Penang Island to the Mainland.
SP Lim
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The photographs were taken from early morning at 6.45 am till 8.00 am. Later in the morning the mist started to roll in and thus the photographs were less sharp than usual.
SP Lim

Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Penang Hill’s Outing – Sunrise and Monkey Cup Garden   Leave a comment

Just finished shooting at the Photographic Society of Penang (PSP) Penang Hill’s Outing – Sunrise and Monkey Cup Garden this morning … the sun was reported “missing” this morning so we enjoyed our coffee instead.

SP Lim

Prediction of the Rabbit for 2016 ( Year of the Monkey )   2 comments

12308731_10153638573851236_1934161702385461541_nThe RABBIT enjoys great good fortune in 2016. Your sign is flanked by Stars of Big Auspicious that bring incredibly exciting things. You also enjoy a vigourous Windhorse, which over recent years has been lacking energy. This year it awakens, refreshed and invigorated. You also enjoy the Star of Future Prosperity, which inspires you to build a solid foundation of wealth for the coming years. You thus benefit from three powerful indications that can make this a year to remember. Take fullest advantage by working hard and with clarity of purpose.

The Rabbit enjoys a special kind of success this year, when you benefit from opportunities that can propel you into the BIG TIME! It is a year of setting new bars for yourself! But you will require help from cosmic and spiritual feng shui enhancers. These will bring you revitalizing new sources of chi energy.

As predicted by Yuri Saito


I was born under the Year of the Rabbit in 1951.


From Wikipedia:-

The Rabbit (卯) is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯.
In the Vietnamese zodiac, the cat takes the place of the Rabbit.

Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “Year of the Rabbit”, while also bearing the following elemental sign:
Start date / End date / Heavenly branch
2 February 1927 / 22 January 1928 / Fire Rabbit
19 February 1939 / 7 February 1940 / Earth Rabbit
6 February 1951 / 26 January 1952 / Metal Rabbit
25 January 1963 / 12 February 1964 / Water Rabbit
11 February 1975 / 30 January 1976 / Wood Rabbit
29 January 1987 / 16 February 1988 / Fire Rabbit
16 February 1999 / 4 February 2000 / Earth Rabbit
3 February 2011 / 22 January 2012 / Metal Rabbit
22 January 2023 / 9 February 2024 / Water Rabbit
8 February 2035 / 27 January 2036 / Wood Rabbit

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Mao

The Five Elements: Wood (Mu)
Yin Yang: Yin
Lunar Month: Second
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 6; Avoid: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Flowers: flower of fragrant plantainlily, nerve plant, snapdragon
Lucky Colors: red, pink, purple, blue; Avoid: dark brown, dark yellow, white


Other Chinese Zodiac Animals are :-
Rat/Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, in a cycle of 12 Years.
Last year 2014 was the Year of the Horse, this year 2015 is the Year of the Goat or Sheep and thus next year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. However, please note that the commencement of the Year of the Monkey is from Monday, 8 February, 2016 onwards as the First Day of Chinese Lunar Year commences.

Portraits of the Nyonya Photo-shoot   Leave a comment

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Portraits of the Nyonya Photo-shoot
This was a photo outing organized by the Photographic Society of Penang at the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street, Penang. The road reminded of my old Diethelm Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Penang Office where I started work over 30 years ago. Actually it was opposite of the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. It was an interesting outing with pretty lady models dressed in traditional nyonya dresses with sarong.
Here are the photographs which I has not posted yet.

SP Lim
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My Year in Review on Facebook – 2015   Leave a comment

Posted December 18, 2015 by lspeng1951 in Photography

The Wayang Koh Maak Presentation at the Kampung Siam, Penang – Part 2   Leave a comment

The Wayang Koh Maak Presentation at the Kampung Siam, Penang – Part 2

As time progresses into the modern era, development and economic advancement seemed to take the centre stage. Originally, the British Colonial Administration had given this piece of land ( in the jungle of Penang Island ) to the Thai and Burmese Communities to stay and develop. Sometime later. there was a split between the two Communities and it was each Community inherit their own piece of land which the Burmese built the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple and a small piece opposite the current Temple. The Thai Community built the Wai Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple along the road known as Burmah Lane. Hehehe, this Thai Temple shall be my future home when I passed away in the future as I had bought a niche here for storage of my ashes, beside my late wife. Anyway, fast-track to the present day, the Trustees of the Thai Community had joined in a development scheme to build a low-budget hotel on this land. In the process, the local villagers staying here need to move away. The case is now in the Courts for judgement.

SP Lim

Lion Dance on Stilts   1 comment

Lion Dance on Stilts

From Wikipedia:-

Lion dance (simplified Chinese: 舞狮; traditional Chinese: 舞獅; pinyin: wǔshī) is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. The lion dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year and other Chinese traditional, cultural and religious festivals. It may also be performed at important occasions such as business opening events, special celebrations or wedding ceremonies, or may be used to honour special guests by the Chinese communities.

The Chinese lion dance is often mistakenly referred to as dragon dance. An easy way to tell the difference is that a lion is normally operated by two dancers, while a dragon needs many people. Also, in a lion dance, the performers’ faces are only seen occasionally, since they are inside the lion. In a dragon dance, the performers’ faces can be easily seen since the dragon is held on poles. Chinese lion dance fundamental movements can be found in most Chinese martial arts.

There are two main forms of the Chinese lion dance, the Northern Lion and the Southern Lion. Both forms are commonly found in China, but around the world especially in South East Asia, the Southern Lion predominates as it was spread by the Chinese diaspora communities who are historically mostly of Southern Chinese origin. Versions of the lion dance are also found in Japan, Korea, Tibet and Vietnam. Another form of lion dance exists in Indonesian culture, but this is of a different tradition and may be referred to as Singa Barong.

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My Photographic Equipment   3 comments

My Photographic Equipment

These are my Canon EOS DSLR’s with lenses from my photographic equipment which I used in my photography.

SP Lim

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Wayang Koh Maak at Siam Village, Pulau Tikus, Penang   Leave a comment

Wayang Koh Maak adalah satu persembahan kontemporari tarian wayang berdasarkan kisah Kampung Siam, Pulau Tikus. Wayang Koh Maak akan dipersembahkan oleh peserta Wayang Time Project Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio.
Wayang Koh Maak adalah satu hasil kreasi baru yang berpandu dari seni persembahan wayang dan rakyat Malaysia dan Thailand untuk menyampaikan cerita Kampung Siam.
Wayang Koh Maak is a contemporary interpretation about Kampung Siam in a wayang dance street performance that is uniquely Penang made in consultation with Thai Artists from Thailand and Ruam Thai Persatuan Siam Malaysia. The intention of this work is to recognize the contribution of the Thai community to the cultural heritage of Penang, especially at a time when they are fighting and protesting against the demolition of their 200-year old village in Pulau Tikus.

Date: Dec 12, Saturday 2015
Time: (2 performances) 7.45 – 8.15 pm and 9.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue: Kampung Siam, Pulau Tikus
Contack Hock Kheng at 012 428 2711 for further information and booking of passes as Kampung Siam space is tight.

Wayang Koh Maak is supported by YB Yap Soo Huey, Adun Pulau Tikus, Thinkcity, Gerakbudaya Bookstore, Ruam Thai Persatuan Siam Malaysia and presented by Ombak-Ombak ArtStudio.

Opening Birthday Tribute to the Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2   Leave a comment

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Opening Birthday Tribute to the Tai Soo Yah ~ Part 2
The Opening Act of Birthday Tribute continued until the performers would come down from the stage to pray to the Tai Soo Yah in person.

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