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The International Conference on Pharmacy Education and Practice starts today   Leave a comment

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The very first International Conference on Pharmacy Education and Practice started today – Saturday, January 30, 2016 and shall continue tomorrow Sunday, January 31, 2016 ending at 5.30 pm. The International Conference or ICPEP is jointly organized by my alma mater, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Science University of Malaysia of Minden, Penang) and the General Hospital of Penang.

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Record number of visitors from 19 countries (excluding Malaysia) to my blog on Saturday, 09.01.2016   4 comments

Record number of visitors from 19 countries (excluding Malaysia) to my blog on Saturday, 09.01.2016

United States 17
Malaysia 16
Australia 9
France 5
Finland 5
India 5
Laos 5
Austria 4
Georgia 4
Germany 3
Singapore 3
Thailand 2
United Kingdom 2
Sweden 1
United Arab Emirates 1
Japan 1
Turkey 1
Romania 1
Philippines 1
Italy 1

Posted January 30, 2016 by lspeng1951 in Photography

Hard Rock Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, Penang   1 comment

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The Grand Funeral Celebrations of my late Uncle Ong Bah Kheng, AMN   3 comments

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The Family Photograph of the Grand Funeral of our Uncle the late Ong Bah Kheng, AMN (Award from the King of Malaysia) last week in Petaling Jaya at the age of 97 years (only added 3 years extra instead of 5 years). The family members were in red T-shirts while the sons-in-law were in their ordinary every day clothing. No mourning clothes either in black or white were worn at the 5 days’ wake at the Nirvana Memorial Center, Parlour 18 (Lily), First Floor, No.1 Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sungei Besi, Kuala Lumpur.
Funeral on Sunday 24/1/2016 at 10.00 am for cremation at Nirvana Crematorium, Shah Alam.

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MARBLE HEARTS | 頑石心 @ stage 2, Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac)   2 comments

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28 – 31 Jan 2016 (Thu – Sun)
@ stage 2, Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) 檳城表演藝術中心 貳號劇場

Drama | 戲劇12654413_993078294061185_7345060819341375741_n* In English

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A modern tragedy “playing in the wings” of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Marble Hearts is a new play that tells the stories of three sisters – Goneril, Regan and Cordelia – who seek to find their own way in life as their aged and abusive father descends into insanity.

為了紀念莎士比亞逝世 400 週年,檳城表演藝術中心與藝人館將為觀眾帶來《頑石心》(MARBLE HEARTS) 。取材自莎士比亞著名悲劇《李爾王》(KING LEAR),《頑石心》講述李爾王的三個女兒 – 高納里爾、里根與寇蒂莉亞如何在她們那年邁、剛愎並逐漸陷入瘋狂的父王陰影下,走出屬於自己的生命道路。

The play intersects with the plot of King Lear at key moments but presents an entirely new perspective on the sisters’ hopes and fears as well as relentless pursuit of ambition that drives them each towards seemingly inevitable self-destruction – but are they as calculative as they seem, which is the victim, and which of their stories is true?

本劇雖擷取《李爾王》中主要的故事情節,卻以全新的角度來詮釋三姐妹的內心世界 – 她們的願望、恐懼並那些不斷驅使她們走上自我毀滅道路的野心。誰是罪有應得?誰才是受害者?真相又是甚麼?

As a curtain-raiser for the klpac’s 2016 Shakespeare Festival (commemorating the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death), Marble Hearts is presented in modern English prose and blank verse. It has more in common with action and horror films – although there’s no horror in it – than Shakespeare or even King Lear. Don’t miss this new original play! A mystery / thriller full of suspense!


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SHOW INFO | 演出資訊

DATE | 日期 :
28 – 31 Jan 2016 (Thu – Sun)

TIME | 時間 :
28 Jan 2016 (Thu) @ 8:30pm ****SOLD OUT****
29 Jan 2016 (Fri) @ 8:30pm ****SOLD OUT****
30 Jan 2016 (Sat) @ 3:00pm (ADDITIONAL SHOW)
30 Jan 2016 (Sat) @ 8:30pm ****Limited****
31 Jan 2016 (Sun) @ 3:00pm ****SOLD OUT****

VENUE | 地點 :
stage 2, penangpac
檳城表演藝術中心 貳號劇場

RM 45 for Adults
RM 35 for Students, Physically-challenged, TAS / Senior Privilege Card Holders & Senior Citizens above 60

PROMOTION | 首演優惠 :
RM30 (28 January show flat rate)
RM30 EARLY BIRD FLAT RATE FOR ALL SHOWS (Offer ends on 15 January 2016)

Drama | 戲劇
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FOR SCHOOL / GROUP / CORPORATE BOOKINGS FOR THE PENANG RUN, PLEASE CONTACT JOHN | 學校 / 社團 / 企業團購請聯繫 : or call 04-8991722 / 2722***

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Cast (alphabetical by first name)
Christina Orow
Marina Tan
Safia Hanifah

Written and directed by
U-En Ng

Executive Producer
Dato’ Faridah Merican

Artistic Director
Joe Hasham OAM


Weekly Photo Challenge : Optimistic with Prayers   4 comments

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How do you fuel the fires of optimism?
With the recent Thaipusam Celebrations (a Hindu Religious Celebrations) in Malaysia and what is currently happening around me with death and sickness, I do feel prayers to the Almighty One can be a hopeful solution for most of the human beings on this planet. With devoted prayers and strong belief in one’s faith of any religion, one shall be guided righteously and correctly onwards to a path of optimism, happiness and success in life without murders and killings. For the peace, prosperity and good climatic conditions for everyone in this world, I also pray very hard.

SP Lim


The Church at the fishing village   2 comments

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The Church is swarmed by tourists from the visiting river boats from Kuala Sepetang.

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The Church at the fishing village
There is an interesting fact which even the older and elder villagers could not explain here. This is the fishing village of Kuala Sangga or Lau Kang (in Hokkien) aka Old River Fishing Village located at the river mouth of Kuala Sepetang (formerly Port Weld). This so-called “fishing village” was rumoured to be the “stopping place” of pirates and smugglers in the past. What is the interesting fact about the Church then? The river is known as Sungai Sangga Besar (Big Sangga River). The river that flows along Kuala Sepetang town is known as Sungai Sepetang (Sepetang River).
The answer is there is no Christian or Christian followers in this “flock” of fishing folks in the historical past and present day! So, the question is ” How come this Church was built in the first place? “. There is NO answer forthcoming from the villagers. Was this Church built to please the colonial masters then? This remined a mystery still. The current villagers also prayed to “Virgin Mary” idol like the other Taoist dieties in the other 3 Taoist Temples in the same fishing village. The Church is well maintained and have even candles burning in the Church itself. It has become a unique tourist attraction though not in the likes of Notre Dame in France. However, I can see a box requesting for donations beside the Virgin Mary statue.
The current population in this smallish floating fishing village is only accessible by boats only from Sungai Sangga Besar (Big Sangga River). There is no connecting road as it is surrounded by mangrove swamps thus the population is variable to the fishing season. We were told in a small primary school here, there are only 19 students with 11 teachers. What an unbelievable ratio of 1:2 of teacher to student in Malaysian educational standard! definitely the students shall do well in public examinations. I had no opportunity of asking these questions as School was closed as it was Sunday.

SP Lim
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The Church in a fishing village of non-Christians
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For interest and information, extracted from Wikipedia:-

In 2010, the religious make-up of residents in Perak was:

Muslims: 55.3%
Buddhists: 25.4%
Hindu: 10.9%
Christians: 4.3%
Taoists, or followers of other Chinese folk religion: 1.7%
Followers of other religions: 1.5%
Non-religious: 0.9%

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The Church in a fishing village of non-Christians That is the beauty of the multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual mix of Malaysians in the past as religious tolerance is paramount and very well respected and observed.

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Thaipusam 2016   Leave a comment

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Thaipusam, Thaipoosam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம், Taippūcam ?)(Malayalam: തൈപ്പൂയം,Thaippūyam) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, South Africa, Guadalupe, Reunion, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.

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The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.

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Outside India, Thaipusam celebrations take place in USA, Mauritius, Malaysia and Singapore. It is a public holiday in several states in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the temple at Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur & Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang near George Town, Penang , often attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists. In Singapore, Hindu devotees start their procession at the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in the early morning, carrying milk pots as offerings or attaching “kavadis” and spikes pierced on their body. The procession travels for 4 kilometres before finishing at Tank Road, Sri Thendayuthapani Temple. In USA Concord Shiva Murugan Temple celbrates the Thaipoosam preceded by walk. Some people walk more than 46 miles from Fremont, California and some walk 21 miles from San Ramon, California to Concord and most walk 7 miles from Walden park, Walnut Creek to Concord. Over couple of thousand people participated in the walk for last several years.

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We have just reached Penang in the afternoon at 3.30pm from Kuala Lumpur/Petaling Jaya by the 10.30am Aeroline Express Bus. After taking a short rest of 5 hours, I went to a street nearby my house and managed to take a few shots of Lord Murugan’s Chariot of Thaipusam 2016 on his homewards journey back to the Temple in the inner city of George Town. The Procession was expected to reach the Temple at 5.00 am or thereabout.

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I had missed two days of photo-shooting as the Thaipusam Celebrations started from Saturday, January 23, 2016 with the Procession of the Chariot carring Lord Murugan image to Waterfall Garden Temple. The second day that was Sunday, January 23, 2016 was the day when devotees carry kavadi and some with pierced hooks and skewers on their body heading tiwards the Waterfall Garden Temple. The third day of the Thaipusam celebrations fell on Monday, January 25, 2016 ie when the Chariot shall head homewards tonight.

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The 7.6 km return journey on Monday, January 25, 2016 would begin at 6.00 pm and should encompass the following roads (jalan in Malay) – Jalan Air Terjun (Waterfall Road), Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (formerly Ayer Rajah Road), Jalan Cantonment (road of my house but at the other end), Jalan Macalister, Jalan Anson, Jalan Burma, Jalan Transfer, Jalan Sri Bahari, Jalan Penang, Lebuh Campbell, Lebuh Buckingham, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street), Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Pasar, Lebuh Penang, Lebuh China, Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Pasar, and Lebuh Penang.
This is the usual Thaipusam Celebrations in Penang, Malaysia.

Note : Lebuh is Malay word for Street as Jalan is for Road. Pasar meant Market in Malay. As Penang was used to be a British Colonial Straits Settlement in the past, some of the roads and streets are named after British Kings, Queens, Governors-General of India, or other VIPs or European settlers or VIPs.

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Till next year hopefully, I can photo-shoot the 3 days’ Thaipusam Celebrations in 2017.

SP Lim

Posted January 26, 2016 by lspeng1951 in Photography

Driving around Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya   4 comments

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Posted January 25, 2016 by lspeng1951 in Canon, Cars, Photography, Transportation, Travel

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Door Guardians/Gods of the Han Chiang Temple, George Town, Penang   Leave a comment

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Door Guardians/Gods of the Han Chiang Ancestral Temple, George Town, Penang
Han Chiang Ancestral Temple is the Ancestral Temple of the Penang Teochew Association. It is located along Chulia Street, a road away from our Lim Clansmen Temple at Ah Quee Street.

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From Wikipedia:-

List of door gods

The following persons, some of whom are mythological figures and fictional characters, are known to have been worshipped as door gods.

The Four Heavenly Kings are seen at the entrances of Buddhist temples.
Skanda and Sangharama are seen at the entrances of Buddhist temples or standing on either side of statues of the Buddha.
Generals Zhang, Huang, Su and Li (張、黃、蘇、李四將軍) are seen at the entrances of temples or shrines to Master Qingshui.
Heavenly Lords Wang and Ma’ (王天君, 馬天君) are two senior marshals under the Taoist deity Northern Emperor. They are seen at the entrances of Taoist temples.
The Azure Dragon and White Tiger are seen at the entrances to Taoist temples.
Shenshu (Chinese: 神荼; pinyin: Shēnshū) and Yulü (simplified Chinese: 郁垒; traditional Chinese: 鬱壘; pinyin: Yùlǜ)[1] are two deities mentioned in the Shanhaijing. The Jade Emperor ordered them to guard peach trees which were being gnawed by demons. The people respected them for their ability to ward off demons and worshipped them as door gods.
The Heng and Ha Generals are guardians of the Buddha. They are referred to as the “Heng and Ha Generals” in the novel Fengshen Yanyi. They are seen at the entrances of Buddhist and Taoist temples.
Fang Bi (方弼) and Fang Xiang (方相) are characters in the novel Fengshen Yanyi.
Randeng Daoren and Zhao Gongming are characters in the novel Fengshen Yanyi.
Tianguan Dadi (天官大帝) and Liu Haichan (劉海蟾). Tianguan Dadi is a Taoist deity while Liu Haichan was a founder of the Quanzhen School of Taoism.
The He-He er xian are two Taoist deities of harmony and union.
Xuantan Zhenjun (玄壇真君) is a Taoist deity.
Zhong Kui is a ghosthunter or exorcist in Chinese folk culture.
Qianliyan (千里眼) and Shunfeng’er (順風耳) are two Taoist deities in charge of scouting and reporting news to the Jade Emperor.
Sun Bin and Pang Juan were generals in the Warring States period. They are worshipped as door gods in parts of Shaanxi.
Bai Qi and Li Mu were generals in the Warring States period.
Fusu and Meng Tian. Fusu was the crown prince of the Qin dynasty while Meng Tian was a Qin general. They defended the Qin Empire’s northern border from invasions by the Xiongnu.
Chen Sheng and Wu Guang were rebel leaders who led an uprising against the Qin dynasty.
Ziying and Emperor Yi of Chu. Ziying was the last ruler of the Qin dynasty while Emperor Yi was the nominal sovereign over the Eighteen Kingdoms which were formed from collapsed Qin Empire.
Ying Bu and Peng Yue were generals who served under Liu Bang, the founding emperor of the Han dynasty.
Yao Qi (姚期) and Ma Wu (馬武) are semi-fictional characters in the novel Donghan Yanyi (東漢演義) who served under Emperor Guangwu of the Eastern Han dynasty.
Guan Yu and Zhang Fei were two generals serving under Liu Bei, the founding emperor of the Shu Han state in the Three Kingdoms period. They are depicted as Liu Bei’s sworn brothers in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and are among the Five Tiger Generals.
Zhao Yun and Ma Chao were two other generals serving under Liu Bei. They are also among the Five Tiger Generals. They are worshipped as door gods in parts of Henan.
Ma Chao and Ma Dai. Ma Dai was Ma Chao’s cousin and he served as a general in Shu Han. They are worshipped as door gods in parts of Hebei.
Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi. Zhuge Liang was a chancellor of Shu Han in the Three Kingdoms period, while Sima Yi was a senior statesman and general of Shu Han’s rival state, Cao Wei. They are depicted as nemeses in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Guan Yu and Guan Sheng. Guan Sheng is a fictional descendant of Guan Yu and one of the 108 Stars of Destiny in the novel Water Margin.
Guan Yu, Guan Ping and Zhou Cang. Guan Ping was Guan Yu’s son. Zhou Cang is a fictional character in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms who is depicted as a loyal subordinate of Guan Yu.

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Qin Qiong and Yuchi Gong were Tang dynasty generals serving under Emperor Taizong. See below.
Pei Yuanqing (裴元慶) and Li Yuanba (李元霸) are fictional characters in the novel Shuo Tang (說唐). Pei Yuanqing was a general of Wagang (瓦崗), a rebel faction that emerged towards the end of the Sui dynasty. Li Yuanba was a fictional son of Li Yuan, the founding emperor of the Tang dynasty.
Wei Zheng and Xu Maogong were officials in the early Tang dynasty.
Xue Rengui and Yeon Gaesomun. Xue Rengui was a Tang dynasty general while Yeon Gaesomun was a Goguryeo general. They fought in the Goguryeo–Tang War. They are worshipped as door gods in parts of northern Hebei.
Zhang Xun and Xu Yuan (許遠) were Tang dynasty officials who sacrificed their lives to defend the city of Suiyang from rebel forces during the An Lushan Rebellion.
Zhao Kuangyin and Yang Gun (楊袞). Zhao Kuangyin was the founding emperor of the Song dynasty while Yang Gun was the ancestor of the Generals of the Yang Family.
Meng Liang (孟良) and Jiao Zan (焦贊) are semi-fictional subordinates of the Yang Family Generals who served the Song dynasty.
Yue Fei and Wen Taibao (溫太保). Yue Fei was a Song dynasty general while Wen Taibao is a Taoist deity.
Yue Yun (岳雲) and Di Lei (狄雷). Yue Yun was Yue Fei’s son while Di Lei was Yue Fei’s subordinate.
Xu Yanzhao (徐延昭) and Yang Bo (楊波)

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Posted January 24, 2016 by lspeng1951 in Photography

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