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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 3   Leave a comment


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 3

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 3

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 4th consecutive time! Here’s another chance for you to float above Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a huge hot air balloon. Held on the 9th and 10th day of Chinese New Year, be sure to mark your calendars on 24th and 25th February 2018 from 7am to 9.30pm.

What better way to celebrate this festivity with your family and friends. There’ll be loads of fun and excitement in store for all ages from 7am to 9.30pm on both days. Not to be missed are 16 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions.

What’s in store during the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available on first-come first-served basis, where one can go up as high as 60 feet . Each night, a ‘Night Glow’ show will feature 10 balloons lighted up with music and lights to fascinate spectators. There’ll also be the ‘Cold Inflation’ activity, where you can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground. Additionally, family friendly activities as well as F&B stalls will be available throughout the event.

 

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 3

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 3

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and the only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia. The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will see numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists over the 2-day festival, together with family-friendly activities, creative workshops and more!

Operating Hours
7am – 9.30pm

Entrance Fee
Free

Address
Padang Polo, George Town, 10450 Penang.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

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    SP Lim

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

ABOUT

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 4th consecutive time! Here’s another chance for you to float above Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a huge hot air balloon. Held on the 9th and 10th day of Chinese New Year, be sure to mark your calendars on 24th and 25th February 2018 from 7am to 9.30pm.

What better way to celebrate this festivity with your family and friends. There’ll be loads of fun and excitement in store for all ages from 7am to 9.30pm on both days. Not to be missed are 16 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions.

What’s in store during the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available on first-come first-served basis, where one can go up as high as 60 feet . Each night, a ‘Night Glow’ show will feature 10 balloons lighted up with music and lights to fascinate spectators. There’ll also be the ‘Cold Inflation’ activity, where you can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground. Additionally, family friendly activities as well as F&B stalls will be available throughout the event.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

 

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and the only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia. The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will see numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists over the 2-day festival, together with family-friendly activities, creative workshops and more!

Operating Hours
7am – 9.30pm

Entrance Fee
Free

Address
Padang Polo, George Town, 10450 Penang.

  • SP Lim

    Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

    Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

    Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

    Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 2

In Loving Memory Of Ashley, Kingston & Princess   Leave a comment


In Loving Memory Of Ashley, Kingston & Princess ~ departed in 2014. Special thanks to my sister, Cindy Lim for this memorial picture.

In Loving Memory Of Ashley, Kingston & Princess ~ departed in 2014. Special thanks to my sister, Cindy Lim for this memorial picture.

Posted February 26, 2018 by lspeng1951 in Animals, Canon, Demise, Pet, Photography

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Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 1   Leave a comment


Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018 ~ Part 1

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

ABOUT

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 4th consecutive time! Here’s another chance for you to float above Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a huge hot air balloon. Held on the 9th and 10th day of Chinese New Year, be sure to mark your calendars on 24th and 25th February 2018 from 7am to 9.30pm.

What better way to celebrate this festivity with your family and friends. There’ll be loads of fun and excitement in store for all ages from 7am to 9.30pm on both days. Not to be missed are 16 colourful hot air balloons displayed during the morning and evening sessions.

What’s in store during the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?

Ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available on first-come first-served basis, where one can go up as high as 60 feet . Each night, a ‘Night Glow’ show will feature 10 balloons lighted up with music and lights to fascinate spectators. There’ll also be the ‘Cold Inflation’ activity, where you can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground. Additionally, family friendly activities as well as F&B stalls will be available throughout the event.

 

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

 

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience and the only hot air balloon festival on an island in Malaysia. The Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will see numerous hot air balloons by international and local balloonists over the 2-day festival, together with family-friendly activities, creative workshops and more!

Operating Hours
7am – 9.30pm

Entrance Fee
Free

Address
Padang Polo, George Town, 10450 Penang.

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

  • SP Lim

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.   Leave a comment


The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

This was the Ceremony held at the Chew Jetty – Clan Jetty of the Hokkiens with the Surname of Chew, for the Birthday Celebrations of the Jade Emperor. It was located at the front main road of the Jetty along Weld Quay, George Town, Penang from 7.00 pm onwards on the night of 23rd February, 2018. Prayers were held at midnight to coincide with the Jade Emperor’s Birthday. This long array of offerings was offered by residents, relatives and friends who stayed at Chew Jetty or those who worked around this area including my late father.

SP Lim

 

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

 

The Jade Emperor (Chinese玉皇pinyinYù Huáng or 玉帝Yù Dì) in Chinese culturetraditional religions and myth is one of the representations of the first god (太帝 tài dì). In Taoist theology he is Yuanshi Tianzun, one of the Three Pure Ones, the three primordial emanations of the Tao. He is also the Cao Đài (“Highest Power”) of Caodaism known as Ngọc Hoàng Thượng đế. In Buddhist cosmology he is identified with ŚakraIn Korean mythology he is known as Hwanin.

The Jade Emperor is known by many names, including Heavenly Grandfather (天公Tiān Gōng), which originally meant “Heavenly Duke”, which is used by commoners; the Jade Lord; the Highest Emperor; Great Emperor of Jade (玉皇上帝Yu Huang Shangdi or 玉皇大帝Yu Huang Dadi).

 

 

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

The Birthday of The Jade Emperor at Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, Penang.

Pai Thnee Kong by our mother tonight ..   Leave a comment


Pai Thnee Kong by our mother tonight 

Today, Friday 23 February, 2018 is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year being the Eve of The Jade Emperor’s Birthday.
My mother is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight that is Saturday 24 February, 2018!

Today is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year.
MOM is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight !

Today is the 8th Day Of The Lunar Chinese New Year.
MOM is making Nyonya “ANG KOO” Kueh in preparation to make offerings & pray to The Jade Emperor on his birthday at the stroke of midnight !

Extracted from my sister’s Facebook post.

 

After tonight’s “Pai Thnee Kong”, we are now looking forward to the 15th day of The Lunar Chinese New Year “CHAP GOH MEH” aka known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day !    Cindy Lim, my sister’s comments.

This Eighth Day of the Chinese New Year is the very day the Hokkiens Clan emerged from the sugar cane plantations safely after an invasion from some barbaric tribes during Chinese New Year. We, the Hokkiens Clan, prayed to the Jade Emperor for our safety and peaceful conclusion to the unwelcome invasion with two stalks of sugar cane ( one each tied to the front leg of the altar table ) with other offerings. As some of us are more Buddhist-oriented,  we do not offer Roasted Pigs, Ducks, Chicken and other meat offerings anymore.  My mother offers only vegetarian offerings and fruits only. Thus, it is normally the Hokkiens dialect  Chinese Community prays to The Jade Emperor during the night of the 8th Day. The actual day of the Jade Emperor’s Birthday is the 9th Day of the Chinese New Year.

SP Lim

Please note that each stalk of sugar cane is covered with yellow prayers’ joss paper. Each stalk is tied to the right/left leg of the altar table.

In Memory of Ashley and Kingston I   Leave a comment


In Memory of Ashley and Kingston I

I must thank Bertrand Linet for this downloaded photograph. Both, my rottweiler Ashley and dachshund Kingston I, had left us sometime ago. We now have only   Doberman Pinscher Princeton.

SP Lim

In Memory of Ashley and Kingston I who had left us.

Gathering with old friends at Old Frees Association, Penang   Leave a comment


Gathering with old friends at Old Frees Association, Penang

We had a visit from Dr Lim Hun Soon and his wife Li Li – also an Old Free from Kuala Lumpur during the Chinese New Year. Hock Eng organized a small gathering at the OFA ( Old Frees Association ) Penang at 8.00 pm on Wednesday, 21 February, 2018. We first met at the Tavern and later we adjourned to the karaoke room 1816 Room. Hock Eng brought a bottle of whiskey. We had drinks and for myself a non-drinker – soft drinks.

Jin Teik and Eric Ng were also present.

SP Lim

Gathering with old friends, Dr Hun Soon and Li Li from KL, at Old Frees Association, Penang

Gathering with old friends, Dr Hun Soon and Li Li from KL, at Old Frees Association, Penang

Gathering with old friends, Dr Hun Soon and Li Li from KL, at Old Frees Association, Penang

Gathering with old friends, Dr Hun Soon and Li Li from KL, at Old Frees Association, Penang

Gathering with old friends, Dr Hun Soon and Li Li from KL, at Old Frees Association, Penang

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Penang   Leave a comment


Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang

This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Gong Xi Fa Chai.

SP Lim

Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week Gregorian Date Animal Day of the week
2001 24 Jan Snake Wednesday 2026 17 Feb Horse Tuesday
2002 12 Feb Horse Tuesday 2027 6 Feb Goat Saturday
2003 1 Feb Goat Saturday 2028 26 Jan Monkey Wednesday
2004 22 Jan Monkey Thursday 2029 13 Feb Rooster Tuesday
2005 9 Feb Rooster Wednesday 2030 3 Feb Dog Sunday
2006 29 Jan Dog Sunday 2031 23 Jan Pig Thursday
2007 18 Feb Pig Sunday 2032 11 Feb Rat Wednesday
2008 7 Feb Rat Thursday 2033 31 Jan Ox Monday
2009 26 Jan Ox Monday 2034 19 Feb Tiger Sunday
2010 14 Feb Tiger Sunday 2035 8 Feb Rabbit Thursday
2011 3 Feb Rabbit Thursday 2036 28 Jan Dragon Monday
2012 23 Jan Dragon Monday 2037 15 Feb Snake Sunday
2013 10 Feb Snake Sunday 2038 4 Feb Horse Thursday
2014 31 Jan Horse Friday 2039 24 Jan Goat Monday
2015 19 Feb Goat Thursday 2040 12 Feb Monkey Sunday
2016 8 Feb Monkey Monday 2041 1 Feb Rooster Friday
2017 28 Jan Rooster Saturday 2042 22 Jan Dog Wednesday
2018 16 Feb Dog Friday 2043 10 Feb Pig Tuesday
2019 5 Feb Pig Tuesday 2044 30 Jan Rat Saturday
2020 25 Jan Rat Saturday 2045 17 Feb Ox Friday
2021 12 Feb Ox Friday 2046 6 Feb Tiger Tuesday
2022 1 Feb Tiger Tuesday 2047 26 Jan Rabbit Saturday
2023 22 Jan Rabbit Sunday 2048 14 Feb Dragon Friday
2024 10 Feb Dragon Saturday 2049 2 Feb Snake Tuesday
2025 29 Jan Snake Wednesday 2050 23 Jan Horse Sunday

 

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese Lunar New Year Buffet Lunch at Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Penang
This lunch was held on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 with the diners paying their own shares of expenditure, with a 50% discount for Senior Citizen like us.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore, IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

Extracted from Wikipedia.

The third day of the 2018 Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog   Leave a comment


he Dog () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.

This is the third day of the 2018 Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog. Traffic and tourists are seen be less heavier in Penang this time around. Some hawkers are complaining about poorer business and hopefully they have not overpriced themselves. Definite signs of poorer economic climate in Malaysia this year as even the sound of firecrackers and drum beats of Lion Dance is harder to hear!

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

Quite Chinese New Year 2018 – The Year of the Earth Dog

 

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese春节traditional Chinese春節pinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, and one of the Lunar New Years in Asia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and 20th of February. In 2018, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog.

It is one of the world’s most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the largest annual mass human migration in the world. It is a major holiday in Greater China and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, including Singapore,IndonesiaMalaysiaKoreaThailandVietnamCambodiaMauritiusAustralia, and the Philippines.

The New Year festival is centuries old and associated with several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.[8] Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity”. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

 

The Dog () is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol . The character 狗 refers to the actual animal while 戌 refers to the zodiac animal.

 

Extracted from Wikipedia.

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