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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.

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh   2 comments


Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Just completed the Dana for Grandfather who passed away in 1930’s at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple of Penang.

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh. Photograph of my mother with the Chief Monk of the Temple.

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh.
Photograph of my mother with the Chief Monk of the Temple.

Dana for my Grandfather - the late Lim Chong Poh. Photograph with the Chief Monk of the Temple.

Dana for my Grandfather – the late Lim Chong Poh.
Photograph with the Chief Monk of the Temple.

Cheng Beng for my late wife   4 comments


Cheng Beng

Niche of my paternal Grandfather, the late Lim Chong Poh who passed away in th 1930’s thus no photograph as yet until I find one.

Cheng Beng for my late wife

We had a Cheng Beng prayers for my late wife, Saw Ai, my paternal grandfather – Lim Chong Poh and grand-uncle – Lim Chong Pin, at the niches of Wat Chaiya Mangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple, Burmah Lane, Penang. my future niche for my ashes is there beside my wife when I “kick the bucket” (pass away) in future. Life is uncertain but death is certain, as the Buddha said. We chose a week day ie Wednesday, March 30, 2016 as there shall be lesser devotees.

The prayers went smoothly with my mother and family members; and ended with burning of joss papers – a old traditional Taoist practice that is difficult to forego even as Buddhists.

SP Lim

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Cheng Beng

Our 2016 Cheng Beng or Tomb Sweeping Prayers to my late Wife, Grandfather and grand-uncle in Penang.


I have to upload this post first as my internet is extremely slow and unstable.

SP Lim
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Passing Away of A Great Uncle   14 comments


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Passing Away of A Great Uncle
Words from Suzie Ong, her youngest daughter,
Heaven! That’s where Pa’s beautiful soul has gone to. Even as we mourn Pa’s passing on, we are also given the privilege to accord and honour Pa a red funeral befitting his longevity. Pa has indeed led a blissful and healthy life, right up to his ripe old age. He leaves us with an abundance of happy memories that we shall cherish forever ♡

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My mother and myself shall be away this week-end to attend our Uncle’s funeral in PJ. Deepest condolences to my Aunty (my late father’s fourth sister) and the family. My uncle had lived a very rich and happy life and I was also personally involved when I stayed with the family in Taiping during my school holidays and during my pharmacy training with the Government Medical Stores (GMS) in Petaling Jaya during varsity days. We shall surely miss you.

NOTE: The blogger shall be away in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur for his uncle’s funeral ceremony and rites, till next coming Monday, January 25,2016. My humble apologies to all of you if I cannot view your blogs for the next few days.
As per local Malaysian of Chinese origin, the age of the dead person is added another 3 years to his original age if one dies below 90 years old. For example, Mr X died at the age of 80 years old, in his obituary the age is stated as 80 + 3 = 83 years old. As my uncle is above 90, another 5 years are added to his age of 92 on his death. Thus, the age stated is 97 years old.

SP Lim

The Courtship   Leave a comment


The Courtship of my parents
From my recent conversation with my mother of how did she met my father for the first time. From her mouth, came out this interesting. It happened during one rainy day when my father Khuat Seng was seeking shelter from the rain. He stood under the verandah roof of my mother’s wooden building which was a coffee shop, located at Sungai Jawi. There were 9 houses in the same block. He looked into the rain and saw this pretty girl Siew Yam or Ah Hwa (Flowers) driving a flock of ducks across a bridge in the rain with a long bamboo stick. He was, of course, attracted but did not fall in love at the first sight as he was on the way to a school located a few metres away to teach Japanese Language. This period was during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya. This school located at Sungai Jawi was actually across town in the southern part where he was staying at Kampong Baru located to the northern end of Jawi Town. He was immensely curious to find out where did this girl stayed. He made his way to school after the rain and they were not to meet after a few years in another Chinese School located to the northern tip of Jawi Town.
This time around my father has become a book and stationery seller with his close friend Tan Huck Boon as the Japanese Army had surrendered and left Malaya then. My mum was telling me she got the best deal was her prices compared to the other fellow students, was the lowest not knowing the “secret admirer” was giving special discounts. In addition to the book-selling effort, my dad also sold delicious Nyonya Kuih/Cakes made by his aunty at the school canteen. My mother said they made special spare monetary change in the form a hand-drawn coins which could be used with the hawkers in the same school canteen. The very own school currency in the school canteen was born.
To be continued as I was leaving to go home.

SP Lim

My Grandparents’ Story   Leave a comment


1-LIM Famiy 600 o66 021 Starting off the opening chapter is easy enough but when I am going into the deeper and more details, here one encounters the complexity and elaborate network of relationships especially amongst the Straits Chinese (H’wan Peng Lang described as People of the Undeveloped Country – ie Malaya or any countries that the Chinese from China had migrated to) and those relations in China. Please firstly accept my apologies if any person/s is /are slighted or insulted here and other later chapters, as it is an unbiased story with no deletion or addition of any opinion of my own.
From my paternal side, little knowledge is known from my mother’s narration of my Grandfather Lim Chong Poh who passed away in 1930’s. He migrated by the way of Vietnam and stayed with one of his aunties there. He was a sea-man and later owned his own sailing boat making many trips between Vietnam and Penang ferrying imported good for barter. However, it seemed his sailing boat sank with his goods when my second aunty was born. Thus, she was branded as the unlucky charm or in Hokkien as “Pat Kah Teh” as the usual Chinese excuse of blaming disaster. My Grandfather then ventured into opening a Sundry/Provisions Shop in Sungai Petani, Kedah. His close relative, Lim Lam Leng, son of a related uncle, also operated a Chinese Medical shop close-by. However, he became a compulsive gambler – gambling day and night until he saw bits of tobacco as crawling ants. Finally, he passed away a few years after his elder brother Chong Pin was found dead by the bank of Sungai Petani River. The shop folded and the Lim Family moved to Kampung Baru, Jawi, Province Wellesley, Penang. They had to stay my grandmother’s elder brother Chua Guan Hup who was then employed as the Estate Manager of the Lim Cheng Ean Estate located in Jawi or Sungai Bakap. My Grand-uncle was given a Malay-styled bungalow and thus the Lim Family was allocated some accommodation space. My Maternal Great Grand-mother, Khoo Chiew Bee , was a brilliant and skilled seamstress to the famous I.K. Cheah’s family. During the end of the Second World War, the Communists’ Emergency was starting and the Jawi area was considered a “Black Area” with some Communist sympathizers came asking for food and money. The Chua with the Lim Families then moved off to the Telaga Ayer area in Butterworth for security reasons.
They operated a Sundry/Provision Shop here. As humans, conflicts and friction would occur and indeed it erupted over “Bak Chang” or Rice Dumplings. The provisions Shop was then run by my three Uncles – Chua Hong Thean, Chua Hong Thoe and Lim Ban Seng. Three ladies from the Lim Family, namely my Second Aunty, Fourth Aunty and my mother, went over to Penang Island to visit my Sar Khor (Third Aunty) who was then renting a room above a Chinese Druggist Shop along Chulia Street. The ferry ticket for passenger was 10 cents per person then. They decided to make rice dumplings or “Bak Changs” to eat when they are back in Butterwoth or “Ang Moh Che’ah or White Man’s Well” now known Telage Ayer Area. They merrily bought the ingredients and bamboo leaves to make rice dumplings of “Bak chang”. For the glutinous rice, they thought as it was heavy, they can buy 1 gantang from their own shop back in Butterworth. Here, the human conflict started as my uncle Lim Ban Seng was asked to buy 1 gantang of glutinous rice from their own shop, but was refused by the other 2 uncles as they said the rice was reserved for customers. They fought. My uncle was too straight forward and should had bought the rice from another shop. From then, onwards the close relationship among the Chua and Lim Families were affected as the Lim Family has to move on elsewhere as they had overstayed their welcome here.
To be continued … My other Great Grandmother of mine and “adopted mother” of my maternal Grandfather – Madam Yeoh Ai Lee

SP Lim

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My Old Family Photographs   2 comments


My Old Family Photographs
This is the time of year that I feel nostalgic about my past and my family. I wanted for a while to write my past family history but did not get around to it as I was procrastinating and too lazy to pound at the keyboard as usual. Anyway today is the last day of November of 2015 and 31 more days we shall see the light of another new Year of 2016. A Happy New Year 2016 ? Doubtful, with the present unstable world and local political situation that are occurring. Politics aside, we have the climatic problems so we live for the present and worry later for the unforeseeable future. The story of my family started with my father Lim Khuat Seng and later adopted another alias of Lim Wooi Boon when the Japanese invaded Malaya during the Second World War. As he was sort of “black-marked” as a student of Chung Ling High School, he had to change his name and stopped schooling. Some students of the school and other bodies were captured by the Japanese and interrogated. Some were executed and the luckier ones were imprisoned. Back to my parents’ marriage which took place in Sungai Bakap, Province Wellesley on mainland Penang State. Then, Sungai Bakap or now better as Jawi was a small village. My mother, Tea Siew Yam, is the second elder sister in the family of Teh Ban Bee, my maternal grandfather. I better refresh my memory with my mother as I cannot inter-relate the part that my father was born in Sungai Petani, Kedah or George Town, Penang. To be continued after more interviews.

SP Lim


Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word nostalgia is a learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning “homecoming”, a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning “pain, ache”, and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.[1]

Nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, its personalities, and events, especially the “good old days” from one’s earlier life.

The scientific literature on nostalgia usually refers to nostalgia regarding the personal life and has mainly studied the effects of nostalgia induced during the studies. Smell and touch are strong evokers of nostalgia due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of one’s past are usually important events, people one cares about, and places where one has spent time. Music and weather can also be strong triggers of nostalgia. Nostalgic preferences, the belief that the past was better than is the present, has been linked to biases in memory.

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