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The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang   Leave a comment


The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The new show of the Thai Teochew Opera for the last year as they are not coming to Penang anymore due to our low RM and no enough payment after conversion. It was the show on Wednesday 4th October, 2017.  Sad, sigh as it is one of the FINAL Acts for season. Our local people cannot pay such  new sum asked by the Thai Troupe anymore due to  the poor present current economic situation in Penang.  I never ask the price like for a performance in a day or 2 performances a day of this Thai Teochew Troupe but I heard is around RM5,000 to RM6,000 per day usually limited to one performance. They are the better performers with lavish, updated and colourful intricate costumes.

I am hoping to docu-photograph the final performances of this better Thai Teochew Troupe in Penang for future historical records.

SP Lim

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Final Act of the Thai Teochew Wayang in Penang

The Wayang Photographer as featured in the local Chinese Press.

The Wayang Photographer as featured in the local Chinese Press.

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Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017   2 comments


Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

These prayers shall be conducted on the night of the 15th of the 8th moon – the  actual day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It ends with the burning of Joss Paper as their voluntary rewards to the Diety for the wishes fulfilled successfully.

SP Lim

Modern celebration

The festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat with food offerings made in honor of the moon. Today, it is still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. During a year of a solar eclipse it is typical for governmental offices, banks and schools will close of extra days to enjoy the extra celestial celebration an eclipse brings.  The festival is celebrated with many cultural or regional customs, among them:

  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e.
  • Performance of dragon and lion dances, which is mainly practiced in southern China and Vietnam.

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Wayang Performers offer prayers to the Moon Goddess 2017

Dates

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar—essentially the night of a full moon—which falls near the Autumnal Equinox (on a day between September 8 and October 7 in the Gregorian calendar). In 2015, the Mid-Autumn Festival fell on September 27. It will occur on these days in coming years:[43]

  • 2017: October 4 (Wednesday)
  • 2018: September 24 (Monday)
  • 2019: September 13 (Friday)
  • 2020: October 1 (Thursday)
  • 2021: September 21 (Tuesday)
  • 2022: September 10 (Saturday)

Inserted by SP Lim from Wikipedia.

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts   Leave a comment


Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Our part of the Malaysia was badly hit by heavy rainfall a week ago with many low-lying places flooded. My house was unaffected as it is on slightly higher level. However, rain continued to fall on and off – sometimes heavy rains causing a lot of tension and anxiety.

So, last night of Friday, 22 September, 2017 I wrote on Facebook … ” Rain stopped for some time, so maybe go photo-shooting tonight … ” of which I did but quite late at 9.30 pm breaking the monotony of just staying at home and watching TV.

SP Lim

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

Twa Peh Kong’s Teochew Wayang starts

 

I was told and heard from the Manager of this leading Thai-originated Teochew Sai Yong Hong Wayang Troupe personally that it  shall be performing for the last year in Penang due to economical reason/s. Owing to the low exchange rate of Malaysian Ringgit (RM) to Thailand’s Baht, it is grossly unprofitable to come to Penang to perform even at a higher rate of RM5,000.00 per night’s performance. It is furthermore more profitable to perform in Thailand as the Thai richer Wayang fans will give generous amount of cash to outstanding performers during the performance itself. As the Malaysian audience are usually wage-earners, such cash rewards were practically non-existent locally.

So what you are seeing of these photographs shall be the final few photographs of their performances in Penang as I shall try to catch more moments of their final performances in Penang.

SP Lim

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.   Leave a comment


Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

These final 6 photographs are from the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – near my place of work, that is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang. Till the photo-shooting in 2018, see you again.

SP Lim

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of work is at the Taman Sentosa, Bukit Mertajam, Mainland Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence   Leave a comment


Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence

It is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang with a Hokkien Wayang as added entertainment.

SP Lim

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Winding-up on the Festival of The Hungry Ghost 2017 – Near my place of residence is at the Pulau Tikus Wet Market, Penang.

Wednesday, 20.09.2017 ~ First Day of the 8th Moon – The month of Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival   Leave a comment


Today – Wednesday, 20 September, 2017 ~ is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-

Mid-Autumn Festival

The festival is intricately linked to legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to the Liji, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Because of its central role in the Mid-Autumn festival, mooncakes remained popular even in recent years. For many, they form a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as ‘Mooncake Festival’.

 

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

Today is the First Day of the 8th Moon – Twa Peh Kong’s Birthdays and Mooncake Festival thus the second round of Wayang Photo-shooting.

mooncake (simplified Chinese月饼traditional Chinese月餅pinyinyuè bĭngJyutpingjyut6 beng2Yaleyuht béng) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節). The festival is for lunar appreciation and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals.

Typical mooncakes are round pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 3–4 cm thick. This is the Cantonese mooncake, eaten in Southern China in GuangdongHong Kong, and Macau. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by tea. Today, it is customary for businessmen and families to present them to their clients or relatives as presents, helping to fuel a demand for high-end mooncakes. A considerable amount of waste is also produced. According to the Wall Street Journal’s China edition, as many as two million mooncakes are thrown away each year in Hong Kong alone, not to mention the often voluminous packaging.

Due to China’s influence, mooncakes and Mid-Autumn Festival are also enjoyed and celebrated in other parts of Asia. Mooncakes have also appeared in western countries as a form of delicacy.

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2   Leave a comment


Tales From The Mamak

15 – 17 Sep 2017 (Fri – Sun)
@ stage 2, Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac)
檳城表演藝術中心 貳號劇場

Comedy Variety | 多元喜劇
* Language : English and local languages

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Having established itself in Kuala Lumpur with three consecutive years of the annual sold-out series, Tales from the Bedroom and the recently well received Tales from the Jamban, Big Nose Productions has finally come home to Penang with their new series – Tales from The Mamak!

Written and directed by Penang’s very own Fa Abdul, Tales from The Mamak is a collection of ten hilarious scenes at the nation’s all time favourite hangout – The Mamak!

From thought provoking messages to rip-roaring scenarios, Tales from The Mamak touches on subject matters revolving around politics, religion, race, immigrants, the economy, social issues and relationships – because in Malaysia, anything can happen in kedai mamak.

Tales from The Mamak will make you look at yourself in the mirror once more, sometimes with disgust. Malaysia Day celebration doesn’t get any better than this!”

[中文]

從思維挑釁到喧鬧場景,《MAMAK 傳說》將為你揭露最辛辣的政治、宗教、種族、外勞、經濟、社會與人際課題。要知道,這是馬來西亞的 MAMAK 檔,任何傳說皆可行。《MAMAK 傳說》將成為你的良知,照一照鏡子看看是否存有醜惡的影子,尤其在這普天同慶的馬來西亞日!

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Apology for the slower upload of additional photographs as my computer and internet was unstable & slow, even with so much money spent by the Malaysian Government buying billions of RM in the purchase Boeing jets and investing in America lately, the internet system is still slow. Heard some comments that even that of Vietnam’s internet speed is faster than us.

SP Lim

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

Tales From The Mamak ~ Part 2

From Wikipedia:-

The Malaysian Mamak are Malaysians of Tamil Muslim origin, whose forefathers mostly migrated from South India to the Malay Peninsula and various locations in Southeast Asia centuries ago. They are regarded as part of the Malaysian Indian community. Indian Muslims are believed to have first arrived at Samudera (now Aceh in Sumatra, Indonesia) in the early 10th century. Archaeological findings in Bujang Valley, Kedah, Malaysia suggest a trade relationship with India as early as the 1st to 5th century C.E. An inscription dated 779 AD that refers to the trade relationship between the Tamil country and Malaya has been found in Ligor, Malay Peninsula.

The word ‘Mamak’ is from the Tamil term for maternal uncle, or ‘maa-ma’. In Singapore and Malaysia, it is used by children as an honorific to respectfully address adults such as shopkeepers. The silent K in ‘Mamak’ likely came about as a hypercorrection; since terminal Ks are not pronounced in Malay, a Malay who heard the Tamil word may have assumed there was a silent K at the end.  Although the origins of the word are benign, it is sometimes used as a derogatory term for the Indian Muslim community in Malaysia.

Mamak stalls and Hindu stalls are alike except the Mamaks, who are Muslims, do not serve pork but serve beef, whereas Hindus serve neither beef nor pork. There are also similar stalls run by local Malays.

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