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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

The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess’ Story retold … Part 2   Leave a comment


The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess’ Story retold … Part 2

The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess retold
The title of the drama has changed but it is similar to that the ” A Tale of the Dragon Princess ” that was performed by Ling Goh earlier in the year at Penangpac. It is said that the lead female performer here used to be the lead actress of Ling Goh’s Group before it was disbanded. I did not stay for the whole duration of the show as I can roughly tell the subsequent scenes. I have to work tomorrow morning so back to the house.

The Story
A simple fable about the daughter of the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea falling in love with a commoner is told here. Here the title was instead changed to Dragon Lady instead of Dragon Princess. However, I shall continue to use Dragon Princess. The Princess then gave a red branch of red magical coral to the scholar as her token of her love. Both departed as the scholar was on his way to the Chinese Capital for his examinations. There was a jealous suitor from the sea world – General Carp who was also has an eye on the Dragon Princess. He complained to the Dragon King and the Princess and her maid were punished by being made into human beings from their diety status earlier. They were adopted by the Prime Minister of China. The scholar used a portion of the red coral to heal an ailment of the Emperor and thus bestowed with riches beyond his dreams. The Prime Minister wanted him to marry his adopted daughter. However, the scholar was reluctant as he has his heart for the Dragon Princess of the Eastern Sea not knowing she was already made into a commoner. However, he was forced to marry the adopted daughter and later found out that she was his true love. All well that’s end well as the Dragon Princess was restored her original diety status again. So, ends the story, my version.
The significant difference in this Teochew Opera performed at Penangpac or Performing Arts Centre of Penang at Straits Quay recently, is that this is the actual street opera performance but with the same elaborate and plot with equally a large number of performers. The number is definitely less than that of Ling Goh’s Troupe. It was staged at the Ayer Itam Wet Market car park space in conjunction with the Festival of the Hungry Ghost. There was only the usual Chinese Opera Orchestra of big drums and string musical instruments only backing this performance. However, the wooden partition on the stage place across the front of the performing stage were quite a “eye-sore” to the photographers as the legs or rather shoes of performers could be photographed at all. On the whole, it was quite a magnificent show and heartiest congratulations should go to the lead actors, actresses, performers, musicians and helpers. However, I did not see the show till the end.

SP Lim
Note: Last night the internet in area was non-existent at all. The editing was supposedly to be done this Sunday morning 23/08/2015 but I was unable to as there was no internet. Finally, I managed to edit this blog by 3.38 pm this Sunday afternoon. Reposted here at Part 2 at 7.50 pm Sunday too.

The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess’ Story retold … Part 1   Leave a comment


1-Wayang Night 4 1450The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess retold
The title of the drama has changed but it is similar to that the ” A Tale of the Dragon Princess ” that was performed by Ling Goh earlier in the year at Penangpac. It is said that the lead female performer here used to be the lead actress of Ling Goh’s Group before it was disbanded. I did not stay for the whole duration of the show as I can roughly tell the subsequent scenes. I have to work tomorrow morning so back to the house.

The Story
A simple fable about the daughter of the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea falling in love with a commoner is told here. Here the title was instead changed to Dragon Lady instead of Dragon Princess. However, I shall continue to use Dragon Princess. The Princess then gave a red branch of red magical coral to the scholar as her token of her love. Both departed as the scholar was on his way to the Chinese Capital for his examinations. There was a jealous suitor from the sea world – General Carp who was also has an eye on the Dragon Princess. He complained to the Dragon King and the Princess and her maid were punished by being made into human beings from their diety status earlier. They were adopted by the Prime Minister of China. The scholar used a portion of the red coral to heal an ailment of the Emperor and thus bestowed with riches beyond his dreams. The Prime Minister wanted him to marry his adopted daughter. However, the scholar was reluctant as he has his heart for the Dragon Princess of the Eastern Sea not knowing she was already made into a commoner. However, he was forced to marry the adopted daughter and later found out that she was his true love. All well that’s end well as the Dragon Princess was restored her original diety status again. So, ends the story, my version.
The significant difference in this Teochew Opera performed at Penangpac or Performing Arts Centre of Penang at Straits Quay recently, is that this is the actual street opera performance but with the same elaborate and plot with equally a large number of performers. The number is definitely less than that of Ling Goh’s Troupe. It was staged at the Ayer Itam Wet Market car park space in conjunction with the Festival of the Hungry Ghost. There was only the usual Chinese Opera Orchestra of big drums and string musical instruments only backing this performance. However, the wooden partition on the stage place across the front of the performing stage were quite a “eye-sore” to the photographers as the legs or rather shoes of performers could be photographed at all. On the whole, it was quite a magnificent show and heartiest congratulations should go to the lead actors, actresses, performers, musicians and helpers. However, I did not see the show till the end.

SP Lim
Note: Last night the internet in area was non-existent at all. The editing was supposedly to be done this Sunday morning 23/08/2015 but I was unable to as there was no internet. Finally, I managed to edit this blog by 3.38 pm this Sunday afternoon.

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1-Wayang Night 4 1511

The Legend of Local Thai Taoist Diety – Lim Khor Neoh … Part 3   Leave a comment


The Legend of Local Thai Taoist Diety – Lim Khor Neoh … Part 3

Wayang season starts – The Patriots, The Invaders and the Traitors   Leave a comment


Wayang season starts – The Patriots, The Invaders and the Traitors

In human history, be it in which countries or continents, we do have these these three types or classes of people. The Patriots shall protect their motherland with their sacrifices and even with their lives. The Invaders who shall invade other countries as the grass is always greener on the other side. The Traitors shall assist in whatever they can to help the Invaders gain their objective with the main purpose of monetary or power gain on their mind. This type of character is the worst caste of human beings in each country they live in. Well, this makes our lives more exciting and unpredicatble.
The Chinese Opera or Wayang season starts with my first night of photo-shooting with Bertrand Linet. The Wayang of Thai and Chinese performers, was being performed at Ayer Itam market area during the Festival of Hungry Ghosts. Tonight, it seemed to be the first night and shall play on for another 3 nights more. A group of Thai tourists was there dishing out RM50.00 to the major performers while Rm10.00 to those in minor roles. They are going back to Thailand tomorrow. It reminded me of the sliding Malaysian currency – the Ringgit (RM) this year and currently at the unacceptable level of RM4.11 to USD1.00 caused by the prevailing conditions in our beloved country.

SP Lim

Economic news from Malaysia …
KUALA LUMPUR : The ringgit opened lower against the US dollar on Tuesday on relentless low risk appetite for the domestic currency, a trader said.
At 9.15 am, the ringgit was quoted at 4.1120/1200 against the greenback from 4.1020/1110 at 5pm yesterday.
“While external factors will continue to play a major role in determining the direction of Asian currencies, the ringgit has shown little sign of consolidating as spot rates begin to be quoted in a narrower spread,” said the trader.
The ringgit was traded mixed against a basket of major currencies this morning.
It depreciated further against the Singapore dollar to 2.9184/9245 from 2.9117/9202 on Monday and was traded lower against the yen at 3.3039/3116 from 3.2953/3028.
The local unit rebounded against the pound sterling to 6.4073/4214 from 6.4200/4358 and edged up against the euro to 4.5540/5637 from 4.5565/5677.
-BERNAMA

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