I celebrated my Chinese Lunar New Year after a 3 years hiatus to mourn both my parents who passed away back to back in year 2015 & 2016. I decided to celebrate in Penang as most of my old friends and ageing relatives still live in my hometown.
It was the best one week CNY vacation I ever had and my big thanks to my wife who so kindly booked a week's stay at Northam All Suites again which commands the best ocean view with all the fabulous mansions dotting below.
The beautiful and majestic mansion of Tycoon Lim Lean Teng
as seen from my hotel's windows.
I love their swimming pool that overlooks the streets below!
We had our CNY Reunion Dinner inside the the hotel's room. We carried along our small electric steamboat and had a marvelous time eating together. I rekindled our love and many years together. I promised my wife that the next year's 2019 reunion dinner would be in London's Park Lane together with the former Miss Malaysia and her Colombian husband. Remember the nightmarish merry-go-round that I went through to get their marriage papers done!
That night we joined a friend's family to visit the famous
Kek Lok Si Temple which had thousands of worshipers and visitors.
Every year the whole monastery would be beautifully lighted up
into haven of lights.
It was lively and awesome to be bathed under millions of lights.
The sea of red lanterns hanging in mid air.
Many statues of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin lining in rows.
Another spectacular view of the different lanterns.
The highlight of the monastery is the giant statue of Bodhisattva Guan Yin
which stands majestically to oversee the vicinity of Ayer Itam.
The weather was very cool as we all had to take a short tram ride up
the slope of the hills to reach the statue.
Beneath the statue, they have placed 108 bowls where devotees
could walk in a big circle to drop donation coins and chant the mantra
for auspicious blessings! Here my wife led the big kids to
donate and chant for merit-making.
Yours truly prayed very hard for a better year 2018 to have
good career and robust health. I also wish all my readers
abundance of happiness and good health!