Monday, February 26, 2018

Chinese New Year in Penang (Part 1)

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!
Huaat Arrrrr!


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31 comments:

  1. Happy Chinese New Year Mr Tan & Mrs Tan! :)

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    1. Wah! Why address me so formal? LOLOL
      Thank you very much for your kind wishes. I wish you will enjoy a good year 2018 with happiness & good health so that you could continue running for many more marathons.

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  2. Wahhhh... so shiok!! Northam suites! I have stayed there only once and that was many years ago when they were newly opened.. Remember their wooden flooring.. and also a Karaoke recorder in the room..

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    1. I stayed there several times but I had never seen any karaoke box! You must have slept in the Presidential Suite with a butler. kikikikiki
      This hotel is so dated now with peeling floors and tiny crawling insects running in the bathroom but we will still continue to stay. The size is so huge with full windows for that million dollar view is spectacular plus the excellent location to connect to Penang Bridge. Best of all the price is cheap with breakfasts.

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  3. Nice to know you had a fabulous week in Penang. Kek Lok Si Temple is indeed extremely extra beautiful during this time of the year.

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    1. Yes that was the best time for my night visit and the weather was so cool which made it fun to jostle with the thousands of visitors.

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  4. Happy Chinese New Year to both of you and your lovely wife. I haven't been to Kek Lo Si Temple during the night time. It's indeed so beautiful being lighten up.

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    1. I guess you need to wait for next CNY to visit at night. You will love it.

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  5. The view of kek lok si temple is so awesome with all the lights at night, i like photo #6 the most, still not late to wish anay and wifey a happy and healthy 2018, i also prayed for good career and good health, these two are important

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind wishes. I wish you the same with abundance of new & good students. Hope you will visit Penang again soon.

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  6. Happy Lunar New Year to you and your wife...

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    1. Happy Lunar New Year to you and your mummy.

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  7. So romantic CNY Eve together. Awesome colourful photos.
    A Happy Chinese New Year and Best health to both of you!

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    1. Yeah it was fun and romantic to sit on the floor!
      I wish you excellent health and more destinations to travel in 2018!

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  8. First of all, thanks for your well wishes...I wish you and your wife good health and all things good, especially deserving because of your kind-hearted souls.

    Aiyah, that one not CNY Reunion Dinner lah since there's only two of you...that one is belated Valentine's Day Dinner kot! ;D You could have dinner anywhere, the two of you, but you chose to bring along your mini steamboat and have it in your room...so cute! ;) Well, at least you can say to your wife, "Honey, I booked the whole place for us!" :D

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    1. Muahahaha LOLOL. You are funny but correct that it should be a Valentine's Dinner on the floor. We brought the steamboat and bought the ingredients from Kampar and Penang's wet market. Hope you will have a great year ahead with good health, happiness and abundance of wealth. Thank you for sharing all your unique postings and food details in your blog.

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  9. Thank you for your wishes! Happy CNY to you and your wife! Gong Xi Fa Cai! May you and your wife have the best of health to travel all over the world and taste the food of the world to your hearts' content. Your camera is so keng to capture both of you having reunion dinner in your hotel room - great special photo.

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    1. Thank you very much for your very kind wishes! I hope you will enjoy an excellent career, robust health and abundance of wealth with many more exciting restaurants to explore. Thank you for sharing so much foodie posts.

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  10. How sweet and intimate to have a reunion just the two of you. Well, it is still not too late to wish you and your wifey a very Happy Chinese New Year. So how? Chap Goh Meh, romantic dinner for two again?

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    1. I think you had more romantic dinners and lunches with your darling. Just that you are too shy to even reveal both your faces except your small feet. Kekekeke

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  11. You guys are so romantic! The next time I visit Penang, I gotta visit the temple in the nite for the pretty lightings! Happy CNY! xoxo

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    1. Yes you should visit this temple when you are in Penang. It is one of its kind in the world.

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  12. An intimate reunion dinner. Have a blessed Chinese New Year!

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    1. Wishing you and Derek more intimate dinners too.

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  13. Hi! Happy Chinese New Year! Your night view photos are very beautiful. Each temple would sound a bell 108 times at the last day of the year in our country.

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    1. T^hank you for your kind wishes Saito-San.
      It is interesting to learn that all the temples in Japan would the bell 108 times! This is real divine and auspicious.

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  14. Sincerely thought you would only have 1 post for February. :D

    Happy Chinese New Year, TM and to your wife too.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes!
      I always wished that I could update my blog posts every week but..........not happening.

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  15. Hi TM, wishing you and your wifey have a prosperous & fruitful 2018!

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes and hope your family will be blessed with abundance happiness and good health for this New Year 2018.

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  16. I will make it a goal to visit Kek Lok Si once one CNY at night. The lights makes the place even more magical.
    Steadylah you and your wife - a romantic steamboat dinner somemore ;)

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