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Greetings for Chinese New Year

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 24, 2011 3:16am

These Liang Lui Lui happily posed for our professional Ipoh Talk photographer and Gong Hee Gong Hee to him too!! Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 24, 2011 3:42am

So happy I get to enjoy viewing this acrobatic martial art. Very afraid to go near any lion dance performance due to the fearful sound of drums and gongs. At the beginning of the video, the piano playing at the back helped a lot (Thanks Kayes) but when drums and gongs became louder and unbearable, I mute and turned off the volume. At least, I got to see the attractive dance costume, the drums & gongs, the auspicious banner, the way unicorn danced. Thank you very much, Director Kayes!!


Early Unicorn dance for Straits Quay. May each and everyday of this coming Rabbit year is bright and sunny, just as the banner says!!


Thanks again Kayes for sharing this video, shot with iPhone 4 "some more"!! Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,798
January 25, 2011 2:32pm

Here is a Lion Dance which I shot yesterday at the Penang Turf Club. This dance is performed on stilts which makes it more difficult. The performing troupe is one of the best in SE Asia. Like the Unicorn Dance I took this video in HD using my iPhone 4.


http://youtu.be/RbqN4ckYRys
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,798
January 25, 2011 7:52pm

The Penang Turf Club yesterday held its annual ang pow party for children with special needs.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/charitypntc21.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 26, 2011 2:14am

The performance is superb! Lively and cheeky at times. Smile The quality of this video using iPhone 4 is excellent! I managed to put on the ear phone throughout the viewings. Smile Smile Thank you for sharing, Kayes!


The colour of this dance costume is light green - wondering what is the symbolic meaning since this Lion Dance is sponsored by Turf Club?


Kayes's canggih gadgets bring the world closer and nearer - Waiting for more ..... Smile Smile Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 26, 2011 2:18am

The creative face paintings look sweet on these lovely and healthy looking kids!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,798
January 26, 2011 11:52pm

Putting on a smile Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/happykids.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,798
January 26, 2011 11:57pm

Faces painted for free.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/happykids2.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 27, 2011 12:29am

The cute little boy with check shirt on the extreme left of the second last pic.: "I can do without those fanciful balloons as long as my Kum is big and juicy!" Smile


Talking about Kum, many people are complaining about this year's Kum are more expensive and they are not as sweet as those sold during previous years!!


The face painting artist who is spotted wearing ponytail brings us back to Qing Dynasty .....
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 29, 2011 10:07pm

祝你恭喜发财!恭贺新禧!大吉大利!年年有余!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 31, 2011 9:13pm

Thanks Orange for the very traditional CNY greetings. I can read and understand every word you wrote but regrettably, I can hardly write my own name in Chinese even though I am fluent in Mandarin (Putong Hwa).


To Kayes, Joe & Liz, Blue Grass, Orange, Sam, Hokin and all my kawan kawan in this forum,


"Gung Xi Fa Cai' and may the Year of the Rabbit bring you and your family good health and great happiness. Enjoy the festivities; eat, drink and be merry, worry about the indigestion later. A cousin of mine is flying in from KL to celebrate CNY in the snowy Midwest. We will kickoff the feasting season with a pre-CNY Eve steamboat dinner. There will be lots of seafood and booze will flow like water. Cheers and 'Yam Seng'!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
January 31, 2011 11:31pm

Hi Ken,
Happy Chinese New Year to you and family too (Gung Xi Fa Cai).


Seasons greetings also to Kayes, Blue grass, Sam, Orange and all on IpohTalk. I'm spending the holidays here in KL as my family is here so no travelling involved. Driving around KL at this time is a breeze as most folk have gone back (Balik Kampung). Cheers everyone.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
February 1, 2011 8:55am

Hi Joe, Kayes, Ken, Blue Grass, Orange and all IpohTalk friends,


Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family (Sun Nein Fai Lock)


My family and I will be spending part of our Chinese New Year in Hong Kong and the other half in Malaysia. Will keep everyone posted on our adventure.


ACS77
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 1, 2011 8:08pm

Hi Ken,
Looks like you're having a snowy Chinese New Year with the ice and snow storm. As the song goes 'On top of ol' Smoky, all covered with snow'. The steamboat and booze will really go down well at this time.
ACS77 made a wise choice to travel to this region for CNY. Cheers!!! everyone.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 1, 2011 9:38pm

Hi Joe,
Mother Nature is telling us that she is still running the show and when she is in-charge, we have to accept whatever she doles out to us. Indeed, this is the Mother of all blizzards and in all my years in the US, I have seldom come across a storm of such magnitude. In addition to the heavy snowfall, the gale force wind added insult to injury by whipping up the snowflakes to create whiteout conditions and visibility was reduced to a minimum. Driving conditions was hazardous and after having lunch in Chinatown, I was stuck in the freeway for more than 4 hours on my way home, a trip that would normally take less than 4o minutes. The feasting and booze gives me the energy and provided me with the warmth to do some heavy-duty shoveling tomorrow. There is already more than a foot of snow on the ground and it is still coming down mercilessly.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
February 2, 2011 11:20am

Hi Ken,


Do keep warm. Since you are home bounded, maybe a few rounds of Mahjong could cheer you up. I am not trying to rub it in but my Hong Kong colleague whom we will be meeting this weekend said that we are arriving at a very good time. The forcast is for Hong Kong to warm up to the low 70s. Take Care.


Joe, Are there any good restaurant in Bukit Bintang Area? We will be there for about 2 nights.


ACS77
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 2, 2011 3:56pm

Hi ACS77,
In one of the earlier posts, Orange recommended the Jalan Alor behind Bukit Bintang where you can get quite a lot of good stuff. You can also find some interesting variety of food in Hutong @ Lot 10 foodcourt. It is upmarket version in a very clean environment and they have brought the best around the Klang Valley into this place. Another good place would be the Pavillion food court where you can also find some good choices of food in a very clean environment. It will also be wise to be extra careful while walking along Bukit Bintang as snatch theft is rampant. Do have a great holiday while you're here.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 3, 2011 5:52am

Today is the first day of the new lunar year and I hope all of you, Kayes and friends, are having a wonderful time with family and loved ones. May the year of the Rabbit bring joy and happiness, health and wealth today and always.
For Ken who is having a cold Chinese year, we wish you warmth form good food, good wine and good company! Cheers.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
February 4, 2011 5:59am

Hi Ken, Joe, Kayes, Orange and Blue Grass,


It is 2nd day of Chinese New Year for my family and I. We arrived at HK Airport this morning. Had breakfast, took a nap from our jetlag. This evening, we went down to the pier to see fireworks. It was very crowded. Back in the hotel now, unwinding and ready for a real long nap. We are going for HK island tour tomorrow.


Keep warm Ken !!! Thanks Joe for the food tips. Will see if we can try those food when we are in KL.


ACS77
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 4, 2011 8:20am

Happy Chinese New Year to all Ipoh Talk friends!! May the year of Bunny brings good health, fortune and luck to last, abundance of love, peace and ultimate success in all endeavours!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 4, 2011 9:02am

Thanks Ken for the good wishes!


It was hot during the eve and first 2 days of CNY. It only drizzled a bit when we reached Tapah on our way back to KL. It looks like Steamboat or Ta Pin Loh is a good choice for the cold weather you have over in Chicago. The weather here maybe hot but some households opt for Steamboat for reunion dinners because many mums are working, daughters-in-law are busy with their careers and restaurants are mostly fully booked. Restaurants used to start their business after 6th or 8th of CNY, but I noticed many restaurants opened on the second day. Public Restaurant in Pasir Putih were packed with customers on the second day. On our way back to KL, we saw those few seafood restaurant along the way to Simpang Pulai Toll Plaza opened on the second day too. Food business is a lucrative business esp. when people go back to their hometown to celebrate CNY with family and friends.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 4, 2011 9:05am

Thanks Joe for the good wishes! I missed the jam-free, pollution-free KL when I was away for CNY! Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 4, 2011 9:06am

Thanks Sam for the good wishes! Happy holidays to you & fly!!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 4, 2011 9:11am

Hi Blue Grass,


Happy & Prosperous New Year to you too!!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 6, 2011 2:34am

After the long holidays and with people going back to work and schools tomorrow, the jam along the North-South Highway (south bound) was from Rawang right up to Jalan Duta Toll at 5.00pm. just now. Hope the traffic will be smooth after 8pm or 9pm. I doubt because at these times, the jam usually starts from Lembah Beringin to Jalan Duta Toll. We have been advised to travel back to KL early to avoid the massive jam on the highway but it's easy said than done. Sad


Jam or no jam, we Malaysians need to travel during festival seasons.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
February 6, 2011 5:45am

Wishing all here a healthy and hearty new year.....Gong Xi Fatt Chai.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 6, 2011 5:59am

Thanks hokin. Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year to you too!!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 6, 2011 6:13am

Friends who travelled back to KL from Ipoh using the old trunk road (thinking that they can escape the highway jam) told us they were caught in a massive jam from Kuala Kubu Baru to Batang Kali. They started their journey early - at about 5.30pm and now they are still in Rawang.


It's easier said than done ..... Sad
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 7, 2011 5:36am

Hi ACS77,


Dragon-I, Tai Thong and Din Tai Fung are some of the best and popular Chinese restaurants in KL. If you like Indian food, Passage Thru India is a good restaurant which located along Jalan Tun Razak. As for hawker food, nothing beats Ipoh street food. But for Tai Lok Mee, you have to try the stall near Petaling Street and Bak Kut Teh along Jalan Ipoh (I am sure Joe will be able to recommend you the best Bak Kut Teh at Jalan Ipoh.)
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 7, 2011 8:10pm

Hi Sam,
If you have the opportunity, you should try the salt-baked chicken (Yim Kook Gai) in Ipoh. There are several shops around the Theater Street area that sell this delicacy which has become Ipoh's new claim to fame. The chicken is wrapped in wax paper and then slowly baked in coarse salt granules to near perfection. The meat is still tender and retains its delicate flavor, while not being overly salty. One famous shop Sin Tat Seng, located near the former Foh San dim sum restaurant. When I was living in Ipoh, salt-baked chicken is a rarity but these days, visitors from out-of-town used to stock up these tasty birds to bring it home.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 8, 2011 5:43am

Hi ACS77,


There are many good seafood restaurants in Pandamaran and the best Bak Kut Teh is in Klang too. Klang is about 30km from KL. Since you and your family intend to stay 2 nights only in KL, I am sure you won't want to spend more time than necessary on the road. Few days before this CNY, we were stuck at the same spot along Jalan Sultan Ismail for nearly an hour when I sent our relatives back to their hotel.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 8, 2011 5:08pm

Happy Yan Yat to everyone!!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 16, 2011 7:30am

Happy Chap Goh Mei to everyone!!


Still have many Kum at home. It looks like Tasik Taman Jaya is the place to toss those tangerines. Ka ka ka
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 16, 2011 7:13pm

Hi Orange,
Happy Chap Goh Meh to you and all my Ipohtalk kawan kawan! As I turn back the pages of time, I remember the 70's when I was a young bachelor who was still wet in the ears, joining in the fun and merry-making in Gurney Drive, Penang. In those days, the single ladies would toss tangerines, while the guys would hastily retrieved it. Gaily decorated buses with Dondang Sayang bands and singers would make the rounds serenading the crowds with their witty banter of love songs and pantuns. Romance was definitely in the air, and one could really feel the love and warmth that emanated from the heart and soul of everyone. These fond memories make me want to travel in a time warp to re-live those days again. Does anyone know if Dondang Sayang bands are still in existence in Peranakan strongholds like Melaka and Penang?
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 17, 2011 8:46am

Hi Ken,


Besides tossing tangerines, tonight is the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. Love is definitely in the air! Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 17, 2011 9:57pm

Hi Orange,
'Chap Goh Meh' (Hokkien), 'Sun Sup Ng' (Cantonese) or 'Yuan Siao Chie' (Putong Hua/Mandarin) has always been synonymous with romance. In the days of yore, this was one of the few occasions where single guys and gals were allowed to frolic and socialize with one another. Needless to say, to those who were destined for each other, the seeds of love were sowed and subsequently, marriage came naturally.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 18, 2011 6:49am

Marriages are made in heaven but some say love is the ultimate outlaw!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 19, 2011 5:36am

There is no such thing as a match made in heaven. Marriage, like life itself, is all about give and take. That is the life-support that sustains any relationship.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 19, 2011 6:56pm

At the end of the day, Love Conquers All!!


Love is to give and take. Love is also to forgive and forget. Love means never having to say you're sorry but others insist love means you have to say sorry. Love can make you laugh and can you cry. Love encourages and brings you to the greatest height but love can cause downfall and destruction. Love is to possess but love is also to let go .....


After saying all these, WHAT IS LOVE?


P.S. Love is to forgive and forget - FORGIVE (for her to give) and FORGET (for him to get). Sigh .....
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 20, 2011 5:55am

If I may borrow the title from Dr. Han Suyin's novel, "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing". A movie based on this novel hit the screens in the later part of the 50's and it stars Jennifer Jones and William Holden. It is an autobiography about a Eurasian doctor who fell in love with a divorced American war correspondent, and the prejudice she faced from her family and the rejection from the conservative Hong Kong society of the early 50's. The theme song is a romantic ballad and was recorded by many singers including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams and The Four Aces.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 20, 2011 8:41pm

Hi Orange, Ken and fellow Romantics
Although Valentine's day has passed, love is still in the air! Indeed, what is love - some would say everything and yet it is not something we can create, force or even cling on to. Love can be elusive to those who desire it but yet comes unbidden to others. Fortunate are those who love those who love them!


Here are a few lines to all those who love :-


I know you love me
From the way you look at me
With the love light in your eyes.
You smile too says it all
Soft and caressing
As it reaches your eyes.
My love, I love you as you love me.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 21, 2011 1:48am

Love strikes when you least expect it .....
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 21, 2011 5:15pm

Hi Blue Grass,
Those dreamily sweet lines are oozing with romanticism to say the least. It shows that you are a romantic person at heart. I don't think I fit into that category, though I must admit, I have my moments too. To keep the ball rolling, here is my spin on the notion of love and romance :-


Love lights my heart like a glowing fire
Its flames fill me with burning desire
Tender moments soften the blows
Lift me up from the depressing lows
The hard knocks of life just melt away
Because love is there to make my day
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 21, 2011 6:22pm

Hi Ken and Blue grass,
Those are lovely lines you guys put up. Real romantics!!!
May I also add a few:


When in search of love and your eyes keep wandering
Many a time you will be squandering
Then comes along a guy called 'Cupid'
In the year of the Rabbit
Finding your loved one, makes you feel like a king
'Cos Love is a Many Splendid Thing'.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 21, 2011 9:35pm

Hi Joe & Blue Grass,
I guess love and romance are two integral aspects of life and we all succumb to its allure, regardless of whether we are young or old. That is why even baby boomers of our age are smitten by those feelings of romanticism at one time or another. Joe, for an accomplished musician like yourself, those romantic ballads of the 60's, 70's and 80's must have a special meaning when you are singing to an audience that is enraptured by loving feelings.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 21, 2011 9:58pm

Hi Ken,
You're right cos as you mentioned, we have feelings of romanticism. Certain songs have a special place in our hearts and when I do certain songs, it gets to me and you tend to do it with feeling. Some in the audience too have certain songs that mean a lot to them and when I do those songs for them, you can see the 'lovelight' in their eyes Smile
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 22, 2011 4:25am

Bravo Ken and Joe, you two guys still have IT. You made me laugh - here we are calling each other romantic except ourselves! Believe me, we who married for love have to be romantics!
I recently met a woman who said hers was an arranged marriage. She had a boyfriend when her parents came up with the proposal and she chose to follow her mother's wishes. She told me she went into the marriage with no expectations and that is why her marriage worked. All said, she considers her marriage a happy one. She made me think that love is hard work!!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 22, 2011 4:37am

Hi Ken and Joe
Here is a poem that I like and hope you do too. It is by an Irish poet Lysagt [1860-1941] but still pretty relevant.





The Penalty of Love.

Sidney Royse Lysagt





If love should count you worthy, and should deign


One day to seek your door and be your guest,


Pause! ere you draw the bolt and bid him rest,


If in your old content you would remain,


For not alone he enters; in his train


are angels of the mist, the lonely guest


Dreams of the unfulfilled and unpossessed,


And sorrow, and Life's immemorial pain..


He wakes desires you never may forget,


He shows you stars you never saw before,


He makes you share with him, for evermore,


The burden of the world's divine regret.


How wise you were to open not! and yet,


How poor if you should turn him from the door!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 22, 2011 6:54pm

Hi Blue Grass,
Thanks for sharing the poem that speaks volumes about the meaning of love and what it entails. The fact of the matter is that everything in life comes with a trade-off and love is no exception. To love and be loved, we must be prepared to accept the consequences or shall I say, pay the price. Indeed, love can can plummet us to the pits of agony, yet it can also elevate us to dizzy heights of ecstasy.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 22, 2011 11:44pm

It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved ..... and subject yourself to hurt, heartache and broken promises?!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 6, 2016 11:30am

Hi Kayes, Joe, Liz, Sam, Orange, Blue Grass and all Ipoh Talk friends,
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Monkey. Hopefully, this joyous occasion has brought an overflow of festive mood to you and your family.


The CNY celebration here is rather subdue when compared to Malaysia but we still get to enjoy traditional favorites like "Yee Sung (Lou Sung)" and " Kuih Kapit." The parade in Chinatown, the pungent smell of fire crackers, and the prancing lion dancers is so reminiscent of my childhood days in Ipoh. Cheers and "Yam Seng."
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,798
February 7, 2016 2:19am

hi Ken,


Our reunion dinner will start in an hour's time and I am glad everyone is back. Things are also quieter over here and not as busy as in previous years. Wishing you and your family all the best Smile



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