Wat Sangkaram seems to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. I went there yesterday morning with my sisters, nephew and closed friends, who took us for some Spiritual Bathing (Mandi Bunga) in the temple by the Buddhish Monk. Nothing much I can find out from the internet except a blog on Wat Sangkaram, not updated at all. Picture 1 - I guess...more
Mee Koo kuih is a traditional cake, where the chinese make it for prayers during the 1st and 15th chinese lunar calender and other prayers festives. It's a kind of bread a bit sweeter than our ordinary bread and coated with red color. Its very funny, for chinese everything for prayers must be in red color, hmmm...so as my surname, Ang. hehe..I...more
Kedah state is also known as "The Rice Bowl of Malaysia" and is the biggest producer of rice in Malaysia, of course. I just loved the see the green colour of paddy fields with Malay kampungs. So peaceful, Im glad my house is beside a wide paddy fields in Bukit Mertajam. Here, in Sungai Petani, my relatives from Singapore, never seen paddy fields...more
Thousand of devotes and visitors gathered around the Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple and Sri Subramania Swami Devasthanam temple for Thaipusam celebration, in the hot blazing sun. Im sweating like a pig with no umbrella or a hat.On the way from Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple to Sri Subramanie Swami Devasthanam temple, I sure like the carnival like air, with...more
Some Kavadi bearers have their tongue and cheeks pierced with metal replicas of the vel (spike). Oh God, the piercing is a show of endurance and devotion. They do not feel any pain because they in a state of trance.Here some scary pictures, close your eyes if you dont want to see...;-))more
Thaipusam is a Hindu Festival celebrated mostly by Tamil community in Malaysia on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January / February). This year on 6th February.In Sungai Petani, Hindu devotees throng the Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple and Sri Subramania Swami Devasthanam temple to offer their prayers to Lord Muruga.Kavadi bearer need to...more
We used Charcoal for cooking, bbq, steamboats etc.. but do you know how charcoals are made of, well, I also dont know, I just learnt today.. As you know every rivers in Sungai Petani have a lot of mangroves trees (the bakau trees). They are harvested according to the system set from the State Forestry Department, the bakau are cut, debarking is...more
This (which I will call "A music wagon") small lorry that was fully decorated and a group of singers rendering devotional songs of Bahjans. Bhajans are devotional songs recited in praise of, and expressing love for and gratitude to, the Lord. Contemplating, uttering or writing the names of the Lord serves to purify one's mind, speech and action....more
Vinayagar Sathurthi festival was a major religious event for the Hindus worldwide. In Sungai Petani, the last day of the 10days celebration was held here. The Golden and Silver Chariot procession begin around 7pm along the roads in Sungai Petani.The festival was just great, street performances, drum beats, fire dances, peacock dances, and people...more
The Sri Sithi Vinayagar Temple, recently celebrated Vinayaka Shathurthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the day Shiva declared his son Ganesha as superior to all the gods. Ganesha is widely worshipped as the...more
The Mangroves Forest along the Merbuk River (Sungai Merbok) at Sungai Petani, Kedah could be the largest protected mangroves forest in Malaysia. Mangroves are special habitats. They protect the shoreline from erosion and tsunamis, provide shelter from wind, provide habitat for fish and shellfish, serve as stopover sites for migratory birds and wood...more
Another famous Indian temple in Sungai Petani.. Very crowded during thaipusam and other festivals. Everyone incl my family came here for prayers and blessings, I like to come during the prayer time at certain hours of the day, where indian trumpets and drums were played beautifully, you have to be to witness this special ceremony, where the priest...more
A beautiful park in Sungai Petani, officially open by the Sultan of Kedah in 1983. Its a place for relaxing, jogging and practising chinese tai chi, picnic and couples dating in the park. I used to date here too :)) The park have a playing ground for the children, a pond of ninja turtles, and a big enclosure with some species of birds and deers....more
So, Hungry Ghost Month was celebrated in Sungai Petani (SP) too..Chinese singing concert and operas, they are everywhere in SP for the wandering ghosts to see and enjoy during the month of Hungry Ghost. Remember, first class VIP seatings in front of stage belongs to the Ghost..;-)When there's a concert, well there are food to eat too.. for the...more
For a real taste of Sungai Petani, visit the Farmer's Market which is held on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays in the center of town, beside the Sungai Petani river. A great place to sample locally produced Malaysian food at a good price. Im always there to buy fish, bunga kantan and whatever I needed for cooking my laksa..more
I feel like its not right, if I dont write anything about the Clock Tower.. The famous Sungai Petani Clock Tower located on the main street, Jalan Ibrahim. The clock tower was built in 1936. The clock tower was a present from Lim Lean Teng to George V and Queen Mary to commemorate the Silver Jubilee.more
What so special of this Wantan Mee? I don't know, everywhere tasted the same to me but you be surprised to see a lot of customers waiting to eat Ah Ngau Wantan Mee, you placed order and take a number. Sometimes, I have to wait for 20-30 customers before I get to eat. Wantan mee is usually served with slices of char siew, meat wantan, choy sum and...more
My favourite kuih for breakfast called Yew Char Kuih in Hokkien, or you may call it youtiao in mandarin or you ja gwai in cantonese. You can find them in the market or coffeshops. I used to buy them for my late papa, he seems to like them a lot and me too. Sometimes, I bought extra to have them in my congee. There are a few stalls you can find in...more
Some of my favourite noodles in the town. Sar Hor Fun (Fried Big Flat noodles in gravy), a must have at least once every weekend when Im back home. Have to wait at least half an hour for the noodles to cook and serve.. but I dont compliant much cos the owner always give us extra fish meat and prawns in our noodles, for being regular...more
New Bus Station at Jalan Pasar.Same row with the Train Station.FYI, the road from SP Police Station to Pekan Lama already closed, so you need to take the next route, from SP clock tower heading to Taman Ria, take the first traffic light to the right after the bridge, then go straight till you find the KTM, Pasar Ikan and the Bus Station on the left...more
Sungai Petani has no airport. It has one bus terminal cater for short journey trip buses. The bus terminal is in the centre of the town. If you want to travel to nearby towns or within the town well this is the place.But if you are looking for buses offering further destinations, you have to go to "Jalan Market" (Market Road). You can find ticket...more
Muslim around the world celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha - its a religious day to mark the end of the annual Haj pilgimage to Mecca.
Hari Raya Aidiladha celebrations in Taman Bunga Raya, Sungai Petani, where the Muslim community coming together to witness the sacrifice of 7 cows. After the Aidiladha prayers and tahlil, the cows were brought to the field (infront of my mom's house) and slaughtered and skinned the cows while others cut, weigh, pack and distribute the meat among the muslim community. Sacrificing the cows was an important act of charity in Islam because it provided the needy with the meat.
Such offering always bring joy to those who made the donation as their concern and generosity were extended to others besides their family and friends. One part of the slaughtered meat was given to the person who made the offering, another part was given to this friends and relatives, whether they are rich or poor, and the final portion was given to the needy.
I am :-(( to see those cows, RIP MooCows..
Sungai Petani and Bukit Mertajam sure have a lot of traffic jam in the town.. Nowadays, SP people are seeing and watching more trains than lasttime.. yes of cos, road closure for the train to pass across the town due to building new double railroads.. I didnt have to chance to take pictures of the old railway station in SP and Butterworth Train...more
I know, no one will write about this Wishing well in Sungai Petani.. It has been there since I was small, I used to go there with my younger sister to make our wishes in the wishing well. No, I didnt wish for my prince, I just wish for everyone to be happy, healthy and to study hard.more
The golf course is part of the Cinta Sayang Resort which is an intergrated resort comprising a theme park and chalets... There are 210 chalets for those who wants to stay overnight... The resort caters for meetings, conventions, marriage functions as well team building... The resort operates a water park termed The Carnivall (website: www.the...more
The Sungai Petani (SP) Club has been around since 1922... It is a social club with a 9-holes golf course... The golf course is the oldest in the state of Kedah... The par-70 course plays to a short 5,770 yds with the First Nine at 2,906 yds and the Second Nine at 2,864 yds... Both the fairway and greens are of cow grass with drainage drains cutting...more