Favorite thing: Cheong Fatt Tze eh Choo means the Mansion of Mr. Cheong Fatt Tze but in Hokkien of Penang. For this person's mansion, I need not introduce too much because already too many peoples wrote about it. I don't want this kind of competition. So please enjoy my photo of Cheong Fatt Tze eh Choo.
Mixed Religion Temple of Guan Yin. The name of this temples is Guan Yin Temple but the purpose of this temple has since changed to a local peoples "Money" praying hall. Although not all peoples are up to big money, but most of them are praying for that...hahaha, don't take it serious, just enjoy.
I try to explain a little bit for you to understand otherwise you might think it is a mere prattle. The word Guan Yin originated from one of the Mahayana Buddhism sutra called the Miao-Fa-Lian-Hua-Jin (The Lotus sutra). It basically tells about a non-existent character where he/she uses his/her eyes to listen to the voice of the world. Eyes to listen is definitely unusual to most of us but very popular in the world of Buddhism. This character Guan Yin is a good hearted character where he/she knows how to see the voice of the unfortunates and sufferers. This Guan Yin is well known as a Boddhisatva, a term derived from the Sanskrit. In modern days, Penangites pray with joss-sticks to ask for his/her genorousity to grant them good life, money etc.
If you want to act like a local, I can teach you how to do it.
Walk directly to the main door, stand still, look your eyes into the statue of whatever they have there, put both your hands up, palm to palm, lift up and down in fron of your face but do not move away your eyes from the statue, that will show your sincerity.
After you finish with that act, walk inside the main door, look for "HNYIOA", pick up at least 3 sticks of HNYIOA and light them up by those fire around you.
Now up to this stage, when all your HNYIOA already in fire, blow them away with mouth or men like to show their strength by a Stroke of Palm skill.
Remember to do all these with extremem seriousness, not to fool around because they are very serious about it.
Now, hold up your HNYIOA with both hands lifting up and down many times with your eyes concentrating on the statue and in the meantime, pray inside your heart, pray what ever you want, you can ask for big money, ask for peaceful life, ask for beautiful girl, good husband, heal your disease....etc. After all these work, insert your HNYIOA into the big circular shape of "TING" and everything has done.
Now, you can relax looking around the temple, peoples and whatever, that's all you want to know about Modern Chinese Temple. Don't be shy, go try once...if you are lucky enough, you might get something, maybe you will strike lottery or something else.
Fondest memory: Let me explain in further details. HNYIOA is the native Penangites' accent for Joss-sticks. Whereas Pye-pye is the verb for performing Joss-sticks praying. Pye-hnyioa is also another verb for praying to Angkong. While Pye-Angkong as well is another useful representative.
Yes, this is what I called HNYIOA (pronunciation of Penang Hokkien). Let me teach you how to pronounce this very special word. It is a pronunciation partly generated through our nose to make the Hnnnn... sound. Try to practice Hnnnn a few times and then add in the remaining YIOA to make it HNYIOA. It is not easy for beginners but after a few practice I believe even foreigners can do it.
This 3 HNYIOAs in the photo has fluorescent colored with dragons on it. We called it Dragon-HNYIOA and all these HNYIOAs are to burn slowly until finish as a custom and that's they way to pray for something you want, also the culture of Penang.
..."The flag is a tricolour consisting of vertical stripes of equal width of light blue (at the hoist), white and yellow; on the central (white) stripe is an areca nut palm (known in Malay as pokok pinang) on a mount. Light blue signifies the sea which surrounds the island. The white represents the State itself in its serenity. The yellow signifies prosperity. The betelnut (or areca nut) tree is the tree from which the island takes its name.
There is no sultan of this state as it was once a component part of the British Straits Settlements"...
Tom W. Koh
Favorite thing: Sikh Gurdwara Temple is a must for tourists, some say not but I like it. This one is a small and simple version of the big one at Amritsar, has a canteen inside and a pray hall upstairs, very nice location for me to relax, I recommend this one.
Favorite thing: Miao Xiang Lin Buddhist Institute is very sure located at Concordia Road. This road is in between Gurney Drive and Kelawei Road, very familiar location. This building is modern, built for religios purposes, very Taiwanese style of Buddhism.
Favorite thing: Back street scene is needed for my Penang page, to show not only those always appear on travel commercials. This is somebody washing plates behind a restaurant. For commercial travel pages, this is surely out, but for us in VT, everything can be a tip.
Favorite thing: Muslim Hindu Chinese, 3 in one for you. Penang has so many races all living together as shown in this photo. The restaurant at left is Tanglang's Kopitiam, middle is Hindu temple and the one at right is Kayu Nasi Kandar of the local Mamak Muslims.
Favorite thing: Thise kind of street vendors are rare today in Penang. My mom told me they saw so many such vendors during her girl days, I saw some too but was already near the ending. Now the most you can see is this, and I was luck to have one snapped nearby Komtar.
Favorite thing: Juventus FC Restaurant is not for AC Milan fans to even step near it, hahaha. Just a joke, tourists wearing whatever football jersey can surely enter this restaurant as it was not a football cafe but only the name. Probably the owner was a super Juventus fans or even probably not the Serie A's Juventus, the South American one?
Favorite thing: Most of the old houses in Penang are similar of this outlook, probably came from a same architect or some reasons. They normally buillt two windows at both sides of the main door and then some of them carved some words on the door or on the windows. Some Penangites modern designer reconditioned the house and turned it into another new wave of Penangism architecture, beautiful works indeed.
Chinese Funeral customs are divided into those following the Taoism rituals or Buddhism rituals. True Buddhism being a simple religion, does not place high importance on rituals. Thus this clourful even could only be of the Taoism side.
What you see below are the paper offerings to the deceased. A nice bungalow house , which comes with a driver , and 2 servants ( see the two cute paper dolls standng in front of the house ? ) and is fully furnished. Complete with DVD player and a Mercedez to boot.
Toaist chinese believes that the deceased will get these offering in the underworld if we burn these offerings and at the same time call the names of the deceased. Yu will see sometimes that wine will be poured around the burning paper house,effigy and equipment to protect those belongings (ensure that other wandering ghost would not snatch those things from our love ones ) . Just like using FedEx or UPS . A guranteed delivery sort of .
Durian - The King of Fruit.
The Durian festival is organized by Ministry of Tourism during the month of June till July at Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau. My office friends and I went round Penang Island and we stopped here to enjoy eating some Durian and local fruits like yellow rambutans, mangosteen and other fruits on season.
Favorite thing: Batu Ferringhi experiences the most beautiful sunsets. This pictures has been taken from our room at the Casuarina Beach Hotel. So if you are too lazy to go to the beach, you can enjoy the view directly from your hotel room!
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