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    Long live unlimited years

    by l_joo Written Apr 22, 2004

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    This is the photo I snapped from the famous Kek-lok-si temple in Penang. Somewhere in the ascend I came across a doorframe with such title -Long live unlimited years pagoda- and you can see another inner title was the name of the person who built this pagoda. It is more like a memorial of that person but I'm not sure who is that, probably another Penangite. The title says Long live unlimited years which means the pagoda and whoever visited this pagoda are somewhat related to immortality. So don't wait, please go now.

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    Oil Refilling Fees

    by l_joo Updated Apr 22, 2004

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    This is the Oil Refilling Fees I mentioned earlier. It is the oil for these light in the temple. Traditionally the temple needs light from oil and the Confucianists' way of speaking are traditionally indirect which means they speak something else but they want the person able to understand what they want. Take this Oil Refilling Fees as an example, the Confucianists' way of indirect speeches were to ask those who come to the temple to pay money but they speak indirectly by saying Oil Refilling Fees. Therefore if you ever visit the temple, please pay the Oil Refilling Fees. But it does not neccessary a big amount, RM2 are more than enough if you just pay a visit without Asking-God or others.

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    Festivals from Oct to Dec 2004

    by kenyneo Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Tourism Award Night 2004
    3 - 5 October 2004
    Venue: Penang
    Organiser: Pen Events Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04 - 645 1934
    Fax: 04 - 645 1953

    Pahang Bazar ramadan
    15 October - 13 November 2004
    Venue: KOMTAR, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Government / Penang Malay Chamber of Commerce
    Telephone: 04 - 262 0202
    Fax: 04 - 262 9903

    Penang Festival 2004
    1 November - 31 December 2004
    Venue: Throughout Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Government
    Telephone: 04 - 262 1957
    Fax: 04 - 261 8618

    Raja Muda International Regatta 2004
    1 - 30 November 2004
    Venue: Port Swettenham, Penang
    Organiser: Penang Tourism Action Council
    Telephone: 04 - 262 0202
    Fax: 04 - 263 1020

    Penang December Mega Sale Carnival
    6 November 2004 - 2 January 2005
    Venue: Major Shopping Centres, Lebuh Campbell and Little India, Penang
    Organiser: PenEvents Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04 - 645 1934
    Fax: 04 - 645 1953

    Penang Aidil Fitri Open House
    21 November 2004
    Venue: Fort Cornwallis, Penang
    Organiser: PenEvents Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04 - 645 1934
    Fax: 04 - 645 1953

    5th Malaysia International Dance Sport Championship 2004
    4 December 2004
    Venue: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA), Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Government / Malaysian Dancers' Association
    Telephone: 04 - 261 6495
    Fax: 04 - 261 5497
    E-mail: gen@pc.jaring.my

    11th Penang International Dance Sport Championship 2004

    5 December 2004
    Venue: Bayview Beach Hotel, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Government / Malaysia Dance Sport Championship 2004
    Telephone: 04 - 261 6495
    Fax: 04 - 261 5497
    E-mail: gen@pc.jaring.my

    25th December
    Chingay Procession ( Dragon dance, lion dance , proceesions , acrobatics performance with gigantic flags ) + Christmas celebrations

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    Festivals from August to September 2004

    by kenyneo Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Hungry Ghost Festival ( a month long celebration on the 7th Lunar month of chinese calender ) usually start mid July to Mid Aug ( gregorian calender but need to confirm )

    Penang August Mega Sale Carnival
    7 August - 5 September 2004
    Venue: Major Shopping Complexes, Cambell Road & Little India, Penang
    Organiser: PenEvents Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04 - 645 1934
    Fax: 04 - 645 1953

    Penang Merdeka Eve Celebration
    30 August 2004
    Venue: Esplanade, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Secretariat Office
    Telephone: 04 - 262 1957
    Fax: 04 - 261 8618

    Penang Merdeka Day Celebration
    31 August 2004
    Venue: Esplanade, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Secretariat Office
    Telephone: 04 - 262 1957
    Fax: 04 - 261 8618

    Festival Silat Nusantara 2004
    6 September 2004
    Venue: DOME ( KOMTAR ), Penang
    Organiser: Pesaka Malaysia / Penang State Government
    Telephone: 04 - 658 4490

    Penang International Mountain Bike Asia Cup 2004
    18 - 19 September 2004
    Venue: Penang Municipal Youth Park, Penang
    Organiser: Penang Mountain Bike Association
    Telephone: 04 - 262 4400
    Fax: 04 - 262 6260

    The 36th Penang Festival Cycling Championship 2004
    18 - 19 September 2004
    Venue: Around Penang (Road Race), Gurney Drive (Criterium Race), Penang
    Organiser: Penang Tourism Action Council
    Telephone: 04 - 262 0202
    Fax: 04 - 263 1020

    Penang Lantern Festival 2004
    28 September 2004
    Venue: Sri Pinang Hall
    Organiser: Penang State Government / Penang Chinese Townhall
    Telephone: 04 - 261 7194
    Fax: 04 - 262 1959

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    Festivals from May to July 2004

    by kenyneo Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Penang YTL Arts Festival 2004
    24 May - 22 June 2004
    Venue: Sri Pinang Hall and various locations in Penang
    Telephone: 04 - 262 1957
    Fax: 04 - 261 8618

    Wesak Day 2004
    26 May 2004
    Venue: Malaysian Buddhist Association, Jalan Burmah, Penang

    National Colours of Malaysia
    29 May 2004
    Organiser: Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism
    Fax: 03 - 2693 4789
    Website: www.mocat.gov.my

    Penang International Floral Festival
    30 May - 6 June 2004
    Venue: Botanical Garden, Penang
    Organiser: Penang Botanical Garden Department

    25th Anniversary Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2004
    19 - 20 June 2004
    Venue: Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang
    Organiser: Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04-505 5251
    Fax: 04-507 4700
    E-mail: chinyinfat@yahoo.com OR pidbf@tm.net.my
    Website: www.penangdragonboat.com

    Penang Beach Carnival 2004
    25 - 27 June 2004
    Venue: Batu Ferringghi Beach, Penang
    Organiser: MATTA Penang Chapter
    Telephone: 04-226 1635
    Fax: 04-227 7266

    Gema Boria Semutiara IV 2004
    26 June 2004
    Venue: Seberang Perai South, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Culture & Arts office
    Telephone: 04-281 7791
    Fax: 04-281 7781

    Penang Culinary Expo 2004
    2 - 4 July 2004
    Venue: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA)
    Organiser: Chefs Association of Malaysia (Penang Chapter & Intranasionale)
    Telephone: 04-646 8000
    Fax: 04-885 2829

    Penang International Artistic Challenge 2004
    2 - 4 July 2004
    Venue: Penang International Sports Arena (PISA)
    Organiser: Chefs Association of Malaysia (Penang Chapter)
    Telephone: 04-646 8000
    Fax: 04-885 2829

    Penang 'Bon Odori' Charity Carnival 2004
    17 July 2004
    Venue: Padang Esplanade, Penang
    Organiser: Penang State Secretariat Office
    Telephone: 04 - 262 1957
    Fax: 04 - 261 8618

    Penang Food & Fruit Fiesta 2004
    31 July 2004
    Venue: Gurney Drive, Penang
    Organiser: PenEvents Sdn Bhd
    Telephone: 04 - 645 1934
    Fax: 04 - 645 1953

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    Eating - the Chinese way

    by kenyneo Written Mar 29, 2004

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    Well to chinese FOOD means Prosperity !
    So not eating all the food that is given to you means you are wasting Prosperity !

    Plus chinese are generally too thrifty ( thank god I know how to balance up myself ) so they will be glad if you finish up the last grain of rice or food you have on your plate ! I have been trained by my mum to finish everything ...so to pacify her and to maintain my diet , I eat very little rice back home.

    Well I guess this in fact is a very good practice.Coz there are millions in Africa and war torn countries are starved to death , and here we are wasting food all the time ...

    But chinese also being very gracious host will insist that you take more and more , once you finish whats on your plate and declining would mean their food is tasty ...so I guess the best way out is for the first plate take a smaller portion and go for 2nd round ....for a Win - Win situation !

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    Broom ...

    by kenyneo Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Well broom is considered very inauspicious for the Chinese , so if you happens to be holding one ( well rather unlikely though when you are travelling ) dont ever let it touches the Chinese people.....and its supposed to bring them bad luck !

    Thats why Chinese are not supposed to sweep the floor during chinese new year ..at least the the 1st of the 15 days !

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    Chopsticks ...when you eat

    by kenyneo Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Chinese believes that its not good to plant your chopsticks in your bowl of rice ( just like erecting a pole ) or other servings because this is usually done only for offerings to the spirits or during offerings to ancestor .

    So whenever you are eating rice or other stuff with chopsticks , and if you have to excuse yourself or stop for a while ..place it on the table or chopsticks holder ...

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    Passion for food.

    by A2002 Updated Aug 3, 2003

    If you know anyone in Penang, you might be amazed. The people in Penang has deep passion for food. They usually go to one place for a dish that is good (excellent). Then after the dish, they will go around the island to savour another type of food.

    Usually when I return to Penang to visit my relatives, I wil go everywhere to savour good food. :-)

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    overcrowded cage

    by DanielF Updated Nov 7, 2002

    I did not get to understand for what purpose these birds were on sale at the entrance of a temple. I would like to think that people are supposed to buy the freedom of the small birds as a good deed for the gods.

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    Origin of the Penang island name

    by bpacker Updated Nov 8, 2005

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    Surprise, surprise but penang actually takes its name from the betelnut tree (pokok pinang) ! You can also see the tree in the middle of the state flag.

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    Gifts for the gods

    by DanielF Written Nov 7, 2002

    In many temples you will also see food offered to the gods and spirits. You mayso see people burning fake money as well.

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    Colourful incense sticks

    by DanielF Written Nov 7, 2002

    You will also often come across these big colourful incense sticks in many corners of the city. They are offered to the Gods and spirits.

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    Chinese ceremonies

    by DanielF Written Nov 7, 2002

    There are many Chinese temples around the island. Their ceremonies fill the air with the scent of incense.

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