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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Penang Island during my Chinese New Year 2010

All these picture was took during my visit to Penang Island on 2010 Chinese New Year.
Penang Island is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia and is situated in the north of the Peninsular. Local Government is the third tier in the administrative structure of the Malaysian Government. At Penang Island, local government has been in existence since 1856.
The Municipal Council of Penang Island administers an area of approximately 299.65 sq. kilometers with a multi-racial population of about 660,000. The Municipal Council of Penang Island was established on 15 December 1976 under the Local Government Act, 1976. The Council is an organization that provides local government services on the island. The Council's activities and operation have direct bearing on the quality of life of the people.

Penang Island Ferry began its operations in 1920, making it the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. These iconic ferries ply between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang island, ferrying both passengers and vehicles to and from the island.

A wide View from balcony of ROOM [1103], 11th Floor.
Flamingo by the Beach Hotel Penang
This newly transformed hotel reflects the Flamingo brand as well as announces its arrival in the tropical island paradise of Penang, Malaysia. Only a short drive away from the hawker foods paradise of Gurney Drive & Shopping heaven of Gurney Plaza, Island Plaza, Time Square, Prangin Mall & Komtar, Mother nature’s relaxing Garden at Botanical & Waterfall. Not forgetting also our famous Batu Ferringhi Walk (night market) which is only 10 minutes drive away.
 City Hall, Penang Island is recognized as national monument in Malaysia. It is a two-stories building situated at the Esplanade in the state of Penang Island and has a significant historical and architectural value. It is believed that the building was specifically built to house council/municipal offices in the early days. It currently houses the Penang Municipal Council Chambers and two departments – the Licensing and the Urban Services departments.
 Swettenham Pier International Cruise Terminal
THE newly-opened RM62.9 million Penang Swettenham Pier International Cruise Terminal in Penang Port has received its first cruise-liner — the SuperStar Libra on 13 November 2009.
The ship which carries some 1,472 passengers from Malaysia, Singapore and Europe began it’s journey from Port Klang. The liner is expected to berth once every two weeks at the terminal. Other liners that will dock at the terminal are the SuperStar Virgo, Queen Mary II, Amusement World,Legend Of The Sea and AIDAcara vessels.

 Me & my wife was contributing a piece of tile for the Guan Yin Cover at 極樂寺. Penang.

Penang Peranakan Mansion
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese unique to this part of the world, especially in the Straits Settlements (Penang, Malacca and Singapore) hence its other name, the Straits Chinese. Adopting selected ways of the local Malays and later, the colonial British, the Peranakans had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language are still evident in Penang today.
At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home.

Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a luxury resort situated along the famous beaches of Batu Ferringhi.
Located in the Pearl of Orient, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is iconic, bringing the multicultural Penang to new heights with its authentic Hard Rock experience. This hip and trendy resort in Penang is suitable for families, couples and singles for their relaxing accommodation in Penang.

 Old House Cafe(老房子) is a newly open Chinese cuisine restaurant at Kimberly Street, Penang, near the famous Kimberley Street Duck Kway Chap (鸭肉粿汁). The owner is owning Bee Chin Heong business too. Anyway he is profession in cooking Teochew style cuisine and previously he runs the restaurant business in a pink color residential shop at a far end corner coffee shop.
While comparing Old House Cafe(老房子) with its previous restaurant, Old House Cafe(老房子) has a lot of decorations and designs that perfectly match it's name, which brings feeling of dining in an "ancient" China restaurant. The old style wooden door and internal wooden tables, different antique designs successfully bring this kind of feeling to customer. Although the interior doesn't emphasis on modern element, it's still a clean, well-decorated Chinese-style restaurant that customer be proud to bring any guest to.
Although it is a newly open restaurant, newspaper did features some delight of this cafe. Some of the popular dishes are braised meat with rice(卤肉饭), fried Koay Teow(炒粿条), Har Mee(虾面) and others. Although the dishes here are more like hawker style food, but the price is comparable to commercialized cafe, for example Old Town White Coffee or Apex Coffee. Other than that, the restaurant also serves various kind of vegetarian dishes.

Bangunan U.A.B.
Located at Victoria Street Penang Island.

  Cheah Kongsi
Completed in 1873, The Cheah Kongsi was the first of the five great Hokkien clans to be established in Penang. Unlike the other clan houses, the Cheah Kongsi clan house is an impressive building fusing Malay, Chinese and European influences in traditional Straits Chinese fashion and the façade resembles the great temples and palaces in China.
Architecturally, the double-storey Cheah Kongsi differs from the regular temple, as the temple is on the upper storey that is supported by heavy foundation pillars. The sweeping roof of this double storey porch bungalow is decorated with stylized sculptures of sirens, dogs, lions of stucco and shards of both Chinese and Dutch porcelain crockery. The temple porch was renovated in the 1930s with the addition of British lion heads.
The Cheah Kongsi has a charming front lawn and serene distinctly courtyards. The mid-19th century temple building uniquely integrates the double storey porch bungalow plan with a distinctive Chinese courtyard building layout. The worship hall proper is located on the upper floor and whilst the clan’s office building is located within the compounds of the clan house.
The Cheahs who originate from Sek Tong village in South China Sea are members of the Cheah association founded in 1820 by Penang’s pioneer settler Cheah Yam. Upon his death, his widow Ong Sin Neoh took charge. She created a trust body and laid down the rules, thus becoming the only woman ever wield such direct influence over a local Hokkien clan association.
Cheah Kongsi courtyard temple has also been partly converted into a museum to recapture the clan’s 183-year-old history. Several pieces of original furniture and artifacts that have been saved from the ravages of time and war are on display in thematic fashion in the temple’s various chambers.

  Wooden Fish ~ 木魚
木 魚,一種木制樂器,通常为圆型或长方形,內空心作為聲音共振之用。讓它發出聲響的方式是敲它。依照聲音的高低有不同的大小的木魚,體積越大音高越低,現亦 製作有將各種音高木魚連結在一起的樂器,以便於演奏,除在國樂團中被使用之外(一个乐团一般设置五个木鱼),一般生活中常用於佛教的宗教音樂,用於儀式唸 經等場合。

 Weighting Scale
This is an antique Weighting Scale where by we found at one of the Mansion during our trip...