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恭賀新禧

Happy New Year  

��喜發財 -  Fireworks @ Gaya St Spring Festival
恭喜發財 – Fireworks @ Gaya St Spring Festival

年年有餘
年年有餘

In case you are interested- the following political parties will be having an Open House, where Lions/Unicorns/Dragons will be performing and food are laid on free . Open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

1. Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) at Kian Kok Middle School. 10am-1pm, 27th Jan., 2009

2. Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) at KK High School.  11am-2pm, 27th Jan., 2009

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Year of Ox ----- City Park

Year of the Ox ----- City Park

And Prayers Go Out to the Lady in Belfast Hospital.

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Wet, Wet, Wet!

And Damp, Damp, Damp. Chucking it down the last five days and dampened the spirit of celebrations. The final day of the carnival, though stayed dry for the duration of the show, saw the turnout of crowds  greatly reduced from last year’s. Still, in the spirit of  the Coming of Spring and supporting the carnival participants’ sacrifices I did join in with the fun. And here are some pictures taken over two nights. Not great pictures but to show fun can still be had if you turned up.

Gaya St., Crowd Puller

Gaya St., -Crowd Puller

 

Jazz Singer

Jazz Singer

Aren't I Cute?

Aren't I Cute?

Chinese Yoyo Boys

Chinese Yoyo Boys

 More Gaya Stars Here

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Painting by Photoshop

Fantasy Visuals by Tanjung Lipat

Ahoy There!

Ahoy There!

 Surrealistic Chinese Painting

Land Ahoy!

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Moral Uplifting Society

Another relatively unknown Chinese Pagoda tucked away from the tourists’  prying eyes. It is about 2 miles away from the City Centre off Jalan Tuaran(Rd) and easy to get to with any buses plying the Jalan Tuaran route.

Pagoda of Moral Uplifting

Pagoda of Moral Uplifting

 

 

The pagoda is a recent addition and located within the compound of the Moral Uplifting Society. For some reasons the pagoda itself is not really open to the general public- so no exercise for you. It can be viewed and admired from the outside though. 

The Moral Uplifting Society is an organization dedicated to the promotion of moral uplifting activities and adheres to the virtues of  Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity amd Islam. Members of the Society are quite friendly and accommodating and would not mind letting members of the public browse around the place. But do ask for permission first and as far as I know the upstairs is for functions and members of the society only.

The Society and other Chinese temples around Sabah will be brightly lit up with lanterns and other decorations for the upcoming Spring Festival- Chinese New Year. See them before they are taken down again after the 15th day of Chinese New Year (Chap Goh Mei- in Malaysian Chinese lingo).

To Get There

Take the bus going on the Jalan Tuaran route at the Bus Terminal by Wawasan Plaza. Or better still, take a taxi in comfort, but do arrange for the return trip- you don’t want to be stranded in KK, do you now?

If you really, really want to climb up a pagoda, try getting to Tuaran Ling Shan Temple. The Entrance Fee is around Rm1.00 going by last year’s rate. Hire a car or charter a taxi if you want to get there. Be forewarned: it’s  long way away. I shall cover this temple in the near future.

Note: Raining cats & dogs here, so no update on the Gaya St. Spring Festival.
 

 

I lost count of the Countdown to the Chinese New Year.

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Tonight’s the Night

Gaya Awaits You! For the next five nights- 19-23 January, feast yourself to a song and dance extravaganza at Gaya St.

Gaya Street in a Splendour of Reds & Light Fantasia

Festival of Red Lanterns

Festival of Red Lanterns

Lanterns Spring to Life

Lanterns Spring to Life

Memories of Festivals

Memories of Festivals

Many Happy Returns of Spring!—— 7 More Days!

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The Day The Dragon Came A-calling…….

 

Swirling Dragon

Swirling Dragon

And The Lions…..

Lion on Poles Hunting For Greens

Lion On Poles In A Quest For Greens

Golden Lion in Red Disguise

Golden Lion in Red Disguise

And the Unicorn

Unicorn's Rest Day

Unicorn's Rest Day

It was a cloudy and drizzling day (17/01/09), but all the fun was had at the Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu. And you know what? The show was finished early and on time. Even a member of a dance troupe was commenting and praising on the fact. Not too much protocols and speeches on the day, perhaps?  I wouldn’t know. I skipped the first part of the show to avoid the dreary and boring speeches & protocols usually given on such events. Still, more are yet to come if you had missed the event. Watch out on the Jan., 25th and Feb., 11th. Dance troupes will be out in force  around town on the days. Other days will greatly depend on your luck- you may happen to catch a lion acrobatic display invited by some shop owner to greet & grace the shop’s re-opening after the New Year’s breaks. Remember: No Pain, No Gain!
More Dancing Queens Here

8 More Days to New Year!

 

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Temple of the Hokkien Clan

This temple, I am afraid, is off the normal tourist beaten track and rarely promoted by the tour operators. The temple is actually quite near to the city centre, about 2 miles away off the Jalan Penampang (Road). It is what I would consider a Taoist Temple and and closely associated  with the Chinese Hokkien (Fujian- a Chinese group who originated from the Fujian province of China and spoke a form of Chinese dialect called Hokkien) clan.

It is also one of only two Chinese temples in Kota Kinabalu that has a pagoda as an annexe. The pagoda, sadly, is not open to the public but you can still admire the view & its architecture from the outside. The place, as I remember it, puts on a spectacular Lion & Unicorn Dance show on the evening of the  sixth day of every Chinese New Year. It is indeed one of the best Lion and Unicorn dance and acrobatic displays put on in KK. The Lion hopping and jumping on the poles with acrobatic dexterity is the highlight of the evening. Fire-breathing  dragon with magnificent fireballs also sometimes join in with the fun.

A word of warning though, there is also a religious ritual on the evening where devotees get into a trance and carry deities on chairs swinging about all over the place. Therefore, if you are the religious or squeamish type, do avoid visiting the place on the evening concerned.

Should you decide to pay a visit to the temple, do observe the do’s and don’ts  of the  place as it is a place of worship after all.  If  you wish to browse around inside the temple, do ask for permission first as a matter of courtesy.

As this is not your usual tourist haunt, please do not turn up in a big group and making too much noise. You will definitely need to take a cab there, so there is none of the usual “To Get There” guide.

Peak Nam Tong Temple

Peak Nam Tong Temple

10 More Days to New Year

 

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