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恭 喜 发 财 萬事如意

A Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year To You All

Happy New Year, Tigers!

大地回春

Picture taken at KDCA, Penampang- Lunar New Year Carnival

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Finally, the curtain is down and back to reality. Quiet Chap Goh Mei came and gone. Dieting Time!

Guan Yin @ Puh Toh Tze

Guan Yin @ Puh Toh Tze

Puh Toh Tze Lion Dance- photo courtesy of Guy Blaski

Puh Toh Tze Lion Dance- photo courtesy of Guy Blaski

Puh Toh Tze Temple

Puh Toh Tze Temple

Peak Nam Tong Temple

Peak Nam Tong Temple

Jade Emperor Temple,Tuaran

Jade Emperor Temple,Tuaran

Ling San Temple, Turan

Ling San Temple, Tuaran

Kompleks Asia City

Kompleks Asia City

Updated(10/02/09):  More Happenings Around Kota Kinabalu Here

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Wow!  Kara, You Floored Me!

(CNY Roundup 3)

This year Kara decided to stay the same but with different lanterns & minor adjustments. The effects still look spectacular & fresh with a classy look & spring atmospheres to it. Well done again, Kara! Definitely catching up with 1Borneo. Come next year, hopefully Kara will overtake 1Borneo in festive presentations.

Arch Bridge

Arch Bridge

 And, wait for it, lions greeted the shoppers with gaiety on the traditional first day (fourth day of CNY) of shop re-opening. Exciting & agitated kids and some grown-ups were swarming all over the place fighting for a vantage point.  What is it about lion dance that, without fail, draws a massive crowd and hyper-active kids and adults swooning all over with ecstatic joy?  It’s a mystery to me.

For a change, one lion (why are there so many white lions?) climbed up a stilt pole in quest of the green. Long time since we had the traditional pole climbing routine. Nowadays we tend to have stage poles where lions are hopping and jumping around the poles.

Lion on Stilt Pole

Lion on Stilt Pole

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On The Night When Everybody Is Watching Everybody Watching Everybody (Spring Festival Roundup 1)

That is what the Chinese New Year Night Market Fair is all about. Let’s join in and rub shoulders with whoever and whomever and end up buying whatever you don’t need. Fell for it every time.

The Crush!

The Crush!

 

Rainfall was still with us in the earlier part of the day and there I was thinking- “Huh! It’s gonna be a washed-out night!”  But, Lo & Behold, it stopped around seven in the evening and time for out and about watching you watching me.  No idea what kick we get out of that but keep on repeating the same ritual every year. This year saw the exponential surge of hawker stalls plying their trades. Was there any corresponding  increase in the volume of crowds? Can’t say, looked the same to me. One thing is for sure, the night prowlers are coming out later & later with each passing year. I remember years back the crowds dwindled down to only a few stragglers after 11pm; but now the crowds only build up to a crescendo after 10 or 10:30 pm. How time has changed. KK only wakes up after 10pm- that’s the trend I notice about 5 or 6 years ago. 

The Jam!      Segama

The Jam! Segama

 

In case you are interested for next year’s fair, the CNY Night Market Fair in Kota Kinabalu is usually held two days prior to the Chinese New Year. The venue is at & around the Central Market near KK Plaza and Segama. Be prepared to fight through the sea of people. Go for broke!

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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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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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