Travelogue

Festival

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 1)

We arrived in Johor Bahru in time for the grand parade.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (4)

in year 2012, this annual festival has been gazetted as Malaysia National Heritage.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (3)

We were joining 50,000 locals and visitors to celebrate Chingay in JB on the 21st day of Chinese New Year.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (7)

It was worth the long drive from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru to attend this colourful and explosive festival.

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (12)

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The Deities of Johor Bahru Chingay, 柔佛古庙游神之五尊神明

Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (53)

Yuan Tian Shang Di (元天上帝)  is the highest leader amongst the Taoist Gods.

元天上帝

The Chinese Old Temple was empty because the five deities have been placed in the temporary shrine where the venue has large compound for the growing devotees during the Johor Bahru Chingay Festival..

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I could smell Chinese New Year round the corner

Chinese New Year 2014 (6)

Kuala Lumpur city and many shopping malls are congested on the last shopping weekend before Chinese New Year (31 January 2014).

Chinese New Year 2014 (10)

I dropped by Mid-Valley Mega Mall to pick up a new point-and-shoot camera. The shots in this post were taken with this tiny camera. It is fun to use the remaining power in the new battery and took a few snapshots.

Chinese New Year 2014 (3)

The parking lot with few thousands parking bays were totally filled in 30 minutes. We decided to avoid the crowd and went to Petaling Street (also known as foreign workers street) to have lunch.

Chinese New Year 2014 (9)

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Year of Horse is approaching

We went for lunch at Lot 10 Hutong cafeteria (十号胡同).

Pavilion KL Chinese New Year 2014 (4)

Looking at the amount of red colour decorations and the New Year songs in the background, we know that Chinese New Year is round the corner.

Pavilion KL Chinese New Year 2014 (3)

It is easy (even for foreign tourists) to guess what zodiac is the host of 2014.

Pavilion KL Chinese New Year 2014 (7)

Not the lotus, the HORSE!

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Thaipusam 2014 @ Batu Caves

Christmas just passed and we have celebrated New Year. Malaysia is ranked world #2 for having the most holidays. We have holiday to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday on 14th and today we have Thaipusam (17th January).

Thaipusam at Batu Caves 2014 (15)

I made a short visit to Batu Caves this morning, and see if the crowd has increased. Batu Caves is crowded as usual.

Thaipusam at Batu Caves 2014 (8)

i was  wondering what to explore. Perhaps starting with the knife.

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No Deepavali Bazaar in Brickfields for 2013

If you are looking forward to visit Brickfield for its month long Deepavali (Diwali) Bazaar, you could be disappointed this year.

Deepavali (Diwali) Bazaar 2013 (4)

KL Municipal has relocated 400 stalls to Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, near Masjid India.

Deepavali (Diwali) Bazaar 2013 (5)

I visited the back lane this morning around 10am, only few stalls were opened.

Deepavali (Diwali) Bazaar 2013 (3)

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Fire walk @ Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013

Tonight is the 9th and the last day of 2013 Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Nine Emperors God Festival 2013 (13)

It has been 9 days after my last visit to the temple at Ampang.

Nine Emperors God Festival 2013 (7)

The fire walking ritual started on 8pm and ended in 15 minutes.

Nine Emperors God Festival 2013 (15)

Devotees were rushing in after the ceremony to bring home the ‘holy charcoal’.

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