Travelogue

Johor

Carnival at Pasir Gudang (Kite Festival)

The traffic around Bukit Layang-Layang during the World Kite Festival (18-23 February 2014) was jam packed.

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The locals swamped to the festival not merely for the flying kites, but the carnival like stalls on the hillside.

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There were over hundred stalls but not many surprises as they were selling standard night market goods.

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World Kite Festival 2014

Pasir Gudang held the 19th World Kite Festival on 18th to 23rd February 2014.

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We visit Bukit Layang-Layang to see the interesting kites roaming the blue sky.

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It was a good experience to see interesting shape and size, 2D and 3D kites.

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Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 3)

Many foreign visitors (especially kids) are fascinated with the lion dance and dragon dance.

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Partly could be the adrenaline pumping drum (traditional lion dance music).

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It was the variety of forms and colours that I personally find the lion/dragon dances interesting.

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Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 2)

How ‘hot’ is Chingay in Johor Bahru?

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Two of the hot spots are the VIP grandstand along Jalan Wong Ah Fook (opposite of Central and the temporary shrine.

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The participants, devotees and tourists (like us) walked 10KM round circuit from the temporary shrine to towards city center.

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These flags were carried by young girls, and this has been a century old tradition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Country road from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru

We often ‘torture’ ourselves with long journey from point A to point B by not taking the expressway.

Minyak Beku

The disadvantage is taking 14 hours to cover 5 hours journey, and burning more fuels.

Pontian

Despite it was raining, we manage to see more local towns and to sample the local foods. The first picture was testing a sweep panorama (failed due to my first practice, you can see the ‘bands’) but it was fun to travel to beach without tar road (Minyak Beku, near Batu Pahat).

Melaka Padi Field 2

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