We made a short round trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu for the Qing-Ming Festival 清明 (Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day).
With respect of the ancestors, it may not be nice to take pictures of this colourful and smoky festival.
So, I rather showed you the original skeleton of the famous Perak Man. This is the oldest complete set of skeleton discovered in South East Asia. He lived more than 10,000 years ago. Note: Peking Man dated back to 300,000 years.
This skeleton has been relocated back to Lenggong Archaeological Museum in 2014 for Malaysia Tourism Year. Lenggong Valley has been crowned as the World Heritage Site.
We made a impromptu stop over when we passed by Sam Poh Tong at Ipoh just now.
The trees in the hidden cave were serene and green.
The endless curtain of pagoda inscent was mesmerizing.
The twinkling candles sway with the cool cave winds. No word, no thought.
Guess who did I meet just now?
If you don’t recognize him, here is another clue? 不是关公。
Looks familiar (besides the red face)?
He is the most popular god during Chinese New Year, the one and only Prosperity God.
Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
We made a day trip back to hometown for lunch, and passing Ipoh town. I made a short detour to Tow Boo Keong Temple (怡保斗母宫) where the largest celebration of this festival takes place around Ipoh region.
I decided to show Christine the Red Tortoise Buns made for this festival. There are few stores making the buns on location. So devotees can buy steamed bun (ready to eat) or cold one (for prayer).
Minion has hit the lantern market in 2013 mid-autumn festival.
Minion has overtaken PSY (Gangnam Style) as 2013 new kid on the block.
We like to visit this row of shops in Ipoh. You can see 3 shops in the same row displaying colourful lanterns along the corridor.
I know the existing of a place called Batu Gajah, literally means Elephant Stone. You can see the signboard turning to this town from the North-South Highway (E1) in Peninsular Malaysia.
On my way back to Kuala Lumpur, I decided to clear the doubt once for all. What is this stone anyway? We passed by the famous Kellie Castle and dropped by Clearwater Sanctuary.
One can play golf or fishing at Clearwater.
When we started circulating the town, we saw some interesting heritage buildings.
There are easily over 20 buildings that are over century old, and still occupied by local residence.
The 2 traditional Malay houses are actually residence of the railway station master, still in used and owned by railway company.
Want to see the elephant stone? Read on …
Since early 2013, some things were going at the back lane parallel to Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid.
Some things interesting were brewing, and known the the locals.
When the local newspaper the scheme, the activities at the back alley was revealed.