The Nine Emperors Arrive in Penang, 2011

September 27, 2011

Wow to Penang and the way they celebrate the Nine Emperor Gods festival! There are several Nine Emperor God temples in Penang and last night they invited the Emperor with panache. Lamps were raised, mediums went in to trance, yellow…

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Tow Boh Keong, Hong Kong St, Georgetown, Penang

September 26, 2011

Welcome to Hong Kong St. I met the team last night and we have a great festival planned. Tonight we invite the god. And for the next nine days there will be prayers and processions and good vegetarian food (we…

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A Day of Preparations at the Nine Emperor Gods Festival

September 26, 2011

Saturday was the day that devotees could come to the Ampang temple and get their rooms and beds for this year’s festival dates. It was great to see some friends, observe the temple cleaned up and ready to go, and…

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2011 Nine Emperor Gods Festival Starts next week!

September 21, 2011

It’s time to get the dates on your calendar so that you don’t miss the events of 2011! This year’s Nine Emperor Gods festival begins with a procession to collect the Emperor. The procession takes place the evening of Sept…

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Kau Ong Yah pays a visit to Ampang last May!

September 11, 2011

A few months ago the Kau Ong Yah Lam Thian Kiong Temple of Ampang held a 20 Km radius Ancestor and Thanksgiving ritual. It was a beautiful ceremony over several days in which the temple fulfilled its obligations to the…

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Men Offering Prayers for the Ancestors Image

Prayers for the Ancestors, Hokkien‑style

November 29, 2010

I had a very special opportunity this week to attend a ritual Taoist ceremony held to honor the deceased parents of a Hokkien family.  And people ask me why I like living in KL!?  The Low family was very hospitable…

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Exploring Places and Photography Image

Going Places KL Nov 6 2010

November 7, 2010

Yesterday, I used a rather mundane stroll to the bank to explore and learn something about my own photography skills.  And hence, the first post in a series called Going Places.   The idea here is to just go out and…

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Bali Rice Cliché

November 6, 2010

Had to smile the other day when a photographer friend posted some photos of saffron-clad Buddhist monks on his blog with an apology for being cliché.  It’s so nice to see other photographers deal with wanting to photograph what is beautiful about …

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The Mythical Lion of Bali Image

Barong Blogging

November 5, 2010

A Barong – the mythical lion of Bali – landed in my lap. Literally, in my lap, like it was some kind of kitten. Barong are traditionally very large, brought to life by two dancers under a larger-than-life costume. I…

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A Man Dresses in Emperor God Image

Placing Ideas

October 30, 2010

Blogging about the Nine Emperor Gods Festival here was an inspiring start for me at building a community of like-minded photographers and culture buffs. So inspiring, in fact, that I’m ready to start sharing perceptions and photos within the realm…

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