Happy Songkran

Happy Songkran to Thai friends and Happy New Year to friends in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. It is also the Khmer New Year. Also Burma’s traditional New Year. Many people know it as the Water Festival where friendly dunking and splashing is a ritual, especially in Thailand. It is also celebrated in parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, China.

I called a friend in Cambodia last night and he said it is a long holiday weekend. Happy Holidays.

#songkran #waterfestival #thailand #culture

Memories of Qingming – Part 1

This is one of my favourite photographic memories from the graveyards on Tomb Sweeping Day. 15 days after the Spring Equinox, the Chinese sweep or visit the tombs of their departed loved ones annually.

The weather may be wet and gloomy on that day in 2008, but the Qing Ming Jie (清明节) (or Ching Ming Festival) tradition of burning paper offerings was captured in this image of cold against warmth.

To capture the silhouettes of relatives (strangers) surrounding the tomb and bonfire, I climbed down low on the hilly terrain.

Olympus E-510, 1SO 400, f4.5, 1/320 sec.

#qingming #tomb #bonfire #tradition

Vesak

Vesak or Wesak Day is celebrated today (3rd May) here in Malaysia and also in Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia and a few other countries.

Other Asian countries such as Thailand and Singapore celebrate on 1st June 2015. India, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan and China observe the festival on a different day.

The variation is due to the different lunar, lunisolar and Gregorian calendars used.

Buddha Day, as it is also known, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.

Golden statues photographed at the Thai Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya.

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Happy Vesak.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1250, f4, 1/160 sec.

Good Wishes

Wonderful that today is an alignment of Asian festivals. Happy Tamil New Year, Happy Thai New Year or Songkran and Happy Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi), the important holy day for Sikhs.

Saw these statues of a family at a Hindu temple in Rawang, a town on Federal Route 1. Will see if I can also drop by at a Sikh temple that is on-route later.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/400 sec.

Evolution Of Malaysian Words

Some (previously) widely used Malaysian words that have gone hipster, ‘atas’ or politically correct.

Parang – Machete
Brinjal – Eggplant or Aubergine
Massage Parlour – Spa
Sungai Buloh – Kota Damansara
Segambut Dalam – Mont Kiara
Buka Puasa – Iftar
SMS You – Text You
Pew Jiot – Peugeot [pøʒo]
Tissue – Serviette
Car Jockey – Valet
Van – MPV
Ladies’ Fingers – Okra
Psycho – Bipolar
Homo – Gay
Handphone – Cell Phone
Chow – Ciao
Barang – Weed
Brader, Rilex Lah – Chill, Dude
Shopping Complex – Mall
Play Backside – Sodomy
Hawker/Lorry – Food Truck
Public Toilet – Washroom/Rest Room
Servant/Maid – Domestic Helper
Make rat sounds and shout Bill – Waiter, check please (but only in atas places)
Pariah Dog – Mongrel
‘Outstation Dog’ – German Shepherd (Alsatian)
Rumah Tumpangan – Budget Hotel
Kong Hee Fatt Choy – Gong Xi Fa Cai
Tudung – Hijab**
Batang Berjuntai (the town, not the male body part) – Bestari Jaya
Mak Andam – Make-Up Artist**

**Contributed in comments section of original post in my FB