The Hokkiens Are Having A Blast

It is called the Hokkien New Year in Melaka where the Hokkiens arrived some 500 or 600 years ago. The Pai Ti Kong tradition lives on. It will be a blast midnight tonight. Keep your pets indoor.

Tonight, the Hokkiens will set off enough firecrackers and fireworks to make the world think North Korea launched some nuclear weapons. It’s the ‘coming out from hiding in sugar cane plantation” syndrome.
Don’t let your cats and dogs out tonight as they may be bewildered and wander off until lost.

A girl waiting for the apex of the Pai Ti Kong Festival. At midnight, there’ll be a bonfire of joss paper and firecrackers to celebrate the Jade Emperor God’s birthday. In the meantime, three giant joss sticks
burn in front of a table laden with food and fruits. The home offerings were flanked by two tall sugar cane stalks.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 500, f1.4, 1/60 sec.

#paitikong #hokkien #fujian #culture #melaka #tradition #history #malacca #chinesefestival #taoism

Kailan Stir Fried With Cloves Of Garlic In Oyster Sauce

Uncle William loved the garlic. I don’t. Haha. The dish was shiny and deep green, I tried to capture its glossy look. The leafy kailan is known as the Chinese kale.

Panasonic GM-1, ISO 1000, f4, 1/200 sec.

#foodphotography #kailan #garlic #green #chongfatt #chinesefood #cny

Japenese Tofu With Crab Meat

Recommended dish at Chong Fatt Seafood Restaurant. Circular Japanese egg tofu with crab meat is very good and delicious. The broccoli garnish added a nice dash of green as a contrasting colour.

Panasonic GM-1, ISO 1000, f4, 1/200 sec.

#foodphotography #tofu #eggs #chongfatt #chinesefood #cny

Smoky Inside – The Guandi Temple In KL Chinatown

The Guan Di Temple (关帝庙) in Chinatown KL is a must stop for many Taoist devotees during Chinese New Year. It is also an annual pilgrimage for me as a photographer. It offers many wonderful subjects for the camera. The temple was built in 1888.

My post yesterday entitled “Those Halcyon Days (Blue Skies And Candlelight) was from this temple.

After acquiring so many shots from inside over the years, I decided to try one from outside this morning. Love the blueish, smoky interior chamber as seen through the main doorway. The smoke is from the burning joss sticks, joss papers, candles and incense spirals fired up by worshipers.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f10, 1/200 sec

#chinatown #kualalumpur #chinesenewyear #temple #taoism #kuanti #guandi