Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bon Odori 2012

Bon Odori was held annually with the same venue in Penang. Although it was held for around 10 years I never been there before. This year I was glad to have chance been there with my friend Amanda. When I reached there, I was shocked because of the crowds of people were really packed.
The main stage was set up in the middle of Esplanade field and there were some Japanese cultural performances by the Penang Japanese Society members. Whereas the surrounding compound was full of food stalls, games booths and some artistic stuffs. What I can say it was like a great pasar malam in town!
#1 There was the cultural arts performances presented by the Japanese Society members. I was glad to have chance watching on those performances locally instead of going to Japan. :D
#2 The world mentioned that Japanese people are polite, this one I can agree with. Because as the event ended, they will say "Aligato" (thank you) to all the audiences.
#3 Up next will be the awesome fireworks in the end of event. It last for 10 minutes and everyone was waiting there to witness the fireworks before leave.
#4 The most amazing part of the event should be the fireworks part. I think there was even great than the fireworks while new year countdown! Awesome.
So if next year the Bon Odori still held, I will try my best to be there again and snap for more photos. Posted by GenYong 26.09.2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Chung Ling 95th Anniversary Closing Ceremony

Chung Ling High School had celebrated their 95th Anniversary in earlier month of July. The events last for 3 days and each happened in Chung Ling High School, Chung Ling Private and also Chung Ling Butterworth. This event can be consider as a grand event ever since the 90th Anniversary which happened 5 years ago.
Here I came to the event which was the closing ceremony with my dad. It was actually given tickets by my dad's Yeoh Si Association. Hence, both of us were there on that night!
It was a big crowds of Chung Ling alumni. Many of them were traveled from outstation and reached the high school to celebrate the carnival together. Some of them were become a big business man and also some of them were owned their families and brought them together. It was so lively!
#1 I met with my schoolmates Wei Jie who is still continue his studies in Form 6.
#2 I met with scouts too... They were my high school friends and we played together although previously I was not a scout member. Scouts Rocks! 
#3 There was a big tent in order to cover up everyone! :D
#4 A big stage for the good performances... It was like turning the Chung Ling High School into concert venue. Cool!
#5 All the VVIPs, Board of Directors, Principals were invited to the stage and cut for the 95th Anniversary Cake.
#6 After the ceremony, the big stage was used to be a concert stage! All the Chung Ling talents were out and some of them even popular until nationwide and international too.
#7 Here come the performances from School Choir, they have a good voice!
#8 Han Jie Lau (13 years old) who from Chung Ling Private High School also performed on stage. He was the popular student PK singer for Astro Stars Quest 2011.
#9 Besides that, Han Jie also performed his talents dance! Michael Jackson and even the moonwalk dances steps! :D
#10 Wan Ying (16 years old) who from Chung Ling Butterworth High School also performed on that night. She's the Hokkien Song International Competition top champion on year 2008. Now she sings more in chinese songs.
#11 Another talented singer from Chung Ling Butterworth but I have forgotten her name.
Actually there were a lot of singers performed on that night, just because of my camera was out of function and I just taken a few to show you guys. Chung Ling really produced a lot of talents!
#12 The very first time our Chief Minister CM Lim Guan Eng appear in Chung Ling High School compound since year 2008. CM was just back from the Debate 2.0 with Dato Chua Soi Lek on that day and immediately present to the event. His appearance make the crowds cheering non stop and it was a surprise!
Well, as the VVIP arrived the host of the event will sure invite CM Lim Guan Eng to go upon the stage and give some speech. However in the school compound, CM was just talking about education and not much about politics. He also praised on Chung Ling High School could ever educated out all the talents that stay around international and also nationwide! It was a great talk by CM and even students also came across and take a photo of him.
I have spotted something when I was taking photos. There was a lot of branded cars like Peugeot, WellFire, Mercedes, BMW and many more in front of the Chung Ling High School building! Some even have the driver take care of it, really cool!
So everything ended up with laughter and smile and also the cheer. As well, waiting for the next 5 years for the really grand event 100th Anniversary. Year 2017, I will be back and celebrate the 100th Anniversary together with all Chung Ling alumni! Posted by GenYong 25.09.2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Georgetown Festival 2012 (Part 2)

Continue from the previous post, after the opening ceremony by Penang State Chief Minister CM Lim Guan Eng there were more and more people joined into the crowds and make the quiet street turned to be even lively. Let's see those photos below:

The street was starting to be crowded as you can see even the foreign tourist also came over and have a look on it. The booth were ready to show off what they have and serve the best to visitors.

#1 The group photo with my parents.

#2 I was there practice how to break a hard wood, it looks easy but not really.
#3 The good and original brewed tea. It's nice and original! :D
#4 Some visitors were tried to break the hard wood but it ends up with smiles.
#5 My mum thumbs up on the original brewed tea too! 
#6 The foreign tourists also glad to have a photo with the local cultural artists.
Besides chinese culture arts, there was some malay and indian cultures also. Together we showed our love to our heritage town. They performed some malay tradition dances and also perform the kompang beating. It was really fun! 
Our CM Lim Guan Eng was visited each booth and taste for their food also. I was glad to have the chance shake hand with him. 
A visit to the heritage house which is also the base for the first China man who landed in Penang. In this house, we were guide by the organizer and he explained everything to us. At night there was a team of orchestra performed on the music too.
#7 The foreign tourist also try out on the hard wood cutting
#8 Lastly I also met with my friend a.k.a Leo buddy Luke Goh who was involved in the event too.
Well, it's a nice celebration for Georgetown. I hope this event can be continue annually and attracts more and more people to participate on it. I love Penang Heritage, do you? Posted by GenYong 24.09.2012