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Conquering the Beast

March 19, 2013


Chinese New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the beginning of spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coordination with the changes of nature). Its origin is too old to be traced but several explanations are hanging around. All agree, however, that the word Nian, which in modern […]

Top Street Food of Penang

March 8, 2013


The abundance of hawker cuisine in Penang meant that they are seldom cooked at home. Furthermore their preparations are usually laborious. KuKu would only cook on special occasions and to feed many mouths. On any other day she preferred to buy from the markets or hawkers. Although most hawker centres serve a variety of well-known […]

Hawkers Delight

February 20, 2013


It has become a ritual for my sister and her husband to take KuKu and myself out to supper during our annual reunion. I had been eager to get to the night market and soak up the red lantern in its magic life of fire. Seeing KuKu again would always be top billing on this […]

Rise of the Kok Women

February 6, 2013


The story below continues from here. For my grandfather, the shock of war might as well have been fatal. His fortune now won and lost, he never spoke again – retreating forever into a place within himself. Merely surviving the Nian was not a fortune he could live with. To ensure our livelihood, street-vending became […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

January 16, 2013


Today I am taking up the Weekly Photo Challenge of the Daily Post. The word ‘Illumination’ reminds me of the Chinese Lantern, which plays an important role in the culture I grew up in. It symbolizes the brilliant culture of China that was brought along by the early Chinese migrants to Penang. In ancient China, […]

Survivors of War

January 7, 2013


The same day as the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Japanese Emperor launched his bid on the Pearl of the Orient and the other British possessions in its neighbourhood. Four days later, the bombing of Penang began, and life for my family would be changed forever. The Rising Sun now ascendant over Malaya, previously distant […]

Dreaded Nian

January 3, 2013


In endless tropical summer, the Spring Festival was always a spiritually dubious time for my grandfather. Desperate to ensure his good fortune continued in the coming year, he would close the shop out of superstition several days before the new moon. In Cantonese tradition, to give someone the gift of a clock at the time […]