T’SAI SHEN TAU : 2ND OF 3 PART-SERIES

T’sai Shen Tau  means The God of Prosperity has arrived…

The event last weekend was part of the Chinese New Year celebration and to commemorate the inclusion of Georgetown, Penang in one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Cities.

In few cities I’ve been to –there are always a Chinese community and a Chinatown and Penang is not an exception.  Being one of the three races in this part of Malaysia (with Malays and Indians), the Chinese people are not to be disregarded. Whether in business, in schools, in malls or just about anywhere and everywhere, their presence is always felt.

On my seventh month of being an expat, it was my first time to experience Chinese New Year in Penang. The celebration stretches from February 3 to 17–or fifteen long days of fun and festivities.

Versatility is one of their strong characters.  They can be so reserved…

Or appear to be on top of the world…

Their concern to protect Mother Nature and giving importance to one’s roots were so apparent in the street tableaux…

 

back to the basics…

Even ‘lending a helping hand’ was depicted on the streets…

The Recycle-Reuse-Reduce echoed in the streets of Georgetown last weekend…

What fellow medical educators, Dr. Yambao & Dr. Carlo do for this hobby called photography...

And while my 2 companions were busy clicking their D7000, I didn’t let my chance to taste this Chinese Sharksfin soup pass… For RM 3 (PhP 42) it was thick and flavorful, enough to complete my delight.

Soon after my tummy’s warmed by that tasteful soup, I continued the experience of immersing myself to bits and pieces of Chinese lifestyle in Penang back in those early years…

There were young ladies who acted as vendors…

Sugar canes as one of their commodities…

Oriental pieces never fail to fascinate me…

Even the skies were decorated for the event.

No detail was overlooked…

Chinese decors are a real feast to the eyes…

And the vivid colors of their decors and ornaments are a reflection of their people…

Would you agree that they also have a natural thing for humor?  Check out this kid’s hair piece…

And when it drizzled, this couple didn’t mind putting on egg trays to cover their heads; how amusing!

The streets were geared for the occasion from afternoon…

to sun down…

“Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.” -Pearl Buck

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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23 thoughts on “T’SAI SHEN TAU : 2ND OF 3 PART-SERIES

  1. Great shots. galing galing 🙂 natawa ako dun sa ipit nung isang bata astig. and the ornaments hanging especially the lights nicely captured. buti pa dyan daming celebration.

    1. thanks, iana..
      ‘daming celebrations’ at madaming holidays..

      it’s expected because of the 3 predominant races here, so there are tons of festivities in store in a year.

  2. Wonderful to see a lot of people shots, and the colors are truly vivid and well saturated. The last photo is definitely my favorite with its very blurred background. For a beginner, I think you have just made a lot of professional photographers a run for their money! Congrats!!!

    1. oh, no! dennis, i’m just a newbie photographer-wannabe. but nonetheless, i am in cloud 9 with your & sidney snoeck’s comments & thumbs up on my fb photos; maraming salamat! i’m taking it as a motivation to learn more.
      you are inspiring!

    1. jo, i have to learn tons about photography; i just took my very first step by getting a dslr. ikaw i envy you, ang husay mo na and you really took efforts in attending photo-workshops & classes. 😀

    1. gael, salamat!
      if you’re flying to penang on april, let me know… sana weekends at wala akong pasok so i can meet you finally and tour you around..
      libre nyo ako ha.. hehehe

      PS: rob is visiting us (my wife+kid) on march 23-24. while my family will arrive few days ahead of him. let’s go!

  3. The Chinese and Peranakan (Malay-Chinese) communities of Penang have been one of the cornerstones of the culture of Penang. It’s amazing that, unlike – sadly – here in the Philippines – they remain proud of their heritage and culture and do what they can to promote it generation after generation.

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