Penang Street Art: The Sisters’ Curry Mee Mural @ Ayer Itam

The Sisters’ Curry Mee in Ayer Itam is one of the oldest and most famous food stalls in Penang. Renowned for their heritage food taste, the curry mee is a must try for visitors in Ayer Itam. This local art mural is being created in honor of the sisters and can be found behind one of the alley ways of Ayer Itam town.

Since their retirement a couple years ago, the curry mee stall is now managed by their grandniece and it operates from morning to noon daily.

Penang Perspective: Jade Emperor Temple at Ayer Itam

Today marks the 9th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is also a big celebration of the Chinese Hokkien to express their gratitude to the Jade Emperor. It is also known as the Hokkien people’s new year, and in Penang where the majority of Chinese are Hokkiens, it is usually celebrated more widely (and ‘loudly’) than the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year.

It was said that during the Song Dynasty, Chinese Hokkien refugees were saved from being caught and killed by the Mongols on the same day of the Jade Emperor’s birthday after hiding in a sugarcane farm for nine consecutive days.

Hence, as a gratitude and believing that the Jade Emperor had blessed and saved them, the Hokkiens celebrated this occasion by offering prayers (usually including sugarcane too) to the Jade Emperor.

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

A photo taken during the George Town Chinese New Year festival back in February 2020. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order, no large celebrations, travel or mass gatherings will be allowed for Chinese New Year.

Kek Lok Si Virtual Lighting Ceremony 2021

Kek Lok Si Temple, for the first time, will be broadcasting its lighting ceremony virtually today via Facebook for the coming Chinese New Year. This is due to the current Movement Control Order which is put in place across the country till 18 February, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual ceremony will start at 7pm today (GMT+8, 7 February) and those interested, can watch the virtual ceremony here: LINK