Kek Lok Si at night during the last few days of its lighting period.
This fresh milk seller who called himself Disco has been operating his ‘Disco Corner Cafe’ or ‘Disco Fresh Milk’ stall by the side of Ayer Itam’s main road for many years. The stall is a favorite among the locals here and only starts operating during late evenings to late nights.
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.
The new art murals located at the town of Ayer Itam, Penang. These murals depicts various local scenes of Ayer Itam, from the famous “Curry Mee Sisters” in the daytime to the popular nighttime “Disco Fresh Milk” seller in Ayer Itam.
The annual Chinese New Year (CNY) Decorations in Queensbay Mall. This year, the mall sees a far lesser crowd due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order.
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.
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
The Mengkuang Dam finally re-opened to the public in December 2020 after six years of upgrading and expansion works. Unlike the old dam which had more trees and shades, the new expanded dam provides a wider space for recreational activities (but the area can be very hot during the noon).
The dam is accessible freely to the public from 7am to 7pm daily. Note: there will be crowd control during movement control order. Google Map link – click here.
Here are some scenic views of the newly upgraded dam: