Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum in Penang to open in June 2013

The Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum, a new addition to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is set to officially open in June during the 2013 George Town Festival. The museum showcases the epitome of Baba Nyonya jewelry and is the first of its kind to be opened in Penang. The building housing these jewels is also furnished with Straits Chinese furniture and collectibles and adjoins the Pinang Peranakan Mansion through the Chinese Jade garden.

The museum displays the rare and priceless collections of magnificent Peranakan diamonds, intans and jade set in gold and precious metals. These gems are unique with its exquisite settings and designs – an amalgamation of Chinese, Malay, Victorian and Indian compositions. Some of the techniques and craftsmanship employed in these pieces are so meticulous that they are no longer found or made today. These master craftsmen included skilled and expert master craftsmen from China and Ceylon.

These Baba Nyonya jewellery are collected over a period of 35 years, sourced from the personal collection of Baba Nyonya families including recovered jewels from Kapitan China’s collection.

Blue Whale Cruise February Special Offer

Depart from : Straits Quay Marina

Fee: RM 175 per person

Relax on board the “Whale” while enjoying the beautiful Penang from the sea. The cruise will pass Pulau Tikus island, Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque, Batu Feringghi and Teluk Bahang fishing village.

If the sea Is not favourable , the cruise will go towards the south side, to see the majestic Penang Bridge, the 2nd Bridge and Jerejak Island. The cruise departs at 2.30pm and returns at 5.30pm

Other Daily tours schedule:

Sunday – Around the Island Tour – BBQ Departs at 10.00Hrs. Returns 18.00Hrs. RM310 each

Monday – Monkey Beach – BBQ – Departs at 10.00Hrs. Returns 15.30Hrs. RM199 each

Tuesday – Dinner Cruise – Set Dinner- Departs at 18.00Hrs.Returns-21.30hrs. RM260 each

Thursday – Monkey Beach – BBQ- Departs at 10.00Hrs Returns 15.00Hrs. RM199 each

Chinese New Year Open House

The Chinese New Year Celebration is no longer a celebration for only the Chinese Community where family members reunite and spread joy and love. In fact, has morphed into a celebration for all Malaysians. It is during times like this, we take the opportunity to rekindle our friendship with friends and neighbours regardless of race and creed.

In conjuction with Chinese New Year celebration, the Penang State government invites everyone to attend our annual Open House as below:

1) Chief Minister’s Chinese New Year Open House

Date: 10th of February 2013

Venue: PISA

Time: 10am- 1pm

2) Penang State Chinese New Year Open House

Date: 14th Feb 2013

Time: 8pm onwards

Venue: SJK (C) Keng Koon, Bukit Tambun

3) Penang State Chap Goh Meh Celebration & Open House

Date: 24th Feb 2013

Time: 6pm- 11pm

Venue: Padang Kota (Espalande)

My ASTRO Ulala Chinese New Year Countdown

Date: 9th February 2013 (Chinese New Year’s Eve)

Time: 9pm onwards

Venue: City Hall, Esplanade

The Penang State Tourism Development and Culture office invites everyone to join in the fun at Esplanade with Astro this Chinese New Year’s eve after reunion dinners. This countdown will also be broadcasted live on Astro AEC and features performances by local celebrities, various cultural performances, fireworks and more.

The general program for the countdown in Penang is as below:

8.45pm : Opening Chingay performance and Malay Dance
9.00pm : Welcome by Astro Hosts, Tan Yunn Chzuan and Danny Koo & LED Dragon Dance
9.10pm : Malay Cultural Dance
9.20pm : Group performance of Chinese New Year Song by Hua Hee Karaoke artistes, Regine Tan, Jacqueline Ng, Teh Win Li and others.
9.30pm : Chinese and Malay dance
9.55pm – 10.45pm : Individual singing performances by Hua Hee Karaoke artistes
10.50pm: Special Lion Dance performance using creative D.I.Y Lions
11.25pm : Chingay performances
11.50pm: Sing-along to MY Astro Ulala theme song
11.58pm : Countdown begins
12 midnight : Fireworks display
12.05am : Lion Dance on stilts

A Place for Nyonya Cuisine in Penang

Tucked in the heart of George Town’s Noordin Street is Little Kitchen @ Nyonya. The charming restaurant housed in an old two storey shophouse with a distinctive heritage façade, serves home-cooked Nyonya dishes.

Stepping inside the restaurant is as though taking a trip back in time. The well preserved interior offers something unique and the furniture and antiques reflect the atmosphere perfectly. Even the lightings hanging from the wooden ceiling are of harmonious theme, as described by the proprietor Mr Loh. Remarkably, this is home for all three generations of the family.

Initially, Mr Loh’s father delved into the bird nest culinary scene in Penang which they continue up till this very day. However, the young Loh decided to diversify his gastronomic scope by serving authentic Nyonya dishes. His mother has been helping in the daily preparation.

Association of Tourism Attractions Penang’s (ATAP) Launches New Website

Association of Tourism Attractions Penang’s (ATAP) new website was launched earlier this week by Penang Chief Minister Y.A.B Lim Guan Eng, accompanied by State Tourism Development and Culture EXCO Y.B Danny Law Heng Kiang.

The goal of this new website is to give an up-to-date information for tourists; linking potential visitors to the websites and locations of all ATAP members. It also creates awareness on ATAP and enable cross promotion amongst members of the association.

On top of that, a series of video promotions called “My Penang, Live It, Love It” will be added on the on the website by June this year. The 15-episode series will feature all 55 of the ATAP’s members including Kek Lok Si Temple, Sun Yat Sen Penang Base, Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Butterfly Farm, Penang Bird Park and many more. The videos would primarily be in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Q-Kids Junior Golden Voice Singing Competition

Date: 2nd February 2013

Time: 2pm
Venue: Queensbay Mall

In celebration of Chinese New Year, parents and guardians will be getting their children’s vocals warmed up and their camera ready to record the beautiful voices because Q-Kids Junior Golden Voice Singing Competition is back in Queensbay Mall!

In keeping iwth the annual tradition, the competition is organised with an aim to provide children with an arena to exhibit their talents.

Such competitions will also elevate cultural awareness and appreciation of tradition among the children. Open to all Q-Kids Club members aged 5-12 years old, the children will showcase their exceptional talents by performing a Chinese New Year song in Mandarin or Hokkien.

Spring Festival Concert – Raving Dance of Golden Serpent

Date: 2nd February 2013

Time: 8pm
Venue: Penang Performing Arts Centre, Straits Quay

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year and the year of the snake, Proart Chinese Orchestra is presenting the “Raving Dance of the Golden Serpent”, a Spring Festival Concert consisting of cheerful chinese new year rhythms to complement the joyful festive mood. The concert pieces include:

Erhu Unison: “Festive Gongs”
Yangqin Quartet: “Tidings of Joy”
Zheng Solo: “Spring at Xiang River”
String Ensemble: “A Pleasant Eve”
Plucked String Ensemble: “Joy”
Erhu Solo: “Joyful Spring”
Yangqin Solo: “Spring in River Qing”
String Quintet: “A Joyful Night”
Ensemble: Chinese New Year Pieces

ProArt Chinese Orchestra was founded in year 1998. It comprises of members from award winning orchestras in the Northern Region of Malaysia. Proart Chinese Orchestra regularly participates in concerts, competitions and music camps in order to promote Chinese musical culture.

Kek Lok Si Display of Lights

Date: 6th February to 9th March 2013

Venue: Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam

Penang’s iconic temple, ‘Kek Lok Si’ or the Temple of Supreme Bliss has started preparing for its annual lighting ceremony. This year, the temple will be lighted up four days before the first day of Chinese New Year and will continue to be lighted up every night until 9 March. The lighting of the temple symbolizes peace, luck and prosperity.

The 122-year-old Kek Lok Si Temple itself has always been a tourist attraction in Penang but the annual display of lights is an even bigger crowd puller, attracting tourists and locals alike.

During this time, devotees and visitors can register and donate from RM50 to RM1,200 to light a lantern with personalized well wishes which will be hung in the temple grounds. For more information, contact 04-8283317.

From Humble Beginnings

Even though they have now established a reputable name for themselves as purveyors of delicious, unique desserts, the innovative proprietors of this company have not forgotten how they started: literally going around knocking on doors to get orders – hence the name. They have come a long way since those early days in Johor, and moved from taking and delivering orders – although that still remains the core of their business – to having their very own outlets. One is located in Bangsar in KL, and the other opened recently here in Straits Quay, Penang.

Their most famous offering is mille crepes which apparently originated from France (mille means a thousand in French). It is basically twenty layers – OK, not quite a thousand – of thinly-made crepes (pancakes) which are painstakingly stacked by hand one on top of the other, interspersed with whipped fresh cream, vanilla custard, and whatever other flavour is asked for. They currently offer nearly 20 mainly home-made, and the list continues to grow, with a choice of optional toppings. In Penang, there are about a dozen or so flavours available.