Monday, April 15, 2013

My Trip to Seremban from INTI IU

I always enjoy going to people's house.
So when my classmate, Ooi Syuen invited me to go back to Seremban with her,
I did not hesitate and the word, "Yes!" slipped off my mouth.
I'm so ebullient to finally get to visit and overnight at a friend's place.
My last slept over at friend's place was during my primary school.
That was like donkey's years ago? hahaha!

The next day before we headed back to INTI, her mama brought us to Restoran Yi Poh.
 And this is what I had. YUMMY!

Aunty Ooi bought me some other food too!

So far, I went there twice already.
Thank you for your warm welcome,
and not forgetting the home-cooked food by Aunty Ooi,
simple yet delicious.

Thank you!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Qing Ming Festival @ Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple Ipoh

Qing Ming Festival is when Chinese people visit the graves or burial grounds of their ancestors.
But instead, my family and I visit Sam Poh Tong, a temple located in Ipoh, where my grandparents' ashes were placed.

Sam Poh Tong is Ipoh's most recognizable cave temple,
nestled between the limestone hills of Gunung Rapat quite near Jalan Gopeng road.
Its name means 'Cave of Triple Gems', in reference to a core Buddhist meditation technique.

My papa, mama brother and I arrive here early in the morning.
The sun has not rise, senior citizen gets ready to make some money.

A tiled bridge built purely for aesthetic purposes leads to the cave temple and garden from the entrance.
In the middle of the picture, you can merely see an ancient gate right?
It's engraved with traditional Chinese arches and dragon motifs.
And that's the entrance into Sam Poh Tong Cave Temple. =)

This blue building is where the ashes are kept.
Usually, the whole place will be very smoky on Qing Ming Festival.
We escaped it because we went there before the actual day.
 If not, my eyes will be burning and hands will be sweating like water pipe!

Papa buys vegetarian food that my grandparents love and offer some tea, wine and flowers.

Mama says that we 'invite' the 'neighbors' by burning the joss sticks
and place them in every rectangle-shaped compartment.

Then, we head over to the area called - Burning For The Dead Only.
Traditionally, people  'send' things to their ancestors by burning.

Well, I think that's all. It's not a very detailed post about my Qing Ming Festival.
But if you are interested, you can visit 's Qing Ming Festival,
which is quite similar to mine! =)

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