Monday, August 31, 2009

Bangkok, Thailand

This weekend I arrived in Bangkok, Thailand. What a city! It has approximately 10.000.000 residents. The population of greater Bangkok is estimated to be more than 15.000.000.

As the city expanded on the outskirts, the inner city has nowhere to grow but up. So, the city has a registered 1,000 skyscrapers.
Sittin' here on top of one of them, I am wonderin' about my near future.
As you know I am expected back home in Belgium on September, the 9th (09.09.09). Only 10 days left and there is still so much to see here ...
And who is gonna bring me home? I really don't know ...

Friday, August 28, 2009

On my way to Thailand

Sorry folks ... I forgot about time at the end of the world. But here I am back again.
I am on my way to Bangkok, Thailand with Robert and Maritta.
It's great travellin' by train through Malaysia and Thailand, but I'll be happy to have my feet back on the ground.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

… the end of the world

Today, I finally reached the end of the world.
Time to go back home?
Well, maybe I wanna stay here. Wanna know why?
Just have a look
here or here or here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ridin’ a motorbike

See me ridin’ on a motorbike.
Wanna know were I headin’ to?
Come and see tomorrow …

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Another little Chinese shrine

… just what I need for a safe back home prayer …
as you might know, I am expected back home on September, the 9

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Worshippin' Kuan Yin

The popularity of Kuan Yin as a beautiful white-robed goddess filled with pure devotion and compassion are well known to the people of Penang.
Kuan Yin’s statue is
commonly found in homes and Buddhist temples in various incarnations, often cloaked in white robes.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Temple, Penang

After having visited a mosque and a Hindu Temple, it’s time for another religion of another minority … the Peranaka or Malaysian ethnic Chinese population.
A minority? Well they might be a minority in
Malaysia, but in Penang the Chinese community is as big as the Malaysian (both about 40% of the population).

I decided to visit the oldest and one of the most popular temples among the Chinese taoist community of Penang … the Goddess of Mercy or
Kuan Yin Temple. Kuan Yin Temple has become a main attraction not only to the thousand of Buddhist devotees but also tourist from all over the world.

The temple is built with characteristic of Chinese architecture and carved with dragon and many mysterious creatures that stands up and acts as the guardian of the temple. Within the temple, in
an inner chamber, is a statue of an 18-armed Kuan Yin with each hand either containing a different cosmic symbol or expressing a specific ritual position. In the courtyard are two huge iron stoves where devotees burn paper offerings (gold and silver paper), an octagonal well which was once a public well for the Chinese community as well as a comforting sight to view feeding of flocking pigeons.
It is also here that the followers of Hare Krishnan distribute food free to the homeless, beggars and the hungry irregardless of their race and religion.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

In the streets of Georgetown (revisited)

Today I met this nice, young man in the streets of Georgetown.
His is a
Peranakan. Peranakan, also known as the Straits Chinese or Baba-Nyonya are the descendants of the early Chinese immigrants to Penang. They have partially adopted Malay customs and speak a Chinese-Malay creole. The Peranakan community possesses a distinct identity in terms of food, dress, rites, crafts and culture. Most of the Peranakan Chinese are not Muslims, but practice ancestor worship and Chinese religion.

Well … that’s what I am goin’ to do tomorrow, visiting a temple of this community.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Georgetown

The Mahamariamman Temple on Queen Street, also called the Sri Mariamman Temple, is regarded as the oldest Hindu Templein Penang. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Mariamman, who has a following among the Indians of South India. Scholars believe the name Mariamman comes from two words, ‘mari’ meaning power, and ‘amman meaning mother. Thus Mariamman is considered a motherly power figure.

On this picture, you see Mariamman behind me.