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Year Of Rooster 2017 @ Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

Happy Chinese kok kok kok New Year!

I’m not too late in wishing you all, right? Fact is I didn’t have CNY mood a week ago. But today, I’m super excited. Maybe because we’re celebrating Jade Emperor’s birthday midnight tonight and I will get to eat tonnes of angku kueh. Hehe

I visited the century old Kuan Yin temple in Klang today. Here are some photos which I took at the temple:

Incense Sticks @ Kuan Yin Temple, Klang
Incense sticks or joss sticks. When you have extra stick(s), put it here. I never understand why the temple never provide the exact number of sticks. There’s always extra one or two. Hmm…
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Kuan Yin Temple, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur

I’ve been to Kuan Yin Teng (temple) in Setapak for many years and this is the first time during CNY that I brought my camera along. This temple is unique in such a way that it is situated in one of the shop-houses along Jalan Pahang. Renovated though. Parking is quite difficult during God festivities since it’s located in a very busy main road. I have include a parking tip at the bottom of this page.

Ok, let’s start with some CNY decorations…

Lime Tree
A must: Lime tree (kat).

Pineapple
Pineapple = ong lai (good luck).
There were a few pots of them.

Coil Incense
Coil incense (photoshopped).

Large Censer (Incense Burner)
A large censer (incense burner).

Plants
Beautiful bonsai plant near a mini waterfall.

Red Lanterns
Red lanterns. Quite a windy day.
Would be very pretty at night… all light up.

Vines
Vines!
When I look at this, it reminds me of wine.

Vines
Located above the mini waterfall.
Funnily I don’t plan to show you the mini waterfall! Haha

Koi Fish
Koi fishes (photoshopped).

Red Lanterns
More lanterns.
On the right is the fame Jalan Pahang; a road I took every weekend few years back.

Water Lily
Water lily (not to be confused with lotus ya).

Water Lily
Love it!
I’m tempted to plant this at home but afraid of mosquitoes (stagnant water).

Water Lily Bud
Water lily bud. Looks so comforting to me.

Water Lily Seed Pods
Water lily seed pods. Alien-like huh?

Prayers' Candles
Just behind the large censer are these rows of candles left by devotees.

Prayers' Candles
Black & white.
Most of them are flameless. Wind the culprit.

Prayers' Candles
I like this one (photoshopped).

Prayers' Candles
And this one too (photoshopped).

I find it funny that I might like a particular photo now but when I look back at it after sometime I don’t find it nice anymore. Horrendous more like it. In my mind: *what was I thinking putting that photo up* LOL

Grandfather Clock & A Pot Of Bamboo Plant
A grandfather clock and a pot of bamboos.

Chinese Antique Chairs
Some antique furniture.

Chinese Antique Chairs
Mom wanted to get something like this for our home but we all protest her idea.
Although I like wood furniture, design and the likes, I will choose a comfy sofa over this.

Chinese Antique Chairs
My favorite photo of the lot.
Photoshopped of course!

All these were taken while mom was talking to a lady monk.

Map:

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From Jalan Tun Razak direction:
Once you pass the vacant Kompleks Galleria, keep on the left lane.
When you come to a row of shop houses (some 350m from Kompleks Galleria), be on the look out for the temple (easily spotted with its green roofs). There’s a road just before the temple. Turn left into this road (Jalan Langgak Bukit). Park anywhere on the road side. Enter temple through the side door (also) at Jalan Langgak Bukit.

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Hong Kong Day 4: Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Citigate Outlets at Lantau Island & Esprit Outlet

Be sure to read these first:
Hong Kong Day 1: Airport Express, Thematic Lantern Exhibition & Heritage 1881
Hong Kong Day 2: Star Ferry, Man Mo Temple & Gage Street Market
Hong Kong Day 3: Ocean Park

We woke up the earliest on day 4, about 6.30am. Our plan for this day is to go to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha (tai fatt). Of all the days we can choose it had to be on this day?? Well, it was the foggiest day of all!!! You’ll see what I mean later.

Since it was so early (7.30am), most restaurants has not open. Luckily we found one at Hankow Road. Our breakfast at San Yuen Restaurant wasn’t a pleasant one. We get a shock of our life just as we were walking out of that restaurant. Hence I’m not going to share it at Messy Witchen.

San Yuen Noodle Restaurant @ Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
The ham fried rice was incredibly good (has wok hei). Couple with a cup of nai cha and chili oil… HEAVEN! Couldn’t say the same for the porridge. It was so yucky! Too salty. The waiter who took our order was quite rude.
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Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

I visited Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple), Klang on Wesak Day this year. I was so glad that I have my trusty D80 with me.

Kuan Yin Teng (fondly called by the Hokkiens in Klang) is over 100 years old. Its original temple is still under reconstruction. Words has it that the building was in dire condition due to termites. This temple was nearly demolished (thanks politicians) but saved by the Sultan of Selangor.

What you’ll see in the pictures below are from the new temple situated just beside the old one built not too long ago. Click for larger pictures (only if you have Flickr a/c)

I was a little shy to snap with my kick-a$$ camera at first. But as soon as I start clicking, I feel like I’m invincible (hide behind the camera ma!). And because I see no one is paying attention to me.

Large Incense, Candles & Paper 'Money' In A Bundle @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Stacks of incense, candles & paper money in bundles. Absolutely gorgeous view.

Incense, Candles & Paper 'Money' In A Bundle @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Take your pick. When you take one, please donate some $$ to the temple.

Lighting Incense @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
I so love this picture. My mom’s lighting the incense.

Stairway @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
When you sees a beautiful angle & texture you know it’s going to look good in your viewfinder. Stairway to God.

Lovely Girl & Pretty Flowers @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Lovely girl & pretty flowers. A match made in heaven.
I was standing at the edge of the flowers & she has no idea I was taking her picture. Am I invincible ka? or Am I a good camouflager? Hehehe

Discarding Incense @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Look at his gloves. My my…
He’s discarding the overflowing incense from the incense pot.

Burning Paper Money @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
The final praying step is to burn the paper money. I asked my grandma she said it’s money because we called the paper ‘kim’. I’ve never thought of the ‘kim’ purpose before this. I actually thought that is our prayer message to God. We burn them so God can receive it.

Worshippers Enjoying Vegetarian Food @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Actually this is the final step. Enjoying a plate of fried mihun & a bowl of red bean soup. Hahaha I don’t fancy them because they’re practically tasteless.

Temple Gate @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
I love this gate. Color is nice. Black & White is nice too.

Temple Entrance @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Just so happened that I was waiting for my mom at the corner of the temple, saw this bicycle & immediately knew it’s going to be a good composition shot. I squatted, tilted my head, slanted my body, winced my eyes… and this is all I get. Not good enough. The building wouldn’t fit into my lens. I need wide angle!!!

Temple Entrance (BW) @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
You think I will stop there? Nope. I must take a Black & White one too. I love BW. ‘Nough said.

Hope you enjoyed my pictures. I have more actually. But mostly the sky are over-exposed. Used +1 exposure for all the shots. Next time I’ll remember to change exposure to 0 or -1 for sky-involve shot.

Map:

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