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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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2012 Chinese New Year Decorations @ Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

Happy Chinese New Year!

I went to Kuan Yin Temple in Klang few days back. This temple is usually very pack but because it was dinner time, we had no problem finding parking (wohoo). We arrived to the sound of the monks praying, their voices heard through the loudspeakers. It was also a very windy evening. Everyone had difficult time lighting the candles (what a challenge!) and then in the end the wind blew them off (all of it… haha).

Let’s check out some of the Chinese New Year decoration in Kuan Yin Temple, Klang.

Lantern
Large lantern at the entrance to the main temple.
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Backstage @ Chinese Opera In Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

Ever since I was a toddler, I dream that someday I will be able to step into the backstage of a Chinese Opera.

Guess what?

My dream was fulfilled on the eve night of Kuan Yin’s birthday. I still can’t believe I ACTUALLY climbed the narrow rusty ladder into a world filled with culture richness & ‘exotic-ness’. Today when I ask myself did I really visit the Chinese Opera backstage? it is still hard to believe. Have to punch pinch myself many times. Haha

This is my 5 minutes dream journey… enjoy

I was happily clicking away with my camera at the Chinese Opera performance in Kuan Yin Temple, Klang when I saw an opening at the side of the stage. I decided to go near it and was contented that I’m able to shoot some backstage happenings from where I stood. Like this…

Chinese Opera Actress Coloring Her Brow @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
A beautiful opera lady busy making up. She didn’t even look at me.

Chinese Opera Actress Applying Lipstick @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
A close-up shot. Lovely ya.

Then I tried to get some other shots at the backstage from another angle. My mom who is with me told me that a man ‘scary’ guy is gesturing me to go up. I put my camera down and look at him. “Where got?” (he’s just standing there) Then I start clicking away again. “There, there he’s asking you to come up.” This time I saw the man signaling me to go up, clearing the way for me too.

Chinese Opera Performer Waiting Their Turn @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
This is the man (in red+yellow) that invited me to their vivid & beautiful world. Thank You So Much!

He looked scary right? I tried to avoid eye contact with him at all course. This photo also I selamba took one. Haha

I have a few seconds decision. To go up or not go up. Of course I said yes. I nearly said no. Wuahahaha

Backstage @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
So colorful & vivid.

If you look carefully, you can see a man taking picture as well. I’ve no idea who he is. We just mind our own business. Haha

Making Up @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Busy helping colleague. Amazing makeup.

Chinese Opera Backstage @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Pretty ladies.

Relaxing @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Yes still have time to relax.

Everyone is minding their own business. Except…

Heng Tai @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
… except this 2 guys who happily pose for me. Picture is blur. Arggh!

Chinese Opera Making Up @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Afraid me standing there will disturb her. So I took a quick shot. Came out blur.

Chinese Opera Make Up Kit @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
I thought their make up kit is kick a$$.

See there’s fan, bulb & even an electric socket and switch!

Chinese Opera Make Up Kit @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Very ancient looking ya. I like!

Lovely Chinese Opera Actresses @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Center of attention!

Lovely Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Can’t stop taking her picture. Haha

Chinese Opera Performers Waiting Their Turn @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
My mom who went up with me thinks this light blue guy is scary.

I think he’s cute & chubby wor. Haha Mom didn’t walk around. She stood near the ladder. I guess preparing to run? The chubby guy is standing about 1 meter plus from her.

Notice the black costume guy? Well he’s the one I talked to asking where they’re from. (Thinking… hey I can be a photojournalist kekeke)

In Hokkien, “Le lang na toh lo lai eh?” (where did you guys come from?)

And he answered me “Tai kuo” (amazed that he can hear me and I can hear him because the place was so noisy)

Since my Mandarin is so ‘outta pulu’ plus I was too bewildered to be there, I can’t depict what tai kuo means. So I went and ask my mom. Ohh Thailand.

Then mom asked me “Okay liao?” and she whispered to me she’s afraid of that light blue guy (that’s how I know). So I said “Ok lo”.

And then we climbed down and everything looks normal again.

So that’s my 5 mins Chinese opera’s backstage journey. Very short but still it was an experience I will not forget. There isn’t any scary moment but bewilderment & amazement. It’s indeed a different world in the backstage of a Chinese Opera.

Will I do it again if I have the chance? You bet. My interview hasn’t finish oi!!! ~ from the so-called ‘angan-angan’ photojournalist.

Chinese Opera Music Instrument @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Btw here’s a view on the music instruments used in this Chinese Opera. There’s actually another musician at the other side (right) of the stage. But I didn’t know that until after I came down.

Chinese Opera Music Instrument @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
From backstage, the view is limited. Aiyar. Can you guess what the lady on the right is doing? Is it a music instrument?

I didn’t take a look in that baby cot but I guess a child? Hahahaha

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Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

I visited the famous Kuan Yin Temple in Klang on Wesak Day 3 months ago. Guess what? Last Saturday, I visit Kuan Yin Teng again but this time it was night time. As Kuan Yin’s birthday is on Sunday, we decided to go have a ‘look-look’ the night before because we saw quite a handful of people there plus a large tent has been erected for (I guess) opera!

I’ve been to this Kuan Yin Temple to watch Chinese Opera when I was small. But then I really can’t remember anything at all. So when we arrived there and saw that a Chinese Opera show were about to start, I was damn excited. It’s been my dream to watch Chinese Opera in Malaysia. I’ve seen them in Beijing but it’s a different feeling when you can watch it from your own backyard.

Without further ado, let me show you some of the shots I took.

Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple) @ Night
At night in the temple compound.

The Original Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple) - Still Undergoing Construction
This is the original 100+ years old Kuan Yin Temple. It has been given a face lift; new paint coats but the interior is still undergoing construction. This old temple is situated right beside the new one. Lovely ya?

Lotus Candles @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Lotus candles in the cabinet.

Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple) @ Night
People are sitting there watching Chinese Opera in conjunction with Kuan Yin’s birthday.

And the Opera show begins…

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
I like this white outfit.

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
And this orange one too.

Chinese Opera Singers @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Warriors? The costumes are so colorful yeah?

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Going round and round. Hmm

Beautiful Chinese Opera Dancer @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
What a lovely lady!

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
These dancers are as graceful as a swan.

Chinese Opera On Wheels @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Well what do you know? They have wheels!

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
See the long rods they’re holding? Means they are riding on horses. And the flags stuck behind their back means the number of wars they’ve won. Source is from my mom & grandma. Unfortunately I don’t understand a word they’re singing. Too bad lo.

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
This Chinese Opera troupe is from Thailand. Not that they sing in Thai. Haha

Chinese Opera Troupe Walking Towards The Entrance Which Houses Kuan Yin @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Later on, the whole troupe came down the stage and walks towards the temple.

Chinese Opera Troupe In Front Of Kuan Yin Statue @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
And pray to the Kuan Yin God.

Silhouette Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
Silhouette. Love this shot.

Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
A glimpse at one of the Chinese Opera singer.

That’s all for now. To be continued… where one of my childhood & life-long dream was fulfilled. 🙂 *still pinching my cheeks*

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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.

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