Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Answer is of cause not. There are not even one cafe around that area only an old Chinese style coffee shop far down the other side of the shop houses. Actually Mr Paul bought us there to show us the uniqueness of the architecture of old Chinese shop houses.
How is he going to explain or describe the uniqueness of old Chinese architecture to a bunch of visually impaired that comes from different parts of the world? Just imagine, how do you explain this...
to a visually impaired person plus not to bore them or make them feel out of place? Well Mr. Paul sure got his own creative idea and I really appreciate his effort in doing that.
Well he actually cut out the shape of the shop houses (2 dimension) from a cardboard and let each of the 'tourists' feel the replica while he explains it to them. I can tell you he is really knowledgeable like he has been living here in Penang for all his life and I was again feel like disappearing under the floor of the shop houses while listening to his brief but very informative explanations. He is sure a very knowledgeable person. ( That shows that westerners do lots of reading compare to us the Asians)
Mr. Paul is explaining to Sisi about the house.
Delgerbayar is feeling the tiles of one of the old shop houses. Beside him Mr. Wong is feeling the carvings of the wooden door.
We marched down the Little India arm in arm with many curious eyes observing us and wondering what planet did we come from.
Stalls selling many types of Indian food along the street.
A stall selling lots of Indian sweets, candies and cakes.
The famous Hindu Temple
After the tiring marching under the hot sun around Little India, we proceed to another Heritage site, The Kapitan Kling Mosque. The oldest Indian Mosque in Penang.
The side part of the majestic mosque
Mr. Amir is explaining to the participants about how the Muslims pray in the mosque
To be continue in part 3....
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Mr. Paul was explaining and them about the joss stick urn. For some of them, this is their first time experiencing the smell of burning joss sticks.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
From my own understanding, Teruko Ikeda ICT Training is a 1 month ICT workshop for the visually impaired held by the Japan Braille Library. This programme is fully sponsored by the Teruko Ikeda Foundation (I got this info from NCBM Outreach dunno what issue) Another reliable source told me that this programme is sponsored by a rich and kind Japanese lady, so I assume that this kind lady must be the one who setup the Teroku Ikeda Foundation.
The second batch (Advanced Course) of Teruka Ikeda ICT Training 2010 staff and participants.
David is showing Yew Yi and Gayan the layout of Macintosh OS.
Ariffin and Yew Yi is having a first experience with I-pad
From my own point of view, this ICT training is very good effort in equipping the visually impaired from the under develop and developing countries with ICT knowledge and skills to enable them to gain a better opportunities in career or further their studies.
A Big Thanks and congratulations to the Founder of Teruko Ikeda Foundation and the staff from the Japan Braille Libraary that are involved in this project.
Monday, November 1, 2010
As you can see, this is the one and only altar in my house. This altar is specially fixed for the Jade Emperor. During every first day of CNY, my mom will religiously put up some oranges, some tiny cups of chinese tea and a piece of sticky 'lucky' cake or 'Huat Kuey" as an offering to the Jade Emperor or (Ti Kong) in exchange for good luck and a prosperous year.
We usually put the offering until the third day of CNY. On the third day of CNY, we went out to visit some relatives and have dinner with my uncle and aunt, so by the time we came home, it was around 7 p.m. in the evening. My mom was the first one to enter the house and she straight away went to open the balcony sliding door. She looked at the altar and.....
Mom: Wah!!! Come and have a look!
Me: What? (went to the balcony to have a look)
Mom: Do you see what I see?
Me: Wow!!!!! Amazing!!!! A 'Seen'..... (Went to take my camera and take this pictures)
Do you see it? The "Seen Thang" (Lizard in hokkian) is clinging tightly on the 'Huat Kuey' and enjoying it.
Here is a closer look..... The "Seen Thang" still didn't want to let go of the cake even though I use my flash to capture its photo. Wah!!!! "Banyak cantik muka" can pose some more..... really celaka. Hahaha! (Wah! The "Seen Thang chincia pui") The lizard was very fat!
What? Did I say that I captured a "Seen" (supernatural being) on my camera? Oh! Thousand apologies I forgot to type the "thang' at the back...........