Friday, 17 February 2012

THE KEBAYA BOOK

My late grandmother was a nyonya. She used to wear kebaya, a traditonal Malay costume, on special occasions. I love this book about Kebaya, so I am sharing some of the wonderful images from the book. Nyonyas and Babas are Chinese descendants originally from China. When arrived here in Malaya (then the old name for Malaysia), they created this marriage of of Malay-Chinese customs, thus creating whole new fusion of  food and culture.




I just love old black + white pictures, very nostalgic.




A peek into a traditonal Nyonya house.


Beautiful kebayas.



Love this kebaya..wish I could fit into it :)



Spiral stairs common in Nyonya houses.


Chinese lantern, very common.




More kebayas..






Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

WHIMSICAL WINDOWS, DELIRIOUS DOORS - MEME

Still playing the meme, Whimsical windows, delirious doors #11. Going through all my all photos and there's thousands of them...and found another favourite photo.

Taken in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  A cultural night performance. Simple doors and windows but love what's performing.



Cheers :)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

WHIMSICAL WINDOWS, DELIRIOUS DOORS - MEME

I saw my blog buddy, Willow posting and linking on this meme Whimsical windows, delirious doors, and thought I have this perfect door picture I took years ago in Kuching. It's the door to a Chinese temple.



Have a great day ahead :)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Hanoi Cultural Centre. VIETNAM

My laptop has been breaking down lately. Every time, our IT guy will say that despite all the upgrading, there's just way too much photos in it, choking and slowing down the system. So, when I went through the old photos, I thought rather than cleaning up and deleting some of the photos which I do not need, I'd post them here before it goes to the bin. I have an external hard disk but am always too lazy to save them there. At times, I wondered why I had to take so many photos of the same items...I really had no idea.

We had a long holiday here and went up to Cameron Highlands for the cool air. Big mistake.
Too crowded and we left the next day. More of that later.

Meanwhile, here are the photos from the previous trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, at their Cultural Centre.
A long list of instructions awaited us at the entrance. See item no. 6.




At entrance. By the way, we had a personal guide during this trip. Lousiest ever, he kept asking where we wanted to go and I told him, if I did know where to go, I'd be his guide. Cost us a lot of money and not worth  it.



We saw this artist sketching the views inside. He was amazing!




Bonsai everywhere. Over here, they are expensive and sought after.


A shop inside selling puppets or dolls. Some are quite eerie looking.





There was a Chinese temple with a deity inside.




I was interested in these scallop-inspired tiles. We have similar brown tiles here but not in such shape.




Finally, back to the chaotic jam in Hanoi. There was really no rules there. Anything goes. Cross or walk at your own risk and if you sat on any of those rickshaws, you just need to put you hand out and touch the next vehichle and that could be the bus. When we went to Halong Bay, there were 8 of us visitors in one van. The journey was 3.5 hours and horrifying. Busses would toot their horn miles away, warning of their approach and smaller cars or vans would make way for them. It was a blessing that we even arrived safely at Halong!  More of Halong later...


Have a great week ahead.