Monday, November 24, 2014

Teochew Puppet and Opera House In Penang 潮艺馆

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On my Penang tour, the most interesting find of all has to be the Teochew Puppet and Opera House (潮艺馆) located at Lebuh Armenian, George Town.

Housed in a prewar terraced double storey shophouse in a heritage protected zone area gazetted by UNESCO, this amazing museum is privately owned and operated by Ling Goh, the 5th generation of the Kim Giak Low Choon (KGLC 金玉楼春) Teochew Opera Troupe.

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I paid an entrance fee of RM10 which included a guided tour of the collections. Stepping inside the building, I was fascinated by the large collection of iron rod Teochew puppets, full dress costumes, head gears and musical instruments.

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A young man was on hand to answer my questions. He explained the production of the puppets and showed me how to operate one. He let me play with it for a while. It wasn't easy manipulating a puppet, you need skill to do it. :)

Looking at the tiny handmade puppets. their costumes and accessories....., I couldn't help marvelling at such intricate handwork.

They are so adorable! But sorry hor..... they are not for sale.

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After the guided tour, I was left alone to admire the collections and learn more about them as every single piece of the collections in the museum has a story to tell.

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an opera stage for scheduled live performance

Owner Ling Goh learnt the art of opera and puppetry from her mother, who has performed in puppet shows for over 50 years.

The museum has displays of Ling Goh's elaborate costumes, beautiful accessories and make-up kits. News articles and pictures of her performances are also displayed on one side of a wall. One can see Ling Goh is passionate about her culture and her love to preserve the art forms.

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I spent almost two hours in this tiny museum, taking lots of photos. I am very grateful that photo taking is allowed here. I bring back some amazing photos and my precious memories of the fascinating culture, heritage and art of Teochew opera to share with others.

Teochew Puppet and Opera House is worth the visit. Do take some time to relax, admire the collections and have a chat with the staff.


Friday, November 21, 2014

A Visit to Orthopaedic Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital


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My appointment with Tan Tock Seng Hospital's(TTSH) Orthopaedic Surgery finally arrived. A doctor from Marine Parade Polyclinic saw me on 12 August and referred me to TTSH. I had gone to the same polyclinic in April 2013 to see my backache problems. The lady doctor said I was fine. Well, the pain got worse.

I used to go to Singapore General Hospital's(SGH) Orthopaedic Surgery. My medical reports were with them. When I requested for my appointment to be at SGH, it was turned down. Family members were surprised that I was going to TTSH, they have bad experiences there. They think SGH has better medical professionals.

I arrived at B1A half an hour early for my appointment. I was seen by the doctor at Room 22 an hour later. After an examination, he asked me to go for an x-ray. His nurse told me to follow the yellow foot sticker on the floor to go to the x-ray department. Cute. No maze to play, it leads straight to x-ray....., a short wait and x-ray was done. I like the efficient and courteous radiologist and her male assistant.

The waiting area of the x-ray department has a beverage corner where visitors can help themselves to cups of hot Milo. I had one.

Then it was back to Room 22. Two patients later, my name was called.

Doctor studied my x-rays before telling me both the good news and the bad news. No slipped disc. Yayyyy! Bad news is I have degenerative disc disease,,,,,, getting old.... *sob sob*. It is a term used to describe the normal changes in my spinal discs as I age. This is a disease no one can escape as one ages.

The doctor prescribed physiotherapy sessions and B12 vitamin supplements.

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After making my payment for my consultation and x-rays, I was directed to a counter to pre-order my medicine as the pharmacy was one level down and also to avoid a long waiting time. I was given a note which has a map to the pharmacy.

Once I reached the pharmacy, a girl scanned my ID and I just wait for my name to be called. It was fast as everything was computerised and a robotic claw handed my order to a pharmacist.

I wanted the images of my x-rays so I followed the orange foot stickers to the main x-ray department and paid S$30 for a CD-rom copy.

Not a bad experience at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for this appointment.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chaozhou traditional snacks (Part II)

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My one day trip in Chaozhou ...... it was eat, eat, eat. I wish I had 7 stomachs. hahaha....

There were so many eateries and food stalls selling Chaozhou traditional snacks within the ancient city walls. I tasted some and had to forego many because my stomach couldn't take it.

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Some of the sweet snacks I tasted : crystal dumplings, assorted sweet dumplings, chive dumplings and braised potato-yam. To me, these food were either too salty or too sweet.
tng chang popia

Teochew tng chang popia (RMB 5) - a traditional snack from Chaoshan. I bought one to taste and OMGosh! This one has coriander leaves and black sesame in its filling. Initially I thought it was going to taste weird ..... but it turned out to be so fragrant and delicious. I regretted only buying one, now I am thinking of it day and night. ish.

Chaozhou oyster

Chaozhou oyster omelette - must try! Dinner on the second day of my Chaoshan Trip was at my own expense. Together with 3 tour members, we found a tiny eatery and ordered a plate of crispy fried oyster omelette, a bowl of pork ball soup and a fish dumpling soup. The bill was RMB40 (S$8 nia) !! We were served oyster omelette twice in restaurants, this one by the street hawker was much more delicious because it was crispy.

OK.... someone said it was delicious because it was fried with gutter oil. Joke, right? hahaha..... *feeling uneasy*

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After dinner, we had desserts at a clean and trendy one-man-operated eatery. The young owner created some pretty desserts which was quite expensive.  It was a warm night, the chilled desserts were refreshing.

Couldn't resist a strawberry sundae from golden M, a treat from a sweet tour member. *happy*

Teochew olive

Green olives...., my late grandmother's favourite snack. They are easily available as you find pedlars selling them on the streets.

I have never like green olives because of their yucky taste.




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