Baba and Nyonya

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Background

The Baba Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits-Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married and assimilated into local communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The number of Chinese migrants increased when the tin mines in Kesang, Johor, opened and started operating. With Malacca as its centre, the Baba Nyonya culture has grown and developed into a rich identity of its own. The Baba Nyonya community is different from the ethnic Chinese communities, but they still consider themselves as Chinese.

“Baba” is an honorific term used for Straits-Chinese men, while “Nyonya” is used for the women. Most of them have lived along the Straits of Malacca for generations, and were mostly English-educated. Due to their background, they could speak two or more languages, and often acted as middlemen for the Chinese and British, and for the Malay and Chinese.

 

An origin myth of the Baba Nyonya

One of the myths or stories about the origins of the Baba Nyonyas can be found at the Humanity blog. In short, the myth claims that Zheng He of China visited Malacca in the 15th century and gifted Sultan Mansur Shah, then Sultan of Malacca, with Princess Hang Li Po.

Her entourage made a home for themselves in Bukit Cina and laid down the roots for the development of the Baba Nyonya culture.

The Peranakan retained most of their ethnic and religious origins (ancestor worship), but assimilated the language and culture of the Malays. They developed a unique culture and distinct foods. A lot of sources claim that the early Peranakan inter-married with the local Malay population. However, the lack of physical resemblances have also led many experts to believe that the Peranakan Chinese ethnicity has hardly [been] diluted. The Peranakan often sent their sons and daughters to China to look for spouses. Also, the religion of the local Malay population was Islam, which forbids inter-marriage with other religions without conversion first. In the early 1800s, new Chinese immigrants to the Straits Settlements bolstered the Peranakan population.

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By the middle of the Twentieth century, most Peranakan were English educated, as a result of the British colonisation of Malaya, and the natural propensity of these people who were able to easily embrace new cultures. Because the Peranakans readily embraced English culture and education, administrative and civil service posts were often filled by prominent Straits Chinese. The interaction with the British also caused many in the community to convert to Christianity. The Peranakan community thereby became very influential in Malacca and Singapore and were known also as the King’s Chinese due to their perceived loyalty to the British Crown. Because of the interaction of the different cultures and languages that Peranakans had, up to the mid-1900s, most Peranakans were trilingual, able to converse with Chinese, Malays and the British. Common vocations were as merchants, traders, and general intermediaries between China, Malaya and the West; the latter was especially valued by the British, since the Babas also enjoyed good relations with the Malay community and served as advisors to the royal Malay courts. In fact the term “Baba” is an honorific term in Malay; probably derived from Hindi/Sanskrit [Baba: literally means grandfather or father, and is used as a term of reverence and affection for an elderly gentleman.]

http://geographyhumanity.blogspot.my/2010/04/story-of-baba-baba-nyonya.html

 

Culture

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Baba Nyonya is the result of a marriage between a female Malay and a male Chinese. It was common for Chinese traders in the early days to marry Malay women from Peninsular Malaysia or take them as concubines. As a result, the Baba Nyonya boast a unique mix of Malay cultural characteristics. Peranakans of those days are married through arranged marriages with other Peranakan. Marriage in the olden days was not as easy and simple as it is now; marriage of same stature and within the same society were the standard during that time.

The Baba Nyonya community has various unique customs and traditions, especially when it comes to weddings. Marriage proposals are put into a 2-tiered lacquered basket, known as Bakul Siah, and placed into the hands of the bride’s parents by the middle-person who speaks on behalf of the proposer. Sometimes, instead of Bakul Siah, wealthy Peranakans would use beautifully embroidered gilded pagoda trays (Botekan Candi in Indonesian).

Bakul Siah and Gilded Pagoda Trays (or Botekan Candi in Indonesian)

Bakul Siah and Gilded Pagoda Trays (or Botekan Candi in Indonesian)

Wedding invitations were done in red because the colour red represents happiness and harmony. The invitation cards are typically sent by a dispatcher known as “Pak Chindek”, who usually takes about six days to deliver all of them.

Their wedding ceremony is predominantly based on Chinese traditions and is one of the most fascinating and colourful wedding ceremonies in Malaysia. The highlight of the wedding would be the 12-day ceremony and banquet, called “makan tok panjang” which literally means long table feast.

Dondang Sayang

Dondang Sayang

In the Chinese culture, it’s very important to hold the wedding ceremony on auspicious days and at particular times. The same holds true for the Baba Nyonyas. The auspicious days will be chosen according to the eight Chinese characters, which the Hokkiens call “pek ji”, based on one’s birth date and time. During this time, taboos are carefully and strictly observed. The marriages were mostly match-made, and the decision is made by the parents and/or elders, though the bride and groom are consulted during the process. The wedding rituals are witnessed by their ancestors, elders, and deities. Wedding items usually feature the prosperous colours of red, pink, orange, gold, and yellow, and are embroidered with unique motifs to establish a good marriage. Like the Chinese, they believe that it’s auspicious to have things that come in pairs, which is why there is usually two of each wedding item.

 

Food

Some popular Nyonya dishes

Some popular Nyonya dishes

The Baba Nyonya culture is the result of the acculturation development, which occurs when a culture accepts and assimilates foreign customs and elements. The similarities between the Baba Nyonya and Malay cultures can be seen in food and clothing. Many Nyonya dishes are similar to Malay cooking, like, “bubur cha cha”, “nasi kerabu”, “sambal”, and “embuk-embuk”.

Influenced by the Malay culture, the Nyonya cuisine uses the same common Malay spices. An example of a Nyonya dish is Chicken Kapitan, which is a dry chicken curry. Nyonya Laksa is a highly popular dish in Malaysia, and can be found in Malacca as well as Singapore. Pongteh is also another unique dish of the Baba Nyonya community. The primary ingredients of this savoury dish are shallots, fermented bean sauce, chicken, and black mushroom.

As for dessert, there are some very famous traditional Nyonya cakes (kueh) like Kueh Kochi, Lepat Kacang, Apom Balik, Kueh Bongkong, Pulot Inti, Ondeh-Ondeh, Kueh Genggang, and more. These traditional cakes are also made during festivals and celebrations.

 

Nyonya restaurants in Malacca:

1. Nancy’s Kitchen

Nancy’s Kitchen

Nancy’s Kitchen

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:30

Address: Jalan Hang Lekir off Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Phone: +606 283 6099

 
2. Kocik Kitchen

Kocik Kitchen

Kocik Kitchen

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Address: 100, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Tel: +6016 929 6605

 
3. Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Seri Nyonya Peranakan Restaurant

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:30

Address: Hotel Equatorial Malacca, Banda Hilir, Malacca

Tel: +606 282 8333

 
4. Restoran Peranakan

Restoran Peranakan

Restoran Peranakan

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 14:30, 18:30 – 22:00

Address: 107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Malacca

Tel: +606 284 5001

 
5. Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 – 14:30, 18:00 – 22:00

Address: 75, Jalan Melaka Raya, Taman Melaka Raya, Malacca

Tel: +606 286 8819

 

Language

The Baba Nyonyas speak Baba Malay, which is a creole language that contains words from the Malay and Hokkien languages. Due to their ability to quickly adapt to local cultures, most of the Baba Nyonyas can speak two or more languages and dialects, like Baba Malay, English, and Chinese.

Today, the Baba Malay creole is a dying language that is mostly used by the older generation. Many of the younger generation do not know how to speak it anymore and often use English or Chinese as their primary language.

 

Clothing

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The traditional clothing of a Nyonya are the Baju Panjang (Long Dress) and Baju Kebaya. The Baju Panjang is usually worn by the older Nyonyas while the younger Nyonyas prefer the shorter and more colourful Kebaya. It’s worn with a Sarong (Batik wrap-around skirt) and 3 kerosang (brooches). Their beaded slippers, called the Kasot Manek-Manek, are skillfully and patiently made by hand and can feature tiny multi-faceted glass-cut beads (Manek Potong) from Bohemia.

The traditional Kasot Manek-Manek mostly floral and oriental themed, influenced by the batik sarong and Peranakan porcelain. Mostly, they were made into flats or bedroom slippers, but, since the 1930s, heels were gradually added to the footwear.

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Baju panjang

Sharing similarities with the Malay Kebaya, the Kebaya Nyonya is traditionally made of “kasa rubia” fabric (a sheer cotton-like fabric) or printed cotton. Kebayas made from “kasa rubia” are embroidered with intricate flora and fauna designs with “kerawang” borders (floral scalloped borders). Traditional Kebayas also comes “tebok lobang” a line a tiny holes running on each side of the kebaya, from the shoulders to the hem to accentuate the wearer’s feminine form. As the Kebaya is sheer and almost transparent, a camisole or “baju dalam” is worn underneath for decency. Bejewelled “kerosang” are used to fasten the front opening of the Kebaya.

The Baju Panjang is similar to the Malay’s Baju Kurung but has an opening in front similar to the Kebaya. A set of “kerosang” is used as fastening. As the Baju Panjang is typically worn by the older Nyonyas, the colours and patterns of the fabric used are muted. The length of the Baju Panjang’s outer coat reaches the knees, unlike the Kebaya that stops at mid-hips. The inner wear is a white long sleeved blouse with a high collar.

 
Sarong

A sarong is a long length of cotton fabric that’s often wrapped around the waist. It’s mainly worn by men and women in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. The fabric woven with checkered patterns or plaid are favoured by the men, while the ladies prefer floral designs. Nyonyas prefer their sarongs adorned with delicate floral designs such as the peonies, roses, morning glories and chrysanthemums. It is not unusual to see sarongs with phoenix and peacocks designs.

 
Kerosang

A kerosang is often made out of metal, such as silver and gold, and decorated with gemstones. It can be used as an ornament, but, most of the time, it’s used to secure the position of clothing, such as the baju panjang.

 

Religion

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The Baba Nyonyas have adapted to Chinese belief systems, such as Chinese Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, as well as Christianity. Just like the Chinese, they, too, observe the Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival, and many other Chinese celebrations. Their culture is also strongly influenced by the British, Dutch, Portuguese, Malay, and Indonesian.

Just like any other culture, Baba Nyonyas strongly believe in the observation of pantang larang (taboos), especially within the older generations. There are some pantang larang that were deemed too stiff and complicated. Today, in keeping up with the modern times, most of the Baba Nyonyas no longer practise these pantang larang.

The Baba Nyonyas also believe in shamans (a practitioner of magic). For example, when a baby cries non-stop, they will seek help from shamans as they believe that an evil spirit is at work. Another taboo involves forbidding pregnant women from leaving their house at dusk as they believe that this is when demons and evil spirits are active. It is also said that the blood of a pregnant woman attracts Pontianaks (women who died during childbirth and turned into spirits). When a pregnant woman has to travel, they will always bring items that are made of metal, like a knife, as they believe that metal scares the evil spirits away.

 

Museum

Cultural and historical items from the Baba Nyonya culture are displayed at the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, and other historical establishments found in the neighbourhood of Jonker Street and Heeren Street in Malacca. Other notable Peranakan places of interest are: the Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang, Malaysia; and the Peranakan Museum, Baba House, and the Intan Museum in Singapore. Exhibits include food, furniture, and even traditional clothes.

Free weekly shows featuring Baba Nyonya and traditional Chinese cultural performances can also be found at Jonker Street in Malacca. Other Peranakan traditional collections, such as batik and bead-works, can also be found in museums outside of South East Asia. The Honolulu Museum of Art and Australian Museum are known to exhibit such collections.

 
1. Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Address: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-264 2929

Monday to Sunday including Public Holidays from 9:30 am to 5 pm

Adults: RM20.00; Children(below 6): Free

Email: rmhbaba@streamyx.com

 
2. Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum

Address: 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone: +60 6-283 1273

Daily Tour Times: 10am – 1:00pm (last morning tour 12noon); 2pm – 5:00pm (last evening tour 4pm)

Extended Hour on Weekends: Fri, Sat, Sun (last evening tour 5:00pm)

Adults: RM 8; Children (aged 5 to 12): RM 4

Email: admin@babanyonyamuseum.com

 
3. Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

Address: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Taman Kota Laksamana, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia

Phone: +60 4-2642929

Opening Days: 7 days a week, 9.30am-5.30pm

Adults: RM20/person; Children: RM10 (below 6 year-old: Free)

 

Filmography

Films that featured the Baba Nyonya culture

Films that featured the Baba Nyonya culture

In the 1950s, the Baba Nyonya culture was featured in several Hong Kong films, such as: Niangre/ Nyonya (娘惹,1952), Fengyu Niuche Shui/ Rainstorm in China town (风雨牛车水,1956), Niangre yu Baba/ Nyonya and Baba (娘惹与峇峇,1956), and Niangre Zhi lian/ Love with a Malaysian Girl (娘惹之恋,1969).

In Malaysia, the popularity of the comedy drama show entitled “Baba Nyonya” turned it into the longest-running TV series in the country. The TV show ran from the late 1990s till 2000, with 509 episodes in total, and earned a place in the Malaysian Book of Records.

"Baba Nyonya" TV series

“Baba Nyonya” TV series

 

Architecture

The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components, like elaborated plaster works and ceramic artwork. They are particularly renowned for their unique colonial bungalows. In most of the houses, you’ll notice a distinctive infusion of artworks from both the Malay and Chinese cultures, which is definitely the only one of its kind.

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The architectural styles of Baba-Nyonya properties in Malaysia are usually associated with the Straits Eclectic Style. The Straits Eclectic Shophouses started appearing in the mid to late 20th century (1940 – 1990). In the early 20th century, shophouses in the Straits Settlements began to incorporate full-length French windows with a pair of full-length timber shutters, an arched or rectangular transom over the window opening, pilasters of classical orders, and plaster renderings. Reinforced concrete was later used to allow wider roof overhangs and more elaborate cantilevered brackets which sprung from above the pilasters.

 

Shophouses

A shophouse, or row house, has two or more storeys. The first floor is usually used for commercial purposes, such as warehouses or sundry shops, and the second floor served as living quarters. The shophouse is not a standalone building. Like terrace houses, it is one of the several separate units that share dividing walls. One building can be made up of any number of shophouses.

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The shophouse is easily found in the urban areas of Malaysia. Some people may prefer to live in these houses with no intent of opening a business. The building itself will have a huge entrance with a timber bar locked into the door head, and louvred panel windows. A 5-foot way (kaki lima), or a walkway with veranda, is one of the unique features of this particular house. This covered 5-foot walkway commonly features an arched opening that joins one house with the rest of the street front. This standout feature has become an instantly recognisable characteristic of a Baba Nyonya house.

 
Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peranakan
  • http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijsss/article/viewFile/651/592
  • https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/峇峇娘惹
  • http://geographyhumanity.blogspot.my/2010/04/story-of-baba-baba-nyonya.html

 
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  1. sarassitham on Nov 27, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Thank you for the beautiful and historical sharing of Baba Nyonya community in Malaysia. As we know this group is small and their journey begins first at Malacca, then continued to Penang, Singapore, and Indonesia.

    The intermarriage between Chinese and Malay except formed a unique lifestyle and also created out a new culture, customs, festivals, tradition foods clothing, design and entertainment.

    May this rich culture and colourful tradition be preserved and practiced by the younger generation, and do hope this special heritage will live everlasting with us.

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  2. S.Prathap on Nov 25, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously .
    The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions.Thank you for sharing a beautiful article.

  3. Stella Cheang on Mar 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    The Baba Nyonya culture, food, and architecture have been renowned for being rich and colorful. It is unique because it blends specialties of the Chinese and Malay culture into one and cannot be found anywhere else except mainly in Malacca and perhaps Singapore. It is a clear sign how the racial and cultural difference was not an issue among the multiracial residence of the Malaya. Acceptance and integration were widely practiced, and as a result, we have a distinctively beautiful culture to add to our heritage. Thank you for this article.

  4. wan wai meng on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:50 am

    The Peranakan Culture has certainly contributed to the richness of the Malaysian culture and is a unique legacy within Malaysian Society. It is an indication of the pragmatic nature of the Chinese people, that once they knew that most of them won’t be returning to China, they adapted other cultures and created a new one.

    Also I must say that Malay people, are equally kind to accept Chinese who came from China, and intermarried with the Chinese, there was some form of integration of the Chinese from mainland China with the local Malays at that time. I am glad that both the Malay people and the Chinese people of a bygone era contributed to a new subculture.

    I was also surprised that movies had been on the Peranakan people, it was before my time. I also recall there was a theatrical play called ‘Emily of Emerald Hill’ and it is a monologue, over the past 15 years or so, it has garnered tremendous appreciation and critical acclaimed for all the time it has been playing in theatres. Played by 7 women and even a man, the play revolves a charming Peranakan woman, Emily Gan, who evolves from frightened young bride to a strong-willed matriarch.

  5. Echeah on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    That is such a beautiful culture, so very Malaysian. It is strange but nice to hear two Chinese people conversing with each other in Bahasa Malaysia, but that is quite normal Baba style.

    Their traditional clothing, architecture and furnishing are really colourful and ornate and their cuisine is to die for! Definitely one of my favourite foods. This is Malaysia’s best kept secret, fortunately or unfortunately. I wish Malaysia’s Baba culture and cuisine could be marketed worldwide and become well-known.

  6. Pastor Lim Han Nee on Feb 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    The Baba Nyonya, also known as Peranakan or Straits-Chinese, are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married and assimilated into local communities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. This unique group of Malaysians have seamlessly assimilated the cultures of the Chinese and the local Malays particularly into their elaborately embroidered attire and very meticulously and elaborately prepared and delicious cuisine. To me this is the most wondrous feature of the Nonya and Baba culture here.

    The Baba Nonya community has also developed various unique customs and traditions pertaining to weddings. Take for exmple the Marriage Proprosal .Marriage proposals are put into a 2-tiered lacquered basket, known as Bakul Siah, and placed into the hands of the bride’s parents by the middle-person who speaks on behalf of the proposer. Sometimes, instead of Bakul Siah, wealthy Peranakans would use beautifully embroidered gilded pagoda trays. Beautiful! Indeed, just on the occasion of a wedding alone there is an array of very elaborate and interesting cultural practices so unique to this group of people!

    The Nonya Baba people have also evolved a special dialect for communication, which has incorporated words from the Chinese Hokkien dialect and the Malay Language. It will be sad if this unique culture were lost to posterity .

  7. Fong on Feb 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful culture with the world. The culture and traditions were slowly dying off but in recent times have seen a revival. It is good to see all these beautiful pictures of a grand culture. There have been very many books written of the Peranakans tracing their history from centuries ago from the Peranakans of Singapore to Malacca and Penang. All these are related to the Peranakans of Indonesia and Thailand specifically Phuket.

    Thank you again for this article bringing interest to the traditions and cultures of the Peranakan.

  8. Lucy Yap on Feb 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    There are still many people in Malaysia did not truly understand about the Baba Nyonya culture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful information on the rich,colourful, unique and special heritage.
    May this beautiful culture be preserved and practiced by the younger generation and remain with us for a long time.

    Thank you Rinpoche.

  9. Pastor Shin on Feb 16, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Growing up in the melting pot of Malaysia, most of us would have experienced and shared another ethnic group’s culture to a certain extent. For many, we would be familiar with the variety of nyonya kuih, and perhaps had great moments watching Bibik Kim Neo on national TV in the 1990s. For those growing up in Penang, the distinctive taste of taste of Jeu Hoo Char (a finely shredded mixture of stir-fried carrots, onions, mushrooms, pork and cuttlefish), Nasi Kunyit, and Asam Laksa can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

    Thank you for this article featuring the unique culture of the Baba Nyonyas who adopted Malay customs and social practices while retaining Chinese traditions and religious beliefs, and also listing where we can experience what I think is one of the most significant legacy, Nyonya cuisine, as well as the museums. The older generation of Baba-Nyonya community had a very rich and unique culture, as well as refined and colourful characteristics. I highly recommend visits to the museums to see for yourself the architecure, clothing, things they own and use in their home to experience and get to know this unique culture.

  10. Joy Kam on Feb 16, 2017 at 1:18 am

    My mum was a Peranakan or best known as the Baba Nyonya ethnic mentioned here. Their customs is a fusion of the Malay and the Chinese customs which created many unique styles and fashion, they even spoke in Malay mixed with Hokkien and English, so it was in their own unique style. Only another peranakan would understand them. They spoke so fast like a bullet train, it was extremely hard to catch on and they were many slangs which we did not understand. All me and my sister knew was when my mother was really is pissy mood, she would start talking in Malay, and that’s when you know, you don’t want to mess with her.

    I guess the most unforgettable creations are their beautiful hand embroidery clothes and beaded shoes and of course let’s not forgetsome very unique and delicious food! Their cuisine is a dying art and I wish I had take the interest to learn from my mum and aunts when they were around. I was way too young then to cook and did not appreciate spicy food. All I know is to make any authentic Nyonya food, it take a whole day, sometimes some preparations starts as early as a day before because EVERYTHING literally must be made from scratch, that’s their secret and that is why they taste so extra special and delicious. No other Malaysian food can beat the Peranakan cuisine ursting with taste cooked in very refined style. Everything must be so precise, chopped up in specific ways, they would say ‘halus’ or finely cut/chopped.

    This is indeed a very interesting culture which I myself find quite amazing. This ethnic group is slowly disappearing as many of them marries other ethnics, so I’m not surprise one day this ethnic group will be gone, and along with it, their unique customs and style, unless it is well preserved now. Thank you for sharing it here, at least now some information about the Peranakan will be saved/preserved through this blog. Rinpoche’s blog is becoming more and more diverse and serves as an information hub! Thank you Rinpoche.

  11. Lin Mun on Feb 15, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this information about Baba and Nyonya. It is very interesting to learn about this cultural. I was born in Malacca and therefore have friends who are baba and nyonya. They speak fluent Malays but in other slang.

    I love they food especially the various nyonya kuihs. We in Malaysia are so fortunate to be able to experience and know so many people of different races and cultures.

  12. Anne Ong on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful write up on Baba and Nyoya culture. I find it very interesting because of the mixed marriage culture in the early days. And the delicious nyoya food and delicacies which my family also loves to cook. My beloved Grandma and Mum cooks wonderful nyonya food. And my uncle used to make and sell Nyoya kuih. Me and my sis Vivian used to help with his kuih business. Really miss his best nyoya kuih like ang ku,rempah udang,kuih kochi and so on. Mum loves to make Acar Awak and also made for Chinese New Year.

  13. Samfoonheei on Feb 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a beautiful and informative article.It will help many to understand better of the history of Baba-Nyonya .The Baba Nyonyas have a very unique style of architecture that brings together Western and Eastern components,The community it self is also unique and rich in customs and traditions,There is so much to see and know of the varies location of places of interests.example.. Heritage Museum Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum both in Malacca and Pinang Peranakan Mansion in Penang.
    The traditional clothing of the Baba Nyonya includes the Baju Kurung is just as beautiful as our Chinese traditional Cheongsum which i love wearing it.

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The Kechara Forest Retreat is a unique holistic retreat centre focused on the total wellness of body, mind and spirit. This is a place where families and individuals will find peace, nourishment and inspiration in a natural forest environment. At Kechara Forest Retreat, we are committed to give back to society through instilling the next generation with universal positive values such as kindness and compassion.

For more information, please read here (english), here (chinese), or the official site: retreat.kechara.com.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:33 PM
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tibetan-Italian lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, well respected Lama known to be a powerful healer who had saved countless lives. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was also renowned for his full accomplishment of the Medicine Buddha practice. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought. He had travelled tremendously giving teachings and healing thousands of people. Thousands of people will come from far and near to receive his blessings. Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was a Tantric master of the Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja, Heruka and Vajrayogini Tantras, known for his mastery of the Kalachakra Tantras. The blessed healing pills and waters created by Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche are highly sought after for healing illnesses.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche’s kindness, compassion and continuous effort to promote the growth of the Buddhadharma were well respected by many even to this day. For many decades Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche has worked tirelessly, promoting world peace , helping the underprivileged, and so forth.
    Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche was one of the lamas who first recognised Tsem Rinpoche as a tulku . Tsem Rinpoche since then had always respected Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche as one of his teacher. Tsem Rinpoche had sent students to Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche ’s centre in Albagnano, Italy with offerings such as books, gifts, other items, updating recent projects of Kechara as well. Rejoice to those went there.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post with beautiful pictures .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/respects-to-kyabje-gangchen-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    Interesting article. In the old days there were hundreds of oracles that served as mediums for different spirits. …such as the Nechung Oracle and Dorje Shugden . They were consulted on all important occasions. Oracle tradition goes back to the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama. During important events the Oracle would appear in religious ceremonies in Lhasa. We are blessed watching these rare videos featuring Oracles. Oracles have played, and will continue to play, an important part in religion, doctrine, and prophecy. The phenomenon of oracles still remains till today. The Oracle tradition has traces in pre-Buddhist traditions of shamanism and exorcism. The practice is mysterious, most of its aspects were kept secret until the recent years. When visiting the temple, one will see a different side of Tibetan religion and culture. Oracles serve as a guide for Tibetans in political decisions, predictions about natural forces, and so forth. Their answers are taken seriously by Tibetans and high-standing political and religious individuals.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Niral for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-phenomena-of-oracles.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 23. 2021 02:31 PM
    A short blessed meditational prayer of Saint Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. A beautiful and meaningful prayers to recite. May those who read and recite this prayers will be blessed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this beautiful prayers.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-meditation-on-saint-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen-for-higher-consciousness
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 02:00 PM
    Lama Tsongkhapa Riding on a Tiger one of the five visionary forms that came from dream vision appearing directly to Khedrub Je who was lama Tsongkhapa’s tantric disciple. Beautiful thangka to have together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful Thangka.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/lama-tsongkhapa-riding-on-a-tiger
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:57 PM
    Beautiful and unusual Taung Kalat Buddhist Temple in Bagan,Myanmar. Amazing place and striking Buddhist complex of stupas, shrines and monasteries built on top of a tall volcanic plug. This Buddhist Monastery is built on a tall volcanic plug and is one of a tourist and pilgrimage site in the vicinity of nearby Mount Popa. The Buddhist monastery lies magnificently on top of an extinct volcano plug which rises up to a height of 1518 meters. To reach the monastery, there is a fleet of steps of 777 steps to reach the summit and will encounter some monkeys along the way too. From the top, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the ancient city of Bagan and the majestic Mount Popa, the volcano responsible for the formation of Taung Kalat.
    I have not been to there yet, would to visit such a magnificent panorama which extends across the plains to the Rakhine hills, rising from the dust haze on the horizon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/beautiful-and-unusual-taung-kalat-buddhist-temple-in-bagan-myanmar
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Jan 22. 2021 01:55 PM
    Beautiful thangka of Buddha Akshobhya, Manjushri, Manjushri Nagarakshasa and Dorje Shugden. Buddha Akshobhya is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, who represents consciousness. The ferocious Manjushri Nagarakshasa is one of the most fearsome looking Buddhas within the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri. Together as depicted in this beautiful thangka tells us thousand words……is indeed powerful and beautiful to have in our house.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this thangka with explanations.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/manjushri-nagarakshasa-the-naga-deity
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:57 PM
    Wow …..such a sacred mantra written by H. H. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche. Merely by seeing this sacred mantra is a blessing. Zong Rinpoche was a Gelug Lama ,famous as a sharp analyst and master of philosophical debate, as well as a powerful Tantric practitioner.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful mantra

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-sacred-mantra-of-lady-vajrayogini
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:54 PM
    Dharma is spreading and flourishing around the world, that’s wonderful. Especially to countries such as Africa, we have Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu to thanks. Africa is a massive continent with diverse religious traditions, it’s a up hill task teaching Buddhism . Buddhism is a quiet new religion in South Africa, most Lamas would prefer going to Asian or European countries to spread Dharma teachings.
    Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu is a monastic teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. While in Tibet he received extensive training in Dharma and Meditation. He studied under many accomplished masters of mahamudra and dzogchen. All from Kagyu and Nyingma lineages whom are famous lamas and unknown yogis . He travelled all the way to Africa to spread Dharma and working tirelessly , going to remote parts of Africa . Truly compassionate of him.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/drupon-khen-rinpoche-in-africa
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 02:52 PM
    Some Africans were aware of Buddhism at a very early stage in history. Africa is still the least Buddhist of the inhabited continents as to this day. There are a number of difficulties and barriers to spreading the teachings of the Buddha in Africa. But wonderful to have Bhikkhu Bodhiraja a Congo citizen ordained spreading Buddhism then. Although small and remote to some but its getting popular due to Bhikkhu Bodhiraja’s hard and dedicated work. How joyous and wonderful of him bringing Dharma to Congo. It is such great news to rejoice. May even more people enjoy the blessing of Buddha. He even built four Buddhist temples and had even planted a Bodhi tree.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing. Buddhism is finding its way into parts of the world now…..far and wide.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/buddhism-in-congo-africa
  • sarassitham
    Thursday, Jan 21. 2021 12:02 AM
    Wow! Those people are really creative and such awesome ideas! The way the houses are designed is just spectacular. The immediate surroundings of your nature house are perfectly suited for a good break and it’s important that people realize that living a healthy life is essential to living a good life. One will never imagine in this remote forest there is such a comfortable, cozy lodging completes with every facilities you can think of.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and interesting sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2KuP1Qm
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:59 PM
    Wow amazing discovery like Indiana Jones adventure. A rare 1,000-year-old Buddhist statue found by a Nazi expedition in 1938. It seem a meteorite that crashed into the Earth about 15,000 years and it have been carved into a Buddha statue by Tibetans as claimed. With this it has proven that the people living in that time were already practicing Buddhism.
    With this discovery scientist had classified the statue as a rare class of iron meteorite. They mentioned that the meteorite must have fell to Earth approximately 15,000 years ago.
    Interesting discovery . The priceless statue is believed to originate from the pre-Buddhist Bon culture of the 11th Century. It sounds like an artifact from an Indiana Jones film.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/1000-year-old-meteorite-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:56 PM
    Rejoice to Pastor Lanse receiving such a blessed, precious, and sacred Vajrayogini image from Rinpoche. Pastor Lanse is one of the many fortunate students who did received gifts from Rinpoche. Reading those comments and from this blog, tells us more of Pastor Lanse . Pastor lanse must have worked very hard benefiting many though. May more people be inspired by her going all the way working for Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/letters-cards-gifts/a-precious-vajrayogini-for-someone-special.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 20. 2021 02:54 PM
    Merely by looking at the holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche is a blessing. Could imagine it when those who have met H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in person…. the kind of feeling . What a blessing it is to see such a very rare and holy image of H H Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche in Tantric dress. He was one of the great lamas of the twentieth century. He was the root lama of both tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama and the teacher of many of the other Tibetan lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-pabongka-rinpoche-in-tantric-dress.html
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 11:51 PM
    The soothing sounds of nature have helped literally hundreds of thousands of people across the world with finding an inner calmness to help them with study, getting to sleep, relaxing, meditating and chill out.

    I enjoyed all the sharing but I loved to hear the spring bird songs. To me the calming sounds of nature are a natural tonic for mind, body and wellbeing. Thank you for the interesting sharing.

    https://bit.ly/2XR7NVk
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jan 19. 2021 02:38 PM
    Rei Kawakubo, self-taught Japanese fashion designer known for her avant-garde clothing designs and her high fashion label. She is one of the most influential designers of the late 20th century. Making a name in the western fashion world with very unique design . She has changed not the way we think of the fashion world but the way fashion and thought can coexist in culture and commerce inspiring new generation of designers. Looking at those clothing she had designed is unbelievable and truly unique indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing of a talented Japanese designer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/rei-kawakubo-grand-dame-of-hiroshima-chic.html

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
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In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 months ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
5 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
5 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
5 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
7 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
8 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
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KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
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Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
10 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
10 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
10 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Mexico 83,576
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