Perayaan Gawai Dayak

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Ke hadapan sahabat-sahabat di seluruh dunia,

Saya telah menetap di Malaysia selama lebih 20 tahun dan sejak itu saya mula menghargai kepelbagaian budaya dan adat resam Malaysia. Selama itu, saya menikmati budaya dan adat resam yang wujud di Malaysia, di mana ia telah memberi inspirasi kepada saya untuk berkongsi dengan lebih lagi mengenai aspek-aspek Malaysia yang memperkayakan lagi budayanya.

Salah satu tradisi tersebut ialah Gawai Dayak, pesta menuai yang diraikan secara meluas oleh kaum Dayak di Sarawak dan Kalimantan, masing-masing sebahagian daripada Malaysia dan Indonesia di Kepulauan Borneo. Rencana ini akan tertumpu kepada perayaan Gawai Dayak di Sarawak dan kami akan membawa anda melalui asal-usulnya, aktiviti-aktiviti yang diadakan semasa pesta dan bagaimana pengunjung dapat mengambil bahagian dalam perayaan ini.

Tsem Rinpoche

 


 

Orang Dayak Sarawak

Iban people in traditional attire

Orang Iban dalam pakaian tradisional

Masyarakat Dayak di Sarawak terdiri daripada dua kelompok etnik utama, Iban dan Bidayuh serta beberapa puak kecil seperti Murut, Kelabit, Kenyah dan Kayan. Sarawak mempunyai populasi Iban tertinggi di Borneo, yang mana sekitar 745 400 orang atau 28% dari populasi negeri (berdasarkan kaji selidik pada tahun 2016) adalah orang Iban. Kelompok etnik Bidayuh yang juga digelar Dayak Darat kerana mereka secara tradisi tinggal berhampiran pergunungan batu kapur, kebanyakan mereka menetap di kawasan Selatan Sarawak. Walaupun kepercayaan asal orang Dayak kebanyakan pada Paganisme, majoriti orang Iban dan Bidayuh telah menganut agama Kristian.

A traditional Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah panjang tradisional Bidayuh

Secara tradisinya, keluarga Dayak tinggal di Rumah Panjang, disamping beberapa keluarga yang lain. Setiap rumah panjang mempunyai Tuai Rumah atau ketua rumah panjang, ketua rumah yang terpilih. Rumah panjang yang agak kecil mempunyai lebih kurang 10 hingga 30 buah bilik keluarga. Rumah panjang yang sederhana besar boleh menempatkan 31 hingga 50 buah bilik keluarga, manakala rumah panjang besar boleh mempunyai sehingga 100 buah bilik keluarga.

 

Sejarah Gawai Dayak

Dayak community during Gawai Dayak celebration in Sarawak, Malaysia

Masyarakat Dayak ketika perayaan Gawai Dayak di Sarawak, Malaysia

Gawai Dayak merupakan perayaan yang menandakan berakhirnya kitaran penanaman padi dan disambut oleh kaum etnik Dayak sebagai tanda kesyukuran ke atas hasil tuaian yang melimpah-ruah serta mendoakan hasil yang lebih baik pada tahun akan datang. Menurut Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia, perayaan ini “menjadi simbol perpaduan, aspirasi serta harapan bagi komuniti Dayak.” Penerimaan Gawai Dayak dalam kebudayaan Malaysia menunjukkan bahawa pihak berkuasa mengiktiraf kepelbagaian etnik penduduk Malaysia, dan menerima adat resam yang pelbagai bagi memperkaya budaya dan identiti Malaysia.

Gawai dalam bahasa Iban bermaksud “perayaan” dan Dayak ialah nama kolektif kumpulan etnik asli di Sarawak. Gawai Dayak disambut secara rasmi pada 31 Mei dan 1 Jun setiap tahun. Walau bagaimanapun, secara tradisinya perayaan ini diraikan sehingga hujung bulan Jun. Idea untuk meraikan Gawai Dayak pertama kali dicadangkan pada tahun 1957 oleh dua orang pengacara radio tempatan, Tan Kingsley dan Owen Liang, dan cadangan mereka menerima sambutan hangat dari komuniti Dayak. Walau bagaimanapun, Sarawak masih dijajah oleh British ketika itu, dan Pentadbiran Kolonial British bimbang sekiranya membenarkan perayaan khas untuk komuniti Dayak, kumpulan etnik lain akan meminta pengiktirafan yang sama. Oleh itu, perayaan Gawai Dayak pada mulanya dikenali sebagai Hari Sarawak untuk melibatkan semua kumpulan etnik di Sarawak.

Malaysia’s Independence Ceremony at Merdeka Stadium on 31 August 1957

Upacara Kemerdekaan Malaysia di Stadium Merdeka pada 31 Ogos 1957

Pada 31 Ogos 1957, Malaysia telah mendapat kemerdekaan dari Britain dan pada 1962, Gawai Dayak diiktiraf sebagai perayaan orang Dayak. Pada 25 September 1964, setelah penubuhan Persekutuan Malaysia, 1 Jun telah diiktiraf sebagai cuti umum Gawai Dayak dan sambutan pertamanya adalah pada tahun 1965.

 

Apa yang berlaku ketika perayaan Gawai Dayak?

Penganan Iri

Penganan Iri

 

Persediaan: Makanan dan minuman

Apabila rumah panjang mengadakan Gawai Dayak, penghuninya hendaklah menyediakan makanan dan minuman terlebih dahulu. Mereka memastikan jumlah padi adalah mencukupi bagi menyediakan tuak, arak tradisional Dayak. Tuak ialah arak beras, dibuat dengan menyulingkan beras pulut dan ragi sebulan sebelum perayaan.

Ant Nest cake or also known as Sarang Semut

Kek sarang semut atau juga dikenali sebagai Sarang Semut

Tuan rumah mesti menyediakan kudapan and kuih tradisional seperti Kuih Sepit (wafer yang dilipat), Kek Sarang Semut, Cuwan (kuih beracuan) dan Penganan Iri (kuih berbentuk cakera). Kebanyakan kudapan ini, kecuali Penganan Iri, boleh disediakan beberapa hari sebelum dan disimpan di dalam balang yang kedap udara. Selalunya, ketua rumah panjang mengacarakan trip memancing dan berburu bagi mendapatkan daging untuk diperam bagi pesta tersebut.

Another picture of Dayak people on hunting trip

Gambar trip berburu orang Dayak

 

Persediaan: Perhiasan rumah panjang

Sebelum perayaan Gawai Dayak, penghuni rumah panjang berganding bahu membersih, mengecat dan membaiki rumah mereka. Dinding di dalam rumah dihiasi dengan ukiran mural dan tikar rotan tradisional anyaman tangan juga dibentangkan buat para tetamu duduk.

A traditional Dayak carving

Ukiran tradisional Dayak

A traditional hand-woven rattan mat

Tikar tradisional anyaman tangan

 

Apa yang berlaku pada malam Gawai Dayak?

 

Acara memasak diteruskan

Sehari sebelum Gawai Dayak, mereka yang terlibat di dalam pesta tersebut berkumpul pada awal pagi untuk mengumpul makanan dan ramuan yang diperlukan seperti minyak sawit, aping, sagu, umbut kelapa, rebung, pucuk ubi kayu, terung, midin dan sebagainya. Bahan-bahan ini akan digunakan untuk membuat sup serta sajian-sajian yang lain. Orang Dayak memasak beras pulut di dalam buluh yang akan menghasilkan satu aroma yang unik. Beras tersebut boleh juga dimasak menggunakan dapur gas atau periuk nasi. Setelah mengumpul bahan-bahan yang diperlukan, mereka yang terlibat memasak daging segar dan yang sudah diperam dengan pelbagai herba seperti serai, halia, daun bungkang dan garam. Tuak selalunya disajikan dengan daging panggang.

Cooking rice inside bamboo logs

Memasak beras di dalam buluh

Glutinous rice cooked inside bamboo logs

Beras pulut dimasak di dalam buluh

Traditional Dayak dishes

Juadah tradisional Dayak

 

Penghapusan Sifat Tamak

Pada 31 Mei, sehari sebelum Gawai Dayak, dua lelaki dan dua kanak-kanak akan mengelilingi rumah panjang tersebut dengan sebuah bakul setiap seorang untuk mengumpul barang-barang yang tidak dikehendaki oleh keluarga-keluarga lain. Barang-barang ini kemudiannya akan dibuang di hujung belakang rumah panjang untuk menghapuskan roh tamak.

 

Penyembahan Dewa

Traditional Dayak offerings to the deities

Penyembahan dewa tradisional Dayak

Apabila senja menjelang, upacara penyembahan dilakukan di setiap bilik keluarga, di mana piring seramik, tabak (piala gangsa), dan bekas kulit buluh belah dipersembahkan kepada dewa. Menurut Sadin B dalam karya sasteranya, Raja Durong, orang Dayak mempercayai tujuh dewa utama:

  • Sengalang Burong – dewa peperangan
  • Biku Bunsu Petara – dewa keagamaan
  • Menjaya Manang – dewa perubatan
  • Sempulang Gana with Semerugah – dewa pertanian dan tanah
  • Selampadai – dewa pembuatan
  • Ini Inee/Andan – dewa keadilan
  • Anda Mara – dewa kekayaan

Dalam mendapatkan restu tuhan, orang Dayak merayu roh-roh yang telah membantu mereka terdahulu. Penyembahan dewa akan diletakkan di empat penjuru setiap bilik keluarga, di dapur, di dalam balang beras, di galeri, tanju (dinding beranda) dan di ladang. Harta lain yang berharga boleh juga diserahkan kepada dewa-dewa dan roh-roh.

Selain daripada memohon rahmat para dewa, orang-orang Dayak memohon kepada roh-roh yang telah membantu kepada mereka pada masa lalu. Persembahan kepada para dewa diletakkan di empat penjuru setiap bilik keluarga, di dapur, di dalam balang beras, di dalam galeri, tanju (serambi dinding) dan di ladang. Barangan berharga lain juga boleh dipersembahkan kepada para dewa dan roh-roh.

Tujuh persembahan tradisional tersebut merupakan tembakau daun nipah, buah pinang, daun sirih, beras pulut, ketupat, sungki (pulut yang dimasak dengan daun buwan), pulut nasi dimasak dalam batang buluh, kek Sarang Semut, kek teracu dan Penganan Iri (tepung pulut dengan nipah dan gula), beras bertih (beras pulut dipanaskan dalam kuali atau periuk), telur rebus, dan wain beras dalam bekas buluh kecil. Selepas persembahan dibentangkan, ketua rumah panjang mengetuai perayaan untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur kepada para dewa untuk tuaian yang banyak, dan meminta keberkatan, bimbingan dan kepanjangan umur daripada para dewa. Ketua rumah panjang kemudiannya menawarkan ayam yang telah mati kepada para dewa dengan memasukkan bulu pelepah ayam jantan yang berlumuran darah di dalam setiap set persembahan.

An old picture of a longhouse chief wearing a traditional attire and holding a rooster

Gambar lama seorang ketua rumah panjang memakai pakaian tradisional dan memegang ayam jantan

Selepas upacara persembahan selesai, semua keluarga rumah panjang berkumpul dan makan malam di balai. Aktiviti ini dipanggil makai rami atau hidangan perayaan. Setiap keluarga yang tinggal di rumah panjang menyumbang kepada hidangan perayaan ini. Sebelum tengah malam, perarakan untuk menyambut para dewa dan roh-roh dilakukan di balai. Kadang kala, penduduk rumah panjang juga menganjurkan pertandingan untuk memilih raja dan ratu Gawai, yang juga dikenali sebagai Keling dan Kumang Gawai. Orang-orang tua dan ketua rumah panjang kemudian memberikan nasihat tentang kepentingan keamanan, keharmonian dan ketenteraman. Denda dikenakan kepada mereka yang melanggar tradisi dan peraturan dengan bergaduh, bertengkar, berkelakuan mabuk atau vandalisme.

Gawai’s king and queen or Keling and Kumang Gawai

Raja dan ratu Gawai atau Keling dan Kumang Gawai

Anggota masyarakat Dayak yang telah memeluk agama Kristian tidak mengambil bahagian dalam upacara persembahan dewa. Sebaliknya, mereka ke gereja untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur mereka kepada Tuhan untuk tuaian sebelum kembali ke rumah panjang dan mengambil bahagian dalam sambutan majlis makan malam.

 

Makan malam

Pada tengah malam, gong dibunyikan untuk memanggil para tetamu dan penduduk rumah panjang. Ketua rumah panjang kemudiannya mengumumkan ucap selamat panjang umur (Ai pengayu), membaca doa untuk kebaikan, dan hadirin membalas dengan ucapan perayaan, “Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai, Senang Lantang Nguan Menua.” Sekiranya ada antara hadirin seorang penyair, beliau boleh diminta untuk membaca “timang ai pengayu” untuk memberkati air panjang umur. Semua konflik dan kesalahan masa lalu diampuni pada masa ini.

Ngajat Dance performance

Persembahan Tarian Ngajat

Ngajat Dance performance

Persembahan Tarian Ngajat

Persembahan yang kurang formal seperti tarian tradisional Ngajat (selamat datang), tarian pedang dan persembahan seni mempertahankan diri, dipersembahkan selepas makan malam. Bagi Dayak Bidayuh, mereka akan menari Tolak Bala (Tarian Menolak Bahaya), Tarian Sebelum Menuai untuk meminta perlindungan untuk masyarakat, Tarian Totokng untuk memanggil jiwa padi dan tetamu serta Tarian Langi Julang dilakukan di akhir pesta Menuai untuk menunjukkan rasa syukur kepada para dewa untuk tuaian yang banyak dan kesihatan yang baik.

Tolak Bala Dance

Tarian Tolak Bala

Selepas makan malam, tetamu berbaris berdasarkan kedudukan sosial mereka. Kaum wanita menawarkan kaum lelaki semangkuk tuak disertai dengan nyanyian seorang wanita. Ini diikuti dengan bacaan puisi tradisional termasuk pelandai, ramban, pantun, jawang dan sanggai.

 

Gawai Dayak di Sarawak, Malaysia

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Ngabang

Pada 1 Jun, rumah-rumah panjang dibuka kepada Ngabang (tetamu). Majlis rumah terbuka juga boleh dianjurkan oleh penduduk rumah panjang, badan-badan bukan kerajaan atau persatuan masyarakat Dayak. Pelawat dan pelancong sering dijemput untuk menyertai Gawai Dayak pada hari ini. Apabila para tetamu tiba, kaum wanita rumah berdiri untuk menghidangkan air kepada tetamu dengan beberapa sajian tuak dalam tradisi Nyibur Temuai, seperti Nyambut Pengabang (minuman sambutan), Ai Aus (minuman penghilang dahaga), Ai Basu (minuman pencuci), Ai Untong (minuman keuntungan) dan Ai Basa (minuman penghormatan).

Delicious snacks served during Gawai Dayak celebration

Makanan ringan yang lazat dihidangkan semasa sambutan Gawai Dayak

The tradition of drinking tuak is still retained today within the Dayak culture

Tradisi minum tuak masih dikekalkan hari ini dalam budaya Dayak

Dalam majlis rumah terbuka tersebut, ketua rumah panjang atau orang tua yang dipilih membuat jaku ansah atau ucapan mengasah untuk memperkenalkan tetamu kehormat. Selepas tetamu kehormat tiba, beliau dijangka untuk melaksanakan Muka Kuta (membuka kubu) dengan cara mengelar pagar buluh dengan pedang dan membaca puisi. Kemudian, seekor haiwan ditombak di kaki tangga (mankan). Pada acara itu, para penari Ngajat dan kumpulan muzik membawa tetamu ke tempat duduk masing-masing. Selepas semua orang duduk, ketua rumah panjang atau penyair membaca doa untuk tetamu sambil menggoyangkan ayam di atas kepala mereka. Sebelum makanan dihidangkan kepada para tetamu, ucapan khas yang dipanggil Muka Kujuk disampaikan untuk membuka kain tenunan tradisional yang menutupi makanan. Semasa aktiviti Bantil atau minuman memujuk, kaum wanita memberi minuman tuak kepada kaum lelaki sambil menyanyikan pantun tradisional (puisi) untuk mengatasi rasa malu kaum lelaki ini. Menjadi adat bagi kaum lelaki untuk menolak minuman pertama sebagai tanda hormat kepada tuan rumah.

Gawai Dayak juga disertai elemen ramalan nasib. Dalam aktiviti yang dipanggil uti, tetamu khas diminta untuk membuka kelapa yang diletakkan di atas pinggan seramik dengan menggunakan pisau tumpul, tanpa memegang kelapa atau memecahkan pinggan. Jika kelapa menunjukkan isi putih, bermaksud nasib yang baik, manakala isi hitam menunjukkan nasib buruk. Walaupun Gawai Dayak disambut pada 1 Jun, festival ini boleh bertahan selama beberapa hari hingga sebulan. Pada bulan tersebut, majlis perkahwinan Dayak sering diadakan. Untuk menandakan berakhirnya perayaan, tradisi Ngiling Bidai atau menggulung tikar tenunan tangan yang diletakkan pada awal Gawai Dayak dilakukan.

Many Dayak weddings often take place during the Gawai Dayak month

Majlis perkahwinan Dayak sering diadakan semasa bulan Gawai Dayak

 

Keperluan pakaian

A traditional Dayak costume, Ngepan

Pakaian tradisional Dayak, Ngepan

Apabila menghadiri perayaan Gawai Dayak, pengunjung boleh memakai pakaian tradisional Dayak, ngepan (busana tradisional), atau pakaian moden biasa. Biasanya, ketua rumah panjang memakai pakaian tradisional yang diperbuat daripada cawat, kulit haiwan, dan bulu merak di atas kepalanya. Sering kali, kaum lelaki dihiasi dengan tatu tradisional yang menunjukkan pengalaman mereka. Sebagai contoh, reka bentuk katak di leher depan, atau reka bentuk tegulun di belakang tangan menandakan bahawa orang itu telah membunuh orang lain dalam peperangan. Tatu tersebut juga boleh direka kepada bentuk hidupan laut yang menandakan perlindungan oleh unsur-unsur air.

A longhouse chief with traditional tattoos

Seorang ketua rumah panjang dengan tatu tradisional

Pakaian tradisional Dayak untuk kaum wanita merupakan kain betating, sejenis kain tenunan tangan yang dipakai di pinggang dan korset rotan di bahagian atas badan. Kaum wanita juga boleh memakai selampai atau selendang di atas bahu, atau rantai manik di sekeliling leher. Rambut mereka biasanya diikat dan dikemaskan dengan sikat tinggi. Mereka juga memakai lampit (tali pinggang perak), gelang lengan, gelang kaki dan dompet. Sekiranya anda ingin melawat, sila ambil perhatian bahawa Malaysia merupakan sebuah negara tropika, jadi kebanyakan orang yang memakai pakaian yang dibuat daripada fabrik yang ringan dan boleh nafas. Anda disyorkan untuk membawa beberapa baju nipis, seluar pendek dan skirt separas lutut, gaun, seluar panjang, cermin mata hitam, topi, baju panas dan sekurang-kurangnya satu skarf atau selendang. Anda juga boleh mempertimbangkan untuk membawa kasut leper atau kasut yang selesa.

 

Melawat Malaysia dan Sarawak

 

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Tempat tinggal

Jika anda ingin tinggal dengan masyarakat Dayak sepanjang perayaan mereka dan mengalami budaya mereka sepenuhnya, terdapat beberapa rumah panjang yang menyediakan perkhidmatan inapan keluarga untuk pengunjung seperti:

 

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Anna Rais Bidayuh longhouse

Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Menurut laman web mereka, Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais mempunyai 175 tahun sejarah bertulis dan lebih 500 tahun sejarah tidak bertulis. Salah satu daya tarikan utama di Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais adalah mata air panas semulajadi yang terletak berhampiran.

Alamat:
Kampung Annah Rais
Padawan, 94700 Kuching
Sarawak, Malaysia

Telefon: +65 9004 9762

Cara untuk ke sana:

Rumah panjang Anna Rais terletak di daerah Padawan, kira-kira 60 kilometer dari Kuching, ibu negeri Sarawak. Oleh kerana Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais terletak di lokasi yang agak jauh, pengunjung perlu mendapat perkhidmatan teksi, yang boleh dilakukan melalui penyelaras rumah panjang.

 

Rumah Panjang Nyuka

Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

Rumah Panjang Nyuka

Rumah Panjang Nyuka merupakan rumah panjang yang pertama dibina di Bahagian Sarikei yang diluluskan oleh Program Homestay Nasional, Kementerian Pelancongan Malaysia. Rumah panjang ini dibina menggunakan kayu Belian pada 1955 dan masih utuh hingga hari ini. Pengunjung boleh menyertai aktiviti harian penghuni rumah panjang seperti menoreh getah atau Dabai – mengutip buah zaitun tempatan. Pengunjung juga boleh pergi berenang di air terjun berdekatan.

Alamat:
C/O Rh. Nyuka Ak. Itam, Lubuk Lemba
Ulu Sarikei
96100 Sarikei
Sarawak

Telefon: +6019-4687518

Cara untuk ke sana:

Rumah panjang Nyuka terletak kira-kira 17 kilometer dari Simpang Bayong di lebuh raya Sarikei. Anda boleh sampai ke tempat ini dengan menaiki teksi yang boleh diuruskan dengan penyelaras rumah panjang.

 

Rumah-rumah panjang yang lain

Lembaga Pelancongan Sarawak juga menyarankan pengunjung untuk melawat Rumah Panjang Bawang Assan Iban di Sibu, dan rumah-rumah panjang yang lain di Pekan Kapit. Pelawat juga boleh mendapatkan cadangan daripada ejen-ejen pelancongan tempatan, atau aturkan lawatan khas ke salah satu rumah-rumah panjang ini.

 

Aktiviti yang anda boleh lakukan semasa tinggal di rumah panjang

 

Aktiviti luaran

Jungle trekking

Merentas hutan

Bamboo rafting

Berakit

Pengunjung boleh menikmati aktiviti seperti merentas hutan, memburu menggunakan sumpit, berakit, memanggang di tepi sungai, menuai padi antara bulan Februari dan April, menoreh getah dan Dabai ketika musim buah-buahan antara dari bulan November ke Disember.

Rubber tapping

Menoreh getah

 

Aktiviti dalaman

Traditional Dayak dance performed at Anna Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

Tarian tradisional Dayak dipersembahkan di Rumah Panjang Bidayuh Anna Rais

Pengunjung boleh belajar cara memasak masakan tradisional seperti nasi bambu, bermain peralatan muzik tradisional, menenun bakul daripada bahan asli, atau merasa makanan dan minuman tempatan seperti Cempedak atau tuak. Penghuni rumah panjang juga akan menganjurkan aktiviti sukan dalaman untuk pengunjung, seperti pertandingan sumpit, atau kelas tarian tradisional Dayak.

Basket weaving

Menenun bakul

Sumber:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawai_Dayak
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  • sarassitham
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 11:31 PM
    I believe that all animals are just like humans. This includes anything from feelings to suffering with pain. As such, it should be the moral obligation of human beings to take this fact into account whenever they consider taking actions that would interfere with the needs of animals.

    Animals and humans both in common have great power and they able to achieve great things. We should find ways to control fear towards animals and prevent anxiety from taking hold.

    Thanking you for your thoughtfullness sharing and being kind to animals.
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:13 PM
    Wow…..great biography of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, who wrote the Liberation in the Palm of your hand or Lamrim known to many of us. He was definitely a bodhisattva and one of the greatest masters of the 20th century and one the most influential teachers in Tibet. Well respected by hundred thousands of people, many have learn and benefit from his Dharma teachings. Incredible he had a very powerful voice that everyone could hear him clearly in the crowd, even those seated behind.
    Pabongka Rinpoche’s classics writings and collected works are highly sought after and very much used till these day.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this very inspiring biography

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/pabongka-rinpoche-wikipedia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 03:11 PM
    Reading this article on Lama Zopa’s view on Dorje Shugden practice gives us a clear understanding . Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator . He is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters. He gave a very good advice for students on Dorje Shugden practice. Guru devotion is the key to gaining spiritual attainments. Lama Zopa did mentioned that once we have made a Dharma connection with our Guru, we cannot simply give up this relationship unless the Guru told us to give up. Well regardless of whether a lama practises Dorje Shugden or not, we need to apply the rule, is the practice of Guru Devotion for sure. Letting whatever be nor matter what instance, we should not speak negatively against Dorje Shugden or about other Gurus. A good advice and profound teachings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Choong for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/what-lama-zopa-teaches-about-the-dorje-shugden-ban-2.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Aug 7. 2020 12:23 PM
    In life we will be facing lots of negative things from others. never mind right or wrong, true or false, I must learn how to take it or see it as a positive steps for our personal improvement and growth.

    The 7 great methods in above are not just to cope with insult but advise, comment & opinion from others toward ourselves. Insults and criticism follow us everywhere, so learn with great patience to use them as a guide to self improvement .

    https://bit.ly/2XAATIN
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 04:44 PM
    His writing style is clear and direct, added with his personal experiences, thoughts and direct realizations at that point of time. I am fond of reading those past masters’ writings as opposed to the modern ones.
    John Blofeld spiritual journey and his affinity so strong in Buddhism are really showed that he had a very strong connection to Buddhism in his previous life.Thank you very much for sharing this article.
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html

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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
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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
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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
2 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
2 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
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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
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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
2 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
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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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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
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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
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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
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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
5 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
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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.
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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.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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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
5 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
5 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
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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
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
5 months ago
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
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
5 months ago
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
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
5 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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