The Nativity of Jesus

Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came
for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her
first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in
a manger because there was no room for them in the living-space.
(Lk 2:6-7 NJB)

Christmas Eve Mass
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang

A Christmas To Remember

Put two little friars, one cute santarina, four guitarists and a group of adults in red hats together and you get a really merry time. I wondered how they could squeeze into my apartment, all twenty three of them, carollers from the various churches who had come to share Christmas jollity with me. Their sweet voices singing favourites like The First Noel, Feliz Navidad, The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night filled this little space with such joy. That certainly cranked my mood up a few notches. I have not felt as spirited as this evening for a long time. Thank you all who took the time and effort to come and spread so much love and cheer to me. I shall remember this fellowship for a long time to come. God bless you all for having me in your thoughts during this festive season. Here is wishing you a Blessed Christmas.

Dong Zhi at Tan Kongsi

The Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi (Tan Clan Association) celebrated the Dong Zhi (Winter Solstice Festival) with a dinner cum karaoke just now. Like last year, my neighbours with the Tan surname, Soon Leong and wife, Mr. Tan and I, attended the function. More than three hundred clansmen and their family were there. It was an eight-course dinner that began promptly at 8pm. Clan gatherings like this is a good way to renew kinships and forge new ones. Although I attended the same function last year, it was still an awesome experience to be among so many clansmen at the same place and time.

Eng Chuan Tong Tan Kongsi at Halaman Seh Tan, Penang.

The ornate Tan Kongsi granite facade.

The ancestral altar.

Tan and Tan and Tan and Tan …