Sunday, April 29, 2007

Casa de Fatima

2nd stop from my church hunting

Welcome to Casa de Fatima located at Brickfields.

This church gave me a Portuguese feeling. It was red. Merah!

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There was lots of crosses around.

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Can you spot the cross in the photo below?

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A big cross.

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Closer look at the big cross. A very interesting one.

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Even the gates and pillars have crosses.

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Pillar at the front gate and back gate have this cross engraved.

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Back gate.

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View from the back gate.

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View of the main hall's roof.

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Casa de Fatima has very interesting door grills. This is the side entrance to the main hall.

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Even the window grills are interesting. Hope you can spot the angel.

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Final 2 photos of Casa de Fatima.

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Next up : Zion Cathedral

Cheers.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

St. James Church

Somewhere last week I went church hunting.

I needed photo of churches for the project that I was doing because the lecturer insisted that I take them. Although I don't really need to use the photos.

Anyhow, I went to a few. First church is St. James Church at Jalan Ipoh.

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I don't have many shots of this church.

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There was not much space to walk about as it is situated right next to the main road. This is the furthest I could go to capture the front of the church.

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For some reason I really like the following photo.

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A view from the back.

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It was a bright sunny day. Blue skies *hearts*

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You just gotta love these windows!

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Yep, that's all for St. James Church.

Next up : Casa de Fatima

Cheers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lonesome

Have you ever have the feeling that you're left alone, neglected by those around you?

You try to grab their attention but to no reply?

You're in your own universe that no one understands you?

You feel top of the world but no one is there with you?

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I do feel like that...

I guess it's just a part in life you have to accept and go through it. Life is not a smooth sailing journey, it has its ups and downs.

But I always keep in mind that I have a friend that I can always turn to. He is my Lord Jesus Christ.

He's a friend that will never forsake me.

He's the friend that helps me up when I fall.

He's asking me to shine for Him as this world is not my home. I'm on my journey home.

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Come, come and know Him today. Let Him be your friend. You'll never be lonely again.

He's always there
.


God Bless.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Qing Ming

Every year, around April, Chinese will from all over go back to their hometown.

For what? It's for a Chinese occasion called Qing Ming/Ching Ming. This is the only time of the year, family members will gather to say 'hello' to their relatives who have 'moved on'.
And it is also the time of the year when you can actually enter a Chinese graveyard.

As for me and my family, we went back to a small kampung (not so small now) by the name Bukit Gambir which is located in Johor.

It was a Sunday. And it
did not rain the night before! which means no need to go through muddy kampung roads to get to the graveyard. It's a kampung remember? Kampung as in really kampung with no tarred road as access to the graveyard.

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Everyone that went.

The picture you just saw shows an extremely small part of my dad's side of the family. Yes, my dad's side is very big. This is just maybe 10% of them. Seriously.

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My grandparents' tomb

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A peek at my third uncle's tomb

Upon reaching there, the food were quickly set up at the tomb. But not at the respective relative but at some god. I have no idea who/what/etc.

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My third aunt (left) & my third uncle's wife

The 'tax collector' also quickly came to collect RM20 per tomb for its maintenance. We payed RM40. Tomb 1, my grandparents. Tomb 2, my third uncle.
Like they even do anything besides cleaning up for Qing Ming.

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People don't just go to the graveyard to pray/ask for blessings/etc, they also have to buy new 'gifts' to 'give' to their relative who has moved on.

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So how does this 'gifts' reach them? By burning it, of course.

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Before proceeding on, they have to throw coins to see if the departed family allows them or not.

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First try, nope. "We're not done, yet" says my departed grand parents. It was only the second try that we got the 'green light'.

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Even though overall the grave look clean, the dead weeds must still be uprooted.

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My cousin

After cleaning up, we had to 'decorate' the tomb. What's thee purpose of putting those coloured paper? I have no idea. Nobody seems to know either. We just know we have to do it.

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My cousin

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My youngest cousin from my dad's side(left) and her brother

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Taadaa!

Moving on the the next tomb. Same procedure repeats.

First, the god

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It was getting hot. So, up came the umbrellas

Second, my third uncle

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Finally, burn the 'gifts'

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As my third uncle's wife is still alive, the space for her, in the future, has to be covered with a red cloth. Symbolizing she is still alive.

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A view of everyone

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Did you notice the scenery?

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High above the land, looking far. Good Feng Shui it seems.

I took spontaneous shots of my cousins.

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And while taking photos, I noticed this.

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My cousin was wearing white socks and he was walking around without his shoes!
White socks, wei!

Anyway, after getting permission, we were able to leave.
This photo is to show that we are
not litter bugs. We packed our rubbish with us.

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My cousin

And lastly...

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Me!

Cheers