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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Ratatouille celebration






The French Provençal stewed vegetable dish? Nope. The Walt Disney animated film? Quite close. I mean, it's finally the Year of the Rat! Well... To be exact, we still have several hours to go before we finally bid farewell to the Year of the Boar. It'll take another 12 years before we get to see the cute piggies dancing on the greeting cards again!




Took a trip to Pekan Cina, Alor Star's quaint little Chinatown this afternoon because mum wanted to buy some snacks here. I always get to pass this cultural enclave but it's been months (or was it years?) since I last paid here a visit. Most of the buildings here were built in pre-war times and many Chinese merchants settled here and established their family businesses. The most prominent landmark is the tourist observation tower built just a couple of years ago on the banks of the Kedah River, occupying the site of a famous hawker centre renowned for its char yin yong/sar hor fun, which had since relocated elsewhere. The unusual thing is that the place was relatively quiet despite the arrival of the Chinese New Year.

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I bet some of you have already noticed my new blog header. It's solely for this festival, baby! Hope all you guys like it. :)

And here's wishing everyone a very prosperous Chinese New Year! May all of you get showered with great health, wealth and happiness! That sounds cliché, but who cares? :)


56 comments:

Mr. Goober said...

wow didja write the last picture up??

good stuff

L B said...

Gong Xi Gong Xi!!! Happy Chinese New Year to you, baby!! :-)
Nice new Prosperous Banner! Very the Rat!

kyh said...

Mr. Goober: 5 chups!

Good? I think it looks crappy!

Happy Chinese New Year!

L B: 3 chups!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Thank you! Lotsa claypot rats! KKK...

Chev said...

gong xi fa cai from Kuching, sarawak :D

Chev said...

and 2 more hours to go...
just now i saw fireworks when my flight landed around 7:30 pm...
first time i see fireworks from the plane leh :d

Wennnn said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai tp U toudai......

kyh said...

Chev: 1 chup!

Back in Meowy City already ah? :D

The fireworks got terkena your plane or not? KKK...

Happy Mousey New Year!

Wennnn: Angpow come, come, come! :P

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

zewt said...

the banner is quite nice i must say... just for this 15 days huh...

alor setar is where my mom grew up... brings back memories...

hey... you should read this... http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/2423/46/

kyh said...

Thanks! ;)

Wow... I didn't know that!

I clicked on it, but there were a lot of news links. Which one did you want me to read exactly?

Jemima said...

Gong Xi HUGS to you!

kyh said...

Ratty hugs to you! :)

zewt said...

hmm... go to the main site... under 'no holds barred'.. read the article titled..."the ppl are the boss"

kyh said...

Still the same. I think it requires me to register for reading the news.

Furkids in Hong Kong said...

Wishing you a Happy CNY of the Rat.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

kyh said...

Happy Ratty New Year! :)

Nicole Tan said...

gong xi fai cai to you!! I likej your new header..keep it up there la!

kyh said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Can't keep there for long. Only for this celebration. ;)

Zhu said...

You have a nice writing! Good calligraphy skills...!

I'm gonna go eat 饺子 tonight ;)

Wish you all the best!

kyh said...

I consider mine average. Still have a very big room for improvement. ;)

Ooh... Sounds yummy!

Thanks, and you too! :)

Selba said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Kyh!
Did it rains last night?

Wah... you got a new blog header! cool! :)

kyh said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

Very sunny here! No rain, no thunder. ;)

Cool huh! :D

Ehon said...

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!! GUNG HEI GUNG HEI! :D

kyh said...

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Ångele said...

Happy new year Kyh! May this be a lucky and prosperous year of the rat ^^

kyh said...

Thank you! You too! :D

Doreen said...

Yeah, noticed the new header, very festive! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

By the way, don't need to wait 12 years, come see piggy dancing at my place! Muahahaha.

may said...

Gung Hei Fatt Choy! may the year of the Rat bring you lots of wealth and good health.

kyh said...

Doreen: Gong Xi Fa Cai! :D

Haha! I want CNY piggies, can? :P

may: Gong Xi Fa Cai! You too, you too! ;)

Cocka Doodle said...

Here's wishing you & your loved ones a happy & prosperous Lunar New Year!!

Gung Xi Fa Cai!!

kyh said...

Unker Cocka, got distribute angpow or not? :P

c o n s u e l a said...

wow...didn't notice the new header until now...really nice!!

here's wishing you Gung Hay Fatt Choy from Honolulu :)

sophisticatedsoul said...

It is amazing how nicely captured pictures can present a place better to the eyes. I've never really viewed Pekan Cina from those perspectives you took your pictures from before. Hah..

恭喜发财!and where's my red packet? :P

kyh said...

c o n s u e l a: Ooh... A greeting from sunny Hawaii! Nice! :D

Happy Ratty New Year!

sophisticatedsoul: Sometimes pictures can be deceiving, eh? Actually me neither, just that I sought for better perspectives for the sake of this entry. :P

Still single and available, thus no angpows. LOL!

day-dreamer said...

Gong hey gong hey! Hahaha~

kyh said...

My semester break is coming to an end! So fast! I don't wanna go back! *sob*

Will said...

wow you wrote that? very nice...

gong xi fa cai

reggysy said...

Happy New Year to you!! Wishing you only good things!

And thanks for letting me advertise on your blog! :D

kyh said...

Will: Thanks!

Happy Chinese New Year!

reggysy: You're welcome! ;)

mistipurple said...

your writings very nice. you very arty.

kyh said...

*blushed*

Thank you, thank you! :P

keeyit said...

Your write one? for the last picture ? not bad..

Gong xi fatt choi

giddy tiger said...

Oh yeah, I remember the yin yong in Alor Star - really to die for! Especially the slightly burnt parts.

kyh said...

keeyit: Thank you! :)

Happy Chinese New Year!

giddy tiger: I thought Ipoh is the best place to savour the dish?

angeles said...

No no... u hv to keep the banner for one year since it's Ratatouille's year... ;)

Finished all yr assignments??

ps: Oi, apa angpow?? I got no licence yet :P

pps: Wishing you, pou pou kou sing!

eastcoastlife said...

Wheee! Nice header!!

Gong Xi Fa Cai!! Xin Nian Kuai Le!!

May you have great wealth, good health and abundant joy in the Rat year!!

kyh said...

angeles: But this is for Chinese New Year only ma...

Haven't finished any! :(

No meh? Don't ti(p)u! *calls Brad* :P

Thankies! :D

eastcoastlife: Nice isn't enough. You should say fantastic! LOL!

Happy Ratty New Year!

_butt said...

I saw a rat! is that a rat? so cute!

kyh said...

A rat it is! :D

Kenny Ng said...

Keong Hee Huat Chai ah...

kyh said...

Keong Hee, Keong Hee! :D

Kristopher said...

GONG XI FA CAI!!! Happy Chinese New Year!!!

hope that i'm not too late. ;)

kyh said...

It's better late than never! Furthermore, Chinese New Year has 15 days! Whee! :D

kennymah said...

For some reason, I first read Pekan Cina as Pekan CINTA... I guess my head is still stuck in Valentine's Day... LOL

Happy CNY!!

kyh said...

That's hilarious!

And for this final time, Happy Chinese New Year!

Nastasshea@Nesh said...

Wow it's so untouched .. the place I mean.. Looks so peaceful... Good for a retirement place! Hehehe!! Everyday go fishing and farming at my backyard!

kyh said...

I seriously think that you've commented on the wrong entry, didn't ya? :D

So are you planning to buy a plot of land there soon? :P