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Chinese New year celebrating Jade Emperor’s birthday also known in Hokkien as Pai ti Kong

Chinese New year celebrating Jade Emperor’s birthday also known in Hokkien as Pai ti Kong.

This is the most important day for the Hokkiens during the lunar new year celebrations and it is one of my favourite festivals.

Traditionally a feast is laid out on the altar table for the Jade emperor to thank him for his protection and blessings. Offerings like gold paper are burnt to send to heaven and fireworks and firecrackers are set off at midnight.

Watch the video to see how we celebrate x

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Are you a pear or an apple? 🍐🍎

China house art exhibition. ‘8’

Today I delivered artwork to China house gallery in Penang  for an all women group show curated by artist Rebecca Wilkinson. It is such an honour to included in this art exhibition. 

Are you a pear or an apple? 🍑🍐

‘8’ opens Tue 21  November 2017. 6pm and runs for a month. Ends 20 December 2017  

Please come. I need your support. 🙏

Why my hometown of George Town, Penang is consistently voted as the world’s best place to retire.

Penang: World’s best place to retire

Why my hometown of George Town, Penang is consistently voted as the world’s best place to retire.

I was born and grew up in Penang, Malaysia. It was a small sleepy island in those days and not many people knew anything about it. Today, it is consistently rated as the best place to retire. Why you might ask. Sometimes I ask the same question. So having grown up here, travelled the world searching and living in many different countries, I have decided to end up back home.

My top 10: Excluding the fact that the govt gives long term visas for Foreigners  (MM2H)

1. Low cost of living

2. English speaking being an Ex British Colony

3. High standard of healthcare

4. Best street food in the world

5. Multi cultural

6. Unesco world heritage site

7. Tropical island city

8. Friendly people like me 🙂

9. Great nature trails and outdoor activities

10. Artistic and Cultural hub


Here are snippets of what international magazines have to say.

According to Huffington post:

Penang in general and George Town in particular have a great deal to offer the would-be expat and foreign retiree. The natural surroundings are beautiful, and you have many options for how to spend your time. In addition, Malaysian immigration laws are welcoming, including for retirees. For these reasons, thousands of foreigners, both working and retired, have settled in the area, creating a network of support for others who’d like to follow in their footsteps.


According to Forbes 2017 List of World’s top 12 places to retire:


This Asian country is known, International Living says for its “878 idyllic islands, stunning beaches and untouched rainforests.” It’s a multicultural place that’s home to a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Europeans and Americans.

The cost of living is low, the health care quality is high and IL Malaysia correspondent Keith Hockton says “the food is not just first class, but world class — and the shopping in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, where I live, is to die for.”


According to Conde nast traveller:

Thanks to a government initiative named “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H), foreigners can now easily apply for a 10-year visa. Once you’re in, head to Penang for the best of the country’s culinary offerings, historic architecture, a thriving art scene, international-standard health care, and an English-speaking community of expats. Penang is itself an island (with beaches!), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town is its capital. Getting in and out is easy; the metropolises of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the vacation island destination of Langkawi, are quick, cheap flights away.


According to International living, The world’s best place to retire 2017:

Add to that the low cost of living and excellent healthcare, and you have a great retirement haven if Southeast Asia is on your shortlist.

“Malaysia has some of the best-trained doctors in Asia, and most have learned their profession in the U.S. or the U.K. They all speak English, too, which is a huge plus,” Keith says.


So finally to the point of this article. If you are thinking of retiring abroad, Penang is probably your cheapest, safest option. Did I mention that Malaysia has no worldwide tax? and no estate duty?

I highly recommend the legal services of my brother, Sam Choong  of Khaw Cheow Poh and associates, if you are interested to find out more about visa requirements for Malaysia my second home (MM2H) programme. That’s what family is for! Helping promote his business 🙂

Khaw Cheow Poh & Associates 

Khaw Cheow Poh & Associates Suite 7-2, 7th Floor Menara Penang Garden 42 A, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
Georgetown 10050
Penang, Malaysia
+6042270777 / +6042273077
+6 04 227 4077

About MM2H Programme


Other links:

Rentals:  Penang Property Management and Homestay

Property to buy:

Things to do in Penang:


Meditation course:

Cooking school:

Penang Heritage Trust:

Penang Global Tourism:


Sketch of the day no 701 in my Daler Rowney art Journal: Let the good Dreams work their way to your Soul.

dream catcher quote

Sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art Journal is Dream catcher which I keep at the end of my bed.

Let the good Dreams work their way so your Soul.

Have a dreamy weekend xoxo

First trek up Penang Hill this year 2015


Yesterday I trekked up Penang hill for the first time this year. It is a 5km trail that goes up to 2,723 ft (833m) I used to do this really often but I haven’t been for a while so I thought it was a good idea to tick it off my new year’s list. I clocked in 1hr 06 which I think is a fairly decent time.
The view and the scenery makes the torture worthwhile. Lots of pretty flowers, monkeys and i saw a giant blue scorpion and a monitor lizard.


Penang hill is the oldest hill resort in Malaysia.  There was a furnicular railway constructed in the early 1900s. Today it has been modernised and the train ride takes 4 mins.


Day 5 Paradise found

Bulan Lanta cafe, koh Lanta

The Bulan Lifestyle is everywhere. This cute little cafe outside our resort is called Bulan Lanta. I saw it as a sign to check it out for breakfast.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The homemade muesli and yoghurt with fruits and cafe latte was just what I needed.


This is my little peace of heaven on earth and below is my view for the rest of the day. Life is beautiful.

Beach hut
Sunset koh lanta

Sketch of the day no 208: Kip Kip the juvenile black naped oriole, #tropical bird in colour

Kip Kip the oriole bird in colour
Kip Kip the black naped oriole bird in colour

I have added colour to Kip Kip the juvenile black naped Oriole. Please Click here for the original sketch before I added colour.

After a very social week long stay in Singapore for my friends wedding celebrations. I’m finally driving home! I know I am getting old when I can’t wait to go home, crawl into bed and recover for the rest of the week. I’m looking forward to being in hibernation mode.

Bank holiday Sketch of the day no 124: Red and white wild flower

Wild flower
Wild flower

Today’s sketch of the day is a wold flowering plant that grows on rocky ground found in Thailand. Happy bank holiday Monday!

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