Our Batches 7, 8 & 9 have officially graduated. Congratulations! These batches are our weekday, weekend and Japanese groups. Below are some photos.
Tea Talk on ‘Nyonya Beadwork & Embroidery’
By Dr. Hwei-Fen Cheah
Date : 10 April 2010 (Saturday)
Time : 4 to 6 pm
Venue : VIP Room, Tenji Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Address: Lot L-01-01 SohoKL, 2 Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur .
Cost : Price: RM 20.00 net per person
Refreshments: Coffee/Tea, cakes, cookies and snacks will be served.
Door Gifts! Tenji discount vouchers – RM50 off – valid till December 2010. Vouchers are valued at RM 50.00 each, redeemable against a bill of at least RM200.00 on full-priced meal basis.
Come and learn more about the fabulous culture of the Peranakan and the unique beadwork and embroidery the Nyonyas indulged in..
What the talk is about:
Dr. Hwei Fen Cheah will share with us beautiful visuals and examples of Nyonya beadwork and embroidery. She will draw comparisons with dress, costumes, jewellery and interior decorations to explore Peranakan Chinese ideas about fashion, identity, change and women’s lives in the late 19thand 20thcenturies. Dr Hwei Fen is herself a Nyonya currently residing in Australia .
Biodata : Hwei-Fen lectures in Asian art and textile history at the Australian National University . Her book on Nyonya beadwork in the Straits Settlements, based on her doctoral study, has just been published in March 2010 by National
– An Artisan from Malacca specialising in Kasut manik(Beaded shoes) will demonstrate the unique art of nyonya beadwork and bring kasut manikfor sale.
– Display of rare beautiful beaded items on loan to PPBNKLS.
– Sale of Hwei Fen’s book, ‘PhoenixRising: Narratives of Nyonya Beadwork from the Straits Settlements ’( to be confirmed)
PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!!
Please pay at the Entrance on the day itself. However, kindly confirm your attendance to email@example.com by Monday, 5 April 2010.
Heritage status for 1938 mosque
By FOONG THIM LENG
Photos by LEW YONG KAN
MASJID Ihsaniah Iskandariah in Kampung Kuala Dal, Padang Rengas, near Kuala Kangsar is set to regain its former glory now that it has been restored and accorded heritage status.
Conservation works on the mosque, popularly known as Masjid Lama Kampung Kuala Dal, was completed after a year on Dec 17, 2009.
The mosque, with a design like a bird’s nest, was conserved as part of the Department of National Heritage’s overall objectives to encourage the present generation to appreciate and learn more about national heritage inherited and passed down through the generations.
Visitors to the mosque would be impressed by the beautiful intricacy of plaited bamboo walls and carvings that dominate the building’s facade.
Masjid Kampung Kuala Dal was abandoned in 1976 after another mosque, Masjid Al- Wahidah, was built at a site close to it until recently.
Mosque committee chairman Mohamad Anuar said the Friday prayers were now being rotated at the two mosques.
Masjid Al-Wahidah would be used for the Friday prayers consecutively for two weeks followed by one Friday at the restored mosque.
He said the prayer hall on the first floor of Masjid Ihsaniah Iskandariah could accommodate about 200 people while the hall at Masjid Al-Wahidah could take in about 500 people.
The ground floor would be used for religious functions, he added.
Located about 5km from the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, the old mosque was built in 1938, commissioned by Sultan Iskandar Shah, the 30th Perak Sultan who ruled between 1918 and 1938.
“It is believed that the Sultan made a vow to build a mosque for the recovery of a son who was sick.
“He had also earlier passed by the area after a picnic at Lata Bubu nearby and seen the local people praying in a dilapidated madrasah,” said Jaafar.
Construction of the mosque was by Chinese artisans with assistance of the local community carried out in the traditional gotong-royong manner or teamwork spirit.
The land on which the mosque was built belonged to a nobleman Juragan Abdul Shukur who bequeathed the property to the state through a verbal declaration.
The land was subsequently listed as waqaf land under the state religious administration.
Today, the mosque, restored to its original structure and design, has become the pride of the people in Padang Rengas, if not the state.
Our new graduates MVM Batches 7 and 9:
The Star: Saturday January 23, 2010 and March 20
MALACCA: The ruins of a 17th century church next to the Malacca
River in Pangkalan Rama will finally get some protection from heritage authorities.
The Ermida do Rosario, or The Church of Rosary, was a Portuguese chapel built on the site of the Church of St Lawrence.
It was either destroyed or allowed to fall into ruins during the first decade of the Dutch occupation of Malacca in 1641 and was subsequently taken over by St Peter’s Church, which was erected nearby in 1710.
Sad state: Sim looking at the ruins of the Ermida do Rosario in Malacca Friday.
The National Heritage Department has allocated RM20,000 to carry out necessary work to give the historical site due recognition following the media highlighting the issue.
Heritage Commissioner Datuk Prof Zurina Abdul Majid said field work on the historical ruins would commence once the department finalised plans for the site.
Besides the site being used as a dumping ground, heavy machinery employed for the nearby proposed monorail project had resulted in damage to a section of the ruins.
Kota Melaka MP Sim Tong Him said he raised the issue of the site’s state of neglect in Parliament last December following numerous complaints by heritage conservationists.
Wednesday March 17, The Star By ANDY CHUA
GRANDMOTHER Angela Yong, 84, who broke the hearts of fans two years ago when she quit writing due to failing health, has made a return and is working on her eighth book.
Her latest book, which has yet to be named, will be a memoir and is expected to be published in August.
“There are stories about headhunters, the outlook of people I know and even information on the anthem of Sarawak during the colonial rule called Sarawak Arise.
“I hope to give our younger generation a clearer picture of life in the old days,” Yong said.
She had previously published an autobiography, five collections of short stories and a book of Foochow proverbs and idioms.
Prolific writer: Yong was halfway through the eighth book when she fell and took a break to recover from her injury.
Her first book published in 1997 was Through the back door. This was followed by One Thing Good But Not Both; Different Lives, Different Fates; 160 Foochow Proverbs and Idioms; Green Beans and Talking Babies; Sarawak Rojak; and 888, All The Way Prosper.
When met recently at her residence, Yong, whose mind is still sharp although she has difficulty hearing, said she was prompted to continue writing by her son, Philip Hii, who is also her editor. Hii has been a lecturer in a university in the United States for the past 20 years.
“Philip called me up from the United States several times saying that since I still have a lot of interesting stories to tell, I should put them into books for people to read,” Yong said.
“Philip will be back in June. He would as usual go through the manuscript and edit it before sending it to print. I am expecting the book to be available to the public in August,” she said.
She said she had completed half of her new book before she had a fall at home in February last year and was bedridden for several weeks.
She said that she would have completed the book by the end of last year if not for the accident.
In all her previous works, she focused on real life happenings during the colonial rule and the Japanese occupation. Most readers found her stories to be entertaining, informative and humorous.
In her books, she tells the stories of her childhood and early adult life. She also has stories of people she knew and stories told to her; human stories, some tragic, others comical — but all with a touch of the same human frailties.
Yong was born in China in 1926, the year her parents migrated to Sarawak. She grew up in Sibu.
During World War II, she married James Hii Mee Chiong. They raised eight daughters and five sons. James died in 1986.
Yong, a former teacher at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Kanowit, used to entertain her 15 grandchildren by telling them stories. That was a decade ago and it was then that her children persuaded her to write.
All her books are sold at RM10 each and available at most leading bookshops in Sarawak.
Asked whether she would continue writing, she replied: “A lot of people want me to write at least 10 books. As age is really taking a toll on me, I will only do so if my health permits.”