2023 > A family farmhouse visit in Sitiawan


The Family. L-R: Delon Koay, Koay Xing Yun, Koay Xing Yan, Carolyn Teoh, Rosanne Chong, Zeeson Teoh, Teoh Sau Jin, Sheirly Teoh, Teoh Chin Thai, Ching Neng Bin, Catherine Oon, Ching Jin Yuan, Shevin Teoh, Ching Jin Wei, Janet Lim, C.C. Lim @ Tua Pek Kong Temple, Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan, Perak.

DAY 1 on 29.04.2023, a 3-day 2-night family trip from Butterworth to Sitiawan by Shevin Teoh`s parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a sister and a brother-in-law, an uncle, an aunt, and two little children.


Day 1, 29-04-2023 - At 6pm, all relatives from Butterworth arrive at Kim's farmhouse for coconut water. Idyllically located on a family farm in the quiet Malay village of Sitiawan, this cozy farmhouse was built in 2021. The spacious and furnished home has 5 bedrooms, a living room and a large gazebo that can accommodate 20 people for dining. An ideal setting for family reunions and celebrations.


Day 1, 29-04-2023 - At 6pm, all relatives from Butterworth arrive at Kim's farmhouse for coconut water.


Day 1, 29-04-2023 - At 6pm, all relatives from Butterworth arrive at Kim's farmhouse for coconut water.


Day 1, 29-04-2023 - Arrive from Butterworth at 6pm for coconut drink at Kim's farmhouse. Three little children at play - Koay Xing Yun, Koay Xing Yan and Crystabelle Ching.


29-04-2023 - The little children playing at Kim's farm.


29-04-2023 - The little children playing at Kim's farm.


Koay Xing Yan and mommy Carolyn Teoh at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The beautiful rainbow seen at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The beautiful garden seen at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The beautiful gazebo with potted plants at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The beautiful gazebo with potted plants at Kim's farmhouse.


Arrive from Butterworth enjoy a coconut drink at Kim's farm with bananas harvested from Kim's farm. 


29-04-2023 - The beautiful gazebo with potted plants at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The lotus pond at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The free range chickens at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The free range chickens at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - The free range chickens at Kim's farmhouse.


Ducks and geese roaming freely at Kim's farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.

Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.

Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.

 
Explore the stingless bee hives for honey at Kim`s farmhouse.


29-04-2023 - Spacious Kim's farmhouse gazebo is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.


29-04-2023 - Spacious Kim's farmhouse gazebo is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.


29-04-2023 - Spacious Kim's farmhouse gazebo is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.


29-04-2023 - Spacious Kim's farmhouse gazebo is perfect for family gatherings and celebrations.


Arrive at Kim`s farmhouse from Butterworth, where everyone enjoys a few chilled coconut water.


Arrive at Kim`s farmhouse from Butterworth, where everyone enjoys a few chilled coconut water.


Arrive at Kim`s farmhouse from Butterworth, where everyone enjoys a few chilled coconut water.


Grandma Catherine taking care of Crystabelle Ching at Kim`s farmhouse.


Kim`s farmhouse where everyone enjoys a few chilled coconut water.


Zeeson Teoh and Rosanne Chong enjoy the chilled coconut water.


Teoh Chin Thai and Dr Goh Chooi Beow enjoy the chilled coconut water.


Janet Lim chatting with Catherine Oon about Foochow Red Wine Noodles.


Catherine Oon chatting with Janet Lim about Foochow Red Wine Noodles.


At Kim`s farmhouse, the lady chef, Catherine Oon prepares the Foochow Red Wine Noodles for dinner. Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup – Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles.


Mr C.C Lim gives a thumbs up saying the best Foochow food is coming. 


The complete cutlery set at Kim's Gazebo.


Koay Xing Yan and mommy Carolyn Teoh at Kim's Gazebo.


Sheirly Teoh is happy to be at Kim's Gazebo.


Crystabelle Ching likes to play with papa Caason Ching at Kim's Gazebo.


Dinner is ready to be served at Kim's Gazebo.


Jessie Lee with Caason Ching holding Crystabelle Ching at Kim's Gazebo.


Delon Koay and daughter Koay Xing Yun at Kim's Gazebo.


Everybody is helping with the 'mee sua' noodles at Kim's Gazebo.


Everybody is helping with the 'mee sua' noodles at Kim's Gazebo.


Everybody is helping with the 'mee sua' noodles at Kim's Gazebo.


Catherine Oon and Shevin Teoh looking good and happy at Kim`s gazebo.


Shevin Teoh is helping to cut the 'mee sua' noodles at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim's Gazebo.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


At Kim`s farmhouse, the lady chef Catherine Oon prepares the Foochow Red Wine Noodles for dinner. Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup – Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.

 
Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.

 
Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.

 
Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.

Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse. Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


At Kim's farmhouse, dinner is Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup – Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Everybody gives a thumbs up for the Foochow Red Wine Chicken Mee Sua Noodle Soup.


Everybody gives a thumbs up for the Foochow Red Wine Chicken Mee Sua Noodle Soup.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


At Kim's farmhouse, dinner is Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup – Chicken pieces are cooked in Foochow red wine, ginger, red yeast rice and then served with mee sua noodles.

 
Foochow Red Wine Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner at Kim`s farmhouse.


From Kim`s farmhouse to Kim`s penthouse bar for an evening fellowship.


From Kim`s farmhouse to Kim`s penthouse bar for an evening fellowship.


From Kim`s farmhouse to Kim`s penthouse bar for an evening fellowship.


Ching Jin Wei the barboy serving drinks at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Ching Jin Wei the barboy serving drinks at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Ching Jin Wei the barboy serving drinks at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.

 
Ching Jin Wei serving drinks at Kim's penthouse, Lumut.

 
Ching Jin Wei serving drinks at Kim's penthouse in Lumut.

 
Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Accommodation is at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Accommodation is at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Accommodation is at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.

 
 Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.

 
 Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.

One last drink for the night, as Janet Lim serves to all. Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


DAY 2 on 30.04.2023, a 3-day 2-night family trip from Butterworth to Sitiawan by Shevin Teoh`s parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a sister and a brother-in-law, an uncle, an aunt, and two little children.

 
 A morning panoramic view of the Lumut Waterways River from Kim`s penthouse.

 
A morning panoramic view of the Lumut Waterways River from Kim`s penthouse.


A morning panoramic view of the Lumut Waterways River from Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


A morning panoramic view of the Lumut Waterways River from Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


A morning panoramic view of the Lumut Waterways River from Harbour View Apartments in Lumut. .


A typical Foochow breakfast at Sin Ek Sek Restaurant, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan. 


A typical Foochow breakfast at Sin Ek Sek Restaurant, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan.


Crystabelle Ching at Sin Ek Sek Restaurant, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan.

A typical Foochow breakfast at Sin Ek Sek Restaurant, Kampung Koh, Sitiawan.


After breakfast, we visited the Sitiawan Settlement Museum. It opens from 2 to 5pm on Sunday.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.
 
Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Sitiawan Settlement Museum.


Wat Sitawanaram Kampung Koh. Sitiawan. 


Wat Sitawanaram Kampung Koh. Sitiawan.


Three Buddha images at Wat Sitawanaram old temple. Wesak Day on 13.05.2014.


When Buddhism was first introduced to Sitiawan more than 100 years ago by Buddhist monks from Thailand most of the Chinese in Sitiawan then were Taoists. Buddhism is a liberal religion which allows the local culture to be incorporated wherever it goes. Thus, this statue of a Tiger God still stands at Wat Sitawanaram. Wesak Day on 13.05.2014 at Wat Sitawanaram, Sitiawan, Perak.


Wat Sitawanaram, Sitiawan. The new temple building. Wesak Day is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in Gautama Buddha’s life – namely his birthday, his enlightenment, and his passing away. 


Wat Sitawanaram, Sitiawan, Perak. A giant seated Buddha statue is in the main hall and a smaller reclining Buddha is under it. The core of the Buddha's teachings lies in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths: The sublime truth of suffering. The origin or cause of suffering. An end or cessation of suffering. The way to the end of all suffering.


The First Noble Truth is the Truth of Dukkha which has been generally translated as `suffering'. But the term Dukkha, which represents the Buddha's view of life and the world, has a deeper philosophical meaning. Birth, old age, sickness, and death are universal. All beings are subject to this dissatisfaction. Separation from beloved ones and pleasant conditions, association with unpleasant persons and conditions, and not getting what one desire - are also sources of suffering and dissatisfaction. The Buddha summaries Dukkha in what is known as the Five Grasping Aggregates. Wat Sitawanaram, Sitiawan.


The Second Noble Truth explains the Origin or Cause of suffering. Tanha or craving is the universal cause of suffering. It includes not only a desire for sensual pleasures, wealth, and power, but also an attachment to ideas, views, opinions, concepts, and beliefs. It is the lust for flesh, the lust for continued existence (or eternalism) in the sensual realms of existence, as well as the realms of form and the formless realms. And there is also the lust and craving for non-existence (or nihilism). These are all different forms of selfishness, desiring things for oneself, even at the expense of others.

Not realizing the true nature of one`s Self, one clings to things that are impermanent, changeable, and perishable. The failure to satisfy one's desires through these things; causes disappointment and suffering. Craving is a powerful mental force present in all of us. It is the root cause of our suffering. It is this craving that binds us in Samsara - the repeated cycle of birth and death.


The Third Noble Truth points to the cessation of suffering. Where there is no craving, there is no becoming, no rebirth. Where there is no rebirth, there is no decay. no, old age, no death, hence no suffering. That is how suffering is ended, once and for all.

The Fourth Noble Truth explains the Path or the Way which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is called the Noble Eightfold Path. The Noble Eightfold Path avoids the extremes of self-indulgence on one hand and self-torture on the other. It consists of Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. Wat Sitawanaram, Sitiawan.


At the older wooden temple, lies Sun WuKong, the Monkey God, and other deities.


We show off our martial arts skills at Sun WuKong, the Monkey God temple.


We show off our martial arts skills at Sun WuKong, the Monkey God temple.


Hock Chew So Mee Shua (Konpian)蝳撌Y瑪撖 in Kampung Cina Sitiawan.


Hock Chew So Mee Shua (Konpian)蝳撌Y瑪撖 in Kampung Cina Sitiawan.


Back to Ching Neng Bin`s family home and rest before lunch at Foo Lum Zhong Hua Restaurant, Sitiawan. .


Back to Ching Neng Bin`s family home and rest before lunch at Foo Lum Zhong Hua Restaurant, Sitiawan.
 

Ching Neng Bin's family home has several avocado trees with fruit.


Ching Neng Bin's family home has several avocado trees with fruit.


Ching Neng Bin's family home has several avocado trees with fruit.


Ching Neng Bin's family home has several avocado trees with fruit.


Ching Neng Bin's family home has several avocado trees with fruit.


The large porcelain figurines at Ching Neng Bin`s family home in sitiawan.


The large porcelain figurines at Ching Neng Bin`s family home in sitiawan.


The large porcelain figurines at Ching Neng Bin`s family home in sitiawan.


The large porcelain figurines at Ching Neng Bin`s family home in sitiawan.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.

 
Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Sunset at Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Sunset at Tua Pek Kong Temple (隞蟡憭找摩砍閫喳) Sitiawan, Perak.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


Dinner at Ohana Restaurant in Sitiawan.


After dinner we were back at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


After dinner we were back at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.


Have a drink for fellowship at Kim's penthouse, Harbour View Apartments in Lumut.

DAY 3 on 01.05.2023.  The third day was free and easy. Breakfast at Harbour View Apartments in Lumut. Family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan. After lunch, relatives headed back to Butterworth, while Ching Jing Wei and Shevin Teoh went to the farmhouse to collect some fruits for their return trip.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.

A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.

 
 A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.



A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.


A family lunch at Soga Restaurant in Sitiawan.

Life is never complete without a good meal.
The memories we make with our family is everything.


Comments:

From Ching Neng Bin
Spending time with family is one of life's greatest joys! I really love it when my family is having a good time together. Those are the moments when you want to stop time and really enjoy yourself. Many thanks to all our relatives for visiting us and spending time together in Sitiawan.
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From CC Lim
Dear Ching Family,
Firstly, on behalf of the Teoh and Lim families, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your meticulous arrangements and warm hospitality which made us feel so welcome.

Apart from thanking Mr & Mrs Ching and the 2 aunts (Kim and Gaik), and uncle (Dr. Goh) for their sharing, we also appreciate the company of Jin Wei`s elder brother (Yuan), who prepared a sumptuous feast for us and introduced us to the culture and history of Sitiawan, leaving us with a profound impression. As the saying goes, "A single joy shared is a double joy and a single sorrow shared is half a sorrow." It is rare to have the opportunity to gather together with you all on the long journey of life.

We had a great time during the three days and two nights in Sitiawan and we left with deep impressions. You are truly the best and having you all in our lives is a blessing.

Best regards,
Cc Lim


From Janet Lim
Precious time to spend together, and have lots of fun. We would like to thank the Ching family for their warm hospitality - Ching Neng Bin and Catherine Oon, Ching Meei Jin and Dr. Goh Chooi Beow, Caason Ching, and Aunt Gaik.

From Ching Meei Jin
Good times! Great family bonding and so much laughter..... Till we meet again. Cheer!!!

From Sheirly Teoh
So much fun!! We have a great time together during the three days.

From Rosanne Chong Si Qi
Lovely lovely trip:) Thank you so much for everyone’s hospitality!

From Zeeson Teoh
Spending time with family is irreplaceable. Sitiawan, April 2023.

From Carolyn Teoh
We would like to thank you all Ching Neng Bin, Catherine Oon, Ching Meei Jin, Dr. Goh , Aunty Gaik, Caason Ching, 蝘行喲成, Ching Jin Wei, Shevin Teoh for the arrangements and warm hospitality. We were having good time and great family bonding with u all during our stays in Setiawan. Let us host you all next in Penang, let’s plan ur trip Cheers!! Special thanks to Aunty Catherine for cooking us the red wine chicken Mee Sua. That was really good. Special thanks to Dr Goh and Aunty Kim for your 10 stars accommodation in Lumut.

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