Category Archives: Christmas

A glorious icon (almost) restored

Let this place resound with Joy – Edmund Khoo, project architect

The Church of the Assumption along Lebuh Farquhar in George Town, is on the last stretch of its restoration project and set to open her doors officially, come 1 January 2018.

Her ancient bells are ringing again to welcome the birth of Christ and a fresh new year!

Resident pipe organist Leonard Selva Gurunathan shares the spirit of the season with the carol ‘A Thousand Candles.’

The pipe organ which was packed away during the restoration works was unveiled yesterday to continue its good work in giving praise to God.

Congratulations Edmund Khoo for making the Catholics proud and going that extra mile to preserve the heritage integrity of this architectural gem!

(Some Images and video of the bells courtesy of Edmund Khoo and video of Leonard playing courtesy of Michelle Richards)


Ode to the Penang Lang (people) and their love for food

It’s that time of the year when food and presents figure in our personal and corporate space, all in the name of Christmas.

Sculptural jeweller Jonathan Yun has come up with some real novel ideas to gift oneself or loved ones.

Charmingly called the ‘makan2’ series, necklaces, bracelets and stackable rings have been carved out of sterling silver into exquisite items which pay homage to the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture.

“The makan2 series is an extension of my miniature series dedicated to all things Peranakan,” Jonathan says.

“As you know the Penang Nyonya take their food very seriously so its an ode to the delicious food as well as a playful take on the beautiful culture of the Peranakans.”

How much more playful can one get by stacking chopsticks with a plate and spoon and carrying them off with class and style?

Prices start from RM209 and go up to RM1,299 for these quirky pieces.

Pop into Jonathan’s shop at 150 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10200 Penang and be blown away by his other pieces while you are there.

(Images courtesy of Jonathan Yun)

It’s all in the butter

Prices may be up but when real butter is used in Christmas staples like Pineapple Jam Tarts, you can expect nothing but flaky and melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Baking, cooking and roasting goddess T has been on her feet since the start of Advent making fruit cakes, cookies and tarts for friends and family to enjoy. 

Today a fresh batch of tarts were lovingly baked  and topped with homemade jam for a beloved aunt in George Town. The care package will make its way across the Penang Bridge to its lucky recipient this weekend.

Festive retail therapy

Pam has been busy in her kitchen preparing limited stocks of Mulled Wine Extract. All you need do is to just add to a bottle of red wine and heat gently for an instant taste and smell of Christmas! 

She has also carefully shopped for and curated festive items for the picking ranging from Scandi-styled wreaths, tree ornaments and free-standing decorations including unusual lights (battery operated for maximum flexibility).

A relaxed and friendly pre-Christmas get-together takes place tomorrow (Dec 8) at Pam’s shop from 10am to 7pm where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine, while browsing the selection of tasteful gifts, decorations and seasonal goodies including traditional fruitcake, shortbread, German stollen & cookies, Christmas flavours from Scoops Ice Cream, hand-made chocolates and more!

Grab your shopping lists, cash (and credit cards) and head for 5.4 North (24 Lorong Kinta) in George Town tomorrow.

Photos courtesy of 5.4 North

Tropical Spiced-Up Christmas

The gift ideas are endless and range from long *cinnamon sticks to scent your festive homes, kitchens and tables, masala chai packs for spiced teas and vanilla pods and pastes for holiday baking.

The Tropical Spice Garden has also curated several festive gift ideas such as their finely selected spices ranging from cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the harder-to-find green peppers and black cardamom. Also available are the garden’s own range of aromatherapy products like soaps, massage oils, bath and shower oils and bath salts.

Those missing the familiar colour and big stroke styles of the Owen Rebecca t-shirts which began selling at Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral Market in the 1980s are in luck. Tropical Spice Garden is the only place to pick up a Rebecca print whether in the form of her iconic t-shirt, tea towel or cards.

Tropical Spice Garden is located along Jalan Teluk Bahang  and is open from 9am-6pm with the last admission for those wishing to tour the garden set at 5.15pm.

*True Ceylon cinnamon does not contain the harmful coumarin found in the more commonly available cassia. Tropical Spice Garden’s cinnamon is sourced from a single origin farm in Sri Lanka and currently sold in special Christmas edition boxes.

Photos courtesy of Tropical Spice Garden

Super and Stylish Christmas

She is known for her inate good taste and gift in bringing people together to either have a good time with food, shopping or travel.
Michelle Grimsley has lived in Malaysia for a decade and never fails to discover new places and gems even for those living in Penang, thanks to her ability in considering herself a “local” and keeping an open mind and ear to the ground for all happenings and trends.
Her private enterprise Spiral Synergy is an events outfit which brings the most imaginative, fun and social events to Penang island and beyond.
Her Super Stylish Shopping events are not to be missed, owing  to her talent  in curating the event in a way which others have yet to break the code on!
This Saturday (Nov 26) G Hotel’s ballroom lobby will see Spiral Synergy’ biggest ever Super Stylish Christmas Shopping event (10am-3pm) where over 36 vendors have confirmed their attendance and a couple more still to finalise.
As always admission is free and Michelle has (as always) gone out of her way to stress on the super and stylish elements of the selection of items which she promises would make festive gifts for all the family.

Even the browsers will take delight in the Scandi-style Christmas decorations, personalised items, jewellery in all styles such as mantra bands, wine charms, stainless steel tableware, kimonos reworked into purses, clutched and handbags, snakeskin shoes, bags, accessories and specialty Christmas foods.


Photos courtesy of Spiral Synergy