Monday, 2 April 2018

转运祥龍 Fortune Dragon Yong Peng





De Jiao Hui, sound like some kind of Church name in Chinese but in actual fact it means Moral Association, laid greater emphasis on upholding moral values and principles than focus on worship.
Learning with respect, rather than the regard religious beliefs as superstitious.

Moral Association is the place to teaching moral values, non religious sects.

The most amazing at Moral Association Che Ann Khor Yong Peng is the Fortune Dragon, it is the World’s Biggest and Longest Dragon Tunnel.


It took us about two hours to get to the site from Seremban.  Getting Excited!! We could see the Fortune Dragon in the distance, the sight of the body of dragon was the magnificent, green dorsal fin and golden scales of a carp. 

“Hurry it up, sis. Ain't got all day.” 
The first thing you should do after arriving is to buy tickets for Fortune Dragon entrance.  Otherwise the temple is free for entry.


Tourist Pricing: Is It Right Or Wrong? The argument is almost always the same: “tourists make more money than locals and can afford to pay more".

An adult who produces a MyKad will have to pay a RM25 entrance fee whereas for the fee is only priced at RM10 for a senior citizen holding a MyKad, children 3-12 years old and local Yong Peng resident.

Differential ticket pricing RM35 for foreigner and RM20 for elderly foreigners and children 3-12 years old.  Malaysia is not the only country where price differences such as these are visible. Tourist have to pay more than many of the local people.

Lucky for us. We didn't realize today is the official birthday celebration for Johor’s ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, which falls on March 23. Our first lucky gift from the Fortune Dragon I reckon. To commemorate the birthday of the Sultan, a special fare for Malaysian citizen adults, the fee is only priced at RM15.


RULES AND REGULATIONS

I'm probably one of the few visitors who find the time to read their own Rules of Regulations to abide. In my own opinion this sets of Rules and Regulations are placed at the wrong place where the visitors can read. Most of those ticket buyers will just rushed to buy and went past the poster without noticing to proceed to their destination.

Not Pets allowed. By pets, we are talking about dogs, mainly.


I don't think visitors are stupid enough to bring dogs to a holy place. Many people find the presence of dogs in restaurants or public eateries to be unsanitary or simply unsafe. You just don't know when these dogs decide to take a pee (and maybe a poop as well).

 Hmmm...How come the ticket rules have shrunk from the original rules at ticket counter?

So the rules has included in tickets but lets see what's missing. Suddenly we are allowed to spit, littering, fish feeding, climbing, damaging environment-(How?)...Hey, hey,hey so now we can be naughty, may also display public affection - smooching.

I'm actually just jesting. Don't take it literally.


 Yong Peng’s Che Ann Khor Moral Lifting Society building (永平德教会紫安阁)

Another view of the building from inside of Fortune Dragon gate


We're here to steal the Dragon Pearl! 
Many pictures of East Asian dragons show a flaming pearl under their chin or in their claws. The pearl is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, or the moon. Chinese art often depicts a pair of dragons chasing or fighting over the flaming pearl.

Go Fetch
Dragon Dance. The patterns and tricks that are performed generally involve running into spiralled formations to make the dragon body turn and twist to match the timing of the drum.

 If a Western Dragon goes one on one with a Chinese Dragon, which dragon do you think will win? 

Eastern dragons are usually seen as wiser and more intelligent and so might win through trickery. Westerns are bigger and stronger and breathing fire. The dispute was reminiscent of a match between “David and Goliath”. Wit and cunning were virtue, while brute strength was not.

Poorly designed, steps can be too narrow, making them uncomfortable and unsafe to use. Building codes generally suggest that the minimum length of a tread be 10 inches.


 Che Ann Khor Moral Lifting Society (永平德教会紫安阁) ground floor. The Eight Immortals were worshiped in the main hall.
My sister looking for souvenirs sold at tourism counter catering. I didn't realize it as I was too busy snapping photos.

In my opinion the counter should be inside the Fortune Dragon compound instead of the temple ground floor. Surprise by a lack of drive to generate significant income by selling of dragon gift ( T-shirt, toys, etc) and local food goods.

I hope someday they would add a new addition building of Chinese Dragon museum for tourist to learn more about them.

My mother and sister praying at the main hall 


The hall at 2nd storey has rows and rows of gold plated miniature Buddha statues, stacked on shelves full-height around the walls of the temple.


To get an overview of the fortune dragon, we took the elevator in the main hall to 2nd floor and walked along the balcony.
Ji Gong (濟公) For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good 
fellow For he's a jolly good fellow which nobody can deny.

He can usually be seen smiling in tattered monastic robes, and usually carries a bottle of wine in his right hand, and a fan in his left hand. He wears a hat with the Chinese character Fo (佛), meaning "Buddha". He can also be seen holding his shoes in his right hand. 


Owing to his carefree nature, he is rarely ever shown with a serious facial expression. Kinda like Santa, so jolly all the time. He had a penchant for openly eating meat and drinking wine; wears tattered, dirty clothe-like robes from travelling from place to place and unmonk-like stumbling while intoxicated.

Nevertheless, Daoji (monastic name) was kind-hearted and was always willingly prepared to lend a helping hand to ordinary people. He would often treat the sick and fight against injustice. The monks, bewildered and fed up with his eccentric behaviour, expelled Daoji from the monastery. From then onwards, Daoji roamed the streets and would helped people whenever he could.

According to legend, while cultivating the Buddha's teaching, Daoji attained supernatural powers. Many who noticed his freakish yet benevolent and compassionate nature began to think maybe he was an incarnate of a bodhisattva, or a reincarnate of an arhat. He was widely recognised by the people as the incarnate of the Taming Dragon Arhat (Chinese: 降龍羅漢; pinyin: Xiánglóng Luóhàn), one of the Eighteen Arhats.

So now you know why Ji Gong was seen standing on the head of Fortune Dragon.

At Yong Peng another site, the temple of Tian Pao Kong also proud to have the second highest Ji Gong statue in the world. It is 20.72m high while the highest one at 23.16m is in Taiwan.



 Xiao Hei - 小黑 as Ji Gong (济公)
 Black And White Dragon 
Dragons were once worshipped by ancestors of the Chinese people as their origin. The Han people have always considered the dragon as the symbol of their nationality. Consequently, Chinese people are proud to call themselves as ‘descendants of the dragon’.(龍的傳人)




Impressive light show of night Fortune Dragon.
Every evening beginning at dusk, Fortune Dragon is transformed into an incredible, multi-coloured water and light masterpiece. The stage lighting will light up at 7:30pm. A beautiful sight to behold.

 It is very beautiful and almost makes you thought that you are had been went to another place.( China Song dynasty garden)

In order to be much more impressive and attractive at night, the eyes could be replaced by a set of round simple blue bright glowing Dragon Eye. Alternately we could create smoke coming out from the nasal dragon, like a Dragon's breathing.

It it is always gratifying to see sketches become reality. 

The male Dragon horns are thinner near the base of the head and thicker. and stronger outwardly. Females have nicer mane. They are rounder, and. seen as more balanced than the rigid mane of the males. Its nose is usually. straight, their scales are thinner, and has a thicker tail.

 It's located in the suburbs of Yong Peng town and it's right on the edge of a housing estate. Palm tree estate is right next to it.

Smile 




Walking up 9 steps stairs towards the mouth of Fortune Dragon tunnel. 

The Chinese (Taoists) believe that when you enter the dragon tunnel through its mouth and exit through its tail, this will transform bad luck into good fortune and be able to ward off evil.

So don't try anything funny and try the other way round.

Everything about this structure is related to the  auspicious number nine, which represents prosperity and luck for the Chinese community.

The statue has heights ranging from 3.6 to 4.8 meters with 108 steps inside and the length of the dragon is 315ft. Both figures add up to the number nine.


9 (九, JIǓ) - LUCKY. 九 sounds alike 久 (jiǔ), which means “long lasting” and “eternity” in Chinese word. At birthday and wedding celebrations, the number 9 is welcome as it carried a special significance and meaning for longevity. 9 was also traditionally associated with the Chinese emperor.

You take good care of them, eh? Who's your dentist?

What do you see when you get eaten by a dragon but don't you worry, unlike the Western dragon of Europe that is representative of evil, Chinese dragons are seen as lucky and good. They are  mythical creatures that can cause weather changes and summon rain. Since Chinese society was founded on agriculture that thrived during the wet season, Chinese dragons were considered as deities and were worshiped.



Even today, people regard dragons as a sign of holiness and auspiciousness, which is why temples and gardens are often decorated with dragon carvings and paintings.

The "Nine Classical Types" of dragons as depicted in Chinese art and literature, are:

Tianlong, The Celestial Dragon
Shenlong, the Spiritual Dragon
Fucanglong, the Dragon of Hidden Treasures
Dilong, the Underground Dragon
Yinglong, the Winged Dragon
Jiaolong, the Horned Dragon
Panlong, the Coiling Dragon: inhabits the waters
Huanglong, Yellow Dragon, which emerged from the River Luo to show Fuxi the elements of writing
Dragon King

The presence of dragons within Chinese culture dates back several thousands of years with the discovery of a dragon statue dating back to the fifth millennium BC from the Yangshao culture in Henan.





However according to Chinese folklore, the dragon is not without temperament proble.  Having a bad day once in a while is inevitable. On certain occasions there was severe flooding or heavy winds, the people would light incense( burning incense can be as simple as a form of “food offering”) and sacrifice plates of food to the dragon to appease it. Calm down, stress Dragon.


In fact, the word for Tornado in Chinese is 龙卷风 (lóng juàn fēng) or “dragon twisting wind.”


Chinese dragons are wingless, serpentine creatures. Although they do not have wings, they are able to magically fly through clouds. If you look at paintings or carvings of Chinese dragons, you may notice that they are a jumbled-mixture of 9 other animals.

It has the head of a camel, the horns of a deer, the ears of a cow, a serpentine neck, the belly of a clam, the scales of a carp, an eagle's claws, eyes of a demon and the tiger's paws.





Huh? What do you think? Are Dragon real? Nobody has ever found a real live dragon, and there are no fossils of them, so it is reasonable to say that they do not exist and never have but why dragon tales are told in many cultures, from the Americas to Europe to India to China?


The rules to obey when entering the Dragon's belly
Not much fun. There really isn't not much to see besides the wall paintings in the dragon tunnel as well as the statues outside in the park. There's no photography or video allowed in the tunnel as the painting is to be blessed.

Ahem.. No double standard here.


 Inside are exquisite paintings, most with English translations explaining the meaning. We thought it would be hot inside but surprisingly this is the most suitable place to escape the scorching sun as it's air conditioning (AC) in tunnel.




The Eight Immortals are: He Xian Gu (何仙姑; pinyin: Hé Xiān Gū) Cao Gou Jiu (曹國舅; pinyin: Cáo Guó Jiù) Li Tie Guai (李鐵拐; pinyin: Lĭ Tiĕ Guăi) Lan Cai (蓝采和; pinyin: Lán Cǎihé) Lü Dongbin (呂洞賓; pinyin: Lǚ Dòngbīn) Han Xiang Zi (韓湘子; pinyin: Hán Xiāng Zi) Zhang Guo Lao (張果老; pinyin: Zhāng Guǒ Lǎo)


The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars

According to Chinese tradition, filial piety (hsiao) was the primary duty of all Chinese. Being a filial son meant complete obedience to one's parents during their lifetime and as they grow older, taking the best possible care of them.

Confucian thought, filial piety (Chinese: 孝; pinyin: Xiào) is one of the core virtues to be cultivated and denotes a love and respect for one's parents and ancestors.

The Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, also translated as The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety (Chinese: 二十四孝; pinyin: Èrshísì Xiào), is a classic text of Confucian filial piety written by Guo Jujing (郭居敬)[1] during the Yuan dynasty (1260–1368). The text was hugely influential in the mediaeval Far East and was used to teach Confucian moral values.

The text of The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars has stood for generations as the prime folk document on what filial piety is all about but I must say some passages which I found obscure and outdated in today's adaptation.  I would like to highlight that these exemplars of filial piety should not be dismissed as old-fashioned stories.

 Filial piety was not merely blind loyalty to one's parents as endorsed by society or the majority. You should apply common sense to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. I can only disobey them if their judgement is wrong.

One of the difficult to accept sample of Twenty-four Filial:

He Fed Mosquitoes with His Blood (恣蚊饱血; 恣蚊飽血; Zī Wén Báo Xuě) Wu Meng
吳猛 Jin dynasty Wu Meng was already known for his filial piety when he was still a little child. He come from a poor family background and could not afford to buy mosquito nets. During summer nights, Wu stripped (naked?) and sat near his parents' beds to allow mosquitoes to suck his blood instead, hopefully the mosquitoes would not bother his parents.





Really Really?
 24 Chinese murals illustrating the classic text of Confucian filial piety written by Guo Jujing (郭居敬) teachings on being filial and obedient children but some of the  stories which are heavily criticised.

The below story after you read that will make you laugh till you cry.

No. 7: He Dressed Up to Amuse His Parents (戏彩娱亲; 戲彩娛親; Xì Cǎi Yú Qīn)

Laolaizi was a hermit who lived in the Chu state. He was known for being very filial to his parents. Even in middle age, he still dressed up in bright coloured clothes, played with toys, and behaved in a childish manner to amuse his parents and keep them happy.

Today's parent will shake their heads to say " Son... When will you grow up to be a Man?".


By far the best example of filial piety, which seems to be lacking among many youths today."I want mom to get home early". A 10-year-old son of sanitation worker helps her mother to clean street.

Primary school boy Long Guotao was seen sweeping the street after school in southwest China's Guizhou as his mother, a sanitation worker, rested on a step nearby.

Parents have the duty to rear and educate their children who are minors; and children who have come of age have the duty to take care of elderly parents when they grow up.Life comes full circle; and this is why those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy our elderly parents.

Monkey see, monkey do phrase. An expression describing someone who imitates another person's actions, good or bad,simply by having watched them before. Remember this story?

There once was a grandpa who lived with his family. As Grandpa grew older, he began to slobber and spill his food. So the family had him eat alone. When he dropped his bowl and broke it, they scolded him and got him a cheap wooden bowl. Grandpa was so sad and depressed. 

Now one day the young grandson was working with wood. "What are you doing son?" Mom and Dad asked. "I'm making a wooden bowl," he said, "for when you two get old and must eat alone."  Wide-eyed, temporarily speechless, the surprised Mom and Dad then looked sad, ashamed for their behaviour  and realized how they were mistreating Grandpa. So they decided to keep quiet when he spills his food and to let him eat with the family.

Children are remarkably observant. Their eyes ever attentive, their ears ever widely listen, and their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that approach for the rest of their lives.

So treat your parents well as someday you want your children to do the same.

A peek though the window. You can see the  Che Ann Khor Moral Lifting Society building from here.


 “Welcome to Hell” .  No, really. Diyu (Chinese: 地獄) is the realm of the dead or "hell" in Chinese mythology. Typically depicted as a subterranean maze with various levels and chambers, to which souls are taken after death to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive.
Uusally there is a  Ox-Headed (right) and Horse-Faced (left) Hell Guards stand guard at the Hell's Gate but at Fortune Dragon where the hell are they gone? Taking regular coffee breaks at work? 

Judgement (afterlife). Parents Guide.Violence & Gore. Please be forewarned, some of the photos in this post are graphic, and not for the faint of heart (or stomach). 
Red and Green lights shone in the area, the 18 murals represented the 18 levels of hell in the afterlife.
18 levels of hell Journey is a place where our next generation can learn about moral principles and ethics and to apprehend the meaning of karma. It encourages one to be kindhearted, law abiding and charitable as any sinful behavior in one’s current life will result in harsh punishments in hell.

Karma (Sanskrit, also karman, Pāli: kamma) is a Sanskrit term that literally means "action" or "doing". In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by intention (cetanā) which leads to future consequences.
This must be worrying sight for those business person. 😥

The Eighteenth Floor: Mostly unethical business person/soul in here.
Name: Chamber of Saw
Function: Those who exploit the loopholes in the law to cheat and engage in malpractice in business will find themselves being sawed into half.

One of the questions asked was do we believe in Hell? I know someone had a near-death experience.
She felt whilst unconscious, she was taken to hell tour by one of her deceased relative. She saw all kinds of  tormented soul, sinners are being tortured as punishment for their offenses committed (sins) during their earthly life.

One of the Hell judge abruptly end her tour, stops her from going further by saying HALT! "You're not supposed to be in here". "Get up and leave, for this is not your place".

 That's when she woke up. Well, you'll see, she has witness , HELL IS REAL.😲

 So do more good deeds my friend to earn more merits in order to be saved.
At Setiawan Tua Pek Kong temple also has a large Long Chinese Dragon tunnel located behind the giant Buddha . Also an exhibit hallway that showcases depictions of the 18 levels of hell.

The Tua Pek Kong dragon tunnel is a flat walkway while the Fortune Dragon Yong Peng has many steps walking up and down with rails due to the fortune dragon is elevated from the ground.

Phew, what a relief!  Finally exit from HELL.

The dragon tunnel is closed at 6:30pm and visiting is not permitted.

The 106.9m-long dragon tunnel, dubbed the Prosperity Dragon, is the latest tourist attraction  to add to your travel wish list in this small southern Johor town. The status sits on a 4-acre of land which was purchased in 2012. By 2013, the groundbreaking ceremony was launched.

The construction cost of the dragon replica, which took about a year and a half to be completed, was made possible at a cost of RM8 million.


Vying for a place in the Malaysian Book of Records as the biggest dra­gon tunnel in the country and potentially clinching a world record too, the celestial structure sprawls on more than a hectare of the Green Garden of Che Ann Khor Yong Peng Association grounds at Taman Kota Impian here.

The dragon tunnel is located at Che An Khor Moral Uplifting Association, Green Garden, Lot HS 2677, Jalan Kota Impian 1, Yong Peng.

Coordinates: 2°1′13.3″N 103°4′52.2″E


Nov 12, 2016 - Johor Just Launched World's Biggest and Longest Dragon Tunnel.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar signing the plaque after officiating the opening of the largest and longest dragon tunnel in the world .

Thailand, a Land of a Thousand Temples.  Here there were more dragons, the temples have other kinds of details.
Dragon Descendants Museum is situated in Suphanburi City Pillar Shrine area..

It was established to celebrate 20 years of Thailand – China diplomatic relations in 1996. The designed was to present the history of 5000-year Chinese civilization that is accepted to be one of the world's oldest and most important civilization in the form of a dragon, the well-known holy animal.

Dragon coiled Wat Samphran (Thai วัดสามพราน) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Amphoe Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom province, around 40 kilometers to the west of Bangkok. 
In the Samphran district of Thailand sits one of the country's most spectacular Buddhist temples. The bright pink temple, called Wat Samphran, stands 17-stories high and is wrapped in a scaly green dragon. The design of the structure came to the founder of the temple during a 7-day fasting.

Somewhat rundown at this juncture .The interior of the hollow dragon sculpture contains a staircase but sadly has deteriorated to a poor condition in places. Although it is a landmark building visible well from the highway, it is quite difficult to find. That is probably the reason why it is not frequented by tourists.


Fortune Dragon is built on Feng Shui principles and placing based on feng shui lucky directions, I think the direction also align with the Dragon Pearl at the temple building.
The Four Symbols (Chinese: 四象; pinyin: Sì Xiàng, literally meaning "four symbols") are four mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations. They are the Azure Dragon of the East, the Vermilion Bird of the South, the White Tiger of the West, and the Black Turtle of the North. Each one of them represents a direction and a season, and each has its own individual characteristics and origins.

The four beasts each represent a season. The Azure Dragon of the East represents Spring, the Vermilion Bird of the South represents Summer, the White Tiger of the West represents Autumn, and the Black Turtle of the North represents Winter.


玄武 Xuánwǔ Black Warrior

The Black Tortoise or Black Turtle is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations. Despite its English name, it is usually depicted as a turtle entwined together with a snake. Further, in East Asia, it is not called after either animal but is instead known as the "Black Warrior" under various local pronunciations.

In ancient China, the tortoise and the serpent were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. The Fujianese custom of building turtle-shaped tombs may have had to do with the desire to place the grave under the influence of the Black Tortoise.

Azure Dragon of the East, the azure, or blue-green dragon was chosen by the earliest Chinese astronomers to represent the planet Jupiter, and positions of the moon against certain stars in the eastern sky.

The white tiger is the celestial guardian of the west compass direction. This direction rules the luck and prosperity of your descendants. As the protector, the tiger is an auspicious symbol in feng shui and ensures that the family's wealth, health, and bloodline continues.

Vermilion bird of the South (南方朱雀, Nán Fāng Zhū Què). It represents the South, Summer, and the Fire element. It looks like a red pheasant, although sometimes it's depicted with multi-colored plumage.You shouldn't be confused with the Chinese Phoenix.  mythical sacred firebird that can be found in the mythologies of the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese.


Behind me is Taming Tiger Lohan (Chinese: 伏虎羅漢; pinyin: Fúhǔ Luóhàn). The price is Rm36,000 while the rest of statue is Rm18,00 each.

Most Chinese Buddhist temples include statues the arhats. The Eighteen Arhats (Chinese: 十八羅漢/十八阿羅漢; pinyin: Shíbā Luóhàn/Shíbā āLuóhàn; Wade-Giles:Lóhàn) are depicted in Mahayana Buddhism as the original followers of the Buddha who have followed the Eightfold Path and attained the Four Stages of Enlightenment. They have reached the state of Nirvana are free of worldly cravings.

On top of the man made rock mountains can see the overview of Song Dynasty garden.

The The Zigzag Bridge across the artificial lake

The zigzag bridge is a common feature in classical Chinese gardens. According to local lore (and tourist guides!) zigzag bridges and paths are said to confound evil spirits that can only walk straight lines for whatever reason! As for human all the zigzagging can make you feel lightheaded and dizzy.

Lü Shang (Chinese: 呂尚; fl. 11th century BC), commonly known as Jiang Ziya (姜子牙) and Jiang Shang (姜尚), was an ancient Chinese military strategist 

Jiang Ziya, the great general and strategist and military mastermind who was key to establishing the Zhou Dynasty, was said to have spent years in his old age fishing. His unconventional methods of fishing by using a straight hook, or no bait, or with his hook dangling above the water.

The future king walked by everyday and saw this old fisherman fishing with a hookless rod. One day,  finally his curiosity compelled him to go to him and have a good chat with the old man.

 The Old Man told him, "I am not fishing for fish, but I am fishing for man." You see, this old man is waiting for the right person to come along. Nowadays, there is a saying that Lord Jiang goes fishing simply implies that " those who wants to get caught, gets caught. "

 After Jiang Ziya became the general, he was known as "Taigong", or "the Grand Duke". The degree to which this qualifies as a myth is open to question, but it is certainly a well-known motif.
 Koi Fish symbolizes many of the same characteristics such as courage, the ability to attain high goals and the strength that enables one to overcome life’s difficulties.
Some legends say that Koi fish can climb waterfalls bravely. They also say that if the fish has been caught, it will lay on the cutting board awaighting the knife without a quiver. In Koi symbolism this has been likened to a samurai warrior facing a sword.

This theme dates back to ancient China where a legend tells of how any Koi that succeeded in climbing the falls on the Yellow River at a point called Dragon Gate would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend the Koi became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.


You can buy fish food here. Self service, just leave the money in the coin box. A test of integrity/honesty whether anyone will just take without paying.
Hold on. Hey as recalled  didn't the rules and regulations from beginning mentioned something about do not feed the fish?

Help! Dragon Stomping.
Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. In the Zhou dynasty, the five-clawed dragon was assigned to the Son of Heaven, the four-clawed dragon to the nobles (zhuhou, seigneur), and the three-clawed dragon to the ministers (dafu). In the Qin dynasty, the five-clawed foot dragon was assigned to represent the Emperor while the four-clawed and three-clawed dragons were assigned to the commoners.


Fortune Dragon -  A worthwhile visit.



Fortune Dragon is not the only one who can stick out his tongue on a hot day!



So what's your next move? It's over. Ha Ha

The three wise men. Nope not the Magi. Three wise men are Chinese gods who are FuK LuK Shou. Fu represents good luck and harmony; Lu stands for authority, power and wealth;  Shou signifies good health and longevity. Three gods are the popular deities of wealth, Prosperity, and Longevity.

One of the Four Great Heavenly King. May I request you to play,  Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". Opps mistaken for the other Four Heavenly King of : Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai.


As the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. Say goodbye to the Dragon. Hey sis, why are you wearing Ji Gong clothing?


 This scene will catch your eye, while you're looking at shops building or residential homes.
Typical scenic view of Yong Peng shops or household with high tv antena to receive Singapore tv programme.


Be sure to have your stomach refilled before leaving. When in Yong Peng, be sure to try the famous Hockchew mee and fish ball (西刀魚丸) available in restaurants along the main road.


 Listen to your mom say, "Never leave the house without breakfast or an empy stomach".
Yong Peng is a beautiful small town in Johor that is particularly popular for its stalls and joints that offers delectable dishes made of Ikan Parang (Wolf Herrings). The meat of the fish is mashed and made into all sorts of delicacies like fish balls, yong tau foo fillings, or fish cakes.

There is one particular famous restaurant that serves really good Ikan Parang dishes called Anthony Fish Balls. Located at a corner shop lot with a huge banner of of the restaurant’s name and logo, this one can be quite easy to spot. We had our lunch at their restaurant before heading to Fortune Dragon.





Yong Peng is a small town located in the central region of Johor, it's 2.1/4 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. This town has a population of 50,000. In the early days, it's mainly occupied by Hock Chew (Fuzhou) Chinese. As a consequence, the name of "Little HockChew".

 Chinese immigrants from Chaozhou led by Boo Koh Lak Loo (better known as Ah Loh) named Yong Peng,  the town name or Everlasting Peace in Chinese. 永平


On our way home, the cloud appears to resemble the Dragon chasing the Pearl or Dragon following us home. I get so tired sometimes from lack of sleep that I start hallucinating? Nap Time....zZzZ