Puppet on a string…

Well, they were not on a string but on sticks like the traditional Malaysian wayang kulit. I was very excited the other night when we were out for dinner here in Sungai Petani with my Penang friend, Eng. I heard some kind of Hokkien opera going on nearby and he said that it was probably a puppet show performed to entertain the little deities…

SP Hokkien puppet show 1

Why the excitement, you ask? It was simply because all my life, I had never seen anything like it before. That was the husband and this was the wife…

SP Hokkien puppet show 2

and the character on the right in the photo below was the mother-in-law…

SP Hokkien puppet show 3

I was not paying attention to the dialogue but I could gather as much because I heard her addressing the younger-looking lady puppet as “Wa air sim poo ah” (my daughter-in-law).

I was baffled as to why they still had such shows knowing that all the hungry spirits had gone home and the gates of Hell would be locked until around this time next year…but Eng said it was to entertain the little dieties. Spirits kah? Deities kah? I was very wary about prancing around (in case I trampled on one of them!) and taking photographs…so I did not stay too long and hurried back to our table for dinner…..

P.S. : This is my final post in Sungai Petani as later, my daughter will be going back to her institute and I will be going over to Penang to stay the night there. My flight’s at 8 something in the morning tomorrow via that cheap airline, so I would have to be at the airport pretty early – the counter opens 2 hours before takeoff and passengers must check in no later than 45 minutes before the time of departure so if I were to go from here, I would have to leave very very early at dawn. In view of that, therefore, the next time you see a new post again, it will be from home sweet home in Sibu. Don’t worry! I will share with you all the juicy bits of what goes on in Penang, no holds barred! So make sure you come back and check things out, ok? ROTFLMAO!!!