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23 December 2011

Part 1: Beihai 24th World Hakka Conference & Hakka Food Trail 北海第24届世界客家恳亲大会,深圳,广州客家美食团游

Shenzhen to Guangzhou Food Trail & Beihai World Hakka Conference 8 Days Tour
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The 24th World Hakka Conference was held at Beihai, Guangxi, China, from 30 November to 2 December 2011.
世界客属第24届恳亲大20111130日至122日在中国广西北海市举
Our Association was represented by a contingent of 12 members: Honorary Advisor Mr & Mrs Zhang Xiaoting, Committee members Alan & Lily Yit, & Mr & Mrs Norman Chia, Secretary Jonas Yong, Dato' & Datin Yong, and members Mr & Mrs Ricy Yick and Mr Peter Hoe.


To make the trip even more worthwhile we decided to add a few days prior to the Conference date, to tour and savour Hakka and Cantonese gourmet food along the way from Shenzhen to Beihai.
Please read to the bottom to see the 3 video clips.


As it's an 8 days trip we will post the photos, captions, descriptions and VIDEO clips in 2 posts rather than fitting them into 1 post. So, watch out for the next posts, please!
First Stop: Shenzhen 26 November to 28 Nov 2011. 第一站:深圳
The 1st evening upon arrival at Shenzhen, we savoured the famed Hakka dish 'Tai Poon Choy' 大盆菜。
Part of the contingent at a Hakka restaurant in Shenzhen. The Poon Choy is placed at the middle, and that's the whole meal.
From left: Annie Wong, Norman Chia, Ricky Yick, Mrs Yick, Lily Yit, Alan Yit, Dato' Yong & Datin Lilly
Poon Choy - Only about 2/3 was consumed by the whole group. 
Breakfast the next morning at a Shenzhen hotel. Lily, Alan & Jonas shown here.
Eastern Shenzhen Overseas Chinese City【深圳東部華僑城】, Tea Valley【茶溪谷生態樂園】。
Picture showing part of the group touring OCT East of Shenzhen 华侨城东。
2nd Evening at Shenzhen
2nd evening at Shenzhen - tasting authentic Hakka Gourmet from the Longchuan region . This restaurant  is owned and operated by Longchuan people related to the President. 尝试正宗客家龙川家乡菜!
Sam Yeung 杨榕明, the President's cousin from Longchuan who took us to the restaurant

The 2 Longchuan relatives with the President


28 Nov 2011 - 3rd day in  Shenzhen - visiting Hakka Cultural Museum【客家民俗博物馆】
3rd day in  Shenzhen - visiting Hakka Cultural Museum【客家民俗博物馆】
Picture shows the group with the Hakka Museum director, City officials and a guide from the Museum.
29 November 2011 - Guangzhou
名誉顾问张小庭先生和张爱鸿妇人(右一二)在广州一间著名餐馆热情招待了团员们。Honorary Advisor Mr &Mrs Zhang Xiaoting hosted a most sumptuous and memorable Cantonese Gourmet Dinner at a famous restaurant in Guangzhou for the whole group, with a German roasted pork hock thrown in for each of us.
Annie giving the thumb up to the German pork hock at the dinner  hosted by Mr & Mrs Zhang Xiaoting in Guangzhou.
Right 1 & 2: Mr & Mrs Zhang at the VIP room hosting the dinner


Peter Hoe (far left) 贺文庆先生joined us in Guangzhou. Here picture was taken outside the  hotel we were staying in.

11 of the group members with other officials at the Overseas Chinese Museum【华侨博物館】
Then only other group member absent in this photo was Joans Yong who had to divert to Hongkong for a trade conference by the Hong Kong Australia Business Association.

The contingent being welcomed by officials of the Overseas Chinese Museum【华侨博物館】   
Director of the Overseas Chinese Museum donated a set of large sized pictures  dating back  to the 1911 Xin Hai  Revolution.

The Guangzhou City Government's Overseas Chinese Affairs Bureau top ranking officials hosted a luncheon for the group. Picture shown here the President presenting a bannerette of HakkaWA to the Bureau Deputy Chief.
广州市人民政府侨务办公室领导们招待团员们。

Below are 3 video clips shot by Norman at the Hakka Museum:



10 November 2011

Spring Roasts Gathering 春 季 烤 肉 聚 餐 Hakka WA

The Spring Roasts Gathering sponsored by Honorary Advisor Mr Edward Kuh, Mrs Sandra Kuh & family and Da' Vanti Homes was held at the Kuh's home at Roleystone on 5 November 2011.

Da' Vanti Homes generously donated $500 to the Hakka Commerce Council, an offshoot of HakkaWA, as well as sponsoring the evening's sumptuous roasts and other foods and drinks. They also donated the first prize of a $200 hamper for the Raffling Lucky Draw.

The Kuh family also generously donated a number of prizes for the Raffling. Other members who contributed to the Raffling prizes include Judy Vun, Lily Yit, Juliet Chin, Seu Lin Wong.


Honorary Advisor Mr Francis Yapp brought a bottle of premium wine for all to share. Long time member Mr Chan Mou Sing brought 6 bottles of wine to share, and was the first to turn up at the event, at 3pm.


客属常聚会,春深会山村。115日,近300多位西澳客家公会男女老少,踏着春雨,披上晚霞,来到客家公会名誉顾问古远求温玉蓉位于Roleystone山村别墅,参加古先生准备的春季烤肉聚餐晚会

古远求先生以华人传统的烤羊肉. 烧猪. 烧鴨以及咖喱. 香茅配制的鳮和猪肉以及其他食品. 酒水,免费供应与会者。


席前,在执行副会长杨奕驹先生主持下,以及杨奕骏秘书长协助积极推崇,举行了以小叶先生捐赠的富贵延年等两幅寓意繁荣昌盛的牡丹. 仙鹤水墨重彩作品的拍卖活动,有别与众的画法,具有特别的视角冲击力,深得乡亲们欢迎。


在不到一个小时的拍卖中就两位新任名誉顾问张启声先生和张小庭先生竞得。他们本着和古远求先生一样心态,为自已公会出钱出力,慷慨解囊做好亊。

83岁的梁英源老先生,在抽奖活动中赢得头奖,众乡亲都说难得英源伯热心参与,他头奖的获得就是众望所归。


It was such a successful event, and there is so much to blog about, so we'll just put those descriptions and comments in the captions below each photograph being blogged:
Honorary Advisor and Host Mr Edward Kuh (古远求,2nd from left) with Mr and Mrs Noen 梁英源, in front of the HakkaWA banner at the Kuhs' Roleystone home
Honorary Advisors Charlie Chang 张启声先生 and  Mr Edward Kuh (2nd and 3rd from left)
The Hakka ladies at the function.
Seen here at the fore is long time and loyal member Mr Chan Mou Sing 陈茂盛先生, who  was the 1st member to turn up, with 1/2 dozen bottles of wine, at 3pm.
Members mingling at the event.
Executive Vice President Keith Yong 杨奕驹 addressing the crowd before commencement of the delicious food already laid out on the table.
A part of the crowd.
Honorary Advisor Mr ZHANG Xiaoting 张小庭先生 (right) with  the painting  he successfully bid for at the auction. This smaller painting was donated by painter Xiao Ye 小叶 (left).
Host Mrs Sandra Kuh 温玉蓉 (right), and donor of the prize, presenting the Lucky Draw prize to the winner Mrs Teresa Chau 林月花
古远求温玉蓉颁奖给中奖的老外。Mr and Mrs Kuh presenting the Raffling prize which they also donated.
Juliet Chin 陈桂兰 presenting the prize she donated, to Raffling prize winner Eddie Liew 廖坤贤
Lily Yit 江爱珠presenting the prize she donated, to Raffling prize winner Norman Chia 谢贵财
Lily Yit 江爱珠presenting the prize she donated,to Raffling prize winner Peggy Chao Yong 赵珮琪

Lily Yit 江爱珠presenting the prize she donated, to Raffling prize winner Shan Shan 张珊珊

Mr Ben Soon 孙伟斌drawing a winning ticket, while Executive Vice President Keith Yong 杨奕驹 looks on.
Mr and Mrs Eddie Liew 廖坤贤和太太谢洁玲。 They won the  President's 'award' for being the  Top Raffling Tickets Promoters, raising hundreds of dollars for the Association!

谢贵财, 杨德强, 陈茂盛
杨德强, 古远求, 谢贵财
Mr Edward Kuh receiving the bottle of premium wine brought by Honorary Advisor Mr Francis  Yapp and his Mrs Agnes, while Mr Chris HP Wong 黄汉平 looks on.
小叶,周由,王月晶,谢贵财 The 2 artists Xiao Ye and Chau Yau with Mr & Mrs Norman Chia
老外也来了!More invited guests being welcome by Mr Edward Kuh
黄汉平,叶水生,陈茂盛,张小庭,张爱鸿, 王月晶 Lively conversations!
From left: Joe Lee 李汉民, Angie Yong 杨奕慈, Peggy Chao Yong 赵珮琪,  Celine Lee
The crowd mingling
The rural setting was most refreshing. Cool breeze amidst the trees and wild flowers
Painter and Committee member Xiao Ye 小叶introducing his painting which he donated before the auction, while Secretary Jonas Yong杨奕駿, and Executive Vice President Keith Yong 杨奕驹 assisted.
Datin Lilly & grandson Jayden
The eager crowd.
Mingling
杨奕驹执行副会长致欢迎词 Welcoming Speech by Executive Vice President Keith Yong 
Vince (right)  of Da' Vanti Homes announcing the donation of a donation to the Hakka Commerce Council with business partner Daniel Kuh 古诗镜 (centre)
The President receiving the donation cheque for $500 on behalf of the Hakka Commerce Council from Daniel Kuh 古诗镜 and Vince of Da' Vanti Homes
Member Daniel Kuh古诗镜, eldest son of Honorary Advisor Edward Kuh, giving his welcoming speech, and announced that his company Da' Vanti Homes would make a donation to the Hakka Commerce Council whenever any member or their friends build a home through Da' Vanti Homes.
易俊雄, 古远求, 叶水生, 钟汉昌
Alan Yit, Francis Yapp and Robert Chung talking with Edward Kuh
Good crowd
小叶和拍卖得奖的名誉顾问张启声先生 Painter and donor Xiao Ye presenting the painting to Honorary Advisor Charlie Chang who bid the highest price for this larger of the 2 paintings
Auction in earnest 拍卖进行中
小叶和拍卖得奖的名誉顾问张小庭先生 Painter and donor Xiao Ye presenting the painting to Honorary Advisor Zhang Xiaoting who bid the highest price for this smaller of the 2 paintings
Ben Soon, Tet K Yong, Alan Yit, Robert Chung, Francis Yapp
The members enjoyed the event right to late at night
Judy Vun drawing the Lucky Dip
Vince and Daniel Kuh 古诗镜 of Da Vanti Homes presenting the First Prize  of the raffling  to  Mr Noen 梁英源 . Da Vanti Homes donated the 1st prize for the raffling
Left to right: Angie, Juliet, Annie and daughter Get Lin 谢洁玲
Judy Vun with part of the crowd
So many Hakka ladies!
Norman, Robert, Francis, Christopher and Sylvia
The President listening intently in conversation with Zhang Aihong
Member Ben Yee and his 2 sons being welcome by Keith
Keith introducing Ben Yee and sons to host Edward Kuh
The President introducing Mr and Mrs Noen to the host Edward Kuh
Part of the venue
Angie welcoming Honorary Advisor Charlie Chang
Roasts and other food laid out on the table
Tet K Yong welcoming and in conversation with Christopher HP Wong,  with Mrs Sylvia Wong at eh background, and Peggy Chao Yong at the foreground
Mrs Agnes Yapp arriving. Francis is still in the car
Get Lin & Eddie
Angie with the lovely children of Chau Yau and Mrs Teresa Chau
Seu Lin, Juliet and Haslina
At the foreground Get Lin is holding and selling the raffling tickets, with her mother Annie by her side, husband Eddie behind her, and son Eden in front
Part of the crowd while the auctioning was progressing
Sylvia and Agnes
Members enjoying dinner
Jayden Chan with roast duck piece in hand
Judy Vun, wine glass in hand, in a jovial mood. The joy of the party, and a  star karaoke singer too
Lily Yit and Judy Vun assisting Jonas & Keith in the Raffling Draw
Enjoying the event right through the night
Who's got the winning ticket?!
Draw another winning ticket
Mrs Sandra Kuh had the winning ticket and donated the prize right back to be redrawn
The President presenting one of the prizes to the winner 
Secretary Jonas Yong and Honorary Advisor Mr Zhang Xiaoting
秘书长杨奕骏和名誉顾问张小庭
Angie and son Jayden