Monday, November 28, 2005

Santa in Penang Christmas Cards

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Selling Penang with Santa’s help (edited from article in The Star, Metro North, Nov 28, 2005) Santa Claus has been “spotted” around Penang – visiting well-known sites and tourist spots, taking a ride on a ferry and a trishaw, and even pedalling the three-wheeler himself! These scenes of Santa and his reindeer in Penang are the paintings of artist Eric Yeoh, 29, printed on a set of 12 greeting cards for Christmas. “I had a fun time painting the scenes and getting the cards printed,” said Yeoh, an engineer by profession. His personal favourites are the ones depicting Santa cheering a Chingay performance featuring the state and national flags outside the Penang City Hall building, and Santa pedalling a tri-shaw past some pre-war buildings and Komtar in George Town with two reindeer as passengers. Other scenes have Santa and his reindeer riding on trishaws, on a ferry, on a boat past the Penang Bridge, and on the funicular train up Penang Hill with presents in the goods carriage. There are also scenes of Santa waving from a window of a pre-war building, in front of the St George's Church, atop Fort Cornwallis next to the Seri Rambai cannon, and at the door of a gaily decorated Queen Victoria memorial clock tower. Yeoh also painted Santa distributing presents to monkeys at the Penang Botanic Gardens (yes, monkeys get presents too) and sunbathing - minus his red suit – on a deck chair at the Batu Ferringhi beach. On the back of each card is a short description of the place or activity depicted. “Many countries have Christmas cards that are locally themed but universal in appeal, such as those depicting the koala bear in Australia, but there are not many of these types of cards in Malaysia,” said Yeoh. The insides of the cards were left blank and could be printed over for corporate use. A portion from the proceeds of the card sales will go towards the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT), of which Yeoh is a member. The cards are available from the Penang Heritage Trust in Stewart Lane (04-2642631), Disc & Dat Music Centre in Tanjong Tokong (04-8990864), Pintail Cafe & Bistro (04-2642694) in Upper Penang Road. Only RM15 for a set of 12 cards. The cards are available in Kuala Lumpur by emailing your orders to For details, call PenangArt at 012-4653893 or email:

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