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    I just heard that the Copthorne Orchid Hotel in Penang has now closed its doors permanently. There are plans to redevelop the site with serviced apartments and a new hotel.

    Whilst this news may not be of general interest to the world, it is significant to our Shaolin Wahnam Institute. The Copthorne has been home to Sifu's Intensive and Special courses for many years - ever since moving them away from Cinta Sayang in Sungai Petani.

    I am sure that those of us who took courses in Penang will have fond memories of the Hotel Ballroom and the area such as Sri Ananda's great food.

    Feel free to share your memories and reminisce about the times in the Copthorne here
    Sifu Andrew Barnett
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  • #2
    End of an era …
    George / Юра
    Shaolin Wahnam England

    gate gate pāragate pārasaṁgate bodhi svāhā

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    • #3
      Bricks and walls , coppers and stones
      Yester here , now bygones
      Yet Shaolin Arts
      Liive long in Disciples Hearts
      Last edited by Damian Kissey; 28 March 2021, 07:04 PM.
      Damian Kissey
      Shaolin Wahnam Sabah , Malaysia .
      www.shaolinwahnamsabah.com

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      • #4
        I remember arriving at the Copthorne, for my very first course in Malaysia, exhausted from 24 hours of travel with almost no sleep, nearly overwhelmed with culture shock, and very hungry. After checking in, I went downstairs to the restaurant, and ordered a "club sandwich" from the menu. What was delivered to the table was NOTHING like the American sandwich by the same name.

        It was at that moment that I realized I needed to embrace the craziness of the entire experience, and just go with the flow!

        -Matt
        Last edited by Matt F.; 28 March 2021, 10:25 PM.

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        • #5
          Not at Copthorne Penang .....but somewhere on the Pacific Island of Kauai did i first meet Drop360 the gentleman martial artist ...fast forward today ( perhaps after going with the crazy flow 180 degrees ) , i am very proud to have a brother , Sifu Matt Fenton , a scholar-warrior .
          Damian Kissey
          Shaolin Wahnam Sabah , Malaysia .
          www.shaolinwahnamsabah.com

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          • #6
            It was at Copthorne Penang that the Intensive Charles Course took place.
            George / Юра
            Shaolin Wahnam England

            gate gate pāragate pārasaṁgate bodhi svāhā

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Damian Kissey View Post
              Not at Copthorne Penang .....but somewhere on the Pacific Island of Kauai did i first meet Drop360 the gentleman martial artist ...fast forward today ( perhaps after going with the crazy flow 180 degrees ) , i am very proud to have a brother , Sifu Matt Fenton , a scholar-warrior .


              Ah, dear Damian Sihing! You are too kind.

              It is too easy to focus on the course material and the art, and forget how the people make these experiences so very special. I hope to see you all soon!

              -Matt

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              • #8
                Such lovely memories with so many wonderful people at the Copthorne. I remember Sifu saying to the class in my First Intensive Chi Kung Course ever "These will be some of the best days of your life". And so it has been. I didn't understand then, but I do now. :-)

                I will certainly miss that lovely carpet!

                I wonder where the coming courses will be held.

                With Shaolin Salute,

                Santi

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                • #9
                  The courses themselves have their own special memories, but I have many fond memories at the Copthorne outside of the courses, such as:

                  - Walking up the front steps on initial arrival and seeing smiling, happy Shaolin family hanging out in the large, covered entrance
                  - Drinks and lively discussions by the pool in the afternoon and sometimes late into the evening
                  - Deeply peaceful practices by the beach
                  - The ceremony for celebrating Josh Lawson's life and spreading some of his ashes in the water off the beach
                  - Sifu healing a dog bite on my leg in the lobby

                  Of course, the places are special because of the people. I have fond memories of the Swiss Inn in Sungai Petani (where I attended my first couple of courses), too, although I know several family members who don't like it so much. (I haven't yet been to Cinta Sayang.)

                  I look forward to making more special memories at wherever future courses are held!
                  Chris Didyk
                  Shaolin Wahnam USA


                  Thank You.

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                  • #10
                    Most iconic for me is the house on the rocky point overlooking the bay. The wonderful food stalls directly across from the hotel. Wandering the surrounding streets looking for a restaurant. A day trip out to the Tropical Spice Garden.

                    Somehow I suspect the next location will be even better.

                    Looking forward!
                    Charles David Chalmers
                    Brunei Darussalam

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by George View Post
                      It was at Copthorne Penang that the Intensive Charles Course took place.
                      HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I forgot about that!!!

                      So many memories.

                      But above all else, I look forward to making new memories with all of you.
                      有志著事竟成

                      Shaolin Wahnam Twin Cities

                      Genuine Shaolin Kungfu and Qigong in Minnesota
                      https://www.shaolinwahnamtc.com/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by George View Post
                        It was at Copthorne Penang that the Intensive Charles Course took place.
                        Eh? What's this then?
                        Charles David Chalmers
                        Brunei Darussalam

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by George View Post
                          It was at Copthorne Penang that the Intensive Charles Course took place.
                          Now my interest is piqued!
                          http://shaolinwahnammalaysia.com/

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