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Thursday, June 20, 2013

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN GEORGE TOWN , PENANG

It is George Town Festival time , so maybe you are in Penang for the first time, or you are returning to experience more of what makes this place so special . 

I hope this post will give you a few ideas of where to explore and enjoy.


The Acheen mosque taken in the early evening ,with Chinese lanterns strung across the road nearby ..a sign of the many faiths celebrated in this unique UNESCO area..all very walkable or why not hire a bike .


It is not just a place full of tourists , it is still a living , vibrant and friendly community, this retired man is taking care of all the plants that surround the art work of Ernest Zacharevic ..now a must see while walking around George Town.


Old industry still survive on Beach Street  a stone's throw away from the tourist trail.



Stunningly renovated houses can be found in the small and quiet lanes ..go explore.


Right next door are places that still need a lot of TLC but don't they ooze so much character, these days it is not unusual to pay over 1 million for a pretty derelict building with potential .


Beach Street is full of businesses ,many family owned for many years.


Penang Flavours of Culture, Nature and Cuisine

It is Festival time again , in fact their are more festivities throughout the year in Penang than in many other Malaysian Cities.

With this in mind i have put together a tableau of photos and script which i hope will be a true reflection of what is on offer for all to see in this very special place.





This photo , taken in Muntri Street , seems to draw you in to the scene , the same way as the city does , slowly intoxicating you  with the senses and smells of the past along with all that is modern , hip and trendy .





Take your time , don't walk too fast or you shall miss a temple, Art gallery ,coffee shop.

You often find the best kept secrets by going off the major tourist trails.



Sit down with the locals , they are a very friendly bunch , chat and find out what makes Penang tick for them . Usually a good discussion will follow if you ask where do get the best Roti,Noodles or Cendol etc ..Everyone will have their favourite place.

 
You may even come across a some real Penang Characters , like this man who just loves his dog so much , he gives him a ride home.


Although all may seem life in the fast lane, people still shop daily at the markets for their essential supplies,meat , veg etc.


Though sometimes shopping becomes boring 


So take the kids down to Padang Kota Lama , a large park , near the sea and close to Fort Cornwallis, City Hall and Town Hall.



 This gives you a small glimpse into life in Penang ,hope you enjoyed it ..more to follow.

Friday, April 26, 2013

PHILIPPINES TRIP ..NOT THAT FAR FROM MALAYSIA ..BY AIRASIA

This was the scene from the local beach at Pandaquit ..about 4hours by Victory Liner coach http://www.victoryliner.com/schedules/ from Pasay Terminal in Manila and then a 30min tricycle ride from San Antonio in the Zambales area. My friend and I stayed at Bigfoot Rest House and restaurant , food was great and rooms are small , basic, clean and cheap.
http://www.bigfootzambales.com/#!__resthousepage..or you can go directly to Pandaquit and find a place to stay .This is an unspoilt and lovely area to visit.




The beach was clean and the local people so friendly and hospitable. The local boatmen have a hard life, though am sure is better than moving to the hectic capital to look for work .




The local youths were keen to get their photos taken and it seemed a very laid back place to spend a day or so.The boys and girls had caught jellyfish and were busy dismembering it !!


This guy was a natural and very photogenic.



The view from the beach to the mountains was so serene ..just perfect.




The younger kids have all the simple pleasures of the sea and sand ..who needs iPhones ??



The view out to the neighbouring islands was stunning , so beautiful with the suns rays.




This bay and stretch of beach was virtually deserted of tourists ..only locals were there..long may that continue.





The boatmen keep their boats freshly painted .

I was truly sorry to leave this part of the World and head back to KL , i hope to return.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

NOVAE..THE EQUATOR ACADEMY OF ART ..GRADUATE EXHIBITION 103

I love it when i do something unplanned and it turns out to be a great and wonderful surprise . I had some time on my hands today , so went to Straits Quay in Penang and found NOVAE.




 The quality and standard of the work exhibited was exemplary .

I don't think anything i saw was poor and most were very professional indeed.


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FATIMAH SHARA WAHEED..artist from the Maldives
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Wong Kah Seng

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This sculpture named "Eternal Tears 1 " really spoke to me .


Ilove this piece..it reminds me of a sculpture of slaves that i saw in Zanzibar .and reminded me that slavery can be within 
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Eternal Tears 1 by KIEREN MARCOMBE.
Poem by Mark Walker.

The Tears what do they speak of? Times remembered?
Loss ,despair,or pleasure

Regrets..life is too short to hold them

Yet an ocean can't hold all my tears
Things said ..or what should have been

Look closely ..age is in my eyes
Weariness draws me down
Yet young was I and hopeful
Bravado and excitement

So linger some and listen
To what you see

Times ..best forgotten?

M.W. 30/3/13
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 I LOVE  THIS TEDDY BEAR :)
 




Beautiful and original fashion.



GRAPHIC & MULTI MEDIA DESIGN







My thanks to all those who took part.

Friday, March 1, 2013

MEDAN ..ONLY A FEW HOURS FROM PENANG ..BUT A WORLD APART!!

Much as i enjoy my time in Penang and the rest of Malaysia, it is good to take the opportunity to visit other countries nearby.

Medan is easily reached from Penang by air at reasonable cost .

I had the chance to explore two of the local wet markets , one right in town and the other on the outskirts .

This proved a great experience , conditions being a bit more raw and basic than you will find in Penang but all the more interesting for that.

Enjoy the photos.

    


















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