Penang: Part 2

Thursday Travels is a weekly column featuring sights and sounds from my wanderlust adventures. Come, fly with me, and we’ll explore strange cultures, exotic eats and everything in-between.

Georgetown Penang is a charming little town, filled with street hawkers, busy markets and slow businesses. While it’s possible to explore Georgetown’s core zone by foot, a good slap of sunblock and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.

Today’s photoessay is filled with old shopfronts, frozen in the heyday of post-colonial glory. One can almost imagine the stories that unfolded along these streets, and what an uphill struggle it must have been for Penangites to flourish economically in this corrupt and partial country.

When interacting with the locals, I’m heartened by their optimistic fighting spirit and simple way of life — easily contented, yet filled with an undying political indignation. Most Singaporeans, however, are polar opposites.


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