Penang: Part 5

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.

Last of the lot: The houses near Clove Hall are mostly refurbished and well-maintained. They remind me of our Katong shophouses. Towards the end of our trip, we took a stroll at sunset and were captivated by the sun-drenched buildings.

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Penang: Part 4

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.

The morning market is one of the best ways to experience a town’s vibes and culture. So the next time you travel, it might pay to spend an hour or so wandering around a bustling market.

Penang: Part 3

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.

Guess you can say I went trigger happy in Penang because at last count, I’ve gathered 6 good posts based on street shots alone. But I do hope that after seeing these photos, you’d be inspired to visit this lovely island too.

This cheeky and interactive art mural created by Ernest Zacharevic has beautifully illustrated the childlike kampong spirit that’s evident in Penang.

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.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion: 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.

Built more than a century ago, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion showcases over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles zeitgeist of that era. Perhaps the most ornate and well-restored Peranakan museum I’ve ever seen, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Part 2 is a series of black and white photographs, all thanks to the excessively warm lighting which rendered any white balance correction pointless.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
29 Church Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Open daily from 930am-5pm
Entrance fees: RM10 for adults; free for children below 6 years old