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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town January 21st 2019

My intention on this steamy Sunday was to go to the Penang Street Market. I’d been to it once before, about five years ago; it was small but interesting. However, before I had walked even a block I stumbled across another street market. The city of George Town has established car-free zones in George Town’s World Heritage Core, and every Sunday from 7 am to 1 pm, cars are banned from over 2 kilometers of city streets. People set up booths in the streets selling crafts, food, drinks, and the local animal shelter had dogs available for adoption. I watched the street magician for a while, drank something blue that the young lady who sold it to me called “ocean” and gazed longingly at the puppies. I watched a masseuse giving knife massages, which were exactly ... read more
dog massage
Wearnes Garage
de Haviland Rapide Dragon

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi January 1st 2019

Pulling my green luggage, I headed to Mactan International Airport, Philippines to board, for my next vacation flight. I, together with seven friends from my workplace flew to Penang, Malaysia last May 2018. We spent five days there in that haven of rest--at Lost Paradise Hotel, a hotel by the beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia. Visiting Penang, Malaysia is hassle free for tourists. Penang is one of the most organized tourist cities I have been to. Unlike other countries, you find it easy to tour your way to the spots in the city. Their Department of tourism has so labored to make the City of Penang tourist friendly. As soon as you arrive the place, all you have to do is purchase a tour ticket in your hotel or in other areas. You will then walk ... read more
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Batu Ferringj

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi October 31st 2018

I travel by myself often enough, domestically, and overseas. But having Mr. Mike and his son, Matt on this trip has been special. You already know, from our many previous trips, that Mike is the great explorer. But his son, Matt really knows food and drink of all types. And fashion! My Asian friends here were so impressed with his vast knowledge of food, spices, and culture. So was I. So, wherever we went, he added a huge element of background and insight into our food. They could not believe that he knew so much about SE Asian food. And they would not let me pay for anything!!! But now I am back in Bangkok, checked into my hotel (Wednesday). I did not realize the old airport, Don Muang is an hour away from the newer ... read more
A Cambodia goodbye from Viroth's
Drinks at a KL sky bar happy hour

Asia » Malaysia » Penang October 23rd 2018

Air Itam Assam Laksa, located near the Kek Lok Si temple, was originally founded in 1955 and is still run by the same man (known as “uncle”) who began cooking at this roadside stall over 50 years ago. Unlike the coconut-base laksa more commonly found in Singapore, the Assam Laksa of Penang has a tamarind and mackerel broth and is mixed with chilies and shrimp paste to create a perfect blend of sweet, spicy and sour. Air Itam Assam Laksa’s dish is perhaps of one the most famed in Penang; in fact, it was even featured on Anthony Bourdain’s television show, No Reservations. “If you’re a food adventurer and want to try some delicious bites, Penang is a great destination that will definitely satisfy your taste buds.” It was amazing to watch the staff of Air ... read more
The Rasa hotel
One of the Rasa pools
Some roti for breakfast

Asia » Malaysia » Penang August 19th 2018

Black clouds loomed but we only had 100 metres to go between the university and the hotel so we thought we’d make it easily. A bolt of lightning across the lake and a loud crack of thunder meant we sped up a bit across the open grass lawn. With only the road to cross there was a bright flash and a very loud BANG! The five of us didn’t move, frozen to the spot with our hair standing up and all feeling a bit tingly. The hotel guard was shouting at us to get inside. We started giggling nervously, “was that lightning?” The guard still shouting we ran inside unsure what had happened. Apparently, according to someone else watching, lightning had struck the road right by us. I expected to wake up the next morning with ... read more
Taman Pudu Ulu parkrun, Kuala Lumpur
Penang streetfood
Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town July 19th 2018

We love cats - and so do the artists in George Town apparently George Town is situated on Penang Island in North East of mainland Malaysia. It is an interesting place on its own and we are going to tell you more about that in the next blog entry. Here we are going to focus on just one aspect of George Town - the city is full of street art. We have written about street art before. There is a really good place in Stockholm we have visited and in Shorditch in London Ake went on a guided tour to view street art. George Town is yet another place which is great to visit if you enjoy street art. In George Town they issue maps where they have marked the most popular artworks. But the map ... read more
George Town
Children on a bicycle
Unusual lamp post

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi May 23rd 2018

How many of you have been to high tea? With the royal wedding coming up, many traditions, including high tea are becoming popular. I have attended only a few, the best of which was at the Rasa Sayang* in Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia. But I have observed the importance of high tea at Wimbledon. Even when the tennis match is exciting and important, patrons of the All England Club leave their seats for high tea in their special, member's only clubhouse. First, let me say, it is not what you expect it to be. And second, it is even better than I ever expected! Per Stacy Leaska: Now that Meghan Markle, an American, is url=http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/destination-weddings/royal-wedding-traditions-prince-harry-meghan-markleset to walk down the aisle with Prince Harry, an arguably extra-British Brit, it’s perhaps time to start blending just a litt ... read more
the famous rotunda at Nieman Markus
old rotunda
my style of high tea

Asia » Malaysia » Penang March 15th 2018

The use of superlatives in travel diaries can be a hazard. Striking a balance between the glories along with the wrinkles of travel is not what optimistically-minded people want to do. Like those wide-smiled selfies, everyone should be having a great time all day, every day. Our Penang stay had a wrinkle. But first for Penang. Penang is an area of 1.2 million, most on the island of Penang but some also on a strip on the mainland. Penang is the childhood home of our good friends and fishing buddies, Soh and Catherine and they are a big reason why we planned a stop here. The ferry between Langkawi and Penang sounded ideal - on the ocean, a change in transport and chance to be outdoors. People in Langkawi set us straight - the ferry is ... read more
Street Hawker
Love the imperfect surfaces
Urlu cycled around town helping direct to hard-to-find installations

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town December 20th 2017

As I write this I'm looking across the road at a small Chinese man sitting on a rickshaw wearing a Santa hat!! Its hot enough that my face is melting so not really very Christmasy. Hey Ho here's wishing you all a very happy Xmas and a great new year. In Malaysia now but leaving for Osaka, Japan tomorrow. Rough plan is to spend 3 to 4 weeks in the Land of the rising sun before moving on to South Korea. Thought I'd visit sharpish before Uncle Kim across the border turns the lot to dust. Will write more from Japan in the next week or so until them some photos of shop fronts (everyone loves a good shop front) a lazy dog and a women who clearly can't read the sign.... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town December 15th 2017

Ipoh, war eine kleine Stadt, aber nichts Besonderes. Anna und ich hatten hier viel geschlemmt. Neben ein paar Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie dem alten Bahnhof, haben wir viele süß gefüllte Teigtaschen verspeist und auch im bekannten Restaurant Lou Wong um die Ecke Halt gemacht um Hühnchen mit Reis und Sojasprossen zu speisen. Ein wenig außerhalb liegt der Kek Lok Tong Cave und ein paar bunte Tempel. Der Garten des Kek Lok Tong Caves ist super schön anzusehen. Eine Einheimische hatte uns auf dem Weg vom Tempel zum Cave mit dem Auto aufgesammelt. Trotz großer Bedenken stiegen wir in ihr Auto. Die Einheimische war Lehrerin, super freundlich und ersparte uns einen 4 km langen Fußmarsch. Mittlerweile habe ich gelernt, dass man auch mal auf sein Bauchgefühl hören kann. Auch einen Flohmarkt hatten wir besucht, bevor wir uns mit dem ... read more
Batu Ferringhi Beach - Georgetown
Streetart vom Feinsten-  Georgetown
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