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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 16th 2019

Budicek mi zaobstarala studentska kapela co obdalec ubytka nacvicovala. Na whatsapp mi pipla sprava od cs z cdo, ze spolocnu cestu po polsku rusi a bude cestovat sama. To mi len zahralo do kariet, bo com som kukal letenky do gdansku moc ruzovo to z gruzinska, turecka resp grecka nevyzeralo. Tym padom sa asi moj navrat domov priblizi, no ale uvidim podla penez, mozno oddiali ale to nepredpokladam. Na ranajky zapadam k indovy na ulici. Davam si dvakrat roti s vajcom a cibulou, k tomu nesmie chybat klasicka omacka a samozrejme caj. Ten sa povie tak ako po nasi, proste caj. No tento je indicky t.j. mlieko. Velmi chutny napoj. Pri stanku predavali aj cerstvych shrimov a kurata. Bum bum a kura uz bolo bez hlavy. Na lebuh buckhingam je hned aj posta oproti mesite. Ta ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 15th 2019

Noc opat tepla. Z postele som sa vykopal az o 9.30. Na ranajky zapadam do jaya restaurant. Davam nasi lemak a pokracujem na nakup vody (0.8rm 1.5l) do mydin supermarketu. Tentoraz karta fungovala hned po prilozeny. Na ubytku spocitane naklady na filipinach, 28dni ma vyslo cca 590€ bez letenky tam. Na izbe len lezanie v posteli, dvere otvorene nech mi prefukuje. Vacsinu casu pisanie s cs z davao, ozvala sa aj carla z barci. Teoreticky sa mozno ku mne pripoji v kyjeve ale moc tomu nedavam. No na to, ze budem v kyjeve reagovala mami a chce tam doletet. Na obed behnutie na lebuh campbell. Tu pri trhu davam street food (tak sa to cul nazyva aby bol clovek in). Tetula mi dala na vyber nudle, berem zlte, a polievku, berem obycajnu. V polievke trochu masa ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 14th 2019

Noc bola horuca ale nakonec ostavam v rovnakej izbe. Nieco po 9.00 v plane ranajky a navsteva obchodaku mydin na jalan penang. No a samozrejme neaky ten kes. Ako si tak idem ulickou kukam na obchody a vsetko pozatvarane, vratane zmenarni a tiez supermarketu. Navsteva trhu na jalan chowrasta. Ale len okukavacka, bo ziadne prachy. Na zaciatku predavali indovia volne polozene nicim nezakryte maso ale to je klasika tu v azii. Fotky som ani nerobil, mi to pride normalne. Postupne som sa dostal az ku komtar (mhd bus stanica). V uliciach sa uz pohybovali skupinky cinskych (malajzia, singapur, original ?) turistov, obcas aj biely. Obchodaky i tu zavrete. Vsetko otvarali az o 10.00 V maybank som vybral hotovost, chcel som 230rm ale dalo sa vyberat len po 50tkach, tak vyberam 200rm. Prinajhorsom vyberem zas. Do 10.00 ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang March 13th 2019

V noci volado stisil klimu, tak trochu teplo ale vsetko v ramci normy. Na ranajky toast so zapecenou sunkou a syrom, k tomu mini kusky ovocia a caj. Jednoznacne toto ubytko brat bez ranajok, clovek sa vonku za 50p naje viacej, no ja som nemal prachy a zamienat sa mi nechcelo tak som to bookol cez agodu. Rozlucka s fra a pomalicky pesi na letisko. Bol tu aj jeden starsi kanadan co zije na bali, tu si bol obnovit viza. Anda beach na bohole chvalil, pekna dlha biela plaz, minimum ludi avsak ak si chce clovek zaplavat musi ist velmi daleko do mora. Cesta taxikom na letisko z ubytka stoji 85p. Cez grab zrejme menej. Sa cudujem, kratodoby cestovatelia to nevyuzivaju a idu tam pesi, hlavne ked je vonku na skapanie. Cesta pesi asi 15-20min ale ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 4th 2019

Our AirAsia flight supposedly landed 30 minutes early. Yay, said the flight attendant, surprisingly called Beyoncé! That cannot be true, the whole flight was only 20 minutes so unless we went supersonic it was never going to take that long! I got onto the free WiFi so I could order a Grab as soon as we landed. It connected upstairs but as soon as we’d got our bags it dropped and didn’t come up again. I was very reluctant to get an overpriced voucher from the taxi desk. The information counter was really unhelpful, just said it didn’t work downstairs, even though I was pointing at the free WiFi sign. Maybe it’s deliberate to make people use the airport taxis. i was not to be beaten so bought an overpriced bottle of coke from a cafe ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang March 2nd 2019

I just love the title of this email. What does it refer to? Food, of course! Both in the U.S. and around the world, we have encountered food that is so different, mostly culturally distinct, and often, downright strange. The one that stands out for me is the king of fruit, the almighty durian. I tried it on a Kuala Lumpur street corner about a decade ago. I gagged, wanted to spit it out, and must have looked like I was going to barf. They say it takes several tries before the taste is acquired. It has not happened for me, and after three tries, I give up. Much like Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods, the gag reflex is just too strong. We have tried cuy or guinea pig twice now. Once in Cuzco, Peru, and ... read more
Guinea pig aka cuy

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 26th 2019

We spent a quiet night in the hotel, escaping a bad electrical storm and some very heavy rain. Hopefully the humidity would ease but that was too much to expect as it was just as steamy when we went out to Yin’s for breakfast next morning. We spent some time later in the day wandering the shops - they all seemed to open at odd times. We were looking for some more of the street art but it was either hard to find or painted over. A large cat, featured on many of the postcards, had actually been painted over. You could see the shadow of the painting and it had a painted condolence note written on the wall beside it. I think Toowoomba in Australia, where I live, has much more vibrant street art than ... read more
Shoes on the footpath out side tiny shop front mosque
Linny and one of the murals at the HIN Bustop art market
Candied fruits at Chowrasta Market

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 22nd 2019

The next few days in George Town were much less hectic as we paced ourselves in the heat. The gorgeous Peranakan Mansion was first on the sightseeing list. I saw it last trip but as a couple we visited the Blue Mansion then but I felt that this was much more elaborate and wanted Jerry to see it. The mansion is typical of an affluent Baba a century ago and offers the visitor a glimpse of the opulent lifestyle, customs and traditions of that time. The furniture was heavily gilded or inlaid with mother of pearl. The houses were full of imported European china and glassware, English floor tiles and Scottish carvings. The house included some beautiful stained glass windows and minutely detailed wooden Chinese screens. We were particularly interested in the large collection of life ... read more
Evening sky over Kapitan Keling Mosque
More street art
Baba Nyonya portraits and furniture inlaid with mother of pearl in Peranakan Mansion

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 17th 2019

Our flight to Kuala Lumpur, and onwards to Penang, an island in Malaysia, left Australia in the middle of the night. We had an uncomfortable and sleepless night - the joys of foreign travel out of Australia! I survived the flight by watching downloaded Netflix movies. After getting slightly lost at KL airport (put down to tiredness, not advancing years....) we found our departure gate to Penang and spent a boring couple of hours watching airport ground crew on the tarmac. The KL to Penang flight was a short 40 minutes. It was hot and very humid when we landed, and as we were very tired, we were both looking forward to our air conditioned hotel room and a shower. We had booked the Hotel Jen in Georgetown, for six nights, since extended by another three, ... read more
Some of the quirky steel dioramas which tell the history of that particular street.
Steel cartoons and wall painting
Wall art on Chew Jetty

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

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