My Penang Trip : A Preview

Posted by : foongpc | Sunday, July 7, 2013 | Published in


About two weeks ago, I went to Penang for a short holiday. It was timely as the haze from Indonesia was starting to descend upon Petaling Jaya where I stay. Singapore was badly affected by the haze at that time. So escaping to the northern states was just the right thing to do. LOL!

As it would just be a short 4 days in Penang, I did not bother to pack a lot of stuffs. The problem was I did not have a small hand carry travel bag! My usual travel luggage was simply too big.

Fortunately, I found a nice Palio travel bag online at Zalora Malaysia and it came with free delivery too! Awesome! I was tempted to shop for some nice T-shirts and sneakers as well at the Zalora site, but I guess that would all have to wait. So armed with just a backpack and the Palio travel bag, I was all ready to go!

So what did I do in Penang? Well, if you are one of my loyal readers, you would know by now that it's virtually impossible for me to describe my entire Penang trip in one post. In fact, I will need to dedicate one post just to blog about my 4 hour bus trip from PJ to Penang. Hahaha!

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The Aeroline bus which was my mode of transport to Penang and back

Since I have yet to finish blogging about my Bangkok trip, my Penang posts will have to wait. Meantime, here are some photos and snippets which I would like to share with you in greater detail in future. Some sort like a preview, if you like : )

One of the things I promised myself to do in Penang was to capture as many of the famous murals by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic as possible. Here's one of them.

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Yes, you can expect me to come out with one post entirely on these murals. LOL!

Besides murals, I was surprised to see a different type of street art in the form of steel rod sculptures in Georgetown. There were so many of them and here's one at Love Lane.

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My last trip to Penang was some 6 - 7 years ago. As such, revisiting some famous tourist spots and famous landmarks was certainly on my agenda. Here's a picture of a cannon at Fort Cornwallis.

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Went up to Kek Lok Si Temple to admire the giant Guan Yin statue.

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Visited the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple at Burmah Lane in Pulau Tikus.

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The Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple right opposite the Burmese Temple.

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Khoo Kongsi, the grandest clan temple in Penang and possibly the whole of Malaysia with its elaborate and highly ornamented architecture.

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Kapitan Keling Mosque built by Indian Muslim traders in the 19th century.

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The Church Street Pier

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Komtar Tower - the tallest building in Penang.

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Enjoyed some pleasantly nice views during my travel in Penang. Here are some of them....

The view from Kek Lok Si Temple's inclined lift upper station.

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The sunrise from my hotel room at Gurney Drive.

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A boat at sea

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But of course, the most important thing that I looked forward to in Penang was the food! Thanks to two friendly bloggers who brought me around for a food hunt, I had the opportunity to taste a wide variety of Penang food.

Some of which were the famous Penang cendol ...

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Penang Char koay teow....

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Ais tingkap (or Window sherbet) ... 

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Just to name a few.

I hope you have enjoyed this short preview of my Penang trip : )