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Travel Photo Thursday — 28/8/14 — Penang’s Padded Art

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 24 comments

Here we are for week 191 of Travel Photo Thursday. Welcome! Happy to say that my back seems to be on the mend (touch wood). Classes start on Monday, so lots of prep work happening here. The funny thing is, we have a major holiday, Chuseok, beginning on September 7th. We don’t come back to classes until the 12th. I am anticipating that more than a few students won’t be back until after! There was no end to the art work on display in Penang, and some of it was just a tad on the quirky side.

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I wonder how many women are missing their bras, in Pengang! 🙂

Can you imagine riding around Georgetown on this?!

 

Bra Art, Penang

Bra Art, Penang

 

Or, how about a padded trishaw?

 

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

Bra Padded Trishaw, Penang

 

How about an order of  “padded bra” on the side? 🙂

 

Padded Bra Food Cart, Penang

Padded Bra Food Cart, Penang

 

Let’s take a road trip!

 

The Bra Mobile, Penang

The Bra Mobile, Penang

I found this quirky exhibit at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. In case you missed last week’s Travel Photo Thursday that is also home to the Ponytail Girl. You can read the art centre’s opening hours and location over at that post.

What’s the quirkiest street art you’ve ever encountered?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 21/08/14 — Penang’s Ponytail Girl

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Welcome to week 190 of  Travel Photo Thursday. I’m back in Daejeon, bad back and all. Sitting is a bit of a challenge at the moment, and right now I am alternating between cold and heat. Hopefully, this won’t last too long. Penang is an outstanding destination for anyone who likes art. The city has an abundance of wall murals, many of them the creations of professional artists. One of my favorites is what I call “The Ponytail Girl”. I her discovered my last day on the island. Have a look, and see why I like her so much.

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Created by Ernest Zacharevic, the artist credited for bringing mural street art to Penang.

Perfect spot for the Ponytail Girl…

Love, love, love  the contrast of the red bow on her yellow dress.

 

Ponytail Girl Mural, Penang

Ponytail Girl Mural, Penang

 

I love the facial details…

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Her colorful bow really finishes things off…

 

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You can find The Ponytail Girl at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre, in downtown Georgetown; 31A Jalon Gurdwara. The Gallery is open from noon to 7 pm daily. Admission is FREE.

Do you have a favorite city for street art? Drop it in the comments below.

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Durian: The King of Fruit in Penang

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Durian: The King of Fruit in Penang…

Welcome to week 189 of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m still suffering from a lousy Internet connection. Fingers crossed that this will get posted. Last week I had a durian adventure. Here in Asia durian are known as the “King of Fruit”. In all my years of traveling in the region I have never tried it. Why? Well, some of you might know this, it’s also called “Smelly fruit”. The stuff stinks to high heaven, and it’s not a nice smell. The word that comes to mind is “rank”. Never mind, I decided that I was being silly, and just happened to run into a street cart doing a brisk durian business. Now or never!

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This sign is common in many public buildings in SEA, especially hotels.

 

Durian not allowed

Durian not allowed

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Travel Photo Thursday — 08/07/14 — Golden Moments at Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Hi everyone, and welcome to week 188 of Travel Photo Thursday. I haven’t been around much in recent weeks The thing is, I did have the best of intentions. It’s been one of those months of what can go wrong will go wrong. The Internet connections here sucks, and for some weird reason my Lightroom program refuses to import my photos. On a grateful note, I do have an Internet connection, and another program for importing photos! I went to the beach this week, and stayed for the glorious sunset. Have a look!

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Nothing like enjoying the feel of the sand under your feet as the sun sets.

 

Sunset walk on Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang

Sunset walk on Batu Ferringhents

 

Golden moments…

 

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Jet skiing at Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, as the sunsets.

Jet skiing at Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, as the sunsets.

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Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang

 

Gliding through the sunset…

 

Gliding through the sunset, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang

Gliding through the sunset, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang

Soft, white sand, landing…

Paragliding on Batu Ferranghi Beach, Penang

Paragliding on Batu Ferranghi Beach, Penang

Sixty cents and a thirty minute bus ride from Georgetown will set you up for a day at the beach. Pick up either Bus 101 or 102 at Weld Quay or Komtar, and ask the driver to let you off at Batu Ferringhi. Be sure to have the correct change, as the drivers do not. Be prepared for a windy, narrow road, and one that is often marred with traffic jams. Once you’re there you’ll say it was worth the ride!

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Travel Photo Thursday – 07/31/14- Chinese Opera in Penang

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 13 comments

Welcome to week 187 of Travel Photo Thursday! The Chinese community here in Penang are celebrating Hungry Ghost Month. According to Chinese folklore this is  the month that the gates of hell open up, and the souls of Chinese ancestors to come to earth, wandering, bothering, and eating  The living honor the dead, and appease them, by burning  such things as joss-paper, and paper maché material goods, like houses and clothes. Chinese opera stages are set up in many neighborhoods, and loud performances run throughout the night. This can mean hell on earth for any visitor living close by! Here are some shots of the neighborhood opera that I attended the other evening. Thankfully, it wasn’t in my hood!

Apologies that I have been slow in getting around to everyone this past week. I have been on the go everyday. I promise to catch up with everyone soon!

 

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The actors begin their make-up hours before the performance…

 

Chinese Opera

 

Steady hands…

 

Chinese Opera for Hungry Ghost Month in Penang

Chinese Opera for Hungry Ghost Month in Penang

 

Chinese Opera for Hungry Ghost Month in Penang

Chinese Opera for Hungry Ghost Month in Penang

 

 A smile for the camera…

 

Getting his face ready to perform in Chinese Opera

Getting his face ready to perform in Chinese Opera

 

Performance preparation is serious business.

Performance preparation is serious business.

Giving make-up advise

Giving make-up advise

 

The stage is as elaborate as the make-up…

 

Colorful stage for the Chinese Opera

Colorful stage for the Chinese Opera

 

The Performance, Act 1…

Lots of banging and ear splitting music.

 

Chinese Opera performance, Act 1

Chinese Opera performance, Act 1

 

 

Chinese Opera performance

Chinese Opera performance

 

Lots of wailing between the man and the woman.

 

Chinese Opera Performance, Act 1

Chinese Opera Performance, Act 1

 

Act 2… More wailing between the “learned” man and the older lady. The blue lady was in a very bad way.

 

Chinese Opera , Act 2

Chinese Opera , Act 2

 

Chinese Opera performance, Act 2

Chinese Opera performance, Act 2

 

Chinese opera can meander along for hours. Getting the gist of the story is like a child looking at a picture book before he/she can read. I loved the performance, but my throbbing ears thanked me for leaving at the end of Act 2. I’m thinking the story had something to do with unrequited love 🙂

Have you ever been to a Chinese Opera? What did you think?

 

 

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Penang: Pasar Air Itam Laska for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Malaysia, Penang | 4 comments

Posting to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Inside Journeys. You can have a peek at past Foodie Tuesday deliciousness here

The list of signature dishes associated with Penang is a long one. One dish that hovers close to the top is the island’s famous Asam Laska, and it is readily available in every food court, and numerous food carts throughout the island. However, if you want what is reputed to be the best, a trip to the small town of Air Itam is in order. Located on Jalan Pasar next to the town market, you can’t miss the red LASKA sign, or a food stall that is always bustling with workers and customers, alike. You can combine your quest for Penang’s best Laska with a visit to the largest Buddhist Temple in South East Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple.First the laska! You’ll need energy to climb all those steps to the top of the temple!

 

Hard at work…

 

Best Laska in Penang

Best Laska in Penang

 

Everything I read told me that this place would be packed, but I lucked in. Yes, it was busy, but not packed. I was able to sit at a table right next to all the action.

 

Great logo on all of the tables!

 

Tabletop logo at Air Itam Laska, Penang

Tabletop logo at Air Itam Laska, Penang

 

I have the feeling that a big part of their delicious secret lies in the bubbling vats of broth.

 

Preparing take-out at Air Itam Laska

Preparing take-out at Air Itam Laska

 

 

Vats of bubbling broth at Air Itam Laska

Vats of bubbling broth at Air Itam Laska

 

The laska arrives, a wee bit messy around the edges, but that’s forgiven with the first slurp. My mouth explodes with a perfect combination of sweet and sour. The aromatic lemon grass, and a perfect drizzling of prawn paste kicks in with the spiciness of the chili to produce this taste bud nirvana.

 

Mouthwatering Penang Laska

Mouthwatering Penang Laska

Enjoying perfectly flavored laska at Pasar Air Itam Laska

Enjoying perfectly flavored laska at Pasar Air Itam Laska

 

I would definitely go back again, in a heartbeat!

If you want to try this iconic dish, I highly recommend that you board a bus in downtown Georgetown for the 25 minute ride. Either the 203 or the 204 will drop you in the center of the small town, directly at the market. There are two bus terminals in Georgetown; Komtar and Weld Quay. You can catch the 203 or 204 at either location.

Travelers Tip

Address…

Pasar Air Itam,
Jalan Pasar,
11500 Air Itam,
Pulau Pinang

Bus 203 or 204 from Georgetown’s Komtar or Weld Quay (2 Ringgit)

Hours: 11:15am – 7:30pm (They don’t list a close day.)

Price: 4 Ringgit  ($1.26US)

 

 

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