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This is where I am now…

It’s been a while since I was here. It’s not that I do not have anything to write. I just couldn’t muster up the energy ( i am the laziest of the lot ) to write and s the desire to blab in here just somehow or rather deluded me. Anyway… just came back from Japan. Kyoto & Matsuyama to be exact. Beautiful country. Every corner I look is more picturesque than the other. I took too many pictures and irritated the hell out of my partner. I don’t travel as much as would love too… 001

“When you’re young you have time and energy but no money. When you get older you have money and energy but no time. And later when you finally have time and money, you no longer have energy.”—Annette Gulick

Totally, totally agree. I’m trying to do something about it. Will start to travel more. And if you are interested I will let you know a little secret at the end of this story. You see, I come from a small little country in South East Asia by the name of Malaysia. There are 14 states in Malaysia and I happen to live in a beautiful State of Penang. Penang consist of mainland and Island. Rather hot and humid. But what can you expect? We’re so near to the sea. One can go picnic everyday ( if one wants to )

clouds This was taken at Gurney Drive. Not exactly sunset but nearly towards the evening

sea

We were once occupied by the British many moons ago.Hence the old buildings we have here in Penang.

building building jugak

 

But what you will notice most is that we are a multiracial community.

Islam is the official religion but we live harmoniously with the Chinese  and Indians.

clock tower reflection 001

Penang or locally known as Pulau Pinang is officially recognized as having “a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia” and on  on 7 July 2008, George Town, the historic capital of Penang, was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can read more about Penang here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang

fort Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis, named after the Governor-General in Bengal in the late 1700s, Charles Cornwallis, is one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown. It is located close to the Esplanade, next to the Victoria Memorial Clock.The fort’s walls, roughly 10 feet high, are laid out in a star-shape formation. A stroll along the perimeters takes roughly 10 minutes. Inside the fort, you can still see some of the original structures built over a century ago, including a chapel, prison cells, ammunitions storage area, a harbour light once used to signal incoming ships, the original flagstaff and several old bronze cannons, one of which is a Dutch cannon called the Seri Rambai, dated 1603. An interesting note about the Seri Rambai is that some locals believe that this particular cannon can have a positive effect on a woman’s fertility.
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Today, this privately managed historical site is popular among visitors. It is equipped with a tourist information kiosk, a cafe, an open-air amphitheatre, a history gallery, a souvenir centre as well as guides who can take you around the fort grounds and provide you with a glimpse into the fort’s history.

Below pictures are those from around the Fort.

gagak ship sea jugak sampan treeAt “Padang Kota Lama”. The best “Mee Goreng Sotong” ( Fried Mee with cuttlefish ) is here.

yosakoi yosakoi 2 yosakoi1

Occasionally there are celebrations from other countries like the Yosakoi Carnival, Bon Odori, October fest etc. This is probably because we have many expats here as well.

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Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, or Khoo Kongsi for short, is one of the most distinctive Chinese clan association in Malaysia. It is well known worldwide for its extensive lineage that can be traced back 650 years ago, as well as its closely-knit and defensive congregation of buildings and a magnificent clanhouse.

Buildings along Beach Street, Penang.

dispensary door jalan

building 7 building 6

building 5 building 1

building 2 building 4 building 8

building3 building jugak

Then there are also the infamous ferry.

ferry

Which we use to commute between the island and mainland before we had the Penang bridge. In fact it is still running, just not as frequent as before. Our first bridge was officially opened to traffic on 14 September 1985. The total length of the bridge is 13.5 km (8.4 mi), making it the second longest bridge in Malaysia as and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia.

bridge  bridge 3

bridge 4  bridge 1

bridge 2 And we just had our second bridge or the  Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge launched in March 2014. The total length of the bridge is 24 km (15 mi) with length over water at 16.9 km (10.5 mi), making it the longest bridge in Malaysia and the longest in Southeast Asia.

2nd bridge

2 bridge 2

Of course there are other things that might spark your interest. If you decide to come… I promise you that you will not be dissapointed.

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bomba mosque

Fell in love with this tree in Fort Cornwallis 🙂

treess trees

And don’t forget the traditional houses…

traditional malay house lama p ramlee

Or if you’re into sunsets… The first one was taken in one of the R & R area on mainland and the second one was while I was waiting for the green light near my house as I came back from work.

sunset sunset 2

Last… these was taken at the end of the Bon Odori Festival. The white light is from the lighthouse near Fort Cornwallis.

 

bon odori 3 bon odori 2 bon odori 1

I should probably stop about where I am from and start talking about where I have been. That was the original plan actually.

Oh Before I forget. My secret for travelling.

Please click here : collages

 

 

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This entry was published on June 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm. It’s filed under -Globe Trotting Psychedelia- and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “This is where I am now…

  1. The irony of life – there is no perfect juncture where time, money and energy are at its optimum!

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