I promised myself that I’d write about it someday. But someday is a tricky word. The randomness that rolls out of my sometimes crazy, sometimes lame, and hopefully sometimes interesting life just keeps drifting far away from my memory. Fortunately, facts could, but feelings can never drift too far :). As an introvert, I can tell how Penang fits my search for a nice/friendly atmosphere to wander around. Penang has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architecture from the colonial era and myriad blend of culture heritage. A malaysian artist I know, Sheyv’n, recommended me some interesting galleries in her hometown Penang. Though writing down all places, I ended up playing it by ear (Well, as I always do when I don’t seem to want to get overwhelmed in tons of notes. Clumsy me!). Therefore, if you expect to read on typical spots like in Lonely Planet or so, sorry you won’t find it here :), and likely, not anywhere in my other trips, which embrace more or less randomness. Though I couldn’t extend my stay for longer and the stomach upset kept me from enjoying the food, the trip still left me good memories.
Someday, sitting in the air-conditioned cubicle (Well, it’s actually quite an open space), I remember myself hiding under the tree nearby the beach in Gurney Drive on a Saturday afternoon, trying to finish my assignment with the fitful WiFi, at first wondering what the hell I was doing there. But when everything strikes me as past memories, I feel nothing but happiness.
George Town is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. If I have to describe Penang on the weekends in few words, that would be: slow, warm and peaceful. Great escape from Kuala Lumpur heat and crowd!
I didn’t seem lucky enough to discover all murals. Some I didn’t seem to find, and some were blocked by the cars/bikes parking right there.
The cute guesthouses and coffee shops. captured my view. It’s funny how everyone else was taking a rest, and you were “busy” chasing after them. While UNESCO applies rules on the height of new buildings and requirement protecting historic facades, the interiors are more or less flexible. Therefore, lifestyle choices inside are quite various.
Though “A picture speaks a thousand words”, I’ve never been (and never wanted to) be the kid that runs around with the camera, chasing the perfect shots and angles. I’d rather emerged myself in the ambience, and enjoy even just people-watching. As I’m not much of a photographer, I rely on my sense to capture the sights, smells, sounds, textures and colors. That’s when writing gets in. Writing (or doodling) with it pure tools: a pen and a notebook helps me to chronicle my trips. c Will come back here again if I have a chance, the Chinese restaurant’s owner was very helpful and friendly.
Waiting for the plane in Penang heading back to KL. If you ever leave a place with goodbye music turning on over and over again, and the reason is way far from missing the place itself, then put on this song: