Thursday, October 29, 2015

Penang: Whims and Fancies II

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The last day

| The rest of day three here |
| The morning of day three here |
| Day one & two here |

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The most leisurely day. More time for buffet breakfast and even more time for a rest in the room. The four of us only checked out of the hotel at noon.

To Georgetown again, albeit only for a little while. Ample for Lisa and Joey to enjoy Ben's Vintage Toy Museum as Kamal, Khalish, and I sauntered around the vicinity. Enough for the littlest among us to create a short film, too. Suffice it to say that the ice cream in his hand was not merely an ice cream.

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This city, to us, embraced uniqueness. It has been home to a diversity of souls and it always welcomes more. While exploring, we also noticed that each characteristic of the place was distinctive on its own, yet, it complemented other elements. 

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I prayed for another opportunity to be there immediately after I thanked God for the experiences. Street photography with the children, perhaps. Or a coffee session with Kamal and our sketch books. Both, why not.

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Before bidding farewell, we stopped by Restoran Kapitan. What a lively atmosphere. The patrons enthusiastically conversed over a spread of food and the staff bustled about with trays of more food in their hands. Intrigued, we tried the signature nan, tandoori, and briyani. All thumbs up. (You guessed it right; no photo of the eatery because all of us were only in the mood for food.)

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"Can we just stay here?"

Penang: Us, Bukit Bendera

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The rest of day three
(The morning of day three here)
(Day one & two here)

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With no itinerary, Kamal, Lisa, Joey, Khalish, and I simply moved with the tide. From Moonlight Bay, the flow brought us to Bukit Bendera. Oh, the crowd exceeded our expectation. With a dash of patience as well as a little sense of humour here and there, we survived. The refreshing weather also helped. 

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Disangka panas hingga ke petang, rupanya hujan di tengah hari. Heh. For lunch, the food and beverage we ordered from David Brown's Restaurant and Tea Terraces never reached us. Even after reconfirming our selection.

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Tired from another round of waiting, the naughty side of me regurgitated sarcasms when one of the waitresses obviously ignored us. On a second thought, I should not waste my energy on negativity. What mattered more were the littlest things we experienced there. Exchanging cameras, cherishing the beautiful surrounding, and humouring each other.

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We ended up at the food court. More crowded yet more choices. Later, we walked and walked. There was a point that I handed my camera to either Lisa or Joey again. Love how they photographed their moments with Khalish.

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Love the hues of the sky. Love the greeneries, too. Love that we chose to love.

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A note: 

I vividly remember an old photo of my elder brothers and I at Bukit Bendera. I was around Khalish's age. Garbed in a little green and white dress, with a red visor on my head, I surely appeared odd. Faizul and Bakhtiar were as odd in their matching red and white batik shirts as well as caps with pokok pinang images. 

Despite the eccentricity, we brightly smiled for our parents' camera. Love the innocence. Love such memory.

Penang: Khalish, Moonlight Bay

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The morning of day three
(Day two & one here)

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Penang: Whims and Fancies I

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Without a plan, Kamal and I found ourselves in the car, with three children, heading for Penang. From the accommodation to the places of interest, every single thing was decided at the last minute. During peak period. Thus the challenges here and there, which we tolerated well. All in all, the island was full of fun.

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The sight of Miami Beach greeted us as soon as we entered our respective rooms. That evening, Kamal, Joey, and Khalish frolicked to and fro the shore and the sea, occasionally joined by Lisa and I, who preferred to appreciate the scene silently. Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe later. (A note: Hard Rock Hotel it is for our next holiday in Penang, to be planned way earlier, of course. The facilities are perfect for the children. Oh, in case Hard Rock Cafe is full, we may dine at a restaurant across the hotel, aptly named Slow Rock Cafe ;D)

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Still light and easy mood on the second day. The pool after breakfast. Followed by the center of Georgetown. Nasi Kandar Line Clear and Jeruk Madu Pak Ali fuelled us for more walking. 

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There was a trace of wet monsoon when we were there. Coupled with a crabby little boy, the afternoon seemed unpromising. Not. The street arts along the way gave carefree vibes, no matter what.

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Months later, Khalish and I, through a programme by Galeri Petronas, met one of the artists for the '101 Lost Kittens' project, Mr. Tang Yeok Khang. Prior to the programme, as a way to introduce Khalish to the artist, I read an article to him, but there was no mention of the murals. Afterward, as the friendly Mr. Tang and I kept in touch through Facebook, he said that my cover photo at the time featured his work, 'I Can Help Catch Rats', which happened to be Khalish's favourite. Kamal, let us explore more about the project as well as the street arts during our next visit.

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Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the center of Georgetown was rich with stories indeed. Still is. In various forms.

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We promised to return on the last day. Back in Batu Ferringhi in the evening, all of us enjoyed a simple meal at a random stall. Energised, we wandered through the night market. A must next time, too.

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Remember the crabby little boy? The rest of us found the solution to boost his spirit. A burger and an ice cream a day kept the crabbiness away. That resulted in a happier family.

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To be continued.