Thursday, October 29, 2015

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.

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