Penang

6 August 2014


Some people don't get this but I hope you will... I have a special attachment to old vintage places, especially if they are near the sea. Old streets comes in a perfect package with the beach, and old buildings. This was probably my 100th time to Penang and I still, had a feverish, exciting and heart-throbbing crush on the old streets of Georgetown.

I'm back to Evetopia after 4 months of absence, feeling excited and inspired as ever. Life was mundane when travelling and photography were missing. Now, like a fully-charged battery, images and concepts are flying in my head, a long list of to-dos are queuing up to be accomplished. I've been thinking whom to invite for portrait shots. This is exciting!

So I went for a short 2 days and 1 night trip to Georgetown with my family. The first portrait above is my youngest sister, Wai Shan. She's looking sweet and adorable wearing the flower crown that I DIY-ed. Basically I bought some artificial flowers from Amcorp Mall and glued them to floral wires. This portrait was taken at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, opposite Fort Cornwallis. Not a bad location to watch the sun sets. 


Another gorgeous spot not to be missed is the rainbow-coloured shop houses at Jalan Kek Chuan. They did a great job transforming old souls into new vibes. Old shop houses were refurbished and became musical stores. How elegant does that sound? The colours are striking and vibrant like macarons displayed inside the glass shelf in a bakery.


Of course we had to visit some vintage stores in the town. In the photo above I was standing in front of a cool vintage store with massive collection of old goodies - all displayed on the outside of the store. It wasn't open so unfortunately I didn't get to peek what's inside. I imagine the store owner is a hippie man in his sixties who traveled around the world and collected all these strange things. There're rusty road signs, worn leather jackets, old toys, statues of Red Indians and so many more rare stuffs. Perhaps more hidden gems are lying inside the treasure chest which I'll discover on my next visit. This store is located at Jalan Kampung Kolam, just below our apartment (An-Nur AnCasa Express). This was my second stay at this apartment. It's suitable for a family, with two bedrooms and a living room, plus ample parking space where you can park your vehicle and walk around Georgetown - all on foot. Armenian Street was 5 minutes away, Chew Jetty 10 minutes away, even Komtar was just 15 minutes away. You know how hard it can be to find a parking space (and buy the parking ticket) here. 


Straits Quay, Armenian Street, Chew Jetty or the Penang Second Bridge were worth seeing but my favourite was the Occupy Beach Street project. On every Sunday streets near the bank road will be closed for 'Car Free Day'. Families were seen cycling around the place, little cute stores were set up to sell homemade ice cream and juices, music was played live, young people performing Chinese drums and street dance, children were running around in their exclusive Kid Zone... it's truly relaxing and a great way to spend Sunday morning. The project starts at 7am and ends at 1pm, as mentioned on the website, but you might want to come in the morning as the sun will burn you in the noon. The sun was glaring but it didn't seem to bother the people much, everyone seemed to be having a good time with one ice cream in hand and watching the guitar solo performance by a bearded guy who sang really well.


I've been reading this book, saw this line and couldn't agree more.

“Traveling is the great true love of my life... I am loyal and constant in my love of travel."

― Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love


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