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DISCOVERING PENANG

June 28, 2018

I remember Penang as a charming, very culturally inclined, and well-maintained place. It maybe is one of my favourite places in the world, not just in Malaysia. Its slow paced life, beautiful old architecture and delicious food are just some things that makes me want to go back.

On the duration of my trip, we (asians) were actually celebrating the Lunar New Year. That’s why the street aesthetic in George Town was mainly Chinese. I, personally, love these red lanterns. It reminds of me of my Chinese grandparents’ house.

One thing I love about Penang is how culturally diverse it is. On one street you can see a Buddhist Temple, then on the next street there is is a mosque. It is very cool how all these cultures and beliefs coexist with each other at a very peaceful state.

Also, everything in George Town is in a walking distance so you wouldn’t have to worry about booking an Uber or Grab.

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Here is a photo from when I visited an old Buddhist Temple. I mean, I’m not Buddhist. As a matter of fact, I’m a Christian and I only believe in Jesus Christ…but there is just something special about the aesthetic of these certain temples. I guess it helps that I am part Chinese.

I just love the design on this little corner of the temple. It is so subtle yet speaks about a magnitude of ideas.

This photograph reminds me so much of my grandfather who would always light up incense in our house. I guess that is why the smell of incense is very calming to me.

Oh, if there is one thing that makes Penang very popular is because of its beautiful and well created street arts.

Again, more aesthetic from the Chinese. You will see a lot of them there in Penang. Not that I was complaining.

This was the Armenian Street. You can see the diverse culture and population in Penang just by looking at this certain photograph.

Like I said, street arts are everywhere in George Town. It is also one of the reasons why I love wandering about this town.

Just another Buddhist Temple. I just really loved the banner on top that was displayed. It was really beautiful…for me, at least.

I tried to capture the streets of George Town in black and white. Yet, you can still see and feel everything in colour. I guess that it is the magic of this place.

I found a couple of abandoned houses whilst I was walking around town. This shabby little building caught my eye because of its simple yet restored beauty. I love places like these.

Admiring the architecture in Penang has been a hobby for me whilst I was in the area. I mean, how could you not love and admire these buildings? Honestly, how?

This door was one of my favourites from the abandoned houses that I explored. The metaphor that this photograph tells us was unique. In something old and decaying, life can still sprout. There is joy in every sorrow. There is life in death.

I, sadly, did not get the chance to go out and explore some of the places from outside the town because of the schedule restriction. But the beautiful architecture from the city did not disappoint. I was amazed, nonetheless.

Of course, here are more street arts from the streets of Penang. I just love how people see a space and not only see a blank spot but they see a blank canvas instead. Creativity was well booming in this town, and I just wish that in every city/town in the world, people can encapsulate art well like how they do it in Penang.

From the streets, you can see the inside of this very beautiful Chinese establishment. I did not want to miss taking a photograph of it. I’m so glad I did because it is just as beautiful as I remember it in my head.

This was at the Penang Chew Jetty 姓周桥. These houses just stand on wooden scaffolding that hold them. Underneath it all was the sea. I just wonder how they could live here. Like what if there is a big storm? Or what at if their houses wash away? What then would they do? But I do admire the resiliency of the Malaysians. They find hope in places like these, and they are not any less happy.

This was the end of the Penang Chew Jetty 姓周桥. You can directly walk into the sea. Just don’t swim because there were garbage everywhere!

I think this was the most famous building in Penang.

I checked-into Queen’s Hostel. It was an all-female dormitory in the Penang. It was just cosy, clean and beautiful. You can check my full review for Queen’s Hostel by clicking HERE.

These buildings were also abandoned. We found them whilst walking towards the Penang Chew Jetty 姓周桥. I love the colours of this building and how the architecture is designed. I just love it and it appeals to me so much. It is such a shame that nobody uses these building anymore.

On one of my few nights in Penang, they were celebrating the Lantern Festival. It was the last day of the Lunar New Year Celebrations.

I rarely have a photograph of myself in Penang…or on my Southeast Asian trip this 2018 because I have been very conscious of the way I look. A lot of people have said I was fat so I did not really focus on taking photographs of myself. But this one was taken by a friend I met named, Lohith. He insisted that I smile and strike a pose. I gave in. This was the result.

Penang was definitely one of the most charming places that I have ever visited. In the future, if I would be given the chance to come back to Penang, I would, most definitely, do it.

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If you are thinking about visiting Penang, then you are on the right path. It is a very beautiful place that is worth visiting and I assure you that you will not regret exploring Penang.

“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 8:6-8 NIV

 

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