August in Penang

On November 16, 2014, in travel, by omegaforest

This year marked my third trip to Penang for CFAL.

My 90 mins AirAsia flight seemed so uneventful. I noticed the lady sitting across me praying hard during takeoff and landing. After all not all enjoyed the flying experience.

At the airport, I was chauffeured by a lady driver in her Nissan Sylphy. One of the 5 lady drivers in the fleet. She even came down and helped me with my 24kg bicycle bag! That impressed me! I told her I’ll have her to fetch me back in 4 days time.

I was glad to be back in Penang. The familiar sigh of Komtar as we turned into city and the old shop houses along Chulia street. This year, I stayed at Nam Keng Hotel. This boutique hotel was just 4 month old and highly rated at Tripadvisor.

Junction at Lebuh Chulia

Junction at Lebuh Chulia

Pre-war shophouses, the beauty of George Town

Pre-war shophouses, the beauty of George Town

Interesting exhibition space. Photo exhibits at the courtyard of a temple.

Interesting exhibition space. Photo exhibits at a temple’s courtyard.

Change is constant. More boutique hotels could be seen along Chulia street and its vicinity. Food is still the biggest draw. We had Nasi Kandar at Little India to Zi Char along Weld street, not mentioning the countless Wanton noodles.

Our first meal was @ Little India.

Our first meal was @ Little India.

Cycling | Photography | Food

It was a privileged to join Alvin and his cycling team on the last leg of their tour. It was a different experience. Instead of searching for countless wall murals, they spent time sharing experiences and appreciating the heritage part of town. Priceless!

Food..good food and lots of it!

Food..good food and lots of it!

The best way to enjoy Penang.....walk!

The best way to enjoy Penang…..walk!

Coincidentally, CFAL was also held in the month of the Hungry Ghost festival. Getai, Chinese Operas and Puppet shows filled the night. The experience was just too overwhelming!

Offerings!

Offerings!

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera

Chinese Opera in Penang was of a different league. The troupes were engaged from China and Taiwan. Many featured talents who were as young as teenagers. It was a great experience to document two troupes from China. The young members were extremely passionate about their performance, very dynamic and possessed lots of potential.

Artist from Taiwan

Artist from Taiwan

Artist from China

Artist from China

A show  for the gods

A show for the gods

Backstage

Backstage

The next morning brought new opportunities for photography. Our hotel was just a stone throw away from Chinatown and Chowrasta market. The daily wet market was my all time favorite. Stalls lined the sidewalk and it felt so 70s.

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I see beauty…do you?

One of the many Coffee shop that brought back the 80s feel!

One of the many Coffee shop that brought back the 80s feel!

Morning Market...as fresh as it can be!

Morning Market…as fresh as it can be!

Intestines or some brains tissue?

Intestines or some brains tissue?

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Where metal were forged!

From hostel to boutique hotel!
This was the first time I stayed in a upmarket lodging. In my previous trip, my modest room was only MYR$70! (based on twin sharing)

Nam Keng Hotel was a gem in its own league. Nicely decorated room and friendly staff. The area below the light well was an amazing space. I believed Ying Chang spend a good part of his time here.

We had the family room!

We had the family room!

Time seemed to have stopped here.

Time seemed to have stopped here.

View from 2nd floor.

View from 2nd floor.

Was four days too short? I would have to agree. Penang had indeed outdone itself. Tourists and locals had a lot more choices of hotel to choose from. Air conditioned cafe and eateries added to the ranks of local delights, making Penang another foodie paradise.

Great People!

Great People!

Awesome food!

Awesome food!

Awesome eateries

Awesome eateries

Will see you again in 2015.

View more of my Penang Photo on flicker.

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2 Responses to “August in Penang”

  1. Al says:

    Thank you for capturing our time together in Penang so beautifully, and more Matt. As they say, you have THE eye.

  2. omegaforest says:

    Thank you bro Al. You added the Spice to the journey!

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