Sunday, September 28, 2014

Penang 2013 - Straits Quay

Straits Quay is part of the Eastern & Oriental's Group's huge property development just north of Gurney Drive. It consists of a shopping mall, marina and luxury apartments for short and long term rental.

This development is designed to appeal to the middle to upper and expat market. The design tries to evoke Penang's Colonial past glory with pseudoclassical architectural touches everywhere.

The shopping mall is not very big, but there are lots of  quirky shops, nice cafes and restaurants to choose from. It is quite a nice place to spend a lazy weekend.

If you are planning to visit Straits Quay, make sure you get the taxi to wait for you. This area is not served by public transport at all, and there are very few taxis coming here so you could be stranded like we were for quite a while.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Penang 2013 - Pork Soup at Kedai Kopi Seng Thor

While walking around I came across Kedai Kopi Seng Thor which is one of the popular kopitiams in George Town famous for several local delights. It is at the corner of Lebuh Kimberley and Lebuh Carnarvon, with an elegant shopfront which curves around the corner.

Seng Thor is famous for their Lor Bak, Oh Chein (oyster omelette) and Lor Mee, but I felt like having something a bit lighter and went for the Pork Kueh Tiaw Soup. It came fully loaded with minced pork, pork slices, liver and some fish balls. It was very good - the broth had a very clean yet full flavour, and there were bits of delicious deep-fried pork lard inside. The pork liver was cooked to perfection and still slightly pink, and the pork slices were really tender.

If you are a bit squeamish about  cleanliness and hygiene, then these place may not be your cup of tea. But you will be missing out on some of the most delicious food on the Island.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Penang 2013 - Street Art

In the past few years street art has taken George Town by storm. It all started when Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was invited to paint murals around the Old Town as part of the George Town Festival 2012. Since then there has been a blossoming of spontaneous murals everywhere, and Zacharevic's beautiful and whimsical murals have become must-do pit stops on the Island.

Two of Zacharevic's most popular murals.

Some of his works have been spoilt by vandals. Very sad. 

Other interesting street art around town.

Some of the artists are even having conversations with each other through street art.

And some have moved beyond 2 D into 3D.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Penang 2013 - Around the Old Town

Penang is one of the most popular destinations in Malaysia and it is easy to see why. The Old Town is very charming, the people of Penang are friendly and creative, and the food is always great. Whenever I visit I like to stay in the Old Town where just walking around is a joy. No matter how many times you have been there, there is always something interesting around the corner.

The old buildings with layers of patina is what makes the Old Town so charming.

While you may have seen these buildings many times before, it is always nice to make a re-acquaintance - like visiting old friends.