Finally part 2 is here! and 2 more days before I share this field trip with international students.
So here we have some posh cafes around georgetown. This is from the Leaf Healthy House, which is a vegetarian eatery.Very refreshing furnishing of place. Cant stop taking pics of the decorations. So if you want to go for the healthier alternative (in terms of food, noise and sight) this is the place for you. But anyway there are more vegetarian eateries opening in Penang.
Alright that hat and scarf belongs to my prof. But I thought that arrangement was rather artistic.
Ok then here is another cafe which we stopped by while interrogating the tour guide with our questions for the assignments. Love how they combine the old and new elements harmoniously within an existing colonial shophouse structure.
This isnt from a cafe, it is from the 5 star hotel where we had out buffet. I havent touched nor seen a piano for 5 days and this is the very first one and very last cos we are leaving already! 3 star hotels dont have pianos. Booo.
These are the street art which make Georgetown distinctive. Shall not elaborate further. Just read my assignment. The wire art is the winning entry of the Making Georgetown competition organised by the Municipal council, while the wall murals are done by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. Also including some unclassified ones. Anyway didnt manage to capture all so just presenting the more presentable.
Zacharevic incorporates some real life objects into his artworks like the chair and bicycle. Both are painted in conjuction with the Georgetown Festival last year. Pretty refreshing, I would say.
This is dedicated to trishaw peddlers who often wait at the Francis Xavier Church for business.
This looks damn creepy if you look at it during night time.
So here are some of the wire art which present the history of the street in a comical and engaging way
Shadow effect shot in the evening
And then here are the unclassified street art done by various artists
This is by Artists for Stray Animals showing a cat parade. Yeah with art, you can go anywhere!
And I dont know who did this, but it is kinda meaningful. Instead of crafting dreams, one should go out there in life to fulfill his dream and make it into concrete action.
And here is the townscape of Georgetown. Presenting the rustic streets which combine the contrasting forces of old and new.
Anyway here is the building outside our hotel
Some toy festival that was going on near a temple if I didnt remember wrongly
Cerita Lebuh Chulia. It is an oral history project to gather stories of the residents living in the area like their memories of Chulia Street. And the personal recollections are recorded in speech bubbles and fixed to a ‘resident’ made of paper. Not much responses collected yet as they just set up the exhibition a day ago. But still that was rather creative and a lot of hard work is needed to map out every detail of the street. Kudos!
Anyway this guy is super talented. But one bag cost RM55 😦
Some bicycle parade going on
So here is a classic example of a traditional shophouse in the rustic area. Time seems to have stood still there.
And here is where they combine the old and the modern. Well I thought the camera museum is a rather interesting and new concept since the townscape is so photogenic. So why not capture some memories here? Anyway it combines an art gallery with vintage cameras.
And now my favourite part…. abandoned shophouses.
This one really looks like the ancient ruins of Rome.
I really wonder how it looks like inside.
And this is the supposedly famous chicken rice in Penang
Anyway some unclassified pics. Just read the descriptions.
This is outside the shop where we bought local products. Initially dont know what to get even though Penang is famous for its 老婆饼. My mum was telling me not to get them cos she prefers the Hong Kong one and I dont eat this kind of pastry. So I saw this thing called Sak Kei Ma and remembered my mum mentioning it a couple of times so I decided to get one pack for her. Anyway I was eating it one day out of hunger and the taste was quite fragrant!!! (Although I cant tell what it is made of). In the end I ended up eating majority of the leftovers (after giving some away).
But anyway isnt this old couple cute? Wish my future boyfriend turn husband and I will be like this when we are old. #foreveralone
This is taken during our ferry ride. And to our horror, we discovered that Penang is actually an island.
This is the seaview from a cafe while we are brainstorming over our assignments
Haha just a random shot of this merry-go-round outside the shopping mall during our free time.
And lastly… some of my shameless shopping haul. It is not as if I am so possessive and materialistic. I gave some of my haul away.
This is from Beadszone from 1st avenue. There is also another branch at the Penang airport. Selling at 3 for RM10. Gave the necklance away. I personally liked it cos I thought it was quite simple but cheerful. Anyway I am still having problems adjusting the bracelet and I havent figured it out yet!
Bought from a bazaar at the hotel vicinity. Apparently there is this stall selling a wide range of bracelet charms to choose from and yeah I got those which characterise me. I got the fan because I am always in need of the fan at home.
And the wall mural fridge magnet. Now come to think of it I should have gotten the whole set but the fridge surface has no space to accommodate any more magnets.
Ok this is very lame. From a candy store (forgot the name) at the airport. Dont judge me! I gave the jellybean and the keroppi away and I am going to stick that poster onto the wall when my dad decides to renovate the house.
Alright this is my hello kitty haul! Bought from Eikojia. Gave away the earrings, the ring and the clip. Come to think of it I should have bought a wallet there as a back up for my 15 bucks hello kitty wallet. And maybe one more watch as well. OK FINE THE WHOLE SHOP. Anyway the earpiece is working quite well. Turned out to be a strong bass stereo sound.
What I was annoyed with was the mirror. The packaging said it is a 2-in-1 mirror and comb so I thought maybe the comb is a separate component. But in the end when I took out the mirror from the packaging, the comb turned out to be like this. Like you press it from the back then the comb teeth will pop out. And to my anger the back of the mirror gave me trypophobia. So I used deco tape to conceal that part to prevent myself from getting the creeps. Retarded or what.
Moving on… this is bought at a fair held at Khoo Kongsi. Pretty cool pendant which comes in a glass bottle. But if someone smashes against my chest and breaks that bottle I will end up strangling that person.
And last of all the chilli chocolate which I am addicted to eating right now. It is the small chilli which you see at the fish noodle stall in food courts.
Yay and that’s all for the trip! Had a blast there apart from the assignments. Feel so glad to discover this quaint little town and appreciate its charm.