Georgetown, Penang - Some where Along The Way Again

Tranquility can be rediscovered at the Penang Botanical Gardens, which is nestled below Penang Hill and located almost some what in the centre of the island.
Hit the pavement, open your eyes and listen to the sounds - strolling at your pace on the streets of the Old Quarter of Georgetown, bets done in early morning and late evening.

Traditions are very significant to the locals of Penang. Above photo depicts home made sweet cake or the thih kueh, traditionally only steamed fort he Lunar New Year, made with tapioca flour and often eaten with fresh coconut shavings.
A Dickension moment, reflecting the British heritage for Penang - apparently an abandoned mansion that was built in the early 20th century, echoing of richer times for a Straits Chinese family.  Architecture from the Victorian era and various periods commencing from 1786 can be delightfully discovered on the island.

Street food in Penang is valued highly for its tastiness and bargain pricing - above photo taken at the Long Beach
hawker centre at Batu Ferringhi coastal hub, where I treasure the deep fried spring rolls or the choon pniah.

High teas, well made cakes and cooling drinks are found in shopping centre outlets, hotel outlets and heritage restaurants  in Georgetown. I have tried them at the Suffolk House, 32 Restaurant, Paragon Shopping Centre, beach hotels and the Twelve Cups Cafe along Beach Street in the banking district.  A great hideaway from the humid and harsh sun of the early afternoons!

A group of boys being transferred to performances of the iconic lion dance.

Fresh coconut water - organic, thirst quenching  and easily found in Penang.

A typical pool area in a hotel.


Anonymous said…
Fun fact: The 'n' in 'thnih' kueh refers to the nasal sound of "thih" in hokkien
but you don't see popiah being spelt "popniah"

hope you had a lovely time in Penang!
Kin Yuen said…
Thanks for this and I take on board your comments.

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