George Town Street View 2013 (Part 2)

When an old town overly developed, the town would be filled with newly renovated ‘antiques’.

George Town (2)

A remarkable old town normally has local resident and merchants doing their daily chores. Without the folks, the town may end up with an empty fake structure to entertain tourists.

George Town (3)

Hopefully George Town can retain this precious soul and not ruined by over commercialization.

George Town (6)



George Town Street View 2013 (Part 1)

George Town remains as one of my favourite travel destinations in Malaysia.

George Town 2013 (4)

We had a short stay at Penang Island on last weekend. I decided to process a few pictures into black & white while retaining a bit of colour.

George Town 2013 (6)

It represents my feeling for George Town. Although everything looks familiar (because I have been there numerous times), there is always a tiny things or a fresh angle that reminds me that there are yet a lot more surprises to unearth.

George Town 2013 (2)


George Town Mid-Autumn Festival 乔治市中秋晚会

We were attracted by the light and sound when we passed by George Town on our way to Pulau Tikus.

George Town Mid-Autumn Festival 乔治市中秋晚会 (10)

We decided to pull over and join the party.

George Town Mid-Autumn Festival 乔治市中秋晚会 (1)

It was the mid-autumn festival street party. I really enjoyed the showcase of the moon cake competition.

George Town Mid-Autumn Festival 乔治市中秋晚会 (14)

There were minions and angry bird moon cakes.

George Town Mid-Autumn Festival 乔治市中秋晚会 (4)


Street Arts @ George Town

After the wildly successful Mirrors George Town series of murals, and the recent 101 Lost Kittens campaign, street arts and murals have become a unique tourist attraction in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Arts at George Town (7)

Many merchants starting to use display art to attract eye balls.

Arts at George Town (10)

Any usable space or flat surface could be a target for painting.

Arts at George Town (9)


101 Lost Kittens 一百零一只迷失的小猫

I love the innovative campaign title, “101 Lost Kittens”.

101 Lost Kittens in George Town (2)

It was a treasure hunt and animal awareness campaign in George Town (Penang).

101 Lost Kittens in George Town (3)

Suddenly, people are crazy about cats in George Town. My favourite piece of art is the Bruce Lee and 3 kittens.

101 Lost Kittens in George Town (6)


Bukit Mertajam 大山脚 – 环山是宝

I planned for a stopover at Bukit Mertajam to visit an old friend.

Tea Spa at Bukit Mertajam  大山脚森林茶坊

We arrived 2 hours earlier than our dinner appointment, so we made a ‘round-hill-tour’. Bukit Mertajam has a nicely reserved park where the locals exercise during morning and afternoon hours. I really like the tea spa at the foot hill. We sat down and tasted the tea egg (RM1.20) but no time for an hour leisure tea spa.


St. Anne's Church Bukit Mertajam 大山脚圣安纳天主教堂

I am impressed by the establishment of St. Anne Catholic Church.


Abandoned Church at Bukit Mertajam 大山脚圣山 

There is another old abandoned church near the cemetery on the way to Mengkuang Dam. The place reminds me about Angkor Wat ruins.



Magic Touch by Ernest Zacharevic

I have never seen any tourism promotion campaign in Malaysia as effective as the Mirrors George Town series by Ernest Zacharevic.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Little Children on a bicycle

The artworks have touched many Malaysians and tourists’ heart in a magical way.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Little boy with pet dinosaur chasing boy on bike

If you see groups of visitors carrying map with marked locations, they are likely part of the ‘picture hunters’ in search of Zachrevic’s artworks.