Saturday, March 22, 2014

Penang - Of Food and Street Art

Went to Penang a couple of weeks back for work, and decided to bring mum along for the weekend. We weren't exactly sure what really to do in Penang, besides the obvious food and the street arts so we basically did only that two since we only had 2 days to play around with only as well.

Among things that we walked around. We dropped by Hard Rock Cafe (since we don't have one in Kota Kinabalu).
The cutest thing and the main reason why I wanted to bring mum was simply because she said "it's been too long since she went to Penang." And true enough, Penang has grown so rapidly, that mum gawking at every sight of SUPER TALL BUILDINGS that come by every few seconds.

The thing about the Kota Kinabalu city in comparison to some cities is that it's right smack next to the air runway, so we are not allowed to have buildings taller than 11 storeys. So imagine our fascination when we see crazy high buildings like in, uhm, Penang. Right next to the beaches some more -- we were like :O

Is that even possible? Anyway it is! 

For starters, I stayed at Four Points Penang. It was just recently converted from an older hotel called the Tanjung Bungah Resort and now it looks fantastic! We had luncheons and barbeques by the beach, and our view...

Mum joined me later in the week on Thursday, but we decided stay in downtown for the weekend, in the midst of all the cookeries and the street arts along Love Lane.

We stayed at this beautiful quaint place that is the Old Penang Guesthouse. It was told that this particular guesthouse is at least a 100 years old and everything there still remain intact. How lovely. Daren came on Friday so the three of us squeezed right into its 3 persons room, and would you believe it, it was rm 105/ night with breakfast for three of us!! I thought that was excellent value for money.

It was located right where everything was. And mum was very particular about going to churches on weekends and coincidentally, Old Penang Guesthouse was less than 3 minutes away to a church besides being in the hustle of the beautiful Georgetown as well.


Almost a sin if you don't try THIS.

And we continued our walk.

And saw a very queue of (mostly) old people waiting for something. We found out that some DAP assemblymen were giving out free rice. REALLY GOOD!

We went through the street arts, which was detailed in a map (this was excellent). We were lucky enough that most of the street arts were situated where we stayed (around Love Lane) so we only had to walk around. We went through the arts one by one and managed to snap a few. Some of them had a really long queue of people waiting to snap a photo of it, so we skipped them since it was stark hot at that time.

Hello cutie patootie mum.

Trippy cat


Jacqkie Rowena

Monday, March 17, 2014

A week of a lot of things

Hi everyone, 

How are you? 

I've been crazy busy. I was away in Penang for work a couple of weeks back, and when I came back the whole fiasco of MH 370 took place, and when I was jet setting back to KL for the Future Music Festival, we found out a few youngsters have actually lost their lives due to drug abuse during the festival. 

I don't know about the hard reality of drug abuses here in Malaysia, but this shit scares me. 

I've decided to take a bit of my rest time at night to write a small note in hope that you don't abuse yourself with a self inflict pain like taking drugs because these substances are short term and they will not be there for you through thick and thin. If you have gone in, you can always turn back. Living high on life is a million times better than living high on something you have no control of. Especially on something you don't understand. 

Please don't kill yourself. You have yet travel the world. You have yet to experience other awesome things in life, you are too young folks. 

As for MH 370, sigh. Where do I begin. 

A good friend's friend is in the flight so whenever he reaches out to me asking what could possibly be the reason why them of all the people, I feel helpless. So as a good friend, I keep his heart close to mine, and pray to God that someday he will make them understand - why their loved ones. 

Guys, we can plan so much in life, but at the end of the day we are short sighted human beings. The things we can control, we should take over the things, the things we fall short of, let's just ask for mercy. 

Take care everyone, hold yourself close and your loved ones closer.