Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
May 16, 2019 - Trishaw the best way to travel.
Today we rode in Trishaws all over George Town. It was hot, high humidity, and a little rain. Just like home. What a great day it was. Our first stop Pinang Peranakan Mansion. 30 rooms. Dining room on the right Western, dining on the left Eastern depending on who they were entertaining. There was a room where they smoked opium until 1867 when it was outlawed because of a civil war between gangs of drug lords. The final portrait of the mistress of the house was pretty bad from years of opium addiction. To go upstairs we had to once again...Jump to full entry
May 15, 2019 - Silk worm contortionists, I have seen too much.
Last night we watched a H-U-G-E production called Silk Road. It was in the Two70 room. It required reservations. This area has 13 panels they project different scenes on. Everything from an orchestra to pretend curtains. Every kind of seating imaginable from short metal stools to high back couches. Tables with bar stool high chairs, long bench’s, upholstered chairs, and foot stools it is a seating menagerie of a warped mind. Anyway back to the show. There were people singing, drumming ,always the loud drumming, silk worm contortionists,...Jump to full entry
May 14, 2019 - Odds,and Ends, of nothing!
Today I met a woman who was at the end of Candy Crush waiting for new levels to be added. It was level 4600 something. She has played about 3 hours every day the last 8 yrs. So that is 1095 hours a year times 8 equals 8760 total hours. Divide that by 24 is 365. So one year of the past 8 she has been playing Candy Crush. This was the last day of Progressive trivia for “50 shades of gray matter”. We finished 9th. It could have been 8th place but for some reason I could not think of Jennifer Hudson’s name or Mila Kusher’s maiden name. No...Jump to full entry
May 13, 2019 - Entertainment is where you find it!
The clock was pushed ahead another 1 hr last night and we are 12 hrs ahead of Florida, your today is our yesterday. It means we get up later every day and are down to two meals a day. We watched a mini contest in the Windjammer cafeteria of who could haul the most dirty dishes at one time. Had our enrichment series on Cold cases. Listened to the passenger choir practice. They are NOT ready for America’s Got Talent. Progressive trivia was a blood bath of dare I say it......Cheating. Last night we watched a four person string quartet, 3...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2019 - Walking Historic Georgetown
As our route we chose to follow The Lonely Planet’s “Five Cultures on Two Feet” walk, intended to showcase Georgetown’s mix of British, Indian, Malay, Baba-Nonya (Paranekan) and Chinese architecture. Given all these cultures, Georgetown seems to have some sort of church, temple or mosque every block or two. It’s somewhat staggering to learn that 400 old buildings were destroyed to build a showy tower before the area was preserved thanks to attaining UNESCO heritage status, declared in 2008. Unfortunately a number of the more grandiose...Jump to full entry
Mar 13, 2019 - Famous Blue Mansion
With 38-rooms, 220-windows, 5 courtyards and 7 staircases, the famous ‘Blue Mansion’ was listed by The Lonely Planet as “One of the 10 GreatestMansions in the World” in 2011. It was built in the 1880s by rags-to-riches entrepreneur Cheong Fatt Tze with a blend of east meets west styling including louvred exterior windows and , stained glass interior ones. As such, it is one of few surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese aka Peranakens. Some of my favourite features are related to the fact...Jump to full entry
Mar 28, 2018 - Georgetown Malaysia
History: Georgetown the oldest city in Malaysia, the capital of the state of Penang. One of the first British settlements in Southeast Asia, it was founded as an entrepôt, a trading post where goods were imported, stored and exported again. Hindu priest have been performing daily pujas, or daily prayer for almost 200!years. Nice stop walked over 7 miles touring and shopping’s.Jump to full entry
Jun 2, 2017 - George Town you beauty!
We had heard a lot of good things about George Town so was very intrigued to arrive and have a look round. The streets were colonial but very rustic, different to anywhere we have visited so far. On almost every street there was street art which were very creative and some very funny cartoon like art made of iron. This is a place you can just wonder about and enjoy the ambiance. We did decide to visit one last temple which was beautiful and colourful. We then headed to the glow in the dark museum, this was so much fun with some funny...Jump to full entry
Jan 11, 2017 - Georgetown
Walked up to booking office to get boat tickets to Langkawi tomorrow. RM140 for both £26.01 Found famous Joss stick man called Mr Lee walking around. Very tiring so had a Walnut & Mango & Apple Crumble Yoghurt to keep us going. RM12 each £2.20 Batik Indian shop was full of Indian stuff. Spent a lot of the afternoon planning. Monaliza liza again in evening. Met up with Doede & Kob again. Skipped tea as exhaustedJump to full entry
Mar 13, 2016 - Georgetown Penang
Penang was so less crowded & frenetic than Kuala Lumpur. Yes, there were lots of citizens & tourists moving about, but in a more relaxed, enjoying the moment manner; not frantic, aggressive 'gotta get there/it now'. Speaking of getting there from Bukit Fraser - we had the choice of a 9 hour taxi, bus, ferry combination journey or a 2 hour taxi ride back to K.L. & a 1 hour direct flight. We chose the taxi/flight option, and the flight cost $12 each !! Fire Flyz is a new discount airline in the S.E. Asia region that really is a true bargain....Jump to full entry
Nov 19, 2015 - Penang - George Town
On Route to Penang – 18 November 2015 Up early this morning as we are taking the 9:00 a.m. bus to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. I’m getting very good at packing. I know exactly what is in the bag and whether something is missing. Can pack everything away in less than 10 minutes. We left our friendly little hostel this morning with some sadness. With only 12 rooms which surround an open courtyard covered in astroturf – and a few desolate lawn chairs under umbrellas – there are few guests and no parties. The young Indian men who worked there were...Jump to full entry
Dec 6, 2011 - Penang Thai Visa Run
Hello all, We set out yesterday morning at 6.30, cab to the ferry to the main land (one hour) to get to shore and find that no buses went directly from Kuala Perlis. After thumbing through the Lonely Planet map and a chat we bunged a coach driver RM20 that was bound for Ipoh to drop us at Alor Setar. From there we grabbed another bus to Butterworth then the ferry across to George Town and a bus to China Town. What a mission. But we were there by lunchtime. Happy days! All ended with a dinner of sushi, crispy duck and a well deserved beer....Jump to full entry