These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

George Town in the Dark

Day 18 - So far we've spent a whole lot of time in George Town, but we hadn't walked around in the evening. What better night than Saturday? We took the Rapid Penang bus #301 from our stop at around 5:15. It took a bit longer to get to the Jetty due to the amount of traffic. We boarded the CAT bus for a ride and then walked around as it got dark. After the sun left, the temperature fell to a very comfortable 26C. It was pleasant.

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We walked back to the Kapitan Restaurant as we wanted to try the Milani chicken. I had double-cheese nan bread and Jay chose garlic. Later, as we waited a long time for the #301 to return back to the apartment, a thunderstorm blew through. Strangely, by the time we finally got home at around 10:35, it didn't seem as though any wind or rain had occurred here.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Seven Things from Today

Day 17 - I'm so thankful for digital photography. Remember when there were just 24 or 36 exposures on a roll of film? Okay, perhaps you do not; however, take my word for it, people didn't have the luxury of snapping so many shots.

Now taking a photo essentially costs nothing. This is one reason why I like to document stuff. I have always felt that shots do not need to be beautiful to be relevant. In fact, as I look back on life, it's the small, non-special things I want to remember. Taking a lot of pictures can help me do that.

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This friendly cat at our bus stop may have had a Siamese ancestor.

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Jungle can take over every inch of unused ground.

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They're everywhere but I have not eaten in one in years.

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This was in front of the Sunshine Plaza on our first visit.

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It starts to get dark around 7:00 PM in our neighbhourhood.

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We sometimes buy dosa from her to take home for dinner.

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Interesting photos need not be all sunsets and rainbows.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Break from Our Vacation

Day 16 - We used our present, weekly bus passes to go and get new ones. In fact, these are the third we've purchased at 30 Malaysian Ringgit, which is around $US 7.35 at present. (Unlimited travel for less than 8 bucks a week ain't bad.) We would have bought monthly passes upon arrival, but we didn't have the necessary passport-sized photos. We wouldn't have saved much, so it hardly seemed worth having any taken. Now, our habit is to go on Thursdays and buy passes starting on Fridays.

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OMG, we overpaid (a nominal amount). This is because we will not be in Penang next Thursday! This evening, we bought Air Asia tickets to Langkawi for a few days. We will fly next Wednesday and come back on Saturday. Our hotel ends up being free as we collected quite a few Expedia+ Points on our recent cruises.

There is a three-hour ferry to Langkawi; however, we thought the 30 to 50-minute flights would be better considering they cost nearly the same. Read Rough Guides' take on Why Langkawi is Malaysia's Ultimate Island Escape.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Lorong Burma

Day 15 - We headed to Pulau Tikus this morning. It was a perfect day to see two Buddhist Temples. We stopped at the Komtar post office and mailed a few Christmas cards and then got on a Rapid Penang Bus #101. We disembarked on the Burma Road.

Dharmmikarama Burmese Temple

First, we went to the Burmese Temple.

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This picture was taken at the very spot I vowed to one day return to Penang. It was on the top floor of the Bell Tower. We were on a visit to China and Malaysia in 2011. Little could I have known, that within seven years, we'd be spending three months of our winter on the island!

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Reclining Buddha Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram)

Nearly across the street is a Thai temple. It contains a reclining Buddha image dating back to the mid-1800's.

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We caught a bus back to Little India where we had lunch again before heading back down to Bayan Lepas. We had never eaten in the Kapitan Restaurant, perhaps because we'd often seen tourists eating there. However, it was really good biryani and I want to return to try other dishes on their menu.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bus Route #14

December 12, 2017Day 14 - Today we boarded Rapid Penang bus #14. It doesn't run very frequently, but it stopped at our usual bus stop. We saw an advertising banner on the bus stop hearalding its summer start of service.

The route isn't very long but winds through some of the neighbourhoods we see from our balcony. The new residential towers are tall but there weren't many passengers. I chalk this up to the infrequent service rather than a lack of potential riders.

We got off at the end at a large hypermarket called, Giant. It seems an older market but it really is 'giant'. I liked it as it seemed less hectic. I also noted that the store brand seemed priced below competing products. Of course, the pièce de résistance was the in-store liquor store! I bought a six pack of stout. (I seem to remember a harbinger of big box department stores called, Giant Stores in West Lebanon, NH in the 1960's. Anyone remember this?)

The trip to the Giant Hypermarket took twenty minutes on the bus. However, that is because it winds through streets in order to pick up passengers. I put Uber on my phone. We might want to start using it here as the prices seem pretty reasonable. The two of us could surely cough up $US 1.60 in total for such a future ride back to our apartment.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Living Not Visiting

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Day 13 - Still settling into a routine in the Relau neighbourhood of Bayan Lepas on Palau Penang.

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We only really went out in the morning to the Kompleks Bukit Jambul to pick up a few things. Then, in the evening, we walked over to our area's Monday, night market. We scoped out the things on offer and brought back some takeaway to include with our dinner.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

George Town and the CAT

Day 12 - Last Sunday we went to George Town and enjoyed the trip. So today we did the same.

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We needed to top up on some cash. The main HSBC branch is in an old, heritage building near the Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower. We walked there first. This is the third main place we've spent winters since early retirement in 2014. First was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Then, we were five months in Luxor, Egypt. Now three months of our winter will be here in Penang, Malaysia. Each location has had HSBC branches, so we can directly access our accounts and get free ATM withdrawals.

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After, we decided to board a CAT bus. The Central Area Transit buses are free and just circle the UNESCO World Heritage section of George Town. They run every fifteen minutes. We have seen almost all areas, but the bus offered a cool, air-conditioned way of sightseeing. I have a friend who attends an Anglican church in Vancouver and had read about one of the oldest, purpose-built church in SE Asia. We passed the St. George Church built over 200 years ago.

Then, it was time to have lunch again. We returned to our new favourite place. Okay, I admit we like the price as well as the food. The two of us ate for about $US 6.18.

Penang is a famous foodie-capital in SE Asia. We've still been a bit hesitant to dive deeply into the vast Chinese influences yet. We've been favouring the Indo part of the Indochina experience.

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Kompleks Sri Aman

Day 11 - Our neighbour was on a local bus with us yesterday. She pointed from the bus window to a much bigger, local morning-market. It is about a kilometer from the apartment, but as the bus stop is along the way, we rode most of the way to it this morning.

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A large part of the building contains a food court space. Nearly half of the large structure was also filled with small vendors selling household goods. The far end, however, sold food. We walked through the sections for fruits and vegetables, fish, and beef. This type of structure often goes by the name of a wet market in Malaysia.

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The locally grown vegetables offer such variety! For example, we are very familiar with the small, green variety of eggplant, called Thai eggplant in Canada. The very tiny pea-like berries are a similar type of plant. Solanum torvum has a whole host of local names.

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Jay is able to find familiar vegetables and leaves which are not found in Canada. In fact, he will go out tomorrow morning just because a vendor at the smaller, closer market promised to bring some kathurumurunga leaves.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Another Day, Another Shopping Centre

Day 10 - After not being able to catch bus #306 yesterday, we got to the Gurney Plaza via the Komtar and our usual route. We didn't have any need to shop at its swanky stores, but simply wanted to say we'd been inside.

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When heading to the northern beaches, one goes through this area. It's a bit close to the old Thai/Burmese neighbourhoods, so there are several, notable Buddhist temples on surrounding streets. We spent a bit of time walking around today. We couldn't help but notice all the new and old residential towers in the area. I'd much rather stay south of Tanjung Tokong. As Highway 6 heads further, it gets all twisty along the edge of the mountains. The big developments out there would afford some beautiful views, but they are isolated from shopping and other activities.

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Property is still a relative deal here and the sector is quite mature in Penang. Buying a winter condo is something for consideration. I feel very comfortable here and wouldn't mind using this island as a winter base. However, the world is really big and it's hard for us to commit to a single location at this point in time.

When returning home, we went through Little India yet again. It always seems as though it's lunchtime when we pass through that section of George Town. We had biryani rice with huge pieces of chicken. That plus glasses of iced coffee came to about $3.75 each.

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