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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Downtown for Dinner

February 18, 2018

Day 82 - We lazed around most of the day. So, when the sun was about to set we decided to use our bus passes and head to George Town. It can take up to 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Sunday nights are busy but our trip downtown took around an hour.

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It was a little surprising to us that the large Kuan Yin Temple Taoist Temple was closed so early. Within a short walk, there is a large mosque and Hindu temple. In fact, Litte India is in that part of town, so we went for a late dinner at the Restaurant Kassim Mustafa Nasi Dalcha.

At 8:15 PM, as always, it was hopping. Jay had fish curry and naan bread. I had this Tandoori chicken. We got a large bottle of water for sharing but our total food bill came to just $US 5.40. It is no wonder why even Malaysians in far-flung corners recognize Penang as the country's foodie capital.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Have No Regrets

Day 81 - Most people of the world do the same things over and over every day and then they die. Once in a while, these folks have a few days or weeks of something unique or inspiring. However, they quickly crawl back into predictable, little ruts where they eventually stop existing.

Today I felt great gravity in this realization. I try to console myself, thinking that words such as typical or routine exist for all these humans. I am sure most of them are satisfied and that their lives have merit. However, at the promise of proving I am elitist, I feel sad for most people, very sad.

I cannot imagine having 'day after day' of the same. I praise my parents and every step of my educational experience for providing me with the belief that I can do anything. I am fortunate I have never felt myself without choices. Furthermore, I am blessed with a partner who loves exploration and we have saved enough money to be able to do so. I live very far away from a life of convention or routine.

What has prompted this onslaught of contemplation? Well, we will be closing a small chapter of our lives soon. On the 26th of the month, Penang Dennis will disappear to be replaced with Siem-Reap Dennis.

Upon leaving, we will have only lived on Penang Island, Malaysia for three months. Yet, this has certainly been long enough to develop an affinity for the place and experienced its life. More often than not, I have felt welcomed and at ease. I want to suck in as much as possible and remember what it is like on this particular piece of ground.

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As we walked in the neighbhourhood to buy local bananas from a street vendor, I looked around and hoped I'd always remember this.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

狗年大吉

Day 80 - At around 7:00 PM, we ordered an Uber car for the short trip over the mountain to the Kek Lok Si Temple. A couple of weeks ago, we visited the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia during the day and saw how the impressive site was being decorated for the Chinese New Year.

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As I mentioned during the recent Hindu festival, Malaysia is very multicultural. Nearly 40% of Penang's population have Chinese heritage, so the New Year celebrations are a big deal.

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Our ride hit a huge traffic jam as we arrived in Air Itam. We suggested the driver let us out a bit from the destination as it'd be easier for him to let us walk the final kilometer or so. It gets dark at around 7:45 PM but there very little annual change. Being so close to the equator ensures around twelve hours of daylight between the hours of seven and seven.

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We hiked up the traditional path to the temple, although most of the traffic was attempting to park up at the top of the hill. We made it much more quickly, I'm sure. There were loads of people, both locals and tourists. It was packed although that it hard to see in the photos. Watching everyone was part of the fun of visiting. The air was warm and pleasant without the heat of the sun.

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After about an hour and a half we boarded a regular bus to George Town. We had chicken and nan at our favourite restaurant in Little India. Then we rode back to the apartment on the #301. We got home about 11:30.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

On the Spur of the Moment

February 15, 2018

Day 79 - I wanted to go to downtown George Town to check out a phone dealer. I have been trying to decide whether to buy a new phone here or wait until we get back to Canada in April. There's one dealer in the Prangin Mall which sells the OnePlus brand. We took the bus downtown, and indeed he had a 5T on offer. The price was about $CA 60 cheaper than waiting for Canada, mostly due to lower taxes. However, the only colour available in Malaysia is black. I'm sick of black and if I wait till we return home, the OnePlus 6 might be out. I didn't buy one today.

As we walked out, we saw a RapidPenang #10 bus. They are as rare as hen's teeth, I'm led to believe. This route ends at the Penang Botanical Gardens. We knew the general area from our trip to a Hindu Temple at Thaipussam at the end of last month. However, we took a shuttle bus to that.

We ran to catch the bus as it entered the Kotmar station and were at the main parking lot of the gardens within a half hour. We walked. We walked all the way up to the waterfall area which is closed to the public as it is a water supply resource. There are hiking trails which go to Penang Hill but we weren't that adventurous.

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Most British colonies from the Victorian era in the tropics have Botanical Gardens. This was a very pleasant place although we were out in the midday sun. There were lots of shaded places on pathways through the free park. It appeared well maintained. Not many folks were there, but I imagine it gets more people in the evening time. Other than us, we only saw a few tourists.

We had to wait only about 10 minutes for the return bus. Other than one Chinese lady heading to a local temple, we were its only passengers going back to Little India. We, of course, had lunch as it was 2:30 by then.

February 15, 2018


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We ARE the Brands We Consume

February 14, 2018Day 78 - We didn't have valid RapidPenang bus passes, so we went to the closest place which sells weekly ones. The Bukit Jambul hub also has our closest large supermarket. It was impossible not to pop in for a few things.

We needed less as we are starting to slowly wind up our time in Penang. I did pick up a few bang-around-the-house t-shirts. One reads: "Me? Weird? Always." The other says, "Money Talks." My other find was the metal can of 'Snake Brand' powder because nothing makes one think of smooth skin more than a slithering snake (with an arrow through its head!) I love shopping in foreign markets.

I think spring is hitting Penang as the days seem warmer and the January evening thunderstorms have abated. We will be heading to Cambodia for about seven weeks just when it starts to really heat up there. Daily temps in Siem Reap should hit around 34 or 35C during the daytime hours. You'll not hear the tiniest peep of a complaint from me!

February 14, 2018


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We Interrupt This Blog for a Commercial Announcement



Day 77 - I hadn't thought about visiting 'KIA Malaysia' to learn about the Niro PHEV here. For all I know, they might be more forthcoming than 'KIA Canada' has been.

I've been trying for a few weeks to get some info from the headquarters in the Great White North. My local BC dealership hasn't been able to provide me with any information yet. The car, in question, has been selling in the US from the beginning 2018, but it has nary a mention on www.kia.ca. No teasers. Nothing. It's as if it doesn't exist.

Today, I may have figured out why. It seems the 'Canadian International Auto Show' in Toronto is coming up. This Friday, it opens and the new PHEV version of the Niro will be announced there. This must be why they have been so tight-lipped.

In today's world of the Internet, such promotional stunts seem increasingly counterproductive. I've been scouring the Internet for the last two months and watching first-hand accounts by a particular Danish owner since last year! It's not easy listening to the guy, but I'm a real trooper. He has many more 'views' than the KIA corporation does on this vehicle. A company should make learning about its products as easy as possible.

An auto show is hardly a necessary premier event in today's global car market, even less so in a country with a geography such as Canada's. It is plain silly to withhold information from potential customers who are unable to make it to an event in Ontario. Dumb, eh?


Monday, February 12, 2018

Now Everyone Can Fly

February 12, 2018

Day 76 - We spent a lot of today in the second airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, probably more than was truly necessary. When booking tickets to and from Brunei, Jay was more cautious than necessary. He made the connecting flight back to Penang a few hours later; as he says, "Just in case." Though, I have learned from 33 years of experience that he is always right, even today.

It was a pleasant enough way to spend the afternoon. This airport appends each announcement with, "Thank you, and have a happy journey." So, you can surmise that flying is less of a hassle than in many other places in the world. The KIA2 was built on the other side of the runways in Kuala Lumpur. The main airport is spectacular. The second is designated as the Low-Cost Carrier hub. Primarily, that means it was built for Air Asia and I'm in awe of its amazing growth.

Back 'home' for a few more weeks. Then onward to Siem Reap for the remainder of the winter ...

Posted by Dennis Sylvester Hurd on Sunday, February 11, 2018


Our flights were easy. Passengers know the routine, are polite, and can help empty and fill an A320 in just a few minutes. I promised myself that I was going to take a whole lot of photos in the terminal as that was our major experience today. I didn't though. Here are a few:


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beside the Brunei River

February 11, 2018Day 75 - This was our second and final full day in Brunei.

From our hotel room, we noticed the new municipal market was pretty full. It is the preferred shortcut when we walk to the city. After we got to the riverfront, we hired a local boat guy to take us along the river and through the water village across from the main city. It was a very interesting 45 minutes and we felt happy learning about Brunei from a Bruneian.

We spent time in the downtown mall where I bought a new, brown bracelet for my Mi Band tracker.

We also saw many more folks out and about today. I do have to admit that BSB is a bit of a sleepy place though.

Here are some aspects of our day through a dozen images:

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