Discover some of the Finest street art in Penang  – Malaysia

Discover some of the Finest street art in Penang – Malaysia

Authored by Anitha Thanabalan (Contributor)

 

Everywhere that you turn in Penang, you will see some sort of metal sculpture or mural on the wall. The whole idea was to enhance the streets of Penang and add some flair.

 

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Sample the streets and see brilliant culture in Penang.

The history of Penang is a very interesting one, the modern history of Penang only started in 1786 because Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company landed on Penang Island which is where Fort Cornwallis now stands. For Light, Penang was the ideal places because it was in the middle of the maritime trade routes between China and India so it was convenient place for trade and it was a great place for French and Dutch expansion in Southeast Asia.

The British influence is so high here that the street names in Penang have English names for example; the city itself is called Georgetown. There are streets here like Lorong Buckingham, Armenian Street, Leith Street, etc.

Because Penang has been around for so long, the buildings date back to the 1700s which means a lot of them are rundown, but people have tried to renovate and make them look stunning. Artists and muralists alike have tried to enhance Georgetown’s position as the street capital of the country.

Since 2008, Georgetown was inscribed as a World Heritage Site and because of that the street art has developed at a very rapid rate. In 2009, cartoonists such as Tang Mun Kian and Baba Chuah wanted to help bring awareness to the history of the street by adding the stories of street and social history through the use of caricatures so there are metal caricatures that have been set up all over the city for everyone to see.

The iron caricatures blend humour and historical facts that describe and colloquial demeanour of early settlement days that gave a memorable history to each of those streets. They depict the daily lives of the people where those landmarks start at this moment.

In 2012, London-trained Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was asked and commissioned to paint a collection of murals around the inner city and you can see them all over Georgetown. The project sparks interest with the locals and more and more local artists are starting to add murals to the walls of Georgetown.

Now, rather than walking around aimlessly, most hostels and hotels will have a brochure of all the street art so that you can go on a scavenger hunt around the town so that you can take photos of all of the murals and sculptures. Being interested in street art myself, I was excited to start my tour so with a coffee and my brochure in hand, I was ready for my adventure around Georgetown to see all the street art.

Breakdown of the Street Art in Penang

 

For people that don’t already know. Shoe designer Jimmy Choo is actually from Penang and because of this, this metal sculpture describes his start in shoe designing. This is located on corner of Lebuh Leith and Lebuh Muntri and is number one on the scavenger hunt.

Penang Street Art

Shoe designer Jimmy Choo.

 

Located on Lorong Stewart, it’s a famous walkway because it claims to be the a five-foot walkway, but clearly just from the picture you can see that it is the narrowest walkway in Penang and it is connects to the Wan Hai Hotel in Georgetown.

 

Street Art

Capture Penang Street Art through the narrow walkways.

 

 

History states that back in the day, the rich husbands of Muntri Street used to come to Love Lane, which used to be a street filled with brothels, to sleep with their mistresses. So, it is clear that the artists truly embraced that idea with this metal sculpture of a husband climbing out a window.

Naughty husbands

Penang Street Art captures the behavious of naughty husbands.

 

Love Lane has now become a hub for backpackers and traveller because of the abundance of bars and hostels on the street. This metal sculpture depicts that perfectly but the history of this street has definitely changed in the past few years.

 

Love lane street art

Love Lane street art.

 

There are so many different ones around the city and you just need to look for them because some are hidden and some are in plain sight.

Another amazing thing to see around Georgetown are the murals that have been painted. Some are pretty faded and you can tell that they have been there for a very long time, but there are some that have made Penang what it is now and don’t seem to be going away any time soon.

Little Children on a Bicycle is a mural that was painted by Ernest Zacharevic on the wall of a shop house on Armenian street and it depicts a little girl taking her younger brother on a bicycle ride and the joy on their faces provide cheer and adds character to Armenian street. The cool thing about this mural is that he used three-dimensional objects to add some flair to the painting.

Penang street art

Little children on the bicycle.

Old motorbike is another example about how Zacharevic uses three-dimensional objects to add something more to the painting. You can find this mural on Ah Quee Street. It depicts a boy that is waiting on his bike as he watches pedestrian traffic. Ah Quee street actually has another one of Zacharevic’s painting along with a 3D form of cigarettes sitting out of the wall.
There are some many murals and art installations around the city, all you have to do is just walk around and see them.

Happy Hunting!

 

Enjoyed Penang Street Art, how about sampling a little food with this article also by Athina.

 

Old motorbike street art.

Old motorbike street art.

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Sailing around Oz! See the Best of Australia.

Sailing around Oz! See the Best of Australia.

When it comes to travelling Australia, most people automatically consider a road trip. This, of course, is a brilliant way to get from one coast to another. But you should also bear in mind that it’s not the only option available to you. You can also consider sailing around Oz!

Sailing Around Oz!

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Learn the Skills

Now, road tripping is simple. As long as you can drive a car, you should be fine. Most major highways are heavily populated and it’s highly unlikely you’ll spend extended periods of time driving without bumping into others along the way. Sailing is a completely different ball game.

You need to know how to sail and you need to be confident in coping with difficult situations. You never know when the weather might take a turn for the worse and if you do experience problems, it could be quite a while before help can make its way out to you. Before seriously considering taking to the waters, make sure that you have all of the necessary skills to make a success of your trip. Also avoid sailing solo. Find a competent sailing buddy to team up with!

 

sailing around Oz!

Learn the skills.

Secure Your Boat

Once you have the right skills and techniques, it’s time to secure yourself a boat. Unless you’re planning on buying your own, you’re best bet is to rent. Make sure that you see the boat in question before putting down a deposit or any form of payment. You want to make sure it’s in good condition.

 

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View mesmerising destinations sailing around Oz.

 

Additional Comforts

Seeing as you’re going to be out on the water for extended periods of time, you’re going to want to ensure that you have extra comforts to make your journey and stay as comfortable as possible.

Sometimes the things that you will actually appreciate the most while you are away from home are the things you’d never really consider or put to the front of your mind. Take awnings like those supplied by awnings Melbourne: they’re easy to purchase and have fixed to your boat, but they will protect you from the sun’s rays, allowing you to bask outside without being directly exposed to the sun.

 

Plan a Route

Now that you’ve put in the groundwork, the fun can begin! It’s time to start planning a route around the Australian coastline! Note down any major locations you want to pass by. One of the most popular sailing spots tends to be the Whitsunday Islands. The tropical climate paired with great onshore bases make it a sailor’s paradise.

You’ll have beautiful blue waters to sail across and white sand beaches to look forward to when you make your way back on shore. The Great Barrier Reef also tends to protect the area from strong swells, making the sailing experience less strenuous and more relaxing. Perfect!

 

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Sailing is a popular past time in Australia.

While you may not be able to dive straight into a sailing holiday as you may be able to a road trip or by flying from one area of Australia to another, it can prove a greatly rewarding experience. The effort, planning, and time involved in making a trip like this work truly will be worth it in the end!

 

sailing around Oz!

sailing around Oz and view awesome sunsets.

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Extreme Sports In The USA: Is It Possible?

Extreme Sports In The USA: Is It Possible?

Do you have a thirst for the extreme? If so, you might well be wondering where in the country of the USA you might be able to quench that thirst. The truth is that, whatever sport it is that you are keen to get into, you can almost certainly find somewhere in this vast landscape to do so.

Of course, you will probably need to move around a fair bit in order to try out as many different sports as you like, but as long as you are keen to do that, you will find that it is pretty easy to fulfil your extreme desires. Let’s take a look at some of the top US destinations for extreme sports.

 

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Extreme Sports USA

Skiing

If you have always wanted to try your hand at skiing, you are in luck: the US has a great many fantastic skiing opportunities which you can delve into. One of the absolute top locations for skiing anywhere in the country is Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is home to some of the greatest ski slopes not just in the continent, but anywhere in the world.

And if you are keen to stay here, you will find that it is a great spot to be a tourist as well, with the stunning Albuquerque Marriott on your doorstep and some astounding views to boot. This is a great place to come and ski, and it stops you having to cross the border into Canada to do the same, so it’s well worth considering if you really want to try your hand at this fantastically exciting sport.

 

Skateboarding

Part of the joy of skating is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. For street skating in particular, the whole point is that you don’t need to worry about your locale – you can just pick up your board and skate. However, there are still some locations which are going to be better than others for this purpose, and it’s worth knowing what those are before you set off.

One of the top spots anywhere in the US, and in the world, has to be Philadelphia, renowned for its amazing street skating culture and home to some of the most grindable kerbs you are likely to come across anywhere. Not to mention, it also has a number of ridiculous ramps for you to test your vert skills on, so you can still stay top of the leaderboards on both counts.

 

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Mountaineering

If you’re looking for something a bit more in the fresh air, what about mountaineering? The act of climbing a mountain does something wonderful to the body, beyond most other kinds of exercise. Getting that fresh mountain air in your lungs really does make you feel more alive, and it is bound to have huge health benefits on the whole as well.

If you are not sure whether you are likely to enjoy mountaineering or not, it is best to start small, but you can then go for bigger and bigger and see what your own comfort level is. The Rockies is the best place to go to try this, although you can find many places around the US which are likely to suit as well.

 

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5 Things To See And Do In Boracay – Philippines

5 Things To See And Do In Boracay – Philippines

Authored by Diane Wuthrich (contributor)

Boracay is the most famous tourist attraction in the Philippines.

 Each year, this small tropical island attracts millions of travellers from around the world. They come to escape harsh winters, engage in exciting water sports, or master the art of doing nothing in a place lauded by international travel authorities as the best island in the world.

After all, Boracay has all the trimmings of the postcard-perfect tropical paradise: powdery white sand, jaw-dropping sunsets, and some of the clearest turquoise waters you’ll find this side of the planet.

Boracay is a feast for all the senses, not just your eyes. Here are five incredible experiences you shouldn’t miss in Boracay.

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5 Things To See And Do In Boracay – Philippines

 

1. Soak up the sun along White Beach.

White Beach is the epicentre of all the activity in Boracay island, which is also where most of the high-end accommodations are found. Even if you aren’t staying in a luxury hotel along White Beach, many of these establishments allow visitors to rent sunbeds for free provided that you order from the hotel’s restaurant.

 White Beach hotels serve a wide range of lip-smacking beach fare: cocktails, fruit shakes, pizzas, pastas, and so much more all for you to enjoy while they play tunes in the background. Bring a book, take a dip, or let the tranquil seas hypnotize you into a relaxing afternoon. Better yet, book a massage (they go for as low as $8 USD an hour) right on the beach.

 

Boracay sunsets

Enjoy beautiful sunsets in Boracay.

 

 

2. Explore Boracay’s nightlife scene.

The island’s nightlife alone has been written about many times over, and is definitely something to experience if you enjoy being nocturnal once in a while. It really is quite something to be able to party while hearing the waves crash, making friends as you bar-hop from one establishment to another. The entire beach front strip of Boracay comes alive once the sun goes down.

 In fact, you don’t have to wait until the sun goes down. In Boracay, happy hour is every hour, 7 days a week. From relaxing open-air lounges underneath the stars, talented live bands, to wild parties that last until the small hours of the morning, island nightlife has something for everyone.

 

Boracay

Enjoy a few cold ones at night in Boracay.

 

3. Get busy with adrenaline-pumping activities.

There are endless options for exciting activities in Boracay. Several water sports are popular on the island because of the perfect temperatures and water; these include kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, and snorkelling to name a few. If you’ve never done water sports in the past, Boracay has dozens of schools dotted around the island where friendly and professionals instructors are wiling to teach you what it’s like to live on the edge – and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it!

If you can manage to peel yourself off the stunning beaches of Boracay, take a day trip to Ariel’s Point. Adrenaline junkies won’t be disappointed: Ariel’s Point offers trips 7 days a week to a private eco-adventure cove where visitors are invited to cliff dive, stand up paddleboard, kayak, snorkel, then indulge on a beach barbecue. The packages include transfers from Boracay island which is a fun boat cruise where you get to mingle with other travellers.

 

Extreme Boracay

Get extreme in Boracay.

 

 

4. Pack an appetite and feast your heart out.

Boracay is a foodie’s destination as much as it is one for thalassophiles. The food scene in this tiny island has been critically acclaimed worldwide, and there is so much to try and discover during your stay. Over the past few decades, the restaurant offerings have continued to evolve to cater to a wide variety of travelers’ needs: from budget restaurants to high-end hotel dining, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad meal on the island.

 Writing about all the must-try restaurants in Boracay deserves a blog post of its own, but these are some of the well-known eateries you shouldn’t miss, especially if it’s your first time to Boracay:

  •  Dos Mestizos (Spanish)
  • Sunny Side Up Café (pancakes and breakfast)
  • Prana at Mandala Spa (vegetarian, vegan, healthy fare)
  • Real Coffee & Tea Café (coffee shop, sandwiches, breakfast fare)
  •   Lanterna (Italian)
  • Subo (Filipino)
  • Lemoni Café & Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Los Indios Bravos (pub food)
  • Spice Bird (piri-piri chicken)
  • D’Talipapa (wet market where you can purchase seafood and have them cook it your way)
  • Manana (Mexican)
  •   Masala Moe’s (Indian)
  • Cyma (Greek)

 Here, the food is an essential part of the island experience so bringing an appetite is a must!

 

 

5. Explore the other beaches Boracay has to offer.

If White Beach gets too hectic, especially during the peak season, Boracay has many other small coves and beaches to relax in. Most of them are just as beautiful as White Beach, but each of them are special in their own right – you’ll have to visit them to see why. Go on an excursion to check out these beaches within Boracay island:

  • Puka Beach is located on the northern part of Boracay island; many say that it has the feel of White Beach several decades ago.
  • Diniwid Cove is the next-door neighbor of White Beach. There are a few resorts and a handful of restaurants and bars, but it’s much more secluded. Diniwid Beach is an excellent choice for watching the sunset away from the crowds.
  • Bulabog Beach is a world-class kiteboarding and kitesurfing destination. It’s frequented by travelers who come and enjoy the wind and waves, but the coast is lined with charming restaurants that invite spectators to have a meal while watching colorful kites on the horizon.
  • Angol Beach has a rustic, bohemian vibe where you’ll find a few of the oldest Boracay establishment still alive and kicking, such as Boracay Treehouse and Red Pirates bar. Located on the southernmost tip of the island, Angol Beach is perfect for a lazy, quiet afternoon.

 

 There you have it – all you need to know for an unforgettable stay in Boracay.

Enjoy Boracay? Why not check out this article on Baguio.

 

Do in Boracay

Boracay beaches.

 

 

 

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How to Make the Most out of Great Food in Penang

How to Make the Most out of Great Food in Penang

Authored by Anitha Thanabalan (contributor)

Penang is considered to be a diverse city filled with locals, expats, and travellers alike. Because of that, there are so many different types of cuisines in Penang. It’s probably one of the most famous places for the ample amounts of street food. Because of the mix of cultures, it is also possible to find restaurants and hotels all over, but you don’t really get to know the culture of the place do you?

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Food in Penang, you know you wanna try it.

One of my personal favourites is Hainan Chicken Rice. It is a dish that has been adapted from early Chinese immigrants from Southern China. The chicken itself is prepared by poaching the chicken in boiling temperature and the stock is skimmed off and the chicken is roasted or steamed with garlic, ginger, pandan leaves, and other seasonings to produce a delicious treat. One of my favourite places to get Chicken Rice is Goh Thew Chik Hainan Chicken Rice on Chulia Street. There are so many places to get chicken rice, but this place is amazing. They only serve chicken rice, you ask for anything else they will look at you in a very strange way.

If there is something that you must try, it’s definitely Wantan Mee from Ah Ngau, he has been selling Wantan Mee at the very same spot for over 30 years and before that his father sold the same noodles. The noodles themselves are homemade from a local noodle maker but that is the only thing that has changed over the past few years, they are flavoured with lard, light soya sauce and it is served with minced pork wantans with pickled sliced green chili with sesame oil and pepper. He is also known for his beef noodles which is not something I am even used to. It is from an old Guangzhou recipe and made with beef brisket and rather than it being a clear soup it is a dark broth and is served with the same wantan noodles but they have a very distinct taste.

 

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Fresh chillies will play a part with food in penang.

 

Something that seems to be an acquired taste. Assam Laksa is a very famous Penang dish and it is something that most locals swear by. But, for someone who doesn’t quite enjoy the taste of anything too fishy it isn’t really something for you. The traditional dish is generally a thick broth but the broth is thinner. It is a made with poached mackerel, tamarind, lemongrass, chillies, and shrimp paste. The tamarind makes it have sour undertones and topped with rice vermicelli noodles. However, if Assam Laksa is not the thing for you, you should definitely try Curry Laksa which is a coconut-based curry soup. In Penang however, it is known as curry mee due to the different noodles that they use. However, the ingredients are the same which includes bean curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimps, cockles, and shredded chicken. Curry mee in Penang uses congealed pork blood which is a delicacy to the Malaysian Chinese community but obviously you don’t need to have that at all.

Another famous dish in Penang is the Penang Char Kway Teow. Traditionally it is made with flat rice noodles and stir fried with dark and light soy sauce with prawns, cockles, bean sprouts, and chopped chives. Every street vendor serves it differently but the concept is still the same. There are some places that serve it on banana leaf so that it absorbs the flavours. While it has a reputation of not being the healthiest dish because of its high saturated fat content, historically it was perfect because it was sold to fishermen, farmers, and cockle-gatherers because of its cheap source of energy and nutrients.

 

 

One of my favourite dishes is Nasi Lemak. It can be served as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Translated into English, it is “Fat rice” because its rice is flavoured with coconut milk and arranged on a plate with sambal, which is a hot sauce or paste which is made out of a mixture of chili peppers such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallots, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice vinegar. It is also added with fried anchovies, peanuts, and hard-boiled eggs. As traditional as the dish is, there are other variations with can include fried chicken or chicken rendang. Which is a dish that involves meat pieces that are slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices until almost all the liquid is gone and allowing the meat to become tender and absorb the condiments.

As much as all separate dishes are incredible and you would need to walk around Georgetown to find these dishes, the mecca for street food in Georgetown is Red Garden. You can get anything that you could possibly imagine at this food court. It is also a beer garden so you can enjoy an ice cold beer while you eat your food and there is also live entertainment every day after nine in the evening.

Having a holiday in Penang? Check out 4 things do on the Malaysian Island.

 

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