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Pinang Peranakan Mansion

It feels amazing to be in places where some popular television shows were filmed there before. I was in awe when I saw the internal of the mansion! It is huge but cozy and I can know how it feels like to be living in this gorgeous mansion in the past. I would love to show the series of pictures that I have captured during my visit to this Pinang Peranakan Mansion which cost us MYR10 each person per entry. We took our time to explore the place and have our eye openers on the stuffs that were used before in the mansion.

A view of inside with fisheye 8-15mm f4L on 5D II from the entrance.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion XI

A capture of one of the room.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion X

Pinang Peranakan Mansion IX

Card game that people used to play as a past time hobby.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion VIII

Pinang Peranakan Mansion VII

Pinang Peranakan Mansion VI

Pinang Peranakan Mansion V

Pinang Peranakan Mansion IV

Pinang Peranakan Mansion III

A typical window you can find around the mansion.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion II

A view from outside the mansion.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion I

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Joo Hooi Cafe

Killing as many birds as possible with one stone should be what one is always looking for while traveling, especially with tight budget or limited days to stay and Joo Hooi Cafe is one great place to do that! Our food hunt has yet once again started the moment our day has started in the morning.

As recommended by the travel guides we got from a hotel, we were determined to search for Joo Hooi Cafe where they serve Penang laksa with great reviews. It was a short drive for us before the signboard of Joo Hooi Cafe appears right ahead of us while on the road and it had become a routine for us once we found the place that we were looking for, we would look for car park lots which is a fairly easy task to do as car park attendants would signal to you if you are looking for a car park and guide you into a car park space where you will have to pay a car park fee that varies from MYR1 to MYR5 depending on the area you are in, it will be of course, more expensive if you are parking near any tourist attractions.

While passing by the cafe, we were greeted with a crowded make-shift stall that is selling Cendol. Everyone around the stall were hanging around with the stall with a bowl in their hands slurping away leisurely, from there, I realized they were all having Cendol! I was telling myself that I am so going to have a taste of that. Cendol is a cold and sweet desert that taste really wonderful especially in a hot weather like what we have in Asia.

Once seated, we ordered both Penang laksa and Cendol almost immediately as the stall that is selling Penang laksa will be closed for the day at 5:30pm. With half an hour left, we were pretty excited to know how the famous Penang laksa would taste like. The picture of the laksa shown below tells you how a typical laksa looks like in Penang, some call it assam laksa as it taste a little sour, just enough to give you more appetite! Just a few mouthful and I knew that this has to be the best Penang laksa I have had so far. The taste was strong with spiciness and sourness but all was just right for my liking.

Penang laksa

After having my taste buds satisfied by the Penang laksa, I went for my Cendol anxiously as it is my all time favorite desert. Cendol is a cold desert which is made up of coconut milk, worm-like jelly made from rice flour, beans and palm sugar. The sweetness of this desert is something that I love and this has to be the best Cendol I have tried so far in Penang! There were few other stalls as well but all were starting to pack up and rest for the day. Joo Hooi Cafe is one place that is packed with great food, so if you are not driving and want to make the best out of every trip that you make in Penang, you must visit Joo Hooi Cafe and indulge yourself in the mouthwatering food they serve there!

All the pictures shown here were taken with 16-35mm f2.8L USM on 5D II.

Cendol

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005° 25.032’N
100° 19.839’E

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Destinations, Food

 

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Trishaw ride in Penang

Perfect moments just fall in at the right time and right space and I am so contented that I had great moments captured while strolling ourselves in Armenian street in Penang. Some have to wait hours or days before perfect moments come by, whereas some just by luck. I should count myself lucky for my great moment to come in my opinion. I did enjoy my captures while browsing through my photos taken there and would wish to share them here.

The photo that is shown below was taken by my 16-35mm f2.8L USM on 5D II. This is one trishaw ride that tourists would take in Penang to enjoy the scenery around the streets. When I saw them coming towards me in a very leisure pace, I grabbed my camera to start framing my shot which I’m not taking any chances to miss. I love this photo for their expressions captured and how the lady held on to her hat while enjoying her sight seeing ride. This shot can be mistaken as a staged one but I can justify now that this was all a street style photography that I attempted without staging any shots. In my opinion, I guess I can make this picture better by giving a shallower depth of field to give a cleaner picture by including the cars and pedestrians in the background into the bokeh(blur) zone.

Tourists on rickshaw

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Kid on a bike

When we thought that the walk around Armenian street was over, we were excited when we discovered one more piece of art around the corner! This kid on the bike was not literally on a wall but on a door so I was wondering if this is called the door painting? For this, an old bike was secured firmly against the wall as part of yet another work by Ernest Zacharevic. Another thing that attracted me is that the wall painting was done not on a clean wall but an dirty wall with paint peeling off. I sort of like the feel of the whole picture that I am sharing below as the whole image did not give me a clean feeling as it looks like it has a long way back.

In my opinion, the red old door did give my picture a very nice touch and color contrast. It did not take us long to stroll around the lanes in Armenian street to visit the wall paintings, in fact, it only took us less than half a day to do that. The picture shown below was taken with 16-35mm f2.8L USM on 5D II.

Armenian Street art IV

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Bicycle kids

I have to give it to Ernest Zacharevic for the wall paintings that he have done so far, he has given visitors like us much fun playing and interacting with his works around Armenian street. Besides getting close to the works he has created, he has also given chances for our imagination to run freely to have different funny pictures to be taken! Similarly to Playful boy, real bicycle was also an art piece to further enhance the visual effect of this nice piece of art here. People would hold on to the bicycle in various ways to take fun pictures instead of just standing beside it. I was standing there and admiring the wall painting with cars, pedestrians or cyclists making their way across my view as this wall is situated alongside a one-lane road.

I took this chance and used my 50mm f1.2 L USM on 5D II to frame the art as my main subject and I was definitely lucky enough to have a cyclist riding his mountain bike across my frame! Another best part was that I caught him looking at the wall painting in my picture. I love the shot that I have taken below as all these were just a short moment of coincidence and I have managed to captured them!

Armenian Street art III

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Art of rickshaw

Hand pulled rickshaws which was invented in Japan used to be the main means of transport in Penang in the very early days, as the name suggested, a runner would use his leg power to pull the carriage at the back which can seat two passengers. The art that I encountered here is not a drawing on the wall but it is an art made from metal. Pieces were soldered together to form a picture like so in my picture shown below. The arts that you find around Armenian street sides more towards cartoon type which gives fun to the visitors so you will see rickshaw got ripped apart while the passengers still stuck behind the narrow doorway with the runner running on.

The picture I’m going to share below was taken by 16-35mm f2.8L USM on 5D II. You can expect cars parking alongside the wall arts like these, so it has to depend on your luck when you are there.

Armenian Street art II

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Playful boy

Armenian street is one place that you would love to visit when you are in Penang. You can enjoy a walk around the street which offers wall arts around the corners. I can say that those arts were very interesting, they were done in such a way that they look real and 3D. Like the picture that I am going to show, real wooden chair was included to make the art more realistic, the shadows also did a great part too to push out the boy to us. While I was there taking a shot on this art, I realized how nice the tourists there were by been really careful when interacting with it. I decided not to take my chance but just taking a picture of it, I certainly do not want the chair go crashing down when I sit on it.

I have had wonderful experiences there walking through the lanes and getting surprises with more work of arts. They are not everywhere but just enough for us to go searching for every piece of art in every corners. The picture below was taken by my 16-35mm f2.8 L USM on 5D II.

Armenian Street art I

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Destinations, Malaysia

 

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Kafe Khoon Hiang

Right after our great experience with the tasty Char Koay Teow at Kafe Heng Huat, we set off for the next famous Char Koay Teow at Kafe Khoon Hiang. It was a rather easy find for us as the signboard is really prominent from the main road, so after reaching the pin pointed coordinates in our GPS, looked for a parking lot (not exactly a parking lot as we basically just parked by the roadside just outside the cafe) and settled down for our next conquest of the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow in Penang, Georgetown!

I was so excited to order our food that I mistook 40 minutes as 4 minutes of waiting time! You read this right, we waited for almost 40 minutes for our food. While waiting, silence remained as signs of hoping that the wait will proved to be worthwhile. Indeed, we were greeted with beautiful colors and aroma from our food in front of us. The difference between the Char Koay Teow in Kafe Khoon Hiang and Kafe Heng Huat is that Kafe Khoon Hiang throws in cockles but not in Kafe Heng Huat, the prawns from Kafe Khoon Hiang were not as good as the ones in Kafe Heng Huat. But the overall taste of the Char Koay Teow was good for us and we enjoyed it as well although we were comparing the taste between the two cafes most of the time. Comparisons are great to let us appreciate the good ones better.

Once outside the Kafe Khoon Hiang, I used my 50mm f1.2 L on 5D II to capture this shot to signify my visit for the famous Ah Leng Char Koay Teow. I love using pictures to leave my sweet memories in.
Kafe Khoon Hiang

Finally, the wait is over and we were served piping hot tasty food for our breakfast yet again in the morning!
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow

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005° 24.775’N
100° 19.162’E

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Destinations, Food

 

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Kafe Heng Huat

I have always been anticipating this trip with tons of food, yes, nothing but food. Peer influences have been inspiring me that I should indulge myself in the great food there. Doing some research online told me that Georgetown in Penang was proclaimed the food capital of Malaysia! It was not difficult to do some searching online for various food that one should try there. One of the famous food that everyone will mention on hearing Penang is Char Koay Teow which is pronounced as it is in Hokkien, well, most of the people there speaks Hokkien in dialect. Char Koay Teow is basically fried noodles with various ingredient like spring onions, prawns, bean sprouts, egg and cockles. They were served in various sizes which cost approximately MYR7 for a small one. What I like most of the food there is that they are served in really small portion if you order the small size dish, the portion is so small that it is not enough to make you feel full and you can keep going for more or choose to have other variety they have!

Hawker stalls in Georgetown are expected to start operating from 8am in the morning onward and it is best to visit the stalls as early as possible because various stalls close for the day as early as 1pm. Kafe Heng Huat was the first stall to have my Char Koay Teow as breakfast early in the morning! Five of us were extremely disappointed when we reached the empty stall at around 10:30am and the stall assistant told us that the stall will only open at 11am.

We were about to walk towards another stall when one elderly lady told us that the stall is opening while walking past us, we knew immediately that the lady is the stall owner. We had the medium size Char Koay Teow which costed us MYR8 each and it was tasty! The prawns were crunchy and I believed that they were glass prawns, the texture of the flat thin noodles were so soft and tender. The main ingredient that also enhanced the taste is the pork lard, that really helps and we enjoyed our meals there. I definitely recommend that stall for whoever wants to have a piece of the famous Char Koay Teow in Penang!

While waiting for our food to be ready, I snapped some shots to remember how this place gave me the memory of my life. Great food in a nice place like this. I have taken the first two pictures below with my 50mm f1.2 L on 5D II.

Stall owner preparing to start her first business with us, yes, we were the first to patronize Kafe Heng Huat.
Kafe Heng Huat

A trip to this stall for this food will definitely give you great experiences with your taste buds!
Char Koay Teow

A capture from outside with 16-35mm f2.8 L USM on 5D II.
Kafe Heng Huat II

Use your GPS to look for this location.
005° 25.023’N
100° 19.485’E

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Destinations, Food

 

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