Month: February 2015

Penang CNY: Lion Dance on Stilts

Lion Dance

Lion Dance

Lion dance on stilts performance (by youths) during Chinese New Year (CNY) festival in George Town.

Cheah Kongsi Temple at Dusk

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Cheah Kongsi clan temple, Armenian Street, George Town.

Penang “Hop-On Hop-Off” Double Decker Bus

HoHo Bus

A couple of months back, the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off bus service was launched to promote the island’s tourism and places of attraction. Equipped with Wi-Fi, the buses feature sky view and open deck, disabled-friendly facilities and travel through routes that covers 50 major attractions on the island. For those interested in exploring the heritage sites and streets of George Town, there is the ‘City Route’ bus while those who want to enjoy the beach and natural area of the island may hop-on to the ‘Beach Route’ bus.

For MyKad holders, the tickets are RM19 for adults and RM12 for children. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.
For non-Malaysians, tickets are priced at RM45 (adults) and RM24 (children above five and below 12).

For more info such as the routes covered and tour map, please check out www.myhoponhopoff.com/.

Bayan Baru: St. Presso Coffee

St. Presso cafe is located at the recently completed Elit Avenue in Bayan Baru, far away from the heritage zone of George Town where most such cafes are located. Despite the location, the cafe has been gaining popularity among the locals and people from around the area.

The cafe’s official website is http://www.stpresso.com.

Ayer Itam Dam: The Hill Top Trail

Ayer Itam Dam Trail

The hill top trail circling the Ayer Itam Dam is a popular trail for the locals here who like to take a stroll, jog, cycle and hike. Along the trail, one can easily enjoy the lush green rainforest and the cooling shades of the trees. There are also several smaller paths for hiking and biking along the trail, that lead to various locations of the hill and its neighboring areas.

Ayer Itam Dam Trail

Ayer Itam Dam Trail

Ayer Itam Dam Trail

Ayer Itam Dam Trail

Passing by the Hill’s Dam

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The tranquil and calm waters of the Ayer Itam Dam amidst the greenery of the hill.

The Temple of Lights

Kek Lok Si
It is that time of the year again when the famous Kek Lok Si temple will be lighted up throughout the Chinese New Year festive period in Penang.

Penang Street Art (Urban Xchange’s Strange Creature)

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This mural located at a ruined abandoned house in central George Town is a collaboration work between Ernest Zacharavic and an artist named Etoja for the Urban Xchange: Crossing Over festival held in Penang last year.

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Happy Chinese New Year

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Rows of hanging red lanterns covering up the compound of the Kuan Yin temple in George Town as part of the Chinese New Year celebration.

Today marks the beginning of the new Chinese lunar year, also the ‘Year of the Goat’.

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