Gorgeous Georgetown

Yes, the title is a bit lame but the adjective is really apt in describing Penang. It is in every sense of the word…gorgeous. Had the chance to explore it during September of last year as I visited a friend based there and met up with other friends who flew in from Manila.

After enjoying hawker food the night of my arrival with friends from Manila, Tsu and I met up with Sarah the next day and explored Georgetown. It was an extremely hot and humid day and we were just exploring by foot. By late noon, we were close to passing out but hey, it was all worth it.

A must do in the area is spotting the various murals which adorned Georgetown’s rustic streets. Here are some snapshots I took:

There are so much more and I’m bummed I wasn’t able to spot them all. Also, not enough time to enjoy all that food! Penang, after all, is said to be the food capital of Malaysia.

I am definitely coming back this year, possibly in August for the famed Georgetown Festival. From the festival’s site:

George Town Festival is a month-long festival which began as a celebration of George Town’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Listing in 2008.

Since then,  we have had the privilege of hosting spectacular events spanning the arts – from world-class performances to cross-cultural creative collaborations, experimental art, traditional and contemporary performing arts, as well as exciting local community initiatives and public installations.

Our mission is to become the platform for culture and the arts in South-East Asia, with a focus on George Town’s unique perspectives. For the festival month, the city becomes a canvas where performers and audiences transform spaces within it with venues ranging from auditoriums to  five-foot ways, colonial shophouses to sidewalk galleries.

In previous years, our events have drawn more than 200,000 festival-goers from all walks of life, and engaged up to 90 production groups, communities, artists, and performers across 145 programmes.

The festival continues to offer the best possible experience through our core beliefs of Collaboration, Community, Reinvention and Accessibility, intriguing audiences with our various free and ticketed events.

George Town Festival 2014 will take place over the entire month of August.

That said, see you again very soon Penang!

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Oh would you look at that. It’s been almost a year since I’ve jotted down something on this space. Pardon me. But let me assure you… 2013 was AMAZING.

Must see: Museum Bank Indonesia

As promised more photos from my Kota Tua trip. Now, the visit to Museum Bank Indonesia was not really part of my plans. But I went there anyway because I was finding it difficult finding a cab (an occurrence I am very much getting used to by now) and the museum was right in front of me. Best decision ever. Not only was it mercifully air-conditioned, it was also a visual treat that came at no price.

Jl. Pintu Besar Utara No. 3
West Jakarta – Indonesia
Ph. 62-21- 2600158
Fax.62-21-2601730
Email:museum@bi.go.id

Tuesday – Friday: 07.30 AM – 03.30 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 08.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Monday & Holiday Close

Free of Charge

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Presenting STUDIO GHIBLI’s first live action kaiju short film

Commissioned by Neon Genesis Evangelion director Anno Hideaki. Directed by key Eva artist Hijuchi Shinji. Monster design by Hayao Miyazaki.

A stellar combination without a doubt.

The tokusatsu’s title is Giant God Warrior Appears In Tokyo (Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru) and was originally created for a museum exhinition.

I actually kinda find the effects cheesy but from what I’ve read, the film was really aiming for an old-school feel. And despite I barely understand the narration, I am touched by the film’s tone. That, and thoroughly amused by people just standing calmly while taking pictures as the monster tears through the city.

source: io9