“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius.
This scene greeted me when I passed by one of the laterals of Little India, George Town. The Lord said, it's a beautiful day!

I certainly know that not all people would appreciate museumsold mansions, historical or touristy streets. Fascination to anything is such a unique trait that even twins don’t share. As everyone puts it, to each his own. A flower to me may appear a weed to you…

Neither watching movies nor spending lazy day inside a mall interest me lately. Are these signs of aging? haha! 🙂 No, it’s just me.

On a bright and sunny morning, I got off the Rapid Penang Hop On Free Bus that I boarded from Jetty in George Town, a few steps from the most majestic building in Lebuh Farquhar (Farquhar Street), the Muzium Negeri Pulau Pinang or the Penang State Museum

With just one ringgit entrance fee (PhP 14 or USD 0.30), I was transported back in time on different era when history of this Malaysian state originated.

Although the 2-storey fully airconditioned building is absolutely smaller in scale than our very own Philippine National Museum (I love Juan Luna’s Spolarium!), Penang State Museum doesn’t disappoint with its uniquely impressive display of magnificent history and colorful diversities. The 3 Malaysian races -Chinese, Indians and Malays are greatly featured in each rooms and chambers inside the muzium.

Too bad, photography isn’t allowed but irresistibly, I secretly captured this art creation from colored rice grains called Kolam…

“Kolam, (far from the witchcraft that you’re thinking! haha!) is a traditional sign of invitation placed at the entrance floor to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity. The patterns range between geometric and mathematical line drawings around a matrix of dots to free form art work and closed shapes.” (sourced via Wiki) True enough that when I asked one of my Indian-Malaysian students about Kolam, she mentioned it’s intended to bring good fortune to homes.

And so when Kolam becomes apparent decors on the floors of entrances of homes, malls and establishments, one can easily tell a Hindu festival is approaching.

Colored rice grains in delicately designed beautiful patterns, a kolam on display at Prangin Mall, George Town, Penang

Detail shot of the kolam on display at the entrance of one of the groceries here, Carrefour in First Avenue Mall…

It’s entirety is amazing!

On the 26th of this month, Deepavali or the Festival of Light, a celebration of triumph of good over evil will be observed here in Penang, and the rest of Hindu communities worldwide. Deepavali is one of the public holidays here in Malaysia.

Cookies to share to welcome and celebrate Deepavali

I only stayed less than an hour inside Penang State Museum and via few minute bus ride, I found myself mesmerized in Little India…

With my more than a year of working in Penang, it was only recently that I brought my feet to Little India in George Town. And what a perfect day it was because all stalls and streets are geared up for that Hindu holiday. The mood that morning was so festive even the pigeons looked happy and lovely…

With several interesting things to see, I killed time effortlessly on these streets within this Indian community…

The structures in these streets truly reflect the fusion of cultures…

How timely it is to visit Little India days before Deepavali! The blissful atmosphere radiated throughout the shophouses and almost all corners of this market place…

Bollywood music were played to high decibles that made the sights and sound of strolling and shopping more festive!

There are multiple interesting items to see, hear, smell and taste…
Another feast for the senses!

I personally liked these lanterns in various hues. One day, Tina and I will build a house with lanai with all those colorful Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Venetian, Moroccan and Turkish lanterns! *wishful thinking*

Having open houses during festivities like Hari Raya for Muslims and Deepavali for Hindus where every visitor is welcomed to eat and partake on the occasion requires offering of traditional delicacies, sweets and cookies…

Amazing colors and patterns…

Ladies may fancy these…

or these perhaps?

Make the garlands and floral leis ready for Deepavali!

Before Mr. Sun hits high noon, I felt the urgency to fill in my tummy.  I walked towards Lebuh Chulia to sit and order from Kapitan…

And to complete the Little India experience, it was a perfect time to eat that platter of Chicken tandoori and cheese naan AGAIN! 🙂

At only RM 10 (PhP 140), this Restoran Kapitan’s Chicken Tandoori and Cheese Naan combo is a sure hit for me!

It was more than a year since I’ve first tasted this Indian dish here in Penang. I love Kapitan’s version of the tandoori; the chicken’s very tender with sauces and chutneys that are so flavorful! I asked the wait staff who politely told me about what comes with Chicken tandoori. There’s fish curry sauce, then there’s chili and green mango chutney, veggie sauce served with lime plus onions. These dips and sauces perfectly match my favorite, cheese naan. The wait staffs and other diners were looking at me while I perform my usual ritual of capturing my food before I eat it!  But wait, I just had to take another shot! 😀

Ahhhhhh, Kapitan’s Chicken Tandoori and cheese naan –succulent, deliciously marinated, so tasteful!  I washed it down with a mug of Mango shake.

To my students and colleagues and all others celebrating the Festival of Light, have a happy Deepavali!


PS : Do you consider all these things on photos a flower or a weed to you? 🙂



    1. from a great photoblogger like you, iana, maraming salamat! 🙂

      whenever you find time to visit penang (kung nandito pa kami…) photowalk tayo dito, let’s have some kopi. 🙂

  1. i will never forget the aroma once you step into kapitan’s… and the bangles! kakainis kasi hindi ganyan ka-sale nung andiyan ako… natuwa ako when i saw your photos… parang i wanna go back na! hehe

  2. Ahhh…what a refreshing site (and sights). And you captured India’s colors in your photos. I too love Indian cuisine (huwag lang sobrang anghang) like chicken karay and their chapatti. Thank you, Doc.

    No, you’re not aging.☺ Your love for outside activities is healthy, and for sharing with us your priceless adventure (and photos), maraming salamat po…

  3. I’m afraid you are now on the “No Entry List” at the Penang State Museum for surreptitiously taking a pic of their Kolam and posting it in your blog LOL. Mas mabuti na yun kesa ipakulam ka pa nila. Just kidding.

  4. Very interesting culture, thanks for sharing this info about deepavali which I’m not familiar of….and also, Ithe Indian food looks yummy I haven’t tried other Indian food except curry hehehe

    so I can see how you’re carrying your DSLR cam everywhere you go even on dining on a restaurant hehehe…..
    adik!” LOL……wait how come Tina and Gabby were not with you??? I bet they’re at the mall ;-P

    1. yeah, it’s seems unusual if i am not with them when i rarely go out alone but they’re at work & school when i went here for a couple of hours.

      tamad nga ako mag-aral ng camera ko e; i have few things to read at hand and more online however laziness kills! i wanted to attend a crash course on photography hopefully when i get back home or whenever there’s a chance. i need help from experts, seriously.

      thanks, sards. i just visited your 2 blogs few days ago, nag update ka na ba? sobrang busy!
      …or lakwatsa with family? 🙂

  5. docgelo, pasalubungan mo ako nung mga bangles! hehe! 🙂

    as usual, your pics are so full of life, so full of color. those colored rice grains are amazing!

  6. Indeed, we each have our own standards of beauty or taste, or as it’s been said in Latin, “de gustibus non est disputandum”. I find what you did just exactly what I’d be doing if I had time to spare – museums and touristy streets (like Times Square in NY) give me another perspective of the world.

    I’m not sure if India’s Diwali is the same as this Deepavali but I’d like to visit India again to experience one of their colorful festivals!

    1. yes, diwali is the same as deepavali, dennis.
      you know you’re blessed for having an opportunity to see and experience the world!
      astig ang mga adventures mo lagi! 🙂

  7. hi doc gelo! i miss visiting your site. 🙂
    sarap po talaga mag ikot sa Little India.
    Our Indian friends told us to wear new clothes on Diwali, it brings good luck daw po.

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