GOOD DAY FROM GEORGE TOWN, PENANG!

sunrise, chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
Sunrise viewed from Chew Jetty, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Saturday, 20 April 2013. Incidentally, I entered this photo in the HIPpix Challenge contest in Penang. If you like it and would like to support, kindly click this LINK HERE! and click the like button after the jump. Thanks!

Waking up early with my family on a  Saturday morning just to watch the sunrise at one of the waterfront-settlements in George Town, Penang and stroll around a few streets simply to capture images randomly doesn’t happen on a daily basis. I consider it a bliss! It’s an absolute breather from our almost-routinary-life in Penang (read : work-home-work or for our son, Gabby, school-home-school).

Despite the challenges and uncertainties of living abroad (and the expenses, my goodness! We just recently paid fees for renewal of my Employment Pass and my family’s Dependent Passes on top of our monthly domestic bills), I’ve been constantly reminding Gabby how blessed and lucky we are for having opportunity to live in Penang. I’ve been hearing myself reminding our 8-year-old kiddo redundantly, that tourists and travelers still take efforts in saving money, plan for trips and book flights, bus or train rides to this incredibly charming UNESCO World Heritage Site, while we’re fortunate enough to experience the best of Penang anytime we wish because we’re currently based here.

So at around 6:30AM, Tina, Gabby and I hopped on the Rapid Penang Bus from our current home in Butterworth to Penang Sentral Bus Station and took the 12-minute-ferry-ride to George Town.

ferry, george town, penang, malaysia

Gabby found a fun way at no cost to entertain himself while inside the ferry via Jellyfish spotting!

ferry, george town, penang, malaysia

While Gabby and Tina were busy counting jellyfishes, I took the chance of going down the first level of the ferry; my very first time in three years, actually!
ferry, george town, penang, malaysia
ferry, george town, penang, malaysia

My lovely wife, Tina bitten by the shutter bug and became hooked on instagram, captured this…

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The view of George Town from the ferry.

Then we hopped off the ferry and walked our way to Chew Jetty.

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From Rapid Penang Bus Station in Weld Quay, Chew Jetty can easily be reached via few meters of strolling towards left. It has been a year exactly when I first visited this modest place (read my blog post HERE!); inevitably, changes happened over time.

chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia

I was so excited telling Tina that I will take her photo by the mural of one of the houses at Chew Jetty.  It looked like this when I went there on my second visit last June 2012.

old mural at chew jetty

We were surprised to see this. Disappointed actually.
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
Previous mural of Lithuanian Artist, Ernest Zacharevic now dilapidated.

For reason unknown to us, the mural previously frequented by local and foreign tourists is now a memory. 😦

As I am following George Town, Penang (Penang State Tourism) on its facebook account, I saw a photo they posted of a newly installed mural done by a local artist at Chew Jetty. We saw it but it’s already deleted by white paint; I didn’t take photo of it anymore (I hope one of the readers could explain something about this).  

Nonetheless, we’re still thankful to see the fire ball rising from the East!

chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
Sunrise reminds us to be constantly grateful of our intangible blessings!

sunrise, chew jetty,

My photos don’t do it justice.

sunrise, chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
Moving on, I pointed to Gabby handmade fish baskets used by the dwellers at Chew Jetty in fishing. Although I’m not not sure whether those baskets are for catching crabs, shrimps or prawns or fish.
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Admittedly, I’m happy to see my wife enjoying her new past time : Instagramming! She’s now fond of taking photos by her ipod and at times, borrows the camera from my neck and takes her own shots. While she’s doing her thing, I did my own captures of some interesting things at Chew Jetty.
Here are a couple of beautiful cacti…

cactus
cactus

These clan houses by the descendants of Chew family must be preserved on stilts the way the were built ages ago as mandated by UNESCO.
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia
chew jetty, george town, penang, malaysia

From Chew Jetty, we crossed the street and went straight to Lebuh Armenian.  There, another favorite Ernest Zacharevic mural greeted us. It’s difficult to imagine for this mural to be broken down, it’s so fun to look at. Actually, there was a time that someone tried to destroy it by spilling liquid (was it milk or some paint?); thankfully, they managed to restore it. It remains to be one of the tourist-drawers in Pulau Pinang. Hopefully, the authorities can maintain it.
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Then Gabby started asking where to eat breakfast. He said he’s OK with Restoran Kapitan and was craving for some Cheese Naan. Since the streets and the scenes en route to Kapitan were picturesque, Tina and I spent a few minutes of taking photos.
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Goofed in front of a whimsically painted doors.
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george town, penang, malaysia
george town, penang, malaysia
And rode the trishaw on display for that photo-op.

I find this corner of Armenian and Cannon Streets attractive. I know I shall miss this spot one day.
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george town, penang, malaysia
george town, penang, malaysia

Breakfast, actually more like of our brunch was at one of our favorites, Restoran Kapitan at the junction of Pitt and Chulia Streets.

george town, penang, malaysia
Roti Keju or Cheese Roti and curried dips, FTW! 🙂

george town, penang, malaysia
george town, penang, malaysia
First time to try Roti Tisu from Restoran Kapitan and frankly, I liked the version from the other Indian eatery in the heart of Little India. They serve Roti Tisu with strawberry syrup and condensed milk there. Yummier, I think.

Washed down everything with Iced Blended Chocolate and Mango Lassi.

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Refreshingly good!

Hopped on the Rapid Penang Bus from Chulia Street to Komtar and went to Carrefour grocery for a little grocery shopping.

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Someone’s happy with his chocolate cereal purchase! 🙂

It was a Saturday morning well spent. 🙂

“Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you  have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music  will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God  intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.” ~Mandino, Og

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13 thoughts on “GOOD DAY FROM GEORGE TOWN, PENANG!

  1. it’s sad to see that beautiful mural be left to ruin just like that. i think it’s really important to explore your neighborhood/region while you’re there. it’s laudable that you are instilling in gabby these virtues and the love for exploring new places, understanding and embracing new cultures. ma’am tina is so cute, that short hair is becoming.

    1. the unfortunate state of that mural, i was told via fb was brought about by exposure to salt water and sun’s heat (but i read somewhere that the lithuanian artists commissioned to do those murals all over GT used a quality paint and finish that could last for 3 years. sad it didn’t even last for a year.

      anyway, thanks, maria for your those good words. you never run out of generous comments, thank you!
      tina will smile, i’m sure when she reads this. 🙂

  2. That’s a sad thought ano na yung dating nakita mo was good and you go back expecting it to still be there with improvements and there’s none and it even was destroyed. So sad.

    1. hi sheng! i agree with you. however, i received a comment on fb from a penangite-blogger stating that the mural was dilapidated because of heat from sun exposure and salt water exposure. whether it was brought by natural causes or worse, done with intention (i hope not), still saddening, right?

  3. Nice shots doc, “ikaw na!” hehehe galing mo, now “I envy you!!” grabe I love your sunrise shots….and cute kayo ni Tina, terno pa talaga sa outfit hehehe….Gabby is getting taller now, I like murals too. I should have posted some of my mural photos….hmmm maybe next time. I love all your shots!

  4. keep it coming doc, we have just got home from our holiday including Georgetown. Had the most brilliant time we going back – its just like your pictures! In the mean time I’ll have to drool over your blogs x

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