I made a short trip to Penang (Malaysia) over the weekend to attend a design forum cum exhibition with my husband and Tz. Penang is an small island (much smaller than my country, Singapore) off the main island linked by a long bridge (13.5km). When the bridge is lit up at night, it looks like a mythical serpent on the seabed.
The last time I visited Penang was in my childhood days, didn’t have a deep impression of the place except for its street food. So I went with not much expectation except to go there for street food and DURIANS! Its durian season and Penang is one of the best places to eat them. I was pleasantly surprised by the cultural richness of the place, the passion of the young people in preserving their traditions from food, architecture, performing arts, etc. This place has so much to offer. There is so much street arts, lovely little cafes & restaurants in old heritage houses, art galleries, traditional crafts shops, boutique hotels in historical buildings, its a culture vulture’s and a designer’s paradise. Here’s a video snippet of snapshots I took in Penang. Check out the websites of some of the venues featured in this clip and some other interesting sites.
http://www.sekeping.com/victoria/home.html (with accommodation)
www.chinahouse.com.my/ (Multi-faceted art house, cafe, restaurant,etc)
http://www.thebluemansion.com.my (with accommodation)
http://renitang.com/home.html (boutique hotel, formally a Chinese medical hall)