We are in Penang!
It has been a while – and I apologize for the neglect on here. I managed to take a spill off my scooter while we were in Thailand, and catch some sort of bug that made moving very, very painful for a few weeks. I’m feeling MUCH better now though. There are a few more posts that are still to come at a later date from our time in Thailand. Marcus, Morgan and Artie took some fabulous photos and film footage.
We made it to Penang, Malaysia (via Kuala Lumpur) about a week and a half ago. This will be our base for a bit. We’ve sub-let a lovely condo here for a few months with great internet, wonderful amenities (pools, playground, gym, sauna), and space for us all to work on the projects we need to work on. We are very grateful that the opportunity to spend some time here came up.
Penang seems to be an island of contrasts. We are staying in a very modern condo, near a large shopping mall that rivals anything we have encountered in Canada. The internet in the condo we are staying in is twice as fast as any service we could get in most of Ontario. So, Penang has very modern-urban elements to it.
Yet, you only need to drive 10 minutes away to be in the very colonial Georgetown, where the buildings make you feel as though you have been transported a century and a half back in time.
Throughout the side-streets and alleys in Georgetown, you can find street art. This is not your typical “graffiti”. Many of them are very unique multi-media compositions and a joy to behold. Penang has a very artistic element to it.
And, I just need to look out our balcony to be reminded that we share the island with a jungle as well.
The island is home to those of Chinese, Malay and Indian heritage. It is very possible to hear a Muslim call to prayer in the background while you are watching a Chinese parade turn down the street. This diversity is part of what makes the food in Penang so unique and amazing.
We’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of exploring the food that Penang has to offer, and are looking forward to many more days of food adventures on the island.
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Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.