Penang 2009 (06 Aug 09 to 09 Aug 09)


Took a short trip with my ex-colleagues from XM Asia to Penang, where we had local delicacies to Eurasian food as well as tidbits…

Plane window

Group photo taken at a Church in GeorgeTown

Group photo taken at the Malayan Railway

My hometown, My bike and my durians...

Waiting for the city shuttle

Framing a local along the old houses of Penang

A group photo along the streets of Penang

The Beggar, The Cat & the Packet of rice
The Beggar, The Cat & the Packet of rice
These “Beggar and Cat” series are some of my favourite shots during the day. At little India, I saw this cat looking at the Beggar who was having one of his few meals a day. It looked like it wanted a share of the pie… so what I did was to snap a shot first (which is the B&W shot above) before slowly advancing, giving the beggar the perception that my focus was on the cat. I made the “meow meow” sound as means of distraction to the beggar while keeping both of them in my frame. Alas, the final shot didnt come out as expected… the Beggar looked at the Cat BUT the cat wasn’t looking at him or the packet of rice no more…

This section onwards was mainly taken at Wisma Yeap Chor Ee and the Oldest Chinese Temple in Penang. Do enjoy but not forget to read the snippets I included in each picture. Cheers

Praying at the Oldest Chinese temple in Penang
This was taken in the oldest Chinese temple in Penang. Candice or Carolyn captured this shot of me and Feli while I cropped it into black and white to elongate the shot. I was burnt by the incense throughout the entire praying because there was too many joss sticks to light and put in each altar… I shld be ashamed that I did not know what I was doing exactly. Kudos to Feli who brought me around to put the joss.

Preparing for the play

Singing as they shld be

The old folks love it!

Thru the furnace
These are some of the artistes who would be performing for an opera play right outside the temple. Some locals told me that it was for the Goddess Guan Yin’s Birthday… Was it? I seriously don’t know. This was taken on the 6th August 2009 but I can’t find any information on the goddess birthday thou. I enjoyed the shot through the furnace most. I was so worried my lens would spoil or melt because of the heat from the furnace. Silly me I guess!

One of the old parking meters still widely used in Georgetown, Penang.
This is the coolest parking system I saw in Penang. If we had this in Singapore, I probably enjoy dunking coins into it and twist the knob OR I would enjoy dunking coins in when I see parking wardens coming by. HAHAHA!

Wisma Yeap Chor Ee

Security guard coming out to check on us!

One of the windows from the inside

So rundown and abandon inside that we saw some of these birds, dead and dried up inside the huge area...
This was the exterior view of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee (standing since the 1920s), which is going to be developed into a hotel soon, together with the Malayan Railway. However, we managed to take a peek inside, in its ORIGINAL form (unlike the Malayan Railway, which was renovated before). It was so undisturbed that it became abandoned till birds died there, to rot in its fullest form without being disturbed.
I wasn’t bold enough to go upstairs though. The emptiness that was in the building, restrained me well enough to proceed further to the next few levels.
Here are some snippets of it and to know more about Yeap Chor Ee, here goes:

Click to access clip00609.pdf

I think I will have many posts with relation to Penang… I shall try to end it all by Part 5 at most I assure. I will then start to show my first assignment (kinda commercial but for a website) at the florist.

Here’s one before we retire for day 1… Look clearly and you can see the Indian man on the left of frame doing a peace sign~ hee so cute~

On the way back to Hutton Lodge from Komtar
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Day 2:
We took a private van ride to the Snake temple, one of the popular attractions in Penang.
Snake temple, Penang

The snakes, the blind and the sleeping dog
A popular scene of “The snakes, the blind and the sleeping dog”?  The blind man was rather interesting… When he heard footsteps, he would knock on the bowl he was holding, to ask for alms. To his disappointment, I didn’t gave him any money…   = (

Snakes by the altar
This is one of the snakes residing by the altar. It seems the snakes were all very tamed… I wonder are they defanged? I wouldn’t want to take the risk…

Next, we proceeded to Kek Lo Si (the biggest buddhist temple in Malaysia), another very popular attractions in Penang. The sad thing is, the Goddess of Mercy statue was under construction again, thus can’t capture it. We only had like 20 mins to hang around in this huge temple and I was like running about so I can have a brief view of the entire place as well as some snaps.

Kek Lo Si Temple
View overlooking Penang as well… its high up in the hills… 1000+ steps to reach the temple…. We got UP there via a van…         = )
Interior of the temple's main hall
A shot of the temple main hall’s interior, with the intricate carvings on the walls. That’s the beauty of such temples; everything up to the ceiling are customized. Maybe that’s where MiniCooper gets its inspiration to fully customise their vehicles?        = )

Buddha statues 1    Buddha statues 2
These are around the temple… on four sides of the temple (in the other hall, not the main hall)

Our tram ride up Penang Hill… I seriously wonder have I went up before (when I was younger, my parents brought me to Penang once too)

Penang Hill's tram ride
I loved this image (its cropped, as I only have a 50mm with me)

Silhouette of Indian temple's statue
This was a silhouette shot of the statues in a Indian temple up on Penang Hill.

Overview of GeorgeTown from the top of Penang Hill
This is an overview of GeorgeTown up from Penang Hill… Skies were dull and lack of colours so I did an exposure blend in black and white. Shot with my UWA lens.. = )

Next set of images would be from 1/2 of my culture: Peranakan! My mum’s dad was a Peranakan, so was my dad’s mum. Whao! haha! These were taken at the Peranakan Museum. FYI, Some scenes from “Little Nonya” chinese tv series aired in Singapore were taken here!

Main door
I loved the colours of the house. So refreshing!

Interior of the house
This was one of the many different interiors they had in the mansion. The mansion displayed Peranakan cultures spanning across several generations, thus the different design.

Candle Holder
Peranakans were so rich last time that they can even have customised Candles Holder…. Its a Dragon Candle Holder.. Beautiful isn’t it?

Furniture of the Peranakans
Some of the many precious furniture of the Peranakan culture.

Stairs leading to the 2nd level
Even the stairs leading to the 2nd level needs to be lavish… Check out the design.

Peranakan jewellery
This was featured in a protected glass display in the mansion. I think its beautiful, the dull yet metallic black tones of the material made it look good I thought and probably also because of the nice pink cloth the jewellery was resting upon… = )

Take-away containers
This were used in the olden days to pack food (Don’t think this is solely a Peranakan style, probably just the design). I used to see my grandmothers carrying this around when we were younger. Food taste especially good with em. Déjà vu!

Me, Camwhoring with the Peranakan Mirror

These series of photos were taken at Wat Chaiyamangalaram Thai Buddhist Temple aka The Temple of the Lifting Buddha (the 4th largest sleeping buddha statue in the world) AND Dharmikarama Burmese Temple dates back to 1803, and was built by Nyonya Betong, a Burmese.

Reclining Buddha (4th largest in the world)
The Thai temple in Penang with the 4th largest reclining buddha in the world…

One of the few golden buddha statues pasted with gold papers.
One of the buddha statues with golden paper pasted on it.

One of the many golden statues with golden paper pasted onto by devotees. Behind the golden statue lies the reclining buddha
One of the many golden statues with golden paper pasted onto by devotees. Behind the golden statue lies the reclining buddha.

The flooring: beautifully coloured lotus leafs with a green background. That’s what I like about this temple.

Burmese Temple: A large statue of Lord Buddha... really HUGE
This was taken in Sime Hall where the TALL Lord Buddha’s statue was. Glad I had an ultra wide angle lens. Even though there are distortions but I am not really bothered. What I wanted was to capture the details inside. = )

The buddha's fingers
A shot of Lord Buddha’s fingers and the beautiful ceiling above. If I had a F1.2 lens… probably the bokeh would look even more fantastic. HAHA…

Lord Buddha and his follower
A shot of Lord Buddha and his follower… Now you can gauge the size of Lord Buddha.. = )

Another faithful follower
This was a shot of another faithful follower offering his prayers to Lord Buddha.

I missed out a final photo. Its the coolest group photo taken on the 1st day if I am not wrong. The accidental attitude shot (accidental coz we found this background by chance, attitude because of our “style”!)
Attitude shot

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