We stumbled on this artist while walking in Georgetown (Penang island) streets. He was really old, but he can do amazing work!!!
Kek Lok Si Temple, Lunch at an Indian restaurant, Penang Hill, The Floating Mosque and Dinner at The Red Garden
That was a real beautiful day..
We spent that day with three Indonesian friends (Fitri, Fera and Yuyun) and two S.Korean friends (Ajull Lim and Si-Jull Lim). And actually their companion was what’s making this day unique!
We started by visiting the amazing Kek Lok Si Temple. The time we spent there was really very nice. It’s a huge temple and there are lots of nice places to take photos in. First of all, on our way there, we stumbled by turtles lake: 😀 YES 😀
And those are some other photos by the entrance of the temple:
Then we went for climbing to the farthest part of the temple. We booked a one way ticket for the elevator (otherwise we would have to walk so long,) but we climbed down walking!
Then we moved to have lunch in a nearby Indian restaurant:
After that, we separated we had different plans! 😦 But we kept company with Fera and Fitri 🙂
So we went to Penang Hill. However, me and Walid were on a low budget and couldn’t afford to pay the RM30 for climbing the Hill. So, we waited downstairs until Fera, and Fitri finished their trip up their! However, we didn’t sit still, we were looking for water to buy 😀
Later on, we went to The Floating Mosque.It was a bit far, but was definitely worth it! Never ever think of missing it!
We toured in the Masjid, prayed, enjoyed and took many photos!
We also videoed it, have a look at this video:
Then we went for dinner at The Red Garden:
There is a funny story to tell here! The Cook had a really very long hair (as you can see in the picture) and I told Fitri about it that I really like her hair. She went to her immediately telling her that I like her hair. She became very shy and refused to take a photo of me and her alone, but we managed to take a photo with her all! 😀
And that’s the last video we had before we had to run for the bus to Melacca…
Thanks for reading… next post is about Melacca, inshaAlah (God willing)
Clan Jetties, Khoo Kongsi Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Malaysian Police Celebrating, Fort Cornwallis, 3D street art gallery, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple, Penang Botanical Gardens and Red Garden food court.
We started the day by going to Clan Jetties. Which was a nice experience to make shopping above the sea! Yes, and cheap it was. You can buy souvenirs from there, and clothes for cheap prices but don’t forget to bargain.
Then we continued walking in the streets and we stumbled by some nice street wall arts like this one:
Then we went to the amazing Khoo Kongsi Temple, but we didn’t enter inside as it had an entry fees of RM10, and we were really on a law budget!
We continued walking and we stumbled by an amazing man doing paper-planes… You gotta have a look at this movie:
Kapitan Keling Mosque was our next station. It was really magnificent and you cannot miss it. The Architecture of the building from the outside is breathtaking:
The place of Ablution of the mosque was really different than any I’ve ever seen before:
That’s it!!! Well, I think it’s not very healthy and I don’t like the idea! However that was unique and worth documenting.
Then we continued walking… and we didn’t expect to be that lucky in that day! We had the chance to attend a Malaysian Police Celebration! Yes, it’s true! It was fascinating, and I edited the following video about it and I hope you will like it 🙂
They were all really very friendly with us, and as you can see they even allowed us to share the dance with them! Food and drink was offered by the end of the show. It’s was very simple, but for free and all of them were really simple and cooperative with each other from different ranks (soldiers andofficers). It was amazing how they could mingle with each others and with the citizens! I really liked the atmosphere!!!
Fort Cornwallis was next… Entry fees was really cheap! It was around RM2, and we didn’t know why except when we entered 😀 It is really a small one and there are nothing much to discover except very few, and I can tell all was worthless inside except the idea that you can read the history of the place. Another interesting thing is that you can have a very nice view of the ocean from there. Moreover, they were really creative to bring some statues and art sets for visitors to take photos with. I didn’t regret entering it, after all I paid RM2 only!
And then we went to 3D street art gallery and had some amazing photos there:
Beautiful! Aren’t they?!
Dharmikarama Burmese Temple was our next destination…
It’s a really big Buddhist temple, and it’s intrinsic to visit it to know about the culture of those people!
I witnessed inside those two beautiful temples many prayers for different people. I gathered them all in this video and hope you will like it 🙂
Those are some of the teachings/ stories that were in the temple. It tells you much about Buddhism. Its interesting to have a look at them:
And we had a chance to go through the temple, and take some photos from inside, including some of the praying rituals:
And then we went for the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple which is just across the street. It is very similar to the other one but the architecture is really different! You can see for yourself:
Street-nature is really magnificent here! We went for some after the two temples dose!
And we felt like walking, so we kept walking on the city streets enjoying nature, and more nature. Later we stumbled by a very beautiful tomb:
We are very thirsty by now! We drank all the water we have, kept looking for somewhere to buy a bottle, but no hope! Thanks God, we passed by a Buddhist society building for children (where children come to learn through activities.) We were very thirsty that we decided to go inside and ask for water! 😀 It was a bit embarrassing at the beginning, but the people there were very friendly and they gave us a full bottle of water, and we even played a little with the children 🙂 I am sorry I know it may seem unworthy incident, but I just thought this is worth mentioning!
Anyway, I believe we just arrived Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple now! It was really empty and isolated place! It’s ranked #7 on TripAdvisor, so we thought maybe today is a holiday or something, but once we climbed the very long way up there we realized why was that as they have visiting hours and we weren’t in any! We didn’t want to wait for the next visiting hour. This would result in not visiting another place we planned. So we just took some rest, toured around the place from outside, and of course took some photos:
And the next photos shows how high you have to climb for that temple 😀
And while descending, I saw some beautiful statues that I’d like to share with you hoping that you may like them:
Yes, and then we decided to go for Penang Botanical Gardens. We were very tired, but it was really close by!
We just went there, and we just had one of the most amazing, unexpected and exhausting experiences in our lives!
Instead of enjoying the garden, we, unintentionally, played exercises! LOL! Yes, we even don’t know how we made it?! We are now in front of the garden’s gate sitting to have a little rest. We realized that lots of people go in a certain opening inside the woods! And we just decided to discover where they are going 😀 You got it now, right 😀
Yes, we’re dump to do that! but it just happened and I don’t regret it because it was really really amazing! I never climbed some place in which there are so much nature like that before! It was just exquisite!
And that’s all what happened to us there:
When we climbed till the top, we were amazed to see a a small gym, drinks (tea, hot water,) and snacks. We were very thirsty and hoped to find cold water, but there wasn’t any. What we found there was just hot water. and we had no choice but to drink from it!!!
Then we climbed down heading to the hostel, of course, as we were in a desperate need for a shower!
After we had the shower, I thought it’s still early to end the day now and sleep, it was around 9 pm! My friend slept, but I went for a walk in the city streets. And I found a cool place called “The Red Garden”
And this video will make you feel the atmopsphere of the place (The Red Garden):
It was like a food court, and at the same time they make a show for you. I stayed there for a while then continued touring through many shops, supremarkets, night clubs and restaurants. And I went back home by 12 to find our new dorm-mates. They were three girls from Indonesia (Fera, Fitri and Yuyun)
And my next post will be about our last day in Penang, in which we, the three Indonesian girls and other sister and brother from s. Korea shared the fun in it together…
Do you know how Police in Malaysia celebrate? If you don’t, check this video 😉
That was a really a great unintentional experience. I really loved everything about this country including it’s police! 😀
The Ferry trip (from Langkawi to Penang), How we met the first street hooker, Clockwise hostel, Food Paradise.
The ferry trip was a really nice one. We expected that it would take around six hours. Surprisingly, it took only around three hours! The ferry was air-conditioned however I liked the idea that they allow you to stay outside on the deck of the ferry. I took advantage of that and spend 90% of the trip out there enjoying the ocean.
I didn’t expect to find that huge number of Arabs in the ferry; nearly 60% of the ferry passengers were Arabs. Most of them were honeymooners.
Once we reached the harbor, we did really find the difference between the atmosphere that Langkawi created. Langkawi is really a quite island for relaxation, while Penang is a busy city just like Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t like how taxi drivers received us with insistence that we should ride with any of them. However we ignored just all of them! Our hostel was just of a 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.
We bought a drink from a drink machine near the ferry terminal and started the walk relying on the GPS of my mobile. Unfortunately, the battery died before we could reach there, and we started the guessing!
And after 30 minutes of walk, we decided to stop and search for a place where we can recharge the mobile and go GPS again! And before we sat in Subway, I met the first street hooker in my life! OMG! They are for real!!! There are some girls who dress in a certain kind of cloth wearing excessive make-up making special sexy movements with their body to grab your attention! And, most important, is the whistle they make to make you look at them and notice their existence. I knew that it’s unique because all street-hooker were doing it there!
Although the time was around 6 pm, and it was like 2 hours before sunset, she was standing there in a corner, cornering her body on a scooter and whistling for any passerby. And I was one of them! Anyway, we just passed by her without giving her much attention, but of course we didn’t stop talking about her for a while! 😀
We stayed at Subway for around half an hour until the mobile was quarterly recharged. We started the walk again and on our way we met another guy who volunteered to help through providing us with lots of information about the city which was fairly valuable. Then we went to the clockwise hostel. Where is it?! The GPS says it’s here! But there are no hostels here!!!
We found a pretty young carpenter girl working in the street in some chairs. We asked her: “excuse me, where can I find clockwise hostel?” She smiled to us and said: “Welcome! Do you have a reservation?” We said: “yeaaas!” And… she guided us through a really tiny door without any sign on it that tells it’s a hostel!
We knew that the place was new and that’s why it was offering a lot for a really cheap price! We booked in an AC 8 bed dorm for RM23/night. That’s really cheap! The place was really clean and well-maintained. The WiFi was super-fast. The AC was functioning great and silent. However, they didn’t have drinking water or a proper place to sit at except a small one and it was hot and dark. The main hall/cafe was still under-construction!
We got inside the dorm, had a quick shower and decided to go walk down the streets!
We heard that Penang is a food paradise, and that’s why we tastes so many kinds of food along our way!
And we just toured around the city at night, walking through some bars, passing by street-hookers and resting at different kinds of restaurants 😉
We went back to the hostel around 12 am to find our roommates there in the dorm. It was a high school trip to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. They were really nice guys. We spent some two hours speaking about different topics till we felt asleep!