Richard and I were wavering. To Georgetown Festival or not? Inertia placed us on the side of not. But after hearing about Festival Director Joe Sidek’s directorial debut while in Kuching I was swung the other way.
A stylish budget boutique stay in the centre of George Town, in Sinkeh proprietor Chee Sek Thim’s has created a calm oasis out of a heritage building that also happens to support Penang’s growing art scene.
Penang is a gorgeous tropical island, and now with the growing popularity of rooftop bars and other vertiginous attractions, you can go from appreciating the island’s sights up close at street level to taking it all in from above. Here’s how, in ascending order….
Baba Nyonya or Peranakan Chinese I know. Their rich legacy is well documented – in their homes, their clothes, and their food. Jawi Peranakan I didn’t, which is why on a recent trip to Penang I decided to stay at the Jawi Peranakan Mansion.
Ever since I had taken the funicular train up Penang Hill, I had harboured the ambition to hike my way to the top. On a recent visit, that’s exactly what I did.
In Penang for the weekend to catch up with a Lye Cwan, we made it 3 days and 2 nights of classic eats, classy cocktails and lots of nature.
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. And I did. Numerous times. Call it bad luck or pig-headed persistence, I somehow managed to miss Ernest Zacharevic curated art exhibition Ayam What Ayam repeatedly. 3 times to be precise. Originally meant to run from May 29 to July 27, an extension to 31 August was my last chance to catch the show.