Penang, Malaysia

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I first arrived in Singapore two years ago excited for what's in store for me. There's a time when I needed to exit the country so my employer can process my work pass. Then I figured, with it's cheap and delish foods and vibrant art and culture, why not Penang?

Let's start at Love Lane in the heart of Georgetown, which I think is the hippest place around town.


Getting surprised with pretty murals in every turn we took.

Had fun counting our RMs and took advantage of how cheap the food is here. Some of the delish ones we had as far as I can remember were Oyster Omelette, Laksa, Nasi Goreng, Lok-Lok, etc.

Explored more villages and ended up at Fisherman's Wharf.

A random place that we sneaked into.

Casual Postcard shop slash coffee shop and an ice cream parlor for resting spots in between strolling.

Rode a bus to the outskirts of Georgetown to see the sunset in Batu Ferringhi.
We indulged in some more food at Long Beach hawker while we're there.

Randomly entered some quaint shops.

Shopped some trinkets.

Unusual experiences like bumping into a Mahatma Gandhi look-a-like and an Italian couple who offers a delicious calzone in an exchange of whatever amount of penny you throw in for a cause they're supporting.

 Penang can be a quiet town but it surprisingly is filled with cute nooks and I like how most of the streets are filled with arts. If you like the outdoors, you can jump into a bus and a ferry to Langkawi or hike some hills around town.
A real good cheap massage before flying back to Singapore.

This rustic hostel in Georgetown was our home for a week.

My sister flew out of Penang first, and I had a couple of days spent soaking in Penang's culture alone. It was nice meeting new people and exploring a reality that's unfamiliar to me.  I don't know about you, and it can be scary at times, but I favor days of freedom and solitude.

What else do you love about traveling? For me, it's the exchange of random acts of kindness that sticks to my system forever. Like this one hotel staff whom we asked for a direction, and was concerned with our safety and ended up booking us a grab ride to our hostel without asking anything in return.

Terima kasih, Penang!


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