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Penang Hill, Malaysia

by on Sep.28, 2011, under Posts

One weekend, we joined a local group of outdoors enthusiasts on a hike up Penang Hill, one of the highest spots on Penang Island.  The hike started getting hot and heavy in the beautiful Penang Botanical Gardens, built up to a climax at the Crag Hotel and rolled off at Flagstaff Hill, the destination of Penang’s famous Swiss-made funicular railway.

The Crag Hotel, pictured above, was built by the British in the 1890s and has lain abandoned since 1977 except for a brief appearance in the film Indochine.  Despite the years of neglect, the buildings and fixtures remain elegant, and the views of Penang Island are excellent.  If I had a million dollars…

Besides the Crag Hotel, the highlight of this hike was the wildlife –

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Betel Nut, Malaysia

by on May.19, 2011, under Posts

This isn’t a food porn site, nor will it ever be, but I couldn’t resist posting this picture of a delicious coconut I had in Bukit Mertajam (大山腳), a city in Penang State, Malaysia.  Just look at that thick juicy, layer of smooth, wet coconut flesh.  My mouth waters just thinking about it.
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Another taste of Myanmar

by on Apr.23, 2011, under Posts

April 13 was the New Year celebration for Thailand and Myanmar, also known as the Songkran Water Festival.  Unfortunately, I was in neither Thailand nor Myanmar on that day, but I did the best I could – I visited Thai and Myanmar Buddhist temples in Penang, Malaysia.

Here’s an environmentally friendly reminder I noticed in the Thai temple:

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