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Goodbye Penang

Jasmine Apartments, 3rd Small Hill Av,
Park Sri Nibong, Neighbourhood of the last parakeet,
Island of the areca nut.

(This is the most musical address I’ve ever lived at all my life (translated from Malay)!)

My nomadic heart’s little jig five months ago when I moved to this little island is now back for an encore, for my third big move in as many years. It’s time to haul both feet to Singapore, join my partner-in-life-and-crime, and … to learn and stay still for a while. It’s time for a new challenge, one that I’m not sure how I’ll pull off. To calm the need to move constantly and its accompanying exhilaration, and morph it into a more grown-up, erm…feeling? Maybe my age this birthday will help this cause :)

I’ve spent every weekend here unearthing a new place to visit, including a few hours invested in trying to find vegetarian versions of Peranakan flavours. The result is a LOT of pictures and a LOT of scribbled notes. I haven’t figured out a way to construct a method to this madness of traveling in the same place I live, but I’m still trying.

As I say goodbye with the strangest mix of feelings, here are a few favourite spots, in no specific order.

Khoo Kongsi, a Chine clan house all lit up
Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house all lit up
A Chinese touch at an ornate Thai Buddhist temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram
A Chinese touch at an ornate Thai Buddhist temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram

(Yes, I can type that full name and pronounce it!)

Penan'g most famous mural. It is a miracle that I caught it with no tourists!
Penang’s most famous street-art. It is a miracle that I caught it with no tourists!
Perenakan treasures at Pinang Perenakan Museum. Such opulence!
Peranakan treasures at Pinang Peranakan Museum. Such opulence!
More bizarre Chinese motifs at the Burmese Buddhist temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
More bizarre Chinese motifs at the Burmese Buddhist temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
Home of the orchids at Penang Botanical Garden
Home of the orchids at Penang Botanical Gardens
Nasi Lemak. Penang is head over heels in love with its food. Strangely, I was not. Well, at least I tried!
Nasi Lemak (the vegetarian version). Penang is head over heels in love with its food. Strangely, I was not. Something tells me it will be a lifelong quest to answer the question – why?!
Look what you find just jumping out at you as you wander the old town streets!
Look what you find jumping out at you as you wander the old town streets!
Kek Lok Si, in all its glory during Chinese New Year celebrations
Kek Lok Si, in all its glory during Chinese New Year celebrations
Kek Lok Si, the pagoda combines three styles - Chinese, Thai and Buddhist. This personifies the eclectic mixture of cultures that is Penang!
Kek Lok Si, the pagoda combines three styles – Chinese, Thai and Burmese. Fitting for the eclectic mixture of cultures that is Penang!

You’ve been good to me, Penang.
Terima kasih banyak, selamat tinggal (thank you very much, goodbye!).

1 thought on “Goodbye Penang”

  1. Very nice coverage of your living period in Penang !

    Saying ” selamat tingga” must have been painful, if not tear jerking! Buck Up.

    DAD

    On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 5:16 PM, Nomadic Wanderlust wrote:

    > cosmickarma posted: “Jasmine Apartments, 3rd Small Hill Av, Park Sri > Nibong, Neighbourhood of the last parakeet, Island of the areca nut. (This > is the most musical address I’ve ever lived at all my life (translated from > Malay)!) My nomadic heart’s little jig five months a” >

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