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2016 archive

June 2016 Blogs


Visiting the White Crater (Kawa Putih) of Bandung traveling
Visiting the White Crater (Kawa Putih) of Bandung
(Jun 28, 2016) Bandung is Indonesia's third largest city with an elevation of 768 masl (meters above sea level). It enjoys a cool climate but plagued by crippling traffic like most of Indonesia. It's on the tourist map for its two volcanoes - Kawa Putih (White Crater) and Tangkuban Perahu. From Bogor where I was, Bandung was along the way towards my Eastbound direction in exploring Java. Upon arriving, first stop was Kawa Putih.....more »»

Exploring Bogor, Indonesia traveling
Exploring Bogor, Indonesia
(Jun 25-27, 2016) I tried, but Jakarta wasn't doing it for me. It didn't make sense to stay longer. There were a few looming possibilities, but the closest one was Bogor. It was highly talked about by a few travelers I met, and it was only 1.5 hours away by a direct train ride.....more »»

A First-timer in Jakarta traveling
A First-timer in Jakarta
(June 23-25, 2016) As my Malaysian visa was expiring in 1 day, I had to quickly decide which country to go to next. India required 4 days visa processing...too late. Kunming, China was suggested by a yogi friend but at $100 flight, it was too pricey. Bali was also at $100. Using SkyScanner.com, Jakarta was the cheapest at $57 from Kuala Lumpur. Without knowing anything about Jakarta, I was off to this big city in Indonesia.....more »»

Layover in Kuala Lumpur traveling
Layover in Kuala Lumpur
(June 22, 2016) Having enjoyed a full 30 days in Kuala Lumpur last year, it now felt like just an uneventful stopover for Malaysia's other destinations. But somehow, Julia Clarete shows up in the picture....more »»

Cool Climate of Cameron Highlands traveling
Cool Climate of Cameron Highlands
(June 19-23, 2016) From Penang en route to Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands was the logical destination as it was along the way. Travelers talked about treks on tea plantation but somehow, no one mentioned the cold climate at 1,100 - 1,600 meters above sea level.....more »»

Penang (Malaysia) Immersion traveling
Penang (Malaysia) Immersion
(May 27-Jun 19, 2016) After 23 days in Penang, I connected to the place in the same way I get to know a person. Every place has a personality...a unique way of interacting with you. Penang is not perfect but it's special. I put it up there together with other engaging destinations I've been to. I will keep coming back to this place.....more »»

Exploring the Emergent Cafe Culture of Penang food
Exploring the Emergent Cafe Culture of Penang
(Jun 18, 2016) Complementing Penang's compelling food scene is an emergent cafe culture characterized by chic European-styled cafes with artistic themes fused into the mainstream, adding color, dimension and energy to Penang's already vibrant cityscape.....more »»

Encounters with the Guru-Types of Penang people
Encounters with the Guru-Types of Penang
(Jun 17, 2016) Every once in a while, I come across people whom I would call guru-types. They have this uncanny power to dominate and impose their presence while being soft-spoken and disarming. People are naturally drawn to them, elevating their status to guru and them, disciples. The influence they carry is almost hypnotic. You don't come across them everyday, but in Penang, I was fortunate to come across three.....more »»

Overnight Camping at Turtle Beach traveling
Overnight Camping at Turtle Beach
(Jun 10, 2016) Over communal breakfast with other travelers at our hostel, Marat, another traveler, talked about camping overnight at Turtle Beach at Penang's National Park. Stoked, 4 of us headed out that same day for Turtle Beach!....more »»

Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in Penang yoga
Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation in Penang
(Jun 10, 2016) With the seaside Esplanade Park just steps away from our hostel, I got to practise yoga with new friends who were themselves travelers and yogis. The session could sometimes stretch to 3 hours. After the session, we would walk to Little India for some teh tarik (pulled tea) and roti canai (bread pancake with curry dip) as a fitting treat. This is how we begin our day in Penang...more »»

Daytrip to Batu Ferringhi traveling
Daytrip to Batu Ferringhi
(Jun 9, 2016) After Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi is perhaps the most visited place in Penang for its beaches. With its long stretch of white sand beach just 30 minutes away from Georgetown by public bus, it's very accessible.....more »»

Savouring the Food of Penang food
Savouring the Food of Penang
(May 27 - Jun 6, 2016) Like Lyon (France) or Hanoi (Vietnam), Penang is synonymous with food. To visit Penang is to savour its gastronomic indulgence from hawker food to fine-dining. Food permeates the city. Even after a meal, there is eager anticipation to try the next dish on the checklist.....more »»

Surreal Glow-in-the-Dark 3D World at Dark Mansion art
Surreal Glow-in-the-Dark 3D World at Dark Mansion
(June 3, 2016) Visiting Dark Mansion is like falling into the rabbit hole and finding yourself in wonderland that takes on new dimension with the changing of the lights as glow-in-the-dark paintings reveal a hidden world. You get to interact with 2D wall murals designed to look 3D from a specific angle. It's surreal!....more »»

The Animated Street Art of Penang art
The Animated Street Art of Penang
(Jun 3, 2016) Penang's street art has grown from an international art competition to a global phenomenon attracting tourists and art lovers alike. Street art mantles the quaint streets of Georgetown from narrow alleys to wide open streets and house facades from wrought iron pieces to mixed-medium 3D art on a wall. Very popular are the 3D wall murals since the public can interact with them. Walking Penang's street is a pleasure with so many Easter Eggs you discover along the way.....more »»

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Penang Hotels

Hotels

Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Penang hotel


Just Inn, Penang hotel


Restaurants

My Voice Cafe, Penang hotel


Attractions

Dark Mansion 3D Glow In The Dark Museum, Penang hotel






Penang Hotels

Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Penang
Le Dream
Boutique Hotel

Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia



Just Inn, Penang
Just Inn
clean | affordable
Penang, Malaysia



Dark Mansion 3D Glow In The Dark Museum, Penang
Dark Mansion
3D Glow In The Dark Museum
Penang, Malaysia



My Voice Cafe, Penang
My Voice Cafe
Big Bowl Ramen
Penang, Malaysia







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