Deepavali - preparing for the riot
Favorite thing: The Hindus and other locals didn't look like a particularly troublesome lot. I was therefore surprised to see so many police in full riot gear brandishing baseball bat style batons.
It is probably standard security when the King and high ranking politicians are around.
Fondest memory: Second visit to Georgetown and it's Deepavali. The King is here, along with a million others. I have a bad habit of turning up at places when something big is going on. It can be a good thing but more often that not it means everywhere is crowded and accommodation is scarce and overpriced.
Watch the antics of Japanese tourists
Fondest memory: I have a strange fascination with Japanese tourists. I love the way they arrive en masse in a tour bus, giggling and chatting, take their photos and then zoom off to the next place on their itinerary. Over the years their antics have given me a great deal of pleasure. I would dearly love to spend some time in Japan. Thank you people of Japan.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed walking around Georgetown and looking at the old buildings and signs. The street signs and advertising boards are from an era long ago. In most places all this stuff would have disappeared and made way for new buildings. However, this is not so in Georgetown, probably due to lack of money.
My father did his national service in Malaya in the 50's and used to go to Penang for R&R. I got the impression that some of the buildings and sights I saw had changed very little since he was here. In a world that changes far too quickly this was quite refreshing!
Lion dance ceremony
Fondest memory: I was in Georgetown just before the Chinese New Year and preparations for the festival were already under way. I wanted to see some traditional lion dancing and was fortunate enough to find it happening at one of the Chinese temples.
What I didn't realise was how important the ceremony before the actual dance is. The chap in the photo worked himself into a trance-like state as he blessed the danced and annointed them with some kind of paint.
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Mosque - Georgetown, Penang
Fondest memory: Not a tip, just a picture. I've covered the Indians and Chinese. Here is a Mosque for the Muslim community of Penang.
Do they live in these things?
Fondest memory: I'm probably wrong (it wouldn't be the first time), but I have started to think that some of the trishaw riders actually live in their machines.
Favorite thing: It is probably becoming evident now that sleeping trishaw riders are one of my favourite subjects when taking photos!
Doorman at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Fondest memory: Doorman at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, the best hotel in Penang. See Accommodation Tips section of this page for details
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Fondest memory: Watching the Japanese tourists come swarming in on rickshaws, stopping for 5 minutes to take photos and then speeding off again!
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