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    The history of Penang

    by DanielF Updated Aug 8, 2006

    Favorite thing: Penang is the oldest of the Bristish settlements in the Straits of Melacca, but everything is relatively new and modern here. As a matter of fact, the city was founded only about two centuries ago in a former moor.

    Due to its strategic location of its port on the long route from Europe to China it soon prooved to be vital in Britain's plans to replace the Dutch in the control of the region.

    In order to increase the population, the British authorities offered land to anyone wanting to establish on the island. That is why people coming from all of Sout East Asia (Burma, Thailand, India, Malaysia and, particularly, China) were attracted to the island and they all have left their traces in the local culture.

    The prosperity of Penang declined when Singapore became the main trade centre in the area. This has allowed for the preservation of a much more authentic and picturesque Chinatown than almost anywhere in South East Asia.

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    Tourist Information Center in KOMTAR

    by iNorv9 Written Dec 25, 2005

    Favorite thing: Be sure to visit the Tourist Information Center in the KOMTAR tower complex. Here you'll find several free maps with descriptions of things to do, and some helpful advice from the lady behind the desk.

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    BANJIR

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 16, 2005

    Favorite thing: The flood (banjir) after heavy rains is one of the happiest memories of tropical areas. Penang's climate describes an equatorial one, a pleasant mix of warm, sunny days and occasional cooling rain storms, with August through November being the wettest months generally ...

    Raindrops

    Fondest memory: We all enjoyed a truly tropical storm with the flood afterwards. At some places the rainwater rose up to more then 1 metre. Special fact was the red colour of red earth of Penang. It's stunning! We splashed around, because the temperature isn't like in the Western countries. It still is hot! Boy, how a memorable Penang time we had!

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    Stormy Weather Approach

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 16, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Yes ... when the rains falls down it really can be a stormy weather! With very dramatic thunder storms too but it doesn't last long.
    Thunderstorms are common in the Tropics though can come in a very quick way. Penang belongs to the Tropics, too, so the equatorial climate is of a pleasant tropical mix of happy, sunny days and some coolings rain storms.

    Info Climate

    Fondest memory: We got real "lucky" to enjoy one of those tropical rain storms. I remembered my childhood at Papua New Guinea. When the sound sudden went perfectly silent; the birds, crickets and all creatures imposed silence on everything; the air went pitch dark, cloud-capt, and the sudden scudding clouds; the ocean went grey-green and no-waves-at-all... the "tjemara"-tree branches just started to whisper ...

    Then the "Lampor" passed by! The lull before the storm! At Java it's said the Javanese Spirit-queen Nyai Lara Kidul moves inland and will take bad people, virgins and unlucky fellows to Her kingdom beneath sea-level ... We loved these moments just before the rain would fall down in heavily dramatic multitude. Time to rush home, though we went for a warm shower. The falling rain is quite warm, you know ...
    thanks Penang, for this great experience

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    DURIAN - Smells Like Hell, Tastes Like Heaven

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Of course, you'll have to look for the legendary durian fruit (in season starting in December, Southern Penang). The durian, known as the world's smelliest fruit, has been compared by outsiders to rotten eggs. Also the looks of the durian is bizar, looking like a green bowling ball all covered with dangerous thorns. When opened the meat is yellow-white, creamy ... pulpy. No one has neutral feeling about the durian; love it or hate it! And don't try to bring one home ... the airlines don't allow it on the plane because of the stench ...
    Durian Festival

    Fondest memory: My upmost favourite, maybe because of my mom who ate durian every day when pregnant of me. We learned to wash our hands using the water poured from a durian skin so it will remove the smell from your fingers. The proverbs "It smells like hell and tastes like heaven" - "like eating ice cream in a stinking toilet" don't bother me and, makes me thinking of heavenly paradise, thanks Penang for your delicious durian flavours.
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    King Of The Fruits

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    Mixed bag

    by grahamopey Written Jun 22, 2005

    Favorite thing: Penang is a nice little jewel, however, I did stay for one night in georgetown and it is cheap but its definately not too cheerful. Be careful about which hostel you check in to. Some rooms have windows but no paynes of glass!!! Drinking is an expensive habit (get the boat to langkawi for that one) however I ate probably the best curry I have ever had in georgetown - sorry, can't remember where.

    Fondest memory: For a cheap guesthouse check out 42 travellers lodge or Jimmys place on love lane (not the real name, Jimmy is the great chinese owner).

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    State Flag of Penang

    by xuessium Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Extracted:
    ..."The flag is a tricolour consisting of vertical stripes of equal width of light blue (at the hoist), white and yellow; on the central (white) stripe is an areca nut palm (known in Malay as pokok pinang) on a mount. Light blue signifies the sea which surrounds the island. The white represents the State itself in its serenity. The yellow signifies prosperity. The betelnut (or areca nut) tree is the tree from which the island takes its name.

    There is no sultan of this state as it was once a component part of the British Straits Settlements"...

    Tom W. Koh

    Source: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/my-p.html

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    Street flowers

    by l_joo Updated Mar 30, 2005

    Favorite thing: Sorry again, I don't know what flowers is call, but I know I can see so many in Penang, local peoples like to have this flowers in front of their house. The plant is about a man's height only, when I was little boy, somebody taught me to eat this flowers, it has a little sweet in taste.

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    Old Tanglang's residential road

    by l_joo Updated Mar 30, 2005

    Favorite thing: Old Tanglang's residential road is aobviously very narrow, probably these houses were built according to the ancient Hokkien peoples' housing plan, it was not built for cars or big trucks, its for for pedestrians and animals.

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    Nagarathar Sivani Temple

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

    Favorite thing: Nagarathar Sivani Temple is located at Dato Keramat road, I used to come here once for my mom's Indian friend's wedding. I was here to see their wedding ceremony and saw how they eat the banana leaves rice. But I didn't eat, beacuse I was very scare that time, hahaha.

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    Street vendor

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Thise kind of street vendors are rare today in Penang. My mom told me they saw so many such vendors during her girl days, I saw some too but was already near the ending. Now the most you can see is this, and I was luck to have one snapped nearby Komtar.

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    Seang Teik Road's market

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

    Favorite thing: This place is very congested in the morning, Some Penangites would come here to gather and sell and buy, its an old wet market actually where peoples selling fishes, vegetables etc and many small food vendors and restuarants all jampacked at one spot. Good for photos, don't miss this location.

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    Old windows

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

    Favorite thing: Old windows can be reconditioned to completely change its outlook to look like a new modern designer house, there are some really nice works in Penang which they successfully turned these old houses into something outstanding. If you are interested, invest one and play with it.

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    Old house

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Most of the old houses in Penang are similar of this outlook, probably came from a same architect or some reasons. They normally buillt two windows at both sides of the main door and then some of them carved some words on the door or on the windows. Some Penangites modern designer reconditioned the house and turned it into another new wave of Penangism architecture, beautiful works indeed.

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    Old house with roof garden

    by l_joo Updated Mar 10, 2005

    Favorite thing: There are so many such old houses where some part already grown full of banyan trees. These species of banyan are specialists in growing between broken gaps of your house, I don't understand why they can grow this way but I saw so many in Penang especially when houses are old or left empty for some time, probably some kind of tropical rain forest characteristic.

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