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    Pinaon Time Tunnel - The History Museum Of Penang

    by LisaH51 Written Mar 19, 2014

    This place is great! It has artifacts, old photographs, antiques and also 3D photos. The rare video clip on the Japanese air raid on Penang was outstanding as it contains raw footage. We spent nearly 2 hours inside the museum exploring all the informations. A must visit place if you in Penang. You can also use the limited discount voucher available here http://pinangtimetunnel.com/voucher/

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    THE WOMEN OF PERANAKAN MANSION

    by Anniko Updated Feb 12, 2014

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    Peranakan or Baba Nyonya, are terms for a subgroup of Straits Chinese, and their unique culture, that hybridizes Chinese, Malay and western traditions. They are descendants of Chinese emigrants from Fujian Province, who settled on both sides of the Malacca straits in the 15th and 16th centuries, known today as Singapore, Malacca and Penang. These early settlers often took Malay or Indonesian brides.

    The Peranakans were partially assimilated into the Malay culture (especially in food, dress, and language) while retaining some Chinese traditions (religion, name, and ethnic identity) thereby creating a fusion culture of their own. There are traces of British colonial influences as well.

    The best place to experience the traditional Baba Nyonya life is at the Peranakan Mansion in Penang. We spent a couple of hours inside this amazing place. Chinese carved wooden panels, English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks, provided a backdrop to rooms filled with relics of Peranakan culture. Our guide, attired in their traditional dress, was not only witty, but extremely informative. We would have been lost among all the opulence, without her.

    The mansion’s second floor, showcasing the former lifestyle of its female residents, appealed to me the most, with its luxurious bridal chambers, and comprehensive exhibits of clothing, slippers and jewelry worn by Peranakan women. (nyonyas)

    Nyonyas were expected to excel in embroidery and beadwork, the two distinctive features of Peranakan fashion. Not allowed to leave the house, women occupied themselves by making gorgeous clothes and slippers.

    In the 19th century, nyonyas adopted a special form of Malay dress, the sarong kebaya. However, they used colors and patterns influenced by Chinese taste. Originally from Indonesia, the kebaya was worn by both Malay and Peranakan women but with important differences. The Malay kebaya is a loose-fitting long blouse made of opaque cotton or silk with little or no lace embroidery. On the other hand, the nonya kebaya is a shorter, tighter-fitting sheer fabric blouse that is decorated by hand with embroidered motifs such as roses, peonies, orchids, butterflies and fish. Being semi-transparent, the garment is usually worn over a camisole and secured with a kerongsang, a set of three brooches.

    The kebaya top is traditionally worn with a batik sarong skirt and paired with intricately hand-beaded slippers known as kasut manek. This was the most popular of all beadwork among Peranakan women, thought to be an influence coming from Victorian Britain and Continental Europe. Originally only gold thread and velvet was used. Beads were stitched onto fabric stretched over a frame, before being taken to a cobbler and fashioned into a slipper.

    One could easily spend all day looking at the intricate details of numerous displays on offer, and that’s just on the second floor. There’s also plenty to view in the ground level function rooms, kitchen, and the adjoining Ancestral Temple.

    Our guide in traditional dress.
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    Chew jetty

    by shannsow Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    Penang has eight jetties, named after their surnames, “Lim”, “Chew”, “Tan”, “Lee”, “Yeoh”, “Koay”, “Peng Aun” and Mixed Clans. “Chew” is the famous last name and it means the entire long stretch of jetty are residence with “Chew” as their last name.etty is actually a village built on stilts and these were built by some pioneer Chinese immigrants. Each jetty comprises of row houses on stilts joined by wooden walkways over the water. These ‘water villages’, set up more than a century ago, house the descendants from Fukien Province in China, who shared common historical, geographical and clan origins.All jetties are business with motel , B & B and each other stay rest.

    She going to eat Ferry.
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    Lim Kongsi (Lim Clan Ancestral Temple)

    by limkahwan Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    I am from this clan called Lim Kongsi, is a Hokkien Association located at Ah Quee Street, George Town. Its full name is Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi. which means Hall of Nine Dragons, The name Kew Leong Tong is to commemorate the nine sons of a particular Lim clan in China who were elevated to the status of chief magistrates during the Tang Dynasty.
    The Kew Leong Tong Lim Kongsi was founded by people of the Lim surname who came from the village of Koe Guan in the sub district of Sam Tor, Zhangzhou, in Hokkien (Fujian) Province, China. Nevertheless, the association is open to anybody surnamed Lim, regardless their origin and dialect.
    The three Lim clan associations in Penang were established in 1863, in the 2nd year of the reign of Emperor Tong Ti. In addition to Kew Leong Tong, the other associations are Toon Pun Tong and Bian Soot Tong. The Bian Soot Tong Lim Kongsi was confined to the descendents of two sub-groups of Koe Guan, namely the Keong Cheng and Eh Ho, whereas the Toon Pun Tong Lim Kongsi was open to all the families from Koe Guan. As for Kew Leong Tong, it is open to all Lims.
    Lim Cheng Kah was the president of all the 3 Lim Kongsis, and the association was run from an office at Messrs Chop Heng Moh at 164 Beach Street. When the Lim Ancestral Temple building was completed in 1866, the Kew Leong Tong moved its office there. The address was 234 Beach Street. Later, Ah Quee Street was demolished when the Kapitan China Chung Keng Kwee alias Ah Quee donated his Beach Street shophouse to be demolished to create the street that bears his name. Ah Quee Street which also happens to be the longest shophouse in Penang.
    As one enters the Kew Leong Tong, one finds a well, and the shrine to Mar Chor Poh, the patron saint of seafarers, whose surname happens to also be Lim. The Lim Kongsi is the only local clan association whose patron deity is a female. and still supports children of Kongsi members who need scholarship and school supplies assistance.
    If you wish to visit Lim Kongsi, be aware that at most times, Lim Kongsi is kept behind lock and key except during the Chinese New Year Open House. But you can enter by calling the keeper at the small door beside the main entrance.*fh

    Lim Kongsi Clan Ancestral Temple Ancestral Altar at Clan House Clan Temple Main Altar Dragon on Clan Temple Wall Lim Clan Kongsi
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    Made In Penang Interactive Museum

    by shannsow Written Dec 8, 2013

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    Made In Penang Interactive Museum,an art Museum in Penang Island.This museum will gave you a-lot fun,you have to prepare many pose to make sure you picture looking good.
    3D art inside this museum it's want to make Penang Change to new life,said by the director.

    Pass Penang Island Follow this point to get you picture.
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    Wat Buppharam Thai Temple

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    This is the Most popular Thai Temple for the locals. The amazing things that happen in this Temple is the lifting of the Buddha. During the Songkran Festival this temple organized a very large scale ceremony and celebration.

    Wat Buppharam The Dragon Shrine
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    King of Fruit in Penang

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    Many foreigners know little about this thorny fruit called Durian, it has a very odd smell, which is why it is not popular with foreigners. Even hotels and many public places put a ban on their premises for the Durian. But the best part is, when you tasted it and like it, you will never forget it. In Asia there are many varieties, but Penang "Balik Pulau" Durian is the most sought after, and many people are willing to pay a high price for its varieties. The best variety can fetch up to RM100.00 per Durian and about 11/2 Kg. The best fruit must taste bitter, sticky, fragrance and smooth texture. Most of the Durian you found in the Supermarket are from Thailand which is rough in texture and sweet.

    At the hill top Durian Station One of its stall The very best you can find
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    Dawn at Ayer Itam Dam

    by limkahwan Updated Mar 25, 2013

    Ayer Itam dam is an untapped attractive place in Penang. When one visit Kek Lok Si Temple go further up the hill you will come to the dam it was opened in 1962. For most people visit the dam is for morning exercise with a track of 2.8 KM rather than scenic view. There are few trails after the dam, and it can take you to Balik Pulau or even Sungai Dua in North-West of Penang. The beauty of Penang is that we have Sea, Hills, Histories, Cultures, Foods of different cultures, and friendly people. For the hospitality we adopted from the British because we are a colonized country. In the olden we used to work under the British and they have taught us many useful manners, education, systems and humbleness.

    Dawn at Ayer Itam Dam Ayer Itam Dam The Trails To Balik Pulau Dam's Signage Tua Pek Kong's Trail
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    Penang Heritage Trail

    by limkahwan Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Penang has become more popular each day. After been gazette as the world's heritage city many has chose Penang for their holiday. For those who are interested in Historical Travel here are a few information that might be handy.

    PENANG was ranked :-
    * 2nd in the New York Time's "The 44 Places To Go.
    * 8th in ECA International's Most Livable & Workable City In Asia.
    * Yahoo Travel's Top 10 Island To Explore Before You Die.
    * UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage Site in July 2008.
    * CNNGo's Asia 10 Greatest Street Food Cities.
    * 12th in the New York Times' Frugal & Food Category.
    * Penang's Asam Laksa Ranked 7th in CNN's World's 50 Most Delicious Foods.
    * Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Ranked 2nd in the Lonely Planet's Greatest Mansion & Grand
    Houses.
    With all the above, it proved that this small city is worth to visit.

    The Blue House (Cheong Fatt Tze) The Chinese Family House The Clan's House Chinese House Main Door The Decoration of Eight Saint
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    Arrange a VT Meet

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Wherever we go Hubby and I love to meet the locals. And what better way than to arrange a vt meet.

    We were very lucky in Penang because not only did we meet a couple of locals but we were taken around to see the sights and were also invited to a vt'ers wedding! :o)

    Please read my travelogues for the full story. In the meantime check out my pix here for a taste of the fun that we had! :o) A big thank you to Swee Long and your lovely wife Kak Wan and also to Winnie and new husband John. Thank you, thank you!! I love you guys!! :o) xx

    aussirose meets winnietankl in Penang aussirose meets DaHongHua in Penang Kak Wan, aussirose and DaHongHua in Penang aussirose meets the Penang locals winnietankl wedding Penang by aussirose
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    Happy Hour Cocktails

    by aussirose Written Mar 22, 2013

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    After a big day sightseeing, there's nothing better than to arrive back in the hotel and hit the bar for happy hour. So make sure you check out the times as most hotels have happy hour.

    I tried a different cocktail each day and then best thing is that you get 2 for the price of one.

    Howie and I also used that time to have a chat to the bar staff. We got to know them and they looked after us. I gave their names to the manager at the end of our stay and recommended them for the recognition that they deserved. So a big thank you again to Zam, Zaid, Ruslezan and Salina. You guys were fantastic!

    aussirose and Zaid at Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang aussirose and Zam at Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang Happy Hour Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang by aussirose Happy Hour Coctail Parkroyal Penang by aussirose Beach Bar Parkroyal Penang by aussirose
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    Fresh Fruit from the Markets Penang

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Whilst on the food topic, Penang has the best fresh fruit!

    During our day trip with Swee Long and Kak Wan, they took us to the local markets and there I saw my favourite bananas (sweet little lady fingers). I grew up with these in Queensland and won't eat the big bananas that we get in Perth because they are not sweet and frankly tasteless. So when I saw my favourite bananas I was definately in heaven!! :o)

    Kak Wan bought me a bunch and also a few Dokong (which is like lychees) pictured in No. 3 pic.

    So when in Penang, don't forget to buy some of these bananas. You can get them just about anywhere.

    aussirose loves sweet lady finger bananas Penang Penang markets fresh fruit by aussirose Dokong fruit Penang (like lychees) by aussirose Sweet Lady Finger Bananas Penang by aussirose
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    Penang - Foodie Heaven

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Please check out my foodie photos here. OMG!! Penang is foodie heaven!! :o)
    We had heard about it ..... and now we can vouch for it!

    We had only just arrived in Penang and dear Swee Long and his wife took us on a day trip. During the trip we were to discover some different tastes to wet our culinary appetite. Thanks guys!! :o)

    As you can see from the pic, our plates are clean :o) I was itching to taste the real Mee Goreng noodles so I ordered them for lunch and the dish was totally awesome! (Pic 2).

    Even our bar snacks at the Parkroyal were juicy! (Check out Pic 3).

    At the Magic 1 Restaurant in Batu Ferringhi, hubby ordered a Lobster and WoW!, it was awesome! The seafood in Penang was fresh and yummy. (See Pic 4). In fact the Magic 1 was our favourite restaurant in Batu Ferringhi. The Lamb Shank is the best I have ever had!.... check that out on my restaurant tip.

    And this is my absolute favourite ( Pic 5). The sweet Nyonya dessert made out of sago in thick sweetened coconut milk with sweet potato and yam...... Haw!!!.... yummy, yummy!!.

    In short, Penang is definately a foodie heaven and hubby and I certainly made the most of that :o) Now, we are on a strict diet to loose all those extra kilos lol.

    DaHongHua introduces aussirose to Penang Food aussirose tastes Penang Mee Goreng Noodles Penang Parkroyal Bar Snacks by aussirose Magic 1 Penang Lobster by aussirose aussirose loves Penang Nyonya Sago Dessert
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    Hire a Car in Penang

    by aussirose Written Mar 22, 2013

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    The best way to see Penang is to hire a car. We booked it through our hotel.

    We managed to see most of the island and as usual hubby drove and I directed. Our favourite spot was a lookout on top of the hill on the southern side of the island. To get there you drive past the Spice Garden, Butterfly Park and up the hill past the dam and the Tropical Fruit place.

    At the lookout there is a shop where we enjoyed a chat with the owner and a chilled Tiger Beer.

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    Spice Gardens - Batu Ferringhi

    by aussirose Updated Mar 22, 2013

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    Hubby and I really enjoyed the Spice Gardens as it was a lush rainforest with beautiful tropical plants and flowers, a nice little water garden and a tea house amongst the rainforest.

    There are a maze of walking trails and around 500 different plant species.

    Next to the tea house there is a spice shop which is interesting to wander around in.
    We then sat down at the tea house for a nice cuppa. I ordered a coffee with spices in and enjoyed sitting in our cabana and looking out at the view and chatting with the monkeys. (See Pic 5).

    I recommend a visit here. We had hired a car but you can take a bus from Batu Ferringhi or a taxi.

    Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden Tropical Flower by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose Penang Spice Garden by aussirose
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