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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Fuan, my friend of 30 years, shows his glasswork here in a renovated shop house. 88 Lebuh Armenian 60/4-262-9079 fuanwong.com. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite...
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25-A, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek The E&O was built in the grand old style by the brothers who built the Raffles in Singapore—the E&O came first. I go there Sundays for my breakfast and sit outside on the seafront. There’s a very nice spread with all...
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Ground Floor, 14, Leith Street, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Built by a wealthy Mandarin, this is an opulent Chinese house but with a Gaudí thing going on—it’s got a Scottish wrought iron balustrade and art nouveau stained-glass windows. You can take tours or stay in the small...
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Alpha Utara Gallery, 83 China Street, 10200 Georgetown, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek A really interesting gallery that shows abstract and contemporary paintings by local artists. 83 Lebuh China 60/4-262-6840. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite...
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George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Take a walk along the streets of Georgetown, and enjoy the beautiful murals on the wall. Drawn by the talented Ernest Zacharevic. Start your journey @ Armenian Street and take in the sights and heritage of Penang. ;) There are plenty to see and...
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Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Penang is said to have some of the best Southeast Asian food. Locals directed us to this popular food cart on Lebuh Kimberley in old George Town for the best and most tender chicken feet on the island. The recipe was apparently passed down through...
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Penang Hill, Penang, Malaysia
You'll find it in the guide book, but there's probably no better view of Penang than from the top of Penang Hill. Check the schedule beforehand (we wish we had) to catch the first train in time for sunrise. (There's a pretty easy bus that takes...
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77, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Here, we sell crafts made by the women who are involved with my Community Works project. 90 Lebuh Armenian sentuhan.org. This story appeared in the September/October 2010 issue. See all of Joe Rosli Sidek’s favorite places in...
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19, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
This three storey gallery houses a beautiful display of batik art. The collection is prominently that of a local artisan but showcases a small handful of international artists as well. Drop in for a quick respite from the heat and a gorgeous...
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35, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
After a morning strolling around George Town, I was ready for some food and a seat. I found both at Chettiar's Tiffin Cafe and, given the number of restaurants I passed before slumping into a patio chair here, I was delighted at my choice--the...
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Lebuh Muntri, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The island of Penang is an interesting place. It has been a boiling pot of culture and religion for centuries due to its geographical location. This island has been a major port for a long time and it has seen an its cultural identity shift after...
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29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
The Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas, was a prominent community of acculturated Chinese who settled down in the area around Penang, Malacca and Singapore. A beautiful collection of Peranakan items is on display in this unique...
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38, Lebuh Armenian, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek This café has a strange name, but it’s a beautiful little space. It’s run by a Swiss man, Urs Capol, and his wife, Teresa. Upstairs, Teresa has this amazing little museum with Indian and Baba-Nyonya collectibles. (Baba-Nyonya is...
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29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
In Penang the mansion houses are very much worth a visit. Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a lot of fun, you will find the Malaysian Chinese or Baba Nyonya culture reflected in the way the house is decorated. Also fun to see is the mixage of vintage...
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Padang Tengku, Pahang, Malaysia
by Joe Rosli Sidek Little India is very much a place for the senses: You see the beautiful saris and fabrics in the shops, you hear the Bollywood songs, and you smell the clove and nutmeg. Centered on Lebuh Pasar between Lebuh Penang and Lebuh...
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Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
If you're catching an international flight out of Penang Airport, be sure to grab a coffee from the great team at The Morning After. The coffee is divine but the highlight might just be their custom made furniture. If I could have packed it all up...
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380, Jalan Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
When I went to Penang, Malaysia, we stopped at a roadside stand for some coffee. The coffee beans in Malaysia are fried in sugar and butter, not roasted. To add to the deliciousness, milk and sugar are bypassed in favor of sweetened condensed...
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18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Wandering through the streets of old George Town, the main city on the island of Penang, Malaysia, offers the opportunity to discover many UNESCO World Heritage sites, learn about Chinese heritage, and take in a good amount of Malay culture.
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Chew Jetty, Weld Quay, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
The team organized an amazing treasure hunt on Chew Jetty. Our host were generous enough to let us in their homes and we saw their sanctuaries and the ocean water through the floorboards! It was amazing!