My blog posts on our 4 weeks break should have started from Penang, our Malaysian hometown! But like the Star Wars Trilogy, I started from behind and wrote about Taipei, then Singapore and now, a full circle later; Penang!
It was a long, long EIGHT YEARS ago that we were in our hometown! This time round we only have EIGHT DAYS to get whatever we needed done on this often known "The Pearl of the Orient", or "东方花园" (Garden of the East)!
Before we landed on this now over crowded "garden", I had promised to meet up with good friend like Jeff Ooi; FB friends like Sam Ong (of Eat Out With Sam fame) and Bea Chai, but alas; like life, it did not work out as we thought... there were just too many commitments with relatives, so here; thousands apologies to all those friends that I cannot catch up with. So so sorry :( It was my loss!
But then, to me; progress come with a hefty price; I was told in the last four years, property price has been going up like no tomorrow. A 3 bedroom "condo" (apartment in NZ term) are costing more than RM800,000! I heard lots of claims that "buyers" from "rich" countries like Singapore and China are pushing up the property price, until; I would think the younger Penangnites will not be able to afford them! That is really sad :(
|A newly completed condo and more coming up around it, just like Singapore; land will be at it's prime!|
Apart from super expensive real estates, what are the goodies pulling thusands of tourists into Penang?
Surely it can't be the hot and humid weather that we dread ;)
Then there is the
The video is a bit shaky, forgot to buy a Steadicam ;)
bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public.
|Thai Navy boys praying to Kuan Yin.|
|Devotion came at a price, that's our names on a roof tiles that will be put on the temple sometime for good luck. At RM30.00 a tile, priceless ;)|
But, but.. what is the REAL ATTRACTIONS that thousands came to Penang for?
Find out in PENANG Island, a Full Circle! (Part 2)