Thursday, October 3, 2019

A day trip to Balik Pulau

Sometime last year, my aunt Yin, cousin Richard, Dad and I visited a typical farm in Balik Pulau with hens laying eggs, ducks, geese, goats and even a Rambutan and Durian orchard! What an exciting day it was!

Delicious local fruits

Residents 

Humble lady boss talk about her most precious fruits - Durians!

Ducks abound!

Hen laying chicks

Cluck cluck did you hear??? 

Life in a gated community

Walking under the sun

In memory of Cheah Phin Cheang, our grandfather. 

Winston was his adopted name,
A name proclaimed from a great man Churchill's fame,
Famed for giving instructions from his bed in pyjamas,
Pyjamas, cigars, whiskey and quotable quotes,
Quoted Churchill did Cheah often do,
Do that, and walk the talk he did,
Did he leave us all a legacy of his own?

Great Britain's Winston Churchill


Here are some of Churchill's famous quotes:
Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is – the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.  

Winston Churchill served as Prime Minister for Great Britain, not once but twice. During World War II from 1940-45, and again from 1951-1955.

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity, a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.

Many may not know that he was also a Nobel Laureate for Literature in 1953. In fact, not many know that Alfred Nobel himself was a poet! I've bought his book and read it, full of love cherishes for his lady.
 
When you are going through hell, keep going.
He had written 40 books and many many articles. Harnessing the English language, he was a master of spoken word and sent words to war.

This Collection Highlight shows how Churchill evolved as a speaker, from his fairly humble beginnings as an ambitious junior politician to the great orator and war-leader, motivating allies and enemies alike. In 1953, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his written and spoken work. The documents highlight how he developed as a speech-maker, the long years of dedication to the art of oratory, and how he used the power of the spoken word to influence the world. Read it here: http://www.churchillarchive.com/collection-highlights/winston-churchill-and-public-speaking

And his most favourite phrase, was apparently this. KBO.

Keep Buggering On.

RIP, Mr. Winston Churchill.
RIP, Mr. Winston Cheah Phin Cheang.
KBO.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

What to do in Penang August 2018

Penang is an amazing place. Personally, Penang was a childhood playground where my brothers, Aunty Jenny Eheh and myself would head up for year-end school holidays to meet up with our uncles, aunts and many cousins. Such wonderful memories Penang holds for our family.


65 Kelawei Road was the family "Kong Choo" or Main House

Here's a list of websites I've scoured the internet, where you can find out what to do and where to go in Penang. Also some sites for good reading material:

Other interesting sites:
In my opinion, the best times to travel to Penang are:
  • Chap Goh Meh, Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the 15th day of Chinese New Year (usually held over a period of 15-days in January)
  • The Durian season (June/July varies)
  • Georgetown Fest (July-August)
If you'd like a personal curated journey, feel free to drop me a message and I can connect you to the right channels. Enjoy Penang! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Life along Gurney Drive

The Evolution of Gurney Drive



Gurney Drive - photos as appeared in PenangMonthly.com.

Gurney Drive is indeed currently undergoing major transformation. Ironically, a grass fence hording bordering the walkway and the rocky beachfront creates the seemingly 'environmentally friendly and sustainable' idea that the land reclamation project is not only necessary, but desirable. Personally, I have my reservations.

Growing up as a child, my annual visits to Penang would include following grandmother to Gurney Drive to greet the fishermen, and catch a glimpse of what the 'Catch-of-the-Day' would be... sometimes it would be squid, fish even crabs! Those memories are imprinted in me and I suppose that's why nostalgia and storytelling is important as it was a moment in time, experience by people yesterday, never to be experienced again unless if it was retold. 

At a recent visit, I stood on the pathway with the two mainstay coffee shops - Carnation Cafe and Song River behind me, and pried to catch a glimpse of the horizon past the green fence and I felt a sudden flush of sadness. I hope I will live to share more tales on life along Gurney Drive. I suspect many a lovers would have walked hand-in-hand with their futures hopeful, proclaiming their undying love, discussing imminent marriage that would lead to children (like me) while grandmother would be tasked to chaperone them a steps behind. I believe there are many many more stories that can be unravelled... Gurney Drive, I will gather your stories and we shall share them.

My cousin David shared this article written by Anwar Fazal, formerly the Asst. City Secretary, City Council of George Town
and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. In there, he wrote...
"The idea of a promenade along the north beach had long been in the minds of the people of George Town. In 1930 plans were completed for what was described as the “new coast road” between North Beach and Cantonment Road Ghaut. 
The Commissioners of the Municipality gave considerable time to persuade land owners to give up land for the construction of the road and by 1934 it was possible to construct 510 yards of it. The first section was opened on October 19 that year, and it proved extremely popular – and the new “Osira” lamps with which the streets were lit marked the first step for improved street lighting in Penang. By the end of 1935, the length open for public use was 1,970ft and in February 1936 the construction of North Beach to form a connection to Northam Road was completed.
That Gurney Drive is already one of the most popular resorts in Penang is a tribute to the foresight of those who planned for Penang to remain what the great travel writer Isabella Bird said about the island in her book, The Golden Chersonese, published in 1883: 
“A truly brilliant place
Under a brilliant sky.”
Read more.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Learn HOKKIEN Phrases

You'll need to know at least SOME Hokkien when visiting Penang. Islanders would display tremendous happiness when you can utter a few words in their local dialect. Penang Hokkien sounds distinctively different from Taiwanese or Singaporean Hokkien.  Personally, I love the sound of the dialect because it reminds me of my childhood, my grandmother in her sarong, train rides from Kuala Lumpur up to Penang and my cousins that I played with while in Penang.


We Are Who We Are... Are We Who We Are?


Date: 27-29 November 2015
Venue: Various locations throughout Penang
Cost: Mostly free

George Town Literary Festival is the only literary festival which is funded by the state government in Malaysia. Celebrating the literary world of poetry, prose and spoken words, the annual state-sponsored festival will host various writers, novelists, spoken word artists and more from diverse writing disciplines.

2015 edition of GTLF will continue its celebration of world literature in poetry, prose and spoken word. The theme this year, We Are Who We Are/Are We Who We Are? will not only address obvious issues of identity, but to delve into topics that force us to look at the human condition in ways that are not always pleasant, looking at how we treat each other, the deterioration of values, the imposition of judgements, prejudices – not just as human beings, but as writers and commentators of society. It will be a critical look at where we are – at what we have become, and where we think we’re going. This is an urgent theme, one that has become pervasive, universal, which begs a discerned discourse.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by writer and social activist Marina Mahathir, with headlining Malaysian writers Shirley Lim Geok-Lin, Chuah Guat Eng, SEA Write Award winner Lim Swee Tin and cartoonist Zunar.

The list of stellar international writers include Anja Utler (Germany), Franca Treur (Netherlands), Wajahat Ali (USA/Pakistan), Judy Fong Bates (Canada), Anne Provoost (Belgium), Danton Remoto (Philippines), Omar Musa (Malaysia/Australia), Robin Hemley (USA), Xu Xi (Hong Kong), Joshua Ip (Singapore) and more.

We are also privileged to have some of the region’s most respected writers of history and the performing arts speaking at the festival, namely Tan Sooi BengKhoo Salma, and Paul Augustin from Malaysia, Khairudin Aljunied (Malaysia/Singapore), Robin Riuzendaal (Netherlands/Taiwan) and Anthony Milner (Australia).

Our moderators include Malaysian authors, academics and critics Umapagan AmpikaipakanSharaad KuttanYin Shao LoongSharon BakarJasmine LowKsatriyaShivani SivagurunathanMalachi Edwin VethamaniGareth RichardsLatif Kamaluddin and Fuad Rahmat.

Source: www.georgetownlitfest.com
George Town Literary Festival is the only literary festival which is funded by the state government in Malaysia. Celebrating the literary world of poetry, prose and spoken words, the annual state-sponsored festival will host various writers, novelists, spoken word artists and more from diverse writing disciplines.
are we who we are
2015 edition of GTLF will continue its celebration of world literature in poetry, prose and spoken word. The theme this year, We Are Who We Are/Are We Who We Are?  will not only address obvious issues of identity, but to delve into topics that force us to look at the human condition in ways that are not always pleasant, looking at how we treat each other, the deterioration of values, the imposition of judgements, prejudices – not just as human beings, but as writers and commentators of society. It will be a critical look at where we are – at what we have become, and where we think we’re going. This is an urgent theme, one that has become pervasive, universal, which begs a discerned discourse.
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by writer and social activist Marina Mahathir, with headlining Malaysian writers Shirley Lim Geok-Lin, Chuah Guat Eng, SEA Write Award winner Lim Swee Tin and cartoonist Zunar.
The list of stellar international writers include Anja Utler (Germany), Franca Treur (Netherlands), Wajahat Ali (USA/Pakistan), Judy Fong Bates (Canada), Anne Provoost (Belgium), Danton Remoto (Philippines), Omar Musa (Malaysia/Australia), Robin Hemley (USA), Xu Xi (Hong Kong), Joshua Ip (Singapore) and more.
We are also privileged to have some of the region’s most respected writers of history and the performing arts speaking at the festival, namely Tan Sooi BengKhoo Salma, and Paul Augustin from Malaysia, Khairudin Aljunied (Malaysia/Singapore), Robin Riuzendaal (Netherlands/Taiwan) and Anthony Milner (Australia).
Our moderators include Malaysian authors, academics and critics Umapagan AmpikaipakanSharaad KuttanYin Shao LoongSharon BakarJasmine LowKsatriyaShivani SivagurunathanMalachi Edwin VethamaniGareth RichardsLatif Kamaluddin and Fuad Rahmat.
- See more at: http://www.georgetownlitfest.com/?page_id=248#sthash.C9geHVWH.dpuf

Friday, April 25, 2014

MyPenang - moving visuals of new and old

Penang Global Tourism, a tourism promotion arm of the State Govt has launched a new website: www.mypenang.gov.my. Our favourite part of the website is the VIDEO segment, where you may select and view some of the event footages and TVCs. Here are some samples:





And then, aroused by curiosity, I googled for more Visit Penang videos. And here's an amazing footage to share!