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Five Days to Go

April 3, 2013


I have received really positive feedback on the first eBook. It inspired some to choose Penang as their next destination to visit. Others suggested that I show it to a publisher (which I haven’t thought of). With such encouraging support I can’t wait to share the second volume. In the mean time there is still […]

Does Size Matter?

March 5, 2013


Penang boasts of some tourist attractions based on SIZE. It has the longest bridge in South East Asia (soon to be two) and one of the biggest statue of the reclining Buddha. The main attraction for me this trip home was the visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple and the Goddess of Mercy statue. […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

January 16, 2013


Today I am taking up the Weekly Photo Challenge of the Daily Post. The word ‘Illumination’ reminds me of the Chinese Lantern, which plays an important role in the culture I grew up in. It symbolizes the brilliant culture of China that was brought along by the early Chinese migrants to Penang. In ancient China, […]

History of The Pearl Kitchen

December 28, 2012


My grandfather first came to this island with his brother just after the First World War. They came from a village in Guang Dong , China called Choy Sun, meaning “mountain of wealth”. From the time of the Taiping rebellion in the late 19th century, to the beginnings of the Communist insurgency, the settlement’s name would […]

Fifty cent breakfast

December 4, 2012


It is not uncommon in this part of the world for people to consume rice and noodles for the first meal of the day. Can you believe the fried bee hoon (rice noodles) cost us fifty cents????

Markets of diversity

November 30, 2012


Malaysians love markets, and we have them in various forms. Even though supermarkets and hypermarkets have recently become more popular, traditional wet markets are still preferred and can be found in every neighbourhood. The one that KuKu frequents is in the middle of Georgetown, the capital city of Penang. She knows most of the traders […]

Trip to the markets

November 27, 2012


Morning had brought us to the markets – on what would become one of many familial shopping trips in preparation for the upcoming big event. This process, to my inner child, was tortuous. Firstly, it involved being the mule for all of the shopping – a gruelling experience that had become a singular representation of my childhood. But this […]