Kek Lok Si

Penang has a lot of temples and shrines, they are all beautiful and interesting in their own right.  One of the most impressive is Kek Lok Si.  It is said to be the largest Buddhist Temple in all of Malaysia.  The name Kek Lok Si means Temple of Supreme Bliss in Penang Hokkien.  It is…

Chinese New Year – 2016

We just wrapped up our first Chinese New Year (CNY)/Spring Festival here in Penang.  It is now the year of the  Monkey.  I was vaguely familiar with Chinese New Year as a concept before moving here, it was certainly not something I gave a whole lot of thought. It is a major holiday here in Penang….

Penang Hill

I am a little behind on posts this month.  We were so fortunate to have my parents come over from the States for a nice long visit.  We kept them busy,so there will be quite a few posts coming in the next couple of weeks. One of the first things that we took Mom and…

Thaipusam

Thaipusam is a three day Hindu holiday/festival that takes place in the Tamil month of Thai, which is January/February.  It is the annual processions by devotees offering thanks.  It is a major holiday for the Hindu people on Penang. It is celebrated to honor Lord Subrahmanya also known as Lord Murugan.  He is a god that…

Chinatown and Street Art

Georgetown has a couple of enclaves that you can explore on foot if you want to brave the heat. Two of them are Little India and Chinatown.  The are right next to each other and couldn’t be more different. Little India still a neighborhood where locals live, work, and go to shop.  It is really chaotic, there are…

Let’s Talk About Food

Penang is know for it’s food.  In fact it is a travel destination for the rest of Southeast Asia just for it’s food.  Warning  this is probably not the last time I will write about food. There is just so much that is good here. There is one major factor that makes Penang such a foodie…