Writes about the sights and sounds of living in George Town, Penang, and the complexities of a flourishing local arts scene. Also copy writes Penang hospitality and tourism content.
Penang’s potential for plantation agriculture was obvious to its first settlers already soon after it was founded. It was hoped that cultivating crops for export to Europe would help cover administrative costs on the island.
Why was Penang the colonialists’ location of choice for expanding their agriculture enterprise and spice trade?
Surrounded by a quaint mix of 1980s terrace rows, mint bungalows and semi-detached houses, the unassuming Dhoby Ghaut village can be found at the confluence of Waterfall River and Air Itam River. The village, also known as “Vannan Thora Tedal”, was home to over a hundred traditional Indian laundry service operators in its heyday.
Today, only seven are left.
Move aside, hipster travelers – there’s another group of tourists bringing in millions for Penang. As many as 14 to 16 million people across the globe travel for medical reasons, be it for higher quality healthcare or affordability outside their countries of residence.
Not only do Penangites have to deal with silly “Do you speak English?” type of questions from foreign tourists — they also get a slew of snarky comments and questions from out-of-towner friends and family.
The George Town Festival 2017 picked up speed in the second week with more outdoor events that saw festival goers, both locals and international visitors, celebrate the arts.
Are you on a soul-searching journey? Here are three bold questions to ask yourself that will determine your next step forward.