Penang, an island state in Malaysia. I’ve been to this place for twice before this (if I remembered correctly). Once when I was still very young, barely remember anything about it; once when I was around teens, attending my cousin’s wedding. Some how, I never had any find memories about this place. In fact, during my last visit, the locals I met, the places I went, pissed me off until I started to hate this place. Fast forward to December 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith (sounds too serious, right?) and travel to this place again. This time is to attend the wedding of my university’s course mate. But other than that, I also took the opportunity to walk around and explore more of this island, hoping that I can have a better experience this time.
The first day, together with some of my old mates from university, we went to the Asia Camera Museum. It’s a small and cozy museum that host a collection of camera history and related items. Other than getting to know about the history of camera and photography, you also get a chance to put your hands on some of the vintage cameras. After the visit, we moved on to enjoy some local streets delight and exploring the Penang’s mural before heading back to hotel and call it a day.
The next day, I head out to the streets again with my secondary school mate who is working here. After having a quick breakfast, we head on to explore the “Occupy Beach Street” event. Streets are temporary closed on this Sunday morning to allow people to carry out social activities, setup stalls for small business and son on. There’re a lot of things going on every corner. Clown performance, street performance, food stalls and family activities to name a few. It’s a very lively Sunday morning indeed.
Next, we head to some old heritage site to explore some of the cultural, traditional and historical side of Penang. We visited some old buildings, temples and etc. and get to know a little bit about the past history of this small island.
To wrap up the day, we head to view the dragon boat racing competition. Other than local teams, there were teams from Singapore as well joining the competition.
So, after so many years, do I started to like this island a little more? Well, perhaps… I would say I hate it less than I was before this. There are still things that annoys me here and there during my stay, but all in all, I do get a much better experience traveling to Penang this time round. Will I head back to this island again? Well, maybe. And hopefully as time goes by, I will get to appreciate this island more.