Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lotus Memories

Put together by Alice, one of the Singaporean girls seen in the photos who stay with the Lotus children in thier summer camp. As Alice says,  a life changing experience.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Film - King's Speech.

As good as the hype.  Bertie and Adolf.  Some contrast. We all know the story but it is powerfully told here.  Has to be a 5 on the Palace Gate.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Time Tramp.

Photo by Jo
Need say no more.

House of Mirrors.

Photo by Gek or Jo????
 The Green Paranakan house in Georgetown I have visited three times already,  and I am still fascinated by it.
 On this visit,  tried to make something of the numerous mirrors in the place,  particularly the many infinity mirrors.

 The house is home to a large collection of  Stourbridge Glass,  all displayed in mirrored  cabinets.

 Not,  posing, honest.

And another happy accident.

Jo's Visit

Jo came to Penang as a Hawker Food Hunter.

 Char Kway Teow, Penang style

 Lam Mee

and Nasi Kandar food,  to name but a few of the many successes of the hunt.

Of course, Ice Cream.  Not seen in Singapore,  but no time to try!!!!!!!  Oh noooooooo.  Will have to return.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day

The Orange Lions

 An annual dinner in the car park.

and orange lions to greet the guests.  Lions come in all colours in Penang,  including black.  The dancers are not just Chinese young men either.  Young Indian guys strut their stuff too.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Malay House model

Malay houses are disappearing under concrete.  But some individuals are keeping the style alive.  This lovely house is just outside Balik Pulau on Penang island.

Even to the extent of keeping the traditional methods of construction.  No nails.  This one is on Langkawi.

A Perak house,  also on Langkawi. Each state or region has it's own style,  based upon a common structure. 

In some early 20th contury houses you can see a fusion of Malay, British Indian colonial style.  So what to model?  Think I will go back to the basic Malay house of the type you could have seen in Penang.


15 years ago, Relau, the area where we live, was a farming community with houses similar to this one.  This house can still be seen below our balcony, together with its unfenced fruit plots.

Things have already changed dramatically in that 15 years but not as dramatically as they are about to.

In 3/4 years, this will be standing in place of the crops in the previous photo. This is just 1 of 4 major mixed residential/commerce projects within a 1 km radius of our apartment.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Brush with VIPs

So VI that his car doesn't need a number plate!!

 As usual it has its road clearers.

 Do you recognise them?

 Multi-coloured body guards giving space for the VIPs to chat.  And not a pair of shades between them.

Colours - this is the theme of the Day.

Penang CNY Open House

 Feb 3 - 1st day of the Year of the Rabbit.  Penang's Chief Minister Open House at PISA just across the road from our flat.

 Cannot do without the lion. Where are the VIPs? It's already past 10am!!

 Lo Hei! All set for the VIPs  to toss up good fortune. The higher you toss the salad, the greater your luck and prosperity in the New Year!

Cultural mix - Disney rabbits with Indian, Malay and Chinese dancers. Multi colour show!!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Year of the Rabbit.

Another new year to celebrate,  this time with Mdm Teh.

New year means new, red clothes.  And the Lions need red scarfs.