Sunday, November 2, 2014

Memories of Malaysia - Day 7 Exploring George Town street art

George Town is the capital of Penang and our hotel was the ideal base for exploring the city.

First up was breakfast though and that didn't let us down.

The chef made Roti tissue especially for K. Courtesy of wikipedia:

Roti tissue, roti tisu, or tissue prata is a sweet flatbread often sold at Malaysian Mamak stalls. It is also known as "roti helikopter" (helicopter bread). Roti tissue is a thinner version of the traditional roti canai, as thin as a piece of 40–50 cm round-shaped tissue. The finishing touches to the making of roti tissue require skill, and they depend on the creativity of the maker.

This creation was covered in a thin layer of sugar dissolved in water. 

Mr J had pancakes, also made by the chef. I think J's eyes nearly fell out of his head when he loaded up with chocolate sauce AND smarties.


The range of food on offer was amazing. There was everything from traditional Malaysian style to American style breakfast (no bacon though).

We ventured out down the street to find ourselves some tri-shaws to go exploring the city. We found Stanley and his workmate (or did they find us?) out of all the tri-shaw riders lined up. I mainly wanted to see the street artworks but they ended up taking us to a whole range of other tourist attractions in the city. May I just say that fortunately we did not have a holiday arranged around seeing temples as this day was more than adequate for all three boys.


We stopped to see lots of street art. I can't remember where Brett and J went, perhaps to get drinks,  but K and I ventured around with Stanley. It was getting hot and K was getting a bit over street art. I enjoyed seeing them though so we kept going after a refreshing drink or two. This is only a small sample of what George Town has to offer in the way of street art as there are around 30 different artworks int the city.

This one is called "Boy on Chair".

 Welded street art 
 "Kids on bicycle"
 "Too narrow". The hand-pulled rickshaw was the most popular form of transportation in early Penang.

The sun was in K's eyes.



Stanley was trying to get K to co-operate with the camera. He was very friendly and also very fit for his age. He had awesome calves from all of the pedalling.




The streets around the artwork were very empty. In most cases we were the only ones taking photos. Apparently in peak season it is hard to get near the artworks for a photo and there is a line-up.

I have more photos of Georgetown and the tri-shaws and will cover them in a separate entry. We did see alot in our tour.

Tips
* Be very specific on how long you want to go for a tri-shaw ride for. We did see lots of the tourist spots and it was really equivalent to a half-day tour but we only had planned to go for an hour. There was more to see that I had anticipated!There are also rows of tri-shaw riders vying for business so I think they take who they get for as long as they can get out of them.

*Take lots of water and try to head out early because it is hot, especially on the streets.

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