Instameet Penang Georgetown Festival

Last weekend was a great short getaway with the crew from @igersmalaysia and met some new friends. 2 cars, 8 people (some newly met) on a road trip down to Penang.

Look! Things igers do to take a good shot

We went on a Saturday while the instameet is supposed to happen on the next day. What's Penang without savouring the good food there? Our first stop - Pasar Awam Ayer Hitam...

for its assam laksa

It's not as good as it used to be.

Next stop nearby is – Bukit Bendera, Penang Hill. It’s very scenic and a good place for photography. RM8 per ride up the tram (for Malaysian) and a cut throat RM30 for foreigners. I guess it applies in every country.

Lunch was at Wheeler's Cafe at Love Lane that's a bicycle theme cafe.

My sis ordered only the mille crepe and drinks.

The hot chocolate and mocha is awesome. The mille crepe is average only. It’s lacking behind in terms of its taste.

And since we were early by a day, we went to Permatang Pauh for sunset. Thanks to local iger @jetevois for bringing us around.

It was drizzling in the evening and we were lucky that it stopped. Though we can’t see the sunset, we managed to capture the twilight which was so pretty.

We ended our night with local Penang food near to our hotel

 Lebuh Chulia Curry Mee

Penang Curry Mee which is very different
from the one at KL - it’s sweeter.

Char Kuay Teow here is average only.

And we went over to Mugshot Café for a drink. The yogurt is awesome here. Nice and smooth but it’s a little too much to have Nangka (Jackfruit) Gula Melaka yogurt at night.

It’s a good combi.

Everyone is exhausted by end day but @jetevois is so good to wake up early and brought us to the Clan Jetty for sunrise.

 If you want picture with the red house, it’s gotta be the Tan Jetty.

Another jetty that’s good for sunrise would be the Lim Jetty.

Breakfast at the hotel next door – Yeng Keng. According to @jetevois, it’s famous for its Hainanese food. But the English breakfast is a okay.

And our instameet happened after breakfast at Armenian Street. The theme this trip was Georgetown Festival (GTF). GTF is a month affair to commemorate and celebrate Georgetown’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s also a place a mission to help Malaysian to appreciate the lost arts of tradition. Penang has changed tremendously with street arts and has attracted many to head over there.

Is it a gimmick that people go there for fun or do they really understands the true meaning of valuing tradition and heritage? KL has lost most of such sites while Malacca has become too overly commercialized. We are lucky that Penang can still stay at its current state. It’s a place that should be maintained for our future generation.

GTF is a month long celebration and has been celebrated since 2010 yet not all Penangnites know about it according to one of the staff of GTF. There’s various activities held during the whole month of August and one of it is Chinese Opera.

We were lucky that we can go behind the scene to see their practices. If only they were in full costumes, we can get more interesting pics.

Our walk around Georgetown with loads of picture taking. I don’t wanna spam with you with too many pics but here’s some.

 This pic would have been good if the car is not there

And thanks to GTF, we were able to get in to Sekeping Victoria which is a nice place for photography too.

Tomorrow is the last day of GTF as well as our National Day and they are having a grand GTF closing ceremony. So, got no ideas where to go for National Day celebration? Head over to Penang for their GTF closing ceremony. It's not too late. Some times you just gotta be random to have fun.

View more of our awesome picture #igm_penang

It was great meeting everyone

Before we left Penang, we managed to visit Suffolk House which is the residences of the gabenor including Francis Light.

And Bus Depot which is turned into an art gallery

Til then. Happy merdeka and have a great long weekend.