Penang; a Malaysian Island !!!!

A place that I could say that I did not like much, the tropical nature was awesome, when I first drove from the airport it looked like the clean, green, exotic Singapore, going towards the mountain area it reminded me of Knoxville, Tennessee where you hardly see land from it’s vast green forests with the exception of the type of trees that covered the whole area, and on the beach resort I felt like I was on Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach”.

Then why didn’t I like it? Three reasons where hereunder I will specify:
1- It’s greedy people; sorry to say that but this impression I got from the minute we got accommodated in the hotel, it seems to me that these people are experts in botching the tourists, especially the Kuwaitis and Saudis who were in bundles in this small island. Can’t say more because I’m really disgusted with their crockery. Add to the fact that this country is of the majority of Moslems and therefore not much of a night life, and not that I care much about that, but the streets were practically dead after eight PM. And the restriction you feel when you stroll around, that’s if you could, is not very comforting and not safe.

2- Although the nature is heavenly, it’s not used properly to attract tourists, for instance the only means of transportation was a car. Stretches of empty beaches that are not used, even the hotel that we stayed in which was supposed to be a five star beach resort, you only find some foreigners on the swimming pool and the beach area is not properly equipped; no coffee shops nor beach beds or anything, and no walkways for the pedestrians from the hotel to the surrounding areas, everywhere you want to go you had to rent a car or hail for a taxi, add to that the high rise buildings that were not in harmony and blocked the vision from enjoying the surrounding nature; The tourist industry is really pathetic.

3- The Malaysian food was more like Indian food with loads of spices only not as good as the Indian’s, more like dinning in a bad Indian restaurant even in the most sophisticated places.

Add to all the above; the weather was hot and humid!!!

One thing that really appealed to me was the freedom to practice religion in this place; you’d see mosques, churches and Temples side by side.

Would I repeat the visit? No way; three days were more than enough, I was simply…. Bored to death. But as I said the nature was heavenly; judge from these photos:


Exotic tree where stems spring off of its trunk and ends in a wad of perfumed flowers, don’t know what it’s called, but I have never seen anything like it, you can see a zoomed shot of the flower on the right.


Giant butterflies

Fresh nutmeg

Cable car, built recently by the Swiss; nothing like the old ones you take for Mount Pilatus, the difference? Very primitive and unorganized.

Penang; a view from the top of the mountain

A young fellow that greeted us on the streets with his family running loose in the wild; so cute 🙂

A Buddhist temple

A mosque

An Indian temple

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Purgatory
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 09:33:00

    Nice monkey

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  2. q80_demon
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 11:03:00

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. Yes, its refreshing to see a predominantly Moslem state that tolerates and embraces other forms of belief. And I agree with Purgatory, that dude is cute!
    I think the tree you describe is actually a symbiosis between a tree and a parasitic plant. Such a plant attaches itself to another plant and use its sap for nourishment rather than develop its own thru photosynthesis. some parasitic plants use the fully developed sap and they don’t blossom, while others take only water and minerals and develop nourishment with photosynthesis which I think is what you have here. Often such parasitic plants benefit the mother tree by repelling other forms of parasites which include insects, birds and other plants, the sweet aroma attracts the intruders away from the blossoms and fruits of the tree, so nothing is for free!

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  3. Elegance
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 12:07:00

    Come back home 😉

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  4. AyyA
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 17:34:00

    Purgy
    🙂

    Q80_demon
    Looks like you know a lot about plants, very impressive, thanks for the invaluable information

    Elegance
    I know you missed me babe, I missed you too :*

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  5. Jewaira
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 22:39:00

    The pictures are great and thank you for sharing.
    I’m sorry you had a bad experience/impression. So many Kuwaitis do go there as an alternative to Europe/US in the past few summers.

    Hope you’re coming home soon 🙂 The weather is great 😉

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  6. Hanan
    Sep 14, 2005 @ 23:16:00

    Nice pictures. Would’ve been cool if temple and mosque were adjacent to each other 🙂

    Have a safe trip back home. Or are you home already?

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  7. goosoosh
    Sep 15, 2005 @ 09:13:00

    Sorry to hear that but you went to the wrong place, Penang is more city than Island, if you want island you should go to Langkawi, and if you want to see the night life you go to Kuala Lumpur.

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  8. AyyA
    Sep 15, 2005 @ 11:22:00

    Lady J
    Alternative to Europe and US? No way, I just got back this morning and the weather was 30 degrees, and I’m very happy to be back.

    Hanan
    Those shown in the photo were not, but there were side by side in another location, not as large as those though
    Now I’m home, at last….. 🙂

    Goosoosh
    It’s not all that what bothered me; it was people’s attitude ogling you like you were some walking dollar sign although the Malaysian people are pretty well off compared to the other surrounding Asian countries, or may you’re right; I was in the wrong place for me.

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  9. shosho
    Sep 15, 2005 @ 18:14:00

    Welcome back!
    I missed you 😦

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  10. Drunk'n'Gorgeous
    Sep 16, 2005 @ 03:43:00

    Hiya Ayya! *hugs* The pics are pretty, especially the first two, of the tree and the gorgeous flowers on it 🙂 Sorry you had a bad experience. Take care, yeah? Laters!

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  11. AyyA
    Sep 16, 2005 @ 09:58:00

    Shoshoa
    7abeebti, walla I missed you too :*

    D&G
    Hey you naughty girl, what’s up babe, glad to see you hopping around in the blog-o-sphere

    Reply

  12. Jimmy
    Sep 16, 2005 @ 20:37:00

    Very Nice Pictures…Keep up the good work.

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  13. AyyA
    Sep 17, 2005 @ 03:23:00

    Thanks Jimmy, I will send you the pictures I mentioned in my E-mail ASAP.

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  14. Peach
    Sep 17, 2005 @ 11:31:00

    MONKEY!!!!
    monkey monkey monkey monkey monkey ;DDDDD

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  15. AyyA
    Sep 17, 2005 @ 11:45:00

    So, you liked the monkey?

    Reply

  16. Anonymous
    Jan 30, 2007 @ 13:39:00

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