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April 22, 2008

Photoblog: The Colors of India, Part 2

The Colors of IndiaI went crazy with these bangles, I wanted to buy everything. They are simply beautiful.

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April 21, 2008

Photoblog: The Colors of India

TheColorful beaded ornaments form a beautiful "blind" at Commercial Street, Bangalore--the shopping paradise of the garden city of India.

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April 15, 2008

Photoblog: Beijing, 南锣鼓巷 (Nanluoguxiang)

 Beijing, 南锣鼓巷 (Nanluoguxiang)Beijing's Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷) is one of the oldest streets in Beijing. It's full of artsy little shops, cafes, souvenir shops, and cute boutiques. It's worth it to spend an hour or two walking through the little alley ways and hutongs around it.

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February 10, 2008

Photoblog: A Lonely Scooter in St. Tropez, France

A Lonely Scooter in St. Tropez, FranceSt. Tropez is a quaint little coastal town in south of France. The little alleys and side streets in St. Tropez are choked full of characteristics and charms.

I found this lonely scooter on this alley, againt the pastel wall which is a typical sight in St. Tropez.

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February 7, 2008

Photoblog: An Unknown Tree in South of France

An Unknown Tree in Fréjus Plage, FranceThere are a lot of these trees along the coast in south of France, from Nice, to Cannes, to St. Tropez. Not sure what they are called, but they are beautiful.

Shot at Fréjus Plage, France.

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January 10, 2008

Edelweiss Cafe: My Favorite Hang Out Place in Penang

Edelweiss Cafe, Georgetown, PenangEdelweiss Cafe, one of the food and entertainment establishments at Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang.

Loaded with heaps of character, this restored pre-war heritage building is now proudly owned by a Swiss gentleman and his wife. This is easily one of the coolest hang out places in Penang--complete with antique furniture, Nyonya artifacts, and that very homey and intimate ambience. So, bring your best buds or family and just chill out. While you are at it, try their house special cheese fondue.

Click on the image above or here to view my pictures of Edelweiss Cafe, Penang.

Edelweiss Cafe
38, Armenian Street,
10200 Penang
Tel: 04-261-8935

Business Hours:

12 noon to 11pm
Closed on Mondays

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January 9, 2008

Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang

Armenian Street, Georgetown, PenangArmenian Street is my favorite street in Georgetown, Penang. Located in the heritage enclave of Georgetown, this street oozes old world charm and is home to some of the oldest historical buildings in Penang. Along Armenian Street, you will find lots of beautiful heritage buildings--some of which have been restored to their original glory.

Armenian street also houses the famed Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Penang base (120 Armenian Street), Cheah Kongsi, Yap Kongsi Temple, Tua Pek Kong Temple, Edelweiss Cafe, a new art gallery, a very old barber shop (which my dad frequented when he was younger), and a couple of Chinese restaurants.

(Kongsi means Chinese clan house in Hokkien dialect; Cheah/谢 and Yap/叶 are common Chinese last names.)

In the next few days, I will take you on photo tours to some of the sights of Armenian Street. If you are in Penang, I strongly urge you to take a stroll along this street and check out the sights I mentioned above. You won't be disappointed, I promise.

Please also check out and mouse over this very cool interactive map of Armenian Street here.

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January 8, 2008

Tropical Dreamin' on a Cold Winter Night

Aquamarine Sea Water at Pulau Lang Tengah (Lang Tengah Island), MalaysiaAquamarine sea water at Pulau Lang Tengah, east coast of Peninsula Malaysia. ("Pulau" means island in Malay language.)

Powdery sand. Turquoise sea. Sea turtles. Coral reef. Colorful fish. Local people. Blue sky. White clouds. Sun. Warmth. Ocean breeze. Coconut trees. Happiness!

Tropical dreamin' on a cold California winter night...

(Continue dreaming here, here, here, and here.)

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January 7, 2008

Photoblog: Georgetown at Night

Georgetown at NightAn empty and deserted street in Georgetown, Penang. Day or night time, the narrow streets of Georgetown exude a nostalgic aura of bygone eras.

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January 6, 2008

Dying Trade of Penang: Paper Lantern

Paper Lantern--A Dying Trade in PenangPaper lantern at the entrace of Yap Kongsi, Georgetown, Penang.

Paper lanterns are mostly found outside of the Chinese clan houses in Penang, it's beautiful and truly an art form. Unfortunately, paper lantern is a dying trade in Penang.

To visit the last workshop standing, please go to:

Tua Keat Seng
42 Magazine Road,
Georgetown, Penang
Open Daily from 8.00am to 3.00pm

To check out other dying trades in Penang, please view Journey Malaysia's article here.

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