Monday, June 06, 2011

Happy Dragon Boats Festival AND My Weekend Penang Adventure

First thing first, today is Duanwu Festival (), also known as Dragon Boat Festival. My colleagues and friends in China are celebrating it today and it's a holiday for them. One of the focus of the celebration is eating rice dumplings, so here's a snapshot of the same for your enjoyment too!

Rice Dumplings (the vegetarian variety)

This is my carpool buddy and he drove around Penang today for our rice dumpling (Chinese: 粽子, pinyin: zòngzi) and coconut jelly hunt, and also for the best money changer in town for Thai Bahts.

"Penang Coconut Jelly" acquired!

Our car was behind this little man at Little India. He's paddling barefooted (salute!) and also very lean.

I would also like to tell a little story of my adventure in Penang yesterday (Sunday) when I took the bus to town to sign up for the undergraduate degree course in Information and Communication Technology with Wawasan Open University (see my Back to School! post). I went to their Regional Office at China Ghaut Street. It was fun meeting with the staff there!

I received the Welcome Pack below.

Right after accomplishing my mission at WOU, I went for a walk-walk and my feet led me to Little India.

There were lots of Indian folks walking around and I just love the ethnic music that was playing loudly. The day was so hot and I think it was perfect.

Some of the very colorful decorative items found in one of the shops.

I suddenly realized I was very hungry because I didn't eat lunch before launching out. I stopped by at Restoran Kassim Mustafa and ordered my all-time favorite Maggi Goreng. I loved the texture of the noodles and they did such a good job!

In the restaurant. They closed the front section of the shop for cleaning, which is why the chair was up on the table. Subsequently all chairs went up for floor cleaning, etc.

This is an interesting wall paper on the wall of the staircase. On it are listed some of the favorite foods of my fellow Malaysians.

I continued my walk after that. I started off at Lebuh Penang to make my way to Komtar to meet with my carpool buddy so that we can go home together.

Sunny day!

I came across a Chinese temple...

And then the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Penang is truly a multi-cultural place!

I somehow ended up in the Heritage Row (I'm not sure of the proper name for it but I will be coming back for more). I just love how quiet it is here and and the front doors are so colorful and pretty! The tall building in the background, that's Komtar, by the way.

Trishaws are a common sight in Penang.

And then I saw this cute little goggie. It's so shy that when I tried going near him, he barked a small bark and tried retreating behind the pillar.

I also saw this interesting row of merchant shops; I think they're one and the same. There are quite a few Chinese merchants with very long history in Penang as I walked around yesterday.

I wrapped up the day with a vegetarian dinner at JanxDen with my carpool buddy. I love children's art and I saw some in conjunction with Mother's Day at the restaurant. Very nice!

That's all! I hope you have enjoyed another installment of my mini adventure in Penang; all pictures taken using my iPhone. Have a wonderful week ahead!