Shopping : Batik , a tribute to Mother Nature

There are many many stories and debates on the origin of Batik. In Malaysia most will lay claim that it originated from our direct ancestors, the Indonesians.  It is a tedious, disciplined process of making designs on fabric. The artist will use wax to “block” dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving blank areas in the dyed…

Street Markets : Stubbornly, Jalan Kuala Kangsar , in photos

Jalan Kuala Kangsar is part of the 4 crossroads surrounding the infamous, newly renovated Chowrasta Market , read in depth about the transition from yester-years and present here, by Penang Monthly magazine. There has been an underlying growl on change in this part of town. Street markets play a big role in our heritage, it is…

Penang local gets a sneak peek into Delish Asia Penang street food tour. 

    Penang local recently experienced Delish Asia Penang Street food tour. Penang has consistently been voted to have the best and most diverse types of street food thanx to it’s historical position as an important shipping port for the spice trade. Spice traders introduced new culinary cuisines and spices to the island adding to…

Beach Town Ferringhi, eating on the coastal road.

Batu Ferringhi is towards the northern tip of the island. Its pretty vibrant on holidays, plan to leave your vehicles parked all weekend long. Better yet, don’t bring your car on to the island. If walking with kids around this beach town, watch out for traffic on narrow streets. Be weary when you’re walking on sidewalks,…

Restaurant Review: At Chok Dee Thai 

This here, is where we go , at least once a month, when we’re all in town. There are  usually 6 of us, sometimes 8 , if we can manage to sync our calendars. At Chok Dee Thai Restaurant  , its a family affair (friends who have become family). A handful of round tables scatter the dining room,…

Connect with your experience, travel with your eyes and heart wide open.

Penang Local was invited to experience a local food tour managed by Joy of Delish Asia . Joy is an energetic lady driven by the joy (no pun intended) of what she enjoys doing: introducing Penang through your taste buds. We were one of 3 travel bloggers from Italy, Sweden and Canada , excitable and adorable spirited wanderlusters…

Penang’s Famous Laksa is at Air Itam (Hitam), whether you like it or not.

Oh… you’ll be in hot soup if you already have set expectations of this local eatery. Clear your mind of any conventional street food experience. Here is Penang’s famous Laksa, even those who prefer their own recipes will have to admit that Air Itam (also spelled “Air Hitam” ) is THE place for the best introduction. No one…

The Habitat on Penang Hill : Up close and friendly with nature

The best times to visit The Habitat , the work-in-progress-green “Narnia” on top of Bukit Bendera, or Penang Hill  , are during the weekdays and NOT on a school holiday,  if possible. I always like to encourage visitors to use the Penang’s public transport , bus number 204 is easily accessible from Komtar, or the bus terminal…