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BulanLifestyle busy at work on a lotus Street art at Sunalini yoga on Hutton Lane, Penang. 

Penang street art. Lotus flower at Sunalini yoga on Hutton Lane

The artist busy at work on a lotus Mural at Sunalini yoga on Hutton Lane. 

The lotus symbolises the cycle of life, death and rebirth. 🙏

Check out this yoga studio on TripAdvisor. It’s got great reviews. 

If you are visiting Penang,  do check it this new Penang street art and try a Iyengar yoga session with Sunalini. 

Sunalini yoga studio on Hutton Lane, Penang

Iyengar at Sunalini Yoga, Penang

Yoga is a lifestyle. It is a holistic outlook that combines body, mind and spirit to improve health and wellness through balance, harmony and conscious living.

I highly recommend Iyengar yoga with Sunalini for those who want to focus on alignment of your body and increase flexibility. Sunalini is a qualified, experienced and very good yoga teacher. She gives clear instructions and is patient with her students.

The studio is in a heritage building in George Town and has a relaxed and welcoming vibe.

The studio space is quite small so prior bookings are required.

Price for drop in class RM35

Sunalini Yoga Studio

Address: 153C Hutton Lane

Penang, Malaysia

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Sunalini Yoga Timetable Jan/Feb 2017

About Iyengar Yoga

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Made in Penang. Handmade and handpainted incense bowls. 

Penang Local products. Handpainted incense bowls by BulanLifestyle.com

Penang local products. Handpainted with love. Incense bowls by BulanLifestyle.com

Available at Gusto Cafe Rm20. 

 

Gusto Cafe Address:

4 Jalan Sungai Kelian
Penang, Malaysia
04-890 4012

George Town’s Light and Shadow

George Town’s Light and Shadow

What an Amazing World!

City Hall, Penang The Early 20th-Century City Hall in George Town, Penang

Chapter 4, Part 17

The 19th century in South Asia. It was a period of time in history when the British consolidated their colonial possessions in the Indian subcontinent. What started out as mere trade missions in the early 17th century, became a vast colonial entity called British India, encompassing regions which now make up India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore and parts of Malaysia. At the easternmost reach of the British governance – where the sprawling Dutch East Indies began – were the Straits Settlements, a collective unit of colonial lands comprising Singapore, Malacca and a small island off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia called Prince of Wales Island, which is today known as Penang.

The settlements – strategically located at the busy trade route connecting the Spice Islands and China to India, the Middle East…

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Penang and the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia

Penang and the Chinese Diaspora in South East Asia

What an Amazing World!

Khoo Kongsi 1 The Khoo Kongsi Compound

Chapter 4, Part 18

At the height of the spice trade in the Orient, the Europeans had their eyes fixated on strategic islands along the trade routes, which they eventually colonized. From British Hong Kong and Portuguese Macau at the Pearl River Delta, to Singapore and Penang in the Strait of Malacca, these otherwise small pieces of land experienced rapid economic growth as they were developed into important trading hubs in the region.

Economic growth creates opportunities, and opportunities attract people. Penang, as one of the most thriving colonial outposts in the region, certainly had an irresistible allure that drew merchants and laborers alike to get their share of fortune on the island, or simply to escape poverty at home. The Cantonese, Hokkien and Hakka peoples were among the most eager to leave China for a region once known as Nanyang, the Southern Seas, that is…

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Penang hash house harriers, a club for social runners. 


Penang hash house harriers

Hash house harriers are a group of people who enjoy hashing/trekking/runnning in the forest and they meet once a week in different locations. 

The ‘hare’ sets the weekly route and the hashes follow the paper trail left by the ‘hare’. The route is unknown to the hashes and changes weekly. The runs consists of 45-90 mins jungle forest trails followed by food and beers at the end of the run.

People of all ages and fitness levels can participate but the fitter you are the more you will enjoy this activity.

The oldest person at today’s run was a man aged 68.

Fee: approx Rm20 including beer and food. Continue reading “Penang hash house harriers, a club for social runners. “

Wishing our Penang friends and friends everywhere a Happy Chinese new year! 

Wishing you a prosperous Chinese New Year of the Rooster 2017.

Wishing our Penang friends and friends everywhere a Happy and properous Chinese lunar new year of the rooster.

Keong hee huat chye as they say on the island.

Illustration by BulanLifestyle.com

Why my hometown of George Town, Penang is consistently voted as the world’s best place to retire.

Macalister Mansion
Macalister Mansion

Why Penang is the world’s best place to retire.

The Crazy Bag Lady @BulanLifestyle.com

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Why my hometown of George Town, Penang is consistently voted as the world’s best place to retire.

I was born and grew up in Penang, Malaysia. It was a small sleepy island in those days and not many people knew anything about it. Today, it is consistently rated as the best place to retire. Why you might ask. Sometimes I ask the same question. So having grown up here, travelled the world searching and living in many different countries, I have decided to end up back home.

My top 10: Excluding the fact that the govt gives long term visas for Foreigners  (MM2H)

1. Low cost of living

2. English speaking being an Ex British Colony

3. High standard of healthcare

4. Best street food in the world

5. Multi cultural

6. Unesco world heritage site

7. Tropical island city

8. Friendly people…

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