7/25 – Time to get back to the city. We watched Bus 101 rumble through town every 15 minutes the whole time we were in Teluk Bahang, but as we stood at the bus stop in the sweltering heat with packs on our backs, no Bus 101 was forthcoming. After 45 minutes, we wondered what could possibly explain the lack of buses, when four Bus 101s came rolling down the street, one after the other! An hour later, we were back in the city, to stay for a day in Georgetown, before making our way south to the capital. Our trendy hotel:
With an additional fruit that is not allowed:
We asked what is wrong with mangosteen – is it another smelly fruit? We were told that the red juice of mangosteen skin permanently stains whatever it comes in contact with, and that is why it is not permitted.
Our hotel is in the Chinese part of the city.
There is a Sam’s here!
Traveling by tricycle rickshaw:
We asked our hotel clerk, who is of Chinese descent, how to get to Little India. “Walk down the street” he said. “When you see Indian people, hear Indian music and smell Indian food, you are in Little India.” Easy enough!
Ganesha, son of the goddess Parvati. Lord Shiva cut off the boy’s head, which angered Parvati, so he replaced it with an elephant’s head.
Hanuman is the monkey god.
Our yummy lunch – spicy chicken, vegetables, rice and ginger tea – we love Indian food! The Malay and Indians eat with their right hands only – no utensils – but we were offered spoons and forks.
The Kapitan Kling Mosque, the oldest in Penang, dating from the seventeenth century:
Reminders of when Malay was a British colony. St. George The Martyr Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Southeast Asia:
The 60 foot tall Jubilee Clock Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate 60 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. The tower tilts slightly, but withstood being bombed during WWII:
A lovely town, with new delights around every corner!