Penang: The Blue Mansion

Aside from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street, The Blue Mansion or known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a must visit when you are in Penang. Cheong Fatt Tze was a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement in the 19th century. The Mansion’s construction began before the end of the 19th Century, and it was said that Cheong Fatt Tze had hoped to house nine generations of his descendants. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in especially from China and building materials were imported from as far away as Scotland, who used their skills to fashion the mansion with 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows. The plot of land was chosen after heavy consultation with the era’s preeminent feng shui masters.

The distinctive blue colour mansion is easy to spot along Leith Street and was named one of the ‘ 10 Greatest Mansions in the World’ by Lonely Planet. The blue coat is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant.

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Penang: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan MuseumThe Peranakan is a prominent community in the Straits Settlement particularly in Penang, Melaka and Singapore.They had created a unique lifestyle and customs which had not only left behind a rich legacy of antiques but its cultural influences like cuisine and language which are still evident in Penang today. Thus, Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a must visit to have a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. After my visit to the Chew Jetty, I make my way to Lebuh Gereja while enduring the heat. I was greeted with the flourescent green visage entrance, truly an eclectic sight indeed.

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Penang: The Camera Museum

The Camera Museum

Did you know that the word photography is derived from the Greek words photos (“light”) and graphein (“to draw”). The word was first used by the scientist Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839. It is a method of recording images by the action of light, or related radiation, on a sensitive material. For photography enthusiasts and camera collectors, you would definitely love this! The Camera Museum is the 1st in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Located right in the heart of its heritage area in a refurbished 2-storey pre-war shophouse on Lebuh Muntri, you will be welcomed by a gigantic replica of the 19th century studio camera.

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Penang: Georgetown Street Art

Penang International Airport

I took off to Penang via SilkAir in the morning, an hour flight from Singapore. Malaysia has a total of 4 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site; Historical city of Georgetown and Melaka, Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Kinabalu National Park in Sabah. Penang goes all the way back to 1700s when Captain Francis Light took possession of the island on behalf of the East India Trading Company that the state truly began to flourish and soon afterwards he established Georgetown. Let me take you to the Pearl of the Orient – a fitting title bestowed to this fair island.

SilkAir, the full service regional wing of Singapore Airlines fly to Penang everyday.

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LEGOLAND Malaysia: Not just ordinary bricks

Legoland Malaysia

LEGOs aren’t just mainly bricks. You’ve probably noticed the significance of satisfaction when two LEGO bricks come together which now has become an indispensable medium for the expression of creativity and art sculptures.  If you are impressed with the masterpieces by Nathan Sawaya, you shouldn’t give LEGOLAND a miss. LEGOLAND Malaysia is located at Nusajaya Johor, the 1st LEGO themed in Asia which was opened in first quarter of 2012. As the name suggest, LEGOLAND are marketed to families with younger children but do not fret, adults can enjoy it too.

Legoland: Tix counter

Admission Price

Adult

Child

Senior

RM 140

RM 110

RM 110

You can save up to 20% if you book your ticket online 7 days in advance.  If you wish to re-enter the park, please keep your ticket with you at all times. Set aside, the LEGO-themed water theme park will be open in mid-2013 whereas The LEGOLAND Hotel will be open in the first half of 2014.

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Heritage State of Malacca, Malaysia

Here’s my recent 2 days trip to Malacca or Melaka in Malaysia. This small state is known for its historical relics and culture. Malacca was first conquered by the Portuguese and later by the dutch in the 1500s. It was in 1900s Malacca was part of Malaysia federation. I’m not surprised that Malacca has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008. Malacca is just 2-3 hr drive or bus ride from Kuala Lumpur city. If your from Singapore, there are many coaches provide service to Malacca too. For instance, Luxury Travel & tours (I used their service to Kuala Lumpur before) also provide service to Malacca.

If you never been to A Famosa Fortress, then your not visiting Malacca. This fotress is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia. Once part of a mighty fortress, this tiny gate (called the Porta de Santiago) is all that history has spared. This is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.

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Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle

I’m a frequent visitors to Kuala Lumpur but I didn’t really spend much on photography until my recent visit there during the Christmas season. Spend most of the days at the heart of KL, commonly known as the golden triangle, Kuala Lumpur’s commercial, shopping and entertainment hub. The reason why they called it golden triangle because of the three major roads – Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan form a triangle which borders the entire Golden Triangle area. This lively city can be reached by air, land or rail mode of transportation. You might want to read on traveling with coach article.

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