Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Penang, Malaysia

Nine Emperor Gods Temple (Tow Boo Kong), Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia

Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Penang, Malaysia Throughout my travels in Malaysia I missed out on the Nine Emperor Gods temple on several occasions. Even though I attended the famous Nine Emperor Gods Festival it wasn’t at the actual temple. On one trip to Penang in mainland Malaysia I decided there was no excuse not …

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Masked man during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Malaysia

Masked man during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival Malaysia

The Colorful Nine Emperor Gods Festival The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a Taoist event held annually in China , Myanmar, Malaysia, Southern Vietnam, Thailand and also Indonesia around September. They are the nine sons manifested by Emperor Zhou Yu Dou Fu Yuan Jun and are a complicated lot.  Taoism itself forbid the worship of …

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Boy on a bike street art in Penang

“Boy on a Motorbike” street art, Ah Quee Street, George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Street Art in Malaysia gives hope Malaysia is the only country in South East Asia where I’ve seen people take pride in Street art. Street art is prevalent in Sabah and and here in Penang though the capital also holds many exhibitions. This piece of art is called “boy on a bike” and it’s the …

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Hand & machine tea leaf pickers in Malaysia

Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Tea leaf picking in the highlands of Malaysia The Cameron Highlands is probably my favourite place in Malaysia. The cool air. The mountains. The amazing food and rural aspect of it all. On a visit to one of the tea plantations I was taken back by how old school it still was when it came …

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Back to Borneo: Street Art tells the tale of two capitals

Street Art in Kota Kinabalu

Street Art in Malaysia is helping me see something new I’ve never been a huge fan of street art in Malaysia or graffiti anywhere else in the world for that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I think that freedom of expression is of paramount importance today. It simply never visually appealed to me. Then, the more I traveled, …

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National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur: pink robes and comparisons

The National Mosque of Malaysia

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I enjoy visiting Mosques. And, while half the world instantly seems to seize up at the notion that someone would actually like to visit a mosque. I don’t visit for religious reasons. I visit because architecturally, they are, usually, quite beautiful buildings. Will the National Mosque in Kuala …

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Fort Cornwallis, Penang: The fort that never fired a shot

Cannon at Fort Cornwallis Penang

A second visit to the unique Fort Cornwallis in Penang, Malaysia I never had time to write about Fort Cornwallis the last time I was in Penang. So taking advantage of my one night half day stop over, I couldn’t think of a better time to write about it. If, for nothing else, its uniqueness …

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