Penang, Malaysia; Morning walk in the Chowrasta Day Market (2)

Nice to have you back with me on this ‘e-walk’.

Last posting on this very short series on my morning walk in Chowrasta Day market.

Still in Kuala Kangsar Road which a stone throw away from Chowrasta Road.

Vendor selling colourful cloths. Ladies choosing and deciding what they want…..

  

With the background, is the Komtar Tower; the tallest office building on the island. 65 storeys

Walking back to Penang road to the main entrance of Chowrasta Market building which house for permanent stalls for the vendors.

 

 

hmmm.. .what do they have here? They have Tambun biscuit which are oven-backed biscuits rounds/balls of flaky pastry filled with a sweet or savoury paste made from grounded green beans (tau sar). They also have medicated oil which some are made from nutmeg oil.

… more stalls inside to choose from.

A closer snap shot. Oh yes, further back you can see pickled sour/sweet fruits which are worth trying. =)

 

ok…. that’s all for this series. Just a short one and also a break from my series on Taiwan. So which country will it be next? Want to know? If yes, then click on ‘Follow me’ and join me on my e-journey. =)

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Penang, Malaysia; Morning walk in the Chowrasta Day Market (1)

Hi there!! Welcome back. This series is about my morning walk in the day market in Penang Island on one of the weekends when I was back there.

Walking along Penang Road, I wanted to see the day market that I have heard a lot about, which is the Chowrasta day market; along Chowrasta Road next to the Chowrasta Market building.

This is the beginning of Campbell Street which  is a street within the buffer zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It runs from Penang Road to the junction of Buckingham Street and Carnarvon Street.

  

The street was named after the Penang Inspector General (1866-1891) Sir George William Robert Campbell, who was also the acting Lieutenant-Governor of Penang between 1872 and 1873. It used to run from Pitt Street, which was much older. The locals called it Sin Kay, meaning “new street” but I will not be covering here in this series.

Stalls along Penang Road.

This is the Chowrasta Road where you can see vendors setting up their stalls on both sides of the road. Usually in the morning, the road is closed to traffic; maybe except for motorbikes slowly zooming in and out.

Lots of activities and daily requirement needed can be found here.

mmm… anything that interest you here? thermoflash or tiffin carrier?

At the T-junction of Chowrasta Road is Kuala Kangsar Road (not the Kuala Kangsar in Ipoh state).  On this street you can find lots of old coffee shops where you can grab your breakfast and hot coffee while you enjoy watching the hive of activities across the street.

Look at the space in between. It looks packed right? well it is if there are lots of people.

 

 

 

Hope you are enjoying this ‘e-trip’. Another post on this series before I go on to my new series. So, do follow me on my series in this blog. Tata!!

Malaysia – ASICS Penang Bridge International Marathon 2014 Run – Longest Bridge in S.E.A

Hi … Just wanted to share with you my experience on running on the longest bridge in South Eat Asia last weekend; 22/Nov 2014. This is the first time it was held on this bridge as it was just open to the public in March 2014. Previous runs were held on the 1st Penang Bridge since 1985.

The Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge or Penang Second Bridge was completed on Feb 2014 and it is 24km in length (Length over water is 16.9km) and it’s main span is 250m long.

Each year, this run attracts thousands of people locally and also internationally. This year’s run saw more than 62,000 people participating in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and also the 7km Fun Run. The races started in staggered time where the Full Marathon started as early as 1.30am. For me, I took the 10km Men run which only started at 7.30am. Yup, so the bridge was totally crowded with people from early morning. LOL!!!

Anyway.. here are some shots. Runners warming up and getting ready for the run.

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While some lazying at the side while waiting for the race to start to enjoy the beautiful sunrise.

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Shot of the Penang Second Bridge from the shore from the island side.

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Starting point for the runners. All ladies gathering up waiting for the countdown.

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Look at the crowd!! That’s just only for the ladies open. I believe the line stretches all the way back to 200m to 300m behind (or even more).

 

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It took about 30 mins to get 99% of the ladies to cross the starting line before the men could get ready for their starting.

 

This was the starting for the Men’s 10km run. Yup… you can see that the sun was already up in full force.

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Approaching the Main  Span…

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Some runners taking a slow walk to enjoy the view.

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Yeah… the finishing line..

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Anyway.. to cut it short. I made it within the stipulated time and I got my Medal. Kinda nice right?

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My goal for 2015… is to run the Half Marathon for this run. =)

 

Malaysia – A Ride through Penang’s 2nd Bridge (in B&W)

Finally I get to post this. I had taken photos earlier which was taken at night but it turn out bad. Guess I was traveling in a bus and bus was jumping here and there. This time I got it right. LOL!!

This trip was from Penang Island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia trip. It is actually my 2 trip on this new Penang 2nd Bridge (it’s official name – Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge) since it opened in 1 March 2014.

During my trip back to Kuala Lumpur, the bus I took has decided to take the new route instead of the ‘old’ Penang Bridge (haha… it is already close to 29 years since it first open to the traffic) .

To get to the bridge, the bus had to take to coastal road is passing the Free Industrial Zone where most of the multinational companies are set up.

A shot of the coast with the background view of the bridge at it’s mainspan.

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Construction of an elevated highway is in progress in the middle of the 2 carriageway. So traffic was slow but moving. (luckily it was not a working day else it will be massive jam.)

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Another shot of the mainspan. Actually the mainspan is very much closer to the island as that point is the deepest part along the whole stretch of the 16.9km of bridge length on the water.

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Entering the bridge. The exit is from Batu Maung on Island and arrive at Batu Kawan on mainland

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The total length of the bridge is 24km (overland and water). Dual carriage and a dedicated motorbikes lane on each side.

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Mainspan. This part is most beautiful at night when they lighted it up.

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Coming down the mainspan, and if you can see far at the background, you will see the round dual carriage way is like a ‘snake’ like.

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See it? Have you ever wonder why?

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Exiting the bridge. On the other side is the toll which all vehicles have to pay toll. The price? Mmm… the government has yet to determine. So for the time being, everyone is enjoying the toll-free bridge.

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Another toll? Yup. This is to toll which connects to the North South Expressway. Big arch right?

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Close up shot.

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Anyway that’s it. Hope you enjoy my ride on the Penang’s 2nd Bridge. Stay tune for my other posting. =)

Malaysia; Penang – A ferry trip across the Penang Straits.

Hi there! This post is long overdue … way overdue. It’s about a my trip from Penang island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia across the South Straits or commonly know to the locals as Penang Straits.

As you would have known ( but it if you do not know), you can get to the island by 4 ways from mainland. 2 by road which is going across the Penang bridge or the 2nd Penang bridge (which is the longest in S.E.A; just opened on 1st Mar 2014) or you can fly in to Penang Island. And the 4th is, you can take the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown, Penang island or vice versa. It will cost you rm7 per car and for a pedestrian is rm1.20 and rm0.60 if you are a student. You only have to pay one way; the trip to the island and it’s free if you take from island to mainland.

This time, I will be sharing on my trip by ferry across the South Straits. The journey takes about 20min. Here’s a brief history of the Penang ferry service. It is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia which connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in George Town in Penang Island. There are total of 17 ferries but 9 of them has already retired.

Here’s a picture of the layout of the ferry.

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A shot from inside the ferry on the lower deck overlooking the quay.

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Another shot overlooking the island.

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Cars park bumper to bumper. You are allowed to get out from your car once the ferry starts moving.

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Sand ‘pit’.

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Entry to the engine room but of course you are not allowed in.

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A view looking at the mainland which you can Penang port.

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Enjoyed the short trip with me on the ferry? Anyway…  stay tune and see what coming up next. =)

Malaysia – Penang; Ernest Zacharevic’s ‘Art is Rubbish is Art’ Exhibition (5)

Welcome back! My last posting on Ernest Zacharevic’s ‘Art is Rubbish is Art’ Exhibition.

Another nice picture… using rubbish as balloons where a little girl is holding the floating rubbish.

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The ‘golden’ trolley carrying rubbish…….

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More modern art paintings……

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This is interesting. It looks like a picture frame on the floor.

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The crowd enjoying the artist painting and the message he is trying to get across. Even an old lady is trying to figure out the meaning of his paintings.

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Lastly… he did not forget to wish all the visitors a  (Belated) Happy Lunar New Year from the Lego figurine.

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Hope you enjoy this postings.

Malaysia; Penang’s 2nd bridge to open to traffic..

Tomorrow 1st March 2014, Penang’s 2nd bridge will be open to traffic. It is the longest bridge in South East Asia. It’s length is 24km; 16km out in the waters and 8 km on land.

This 2nd bridge will help to ease the traffic on the 1st bridge which is more than 20years old and is only slight more than half the length of the 2nd bridge.

Me passing the entry point to the 2nd bridge which is hours away from the opening.

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Anyway, once I have more on this, I will share with my readers.

P.S. If any of your are interested in marathon, they may organize a marathon on this 2nd bridge in November this year. So do keep a look out. 😊