TRAVEL Malaysia: Exploring George Town

After seven months of procrastinating, here I am, writing about my Malaysia trip back in September 2017. I’ve been meaning to write for so long but I got caught up juggling my time between work (ugh, iknowriiiight), reading books, giving warm baths to my cats, eco-volunteering, hanging out with friends and traveling some more.

George Town, Penang. How can I forget about this place? It is so lovely in a rustic way — old British colonial buildings, street arts everywhere, mosques, ornate temples, clan houses and rows of Chinese shops — yet it boasts modern structures, skyscrapers, swanky shopping malls and artsy cafés and boutiques. It has several app-ready bikes for rent in its old streets. With its well-preserved heritage buildings, the city of George Town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What makes this place memorable for me are the numerous street arts featuring cats. Hah! If you are following me on instagram, you’d already know how batshit crazy I get when around cats. You’d also know that these street arts are the reason why I decided to visit Penang in the first place. Below are just a few of the numerous cat arts I saw in George Town.

And of course I had to take selfies with one of the cute stray cats. I mean, what good are cat murals without the real-life inspirations? Seriously this cutie is so adorable I had to stop the urge to take her back home with me.

All of the cats I saw looked well-fed and with thick fur — a possible indication that they are healthy stray cats. 🙂 Which is not at all surprising because the food in George Town was really good. I didn’t get to take a lot of food photos because I was always so hungry after my adventures around the island I just devoured everything on my plate without taking photos first like I always do when dining at some place new. To give you an idea, their food is mostly a hodgepodge of Indian, Malay and Chinese cuisine.

I always had my breakfast at this place just behind my hotel. The food was the best and really cheap! I spent less than two dollars for every decent meal– that includes 2-3 viands plus rice and rose tea. I particularly loved this really spicy lamb dish. It was so good I forgot to note down what it’s called. The chicken was also yummy. Whatever sauce they added did the magic.

Secondly, it was my first time traveling out of the country alone and I’m telling you now, going solo is very liberating. There’s nothing quite like waking up in a foreign place all by yourself. No one to depend on but yourself. No other decisions to consider except yours. And it had me thinking about doing this solo traveling thing over and again.

That is, until I get tired taking my own photos! That’s the downside when traveling solo. Thank god for my trusty iPhone 7 and its’ camera timer, I was able to take decent shots without having to beg passers-by to take my photos. Haha.

Here are a few more street art photos..

But seriously I am just so glad I ticked this solo travel thing in beautiful Penang Island!

Ciao for now! I will write about the whole of my Penang Island trip on my next blog!

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