Friday, November 18, 2011

Penang By Foot - Day 2


I woke up very early, had a quick breakfast and went on with my journey - again. No rain, no sun and no drizzle. The atmosphere was dry and gloomy. 


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9:00 a.m. - First stop was the Jetty Port bus stop and the Church Street Pier. This was built in 1897 which paved way for transportation and commerce. They recently developed it into a high-end waterfront area and renamed it as the Tanjong City Marina and was completed in 2005. It is open to the public and provides yacht services and other activities.


the old one
the fresher one
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9:20 a.m. - Just a few meters away from the Tanjong City Marina is the Frank Swettenham Pier. It was established in 1903 and was named after the first Resident General of Malay States (between 1896 and 1901). The redeveloping program of the pier was completed in September of 2010. Its International Cruise Terminal caters to larger luxury cruise liners.


Frank Swettenham Pier
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9:35 a.m. - Walk further and you will pass by the Queen Victoria Clock Tower. People usually call it the "Big Ben" of Penang.  In 1897, the tower was constructed to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The tower is 60 ft. tall. Each foot corresponds to each year of Queen Victoria's reign.

According to wikipedia, Jubilee Clock is a term used in reference to a number of clocks constructed and erected throughout the British Empire in commemoration of the Golden or Diamond Jubilee of various British monarchs, most commonly, Queen Victoria's.


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medium
small
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9:54 a.m. - Next was the Fort Cornwallis. Structure-wise, it was so much like Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. This star-shaped fort was built for the Royal artillery troops and the military - not really for defensive purposes. Now, it's open for public as a tourist spot or venue for weddings and the like. Entrance fee is RM 3.00 (39 pesos) for adults and RM2.00 (26 pesos) for children. I didn't go inside because you can actually see its totality from the entrance gate and it sufficed my curiosity.






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10:04 a.m. - Next was the play area outside the Fort Cornwallis. 




play area
seating area
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10:11 a.m. - Esplanade was next and from the playground's point-of-view, it showed Neo-classical style structures all lined up - Penang declared Independence from British administration in August 31, 1957. I went closer and saw Penang's Town Hall and City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya, opened in 1903). 


Padang Kota Lama - green field (which is across the town and city hall)
Town hall and City hall (L-R)
played with sepia and felt nostalgia
Town Hall
City Hall
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10:20 a.m. - Still in Esplanade was the Penang War Memorial - a monument to commemorate the soldiers who died during the Battle of Penang in World War I.


the monument
a cenotaph for the soldiers
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10:26 a.m. Part of the Esplanade was their version of Manila's baywalk - a better version.








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11:17 a.m. - docgelo constantly reminded me to visit Queensbay mall for a better view of the Penang bridge. So I went KOMTAR to ride a bus to Queensbay for RM 2.00 (26 pesos).




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11:36 a.m. - Queensbay mall is quite far from Georgetown but is near the Penang bridge. The view here was awesome. I wish the sun showed up for better photographs of the bridge. 










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1:18 p.m. - After some quick shopping at the Queensbay mall (nice and pricey shops but luckily they were on sale) I went into an eatery to have some kopi-o or their iced coffee but ended up eating lunch there. I got to taste their version of the Hainanese Chicken rice with veggies and chili salsa on the side plus a free soup for RM 3.50 and kopi-o for RM 1.20 (both for 66 pesos). 




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I ended my tour at this point because I needed to go home and pack my things for my 6:00 p.m. flight to Kuala Lumpur then to Manila. 

My 2 days were very much well spent on my walking tours. It's quite cheap and it's really fun to do it even when you're alone. I never had any solo trips but this can be a preview of what just  might happen next right?

Check Penang, Malaysia accommodations here

9 comments:

  1. penang is rich in culture and interesting structures inferness. and opcors, i love the food! excited na ko magbinondo tuloy!

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  2. I just read about Penang minutes ago sa Philstar, sabi kasi ni former Senator Ople he rather retire in Penang and write his life. Now I know bakit pinili nya ang Penang!

    DB

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  3. korek chyng! food trip binondo todo ito! (kailangan may rhyming?!)

    yes dorm boy... penang is a really great place to retire - if you have loads of money of course :)

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  4. hey, thanks for dropping my name and providing the link to my site. ang husay! meanwhile, i wonder what you shop at queensbay mall. sana natext ko sa yo mas ok kumain sa food court sa 3rd floor, called (hala, i forgot! hahaha! sobra sa pork!)...

    i like your shots of the clock tower. (fyi, alam mo ba na ang mga "M" dito na saleslady--sa queensbay mostly, hindi nila alam ang small medium large? ang at tawag nila ay S, M, at L--oo nga naman!)

    let's go binondo! pero wait nyo ko ha, kasi another fellow blogger (THE belgian, Sidney Snoeck. Do you know him and his photblog, My sari-sari store?), allowed me to join their medical mission on the morning of our binondo food trip. so wait for me as i hope to get a quick shower prior to our meet, haha! :)

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  5. hi doc! di ako nakaakyat sa 3rd floor ng queensbay sayang, kaya sa tabi-tabi na lang ako kumain.. hehe

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  6. nag solo walking tour din me dito last year. mababait mga tao at madami akong pinoy nakita dito.

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    1. hi mac! ang saya mag-solo di ba? your own time and pace... san ka ngapala nag stay sa penang?

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    2. yup wala kang inaalala. 2 day solo tour din me sa penang. sa may Super star libra ako nagstay "work related". tuwing hapon baba ako ng barko tapos pagala gala din.

      yung mga pinuntahan mong carinderya, dun din me kumain. hehe.

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    3. wow! dun ka nag stay? sosyal :)

      ang sarap at ang mura doon sa mga carinderia noh?

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