The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion along Leith Street In Penang has made it into a list of the top 10 greatest mansions and grand houses in the world. The selection was done by Lonely Planet with the following citation: Built...
On the eve of Malaysia Day, a light-hearted look at the recent controversy over history from the folks at That Effing Show. http://popteevee.popfolio.net/popteeveescreen.swf?episode=1152
The ruins of dormitories and leper homes, old reservoirs and undergound chambers, places of worship, jail cells, even a courtroom add an eerie touch to the island's natural greenery that should be preserved as a state treasure for Penang. I...
This was a unique roundabout in Penang, the intersection of six different roads - one of the 'happening' areas of old George Town. By the way, congrats to Ric for his book being selected among the "50...
You know they are supposedly "upgrading" the Penang Hill Railway. So what's going to happen to all the vintage machinery (scroll down that page to see the equipment) that pulls up the funicular trains? There are two sets of such...
The UK National Archives has put on public display a memorandum dated 21 February 1956 by the UK 'Secretary of State for the Colonies' on the 'Conference of the Constitutional Advance of Malaya'. From the memo, you can sense the...
A two-day trip to Malacca proves to be an eye-opener. And a cruise along the Malacca River after dark reveals more than just the gaudy lights of the illuminated river banks. http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649 When I arrived in Malacca last weekend for a...
Reader Grandma sends us her recollection of how well public transport was organised around Maxwell Road (next to present-day Prangin Mall). [googlemaps https://maps.google.com.my/maps?q=maxwell+road+penang&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=Jalan+Maxwell,+Georgetown,+10100+George+Town,+Penang&t=m&vpsrc=6&ll=5.414427,100.332406&spn=0.009613,0.009656&z=16&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=450&h=450] I lived in Maxwell Road which is parallel to Prangin Road until the demolition to make way...
This is a piece on the trams of Penang that I wrote as a guest blogger for The Guardian: George Town on the island of Penang in Malaysia used to have a viable tram system in the early 20th century. It...
Here's something that could be a drawcard for visitors to Penang. Few Malaysians are aware that the man who gave Indonesia its name lies buried in Malaysia - in Penang to be specific. James Richardson Logan, the man who...

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