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Random Encounters in Artsy Penang

On 18, Aug 2014 | No Comments | In Activities, Art & Design, Culture, LGBT, Malaysia, Travel | By kanannie


Hanging out in Penang.

I love it when we get to a place and find so much more than we expected. In this case, we came to Penang for only food based on a recommendation by my college friend Jia-yi, and arrived in an unexpectedly cute little city chock full of fantastic food, beautiful old buildings, interactive street art and friendly people. An added plus was that the Georgetown Festival — the annual arts and culture event — was going on when we arrived.


Penang is a unique and photogenic city.


Some of the Art Deco buildings.


The Old Heritage area of Penang, with waiting rickshaw drivers.


A cute little shop with art, books and locally-made products.


A gallery space upstairs showcased art books curated by artists.


A shuttered storefront.


A lantern outside of the Campbell House.


A painter on Armenian Street.

In 2012, a Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to paint interactive wall murals in the Old Heritage district of Penang. Tourists flock to these murals — along with others painted by other artists — and wait patiently to pose creatively in front of the street art. We made our way around from one mural to another while consulting a wall mural map we found online, and eventually found ourselves at the Clan Jetty.


A huge wall mural by Ernest Zacharevic.

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In Romania

By kanannie

Bucharest: A Boring City in Romania

On 22, Nov 2013 | No Comments | In Romania, Travel | By kanannie

A note

I don’t know what this says, but I’m going to pretend it’s a love note.

Our last stop in Romania was the capital city of Bucharest. I wasn’t expecting much as we headed to Bucharest since I knew it was a major metropolis still recovering from the effects of a harsh and repressive communist regime and wouldn’t have the medieval charm of the other small cities that we visited throughout Romania. Nevertheless, we needed to stop in Bucharest because it’s a major hub in that region for ongoing travel to our next destination. So, there we were in Bucharest.


Where’s the rest of my wine???

Pate and bread

The pate was pretty tasty even though it looked like canned cat food.

Our first night at a “new” AirBnB apartment was miserable. The place was clean which was the only thing that made it bearable for one night. Other than that it sucked. We had a sleepless night and hauled ass to another place the next morning. The apartment buildings are reminiscent of the Soviet-era buildings that we encountered throughout Russia so I’m glad we didn’t arrive at these places in the middle of the night.


The fire hazard that was our first apartment.


We noticed that Romanians love these automatic air fresheners. I really don’t care for artificial flower scent squirting in my face every thirty minutes.


A knife in our “fully functional” AirBnB apartment kitchen. I wanted to use it to stab the owner, but I’m a pacifist.

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