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I stay at Muntri Mews hotel for this coming night
After a 30 mn never ending trip in a lift (stopped between the 22th and the 21th floors of my hotel in KL), a 4h bus trip from KL to Penang (Nice Bus, 74 RM), + a 20mn taxi ride (30RM, mahal lah!) from the Nice bus stop to the 77 Muntri street in George Town, I reached Muntri Mews.
Friendly welcome by the Muntri Mews staff, with a glass of fresh water and a pot of hot chinese tea. Lovely and spacious room with a fusion retro-stylish decoration.
Then I learned 2 new words : Mew and Flashpacker.
What’s a flashpacker?
Here is the answer of the “chic hotel” Ryokan opposite Muntri Mews
If you travel with your iPod, digital camera and laptop, you have officially placed yourself in the category of what we call flashpackers. If you are traveling on a budget, but you are looking for something a bit more upmarket and luxurious and as affordable as a hostel, you’re also a flashpacker.”
Both Ryokan and Muntri Mews target the flaspackers, but in different budget categories.

What are mews?

 It was a place where you store the horse carriages.
“Muntri Mews” was formerly the stables and carriageworks of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters.  Read the rest of this entry »

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“Witness to history : How the French lost the Mousquet in the 1914 Battle of Penang “
by  Dr. John R Robertson”, Saturday 3 April 2010, at 4.00pm at  E&O Hotel, Georges Town, Penang. Organized by the Penang Heritage Trust

The story of the four  French warships that had the task of patrolling the northern Malacca Straits and the defence of Penang harbour at the beginning of WW1, has never been told or written about before, except as a passing reference about the daring exploits of Emden.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

 

 

 

An evening of fun discoveries organized by Art-Ed or Anak Anak Kota (the children of the city), in Penang : Heritage Treasure Hunt, Traditional Food Cooking Experience (yummy), battlefield game for teenagers, traditional games… I wish I could be in Georgetown. Details and registration via their new  anak-anak-kota blog.

ART ED recruitment
WHAT?
Bicycle trail  map creation with the Balik Pulau young cyclists from “Mountain & Village Crewz Balik Pulau” 
The map will highlight the significant local attractions in cultural and heritage assets such as scenery, farm, cottage industries, food, which are only accessible by bicycle.

WHEN?   June – August 2009 , Weekends ( depends on the schedule within the team which will be set later )
First cycling meeting 6 and 7 June ( Sat and Sun ) 8am -12 noon

WHERE?   Balik Pulau and neighbouring villages in Penang

WHO?   
Anyone who is interested in cycling in nature site and would like to share he/she knows through documentation to others

What criteria do I need to be part of the team? ?
Have your own transport to go to Balik Pulau and a bicycle to move around also you who like to share and work with young people

Call yoke pin at (+60) 4 -2633471 / +(60) 12- 3619113   
or email arts_ed_penang@yahoo.com

See  Art-Ed WEBSITE for more info

Art Ed Balik Pulau

GT-Armenian stWhen asked 15 years ago about conservation efforts of historic Georgetown ,  Salma Khoo, director of Areca Books – a heritage and historical books publisher based in Penang – would answer, “What really matters to Penangites is food; they simply take their heritage for granted”.

In July 2008, international recognition was given to Penang when George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; completely transforming local perception. Melaka (Malacca) and George Town (GT) are jointly inscribed on the list as “The Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca [where] the influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted”.

This recognition is an essential milestone for the handful of Penangites who have strived for years for the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of GT. Read the rest of this entry »

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