Wednesday, November 19, 2014

penang wedding 3

Last highlights.

Swimming in the hotel pool. Staying and running around the posh hotel. These kids of mine are inclined to want to spend their entire holiday in a hotel without ever stepping out.

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* G Hotel lobby

Family progressions. The girl who got married last time has two kids now.

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* Ying-Ying with her uncle and son

Day merrily imbibing champagne and beer at the wedding.

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Strolling on Armenian Street.

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Stumbling upon the painfully hip China House, which I gather just offers a glimpse into Penang’s blooming hip cafĂ© culture. Very different from the coffeeshops we hung around.  

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* China House, which carves out 14 spaces out of 3 old buildings into a restaurant, art galleries, a theatre, shops and very nice toilets.

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* Day's very good Bolognese-like spaghetti with eggplant in it

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* Art gallery upstairs, looking over the restaurant

My cousin’s “haunted-house” workplace, a vintage crumbling mansion with tiny tiled floors and old sinks in bedroom corners. It was a "oh let's stop by to take a look since we're passing by" kind of detour, but I daresay the house was my Penang trip highlight.

I really like old undiscovered houses free of "Don't Touch" signs and admission fees.

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* The working kitchen. I really wanted the slanted chopping board on the right: Chop and sweep into waiting bowl below!

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* Tiled toilet floors and iron handles. I'm not sure why there is a bolt outside the toilet: To prevent the person inside from coming out?

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* Abandoned bedroom upstairs for two single beds. The mustard yellow velvet cushions were the original bed heads and those pillows were, er, I think the original pillows.

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* A sink in the bedroom corner.

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* Another room, complete with ghostly pair of legs.

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* Walk-in wardrobe? Not sure how it works, although the drawer on Day's right can be pulled out entirely for a person to walk in.

Occupying one air-conditioned room in the otherwise abandoned house, my cousin works on a century—old typewriter which is in perfect working condition. No e-mail. Communication is only through telephone and the post.

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* Day typing on another ancient Olympia

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