Saturday, 9 December 2006

Penang

Plunge boldly into the thick of life... Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Another two nights of anchoring in the Malacca Straits saw us entering the Penang Strait. The first morning we awoke to a fleet around us! We were to get used to this over time. A large anchor light over our bow gives the fishing boats an opportunity to see us and generally keep clear.
The fleets get bigger
Motoring towards the Penang Bridge can be disconcerting; logic (and the chart) tells you the mast will fit but your eyes are sceptical.
Questioning the fit
A British yacht ahead was caught up in the nets according to the radio so a close eye needed to be kept in the narrow channel.
No worries

Tanjung City Marina (no longer in existence) was conveniently located right on the doorstep of George Town, the capital of Penang. George Town is accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Tanjung City Marina street side
Tientos is obviously the pot of gold
The island state of Penang, with a population of 1.648 million, is a fascinating fusion of East and West. Penang embraces modernity while still retaining its traditions and old world charm. 
The modern
And the old which included the picture framer on the right

Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, its beautiful coasts and medical centres attract visitors from around the world. It is an excitingly diverse city, crammed with a juxtaposition of locals, expats and tourists.
A Star Clipper anchored off the Marina
Stunning coastlines

We spent 10 days on this trip catching up on maintenance, eating, sightseeing, eating, shopping, eating and more eating. Another foodies gourmet paradise.
Foodies choices
Street food
A local picture framing shop saw us have our boat pictures and Zheng He beautifully framed for a fraction of what we would have paid in Australia. We also had t-shirts and caps printed with 'Tientos'. The Toy Museum (now sadly closed) and the Penang Hill Funicular are must dos. 
The view from the top is spectacular
The Gents at the Toy Museum


It also teemed with rain as Typhoon Durian crossed the Malaysian Peninsula. 
Keith, as an ex-firefighter for both local and Airservices, always enjoys finding other firie spots. Bomba Dan Panyelamat means Fire and Rescue.
Fire and Rescue
At one of our favourite eateries we were approached by Trish, an Australian who recognised our accents. This meeting resulted in Trish joining 'Tientos' as crew for a circumnavigation of Langkawi. 
Penang skyline heading to Langkawi


May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!

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