(Clockwise: Churches of Saint Francis, Saint George, of the Assumption, Saint Anne)
We are still cheered in thoughts about our last minute decision of traveling to Penang despite the ifs and buts (like staying there for only a few days). It is a long story, but yes, we spent the Holy Week in this island prominent for its representation of East and West (claimed to be one of the 10 islands that one should explore before he dies). Although after a short stay, it marked more on me as “one of my weakest spots” (read: food heaven).
While Holy Week in the Philippines is literally more colorful, it was a rare chance for us to have observed the remembrance of holy days in a more serene and reflective manner, minus the traditional procession in my hometown. The best part is that we spent it with a very dear relative (more than a sibling to me) who is based there alone. So, it is a win-win presence in both camps.
Staying in Penang for few days sounds unreasonable. Yes, I agree, but it is amenable. With my limitations of being away from work, I grabbed the chance as soon as it presented itself. I do not want to discuss in details how much effort it took to take the needed break. But at this point, I am just more than grateful that I jumped in this whirlwind trip because it recharged my batteries in many aspects. If only we had enough time, we could have taken one of those flights to Thailand due to its proximity to this island.
We really had a great time in the island and I cannot wait to share how enriching the experience was. Enjoy the photos for the time being.
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Lovely photos! I am hoping to visit Penang soon 🙂 Will wait for your stories!
nice sayang you were not able to meet docgelo. waiting for more stories on your Penang trip 🙂
jo, i’m glad that you enjoyed your short but i guess sweet stay in pulau pinang.
i envy you because with just a few days, you’ve toured a lot! i have never been to some of the churches (note to self : must attend mass at st.george and assumption soon. di pa kami nakasimba doon sa 2 yung, although we’ve been to st. anne in bukit mertajam and just last good friday, we attended 14 station of the cross and the holy mass in st. francis in jalan penang. we oftenly go to church of the nativity near jetty in butterworth and before in our lady of sorrows in jalan macalister in george town).
i’ve never been to tow boo kong (did i spell it right? haha!) in butterworth. from the looks of your shot at it, no doubt it’s indeed inviting.
glad you’ve been to cheong fatt tze mansion (the blue mansion) and the pinang peranakan mansion too!
i bet your trip was so packed and whirlwind but nonetheless, happy you savored every bits.
thank you for the email and the patchi again! gabby, tina and i were so delighted!
Nice pics! Esp of the char kuey teow hehe 😉 Glad you had a nice time in Penang. Sometimes it’s the spur-of-the-moment trips that end up being the best (or among the best).
you had me at Kuey Teow! 😀 our ‘tour guide’ friend didn’t take us to penang when we went to MY. maybe on one of our personal trips, A and I could visit these sights too! 🙂
how wonderful are your photos. it’s really nice to get away even if its for a short time only.
.. i’ve been to penang (visited docgelo) and there is too much to see there a few days won’t really be enough. 🙂
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