Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wandering 6 Fort Cornwallis

Hi everyone

Now lets go inside the Fort Cornwallis.

I have not visited this fort before though I lived in this state for many years of my life , what a shame. But then I am no history fanatics.

As you enter you'll be greeted by these people

The statue on the right is of Captain Francis Light

You will see some old items like this

Was used to carry the cannon (?)

Start from the chapel at one corner of the fort. Inside there are a few exhibits and info

You can read the history from the many info displayed in the old chapel .

How the roads got its name . . .

Outside, this chapel you will see these barracks

The light house

The fort is quite big and you got to sweat it out in order to explore to get your money's worth. (You got to pay at the entrance).

There is a solitary building of a queer shape meant for ammunition/gunpowder storage.

When we are here I think we must create situations in our imaginations to make the visit more interesting. Imagine that the fort is bombarded how would you react. Ready to fire the cannons and march forward with the guns and fight back the enemies who had infiltrated the fort! Don't just hide behind the barricade ok.

Here is that famous cannon in ready position for any oncoming attacks.

In the vicinity there was some digging still going on perhaps underneath there would be more artifacts to be discovered.

After the visit am I impressed? Not really as I said earlier I am no history fanatics. Anyway it was a good walk. Sweating and burning away the calories from much eating.

I am more puzzled by the presence of this rooster

The names mentioned in the many infos are all foreign of course except the picture below which reminds you of 'home'.

P Ramlee was born in Penang

So there you are, about the visit to Fort Cornwallis, a fort was built but no battle fought . . .(?)

Next entry will be about a bus trip which brings out more nostalgia

Till then bye . . .

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Wandering 5


Lets continue.

No matter what food will always be the main attraction. This place, Penang is a food haven. And staying here just for three to four days is not enough. We just keep going to the same place for our meals because in that one restaurant alone there were so many types of dishes we wanted to try so much so we missed going to other places.

Sight seeing?

The old town looks the same . . .

Actually when I lived here many years ago I did not have any business to walk on some of these streets .  Just passed through if they were on the bus routes. At that time I never care . . .

This time I came I walked around. Yes it looks the same everywhere the old shop houses the run down buildings. Of course there are those restored and declared as heritage. Some walls of the shop houses were painted with murals and street arts.

While walking I took some pictures  . . .

The famous one

Food cart like this also can  attract customers

Masjid Kapitan Keling
Who doesn't know this road . . .

Penang road without much traffic
After walking a lot it felt nice to laze in the hotel room. But then lazing in bed can be done at home! Better to be out and enjoy the surrounding area  . . .

The Victoria clock tower

Quiet in the evening
Old building in new paint

Windy evening at the esplanade
View from the esplanade
A monument in remembrance of the war heroes

Have you been on a cruise

Human and birds at the Padang Kota Lama
There is an eatery within the fort

In the next posting we enter the Fort Cornwallis

Bye for now.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Wandering 4 Food Food Food

Hi everyone

At the jetty there was more walking and the path a downward slope. So control, control lest you go too fast and not steady ha ha.

Out from the jetty complex we did not take a bus or taxi or uber. We crossed the road sneaked through the five foot way , took a short cut along a side lane and hah the hotel!

My travelling partner
 After resting a while we went to explore  nearby familiar  places.  But first to the famous mee sotong noodles with cuttlefish, at the esplanade (because it is marked in google map so I say its famous).

Got to wait for a while because the vendor got  lot of order. At last our order arrived.


Very hot and spicy. Very nice very satisfying. But be sure not to take fizzy drink or milky drink too soon . . .  b e c a u s e  . . . he he

Another favorite eating spot was the Kapitan cafe at Chulia street. I like their naan and tandoori chicken and also the claypot mutton bryani and best of all their mango lassi and the almond milk.

The almond milk was concocted by mixing ground almond cow's milk sugar and saffron and boiled in a big pot. The drinks were very nice indeed. If you ta pau you get more than drinking it there . . .

See all these food are fattening. We did not worry even a little bit because before eating we  walked all the way from the hotel to the restaurant.

Almond milk yellow with saffron
Just like one morning when we did not take the breakfast at the hotel we walked for more than twenty minutes to a well known roti canai outlet at Transfer road. I don't know was it because of the long walk or hunger that the roti and the mutton curry and the coffee tasted so nice. While you eat concentrate on the roti and not to mind the plate or the host ok.

They also have here the famous roti potong , white bread toasted on charcoal filled with kaya and topped with soft boiled eggs - two eggs! 

That can give you energy to walk all over town and see familiar places that can bring back fond memories.

Once for our mid morning tea we walked to the China House famous for their delicious cakes and latte. I agreed to try here because I wanted to experience say a passion fruit cake or the almond cake if it is said to be delicious then how delicious. A cake of a certain name how it should really taste.

I want to know because I learn baking i.e one of my hobbies, only through books and the internet. The cakes are only in images. No matter no form. No smell no taste. I don't know whether the cake I baked  tastes right, just for self approval

A variety of cakes
Then there was the supposed famous pasembor outlet . Yes we went there to have a taste. Hmm expensive and nothing like the old fashioned pasembor sold by hawker who carried their ware with a pole across their shoulders. I think you can never find the food on the kandar anymore now.

A heap of pasembor
When people come to Penang the food item that they never miss buying to bring back home is this

I think the pickles, some are imported. There are so many types unlike in the old days it was mainly pickled nutmeg. Original. Penang mari.

So there. About the wandering cari makan. There are so many food places even right there very near to the hotel we can get fast food such as this

Nasi lemak assembly line
And more here  . . .

This the replica. See the notice on the board

That's it. If you jalan you makan. Burn first then eat. So its okey to enjoy the sinfully rich, the fatty and the gooey food.

More in the next episode.

Till then bye.