Dawn in Penang

by francine Hardaway on June 2, 2007

Penang is a combination of a beach town and an Asian city. When you arrive at the airport, you immediately see a sign extolling its 30-year-track record as a home for industry and technology. Intel has a factory here, and has had since I worked for them ten years ago. When we arrived at the Bayview Beach Hotel it was raining, like it does in Hawaii, and I took a shower, got a manicure, and tried to walk on the beach a little. It was pretty damp, so I went upstairs. I couldn’t find any of the people I traveled with, so I started watching BBC World News.

And woke up five hours later when they were calling me for dinner.

We walked by a ton of pretty but empty restaurants to a food court about a mile away that was full of locals. It had Chinese and Indian and Thai food, all good (tried them all) and local beer. Initially skeptical because it was outdoors and unairconditioned, we all loved it. Willie Lim, the Thai Chi teacher who is one of our guides, is from Penang and knows all this.

They have the same night markets here that I saw in Bangkok. Same stuff, too. Chanel purse, anyone?

Here’s the video:

Today ‘ll try to take a tour and be more knowledgeable!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Josh June 4, 2007 at 3:49 pm

Hey Francine, those Blogs were pretty cool. They look like you have the handle on them, and you’re already experienced in creating a good blog. I think that that is really cool how they have all those markets, that sells fake materials.I hope yourhaving a good time on you’re vacation doing you’re Yoga. HAVE FUN Francine! Bye.

francine hardaway June 4, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Thanks, Josh! Keep commenting so I know family and home are out there and reading…love

Steven Groves June 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Family, home and friends… be safe & have fun.

Clintus McGintus June 23, 2007 at 8:39 am

I’m still playing catch up but I’m really enjoying your videos. Keep em coming.

francine June 23, 2007 at 11:40 am

THanks. You will soon get to the part where Thailand blocks YouTube, and the video from there is on my Facebook page.

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