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May 16, 2019 - Trishaw the best way to travel.

Today we rode in Trishaws all over George Town. It was hot, high humidity, and a little rain. Just like home. What a great day it was. Our first stop Pinang Peranakan Mansion. 30 rooms. Dining room on the right Western, dining on the left Eastern depending on who they were entertaining. There was a room where they smoked opium until 1867 when it was outlawed because of a civil war between gangs of drug lords. The final portrait of the mistress of the house was pretty bad from years of opium addiction. To go upstairs we had to once again...

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May 15, 2019 - Silk worm contortionists, I have seen too much.

Last night we watched a H-U-G-E production called Silk Road. It was in the Two70 room. It required reservations. This area has 13 panels they project different scenes on. Everything from an orchestra to pretend curtains. Every kind of seating imaginable from short metal stools to high back couches. Tables with bar stool high chairs, long bench’s, upholstered chairs, and foot stools it is a seating menagerie of a warped mind. Anyway back to the show. There were people singing, drumming ,always the loud drumming, silk worm contortionists,...

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May 14, 2019 - Odds,and Ends, of nothing!

Today I met a woman who was at the end of Candy Crush waiting for new levels to be added. It was level 4600 something. She has played about 3 hours every day the last 8 yrs. So that is 1095 hours a year times 8 equals 8760 total hours. Divide that by 24 is 365. So one year of the past 8 she has been playing Candy Crush. This was the last day of Progressive trivia for “50 shades of gray matter”. We finished 9th. It could have been 8th place but for some reason I could not think of Jennifer Hudson’s name or Mila Kusher’s maiden name. No...

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May 13, 2019 - Entertainment is where you find it!

The clock was pushed ahead another 1 hr last night and we are 12 hrs ahead of Florida, your today is our yesterday. It means we get up later every day and are down to two meals a day. We watched a mini contest in the Windjammer cafeteria of who could haul the most dirty dishes at one time. Had our enrichment series on Cold cases. Listened to the passenger choir practice. They are NOT ready for America’s Got Talent. Progressive trivia was a blood bath of dare I say it......Cheating. Last night we watched a four person string quartet, 3...

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Mar 13, 2019 - Walking Historic Georgetown

As our route we chose to follow The Lonely Planet’s “Five Cultures on Two Feet” walk, intended to showcase Georgetown’s mix of British, Indian, Malay, Baba-Nonya (Paranekan) and Chinese architecture. Given all these cultures, Georgetown seems to have some sort of church, temple or mosque every block or two. It’s somewhat staggering to learn that 400 old buildings were destroyed to build a showy tower before the area was preserved thanks to attaining UNESCO heritage status, declared in 2008. Unfortunately a number of the more grandiose...

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Mar 13, 2019 - Famous Blue Mansion

With 38-rooms, 220-windows, 5 courtyards and 7 staircases, the famous ‘Blue Mansion’ was listed by The Lonely Planet as “One of the 10 GreatestMansions in the World” in 2011. It was built in the 1880s by rags-to-riches entrepreneur Cheong Fatt Tze with a blend of east meets west styling including louvred exterior windows and , stained glass interior ones. As such, it is one of few surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese aka Peranakens. Some of my favourite features are related to the fact...

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Mar 11, 2019 - Penang Playtime

March 11 Our flight to Penang was around 1 o’clock and we used the very convenient car service GRAB (which bought out Uber here) to get from Ian’s condo to KLIA for the one hour flight. The only complication was that having skipped breakfast at the condo it turned out there’s no VIP lounge after security clearance in the domestic terminal. Thus, I was pleased that in order to book checked bags we had to take a package including a meal and seat selection. Perhaps it was because, as the French say, “Hunger is the best aperitif”, but the...

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Mar 28, 2018 - Georgetown, Penang Malaysia – Taxi n KFC

We decided to take a break today from tours and buses. The pier is right in town, so the plan was to have breakfast in the sit down restaurant (first time in the whole cruise), wander the town and have lunch in a nice hotel. Didn’t get past the cruise terminal, when plans changed. We decided to hire a taxi for 2 hours and then go to lunch. I had to be back at the ship for a 3 PM hair appointment. Mr D our taxi driver explained what he thought he could fit into two hours and gave us a map to see if we wanted anything else. First stop was...

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Mar 28, 2018 - Georgetown Malaysia

History: Georgetown the oldest city in Malaysia, the capital of the state of Penang. One of the first British settlements in Southeast Asia, it was founded as an entrepôt, a trading post where goods were imported, stored and exported again. Hindu priest have been performing daily pujas, or daily prayer for almost 200!years. Nice stop walked over 7 miles touring and shopping’s.

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Jan 6, 2018 - Malaysia

Hi one and all, hopefully you behaved as you should to bring in 2018. Loads of parties happened around the various pools and in many of the bars here on board. Everyone seems to have had a good time and things were pretty quiet on board until about lunchtime New Year's Day. On 2 Jan we called in to Bali. We dropped anchor about 3 kms off shore and had to tender in. Given we'd done most of the usual touristy things during previous visits to Bali we decided to check out Denpasar and get to other less visited places. As usual Bali was hot and...

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Jul 13, 2017 - Penang Island

Leaving Kuala Lumpur, we took a train to Butterworth, Malaysia and then jumped on a ferry to Penang Island. The ferry dropped us in Georgetown, Penang's largest city. When planning our trip, we had considered staying there, but decided after Singapore and KL we would want a break from the big city hustle. So we looked to Air (or Ayer) Itam (or Hitam). Interestingly, it is noted throughout the town in all four combinations! Immediately upon arriving, we were happy with our choice. Air Itam is a tiny town nestled at the base of about 300° of...

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Jun 2, 2017 - George Town you beauty!

We had heard a lot of good things about George Town so was very intrigued to arrive and have a look round. The streets were colonial but very rustic, different to anywhere we have visited so far. On almost every street there was street art which were very creative and some very funny cartoon like art made of iron. This is a place you can just wonder about and enjoy the ambiance. We did decide to visit one last temple which was beautiful and colourful. We then headed to the glow in the dark museum, this was so much fun with some funny...

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