"Penang - my birthplace" Top 5 Page for this destination Penang by l_joo

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Penangites' rhyme

" la la lee la taam pong,
apek bay apong,
apong ling lok hai,
apek chiak kow sai. "

Cha bor teem eeyah
Cha bor teem eeyah means girl smashing coconut in local language. If you are on the way to Botanical Garden in Penang Island, there's an Indian shrine by the roadside in front of the mini round about. This ritual of coconut smashing is a dual-cultural belief of Indian and Chinese. A girl very young is about to smash the coconut instructed by two Indian monks, peoples are watching, I was watching too. Curious to know why a girl want to smash coconut on the street? You can read the history of this island to understand more about the cultural mix of my birthplace. The history of Penang is too complicated controversial that no historians, travel writers anthropologists etc yet able to conclude, so please use your common sense.

What to do in Penang
When you visit Penang island, make sure you go to Penang Hill, you can take the cable car or you can walk up from the botanical garden, just like me in the photo. For me, I strongly suggest you take a 4 hours slow walking up and down the Penang Hill, the way up is very convenience, no entrance fees needed, anybody can walk up to Penang Hill, you only have to take a taxi to botanical garden in your outdoor wears, then you can ask anybody the way up the hill, that's all you need. Perhaps you need a small bottle of water and some cash, you might want to enjoy some cold drinks when you reach the top. Penang Hill is my favourite spot in Penang, I always like to go up to 84 as exercise, to have sweat and train my leg muscles. The environment is one million times much better than stuck at traffic jams on the street, heeee. Also you can meet sporty peoples or cyclists up there while listening to good talkers telling the best and most up-to-date gossips of Penang.

Unesco publicly announced that my hometown, Penang, from July 2008 onwards, to be under their lists, aah...and we said "OK". Unesco listing to boost tourism UNESCO Adds 27 New Sites to World Heritage List

  • Last visit to Penang: May 1969
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2008
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  • snuggie's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    Informative page on Penang.Hope to visit again :)

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    Aug 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Our television featured your fine country to invest in real estate, so I thought I would see what you have to show. Very good tips and pictures.

  • Jan 29, 2008 at 5:45 AM

    Excellent page! and nice photos!

  • travelpug's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    WoW! What a surprise to see Jewish Cemetery in Malaysia!! As M'sian, we can even go to Israel now! Thanks for sharing the info.

  • urchinn's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:25 AM

    Am sure it was a bit of a challenge but you actually spelled "hnyiao" and got it spot-on! LOL!!

  • Apr 1, 2007 at 2:44 AM

    Very nice information for Penang, with the new Firefly flights I am sure Penang will be getting more visitors from here.

  • Feb 20, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    The Penang Budget hotel information was very useful. Do you have any idea of any budget hotels/hostels located nearer to Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Namsiva@gmail.com

  • y_lyn's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    Good tips on Penang Hill.. The part on coconut smashing is also very interesting ~ Lyn

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2006 at 1:37 AM

    Thanks Joo, for your many good photos, tips, and insights. When we get to Penang, we will see some of them for ourselves

  • knowlsie's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2006 at 11:55 AM

    absolutely brilliant pageyour restaraunt info page is our menu page for our fourth visit in july


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