Thursday, September 25, 2014

Penang Temple Run Sanctums

Second stop. I know I wasn't posting subsequently. I post whenever I like it and sometimes I forget. 


I felt like we were sitting too long in the car after we decided to leave Kek Lok Si temple. I was expecting a very quick pass through when the driver said it'll only be about 15minutes. 15minutes passed and we're still in the car. I haven't seen the temples and my butt is itching to lift the car seats. 

Then the wait was over for another 15minutes.


Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple

The driver dropped us off at the gate of the Burmese Buddhist Temple and immediately drove away. He will wait until were done sight-seeing. Jr and I hurriedly alighted, we are curious to see yet another temple. And there's two! situated parallel to each other.


We are dumbfounded walking the colorful aisle as we reach the inside of the structure. There were towering Buddhas inside the temple. It wasn't anything new but the sizes of these Buddhas in various meditative poses are always astounding to me. And that's one thing I like about this temple. The bell-bearing acolytes, the wishing-well, mythical and winged creatures, the Garuda as such, the fish pond and the dragons resting their arms on a globe.


Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple


It is called  Pra Buddhachaiya Mongkul. Located in this famous ground is the second reclining Buddha I've seen apart from the one in Bangkok. There were workers fixing the dragon statue outside the temple, patching up the colored glasses on its body. It is always observed to remove your shoes/slippers when you enter these temples. 


We were greeted with long tables of candles shaped in flowers. Some were lighted, some are not. You have to pay for the candles so you can lit them up. There are also other stuff being sold near the counter on its left side.


The reclining Buddha is facing his right side. Facing you. Resting its head on his right arms. Its front is filled with candles and small replica of other Buddha.

There's also a cemetery here, a resting place for memorial urns at the back of the reclining Buddha. Out of the temple, on its right, facing the temple are the tombstones. If you wish for a tranquil place after a long walk, the place is a must-see.

Enjoy the temple sight-seeing!

Location: Burma Road, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hotel Review - Glow Hotel - Penang, Malaysia

Checked in late to this lovely hotel. It was past the hour of 4 in the afternoon when we reached the place. Check-in was fast. It was a relatively new hotel. I did something wrong though. I thought I was rich when I booked the accommodation so I booked 1 night extra! Booo! So yes, I paid for one extra night that we won't be using. I was surprised when the staff told me it was a 3-nights stay. 


I did manage to send an inquiry to Agoda but unfortunately for me, I can't refund anymore. Anyway, I moved on and forgot about it. I can breathe without saying -- heavy. 


The staff were quite efficient though they always initially speak to us in local language. They have provided us the most comprehensive mural map but ended up losing it. They speak good English but they opt to do more than speak (which is a good thing), like getting you something instead of asking for more information. Kudos to the bar guy which we had a good conversation when Jr and I had a chill out evening at the bar. I am so sorry that I forgot his name. He is so friendly and speaks good English from Sabah. 


The rooms, hallways, reception are well maintained. Neat. The size of the room we had is big enough for the two of us. Good A/C. Quite a nice view on its window. We chose the hotel because of its location, its centrally located. Almost near to everything. Second was the price. It always ends up with the budget, and you can always find one. 

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Accommodation include free breakfast. There's a variation in our 2 nights stay. Some tasted good and the others are just ordinary but not bland. Breakfast includes fruits and juices, we love the guava juice! Jr couldn't stop saying how good it was. 


They have a swimming pool outside the bar and restaurant. It's a small one but pretty relaxing to look at. We didn't bring swim wear so staring was adequate. 



If you are from Malaysia and decides to use your car, it will probably be an issue because there's too little room for the parking. The parking could not cater more than 10 cars. Overall, it was quite a good stay. No problem encountered aside from my own stupidity.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Souvenir Shops and Goodies - Penang, Malaysia

Cat and Owl Souvenir Shops



More interesting shops in Penang! Talk about having unlimited things to spend your money with. Every place has their specialties. You can buy just about anything, even if it doesn't make sense anymore. But in this case, I will be providing you compelling stuff. So cute, you would end up creating a hole in your pocket.

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I found these in the streets.

It's a good thing I am not hooked into this kind of commodity. I'd love to look at them but I can easily resist the urge to buy one. In fairness to me, I'd only buy enough souvenirs which in this case, Jr wouldn't agree since he is the most thrifty person I know next to my Mom.


These are simply irresistible! Two lovely creatures in souvenir form! Oha!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Batik Making - Bali, Indonesia


This is going to be quick but I promise more photos. I didn't realize I still have one Bali entry until I saw this folder I labeled Batik. Batik is a form of art. 


As per wiki, Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a technique of manual wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. 


This was the first attraction we went to before we even started our Day 2. It was a quick tour. Local pride. There were group of people working on batik fabric paintings outside the establishment that looks like a mansion. Inside is where the finished products are sold. 


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This was another free top-up ride, we didn't expect to buy anything from the store although I saw one lovely shawl. The prices are understandably high because all the things you will see there are handcrafted. Authentic Balinese style!