Street Arts and Paintings in Georgetown // Penang Murals and Welded Iron Wall Caricatures

Just went to Penang over the weekend with my awesome high school friends. It's actually my first trip with my friends that are not from church without the supervision of older peeps :3 It's also my first time visiting Penang. Don't give me that look please. Anyway, over the next few blogpost I shall be blogging about my experience in Penang :D


Georgetown Map from visitpenang.gov


We rented a car from Kuala Lumpur and left around 4-ish early in the morning. This is to avoid traffic jam of course. Many thanks to Jun Huei and Shi Wah who was driving most of the time and girls get to relax and slack behind. Lol. 


List of Welded Iron Wall Caricatures



Prior to going to Penang, we did a little research on the street arts which was popularized by both locals and tourists. One of the most famous painters that contributed 6 murals in Georgetown is Ernest Zacharevic. One blogger (I forgot who, sorry!) mentioned about Lebuh Armenian in his blogpost so we went to find that street and it was our starting point. 

I find it a challenge to navigate around Penang, most of the roads were one-way. Better make sure whatever GPS you are using is the most up-to-date otherwise you'll be wasting time on the roads :(

Anyway we managed to make our way to Lebuh Armenian and found a parking spot near it. I think it's not really difficult to find parking space in Georgetown and especially easy if you are willing to walk. 


Chin Seng Leong Bike Shop
84, Armenian Street, 10200 Penang, 
012 553 3553 / 016 4771759 / 04 2610106

We rented bicycles from Chin Seng Leong Bike Shop. The rate was RM10 for the whole day. It was a really decent price I would say because the bicycles were well maintained (the seat is well-cushioned! won't have any butt pain lol) and comes with basket so it's really good if you brought bag you can just dump it inside lol. And you can change it anytime if there was any problem. I find the bigger bike harder to control so I changed mine to a smaller one later on. There were a couple of bike rental shops around Georgetown but not sure how much they charge, should be quite standard price. 


We were provided a map by the store. Pretty cool. 



Old school stuff in the store. 



Ohai. First welded iron wall caricature we saw.



"Kids on bicycle", one of Ernest's mural. 

Visiting myself and my sister. Lol. I think the kids actually looks like me and my sister when we were younger. I shall find a picture of us when we were younger and post it up soon, you'll be the judge? :D


Pretty signboards in Georgetown. Why can't we have this in KL?!





"Skippy, the Giant Cat" 
Part of the 101 Lost Kittens Project. Read about it here (link)



"Love me like your Fortune Cat"





"Yeah Only" by Baba Chuah



"Children Playing Basketball" by Louis Gan. 
I read that Louis Gan is a deaf-mute and a self-taught artist. Wow. 



Err. Not sure who's work is this. Hahaha.



"Brother and Sister on a Swing" by Louis Gan



"Boy on a bike" by Ernest


"Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur" by Ernest. 
Sadly this mural which was just beside "Boy on a bike" was worn off : ( What a shame.



Going around with my bike lol.





"Too Narrow" by Tang Mun Kian.



"Bruce Lee Cat Mural", 101 Lost Kittens project







Shaved ice with flavour along Lebuh Armenian. 





"Reaching Up" by Ernest. 



After cycling around, we decided to stop and drove to Chew Jetty. Actually we could have cycled our way there too but we didn't. Tired faces Lol.



Cool aunty working at the bike shop treated us after we returned our bicycles ; ) 
We're favoured :D


"Amah and Asoon" by Simon Tan at Chew Jetty entrance



Sadly, once again Ernest's "Children in a Boat" had faded badly. Oh wells.






Tourists fascinated with the sight of Davy Jones an octopus.

Visiting Chew Clan Jetty marks the end of our journey in finding for street arts around Georgetown. There are still many other murals and welded iron wall caricatures (or steel rod sculptures) that we did not purposely find but we've seen a few of them while we traveled around Georgetown for the next few days. 

Wished we had the time to find all the murals, it would be cool because it's a really nice setting to take loads of pictures. Heh.

Anyway, if you want to know more about the location of the various Penang street arts, I find this site - Penang-traveltips - super useful and there's a lot of information about the murals too.  


Tips: Buying or Selling Things Online

For the past 2 years, I've been actively using lowyat forum and facebook groups to buy and sell things online. Things I've sold includes camera bags, camera lenses, headphones, CDs, concert tickets and any other stuffs I won from contest lol. To date, my buy and sell transactions would probably have amount to more than RM10000 ++++


Some of the tickets I've sold online

So far, I've never been scammed nor scammed anyone lol, so it's all good. Most of the time, I would prefer COD (cash-on-delivery) than postage. Nowadays, buying and selling online is quite a norm and there are more online retailers/resellers. Anyway, today I would like to share some of the things that I feel is important when buying or selling things online.

1. Check the person/company's background
- It you're using a forum, check whether this good has sold or bought anything before by looking at his forum posts or threads. Also, google to see if that person's username is under any kind of dispute. If you are unsure if the person you are dealing is reliable, the best is to COD to avoid any complications that could occur if you're dealing with postage.

2. Never bank in money or post something first
- If I'm buying something, I usually do not bank in money to someone I do not know. Unless that person has received good feedback and good recommendation, I would still consider. Never ever bank in money to strangers that do not have any reputation, always COD. I insist on the other party to bank in first if I were to sell something and the method to deal is via postage because I already established the fact that I would not scam and I am trustworthy enough.

3. Pick the right place to COD
- For COD areas, I choose places where I am familiar with. Pick somewhere that is close to your house or office or schooling area, where you are most familiar with. Pick a place that is usually crowded, in a closed-area and there is a place to seat. Usually the COD area I would choose are shopping malls.

4. Establish good reputation
- If you're a seller, be responsible. Be on time during COD. Once people banked-in money to your account, make sure you post the item as agreed, as soon as possible. Usually I would make a deal with my buyer that I will bank in the next day or latest within 3 days under special circumstances. If you're a buyer, DO NOT FFK! FFK-ing sucks. *FFK = Fong Fei Kei, to break a promise, deal or did not show up for an appointment made with anther party. Establishing a good reputation would bring many benefits in the future.

5. Keep records
- If you've made online transaction, always screenshot or print the receipt out. And if you've sold something, always check that you have already received the money in the correct amount. Always check.

6. Maintain privacy
- This is probably one of the most important things to do when buying or selling things online. Do not disclose any personal information to people you do not know or trust because you do not know if they would misuse your personal information.

Hope these few tips would help any of you who are buying or selling things online. Anyway, do you guys buy or sell things online often? Maybe you can share with me who you buy from and what you buy? ; )


Appearing on The Star Newspaper!


Appeared on The Star Newspaper about 2 weeks ago as the "daughter" of Trend Family when Trend Micro Malaysia launched this initiative. It was nice meeting my "parents" during the photoshoot. I remember my "father" was hosting Kelab Disney Malaysia when I was still in primary school. Lol! 

Coincidentally (this is a serious case of coincidence), my "brother" is someone I've already known - he's been my classmate before. Lol.

Anyway, if you want to read the article, you can read the online article here: (link)


Sennheiser PX 100 II // Sennheiser Malaysia @ Pikom ICT Mall Capsquare Closed Down



About 2 months ago, my Sennheiser PX100 II headphones had some problem with the audio jack and there was no audio from the left earcup. Had gotten it last year but didn't manage to blog about it :3 Thankfully, Sennheiser has a 2-year warranty so I could fix it for free.



Initially I was directed by MyPantrade (Malaysia's local distributor for Sennheiser products) to visit the Sennheiser flagship store in Pikom ICT Mall Capsquare because it was open during the weekends too although I should have went directly to MyPantrade but it is only open on weekdays. But lo and behold, the flagship store actually closed down when I went there -.- In fact, it seems most of the stores in Pikom ICT Mall Capsquare were vacated and I wonder why. Looks like another ghost mall now.




So, I got no choice but to trouble my mum to take my headphones to MyPantrade to fix it. I thought they were gonna fix it but instead they replaced it with a brand new PX100 II and it was ready for collection within 2 weeks. Teehee.

Sennheiser PX100 II - Supra-aural and open-back 


Super compact. I rike ; ) 



 Very durable headband. Not flimsy at all



Super comfort!


Comes with a carrying pouch!


Compared to the V-Jays I have (which is now broken  (゜´Д`゜)), Sennheiser PX100 II is really sturdy especially the earcups although it is non-detachable unlike the V-Jays.

I'm no audiophile but I'd prefer the sound that V-Jays give me instead of Sennheiser PX100 II. Overall, still a great headphone. Portable, solid (durable), comfortable and produce decent sound. Also, there's only one-sided wiring on the left, less chances that the wire would tangle up. I love it :D Anyhoots, hope there will not be anymore problems with the audio jack and earcup again :1


Food: twenty.one tables+terrace at Bangsar Shopping Centre, BSC // Groupon

Within a month or so, I made two trips to twenty.one tables+terrace at BSC. The first time with my family to celebrate Father's Day. The second to celebrate sister's and my birthday. The first trip was a pleasant experience, the place is easy to find, we got a nice seat with a rather good ambiance.


Coaster.



Here's what I see from where I was seated.. by the way, that's a tv there, not a photo frame lol.



Complimentary bread. Not bad at all

I can't remember the names of the drinks, forgive me. Anyways, food picture spam begins ~ Ratings are given based on how good the food is (taste-wise) and also with the consideration of the price.


Some berries punch. I like this. Fresh. : )
Rate: 7/10


Rate: 7/10



Rate: 7/10



Rate: 6/10



Chicken Burger with pickles, cheese, home made relish & shoe string fries for RM28
Rate: 5/10



Oxtail Soup local style with carrots, celery & fried onions for RM16
Rate: 6/10



Crispy Skin Salmon with potato croquette, tomatoes, asparagus, drizzled in caper butter for RM36
Rate: 6/10



Creamy Fettuccini with smoked salmon & spinach for RM24
Rate: 5/10



Duck Spring Rolls with cucumbers, carrots, spring onions & chilli hoi sin sauce. 4 pieces for RM18
Rate: 6/10



Different salts



Beef Tenderloin with potato chips, rocket salad, your choice of bearnaise, garlic rosemary or cream mushroom sauce kl cut (220g) for RM65 and the ny cut (340g) for RM89
Rate: 6/10

I just realised that the beef tenderloin did not come with potato chips as claimed. Or do they mean those small little shredded pieces of potatoes as potato chips? -_-' really?



Lamb Shank braised in tomato reduction with winter vegetables for RM45
Rate: 6.5/10



Chocolate Molten with white chocolate foam for RM18
Rate: 6/10


Oreo Cheesecake with mango purée, chocolate foam & crumble for RM18
Rate: 5/10





Next door table is prepared to party. Lol


There was a Groupon deal for twenty.one tables+terrace - RM28 for RM50 cash voucher or RM49 for RM100 cash voucher. There was also buy 1 free 1 happy hour promotion for alcoholic beverages when we dine there (5pm to 8pm if I've not mistaken). So we probably spent around actually money that amounted to RM200+++ that night. Based on the food and service, I would say it's pretty decent. Special mention of this guy named Omar who attended to our table, he was really nice and attentive.


Pictures from second trip. We were seated right infront of the entrance. Nothing much, just foodie picture.






Pina colada for RM25
Rate: 5.5/10



Chicken Tikka Marsala with shell pasta, mint yoghurt & pickled kyuri for RM28
Fun fact: Did you know that Chicken Tikka Marsala is Britain's national dish? :D
Rate: 6.5/10


Roast Duck Breast with spring onion broth, chilli & capellini pasta for RM38
Rate: 4.5/10

I'm really offended that this dish looks like wantan mee with duck -__________________-; and it tastes so-so. How disappointing.



Roast Chicken Breast stuffed with mushrooms, garlic mash, bok choy & spanish salsa for RM36
Rate: 6/10


 Thai Green Risotto with spicy chicken & tempura spring onions for RM28



Fish Burger with potato wedges & home made tartar for RM26
Rate: 4/10



Chocolate Molten with white chocolate foam again LOL : )

Second trip was not a very nice experience. Waited super long for our food, I think it was close to an hour waiting. Plus, my fish burger was overcooked by the chef and I had to wait about 10-15 minutes more. Urgh. And, the waiters were less than enthusiastic and looks shabby. Poor service. I saw Omar and wished he was serving us because I think he really provided excellent service but he was serving at the other aisle LOL. Later that night, there was already some party going on in the bar which was just behind me so I was inhaling cigarette smokes. T.T 

Overall verdict, I think won't be coming here in the future. It's not worth it except for the drinks, especially during happy hour. The food is decent, nothing to shout about and actually I find the choices are quite limited. The normal price for the food and (some of the food portion) is overwhelming for normal people like me :P

By the way, twenty.one tables+terrace at BSC is not to be mistaken with the other outlet twenty.one kitchen+bar at Changkat Bukit Bintang. 

twenty.one tables+terrace
  • T1 Level 3 Bangsar Shopping Centre, 285 Jalan Maarof,
  • 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 03-2287 0021
  • For full menu (food only) click here



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