Flowers & Happiness

What festival is full of flowers and happiness? Spring break? The harvest moon? Perhaps most of them!

One of the most popular in South East Asia is Wesak Day, a day of devotion and recollection. Wesak Day is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates three significant events in the Gautama Buddha’s life – his birthday, his enlightenment and his passing.

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Wesak Day Happiness

A New Dawn

Penang is undergoing change – change to catapult it into a modern city with modern architecture and infrastructure, with modern art and ideas. Penang is experiencing a new dawn.

Penang Sunrise

In addition to massive projects such as Gurney Wharf and the new outer ring road linkages, Penang’s heart is gradually transforming, slowly being renewed.

Just take a look at the old streets that branch off Lebuh Pantai – you wouldn’t recognise them anymore.

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Penang Lebuh China

Spring in Perth

Spring In Perth

Spring time has finally arrived again in the sleepy city on the western coast! Spring in Perth is like no other – it literally transforms into Melbourne. Four seasons in one day – uno, dos, tres, quatro! Spring In Perth

Spring In Perth
Malaysian (go away Indo) cuisine is leaking through into Oz

Spring In Perth

The usual foliage starts springing back to life. I wonder if the verb “springing” is to do with springtime or with the act of jumping.

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Are you not trypophobed?

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A wild train appeared!

Spring In Perth

Spring In Perth
Sharing is caring!

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Spring brings many unique artists out of hibernation, culminating in displays of opulence such as this.

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Spring in Perth is also a time for running and walking and doing outdoor things! Oh wait, that’s spring in most other countries as well.

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Inside the brand new Optus Stadium!

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Fancy fresh apples!

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Summer is upon us!

Spring In Perth

Well, not quite yet. But she looks to be in a good mood this time round. That’s Summer, your friendly neighbourhood Samoyed, by the way.

The Beautification of Moon Gate Number 5

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Lately the local hikers have put in special effort to doing up our usual Penang Hill hiking route. I present to you the beautification of our Moon Gate Number 5 route!

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But first a few of our local critters.

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Enjoying the free coffee up top

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Beautifying the Number 5 landing

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Brand new steps by the kind volunteers!

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Penang Hill Bukit Cendana Moon Gate Sam

Penang Hill Bukit Cendana Moon Gate Sam Hikelah

And back down to the ordinary world we go.

Day & Night At Kerian International Duathlon

Kerian International Duathlon Day Night

If you’ve been to a remotely competitive sports events, there is one thing you inevitably experience – waking up and being outside at an ungodly hour before the sun has even risen.

You will have experienced the day and night in the course of that event. This is the day and night of the Kerian International Duathlon.

But first, stay in school, kids:

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Here are some glimpses into the Kerian International Duathlon (the fourth edition):

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Did I mention getting up at the crack of dawn?

And then there’s the transition area where you set up a nice little home for yourself in the darkness of night:

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And there’s the end! That was fast!

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Don’t worry guys, he’s fine.

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Tony Tan, the legend!

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Post-event preponderances:

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