Sunday, 4 November 2007

EXOTIC PENANG November 2007

We left Rebak marina on Friday26th of October with following breeze providing a lovely sail to Penang about 65NM south east. Chris and Daun off "Magic", now sold... accompanied us for a break from boat selling. They are looking for a new boat to replace the beloved Magic. She was just a little too small for long term cruising at 35ft.
Our trolling lure attracted two big fish..... a shark and a nice Mackrel but we didn't land either and lost the Rapala deep diver to the shark! Bummer!! Still it means they are out there. so there is still hope
Here in Penang the food is still awesome. Sunday morning we went to the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, a lovely colonial hotel beautifully restored... and had a long lazy Sunday breakfast buffet....all for 12 Ausie dollars. Returning, we happened upon the Little Penang Street monthly Market and were entertained by a group of very graceful and ornately decorated Indian girls from the local Traditional Indian Dance Academy.

Deepavali the big Indian festival is due to commence and Little India is swarming with shoppers, stalls and blaring Indian music. Its particularly vibrant after dark and exotic incense fill the air. This celebration is akin to Christian Christmas with gift giving and bonhomie and plenty of food.

The streets of Georgetown adjacent to the marina provide an interesting adventure playground. Antique shops and galleries.... Must visit the beautiful restored Chinese Shop house gallery Alpha Ultra 83 China Street...A2 Gallery at 27 Bangkok Lane. When your tired of galleries you can explore the amazing Temples and Museums in the vicinity.
Its hot and steamy here as usual but there is a reasonable breeze in the Tanjong City Marina although it continues to be the most uncomfortable berth facility north of the Albany Jetty. Much surging and snatching. During one particularly nasty session our stern line snapped. Fortunately we had several stern lines in position. Don't forget that the current really runs through here if your ever planning to come in. All very well if there was some maneuvering room ... which there isnt...
We plan to stay until around the 6th of November and will then make our way down to Port Dickson to visit Jon and Pam on Tweed and do some exploring in Malacca. Antiques and art... just for fun!...