this morning about 3 hours ago ……….

The haze is back to choke us but to some photographers, they take the opportunity to snap the sun when it is less intense. The haze serves as a filter to lessen the intense light emitted by the sun and as a result some interesting pics can be created. Tanjong Bungah and Batu Ferringhi in Penang are places where beautiful sunrise/sunset can be witnessed. I read in the papers this morning that the haze will go on until end of this month. So take this opportunity to do some sun spotting. By the way, the haze is caused by open burning in Indonesia. They burn the forests for cultivation and we get all the smoke.

17 years & 4 months ago ………….

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On 4 April 2002, the New Straits Times published an article about my website, www.PenangTalk.com/photos. It was written by Zoraini Wati Abas, a lecturer at the International Medical University (IMU). She said, “www.PenangTalk.com/photos is not your typical tourism site. I have visited many local tourism sites that have only managed to provide scant or official sort of information for tourists. They are your typical travel sites with recommendations to visit the same list of places and with similar looking pictures. Visit www.PenangTalk.com/photos and you will experience a different sort of environment. It is filled with beautiful photos and valuable information. But what I like about it is that it provides more insights on Penang. This is what makes it unique. I did not get the same satisfaction from any other promotional site on Penang”.

18 years ago ………..

In 2001, the American magazine, the Utne Reader, published an article titled “7 Urban Wonders” and George Town, Penang was included as one of the world’s most liveable cities with a soul. The magazine needed a photo to truly depict the way of life in George Town and the editor commissioned me to take a few for her to choose. She picked the one shown above. The article mentioned that the shophouses did business downstairs while the people lived upstairs and hence the term “shophouse” which means the premises were a shop as well as a house. Some businesses also spilled on to the street. When George Town applied to be listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, this article was one of the many documents submitted to UNESCO. The old residents of George Town were/are the soul of the city and it is unthinkable if they are all gone. We might be able to preserve all those heritage buildings but can George Town retain its soul?

41 years ago ……..

I think a good way to start this blog would be to highlight a news clip from 41 years ago where I was personally involved. Younger people may not have heard of the Penang based newspaper called the The National Echo which was previously known as the Straits Echo. In 1978/79 I contributed a few articles to the weekly motoring section of The National Echo. I wrote under the pseudonym (K.S.) and the pic shows an article of mine published on Friday, May 5, 1978 ………….. 41 years ago. (I will try to upload a pdf copy of the article later). The National Echo ceased publication in 1986 but its predecessor (Straits Echo) was founded in 1903 which makes it one of the oldest newspapers in the country. This is old news but ……………..