Friday, October 7, 2011

MY FAVORITE PLACE: PENANG, MALAYSIA

George Town from a window up above (Cloud 8 on the top floor of 1st Avenue Shopping Mall)
If I could spend forever in any of the places I've visited in Southeast Asia over the last three months without having to worry about such troublesome details as visas and making a living, I'd probably be calling George Town on Penang Island in Malaysia home.

Like all great loves, this one was totally unexpected. It sneaked up on me when I wasn't looking (well, truthfully speaking, I was probably staring at one of those mountains in the near distance), and it's something of a mystery. But this much I know for sure: 1) The way the mountains meet the sea leaves a visual impact that has me constantly craning my neck to get a different, better view. 2) It's the perfect balance of energetic and chilled. 3) The people are friendly without being obsequious. 4) Like sex for breakfast, a brisk jog and "No Scrubs" by TLC on my iPod, it puts me in the best possible mood.

The Malaysian mainland in the distance
A religious experience
Where's the ocean? This way (toward the Johnny English poster)
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