I don't easily get to take shots of reflections... I don't know why, but I don't!
Particularly reflections of light or light-play on a wide body of water, like this... I guess it is because I don't live near any reasonably sized body of water, i.e. sea, lake, pond or river...
So, this ferry crossing gave me good opportunity to do so
I ramble and digress... Maybe I should start again...
This fourth part of my loose account of our recent trip to Penang will talk about our arrival there. I wondered if it would be too frivolous a subject but I got some cool shots on the ferry ride across 😬 and I admit I was kinda excited as it had been ages since I had taken the Penang ferry - I last took it when I was a kid growing up and visited the island with my mum! Yes, ages and ages ago... Don't make me say how many years ago!
See, previously, as in recent years, I had always driven or flown to Penang from Kuala Lumpur where I live. This recent trip we decided to go the 'old-fashioned', leisurely way - a train ride upto Butterworth (the Penang side that is on mainland) then take the ferry across to the island!
Penang, a state situated on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia consists of an island and a strip on the mainland. Georgetown, its capital city is located on the island, and that's where we're headed!
The old train used to take eight hours and the journey is now halved to a cool four hours (and some minutes - negligible!) with the new trains!
Which gave us the problem of having too much time on our hands by arriving at an odd hour in the middle of the night, at 3am! Easily solved - we found a 24hr mamak at the station and had early breakfast there! First breakfast, I mean... now, I sound like a Hobbit, (lol) as we had second breakfast too! 😄
The first ferry across was at 5.20am, and it departed sharp on the dot!
And the adventure begins...
As they say, the holiday is not just the destination but the journey itself... or something like that!
A view of the Penang Port's facilities
The Penang Port is the main gateway for shippers to the northern states of Malaysia as well as southern provinces of Thailand, and is the oldest and longest established port in Malaysia!
what with the reflection and all...
No silky smooth misty waters, I'm afraid
I'm no long exposure expert!
Besides, the rocking and rolling of the ferry wouldn't allow much in terms of steadiness
For every shot you see here, I probably took another 10 that came out wobbly
Bottom of the frame (left in intentionally) is part of the gangway for cars to drive out off the ferry
If you look carefully, you can see the lights going up to Penang Hill ('Bukit Bendera' in Malay, literally meaning flag hill or flagstaff hill)
Not many cars that early in the morning
Those handrails came to good use
Much else was dark at that hour, so my photos focused mainly on the port (literally) side
That's how our ferry looked like, minus the fancy paintwork
Background buildings are in Georgetown
I presume that ferry was being 'dressed' for some occasion(?)
Everything is exciting at 6am! 😄
I happily got left behind by the other passengers, intentionally... so I could get this shot!
Could be a set for some thriller or horror movie
I could imagine some werewolf hiding around some corner...
But we have other plans... we have another wait in front of us here
To collect the car in about two hours' time!
A second breakfast and hot coffee/Milo (malt chocolate drink for the uninitiated) is most welcomed!
That's the owner, the main man, right there behind the counter...
He was manning the stall all by himself when we found him and settled down at a table, until much later when help arrived to give him a hand
A humble stall... but everyone who lived or worked in that area knew him and came for their morning fix!
See the grill on the left - the one with aluminium sides...
Bread is traditionally toasted over an improvised grill over charcoal, giving you an authentic crispy crust and soft insides...
Glad to see this was how it was made here...
'Kaya' ~ is a local spread made with coconut milk, eggs and palm sugar - very fragrant!
Me, I had 'nasi lemak'! 😋
My 'nasi lemak' in the packets on the left
Coconut milk rice with a simple sambal (usually an onion chili gravy) accompanied by fried peanuts, fried crispy 'ikan bilis' (anchovies), slices of cucumber, a wedge of hard boiled egg, all wrapped in banana leaves - that's the traditional way to serve it!
My mother tongue!!
We caught him conversing easily in Hokkien, appropriate slang and all, with the Chinese auntie who came by to collect her morning breakfast, packed and ready to go...
It is not unusual for many other races to pick up and fluently speak Hokkien in Penang, a feat not easily found elsewhere
Yes, it was all bright daylight already by then
And I found this rather well preserved office building
Street was still pretty quiet then
Btw this happens to be one of the busier streets in Georgetown, Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld)
Within half an hour, it was chock-a-block with cars, buses, etc!
But not before I caught one more shot
Pigeons filling the morning sky above the terminal
Yup, it was a rather wet morning, with wonderful gloomy skies
Gloomy skies got more character than clear blue ones! 😉
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