Around Penang: George Town (Part 1)
Check out any website on Penang and the top suggestion for any tourist is to pay George Town a visit. Lucky for us because our friend Dindin Cruz decided to do just that and even shared some highlights, including photos, from her trip in this two-part special feature on this UNESCO Heritage Site. This first part is merely a sneak peek, a teaser of some sort.
"I started walking around Muntri Street. The hostel I stayed in is very close to the Camera Museum, the first in Southeast Asia. Inside is a glimpse of the history of photography including a collection of vintage cameras, photographs and accessories. It also has a camera obscure room and a pinhole camera room. The fee is around 20 ringgit for adult and cheaper for student at 10 ringgit if I recall correctly.
After you tour museum, there is a souvenir shop and cafe.
Beside Camera Museum is the Purrfect Cat Cafe. It is the only cat cafe in the area. The retail items are at the first floor. You order food at cashier, then take off your shoes before you can go up to the cafe located at the second floor. Hang out at the cafe and eat first, then go to separate room to hang out with the cats. I wasn't sure of the total number but I think there were about nine of them. In the separate room, there are toys, sticks and boxes to engage the cats to play. I went here after dinner because they offer dessert and coffee/tea.
For dinner, I found an open air food court/hawker place called Red Garden. I bought from a food stall with a photo of Anthony Bourdain, ordered soy sauce chicken with rice and vegetable set for 6.50 ringgit, with a big bottle of the local beer, Skol, for around 5 ringgit. Still wanting to try more local food, I ordered grilled cuttlefish for 4 ringgit. The place is noisy, not too hot. Band plays later in the evening. It was weird seeing a Filipino food stall selling Pinoy Style Spaghetti."