Kuan Yin Teng or Temple of the Goddess Mercy - George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kuan Yin Teng or Temple of the Goddess Mercy - George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kuan Yin Teng or Temple of the Goddess Mercy - George Town, Penang, Malaysia

While planning my trip to Southeast Asia last year I peruse many websites, blogs, forums. I found social media helpful in fine tuning my itinerary. I reached out to many individuals and most recommended the usual destinations and adventures: the beaches in Southern Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, trekking in Sapa, Vietnam. One thing I had a hard time deciding was to add Malaysia to my itinerary or not. I did not find much in depth information about destinations in Malaysia and was about to skip it when I got a Facebook message that I should definitely visit Penang and its capitol George Town.

George Town, Penang turned out to be the highlight of my Malaysian adventure. It was the perfect place to wander around with my camera and capture the local slice of life.

The best thing about street photography is serendipity. While at the Kuan Yin Teng or Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, I photographed this young girl burning incense sticks and offering prayers. It was only after I downloaded this photo on my computer did I notice the man in the background doing the same thing but in the opposite direction.

This concludes the Malaysian part of my trip and now be prepared to join me on the next part of my Southeast Asian adventure as I travel to the exotic country of Thailand - the “Land of Smiles.”

Update: I just got back from a quick trip to Mexico and visiting the beautiful cities of Guadalajara and Guanajuato. The city of Guanajuato, like the city of George Town, Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. I was there last October and fell in love with the city’s charm. I booked a room at the same guesthouse I stayed in last year and as I walked in the front door, Jorge the owner, gave me a huge welcoming hug and exclaimed, “Samuel!”

Guanajuato, Mexico...where everybody knows your name. I love this city!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 17th February, 2012. Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

Read more about Penang

Malaysia's second largest island, Penang is also its most developed, with the eastern coast dotted with high-rises and crammed with holiday resorts. Travellers who have experienced beaches elsewhere in Asia will probably be unimpressed with the most popular beach spots, but the island's real attraction lies in its culture, history and cuisine.

The main city of Georgetown boasts a meld of interesting architecture stretching from the British colonial era to the colourful multicultural present, as well as fascinating museums and places of worship. And the food is a fabulous blend of cuisines from around the world, spiced with plenty of local specialities.

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