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Tallest sandwich in the world? October 25, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Food, Malaysia, Places.

By now, most of us should have gotten used to seeing spectacular events at major shopping centres in Klang Valley. However, earlier this year, even yours truly was taken aback by what was claimed to be the tallest sandwich in the world.

If you have not seen thousands of sandwiches stacked horizontally one on top of another and it stretched about 50 feet into the air, you really don’t know what you are seeing.

What crossed my mind at that time was what were they going to do with all those sandwiches after the events? I got hungry even thinking about the possibilities.


Foreign labour in Malaysian restaurants October 25, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Food, Malaysia, People, Places.
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These days it is common to see foreign workers of various nationalities working in Malaysian coffeeshops and eateries.

Recently, I found myself facing to face with some “Chinese workers” in an Indian establishment. It was only when they could not understand me that I suspected that we are not communicating on the same bandwith.

On further enquiry, I found out they were actually Vietnamese. Then yesterday, I talked to some “locals” who turned out to be Myanmar nationals. Malaysia is becoming the new “land of milk and honey” for her neighbours.

We have Bosnians, Africans, Thais, Indons, Chinese nationals, Koreans, Mongolians, etc, strewn all over shopping complexes stretching from Kangar, Perlis to Kuching, Sarawak.

In a way, it is a happy situation. We get to learn to know our neighbours better now. As they say, glad to lend a helping hand to people who are just trying to eke out an honest living.

The Floating Mosque of Tanjung Bungah, Penang October 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Malaysia, Miscellaneous, Places.

There’s a mosque in the Pearl of the Orient (Penang) that can truly hold its own in terms of architectural splendour.

Its proper name is Masjid Terapung or the Floating Mosque. It was built after the tsunami of 2004 destroyed a nearby mosque.

it is the pride of Tanjung Bungah residents. For visitors, it is beautiful, well designed and shows a resilience that will defy future unfriendly elemental forces. As an outstation visitor, I was in awe of its surroundings which lend an irreplaceable natural colour to the magnificent man-made structure.

   It is certainly one of Penang’s finest architectural wonders. If you as passing by Tanjung Bungah, do drop by at this beautiful mosque and go in and take a good look. It is worth an hour’s visit.

Clan Jetties of Penang – gateway to the past October 10, 2008

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There’s this place along Weld Quay in Penang that a lot of people, locals especially, take for granted. They often pass this place without giving it a second glance. It is that long row of jetties popularly known as the Clan Jetties.

The Clan Jetties is a treasure trove of memories and heritage trails. It all started, I believe, more than a hundred years ago. The Chinese sailors who settled down in Penang congregated at the jetties and soon, they divided their communities according to surnames, namely, Chew, Lim, Teoh, Khoo, Ang, etc.

In the early 20th century, when Penang port was at its heyday, the clan jetties were a hive of activity. Today, it is a pale shadow of its former robust self. Only memories and a limited number of elderly citizens left.

The younger generations have moved elsewhere or further inland on the island. But the clan jetties continue to exude a certain mystique, and it has a certain charm that pervades through the surroundings.

Penang Road after dark October 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.
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If you are one of those “night birds” who like to come out for a teh tarik and a chat session that doesn’t follow any timetable, then Penang Road is right up your street.

Every night after 8pm, just opposite Hotel Malaysia and outside the old Cold Storage building in Penang road, you will bear witness to a number of mamak stalls selling soup kambing, soup ayam, soup torpedo and roti canai, etc.

It is a great place if you just want to “shoot the breeze”. I used to be a frequent client at these one-star roadside eateries. This is the essence of Malaysia. This phenomenon is unique to Malaysia and is not found anywhere in Europe.

Believe me, you will miss the mamak stalls when you are walking on the pavement somewhere in downtown Budapest. When you think of these stalls and the food choices available, tears will roll down your cheeks!