Georgetown, Penang

As you may know from my last blogpost, Langkawi was great. However, it would not stop raining and I decided to continue my journey and take the Ferry to Penang.
Penang is an island in the south of Langkawi and its capital, Georgetown is connected to the mainland through a bridge.

On my third day, I went to the local taxi stand at Langkawi. I met three girls from Japan and we shared a taxi. I would really advice you to take an Uber in South East Asia, since it is way cheaper!
Anyway, the Japanese girls and I took a taxi that brought us to the ferry. I sat in the last row of the little bus and had to find out
that there were several holes in the roof and the rain poured down the seats. Many streets were flooded and it was hard to get through the humongous puddles. After we finally arrived at the harbor I checked in immediately and went to my seat in the ferry. The ferry was old and had two decks, there was not enough place for all the luggage, so we placed it in front of us. The monsoon was not over when the ferry started, the waves were very high and many people got sea sick. A guy who was obviously part of the staff went around and gave plastic bags to the people who got sick. I just tried to sleep but I felt like a was on a carousel.
After almost four hours of horror I finally arrived at Penang and took a taxi to my hostel.

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I stayed at the Ryokan Muntri Beauty Hostel in Georgetown, which was apparently really nice, although the walls were paper thin and the WiFi was not that good. The next morning I got to know my roommate, he is from Scotland and we did our laundry a couple of minutes from our hostel. I was really happy that I met him, since I felt a little bit lost in the hostel. While we were waiting for our laundry to be dry, we went to the “Purrfect Cat Café“ which is a place where you can have a coffee or smoothie and chill out with cute kittens and cats. You have to pay 13RM if you want to go upstairs where the cats are.

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We decided to go for it and we had to read a rule book, wash our hands and take off our shoes first. The rule book contained rules like don’t disturb sleeping cats, don’t feed them and treat them with respect etc. Although the plan was a little bit too small, the cats were treated well, as far as I could see. They probably got some of the cats from the streets, since there are many sick cats on the streets in Malaysia who lost their tail or cats who are starving.
At first, I thought it was a joke but I was really surprised when there were actual cats in the café.

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When we had our laundry done, we went down the street and I discovered the first temple, a Chinese temple apparently. You have to take your shoes off before visiting a temple by the way.

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We also just wandered around the streets and had a look at all the different houses and buildings.

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If you are interested in architecture and art, you will love Georgetown! We discovered so many beautiful buildings when we were exploring Georgetown by foot, I really wish I had taken some photos with my reflex camera.

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In the following picture, you can see the St. Georges Church, Georgetown is named after King George III.

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The next temple we saw was a Hindu temple. Unfortunately we were not able to go inside, since the people were queuing up inside the building and we assumed that it would take us a while to get in.

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Next stop was a huge mosque, they even had a canon in the garden.

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I can also highly recommend going to “Chew Jetty“ which is like China Town. There is a small wooden path with lots of little shops and food places at the sides. At the end of the path you will find yourself on a terrace, looking at the beautiful sea.
Unfortunately it was a little cloudy, even though, the view was amazing.

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After we had explored Georgetown a little bit, we were looking for a restaurant to have dinner.
On our way, we stumbled across a little fire show, maybe a lost backpacker who is saving money for his flight to go back home.

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Make sure to walk down the streets of Georgetown by night, when all the lanterns are turned on and people are selling bracelets, necklaces and other stuff on the streets.

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Georgetown is also very famous for its street art. You will find many beautiful wall paintings at the walls of random buildings in the city. This one was my favorite:

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If you have the chance to visit Georgetown, definitely go for a walk an explore the city!

Have a good week,
Sophie

 

Tattoo Talk

I always wanted to have a tattoo and the most important condition is, that I would really love to design it on my own. I recently read a Blogpost about Tattoos by the lovely Ella May Garrett, which I really enjoyed. By the way, I really love her Pinterest Obsession posts!!
Consequently, I came up with the idea that I could talk a little bit about tattoos and why I think getting inked can have an impact on our lives.

I always wanted to have a tattoo. When I was five, my Dad got a Henna Tattoo, a red rose and I loved it! At that time I was very interested in Chinese culture and my idea was that I could have a Chinese dragon inked on both of my arms and a huge yin and yang on my stomach. Not that attractive I guess. So glad that children are not allowed to get tattoos though.

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My personal Tattoo design, just some sketches

Today, I don’t want to have Chinese tattoos anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still interested in Chinese culture but dragons would probably not suit me very well.
However I’d love to draw my tattoo(s) on my own and one design I really like is a jumping fawn. Deers played a big role in my life so far, it’s hard to explain but my mother f.e. used to call me „Rehlein“ which is German and means something like „Little deer“, people also used to tell me I looked like Bambi when I was younger. Additionally, I have frequent deer encounters when I go running…just love these cute creatures!
Even if I decide to get a fawn tattoo, which part of my body will this tattoo decorate? Since I would like to do some kind of business job later, I can’t have visible parts like arms, fingers, feet and maybe even my legs get inked. Besides, I want to be able to see my tattoo, consequently I can’t have my back inked. Having a tattoo on my ribs would be nice, although it is commonly known that tattoos close to bones are very painful.

Another idea would be something Harry Potter related, although I don’t think that my first or second tattoo will be a HP one… However, having the 9 3/4 sign on my wrist would be amazing, but only if I had a watch that hides the tattoo perfectly. 😀

Currently my favourite design is a wave. I simply love water, swimming and surfing. Waves are aesthetic, beautiful and it is nice to see them breaking at the shore. However, waves are dangerous. They are heavy and they can easily drown you depending on their size. In psychology, waves and especially tsunamis are often interpreted as anxiety and excessive demands. They are like life, nice to ride, nice to swim in, they are enjoyable. But on the other hand, you can be to overwhelmed to deal with the wave, or your life. I love the water and I love life, but I also have a high respect and I am grateful that I am healthy because I know that this is not self-evident just like it is not self-evident, that you survive your ride on a big wave.

I will definitely let you know if I decide to get a tattoo but at the moment I go swimming two to three times a week (Surf-Camp preparation whoopwhooop) and I do not want to take a break.

How about you? Would you like to have a tattoo? What kind of tattoos do you prefer?
Have a nice weekend

Sophie

 

 

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Travel related DIYs #1 – Travel Pinboard

Hello World,

I proudly introduce you to my new project „Travel related DIYs“. I would like to share with you some of my recent creative/art projects and hopefully be able to encourage you to craft something and become creative.

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My first project is a World Map Pinboard. Generally, this idea is very basic but I loved the idea of creating a unique pinboard to organize my stuff. Additionally, I consider these corkboards as very useful, since you can easily hang it on your wall, it is very light and you will only need two nails and a hammer to fix it.

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For your own customized pinboard you will need:

  • A pinboard (I got mine on amazon for only 12€)
  • A pencil
  • Acrylic Paint (You will need a lot of paint depending on the size of your pinboard, I used about 200-250ml)
  • Paintbrushes of course
  • Two Screws wich you usually get with your ordered pinboard
  • Nails and a hammer
  • Patience

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As you can probably imagine, you just have to start to prime the cork of your board.
I primed mine twice, since the cork „sponges up“ the paint and if you are a little fussy you will like to paint it twice, it just looks tidier.
You should wait at least half an hour until you start to pre-draw the shape of the continents. I just tried to depict the map from my original world map and messed up sometimes, but I really like how it turned out. Besides, I did not wanted it to be that accurate. If you are happy with your shapes, you can just repaint them and tadaaa, you are almost done. Personally, I decided to go for some silver and gold and randomly colored some islands and continents.

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In the end, you just have to screw the screws into the frame of the board and hang the board on two nails which you already hammered into your wall.

Altogether, this DIY is very easy and not that special. However, I really wanted to share my work with you and I hope you liked it! Let me know in the comments if you are interested in reading more „creative-posts“.

Stay tuned and have a nice weekend!
Sophie

 

 

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