Lightning, Batu Ferringhi

“Crash!”, it was the middle of the night and my bedroom ceiling was lit up as if it was day time. And when the thunder sounded, it shook you as lay there. My adult brain knew I was safe, but there is a difference between knowing something and feeling it. I used to live here,Continue reading “Lightning, Batu Ferringhi”

Buckminster Fuller’s Room, Penang

Penang Hill is really a group of hills which overlook the rest of Penang and parts of the Malaysian mainland. Before the invention of air conditioning, it was popular with expatriates, because in the height of the Malaysian summer, it was always appreciably cooler than in George Town (where many businesses had offices). So aContinue reading “Buckminster Fuller’s Room, Penang”

View of Straits Quay, Penang

I know this photo looks rather fake and “dramatised”, but really the scene did look rather like this. Penang is a curious place. Despite being a small island off the Malaysian peninsula, the weather could vary widely, even if you were only a couple of miles away. Here you can see a tropical storm brewing,Continue reading “View of Straits Quay, Penang”

Across the Strait, Malaysia

Another seascape! Once upon a time, Penang was a hub beween the UK and Hong Kong. During the war, various battles were fought in the Straits of Malacca and later it was a submarine base for the Japanese. These days, the harbour mostly handles cruiseships and ferries carrying holidaymakers to Langkawi (which I will probablyContinue reading “Across the Strait, Malaysia”

Looking Towards Georgetown, Malaysia

Sometimes, when you take a picture you are recording history without knowing it. In this case, the seafront by Gurney Drive has been drained for development. When I first came to Penang, walking along Gurney Drive into Georgetown was a favourite Saturday morning thing to do. Early on, it was cool and quiet and IContinue reading “Looking Towards Georgetown, Malaysia”

Georgetown, Penang

I always try to keep a camera with me, so that I can take pictures of things I see everyday. In this case, I was riding the bus into town, when a man sat down infront of me. And he held onto the seat handle in an unusual way, which made me notice his hand.Continue reading “Georgetown, Penang”

Street Trader, Georgetown

I used to live in Penang. Street traders are a feature of life there, selling sweets and snacks from the back of a motorcycle. I am told the Roti Man delicacy is an ice-cream sandwich. I wish I had tried it. Technical Details Canon EOS 650D and 24mm STM lens. A really good combination forContinue reading “Street Trader, Georgetown”

By the beach, Penang 2015

Being from the UK, I always struggle with the idea that a place can be hot enough to live outside all year round. Here you can see someone fishing with a hand net, casting from the beach, probably for a restaurant which is just behind where I took this picture.