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Capturing Penang featured on Rasa Malaysia

A few days into Chinese New Year, Mark and I headed to breakfast at Toh Soon – a rusty, bustling coffee shop in an alleyway along Campbell Street in Penang, serving roti bakar with kaya (charcoal-roasted thick bread with coconut jam), soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce & white pepper, and strong local coffee to give you that morning kick.

When we walked in, there was a film crew around the first table, and we were surprised to spot a familiar face seated among them – Bee from RasaMalaysia.

Bee had arrived the week before from California, for a two month visit to the island that she will always call home.  At that moment, I realized it was exactly one year since I moved from Singapore back to Penang with the same goal.  It would be a journey that would draw me into the thriving cultural and arts scene of George Town after its recent listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  A journey that I reveal through stories, photos, art, and videos, on my blog – Capturing Penang.

However, I didn’t expect this a year ago.  While Mark was confident about the move, I couldn’t push my apprehension away.  I had left seven years earlier, like so many other Penangites, in search of bigger and better things.  I had convinced myself that if I ever returned to live in Penang, it would only mean a step back in my life.

But by the first week, to my relief and exhilaration, I felt the energy of a revitalized Penang.  Not only from the millions of visitors every year to the island, but also from the locals, like myself, who had taken this wonderful island for granted for too long.

I love saying it now – Penang is an exciting place!

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