Artists from Around the World Sketch my Photo of a Traditional Penang Shophouse in Malaysia

Chinese Shophouse Row in George Town Penang Malaysia

Here’s something new and fun and (for me) very exciting. A few days ago I received an email from Leslie Parsons (@montrealsketcher), an artist from Montreal. “I have a strange request for you,” he said. “A popular urban sketcher from Malaysia found an image on Pinterest that he wanted all the other urban sketchers (everywhere, … Read more

Street Art in George Town, on Penang Island, Malaysia

Street Art in George Town, Penang, includes this mural, titled "Teach You Speak Hokkien"

My original visit to the island-state of Penang, Malaysia, was one of the most culturally rewarding experiences in all of my travels. The architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage capital city of George Town was simply stunning. Even more fascinating were the traditional artisans of George Town, who continue to make beaded shoes, Songkok hats, … Read more

PHOTO: Chinese Shophouse Row in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Chinese Shophouse Row in Penang, Malaysia, built in the "Early Straits" eclectic style, between 1890'2s and 1910

Chinese Shophouse Row in George Town, on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The “Early Straits” eclectic architectural style of this block of buildings signals that they were likely built between 1890 and 1910. Such shophouses began to appear in the Old Town district of George Town in the 1790’s. Initially, they were built of wood … Read more

An Architectural Gem on Every Street in George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Malaysia’s State of Penang is made up of a turtle-shaped island and a large strip of land on the mainland, joined by one of the longest bridges in the world. However, when tourists refer to Penang (or Pulau Pinang in Malay), they almost always mean the island. Penang is an exotic melange of old and … Read more