When people ask me where I am from, I will often hesitate before I reply. Should I say I'm from Rawang, my place of birth? I've never spent much time there though...Or Brunei, where I spent most of my early life? Then people will answer, 'Oh so you're Bruneian then?' which I am not. Or Penang, where a huge number of my relatives are? ...but I'm not familiar with Penang. More often than not, I will say I am from Petaling Jaya and although that's not technically true, it does save me a lot of unnecessary hassle.
Despite all the geographical confusion, there is one place that is always a constant - and that is I've spent all my Chinese New Years (those in my living memory) in Penang. And this year is no exception.
Double Prosperity 'Special'..Heheh. Top one's chicken, bottom beef
Up Penang Hill
Bloody hot weather this year! No clouds in sight
The bronze Kuan Yin at Kek Lok Si temple, which unfortunately was closed on that day
Elaborate wall carvings at Kek Lok Si
Pumpkins! Lots of pruning work required to make it look like this
A flower at the Kek Lok Si
Misai Kucing, at a different temple though
The famous Air Itam laksa stall
It looks messy but it tastes good
Heheh... A cousin who supports Man U didn't finish his nasi lemak when he found out it was called Nasi Lemak Liverpool
Chestnuts from the Chowrasta Market
Nothing welcomes you into 'Uncle-hood' better than saying 'Here's your ang pow' as opposed to 'Where's my ang pow?'