Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Penang Diaries

Over the weekend, Olympus Malaysia crew has travelled north to Penang for a user OM-D E-M1 Touch and Try event. The event went amazingly well, and I was so glad to find so many friendly Penang folks that know me from my blog here. Thank you folks for coming up and say hi to me!! I shall blog about the Penang Touch and Try event in my coming blog entry. 

This morning, before we drove all the way back (about 5 hours drive) to Kuala Lumpur, I managed to squeeze in some time for shutter therapy. I did not walk far, but within the areas and streets of Komtar. It was very early in the morning, and much to my dismay it rained for more than half of the time. I only had about two hours before checking out of the hotel and leaving Penang, and the heavy rain was not helping me at all. Nevertheless, I find Penang street to be really, really beautiful and suitable for street photography. If only I had more time, if only it did not rain that heavily, if only I did not have to spend half of the time sheltering myself from rain. I MUST return to Penang again, just to shoot the streets. Everything here is so different from what I find in KL, and it does seem like there is a lot of place to explore! 

All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital lenses 11-22mm F2,8-3.5, 25mm F2.8 pancake or 50mm F2 macro. 

Frames

Raincoat



Oh shit

Curved Shops

Trishaws

Canai

Morning Paper

Roadside Parking

Environmental friendly

Walk in the rain

Old Buildings

Angry clouds

Pieces

Ocean and Rain


Being in Penang, one must sample the incredibly delicious food. I used to enjoy taking food photographs, and somehow I have taken less of food photos lately. Discovering wonderful food in Penang, I thought this was a good chance to show you beautiful people some amazing Malaysian food. Do bear in mind that some of the food shown below were from Ipoh, but mostly were taken at Penang. 


The famous Char Kuey Tiaw. Can't find any better at other parts of Malaysia. 

Oh-Chien, or Oyster Omelette. 

Cendol

Roast Pork slices


Asam Laksa

Ipoh Horfun

Yong Tofu

Yong Tofu

Porridge with You Char Kueh

Wanton Noodles

Pork Satay

Lor Bak with assortment of other stuff like Century eggs, heh-piah (prawn-crackers). 

What, you think one plate of Char Kueh Tiaw was enough?

Glutinous rice, or Chu Bi Png. 

Bubur Cha Cha

Although my shooting session was very short in Penang but this was one of the more enjoyable session I have had in quite a while. And the Penang food..... the closest thing to heaven I can think of. 

I miss Penang already! 

33 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness... Your food shots are KILLING me. We've been through Penang twice now, and ate ourselves silly both times. The food is so good, and the cendol... oh goodness. Also, your street shots are excellent, as always (trust me to pay more attention to the food :) ). Penang is indeed a great place to shoot, especially in the old town. Lots and lots to see. I hope you get to go back one day with more time to shoot. It's nice just to wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere. Also, the food in Ipoh is not to be scoffed at... we had a friend take us around to some of the hawker centers and I have to say, it was some of the best food in Malaysia, and that's saying something!

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    1. Dear Tony,
      How have you been? The next time you stop by KL we MUST go and shoot and EAT!
      Yes, I agree with you, some of the best food does come from Penang and Ipoh! I just had too little time there, will surely return for more food and shooting adventures.

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  2. Where is this restaurant or place that you have that Oyster Omelet. Will need to try it next time I'm in Malaysia.

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    1. It is very near Komtar. I do not know the name of the restaurant but it is one of the hawker stalls by the roadside.

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  3. My god, you must be fat after eating these amazing food?

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    1. I am very fat, if you have not noticed haha.

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  4. Oh shit! Great pix, Robin!

    I might have to plan a trip to Malaysia, just to sample your beautiful-looking food. If it tastes as good as you make it look, it will be worth the trip!

    Regards,
    Steve

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    1. Thanks, I like that photograph as well!
      If you have not known yet, we are known for our amazing food!

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  5. Welcome to Penang, seem like u really enjoy it so do drop by again. :)

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    1. Thanks! I did enjoyed myself. And I will surely go again.

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    2. Owh,great,welcome, it will be nice if can join u along in penang,haha..anyway do come again but u might compromise a little on your weight,haha

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  6. hi Robin... looks like you are really really enjoy there.. how the event there Robin.. i think it must be pack with the people as they almost waiting for touch and try session.. anyway really enjoy when i read your blog.. can see that there are so many info in your blog as usual... thank to you Robin and hopefully we can shoot together again soon..

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    1. Hey Nik,
      We shall be shooting again, surely. I will blog about the event next. Stay tuned!

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  7. Hi Robin, Finally you made it to Penang. The streets around Komtar doesnt give you much subjects to shoot at. You SHOULD return to Penang someday. There are tonnes of places in Penang you should go to have a good session of shutter therapy. My personal favourite,
    1. Armenian Street. You MUST go there.
    2. Campbell Street... walkable from Komtar
    3. Chew Jetty ... near the ferry terminal, but it has been a well preserved old fishing village. Almost "kelong" like.
    4. Penang Hill
    5. Fort Cornwallis
    6. McCallum Street market ... something like Puduraya in KL

    many more actually. :)

    The food photos are delicious ... :P
    But the Wanton noodle doesnt look like those from Penang... anyway. Char Koay Teow.. yes, Penang's version is the best.

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    1. Hello Calex!
      Glad to hear from you again.
      Yes, I shall be returning to Penang and explore more one day. Thanks for the suggestions! If only I had time I would venture further away from Komtar.
      I am missing the Char Kuey Tiaw already!

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  8. I *love* Penang - my brother-in-law used to live there with his family. Except for the motorway to get there (and the long waiting lines at the toll station), it's really beautiful. Not that many mosquitos like on the mainland also (and believe me, they loved my white-skin blood).

    Nice photos as always Robin.

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    1. Hello Wolfgang!
      Thanks for the kind words! I have no issues with mosquitoes, unless going into the jungle.
      I agree, the drive to Penang can be very taxing.

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  9. Nice to see you at the Penang event. You taking a lot of good photo and food here. Hope to meet you again soon.

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    1. Thanks for coming to our event! I hope you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for the kind words, and I will surely return to Penang again. the food itself is good enough reason to go to Penang!

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  10. Just beautiful. I adore the sea-side-and-rain shot, reminds me of old B/W film days. Great atmosphere. And oh my, the food shots... that was one heck of breakfast! I know that, instead of walking, they'd have to roll me like a drum after consuming that :-)

    You should do the product shots for some cookery book. You make it look mouthwatering! And I'm sure it tastes like heaven... that satay babi (and ajam, of course!) is fantastic. And the lor bak... I am off to the fridge - getting hungry!

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    1. Thanks Andre, that was what I wanted to achieve, classic black and white for the rainy ocean shot.
      The food in Penang is out of the world, you must have them!

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  11. Beautiful shots Robin! I so want to visit Penang! It's been more than 2 decades now since I visited... can't wait to savour all that amazing food!

    Love the street shots, and this is classic Robin Wong! My favourite shot is the one of the Roti Canai rolling the dough. Fantastic light there and how it casts the perfect light and shadows on his face, coupled with the nice bokeh. Wow!

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    1. You should come visit, it is so different now. The food is as heavenly as ever.
      Thanks for the kind words, my hands were very itchy and thankfully I got some usable shots despite the heavy rain.

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    2. I think you got definitely got many keepers, and frankly, I think for some of them, like the one of the gentleman rolling the dough for Roti Canai, the overcast skies definitely helped to give you that nice, big, soft diffuse light for the great shot. This would not have been possible if there was harsh sunlight... the highlights in the background and on the pillars would have blown out and been too stark.

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  12. I know this isn't an OM-D E-M1 entry, but I have a confession, I have already pre-ordered the OMD EM1 and have been religiously following your blog posts to ensure I made the right decision moving away from my Canon setup.

    All that money spent and I'm probably gonna end up just taking photos of food!

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    1. Taking photos of food is good enough to justify the purchase! Food photography is art also you know.

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    2. I hope so!!!! Which set of lenses do you tend to use for food photography? I need to start getting my gear together. I'm a 25mm f1.4 Panny for portraits and a 14-150 Oly for travel but I haven't decided on sth good for food and frankly the 14-40 f2.8 seems ideal but it's so expensive!

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    3. For the above food shots I used Olympus Pancake 25mm F2.8

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    4. Thanks!!!! Hope that means the f1.4 25mm Pan-Leica will be alright after all.

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  13. Penang is one of my favorite places in Asia. Some day i may settle there.

    It's fantastic for photography too. Always something to see. And the food...don't forget the great Indian cuisine there.

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    1. Great place for retirement! Don't worry, Indian food is consistently good in KL as well!

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  14. That was Georgetown? Can't do better for food than Penang state, right? At one time, I knew many people from Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam. It sounded a great place to be with loads of friendly people.

    How is the 11-22mm lens? I continue to think about it instead of the 7-14mm f/4.0, just because of the aperture and the fact that it's not huge.

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    1. 11-22mm is my favourite lens! It is very sharp and yes, the main reason I chose it was the wider aperture of F2.8. Also, at 11mm, it is wide enough for my type of shooting.

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