Saturday, May 10, 2014

Streets and Sport (This week's Photo Hunt themes)

Penang never changes.  That's what some family friends from Singapore liked to remark on their annual visits to my home state.  That may be true relative to their quick booming, bustling part of the world, especially back in the 1970s -- when it seemed like Singapore was jetsetting into a ultra-modern future and Penang felt mired on the past and relegated to being a stagnant backwater.   

And it's also true enough that even today, the urban landscape of George Town, Penang's capital city, is not particularly skyscraper dominated (unlike, say, those of Singapore or Hong Kong) -- and its streets often not that jammed with traffic (despite the complaints one often hears these days of it being so).

However, on a recent return visit to Penang, I found that (even) certain streets within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage-listed sections were sporting a new look from when I had last been there only some two years ago.  More specifically, there now is some pretty cool art to be found on the streets -- in the form of murals painted on walls, doors and such, and also the informative iron sculptures installed as part of the government's Marking George Town project.       

In all honesty, my street view photos of the metal sculptures cum signs that I've put at the top my entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts this week don't do them much justice since they were taken at a time of the day when they ended up casting substantial shadows on the wall.  So if your interest has been piqued and you wish to know what words they sport, among other things, do check out the detailed descriptions that can be found via this link. :)


Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, very cool street art. Fun, colorful and animated characters. Only thing missing is a little Puppet Ponyo appearance.

Have a wonderful weekend.

magiceye said...

Love the 1st pic the best!

MaR said...

I truly enjoy skyscraper-free city views. Love street art! and fyi: Le Tour starts indeed in England, it traditionally starts somewhere close to France

Happy weekend!

street ~ sport

chica said...

Gostei muito de ver tuas fotos! beijos,tudo de bom,chica

Anonymous said...

Nice shots for this week's photo hunt.

Have a great weekend.

Carver said...

I like the street art very much.

Gattina said...

Very nice combination of both the!mes

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

Awww re your missing an appearance by Puppet Ponyo. I did bring her back to Penang with me -- but I forgot to take her out with the day that I went and checked out the street art (and the E&O Gallery)! ;(

But I'm going to predict that you'll see her again on this blog before the end of this month... ;)

Hi magiceye --

I look at that pic and I'm amazed that part of Penang looks so clean and quiet. :)

Hi Marcy --

I like both skyscraper-filled and -free city views. Each has their beauty, I reckon. :)

Hi Chica --

Thanks for your compliments and thank goodness for Google Translate!

Hi JDeQ --

Thanks, and hope you are having a good weekend too. :)

Hi Carver --

Some street art is better than others, I reckon -- but when it's good, it can indeed be cool. :)

Hi Gattina --

Thanks! You and Sandi sure do serve up challenges! ;)

Susan Demeter said...

Nice combination on both themes and very interesting too. I will check out the link you posted :)

JANU said...

Seems nice. I feel the same about my home town too.

YTSL said...

Hi Sue --

Thanks for the interest! :)

Hi JANU --

You feel that people think your hometown doesn't change but it actually does, just as a slower pace than other places like Singapore?

peppylady (Dora) said...

Every little hub of town or city need trees. I see there is trees where your at.

Coffee is on

YTSL said...

Hi peppylady --

Agreed re trees -- they help provide shade and also help with turning carbon dioxide into oxygen, at least during daylight! ;)

Bill said...

Hi Yvonne,

Enjoyed your Penang blogs, but Trekcapri is right - Puppet Ponyo's presence is missed...Look forward to her appearance in the near future.


eastcoastlife said...

I saw all those cool mural art of Penang on blogger friends' post. Would love to look for them when I am in Penang.

YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

I've conveyed Trekcapri's and your request to Puppet Ponyo. She's very pleased and is looking forward to more photo opportunities in the near future! ;b

Hi EastCoastLife --

On your next visit to Penang, make sure you to stroll along Armenian Street and its vicinity then! :)