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    Quote Originally Posted by paulchiangmai View Post
    This is the same Francis Light who founded Adelaide in South Australia, a monument to him is erected on the outskirts of Adelade. This guy got around a bit.
    Dont think he got around quite that much, mate. "William Light" the founder of Adelaide was the illegitimate son of a liaison between said Francis Light and his Portugee mistress. William was born of their union in Malaysia and was educated in UK and joined the Brtish army. He was sent out to found the colony of Adelaide some years after his papa's demise.


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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented View Post
    great stuff
    love penang
    dont understand why it gets dogged so much

    Yes I love Penang as well.

    Some friends of mine traveled there last month and came away with not much to say about it at all.

    Foked if I know.

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    Penang has that effect on folk, particularly those who relish the seedier side of things in Thailand. But, in truth, I have to say that after about a week there I soon become quite listless too and yearn to be back amidst the hurly burly of Bangkok.
    The place has its attractions but one can never quite escape the feeling that it is just treading water. There's no pizazz, vim or vigour about it and ultimately one comes to the conclusion it's just plain soulless.
    Whether Penang is being held back by the Bumiputra boys in KL to spite the Chinese majority I know not but there's something definitely missing. The flocks of middle eastern holidaymakers that descend on the beaches in summer, dressed in their black chadors like so many starlings, don't add much to the atmosphere either.
    Still, trips there are worth it just for the Indian food and a chance to relax.

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    I dont know if anyone knows that the Komta caught fire during constuction. I lived on the mainland in Bagan Agam and what a site it was. The tower had caught fire about half way up and flames engulfed the entire top half. It burnt for many hours until it burnt out as at that time not much enflamable stuff inside. Constuction continued until completed. Each time I have been there I think about if its structure was damaged by the fire. It has stood many many years so it must be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grasshopper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by paulchiangmai View Post
    This is the same Francis Light who founded Adelaide in South Australia, a monument to him is erected on the outskirts of Adelade. This guy got around a bit.
    Dont think he got around quite that much, mate. "William Light" the founder of Adelaide was the illegitimate son of a liaison between said Francis Light and his Portugee mistress. William was born of their union in Malaysia and was educated in UK and joined the Brtish army. He was sent out to found the colony of Adelaide some years after his papa's demise.

    Captain Francis Light did get around a bit because he had a local wife and house in Phuket near Thalang, for many years. He was tasked by the British government of the day to decide which would make a better outpost of colony, Phuket or Penang and Penang won. How the decision could have changed things in Thailand had the opposite been made.
    His son Colonel William Light is the founding father of Adelaide.

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    Now that I'm back in Thailand and have got over the initial rush of work problems that follow a break, here is the continuation of this thread....







    After leaving Khoo Kongsi, we came across Sin Kay market that was winding down in the heat of the afternoon...





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    Last evening we went for a wander to find some good grub and a couple of beers....









    Last stop we settled for one of marmite's recommended pubs the SOHO where we put the camera away and had a few cold ones.


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    just got back from my third trip to Penang in the last year (gf, needed to do her non b visas)

    Still can say a great little city to spend a few days ( although it gets hot in the daytime) plenty to see and do but its just wandering the streets that i enjoyed,

    Penang is going thru a sort of revival an there are plenty of artists doing street/wall art. Plus There is a new Photo museum (off of Chula street)

    Great food lf course but what struck me on these trip is there is oy do not get any good deals on hotels in Malaysia, ( we also ventured to Ipoh, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu an Cameroion highlands). Many were 50% to 100% of what you would pay in Thailand for the same room.

    Still makes a nice getaway from Thailand.

    If you have the time, view my photos.
    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol or insanity, but they've always worked for me" HST

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    ^Nice shots..love the Old Man.

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    Will be there in a couple of weeks - look forward. Then onward to Lankawi.

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