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Orange Oakleaf / Dead Leaf (Kallima inachus)

Dead Leaf/Orange Oakleaf Butterfly (Kallima inachus)
Butterflies use many means to hide themselves from predators. The Dead Leaf Butterfly is quite awesome in this aspect – it’s wings are vibrant with hues of blue, dark brown, white and orange when open, while it highly resembles a brown dead leaf when its wings are closed. The butterfly also takes on a richer brown color during the rainy season.The Dead Leaf is usually found within forested, tropical regions of New Guinea, southern Asia, Madagascar, India and Japan, near the forest floor where there are loads of dead leaves to hide amongst. While most butterflies feast on fresh flowers, the Dead Leaf has a peculiar diet of rotting fruits and sticky sap leaking from trees. So next time when you are in the rainforest, watch where you are stepping – there may just be a beautiful Deaf Leaf Butterfly lurking around :)

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Penang – Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…why is my reflection most hideous of all?!
Having fun with trickeye photography at Made in Penang Interactive Museum

On our recent trip to Penang, Darren & I checked out one of Penang’s latest attractions, Made in Penang Interactive Museum. Now visitors to Penang can have an additional place, other than its renown street art, to pose for while learning a bit about the city’s history.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The museum is within the vicinity of the Clan Jetties further up from the Weld Quay Bus Terminal, you can plan to visit these two attractions in a day. You will pass by an open-air car park beside this clock tower as you walk along the road coming from the clan jetties – continue walking straight up and you will reach the museum in about 10 minutes.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The experience starts right away at the entrance
Along the passageway as you walk in, you will see Malaysia’s longest 3D wall mural (25 metres) depicting Georgetown’s waterfront during the 20th century.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Pretending to be a COOLie

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

“Why you no give this month’s allowance?”
Helping out a squabble aka kaypoh-ing

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Even the cafe is made to look retro

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Entrance fees are divided it into three categories:
– Tourists (non-MyCard holder): RM30
– Malaysian (Adult): RM15
– Malaysian (Kid/ Student): RM10
You get a souvenir pin badge as part of the admission, and I like it that they designed the ticket stub, which is usually thrown away, as a bookmark. There’s another purpose for the ticket too – you will need it for an interesting activity at the last stop of your visit.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The museum showcases three-dimensional interactive art over two levels depicting Penang’s iconic landmarks as well as famous historic figures. The ground floor houses a Diorama Gallery while the first floor houses the Penang 3D Gallery (trickeye photography).

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Diorama Gallery
The Diorama Gallery showcases seven scenes of life in Penang in miniatures sculptured by Khoo Chooi Hooi.
Left: Durian seller; Right: Nasi Lemak (coconut rice wrapped in banana leaf) seller

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

The biggest diorama – a panoramic view of Georgetown’s waterfront during the early 20th century
The white Behn Meyer building in the background is also the building which now houses the museum.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

A cool squat

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Bullock carts were the main form of transport back in those days

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

AND the cam-whoring begins…DING, DING! :D

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Main highlight of the museum – Penang 3D Gallery
Be prepared to go shutter-happy on the first floor with 30 3D murals featuring various icons of Penang as well as famous personalities such as P. Ramlee (icon of Malaya entertainment) and Sun Yat-Sen (Father of the Nation in the Republic of China).

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Forget about being shy – think of the most creative pose you can have with the murals!
The murals utilise varying contours, forced perspectives and simple props to create a real-life mind trickery – on photographs. It’s quite interesting observing the other visitors too – even the auntys can surprise you with their imaginative poses ;)

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

For the less adventurous, check out the suggested poses on the signages. You can read up on the particular scene/personality featured as well.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

And here’s my interpretation of the scene!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Dino fight!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

This will be the closest I’ll ever get to Sun Yat-Sen

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

I ain’t a ‘small person’, don’t hit me!
Villain hitting, or 打小人 (da siu yan) is a popular folk culture especially in Cantonese precincts. Basically, you hit the paper effigy of the person you want to curse with a red clog, and keep scolding them. It’s similar to Western voodoo, just much noiser and dramatic.
Elderly Cantonese aunties excel at the cursing, and made a profession out of it (think professional curser). Such practices are so integrated into their culture that it has been named ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by the Hong Kong Home Affairs’ Bureau.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Rat busting – 1910 bubonic plague in China
I really wonder why they chose to feature such a dark topic at a tourist attraction

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Oopsie!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Queen Victoria Clock Tower Mural
The only floor mural, visitors lie on the floor to pose as if they were hanging precariously on the tower, with Spiderman on the way to the rescue. You have to take off your shoes, so it’s best if you don’t visit with shoes with a gazillion laces or straps. We were expecting more of such adventurous murals.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Getting caught in the carnivorous plant of Penang Hill. Beware the carbs, poor plant.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Slurping up a bowl of local street delicacy – prawn noodles

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Now’s the time to take out your ticket stub
Point the QR code printed on your ticket at this augmented reality kiosk to see a three-dimensional image of Penang’s tallest bulding Komtar or the Penang ferry. There is another interactive kiosk located at the end of the Diorama Gallery on the Ground Floor where you can see your face being painted with vivid Sichuan opera masks on screen.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

Ta da – Komtar building in my hand!

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊

For those interested to learn more about Penang’s history, catch a video presentation at the mini theatre (available in English and Mandarin).

Overall, it was an enjoyable visit for both of us. Perhaps we were so excited about a new attraction in Penang, we expected a bit more from the exhibits. At RM30, it was one of the more pricey attractions about town. I believe the museum will improve over time as there were still a few areas under renovation when we visited.

If you have a sense of humor and like cam-whoring, do visit. Set aside 1-2 hours for the visit, and it’s best to go with a friend who can help you take photos and have fun together (there’s obliging staff around to help solo visitors too). If you shun the spotlight like vampires to sunlight, think you would be better off spending the money on another bowl of Penang laksa.

Made In Penang Interactive Museum 美因槟廊
Address: No.3 Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town, Malaysia
Tel: +604 262 6119
Opening Hours: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MadeInPenang

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Penang – An Alternative Guide to George Town’s Street Art

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

My Facebook page has been flooded with photos of George Town’s street art for this entire year. Curiosity stoked, Darren and I decided it was time for us to do our own interpretations of George Town’s famous street art. You can be sure they will be quite atypical ;)

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Best way to go on a street art trail – rent a bicycle. We got ours for only RM8 for an entire day!

It was only recently that Penang’s street art stared to generate quite a buzz on social networks from Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s series of murals painted during Mirrors George Town for George Town Festival 2012. What is not widely-known is that the seed to plant art in George Town started back in 2009 when Kuala Lumpur-based art company Sculpture at Work won the Penang state government’s commissioned art challenge ‘Marking George Town: An Idea Competition for UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sculpture at Work proposed to tell stories of Penang inspired by their residents and culture through 52 steel rod caricatures place all over George Town. Together with the wall murals, they caught the world’s attention and tourists started flocking to Penang for another reason – other than its food.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Every Penangnite wants a piece of the tourism business. Shops such as this clothing store rent out bicycles to tourists, and have their own ‘street art’ outside their shops to attract business.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Here we go on our street art exploration!

First, to find the famous murals painted by Ernest Zacharevic…

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

The Trishaw
Jalan Penang
When Darren stopped in front, I kept asking “Where? Where?” Until I raised up my head. Silly me.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Kungfu Girl (no, not the one in sunglasses)
Lebuh Muntri

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Boy on Chair
Lebuh Cannon

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

When visiting during weekends, be prepared to queue for your turn to take a photo

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Little Children on a Bicycle (yes, all 3 children)
Lebuh Armenian
This would easily be the most popular mural of his series

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Cycling – a great way to see the city. Do it together on a double bike!

While Ernest Zacharevic started the street art faze, other Malaysian artists have also started to leave their mark around the heritage town, such as 101 Lost Kittens.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Skippy to Penang for animal awareness (by 101 Lost Kittens)
Gat Lebuh Armenian

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

It looks like the cat and the rat have been painted by two different artists. The one who drew the rat obviously has a wry sense of humour!

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Love me like your fortune cat
Gat Lebuh Armenian

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

While we usually back away if we see people gathering in back lanes, in Penang we go towards it. Because there’s likely to be a street mural.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

The real Bruce Lee would never do this
Lebuh Ah Quee

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

I can help catch rats
Lebuh Armenian

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Scent-sational
Not much is known about this unnamed artist. I sure had a good time with this mural!

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Rob me Rob me – no money, got honey!

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Art defaced
This used to be half the face of a Chinese opera singer, and half skeleton. It has since been destroyed. Many people ask the question – what if street art gets vandalized? I think it’s is just part of its natural evolution; created from inspiration, added on to over time, faded with memories and then something new will sprout up signifying the rebirth of yet another cultural expression.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Magic
Lebuh Armenian
Super vainpot :D

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Grandma & Grandson
Entrance of Chew Jetty

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Lebuh Armenian

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Lion dance mural found outside a shop

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Peek-a-boo!

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Minion Invasion. They are everywhere in the streets.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Minions
Lorong Soo Hong

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Fatt Choy Minion?

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Stylo-mylo

Did you know the streets of George Town were named after its trades, people and events? Learn about how each street got its name through the 52 steel rod sculptures placed all over the city which were inspired by Penangites going about their daily chores.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Procession
Lebuh Armenian
The Tua Pek Kong Hneoh Grand Float Procession is held in the Year of the Tiger to wash away bad luck and bring great wealth and health.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Cannon Hole
Lebuh Cannon
A cannon shot fired during the 1867 Penang Riots made a large hole in this area, hence the name.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Quiet Please
Lebuh Gereja
To the dismay of parishioners of the Portugese church there, Church Street also housed the headquarters of the notorious Ghee Hin secret society.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Ah Quee?
Lebuh Ah Quee
The street is named after Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee who generously donated this house to the Municipality for vehicular access, ensuring that his name lives on for posterity.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Budget Hotels
Lebuh Chulia
At the turn of the last century, many shophouses were turned into cheap hotels, making this internationally-known tourist strip very popular with backpackers.

My favourites happen to be drawn by a young non-commissioned Malaysian artist Louis Gan:

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Two children playing basketball
Lebuh Gat Chulia
Very cute shot, and an extremely happy family.

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Brother and sister on a swing
Lebuh Gat Chulia
Louis depicts childhood in Penang through a mural of a brother and sister balancing on a swing

Penang - Street Art in Georgetown

Unleasing the Inner Child in me

I think it’s a wonderful idea and meaningful art/heritage trail for every visitor to Penang to embark on. I enjoyed my ride on wheels around the city, venturing along small laneways and hidden alleys in search of art. And Darren’s company was icing on the cake – he was great with the map and way -finding!

Street Art Maps
Street Art Map
Best map I have seen from Timeout Penang
Learn more about the 52 steel rod sculptures
Mural Map iphone app

You will not need to print the maps out; simply get a street art brochure when you arrive at the airport or from your hotel. Have fun :)

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