Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More things I learned about Penang

This trip, I saw the other side of Penang which most Penangnites see and it wasn't very pleasant. But then again...

1. Motorists & bikers here love to honk every chance they get
2. Crossing a road can be hazardous to one's health or lives can be shorten by a few years
3. The Mat Rempits are bolder and brasher
4. When there is a traffic jam, everything's toast
5. Bikers love weaving in and out unexpectedly like how cats dash across the road since they have 9 lives
6. You need to drive 3 times the length to get to a destination which is one short drive away
7. The Hungry Ghost Festival can pop up just about anywhere. The strangest being the one in the wet market.

...food is still good, some parts of the beach is still nice and Freda Dragonstar is still one of the best entertainers in town if you know where to look for her.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Mad Man

There's a mad man around the corner,
I see him sleeping on the sidewalk over yonder.
When he wakes he holds a conversation,
With himself or maybe with an alien encounter.

No one cares if he would sleep or wake,
No one bothers to take him home.
Everyone walks away from his wretched state,
I wonder if he is all alone.

Wasn't he someone's father?
Isn't he someone's brother?
I am only sure he's someone's son
But he sits there as though he's not one.

There's a Buddhist temple a few blocks away,
There are a few Churches in that vicinity.
There is a mosque somewhere nearby
And there are Indian temples that are extremely pretty.

The mad man in his frazzled rag,
Sits there whistling his dreamy tune.
What secrets does he hold in his bag?
Something God-like I presume.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

As gay as anywhere else


This is quite a hilarious and wonderful piece written by Colin Boyd Shafer.