Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Mirrors - street art in Georgetown, Penang

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Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown.

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all photos below are courtesy of Ernest Zacharevic:
Ernest Zacharevic facebook page
www.zachas.com

 

collage of Ernest Zacharevic's work
collage of Ernest Zacharevic's work

 

wall painting in Armenian Street
the popular wall painting in Armenian Street

 

wall painting at Chew Jetty, George Town, Malaysia
wall painting at Chew Jetty

 

Ernest Zacharevicat work
Ernest Zacharevicat work

 


finished wall painting at Muntre 47, George Town, Malaysia
finished wall painting at Muntre 47

 

Timelapse video of Ernest Zacharevic's wall painting at the junction of Armenian Street & Pitt Street, Penang, Malaysia 25 - 29 June, 2011:

Ernest Zacharevic at Armenian Street, Penang from ownlypenang on Vimeo.



location map of the wall paintings:

location map of penang street art

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The changing face of Malaysian politics (BBC)

BBC article by Jonathan Kent about a new climate in Malaysia after the stepping down of Mahathir Mohamad with funny and interesting observations of malaysian daily life.
Quote:
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