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Penang Food, Heritage Tours and Rickshaw in news

***adsense328.shtml***MIP in news is a collection of news footage for My Island is pleasing, surprising and it makes me happy. The first came in May 2009 when I received an email from Amy Ma of Wall Street Journal wanting to know more about Kee Heritage.


Kee Heritage featured in Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
Kee Heritage being featured in AWJ 23rd October 2009, center page

More so I want to remember it as part of what we have done so far for MIP to be in the news.

Kee Heritage featured in HK Wall Street Journal
MIP in news, Kee Heritage being featured in AWJ 23rd October 2009, center page

In the 2 hours telephone interview with Amy Ma, I learnt that there is not many Kongsi or associations left in China or Hong Kong.

It was difficult for her to do good research on it. So I told her, she should come to Penang as she will find many surnames and associations very much in practice as she can't find in China or Hong Kong.

Chinese in Penang still maintain their forefathers legacy since the Opium War when they run out from China.

China with communist rule almost destroy anything religious. The difference in Penang, Malaysia and mainland China is religious practice and ancestors worship.

I even told her about "Jee Chap See How stories" or the 24 filial pieties murals very evidence in almost all our temples, association or Kongsi. you can read online here: 23rd Wall Street Journal


Nyonya cooking in Star 2nd June 2010
MIP in news, Nyonya Cooking, featured in North and Central Star on 2nd June 2010.

Early this month, Nyonya home cooking was featured in our local Star newspaper in Northern and Central. Showcasing love for Nyonya food is truly a joy for me. I love food on the whole and for me the fusion of Thai, Malay and Chinese ingredients is a great combination and perfect balance for Nyonya cooking. you can learn more about our cooking classes here.

See some Nyonya dishes here if you are not sure how they look like.

Also our Nyonya kuih is a hit with locals.

Initially the website was solely a place for me to relived Penang. Gradually it took its own direction as oversea locals writes to say how much they missed Penang and our food.

Foreigners writes for advise and then the whole scenario changes to heritage tours and culinary tours in Penang.

Taking them around town, eating with banana leaves, with chop sticks and watch how they enjoyed themselves is enough pleasure for us.

The jump start to cooking is fabulous having to explore all Nyonya, Indian, Malay, Mamak or Nasi Kandar and Chinese dishes with my guest.

From an ordinary couch potato for past 4 years, then work form home doing my website, I turn photographer, writer and teacher all within 2 years.

My visitors kept me real busy with walking tours around Georgetown or driving tours beyond Penang.

Penang trishaw sailing to Cairns
MIP in news, Ah Choon, Pearly and Chandra in Cairns paper dated 10th June 2010

But what makes Chandra and I really happy and excited is when Ian and Lillian came for the holiday in April 2010. We happened to have cooking classes and could not take them around on their 1 week holidays here. See Ian cooking here.

We booked 2 trishaws for them to site see Georgetown and what fun they had. Ian later in the day told me his part of the story.

Ian and Lillian Efrat in Penang Heritage and Culinary tours
MIP in news, Ian and Lillian in Penang


He ended up paddling the trishaw and acting as a guide to the rickshaw man Raju. We had a good laugh as he reminisced his moments paddling around town.

Pointing to sites left and right to the amusing locals. Well Raju the trishaw man was so thin, how can I allow him to paddle me, says Ian. He had so much fun that he made Chandra and I take him to see the trishaw maker.

Well to cut the long story short, he purchased an extra large rickshaw. It is almost ready and we are packing and shipping to Cairns.

So past 1 month, our local trishaw maker has been real busy pushing him self to complete the trishaw from Mr Ian Efrat of Port Douglas, Cairns Australia. The 41 inch trishaw can seat 3 average size man. For Ah Choon, this is the first time he had made this extraordinary order.

So we hope Port Douglas locals will enjoy our trishaw or rickshaw as they called it.

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