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The last journey of the Penang ferry

Every Penangites grew up fascinating about riding on the iconic Penang ferry to travel between the island and mainland. It is also one of the attraction for tourists that visit Penang. When the ferry services started about a century ago, it comes only in one type of colour and gradually it was repainted with beautiful colours.

I remember, when I was a kid, it was always exciting when my parents decided to ride on the ferry instead of using the Penang bridge. The slow ride across the channel gives us a nice view between both sides of Penang and we can enjoy a nice breeze of air with the smell of the seas.

Some Penangite travels on it almost in a daily basis, mostly for work purposes. The ferry has then been a culture, a unique feature of Penang.

However, as we bid farewell to 2020, the same goes to our Penang ferry. The Government decided to cease its operations on 1st January 2021 and change it to a faster, speedboat-type of ferry for passengers. The new ferry do not carry vehicles though, and only passengers.

The last week of 2020 was a busy one for the operators of the Penang ferry as many Penangites as well as Malaysians from other states rush over to witness and take their final ride of the iconic ferry.

In case you miss it or you have never experience the ferry, here’s some of the photos from social media.

The writer is a local Penang boy that enjoys the sea breeze during the ferry ride.

City Guide

25 Most Popular Photos of 2020 from @KualaLumpurCity Instagram

Throughout the years, we have wonderful contributors and collaborators whom we have featured their photos of Kuala Lumpur in one of our social media portfolio @KualaLumpurCity. While we love to feature so many amazing photos from 2020, but we just have to limit ourselves to select the 25 popular ones.

Let us begin with the alleys that made to the list. The alleys of Jalan Alor has proven that it is a popular site as two of our photos by Desy Wulandari and @kdkonah are among the popular ones in our feeds. These alleys at Jalan Alor used to be dark, gloomy and dangerous. You wouldn’t feel safe to walk pass through these lanes especially during the night time. But it has now changed since a couple of years ago. It has turned into a colourful, clean alleys with its colourful street arts on the buildings. The used to be lonely alleys has become an instagram-worthy spot with tourists and locals loves to spend time passing by. The good vibes that it generates brightens up the city. And if you’re feeling adventurous, walk further towards the Bukit Bintang area, and you’ll find more.

A beautiful overall view of the Federal Territory Mosque captured with a drone by Aereon Wong. The mosque, located near to the MATRADE Complex in the Segambut district was constructed between 1998 and 2000. The concept of the design is a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles with 22 domes made from composite material of glass fibre fabric mixed with epoxy resin.

McDonald’s chain has come creative by localising the way we address the fast food restaurant in Malaysia, Mekdi (pronunciation for McD). It was done during the National day celebration, where we feel it is a sign that food unites everyone. This is the store front photo of the McDonald’s in Kuala Lumpur by

In conjunction with the National Day celebration, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall displayed the national flag, Jalur Gemilang on the digital screen throughout the whole building. Adib Pouzi and Patrick recorded the patriotic moments in photo for us to enjoy.

For those who are visiting Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers is always a must-see sight and it is also a must-post photo for many Instagrammers. Hence, the towers are one of the favourite photos for in our Instagram feeds.

This very spot at the centre of Kuala Lumpur city has been a favourite spot for photographers. A place where we can view the bustling vibes of the city with its traffic and pedestrians walking around. The ‘Kuala Lumpur 2017’ wordings on the the street marks the 2017 Southeast Asian Games that were hosted by Malaysia. Since then, there are significant number of Instagrammers showcasing the different scenes at the same spot. This specific one is captured by @ishakmaidin_nk

The city vibes and skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur makes an exciting elements for photos. Some of the more significant tall buildings and structures such as the PNB 118, Saloma pedestrian bridge, The Exchange 106, Merdeka Stadium and Kuala Lumpur Tower have made our most popular list. These few are snapped by Adam Eusoff, Fariz Baron, Lexie, Matthew Ee, Jia Le, Alif Hakeem, Syam Huzairie, Pasquale Di Pilato, @raxyziq, Abir Abhar

If you drive further towards Gombak, there is a famous spot not only to Hindu devotees but many tourists who comes to Malaysia. The Batu Caves temple indeed is a place where you just have to visit. The staircase which is painted with rainbow colours is an amazing background for your Instagram photos. Watch the view from the top that gives you an amazing overall outlook of the steps towards the caves which is captured by Adrian. There is also another favourite photo of Batu Caves featuring the inner part by Pit Efendy.

Central Market is not only attractive with its local handcrafted products. The huge ‘Wau’ or Malaysian traditional kite sculpture is a significant feature along the century-old market in the city. Used to be a wet market in its early beginnings, it has then subsequently converted into a building that sells Malaysian handcrafted items. @nas.hamzah’s photo of the Central Market features the beautiful Wau sculpture.

Retail stores does not only have to sell good products in this modern era, they need to have a good display and Instagram-worthy corners as well. We have a couple of amazing bookstores in the city including this photo by Timmy Lo.

We had the opportunity to feature some modern and colourful architecture such as the Spacerubix, a community centre located at Puchong. Jason Chew captured an overall outlook of the colourful building from outside.

It would be normal for us to snap and have amazing photos around the city, but there is one that not many would have the opportunity to experience. AcahStreet manage to let us witness the underground works of the MRT when it is still in progress.

That is one long list for us to curate to usher a great year ahead. We hope that more collaborators, Instagrammers and photographers will join our community to feature amazing photos of more different cities.


Vote for your favourite Croissant in Penang!


ICYMI: Taiwan’s Eslite Spectrum To Debut in Southeast Asia at Starhill in 2022

Just in case if you miss the news, Taiwan’s famous bookstore that has turned into a lifestyle store, Eslite Spectrum will make its debut in Southeast Asia in year 2022. Eslite Group has signed a tenancy agreement with YTL Land & Development Berhad to be an anchor tenant in Bukit Bintang’s luxury shopping mall The Starhill.

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Image via Eslite Spectrum

In a joint statement, Eslite group chairperson Mercy Wu said by establishing the new flagship branch in Kuala Lumpur, their first store in Southeast Asia, Eslite is committed to becoming an influential platform for the cultural and creative industry.

“Eslite Spectrum seeks to be a venue with a rich selection of Chinese, English and Malay language books, as well as music, design and handmade goods, performing arts, themed restaurants and coffee shops, lifestyle brands, and diverse cutting-edge cultural and creative brands.

“The focus will be on showcasing the dynamism and vibrant energy of cross-cultural and creative exchange between Malaysia and Taiwan,” she said.

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Image via Eslite Spectrum

Named ‘Asia’s Best Bookstore’ by Time magazine and ‘The World’s Coolest Bookstore’ by CNN, Eslite Spectrum in Taiwan is a cultural icon and a must-see shopping destination for bookworms.

The partnership between Eslite Group and YTL Land & Development Berhad will see Eslite Spectrum taking up the entire Level 1 of the Starhill which is approximately 70,000 square feet.

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Image via Eslite Spectrum

Mercy Wu, who is also the daughter of the Eslite Group founder said “We are excited about embarking on this journey in Kuala Lumpur, as Malaysians have been Taiwan’s top tourist segment from Southeast Asia for 10 consecutive years and are strong supporters of our stores in Taiwan.”

“My father once said, ‘Eslite’s ultimate concern is people, and the most beautiful scenery of a city is its people,” she adds.

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Image via Eslite Spectrum

Can’t wait until 2022 for Eslite Spectrum to arrive in Southeast Asia? We are anxious too!

City Guide

Checkout the beautiful Christmas decor in malls around Malaysia

It is Christmas time again, and though we may not have the opportunity to travel, we may enjoy the good vibes locally at the shopping malls.

The malls around our city have begin decorating their premises and there is always this sense of excitement to experience the seasonal vibes with a good photo for our social media.

But always remember to keep ourselves safe and practice social distancing.

Here’s the beautiful decorations of some of the shopping malls around Malaysia that we have curated this year.

Sunway Pyramid
KL East Mall
Mid Valley Megamall
1 Utama
The Gardens Mall
Suria KLCC
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Berjaya Times Square
Gurney Plaza, Penang
Queensbay Mall, Penang
Aman Sentral, Kedah

Which shopping mall decoration is your most favourite of all?


Houseplants That Is Difficult For You To Kill, So Grow Them

When we talk about environmental sustainability, other than reducing waste and carbon footprints, planting more greens and growing a a garden is one of the way. But with the limited space that we live in now, especially if we stay in an apartment, we can’t plant huge trees. But we can always do our best by growing smaller houseplants. Still, not everyone have green fingers that can grow anything and anywhere.

That is why we curated a list of plants that is difficult for you to kill. Not every plants require green fingers for you to grow. Time to look at the list and make your house greener and fresher!

Epipremnum Aureum / Golden Pothos
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One of the best plants which can withstand low-light conditions, also known as the golden pothos, it is an easy care vining plant. You can plant it in the soil or even let it grow in vases of water. If you feel like displaying it in different spot in your house, just cut several cuttings, and it grows easily to become another plant.

Snake Plant
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Snake Plant basically tolerates low-light, but if you gave them more indirect sunlight, it will grow even better. It is also known to purify our air by absorbing toxins through its leaves and producing pure oxygen.

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You prefer other colours rather than a typical green colour plant? Well, you can get the aglaonema. Like most of the houseplants, put it under indirect sunlight, and keep the soil moist, but not too wet.

Dieffenbachia / Dumb Cane
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Repotting plant concept. Dieffenbachia plant potted with new soil into new modern pot, and gardening stylish tools, and old clay pots on wooden floor.

This plant will give your house a tropical look with its leaves able to grow huge. Put the tree in any corner of your house with plenty of indirect sunlight and it will grow healthily.

Ficus Lyrata / Fiddle Leaf Fig
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Kind of popular nowadays, you can grow it into a tall tree or if you want a smaller one, just trim it. Besides water, make sure you feed it with plenty of sunlight, but not hot sunlight. If you have the patience, wipe the leaves every few weeks, and it will look shiny and healthy.

Ficus Elastica / Rubber Plant
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One of the toughest indoor plants, it is able to grow very tall. If you’re a fan of tall houseplants, or you just need to hide some awkward corners, get one of this.

There are definitely more than other houseplants that are easy to grow, but these are the few ones that you can try first. If you want to know more, you can always check us out or drop us a message at Thirsty Gardener.


Pantone selects our colour as the 2021 colour of the year

Despite in designers’ standard and precision, it might not be the exact colour of the Scapes, but we just love it when they chose PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating which is so close to ours.

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Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions for the design community, today announced PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, as the Pantone® Colour of the Year selection for 2021, two independent colours that come together to create an aspirational colour pairing, conjoining deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the optimistic promise of a sunshine filled day.

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As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

About the Pantone Colour of the Year
The Colour of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Colour Institute comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 22 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. 

City Guide

Ten Most Popular Photos of @Georgetowncity for November 2020

As we have just published the ten most popular photos of our @KualaLumpurCity instagram for November 2020, this time it is from our @GeorgeTownCity’s instagram account.

Since the CMCO in George Town, Penang has just been lifted, take this opportunity to look at some of this nice photo inspiration to plan for your next domestic travel to Penang.

Here you go, the ten popular ones.

Ken Yue

Creatively framing the tallest building in Penang, KOMTAR, using the old heritage structures in George Town City. There may be only one tall tower in the heritage city, but by snapping the photos creatively, it can always be different.


The mainland part of Penang is less tourist attractive, but who knows it can make a good site for photos as well. Do we have more nice photos from the mainland?

Yong’s Photography

A drone shot of the Pulau Tikus & Tanjung Tokong which includes the reclamation in progress. We will have a future Gurney Wharf and man-made island in the northeast of the island soon.

Nurhani Jauhar

Religious places are always an attraction in Penang, no matter which religion it is. This one is a floating mosque located at Tanjung Bunga. But before you enter, do adhere to the do’s and don’ts.


Nope, this is not the Penang bridge. It is the Prai River bridge in Butterworth. The photographer nicely snapped the photo with a beautiful sunset background.


One of the most notable buildings in George Town City, which has housed the Standard Chartered Bank for over 87 years until they moved out to make way for a co-working space.

Koay Shi Chian

This was probably shot when Penang was at the alert stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, reminding everyone to stay safe and keep social distancing to prevent the virus from spreading to others. Although it might be safer now, we still need to keep each other healthy and strong.


One of the best shots of the Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah using a drone. We love the tone and the angle that has created by the photographer.

Ming Han

Probably the highest cafe in Penang due to its location on Penang Hill, it is a nice place to sip a cup of coffee while enjoying the nature.

Acah Street

Jalan Kek Chuan has a row of traditional shophouses painted in colourful paints which is interesting enough for a good photoshoot. While some may disagree as it may not be the original colours of the buildings, it certainly has attracted many eyes.

Love the photos of our contributors? Follow our instagram Scapes, Kuala Lumpur City & George Town City for more.

Food + Drinks

Make your year-end a blast with the Deadset Arvo pop-up dining by Chef Joeri

If you are looking for an awesome dining experience with a good-looking chef to end the year, you must consider to try Deadset Arvo. It is a pop-up dining series by Dutch chef, Joeri Timmermans who have the experience from his time in the kitchens of David Chang’s Momofuku Seiōbo and Automata in Sydney before becoming head chef of Blackwattle in Singapore.

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Image via Joeri Timmersman Instagram

He had already concluded a couple of pop-up within Malaysia, and this time around in December, he is collaborating with New World Petaling Jaya Hotel with a blend of Eastern and Western cuisines for three days.

The pop-up will be held from 11-13 December at the hotel’s Residence Club Living Room at Level 29. Besides enjoying the good food of Chef Joeri, the diners will be treated to eclectic pairings curated by Ngie Kok Kiong, PJ’s Bar & Grill’s mixologist.

Make sure you’ve done making the bookings on these dates:

11 & 12 December | 7pm onwards RM550 nett per person

13 December | 12pm onwards RM550 nett per person

For more information or to make reservations, call 010-2163 810 or email

City Guide

Ten Most Popular Photos of @KualaLumpurCity For November 2020

If some of you may now know yet, @kualalumpurcity at Instagram is part of our social media tribe. Thanks to the support of our contributors, followers and the audiences, we have a fun time curating good photos of Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding cities.

Therefore, we are doing a compilation of the ten most popular photos from the Kuala Lumpur City’s instagram account for the month of November 2020. We are selecting it based on the number of reach, likes and engagement.

Well, this is not a competition, so we do not rank the photos accordingly and it is in random order. And here’s the ten photos, enjoy.

Desy Wulandari

Made popular by street art, this streets near to Bukit Bintang was one of the dark and dirty alleys. Now it has turned so colourful, bright and full of positive vibes that so many Malaysians and tourists just have to be there for a good Instagram photo.


Looks like it is from a science fiction movie, which only the photographer knows which part of the city this exactly belongs at.

Aereon Wong

We will never grow bored of such a view of our beautiful city; showcasing our skyscrapers, towers, and development.

Adam Eusoff

Scenes of the city can be interesting, snapping photos and putting the moving cars at still in a photo. Sometimes we’ll never know what we snap until we view it carefully. As Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, we’ll never know what we get.”


Simply a different perspective of the Batu Caves’ colourful stairs. Never thought that a shot using a drone from up above can be interesting.

Syafiq Jasni

Another shot showing off our amazing city, and its nightscape. A little bit of editing and tweaking it makes it perfect!

Fariz Baron

We can’t wait for the new skyscraper to be fully operational. Our city, lovely.


We can’t have concrete jungle all throughout our city, we still need the green lungs to still function and maintain the air quality. It is all about sustainable development.

Fahmy Remy

We find Kuala Lumpur perfect as it is with the preservation of the older parts of the city. The old buildings sure have a lot of stories to tell us.


Looking at the three tall ones at Kuala Lumpur City, admiring the beauty with a perfect skyline.

Our team simply enjoy curating awesome photos of cities. We hope this photos will share the good vibes to every one of our readers; and let us pass it on to the people around us.