Urban sketching, though a relatively simple style of painting, is nevertheless one of the richest introductions to any city out there. It’s akin to scrolling through the Instagram page of a local, but instead of only seeing from their physical perspective, you also gain insight into what about the scene resonated with them — which […]Read More Urban Sketching with Kiah Kiean Ch’ng
Tucked away on the idyllic northern coast of Penang island, where the ocean meets the rainforest, sits Tropical Spice Garden, a bio-diverse living museum that honors the intimate relationship between Malaysia’s food, its people and its geography. The Garden’s six acres are home to more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora that […]Read More The Heart of Penang’s Cuisine
“It’s difficult not to be enchanted by the birds-of-paradise. They’re some of the most extraordinary birds in the world,” commented Ch’ien Lee, accomplished biologist and professional photographer. With 42 unique species, ranging in size from the King Bird-of-paradise at 5.9 inches tall to the Curl-crested Manucode at 17 inches, the diversity in their extravagant plumage […]Read More Jewels of the Jungle: Birds-of-Paradise
These days, anyone can take a picture at any time, but that doesn’t mean the art of photography is as easy to master. This is especially true when it comes to photographing wildlife, an endeavor that often takes more patience than specialized equipment. “People who have watched too much TV think that the rainforest is […]Read More Wildlife Photography: Advice from an Expert
Organic produce and eating local might sound like modern trends but for the people of Sarawak in Borneo (Malaysia), it’s been a way of life for thousands of years thanks to the rich biodiversity of their 130 million year old rainforest. According to the World Wildlife Fund, Borneo is estimated to contain more than 15,000 […]Read More Wild Eats
For those looking to spend the summer immersed in beauty, Penang should be at the top of the list. Thanks to its 130 million year old rainforest and 5,000 years of human civilization, the island has a wealth of both natural and man-made art. In fact, the whole month of August is devoted to it. […]Read More Art by Humans, Art by Nature
The bustling sea trade in the late 19th Century brought swarms of Chinese immigrants from Fujian province, China, in search of work. From short landing stages to dual purpose sheds for work and living, communities soon formed as fellow clansmen arrived, forming extensions along the jetty…Read More Clan Jetties: Floating Identities or Waterfront Heritage?