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GT80

This posting speaks for itself via the beautifully-crafted illustrations of a very talented young lady, Vanessa Ho.

The watercolour illustrator was commissioned by George Town Festival (GTF) director Joe Sidek to produce this darling little travel journal called GT80.

It lists the top 80 favourites of GTF, in terms of places to go, things to do, people to see and dishes to eat in George Town.

If there is one souvenir you should buy (RM30 each), during this edition of the GTF, it's this lil brown book which makes an invaluable guide for anyone pounding the streets of George Town or those overseas who pine for their beloved Penang.

Here's why ….

You get to rediscover childhood favourites, be they people, food or places or discover new ones and grow to love them.


Copies of the GT80 illustrated travel journal are available at the GTF office (86, Lebuh Armenian, George Town) during office hours.

(All images – but one – are courtesy of George Town Festival)

Tropical Spiced-Up Christmas

The gift ideas are endless and range from long *cinnamon sticks to scent your festive homes, kitchens and tables, masala chai packs for spiced teas and vanilla pods and pastes for holiday baking.

The Tropical Spice Garden has also curated several festive gift ideas such as their finely selected spices ranging from cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the harder-to-find green peppers and black cardamom. Also available are the garden’s own range of aromatherapy products like soaps, massage oils, bath and shower oils and bath salts.

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Those missing the familiar colour and big stroke styles of the Owen Rebecca t-shirts which began selling at Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral Market in the 1980s are in luck. Tropical Spice Garden is the only place to pick up a Rebecca print whether in the form of her iconic t-shirt, tea towel or cards.

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Tropical Spice Garden is located along Jalan Teluk Bahang  and is open from 9am-6pm with the last admission for those wishing to tour the garden set at 5.15pm.

*True Ceylon cinnamon does not contain the harmful coumarin found in the more commonly available cassia. Tropical Spice Garden’s cinnamon is sourced from a single origin farm in Sri Lanka and currently sold in special Christmas edition boxes.

Photos courtesy of Tropical Spice Garden

Secret (tropical) Garden

The drive up the Batu Ferringhi coast to Teluk Bahang is pretty on most days with blue skies and even bluer and sometimes green waters reminding those who live on the island that they are blessed. Before arriving in Teluk Bahang town, slow down and to your left, is a “secret garden” on a hill which serves as a sound lesson in creating a classroom of all things nature. Here, you can stroll amidst the foliage and learn new names of flowers, insects and make friends with tadpoles, frogs, and other blessed friends of nature. With a whiff of spice(s) in the air, you want to learn more about the smells and beautiful dishes you can whip up with them and all these can be fulfilled in other corners of the garden. A cooking school where chefs like Viji, Nyonya Su Pei and Rohana make it a joy to master a local dish or two and partake of it, is found in the grounds. Also perched on a wooden deck, is yet another spot to chill, where you can take it the gentle breezes of the Andaman Sea as you nibble into Thai-inspired canapés or even savour a full Thai lunch or dinner. Even the shopaholics are not forgotten in this tropical paradise, for a retail outlet stocked with many Malaysiana items await.

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For now though, lets focus on this weekend’s happenings,  where a “Poison Garden” is taking shape and will be unveiled. The project, is a collaboration between the Tropical Spice Garden and Lithuanian designer Tauras S. The small theme garden is said to reveal the rich history humans co-existing with plants that heal, thrill and kill! Details in the poster below and please remember to RSVP if you are attending.
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 Photos courtesy of the Tropical Spice Garden