Category Archives: love

Dam Nice

It was (and hope it still is) one of the most serene and beautiful places on Penang Island – The Air Itam Dam and Reservoir. 

In the early 1980s, it was one of the favourite places that my GF (and now wife) and I loved to go there early on weekends, admiring the scenery (and each other) while soaking in the twin morning glories of fresh cool air and cozy gentle sunshine. Oh ! What A Feeling ! Those were most cherishable memories.

On most occasions, we drove via a small road through Air Itam village up to the Kek Lok Si Temple carpark, and then went on foot up the rather winding road  to the dam. 

After 1984, we only went back there once – in 2014.  We were glad that much of the old scenery was still intact.


“Orr…Ee-Orr, Ee-Orr, Ee-Orr..”

Reminiscing here the exploits of Tarzan — Lord Of The Jungle — and his mate, Jane ! 

Unlike modern young men who go namby-pamby down onto their knees in public places with RM200 bouquets to win the hand of their heart throbs, our Ape-man simply swept his Lady Love off her feet – before she had a chance to figure out what was happening !  Wow, such Wild and Raw Romanticism !

And he carried her on his shoulder lest her dainty feet be bruised by the untamed flora of the jungle.  Such chivalry is not to be found again in our modern society.  And they lived happily ever after, swinging from tree-to-tree, with that primeval celebratory chorus reverberating through the green canopy.

To this date I still think Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan were the best pair for the act.

Love Is Blue

Apparently, the 19th century immigrant-made-good Cheong Fatt Tze knew that too!

He built this mansion in Penang to house his 7 wives. What an awesome testimony to his wealth and love for his women. I first visited it only in 2013, some 29 years after leaving Penang.

The magnificent 38-room, 220-window mansion blends Eastern and Western designs, with louvred windows, art nouveau stained glass and beautiful floor tiles, and is a rare surviving example of the eclectic architectural style preferred by wealthy Straits Chinese of the time. 

The distinctive blue colour of the mansion is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant. The blue was very popular in the Colonial period and the dye was imported from India to Penang by the British.

The building was rescued from ruin in the 1990s. You can visit it and also stay in the exclusive hotel

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