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Sketch of the day no 1217 in my moleskine sketchbook: George Town by talented independent perfume maker Josh Lee fragrances.

I’m coming home. George town by Josh Lee fragrances

I’m coming home.

Sketch of the day in my moleskine sketchbook is of a bottle of George Town fragrance by talented independent perfume maker Josh Lee.

Sunday Hiking in Bukit tinggi 🌲🌿🍃 A6aiole83su

Sunday Hiking in Bukit tinggi. Sunday funday hiking into the jungle to renergize and rebalance, by absorbing negative ions through walking barefoot and connecting with mother nature. 🌲🌿🍃

An afternoon Hiking in Taman Negara Pulau Pinang (Penang national Park)

Meromictic Lake at Pantai Kerachut, Penang national Park

There are plenty of outdoor activities for the adventurer in Penang.

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Sunday morning activities in KL: Taman Rimba Kota Damansara

Taman rimba kota damansara hiking

Sunday morning activities in KL: Taman Rimba Kota Damansara.

There are many jungle trails in an around klang valley surrounding KL city which doesn’t take a long car ride to get to.

Today we went to kota damansara to check the trail out.

It’s a fairly easy trail which took a total of 2 hours. The routes are marked but there are a few trails to choose. We took the one to the peak which has a view if KL.

Have you ever dreamed of retiring abroad? Penang could be the answer.

Penang: World’s best place to retire

Who wants to live on an English speaking tropical island in S.E.Asia?
The dream is within reach and the reality is easier than you think.

Personalised tour by offers a 5-day familiarisation trip to those thinking of relocating to UNESCO-heritage island of Penang in northern Malaysian via Malaysia-My-Second-Home (MM2H) program

25 April 2018, Penang, Malaysia – Two innovative entrepreneurs launch website portal, to offer a unique and memorable experience for anyone thinking of relocating to the wonderful Malaysian UNESCO heritage island of Penang today.

Serena Tan and Lily Aziz have lived abroad and travelled the world yet choose Penang as their home base. A growing number of discerning global professional nomads have chosen to relocate to Penang island due to its prime location as a regional hub, its attractive weather, safe and friendly environment, ease of doing business, variety of foods and culture as well as affordability of property. Penang was after-all the Pearl of the Orient of yore attracting traders from around the world; the Chinese, Middle East, Dutch, British and more.

A special 5-day tour package can help a person decide if the island state is the perfect long-stay choice. “Experience Penang in 5 Days” is a personalised and immersive experience for one person, two people or a group. The package includes consultation and advice on real estate, legalities and a taste of the local food and culture.

“It is a 360 experience on local food, the community and culture, and offers a glimpse of life on the island,” says Cultural Experiences Coordinator, Lily Aziz. “Your experience begins with a personal pick-up from the airport where you will be whisked away to a five-star hotel. You will be exposed to an in-depth knowledge on finance, Malaysian immigration laws and guidelines, education availability if required, medical facilities as well as visits to selected properties where you will be able to assess the types of real estate that best suits your lifestyle and budget. You will be able to meet others who have relocated to Penang, through the MM2H programme, who will be able to share their experience with you”, she adds.

During the tour, travellers will also be immersed in Penang’s rich culture and heritage by a local guide with visits to the local markets and street food vendors amongst others. Each of the tours has so far been designed exclusively for those considering a change in their lives – the decision to relocate to Asia!

“We offer customised, well-researched and a comfortable local experience for those interested to relocate or retire in Penang. Our guests will gain insights into local real estate to legal matters to even where to find the best Crab Curry,” added Lily who emphasized that those who undertake the tour will leave with more answers than questions.

“Most of our clients, even after deciding on relocating or retiring in Penang, return to the island for months at a time, sometimes over a duration of several years to research on important matters such as buying an ideal property, children’s education, or getting the best medical care. Our combined experience has brought together the “Experience Penang in 5 Days” tour, where we can extend professional and unbiased advice to those wishing to relocate to Penang. We provide local knowledge and a vast network of contacts to our clients, ensuring a productive yet enjoyable time in Penang,” says Serena Tan, Director of Penang Property Angel, a registered real estate agency in Malaysia.

Penang, the second largest city in Malaysia, is home to the three main races of Malaysia – Malay, Chinese and Indian – as well as to a significant number of Eurasians, Thais and expatriates. It also has the highest GDP amongst all Malaysian states despite being the second smallest state in the country with a land area of 1,408km². The state is divided into two: Penang Island and Seberang Prai on the mainland, and enjoys a tropical rainforest climate that is mainly directed by the surrounding sea and prevailing wind system.

Georgetown, Penang’s capital, is a uniquely designed townscape architecturally and culturally that does not have an equivalent anywhere in the world. This uniqueness has earned and inscribed the capital a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The “Experience Penang in 5 Days” tour is the perfect place to start for anyone looking to relocate to Penang as all your questions will be answered during this time. The cost for the tour starts from RM10,000 (approximately USD$2,600, AUD$3,400 or GBP£1900) per person with a 20% discount offered for a couple. Group bookings between 3 – 7 people are welcomed.

For more information:

Tel: +60164967718
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Office address: 54 Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, 10050, Penang, Malaysia (visits by appointment only)


Director, Penang Property Angel

Since 2010, Serena has devoted herself to serving the Penang luxury and heritage real estate market in destinations focusing in Penang George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside with elite residential and commercial locations of Penang island for high-end clientele including local & international investors and home-buyers.

Penang Property Angel is a professional real estate agency firm which is approved by and registered with the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents under the Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Act 1981.

Serena and her firm Penang Property Angel look forward to introducing you to the communities, the lifestyle and the exciting Penang real estate.

Cultural Experiences Coordinator
Lily brings 15 years of experience in events, communication and marketing. She was the founding Publisher of Time Out Penang and oversees content creation for the Penang Local. Having moved to Penang from Kuala Lumpur, by choice almost 10 years ago, Lily manages properties for homeowners and turns these beautiful homes into short term rentals. Her passion for Penang materialised into organising personalised food tours, and visiting cultural and heritage sites for tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Advisor Legal & MM2H

Sam read law at Queen Mary College, University of London, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991, practiced in Kuala Lumpur with Skrine and in Singapore, Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh with Kelvin Chia Partnership. Sam is currently a partner at a law firm in Penang, Malaysia.

Sam will share the legalities of visa applications, property ownership for those wishing to stay long term in Malaysia as the Agency’s Panel Legal Advisor.


Original Press Release by GoInternational http://prnews.gointe

Once upon a time. Peony garden from Treasures of a Straits Chinese art collection at G hotel Gurney Penang

Once upon a time. Peony garden from Treasures of a Straits Chinese collection

‘Once upon a time’ artwork in transit at G hotel guestroom, ready to go to its new home 💛

Treasures of a Straits Chinese solo art exhibition by Penang based artist Tiffany Choong ends 30 April 2018.

Venue : G hotel Gurney Penang

Treasures of a Straits Chinese: Feed my soul

Feed my soul. Tiffin carrier

#30 Feed my soul. The tiffin carrier is a traditional lunch box. Food is important in our culture and it is food that makes us happy.

Acrylic and oil on canvas
Size 800 x 600
Price RM 2800 (sold)

BulanLifestyle artworks from Treasures of a Straits Chinese collection

Treasures of a Straits Chinese collection in their new home

I was invited to view my treasured artworks from Treasures of Straits Chinese collection in their beautiful new home and I learnt about the story of this couple’s love for each other.

My artworks couldn’t have chosen a better place in their hearts.

I’m so happy. Thank you 💝

The pieces bought were:

1. Love is in the air. The peony

2. Rise from the ashes. The phoenix

3. Feed my soul. The tiffin carrier

The meaning of these pieces of art matched them perfectly as if I had made it exclusively for them. Sometimes the world works in mysterious ways. I feel connected to them forever through my work and I know they will be great guardians to them.

Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G Hotel Gurney Penang

Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition with the GM of G Hotel and his team

1 February 2018

Opening night of Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition at G Hotel Gurney Penang

Treasures of a Straits Chinese, my first solo art exhibition opened on a very auspicious day, the day after the extremely powerful super blood blue full moon eclipse.

It was a full house and I am extremely thrilled by the turn out. Many of my friends travelled from Singapore and from KL. Friends from my childhood days, new friends and the media.

I have compiled a short video so you can have a glimpse of the event.

I am truly grateful and it has been an honour to be able to share my work with such a beautiful audience.

I had been so stressed leading up to this big day but finally i can breathe again. I learnt many things this week and i had to give a speech in front of a crowd which made me panic into sleepless nights. I was in denial not wanting to write the speech but luckily my best friends who were staying with me the few days leading up to the show sat me down the night before to write the speech which I thought I could get away by winging it! Clearly not cos I am not a natural speaker.

Here’s part of the speech

A little story…

On the day of my opening a Malay Muslim security guard walking by his rounds was drawn to the butterfly painting. I gave him a few moments to contemplate on the work and to read the description as he was about to move on, I walked over and introduced myself and asked him what he thought of the painting.

He replied, “i understand what you mean. We have the same in our culture.” Thank you i said and he walked away.

I was moved because of all the paintings that is the one that connects me with my mother. He picked that one probably because it connects him with his loved one.

The description reads:

I dream of you. Butterflies symbolise love and long life. I was once told that the butterfly carries the soul of our departed loved ones.

I was moved by this interaction. The artwork has served its purpose. It connected two complete strangers from different backgrounds to share a moment of reflection, uniting two cultures and hopefully it has made his day a little happier, like he made mine.

The exhibition runs until 30 April 2018

Venue: G Hotel Gurney Penang, Malaysia

Under the full moon at BulanLifestyle HQ

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