Delightful surprises in Penang

5 Nov 2016 Ferado

October 31

These are some of the sceneries that greeted us as we traversed the highway that brought us closer to Penang. Such refreshing views delighted our senses.

Seeing these massive rock formations along the highway connected us to nature.

The regal and impressive Penang bridge embraced us, as in a warm welcome as we got nearer to Penang.

The regal and impressive Penang bridge embraced us, as in a warm welcome as we got nearer to Penang,
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We had lunch at Alyssa;s My Armenian Cafe, owned by Alyssa Khoo. Her dad, Khoo Khay Tat displays his artwork in the inner rooms and there is a souvenir shop on the opposite side. It’s a good place for tourists to buy souvenirs.

We had lunch at Alyssa's My Armenian Cafe, owned by Alyssa Khoo. Her dad, Khoo Khay Tat displays his artwork in the inner rooms and there is a souvenir shop on the opposite side.  It's a good place for tourists to buy souvenirs.

Khoo Khay Tat displays his artworks in Alyssa Gallery.
Khoo Khay Tat displays his artworks in Alyssa Gallery.

We also met two artists who will be participating in Langkawi Art Biennale 2016: Susanna Hernesniemi and Sharon Siew Suan Kow.

Though brief, this meeting with Sharon was productive.
Though brief, this meeting with Sharon was productive.
I also had a short time interviewing Susan, expecting for more time together in the event.
I also had a short time interviewing Susan, expecting for more time together in the event.

The highlight of today’s getting together of these artists is the unplanned sketching time. I was busy talking with Susan, unaware that Celso, Freddy, Charlie and Mr. Khoo were already doing sketches of one another. It was a divine moment to watch these artists work without words with their pens, totally focused on their subjects.

Exchanging of their artworks with one another was truly heartwarming–a sincere gesture of honoring one another!

All fully absorbed in their art.
All fully absorbed in their art.

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This show that art can be a uniting force for common endeavors regardless of nationality or race or even beliefs. Art binds people in unity and am blessed to witness this truth today.