More Exploration Discoveries in Penang

October 31

Here are some of our “Exploration” team’s discoveries for today, in photos:

"The Small Inn where we stayed overnight is very near to interesting places around.
“The Small Inn where we stayed overnight is very near to interesting places around.
The Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated Building could be one good subject for painting.
The Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated Building could be one good subject for painting.
This Chinese Restaurant is another interesting subject.
This old House Restaurant is another interesting subject.
Night lights make this Old House Restaurant even more beautiful.
Night lights make this building even more beautiful.
I would have loved to visit this Upside Down Museum, But we didn't have much time.  ;re staying here in Georgetown only for one night.  I believe there are still so many things to explore around here.
I would have loved to visit this Upside Down Museum, But we didn’t have much time. We’re staying here in Georgetown only for one night. I believe there are still so many things to explore around here.
One has to look closer to see important landmarks like this historical Chinese structure.
One has to look closer to see important landmarks like this historical Chinese structure.

Another interesting discovery: Jejak Warisan: Sun Yat Sen Heritage Trail and as the marker says, It is the former permises of Li Tek school.

But a visit to Penang wouldn’t be complete without one trying it’s street foods at night.

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Great tasting sauteed/stir fried noodles has become our best choice for our dinner.
Great tasting sauteed/stir fried noodles has become our best choice for our dinner.
I personally chose laksa, because it looks and smells so yummy while it's being cooked.
I personally chose laksa, because it looks and smells so yummy while it’s being cooked.

The best part of this street food adventure is the company we have for enjoying these street foods.

Again, our Exploration Team: Charly Lesquelin/Reunion Island France, Freddy Sofian/Indonesia, Celso and Fe Pepito with Mayeth Manza from the Philippines
Again, our Exploration Team: Charly Lesquelin/Reunion Island France, Freddy Sofian/Indonesia, Celso and Fe Pepito with Mayeth Manza from the Philippines

And though we have to be up early for our ferry ride to Langkawi tomorrow, the painter does not stop sketching until late midnight. Perhaps awakened by the sights, sounds and the tastes we enjoyed today.

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Delightful surprises in Penang

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.

The “Exploration” adventure continues: Kuala Lumpur to Penang

October 31

Early in the morning, we got ready for our Aeroline bus ride from Kuala Lumpur to our next destination: Penang. Mr. Kian’s friend, Edmund Lee has kindly fetched us from our place to Corus Hotel where the Aeroline bus is stationed.

Mr. Kian instructed us earlier that it would take four to five hours from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. There was no boring moment in this long road trip. There are a lot of things to keep us entertained along the way. I had an interview/talk with Indonesian artist Freddy Sofian about his life and art. The lunch served was warm and delicious to whet our appetite, the seats are comfortable with enough leg room, back and leg support; the toilet is clean; there are movies to choose from and the landscapes are so refreshing.

I am convinced that the artist in each of us in this “Exploration” team are energized and awakened by the sights and sounds we thoroughly enjoyed.

Last glimpses of Kuala Lumpur
Last glimpses of Kuala Lumpur
Last glipmpses of the Twin Tower. I took this shot with rain showers on the car's window.
Last glipmpses of the Twin Tower. I took this shot with rain showers on the car’s window.
Thanks to Edmund Lee for bringing us to Aeroline
Thanks to Edmund Lee for bringing us to Aeroline Bus Station
Aeroline Bus station at Corus Hotel
Aeroline Bus station at Corus Hotel
I like the reflection of the palm leaves here as I took this photo of  these artists. A superimposition of images merging life and art.
I like the reflection of the palm leaves here as I took this photo of
these artists. A superimposition of images merging life and art.
unlimited coffee and tea while we wait
unlimited coffee and tea while we wait

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Inside the bus
Inside the bus
beautiful sceneries along the way
beautiful sceneries along the way
Excellent bus service
Excellent bus service
Reaching our destination: Penang
Reaching our destination: Penang

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Of food, places and sketches


October 30, 2016

“Free and easy”…that’s what Mr. Kian told us about our schedules of activities. Knowing artists are not bound by time and space to do their creations, he told us to just relax and enjoy our exploration trip as we try to imbibe all that our senses can handle.

Our group has somehow visited Kuala Lumpur before, but it was good to explore the city, this time, leisurely. So I readily accepted a friend’s invitation for me to see her at KLCC, Suria. The place still looks familiar, but it still amazes me to see this Twin Tower looming before us. It still remains as one of the world’s architectural feats and surely one of Malaysia’s famous tourist attractions.

With Celso and Fe, we explored the Kinokuniya Bookstore inside the KLCC.

Today, we had a taste of Indian food in the morning, Chinese Malaysian food at lunch and Thai food for dinner.

And while we’re at it, the artists kept on with their sketching.

Artists' breakfast fare: sketching
Artists’ breakfast fare: sketching

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Chinese Malaysian Lunch treat at Madam Kwan'sby my friend Rizza who works in Malaysia
Chinese Malaysian Lunch treat at Madam Kwan’sby my friend Rizza who works in Malaysia
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Baan Thai dinner
Revisiting Twin Tower with my Filipina friend, Rizza
Revisiting Twin Tower with my Filipina friend, Rizza
Fe finds intersting books at Kinokuniya
Fe finds interesting books at Kinokuniya
Am curious! What does this word Kinokunia mean?
Am curious! What does this word Kinokunia mean?
The kind bookstore attendant told me Kinokunia is a Japanese term meaning "Bookstore of Kii Province". The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo.
The kind bookstore attendant told me Kinokunia is a Japanese term meaning “Bookstore of Kii Province”. The company has its headquarters in Meguro, Tokyo.
Celso Pepito's sketch of buildings viewed from the Kinokunia Bookstore
Celso Pepito’s sketch of buildings viewed from the Kinokunia Bookstore
Looking for art materials
Looking for art materials
Are we going to buy this paint?
Are we going to buy this paint?
Celso Pepito keeps on sketching even inside the bookstore.
Celso Pepito keeps on sketching even inside the bookstore.
Celso Pepito's sketch for Freddy Sofian
Celso Pepito’s output at the hotel: sketch for Freddy Sofian
Celso Pepito's sketch for Charly Lesquelin
Celso Pepito’s output at the hotel:sketch for Charly Lesquelin

 

 

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The “Exploration” Journey Begins

October 29, 2016
As a continuation from 2014 Langkawi Annual Biennale (LAB) theme “Migration”, we met today with Mr. Liew Kian Yap, one of the key leaders in this LAB 2016 event to discuss plans for our exciting “Exploration” journey.

Today’s meeting reminded me of another event that brought us together seven years ago, in October 2009, commemorating the Philippine-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary. Even then, Mr. Liew Kian Yap has played a vital role in promoting Malaysian art tourism internationally.

The latter part of our LAB 2016 “Exploration” trip would see us gathered together with other artists from various parts of the world to celebrate this year’s Langkawi Art Biennale.

Come, join us, as we travel through selected tourist destinations in Malaysia.

October 29, 2009 with Mr. Liew Kian Yap and international guests with artists fromCebu, Philippines
October 29, 2009 with Mr. Liew Kian Yap and international guests with artists from Cebu, Philippines
October 2009 commemorating Philippines-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary
October 2009 commemorating Philippines-Malaysia 50th Diplomatic Relations Anniversary
LAB 2016 "Exploration" team meeting with Mr. Liew Kian Yap
LAB 2016 “Exploration” team meeting with Mr. Liew Kian Yap
October 29

2016 Langkawi Art Biennale’s “Exploration” Team

This year’s Langkawi Art Biennale’s “Exploration” theme brings four visual artists and a writer tasked to explore, sketch, draw and paint prime tourist destinations in Malaysia. Traveling through several locations in Malaysia such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Langkawi, the “Exploration” team will be capturing images of local sceneries and tourist destination spots as part of 2016 Langkawi Biennale’s art tourism thrust.

The LAB “Exploration” Art Tourism team is composed of Freddy Sofian from Bandung, Indonesia; a couple from the Philippines: Celso and Fe Pepito, Charly Lesquelin from Reunion Island, France; and Art Malaysia correspondent from the Philippines, Mayeth Manza.

BRIEF BACKGROUND OF THE ARTISTS

fe-pepito

Fe’ s marriage to a painter exposed her to art. Though, at first, she supported her husband’s profession, she gradually understood the rudiment of arts and started to embrace painting in 1994. A great lover of nature, she is at peace at painting flowers, still life, landscape and seascape. As a member of Cebu Artists Incorporated she actively joins art exhibits initiated by her group not only in Cebu but in other places of the Philippines and in foreign countries, as well.

charly-lesquelin

Charly was born and raised in St.Pierre, south of Reunion Island. As he grows in his creative endeavors he finds fascination with painting the eyes of people believing that the human eye is the window of the soul, and an element that aids him see the goodness in everything. His trip to Africa for a one month residency in Botswana has also encouraged him to incorporate trees into his paintings. For Charly, life as an artist is a gift, thus, he keeps an open eye, embrace change and support others hoping to be a great partner of change and development in his country.

celso-pepito

Pepito is a graduate of Fine Arts at the University of the Philppine Cebu College in 1981. For the first decade of his practice as a painter, he was greatly fascinated with painting landscapes, seascapes and still lifes in an Impressionistic and realistic style. He has started to shift to his style in Cubism in 1994 finding fascination in painting ordinary people as his subjects. Pepito’s search for strengthening his spitituality has helped him put a supernatural meaning of his artistic expression. Pepito’s art reflects a strong sense of hope, and propagates the importance of putting God in what one does, encourages to help strengthen family ties and patriotism.

freddy-sofian

Freddy Sofian is currently based in Bandung, Indonesia. His art career began in the studio of Rangga Gempol and in his quest to gain more knowledge in Fine Arts, he had Dutch and German exposure. He has exhibited his art in various countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore,Holland and USA. Particularly, he participated in a Global Art Project, in Tucson , Arizona – U.S.A.