Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Funtastic Night Market


We took Elders Delaney and Giles to the night market in Batu Ferringhi last night. Elder Delany is going home to Australia in a week and he had not been to Penang's greatest night market. The market is situated along the street of a mile long stretch of "hotel" row about 4 miles north of where we live. The market has oodles and oodles of colorful, brashy, tacky, beautiful, noisy, cheap, counterfit and wonderful touristy treasures. You can get any cd, dvd, designer purse, imaginable. There are wonderful batiks, pewter containers, and other local goodies as well just for the bargaining. I came home with 6 new cds and the second season of Numbers. I purchased everything for under 10 dollars. Yes I am a thief. But to my own defense, there are no places to purchase dvd's let alone rent them. So we have to buy them from the bad guys. (how is that for rationalizing??) We met this cute Auntie last night. (in the photo with Dave. ) She had blue eyes like Dave, she spoke very good English and we fell in love with her. Her name is Madam Lim, and she was born and raised here on the Island of Penang. She is part of the reason Penang is the Pearl of the Orient. The rich culture and friendliness of the local people is beyond compare. The Chinese have kept their lovely traditions as is evident in the food, clothing, and celebrations here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you're in the zone over there with all the shopping opportunities. How is it that the Elders had never been? Are they not normally allowed in that part of town?

Love keeping up. And what a great picture of Dave. That auntie must be all of 4 1/2 feet tall.

~cari~ said...

That's a shopper's dream come true!!!!

Cindy said...

Batu Ferringhi is up a dangerous winding narrow dark road that is okay to access by car, but absolutley not by bike. I have forbidden the Elders from going there for the sake of my own peace of mind. So we promised to take them.

Hey Jude! said...

I like hearing the stories about your family and the Elders. My favorite one M told me is the one about the Elder who picked off his scabs.

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