Sunset from Quayside Condominiums
We were treated to nightly sunsets as we ate dinner in the condo we were house sitting. It honestly was amazing.

As has happened many times in our travels, we hit the jackpot again with our house sit here in Penang. We have been able to spend more than 2 weeks relaxing and looking after a wonderful little pug who has taught us why this breed is so loved by its owners.

Other than taking advantage of the fitness facilities and swimming pool, life has been very slow paced here. As we are able to enjoy both sunrise and sunset from the balconies in this condo, I took the opportunity as a chance to learn a bit about time lapse photography.

We also took a morning to take in a guided walk at the Penang Botanical Gardens.

Penang Botanic Gardens
Did a free guided walk at the Botanic Gardens one weekend. Great group of people and a very knowledgable guide.
Clouded Monitor Lizard
This little Clouded Monitor Lizard was warming up in the sun.
Water Lily
In abundance in this area of the world, you can’t go near a garden without seeing lilies.
Favourite Insect
Spotted this male dragonfly hanging out by the water lilies. You have to love any creature who eats mosquitoes.
Cannonball Tree
The blossom on this Cannonball Tree is being pollinated by a stingless honeybee. We learned all sorts of trivia on our tour of the Botanic Gardens.

I mentioned in the previous post that we had discovered the joys of Uber here in Penang. After chatting with some expats we also tried a company called Grab. It only gets better. With the specials being offered due to Ramadan it was cheaper to be driven door to door with Grab than to take public transit. Honestly, due to the heat we did not do a lot of exploring in the area. Taking an air conditioned car to any destination was definitely more comfortable. We did go on a stroll to the neighbouring fishing community one afternoon.

Local Fisherman
Went for a walk to look at the fishing community adjacent to our condo complex. The boats seem to change a bit from country to country when it comes to the local fisherman. The consistent thing is they are hard, hard workers. Much respect.
I have to admit I was surprised to encounter this dog wandering on the shoreline near the fishing community. We have not seen many large dogs in Malaysia, this one is obviously a survivor though.

Our time house sitting here in Penang has been wonderfully rejuvenating. We are looking forward to spending a few days playing tourist in Georgetown before heading to our next house sit in Thailand. Work, work, work…..I love it.


Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

1 comment on “Penang House Sit

  1. Mark Beaven

    Loved the time lapse shots. Very cool. Always enjoy your photos. You could make an amazing travel book, with all the great shots, adventures, and observations you two have experienced.

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