The beauty of days gone by…

I love those beautiful old colonial buildings in Penang and how they have restored and preserved them like the one that houses the nyonya restaurant that we went to on our first night on the island and the one that is now being used as a karaoke club.

Soon after I arrived in Penang that day, Eugene took me to Bangkok Lane where I was filled with awe and admiration of the houses there…

Bangkok Lane, Penang

We can hardly find any in Sibu anymore – most would have been demolished and replaced with structures of modern designs that I, for one, would not find impressive – perhaps there are people who would appreciate them a lot more than I do.

I saw this boutique there and was tickled a bit by the name…

MyCloset, Bangkok Lane

…as it made me wonder what skeletons they have in it and whether it is time yet for them to come out clean. Wink! Wink!

This also attracted my attention…

Roses, Bangkok Lane

…and no, it was not the spelling error in the sign or the awkward grammatical structures used but truth be told, I really did not know the meaning behind the number of roses that you give somebody. I did hear something once though, about giving 99 red roses to the one you love and that in a way would tell her the 100th rose would be her. Gee! Ain’t all that so very romantic? Eyewwww!!! Muahahahaha!!!

The following day, Bananaz took me and the rest somewhere in the vicinity of this place for lunch…

Nagore Place, Penang

…and there were a lot more nice old buildings there like these, for instance…

Jalan Nagore, Penang 1

But in my humble and honest opinion, I do think that they should not paint them like this…

Jalan Nagore, Penang 2

This reminds me of some places in Singapore where they make the buildings so colourful and they would even fix multi-coloured neon lights and equally glaring spotlights in an attempt to make it all look so grand and eye-catching but they come across to me like some kind of fairyland and seem to have lost their natural unpretentious authentic appeal.

If I may deviate a little, after lunch that afternoon, we stopped by this bakery cum cafe…

Continental Bakery & Restaurant Penang

…in that same area. It was a simple decent place – not one of those classy joints that you see everywhere these days and yet it seemed very popular with people going in and out non-stop the whole time we were there and all the bread and cakes, hot from the oven…

Continental breads and cakes, Penang

…would all be gone in a blink of an eye.

Edmund bought these cream puffs for us snd insisted that we should try them…

Continental cream puffs, Penang 1

…and indeed, they were very good…

Continental cream puffs, Penang 2

…but I do prefer the ones we have here, those that I had for dessert at my Christmas party in December last year…except that ours are a lot smaller.

Now, earlier that same day, I saw this building…

Old Majestic Cinema, Penang

…as we were walking along Burmah Road towards Tune Hotel and the New World Park. If  I’m not mistaken, it used to be an old cinema and now stands as part of the remnants of a fire that destroyed the whole row of the beautiful colonial-style structure.

I certainly hope that they will not bulldoze it to the ground but will try and rebuild it and restore it to its former glory. After all, these are but the shadows that remain of the beauty of days gone by…