George Town World Heritage Day in Penang

George Town World Heritage Day in Penang

Penang. When one mentions Penang, what comes to mind is the wide variety of delicious food and the sandy beaches. On 7 July 2008, Penang was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


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In order for a city to be listed as one of the World Heritage Sites, it must pass at least one of the ten selection criteria set by UNESCO. The World Heritage Sites are places with special cultural and physical significance. Penang is proudly one of the World Heritage Sites.


While the island is well known, especially with George Town situated on the island, Penang consists of more than just the island and we have the mainland side as well which connects to the other states of Malaysia.


Night shot of Penang, overlooking a part of George Town.


The mainland part is called Seberang Perai, which was formerly known as Province Wellesley. George Town is the capital city of Penang. Penang is also known as the Pearl Of The Orient. In Malay language, Penang is called “Pulau Pinang”. ‘Pulau’ means island and ‘pinang’ means areca nut, so basically Penang is an island of areca nut George Town was formerly known as “Tanjung Penaga”, which is known as Cape Penaigre in English.


At the pier, where the ferry (seen on the right of the picture) can take you to Seberang Perai from Penang island.
Penang is well developed in the prime areas, with many buildings, properties and on-going development but some areas are still not developed. You can find pre-war heritage buildings around Penang especially in George Town. With Penang being listed as one of the World Heritage Sites, there are restrictions when it comes to developing new buildings within the heritage zone and the existing buildings will also have restrictions when it comes to renovating them.


There are a lot of interesting places to visit in Penang. If you have a love for water, there are a few spots you can go to. The most famous stretch is along Tanjung Bungah leading up to Batu Ferringhi, where you get to walk along the sandy beach or play in the sea water. Some other places where you can park your car and watch the sea view are along Gurney Drive, Esplanade (Padang Kota Lama), Karpal Singh Drive and Persiaran Bayan Indah, though it is not advisable to go into the water. We have featured some of these spots in our previous blog.


If you are wondering where to stay in Penang during your visit, there are ample of hotels for you to choose from. There are also some homestay and bed & breakfast venues found in Penang. Penang has a tropical rainforest climate and is generally warm/hot all year round. Penang has multi-cultural citizens and expatriates staying here. The main Chinese dialect spoken is Hokkien.


View of the garden from one of the hotels in Penang. Many of the hotels will have seaview.


Penang is a place well-known for its good food. You can find food in every corner, from fine dining style to restaurants, cafe, bistro and hawker food. There is a wide variety of food to choose from be it Asian cuisine, Western, Mediterranean and fusion. Some of the food outlets are open 24 hours.


Lok lok (steamboat) is one of the local food found at restaurants and hawker stalls. Penang char koay teow, Penang laksa and our mamak nasi kandar (rice and dishes found at Indian-Muslim eateries) are famous mouth-watering local delicacies.


On 7 July every year, Penang holds its George Town Heritage Celebration to commemorate Penang being listed as one of the World Heritage Sites. There are programs held every year which has heritage and cultural values. Aside from this event, there will also be a lot of events and celebration going on in Penang all year round. If you are looking for event venues out of your hometown, why not consider Penang. We will be waiting for you and we welcome you to Penang.


A shot taken in one of the heritage sites where a man is posing with his trishaw.
There are trishaws for rent in Penang island, where you can sit on the trishaw while the trishaw peddler brings you around a certain route in Penang and you can enjoy the view.
Ensure Your Venue Can Be Found

Ensure Your Venue Can Be Found

Have you ever tried to search for a venue and according to the map, it is at a certain spot but when you reach that spot, the venue is just not there ? It can be dangerous to be pressing on the mobile phone’s map navigation if you are driving or worse still, if you are using an old school paper map and just cannot see the venue which is marked ‘X’ in the map.


If you are having an event, please do state the full address of the venue. It would be helpful to include a map or landmark to the place. This would depend on each person’s choice as sometimes there is a restriction of space in the invitation card or the organiser would prefer not to include other landmarks. In this case, include a contact number for your event and ensure that the contact person can be reached especially during the reception, right before the event begins because that is when the guests will be making their way to your event.


This is an example of a map included in an invitation card which is only for viewing purpose here.


For those running a business in a shop, like restaurant, it would be crucial to have your address stated correctly. It can be frustrating for those who would like to visit your shop to be going round and round your area, not being able to find your shop.


Nowadays, any business can be marked in Google Maps, and do ensure that the marker is pointed to the correct venue in the map. You would not want your customer’s GPS to tell them “You have arrived at your destination”, only to see nothing there and they cannot find your venue.


Myle Enterprise can now be found in Google Maps and is listed in Google My Business.


At Myle Enterprise, we ensure that our events’ venues are properly included with address, unless the events are secret-location type, then of course we cannot disclose the venue. We have just created our Google Plus brand page for this blog at Follow us there to see our latest updates.

Mother’s Day 2016 At Café Laurel, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Mother’s Day 2016 At Café Laurel, Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

Mother’s Day falls on 8 May 2016 this year. Every year, this celebration is held to dedicate a day to the mothers all over this world; to remember their sacrifice and hard work done to raise their child up. Of course, we do not just remember our mothers on this day and it should be throughout the year but it is a good way to let our mothers be pampered on this day.


We had the pleasure of celebrating our Mother’s Day at Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang on 7 May 2016, which was a Saturday night. Buffet dinner was served at their Café Laurel with sumptuous cuisines ranging from oriental to western dishes.


Nice food presentation for buffet at Café Laurel.


It was a full house that night with all the tables occupied. Business must be good for them with many supporters of their delicious food served. Aside from celebrating Mother’s Day one day earlier, there were a few tables celebrating birthdays as we heard birthday songs being sung a few times that night. There was also a high school reunion taking place as we were told by guests at one of the tables in the restaurant.


The restaurant was fully occupied with many celebrations being held that night aside from Mother’s Day.


The place were decorated nicely with many decorations revolving around Mother’s Day. We were told by their restaurant manager that their theme for Mother’s Day this year was Nyonya theme and there was a huge banner hung up in their restaurant with the setting of Nyonya theme.


The Executive Chef of Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang, Mr. Ho, sitting at the table in front of the Mother’s Day banner with some of the frequent customers of their restaurant. The lady on the right, Madam Ooi, said she came to support the restaurant for that night and saw a full house at the restaurant.


Left and centre : Decorations found all around the restaurant;
Top right : Guests posing at the entrance of Café Laurel, which was decorated for their Mother’s Day promotional event;
Bottom right : Elegant looking decoration found in Café Laurel.


The team at Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang’s Café Laurel were busy serving the guests that came to their restaurant that night. There were many cooking stations with their chefs busy making the food while the floor team were serving the dining guests and the reception team were greeting the guests with their warm hospitality.


Left : One of Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang’s chef with the wide array of fusion food at the buffet line;
Centre : En. Jalil, Café Laurel’s Manager holding a Mother’s Day balloon decoration;
Right : One of the chefs at the crayfish cooking corner posing with the ladies that were dining at the restaurant that night.


After the dinner, many guests proceeded to the hotel’s lounge area and some went to visit another drinking and dining spot located on the hotel’s lobby floor, where music and singing were heard. It was indeed a lovely Mother’s Day celebration at Café Laurel. They will be having more promotions and events in the future, so do not miss out on those.


We have made a special video on this celebration at Cafe Laurel. Enjoy watching the video.

53, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang