Penang George Town Sketchwalk Day 1

First of all, thanks to Ch'ng Kiah Kiean, Khoo Cheang Jin, Bo Juan and all other Urban Sketchers Penang members for organising and inviting us to the George Town Sketchwalk.

This sketchwalk is held in conjunction with the George Town Festival, a month long festival to celebrate George Town's inclusion into the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites.

For some strange reason, this event is not covered on the Urban Sketchers main blog so I'll be covering it.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Here we are at the budget terminal in Changi. We had to walk all the way to Gate 1 to find out that boarding has changed to Gate 6. There's quite a few of us on the same Tiger Airways flight. Tia, her husband Albert, Ng Woon Lam, Hong Ban Pang, Lim Han Seng, Favian Ee and me.

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Very reasonable prices, said Tiger Airways.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Tia started the sketching marathon on the plane. It's an hour's flight to Penang from Singapore. That's quick. It's the same amount of time for me to take the public train to the airport.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Don, Zhu Hong were already there before us and had started drawing. We had just left our bags at the hotel and came out for lunch when we spotted them.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012
My first sketch in George Town.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
We had chicken rice for lunch.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Don and Albert planning the route.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Old style meters. We don't have this in Singapore.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Love Lane. A street with several hostels and very old shophouses.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
The shophouses look similar to Singapore's on the outside. But they are different inside.

Penang Sketchwalk Jul 2012

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Tia and her masterpiece. She's one of the few who likes the square format.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Paul with his colour pencils.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
So we were not the only ones who came here for the George Town Festival.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
One of the many wire exhibits by Low Chee Peng. They are found around George Town.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
This is a nice view to sketch but unfortunately I never got around to sketch it.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Students having a basketball match as parents cheer them on.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
A heritage hostel on Love Lane with a beautiful and simple garden. I heard this is a very expensive hotel.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
Penang trishaws have flowers by the side, sits one person and the seat is in front. It cost RM$10 for a ride.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
This is from the ceiling of a shop. Many buildings are very old, some more than 100 years old.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1
The hotel I'm staying at, Chulia Heritage Hotel. Nice, but doesn't come with a toothbrush which I didn't bring. At least it has wifi.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
Several of us were staying there. It cost me RM$590 for the 5-day-4-night stay. Now that I think of it, it's rather expensive, relatively speaking.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
This is the dinner reception on the first day. It's at China House. That's Bo Juan and Lijynn at the table.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
This is the courtyard. The whole place is several shophouses joined together.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
Ch'ng Kiah Kiean signing his lanyard card.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
Zhu Hong with his.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
Here's a better view of the courtyard.

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Lots of freshly drawn wall murals.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
Alvin asking one of the cooks what he's cooking.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

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A nice idea.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

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Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
There's lasagna, chicken, macaroni.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
The food was great.

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Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

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The hosts Ch'ng Kiah Kiean and Khoo Cheang Jin from Urban Sketchers Penang talking about the program tomorrow.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
The wall was white just now.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
I saw this while walking back to the hotel.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
It's a night cycling event with probably hundreds of cyclists. You probably can't tell from the photos but George Town is a busy place with lots of traffic.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
There are many roadside stalls selling food.

Penang Sketchwalk Day 1 (Jul 2012)
That's all for Day 01.

The official program actually starts tomorrow.

Penang George Town Sketchwalk Day 2

Here's the whole photo set of the Penang George Town Sketchwalk:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/teohyc/sets/72157630446739936/detail/

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