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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Simple Fieldnotes of a Mama Postcards

'Wordless Wednesday: Postcard' is recording all the postcards that I had bought from time to time for exchange purpose.

This series is hand drawing postcard from Luisa Hung who born in Taipei but residing in Penang quite a long time. All these sketches postcards were came from her observation and interpretations of culture practices and religious activities that revolve around her life in Malaysia especially Penang.

Soo Beng Dispensary
Soo Beng Dispensary was founded by Dr. Lim Chwee Leong, who known for having a "magic touch" in treating tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and smallpox.
The dispensary is facing the Prangin Market that stood by the Prangin Canal, which marked the border of border of early George Town.
In the early days the canal was used for transporting goods to the market by sampans.

Post Office (Tanjung Bungah, Penang)
Like the blue and white police station, the small double-storey building of the post office, with its typical red and blue strips, is a common scene around the country.
At this post office, you can even see kampong chicken roaming around the trees and bushes in the compound.

Suffolk Estate (Ayer Itam River, Penang)
Suffolk Estate, where spices used to be planted, occupied one of the most fertile pieces of land on the bank of the Ayer Itam River.
Today, what remains from this earliest experiment of tastes in Penang is the Suffolk House and its centuries-old columns and terra cotta bricks, together with the legend of Martina Rozells.

Tiger Balm (Beach Street, Penang)
The Art Deco Building with the trademark of Tiger Balm hanging on the facade, must have been dispensary in the early days.
Apart from the famous Tiger Balm ointment, other traditional Chinese herbal medicine introduced by Aw Boon Haw, such as Balashin Sai breath refreshener, analgesic powder and headache powder, were also popular in Southeast Asia.

Advertisement on the Pillar
The pillar at the 5 foot way of this Chinese liquor shop in Carnarvon Street is embossed with a relief advertisement of traditional Chinese tonic wine featuring 2 brands with their names and adorably old-fashioned bottles.

Majestic Theatre (Phee Choon Road, Penang)
Despite its dereliction, the old movie theatre still exudes a majestic charm of its glorious past.
Just image hoe atmospheric it would be to walk along the long arcade after a night show in 1926!

Little India Before Deepavali (King Street, Penang)
Temporary stalls always pack the Little India for several weeks before Deepavali, with lights and colourful decorations being put up by the stall owners who sell clothes and festive cookies for celebrating this Festival of Lights.

Traditional Malay Stilt (Balik Pulau, Penang)
This is typical traditional Malay Kampong which is not planned in grid but has grown organically with stilt houses scattering here and there in an irregular pattern.
A flock of geese roaming in the compound offers a glimpse of the laid-back life in the kampong. 


  1. May I know where can I buy these? Thank you.

    1. Moonsense,

      You can buy at Moontree via online or offline.

      The postcard link:


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