Malaysia - George Town - China House - In the name of tiramisu

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So unlikely that a Café called China House is making one of the best tiramisus you could ever eat. I had to go to Georgetown to believe it. What’s awesome about this city is that you can feast on traditional local street food in the night market, then easily enjoy a european sweet treat afterwards. In fact, China House is a cake paradise, and not only a café. 3 heritage buildings converted into 14 spaces (café, restaurants, art galleries, shops, live music…) linked by an open air courtyard. That gives you several possible excuses to go there and get your sugar fix.

ASK: For the Tiramisu, of course.

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Malaysia - George Town - Blue Mansion - Heritage Beauty

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“Blue Mansion” or “Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion” is a house that would tell incredible stories if being questionned, well if it could speak. Once the property of Asia’s wealthiest man in the 19th century, it is today one of the most interesting attractions in Penang, an illustration of the best of heritage architecture. A visit to the Blue Mansion throws you deep back in time. A time where Southeast Asia was a promising land, a time when Feng Shui was taken absolutely seriously. I wouldn’t recommend to dine as the food is “so-so” but the tour is a must-do in Penang. Even Catherine Deneuve, for a scene in the movie Indochine has been here.  Those in pursuit of true Beauty won’t be disappointed.

ASK : If there are any rooms available to spend the night… Though some people say it’s haunted. But rumors you know…

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Malaysia - George Town - Hotel - Sinkeh - Call it home

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Sinkeh (“New comer”) is some kind of treasure you’d want to keep secret. But because owner and stage director Chee Sek Thim puts 20% of the benefits into programming, meaning each guest contributes to support the Penang art scene, a hidden gem has to be unveiled.

 Re-designed to present a contemporary vision to an heritage building, this 19th century straits chinese house, tastefully revamped with wood and concrete, has nine rooms on its 1st and 2nd floor and an art working space on the ground floor. A Library and 2 open patios to chill. It’s rare to love a place so much that you’d come back to a city just for it. Sinkeh is that kind of hotel you can call home.

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ASK: To meet Sek Thim, among other stories, he’ll tell you why there are silk worm cocoons in glass jars near the entrance.

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