The Spell of the Charming Darling Georgetown, Malaysia

For those who come knocking at the gates of Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, the charming and darling Georgetown awaits.

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I retraced the steps I’d taken 10 years earlier, curious as to what Georgetown would teach me now.

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In a place this magical I found more than I could ask for.

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I stepped out into the perfumed cobbled alleyways with nothing in my mind but to wander.

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In Georgetown you’ll feel the love.

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Pastel painted houses washed in colour.

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Crumbling facades standing proud.

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Colourful mosaic tiles line your pathways.

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A beautiful canvas where cool hipsters paint on the powdery walls.

 

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Colonial townhouses exhale in the late afternoon heat.

 

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I watched the sun shine down, its image reflecting in the glassy green ocean.

 

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Bangra beats echoed out of Little India’s streets.

 

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Alleyways awakened.

 

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Hawker stalls started sizzling.

 

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Candy for the eyes, everywhere.

 

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I discovered young buskers singing rhythms which drifted into the humid air.

 

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I found beauty and wonder in the streets of Georgetown and I felt high on the good vibes that came from this town.

 

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Georgetown is a place where all the pleasures are dished out freely,

 

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where just being yourself is enough,

 

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where your practice is just living.

 

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Georgetown reminds you

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that you’ve already got everything to love

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and that life is more simple than we can even understand

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made up of a collection of moments

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to absorb ourselves in

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and no matter what life path we choose

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the only place we can go is everywhere

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because it’s the journeys we take

and the paths we walk

that always give us what we need.

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