Penang will always be home number two no matter how many other countries have won my heart over. With family as the biggest draw, it’s food and culture have so much to offer. As many times as I’ve been here, I’m always pleasantly surprised by the stories that live and exist on this tiny island. People here have such interesting stories, jobs, histories and it’s amazing how much you can learn from them.
We visited my mum’s friend, Aunty YY, who has a not-so-little veggie garden on a plot of land where her family used to stay. Her brother and herself have converted the place into a workshop/garden where both of them explore their respective hobbies of carpentry and gardening. Aunty YY would harvest and donate these vegetables to orphanages and homes for consumption. So simple and sustainable.
While my mum managed to harvest some kangkong, (my dad and I were being eaten alive by mosquitos) I thought about how awesome it would be to have madskills like that and what I would use them for.
I realised, I WANT TO (somehow) CHANGE THE WORLD. I want to leave a mark on this planet.
It’s back to the drawing board for some serious learning and planning.