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Penang’s Butterfly Farm for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 28 comments

Penang Butterfly Farm…

Welcome to the 197th week of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week we were at the Tropical Fruit Farm, this week we’re hanging with the butterflies. Let me tell you, fruit is so much easier to photograph than butterflies!

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The Butterfly farm is along the same route as the Tropical Fruit Farm, but not as far. If you are traveling by public transport, the 101 bus will take you almost to the door. Just ask the driver to let you off.

A friendly welcome…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Now for the butterflies. I have no idea about the names of these butterflies. Strictly based on how pretty :)  They do love to hang on!

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

The hibiscus hangout…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Black with a touch of red…Classy Lady…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Pretty in blue…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

And when you tire of the butterflies, there is always the Koi pond.

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Or, some gorgeous flowers…

 

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

But it really is all about the butterfly magic :)…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Traveler’s Tip

Located in Batu Ferringhi, accessible from Georgetown via bus 101. Check the website for the most up-to- date information. VERY  budget and family friendly!

 

http://www.butterfly-insect.com/

 

Have you ever been to a butterfly farm? Tell us!

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World Wide Photo Walk October 11, 2014

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea | 14 comments

I didn’t have to go far for travel inspiration this week. The World Wide Photo Walk 2014 was literally held in my neighborhood. For anyone who isn’t familiar with this event, it was started  by photographer Scott Kelby,  and is into its seventh year. I think this is the first year that Daejeon was registered, and I was really excited to partake. Photography is a huge part of my travels, and wherever I go I look for photo walks or photo groups where I can meet up with other photographers. It’s a great way to meet people who share the same passion, and these walks and meet-ups are usually free or inexpensive.

We were lucky there was a great charity event going on here in Daejeon, the Daejombie Charity Run, and as photo walkers we were the official photographers. The event is a 5K run in support of a local animal shelter, but there is a big twist. Along the route runners have to dodge zombies! Each runner has 3 lives, and by the end of the run most are “running dead”. There were six zombie zones and I was with the zombies in zone 1.

Of course,  before the race we have the make-up…

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

This zombie had a plan…

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

Can you imagine running into these zombies on a dark street?!

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

We made it to Zone 1…

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

And the Zombies were up for the chase…

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

Thirsting for more, the Zombies moved to the finish area to try and “kill” a few more runners before calling it a wrap…

 

World Wide Photo Walk 2014

 

One of the younger Zombies waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting runner…

 

m_Zombie29-2828

 

Have you ever participated in a photo walk during your travels, or attended an event hosted by a local photo group?

Linking up to Weekend Travel Inspiration.

If you aren’t zombied out yet, you can find more photos over at Flickr.

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Travel Photo Thursday – 10/09/14 – Penang: Tropical Fruit Farm

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 41 comments

Welcome to the 196th week of Travel Photo Thursday. You know this weekly blog link up is more reliable than my Internet connection! I have been, once again, with spotty service today. Fingers crossed that I am not going to kicked off before I get this post finished and published.

I don’t remember Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm from my previous visits. However, I’m pleased to say that it is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The guides are knowledgeable, and after learning about the fruit (and a few nuts), visitors sit and feast on unlimited fresh fruit! I was in Penang during fruit season, so it was cheap and plentiful.  Here’s the farm…

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The Tropical Fruit Farm is located in the vicinity of Batu Ferringhi. If you have a car, easy to get there. If you’re relying on public transportation, it’s a little trickier, but doable. I’ll give you all the details at the end.

The first fruit we were introduced to was the Bengal currant. I took photos of most of the signs, because I knew that I would not remember all of this stuff! The currants intrigued me, because they had been in a dish that I had eaten a few days earlier. At that time, I had no idea what they were, but I liked the combination of tart and sweet.

 Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

This fruit was totally new to me. I’d love to try it sometime. As you can see from the second photo, they were on the trees. However, not ready for harvest. Too bad! Considered a lower class food in India!

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Another favorite of mine. I had no idea that they grow on vines. There is also a variety that is deep pink in color, and that was the one that was available on the fruit buffet the day I was there. I think I actually prefer the pink to the white, if I have a choice.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Then we have the passion fruit. Notice that these ones are bagged, to protect them from being ravaged by bugs. I like passion fruit in a smoothie. Smoothies were available, so mine was passion fruit. :)

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

I so wanted to try Mamey Sapote, but sadly not in season. Can you imagine a fruit tasting like a combination of pumpkin, chocolate, and almond?! I’ll be on the lookout this winter.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Lovely sweet taste but not over powering.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm , Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm , Penang

 

Tropical Fruit Farm

Tropical Fruit Farm

 

I have ruined many a thumb nail eating rambutan. The outer skin can be tough! The ones on the buffet were already peeled! :) I love the flowers on the plant, so pretty.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

I didn’t photograph the sign for the figs. If you ever have the chance to try fresh figs, they are amazing. My friends in Taiwan have a fig tree in their  garden, and I have picked and eaten many a fig from that tree. The figs at the fruit farm were not ripe, so I had to use my imagination :)

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

At the end of the tour, the all you can eat fruit buffet awaits…

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Watermelon has a new look!

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

The tour finishes and ends here. You can even buy fruit to take home.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Traveler’s Tips

The farm is opened year round, but best time to go is during the fruit season (I was told December to end of February). Getting to the farm can be a bit tricky if you are relying on public transportation. The best thing to do is to call the farm and arrange for the free shuttle to pick you up from the Craft Batik store. The 101 bus will drop you off almost in front of the door. Do call the day before, and you might want to confirm on the day. 

Price of the tour and fruit buffet is 35 Malaysian ringgit (appox. $11.00US). You really can’t beat the price.

Tropical Fruit Farm

 

Have you ever been to a tropical fruit farm? What’s your favorite tropical fruit?

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