The day spent at the good ole Penang was a memorable one for me though it was just for a brief stint! With Disney’s “The Princess & the Frog” being a new fresh air from the ubiquitous 3D feature film these days and having a blast under the tropical sun on the island, Pearl Of The Orient was all up for this childlike!
Initially, planned to have a get-together with Muzem but since he claimed he was sick, I didn’t want to bother him. But I then learned that Jitra Mall was not screening the Disney’s movie flick although they did hang the animated feature poster! So, I decided to hit Penang and in addition to that, meet up with Khirwan! Pushed off from Kedah around 10.00 AM and around 11.30 AM I reached the jetty. Oh my god, everything’s changed. They now had this Penang Sentral and everything on the port is being re-vamped! I almost got lost there.
Boarding up the ferry and let the breezy sea zephyr blowing my face was somehwat therapuetic! I miss the island and the sea! But I was shocked to find that the bus transportation on the island had somehwat changed- now it is entirely relying on Rapid Penang and the sentralization of the bus transportation is not good at all! As a Pennagite who used to lived there for 22 years, I could bear with all those typical Northern “harsh-and-rough” remarks/connotations made by the peple who are working as the bus staffs; but I don’t know about the outsiders. It was slow and full of strong-headed remarks. And to make matter worse, the island was SO congested with cars because everyone seems to flooding to visit the island and probably due to the annual Year-End Fiesta (Pesta Penang). To cut the story short, it took me more than one hour and the half to reach USM from the jetty*Sheesh!*
Met with Khirwan and then hurried up to Queensbay Mall. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it for the 2.25 P.M. So I decided to have lunch and buy Khirwan’s treat at Kenny Roger’s (it’s been ages since I savor the a la carte chickens! Yummy!). Around 7.00 P.M., we pushed off from Nizam’s house at Permai Indah, had our Maghrib Prayer at The Malik-Al Khaliq Mosque USM and then rushed to Queensbay Mall for the 8.00 P.M. screening! The crowd was thronging the cineplex! Bumped into Jesneeta a.k.a Jes whilst she was queing up waiting for her movie! It was nice to meet old acquiantance back! (,”)
I have to say overall although the movie did not have the same magical narration like “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan” or even “Tarzan”, the movie “Princess & The Frog” brings so much new air. The movie catapults the essence and the values exist in the Africa-American and the Creole community and brilliantly displaying the culture in New Orleans. You have the Mardi Gras, the train, the voodoo..all compressed within one romantic fairytale-does-come true feature. Randy Newman has done an alright job in composing memeorbale and ctachy tracks for the film. You can hear the country, jazz, zydeco, blues and gospel all fusioned together. And the culture of the Creole (French colonization upon American community) is strongly depicted in the movie.
I think Anika Noni Rose has such beautiful voice (well, she’s a Tony Award winner) and I have to give credit to all the actors who provided voices for the film but special merits should be given to Jennifer Cody who voiced the character Charlotte La Beouff (Tiana’s debutante friend) and Keith David for playing a remarkably voodoo-villain Dr. Facilier. And well, Oprah was a bonus as Tiana’s mother Eudora! I give 4 stars outta 5 for the film. Kudos to Disney Pictures once again!
After catching up movie, we went to Pesta Penang. It was the same like last year; nothing fancy but it was nice to visit the place and seeing lotsa people with different faces and facades. After that, went to Pelita opposite USM and savored the Sup Mamak which I really liked! Then I gotta a call from Ayah saying that he was actually in Penang visiting our old resident (FRU barrack) and asked whether I wanted to went back Kedah with him that night. Well, since my objective was achieved, I decided to go back and not staying a night in Penang.
On whole, the day in Penang was an exciting one despite a drama happened through telephone/ messages/ calls. Hihihik..Thanks also to Khirwan for your hospitality! I miss Penang, my hometown. (,”)