Recently, we took a little vay-cay to Penang in Malaysia for the weekend. The capital, Georgetown, is a listed UNESCO world heritage site and has some cracking old colonial architecture. I was enchanted by the old Chinese shophouses, mostly dilapidated but many still fully functional as homes or businesses.
I managed to find this little gem of a guesthouse on AirBnB too which really help get the feel of the old town, but with all the modern comfort and style to go with it. Sinkeh Guesthouse is located in the centre of Georgetown. It is an architectural diamond, an upgraded original shophouse, just like many of its neighbours. Find them at http://www.sinkeh.com/
Architecturally, this city is wonderfully inspiring. The beautiful and unique Peranakan tiles on the shophouse fronts are especially characteristic of this region and can be found adorning many Chinese-Peranankan shophouses in Singapore also.
Is it any wonder Mr Jimmy Choo was so creatively inspired by his hometown?