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lazing around (lepak) at the Esplanade

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Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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December 15, 2008 4:41am

Thanks, Kayes. I just learned a new Malay term, "lepak". Smile Yes, I'd done the age-old, clichéd moonlit stroll along here with my then flame umpteen times in the '70s. I remember with much fondness how we'd hang around with countless other people waiting in anticipation for the 'traditional' sounding of the ship horns at midnight on New Year's Eve. It was all so romantic with the shimmering waves in the distance and the sounds of water lapping against the wall.
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Registered: July 2008
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December 15, 2008 6:35am

Phoebe, the Esplanade's seawall is one of the most popular places in Penang. Anglers stand there to fish, lovers sit there to romance, families go there for the view and the constant sea breeze and people who have nothing better to do, just hang around to lepak. All these people co-exist in perfect harmony. You do your thing and I will do mine. Come New Year's Eve, the happy revellers take over. Usually there is a countdown concert held at the Esplanade field and the crowd builds up as from 7 pm. At the stroke of midnight, fireworks light up the sky, the ships in harbour sound their klaxons, motorists blare their horns and thousands of people shout Happy New Year! I agree with you that the sound of the waves lapping the seawall can be romantic but lovers beware, the tide creeps in without warning and quietly. The next wave might splash over the seawall and oops .... did you bring a spare shirt Smile
Phoebe
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Registered: October 2008
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December 15, 2008 2:52pm

Kayes, loved your descriptive piece of narration there. Thumbs Up! Didn't realise the newer ships are using klaxons these days. Back then, those ships were sounding their old foghorns. Besides the blaring horns from motorists, there was also the raucous din from some of those passing cars and motorbikes that had dragging behind them their own trails of empty cans.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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December 15, 2008 3:03pm

yeah Phoebe, I forgot those "Just Married" cars Smile I suppose there was a possibility you could have gotten married and settled down in Penang in Balik Pulau Smile!
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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December 15, 2008 3:14pm

Not sure about that, Kayes, although we have remained very good friends to this day. Over the decades, every time I have come back for a visit, our families would catch up over a nice long dinner or two. During my recent solo trip back, he and his wife took me out to morning tea, followed by a leisurely lunch at a nice Chinese restaurant at Times Square in KL.



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