I mentioned yesterday that besides shooting the Chinese New Year decor in Queensbay Mall, I also went out of the mall to shoot some photos, didn’t I? So… here’s more photos…
I was surprised when I got outside the mall and saw the road. Usually, on weekends, even with less crowds, this road would be a terrible jam with all the cars queuing to reach the secondary entrance of the car park. Yesterday, even with super crowds, this road was surprisingly… relatively empty! If there’s not many cars coming in, where the heck did all the people came from??
The cars queue would typically begin at this roundabout from 12.30 noon onwards on a typical weekend, but it was empty yesterday! And it was also devoid of tourists standing beside the Queensbay signage taking photos. I guess it was due to the insane heat and everybody were busy taking photos with the Chinese New Year decor instead.
Speaking of which, after the horrible, continuous rain towards the end of last year, we are now served with weeks of insane scorching heat. If you have never been to Dubai and want to imagine what it feels like to be walking on the streets of Dubai during daytime, go outdoors now. The weather here now is about the same as typical Dubai!
When the weather is not actively trying to bake you to death, the area outside Queensbay Mall is actually not a bad place to hangout. It is basically like southern Penang island’s version of Gurney Drive. I wonder why no one’s ever named this place as Queensbay Drive.
I used to come to this stretch quite frequently on weekends for my morning jog. But ever since the episode with gout, I have stopped jogging. No, I have not stopped working out, I just stopped jogging. Nowadays my workouts are mostly sessions on my exercise bicycle and walking, with occasional basketball sessions. The doctor said that due to my (heavy) weight, running is not a suitable exercise for me. My weight means the only thing I can achieve with prolonged running is the accelerated ruination of my leg joints. He recommended cycling and swimming, and since I can’t do both, I settled for getting an exercise bike at home instead.
Oh no, I just strayed from the topic again, now some of you will comment on my gout instead of my pictures… >.<
It’s not so visible from the camera, but it is very visible with the naked eye. In fact, you can see both the bridges from where I was standing. After all, Queensbay Mall is (approximately) the halfway point between both the first and second bridges of Penang.
In case you are planning to move to Penang for retirement/migration/whatever reasons, you can purchase a 1600 square feet Gold Coast unit with sea view for around RM 850k (~US$ 250k). Baystar is an even higher end condominium and each sea view units goes for about RM 1.5 million (~US$ 430k). These numbers are 84.365% accurate as of February 2015.
There was one other feature of the camera that I managed to test before heading back into the comforts of air-conditioning in the mall: Sweep Panorama.
Looks good, isn’t it? Don’t click and enlarge the photo! Don’t focus on the bridge alignment! DON’T DO THAT!
And then I’ve had enough for the day and quickly made my way back into the mall, and that was the end of my day of shooting photographs…