Penang In My Mind

They say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” How true that is. I have not been back to Penang since Chinese New Year. That is about four and a half months only. I thought I could just leave like that when I decided to uproot and settle down in the Klang Valley. I thought I could let time dilute my fondness for this island where I was born and grew up in. That is not to be. I miss Penang so much today.

I guess Penang will always draw me back, no matter where I go to. Never mind the mad traffic jams, never mind the lack of accessibility, Penang still has that pull on me. The people, the conversations, the food, the sights, the sounds – there is nothing quite like it anywhere else. I may not call it home anymore but it is irrefutably my hometown, my kampung, wo de jia xiang.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.