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  • A Chinese Malay in Little India, Georgetown, Penang

Chemicals and culture: 48 hours in Georgetown, Penang

April 26th, 2015|1 Comment

The island of Penang lies south of Langkawi on the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. Before Kuala Lumpur developed into the international capital it is today, Penang was the economic and cultural hub of Malaysia. But it wasn't always so.

  • Nazer 72 in his auto-rickshaw

FTB People: Nazar 72

April 23rd, 2015|2 Comments

"I Nazar seven two. Maybe you want diesel? Maybe wash boat?" With a sideways, rolling nod, he proffered a flimsy business card. Maybe, I thought, taking it from him. His anxious expression relaxed, and a brief smile smoothed his shiny face.

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Become a followtheboat video legend!

April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

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