Saturday, 9 March 2013

E&O Hotel

After First Galleria in Taiping, Affandi drove around a bit to find Nawab Din's shophouse. Then we headed for Penang via Jalan Ong Saik and followed the signboards towards Kedah. We arrived at my sister house at 3 p.m., prayed and had lunch before heading to the E&O Hotel. We parked on the multi-level carpark - its entry is near the bowling place. Parking was for RM6.00.

We attended Areca Books's book launch for Marcus Langdon's book, Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India, 1805-1830. The book covered the British East India Company in Penang.

Then we met the others who were there. It was our first book launch as usually we could not make it to any. Among those we met were Dato' Anwar Fazal Mohamed and his sister Rashidah. Rashidah had retired as a librarian from USM. We also met Khoo Salma Nasution and her husband Lubis for the first time. We met Prof Brandon of PMC. We also talked to a couple - I don't remember the husband's name but the wife said her name is Suri, she's from Kedah and has daughters in New York and UK.

Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Affandi, and myself talked about my book, Biography of the Early Malay Doctors. His wife Khoo Salma Nasution joined us much later. We discussed everything pertaining to my book. We hope to get another better book out by Areca Books, insyaAllah.

Lubis and Salma are the owners of Areca Books. Both are prolific authors Areca Books produces professionally edited elegant books with attractive covers. Marcus Langdon's book is a good example. I will update if we come out with a new book. It will be many years before it will materialise.

Rashidah Mohamed, Affandi and Marcus Langdon 
Affandi and Dato Anwar Fazal Mohamed
Myself, Khoo Salma Nasution and Abdur-Razzaq Lubis
Affandi, myself and Khoo Salma Nasution
Classic cup and saucer of the E&O Hotel. I think this is British measure.
Affandi is pleased with Marcus Langdon's book
Suri and husband discussing with Affandi
Dato Anwar Fazal Mohamed gifted my books to Suri and husband
Dato Anwar Fazal gifted my books to Prof Brandon of Penang Medical College (PMC). PMC is on Sepoy Lines Road. He asked how many Malay doctors in my book obtained their postgraduate degrees from Ireland - he meant the Royal College of Surgeons. I couldn't answer him right away. I have to do my homework and check again before I can give him an answer. Off hand I think only a few obtained their memberships of the RCS.
The E&O Hotel in Penang in February 2013.
New jetty in front of the E&O Hotel, Penang. It looks more like the jetty at Barrack St in Perth. I didn't see any ferries.
Esplanade of the E&O Hotel, Penang.
North Beach viewed from the E&O Hotel, Penang. No swimming is allowed on this beach.