Travel Geek: Documentary Penang (Full HD, Feature Length)


In the heart of Penang lies a recent but rich history of colonial British culture. And through it, I explore in style and with a long time local.

This film is part two of the Travel Geek: Documentary Malaysia series.

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Travel Geek Short: Documentary Malacca


In this short documentary, I explore the culturally and historically rich port of call after which the Strait of Malacca was named. Talking with locals and exploring the city, this short follows me as I get in touch with the real Malacca that is seldom seen.

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Travel Geek: Documentary Malaysia (Full HD)


Having spent 2013 filming in all parts of Malaysia, this documentary showcases six of the nine selected filming locations. Starting off in Malaysia’s cultural hub, I move northward from Malacca to celebrate Thaipusam outside of Kuala Lumpur. From there, I discover street foots, mile-high temples and Malaysia’s smallest and most diversified national park, roaming sand, sea and jungle in Penang. Then I take to the rafting waterways and climb active waterfalls in Gopeng. Following that is a trip through the tea-rich mountains of the Cameron Highlands where I find the world’s largest flower. And I end my journey on a tropical island getaway, snorkeling on Tioman Island.

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For the rest of the footage, as well as outtakes, extended cuts and extras that weren’t included in this film, check out the “Short Documentary Films” playlist, or select from the links below:

TGS: Documentary Malacca http://youtu.be/HGt9bMvJXeE

TGS: A History of Georgetown http://youtu.be/H4KI6T7gLLg

TGS: Hiking Tabur West http://youtu.be/KpK9tnRRAm4

TGS: Documentary Gopeng http://youtu.be/X2REKG-3w-8

TGS: DOcumentary Thaipusam (Extended Cut) http://youtu.be/PvpIWH5-gBo

TGS: Documentary Thaipusam http://youtu.be/el8V5UyY0Wk

TGS: Cameron Highlands http://youtu.be/7j1-bYKnrr0

TGS: Taman Negara http://youtu.be/T2raaBH8UPk

TGS: Hiking Tioman Island http://youtu.be/xpmola-7zWA

TGS: Snorkeling Tioman Island http://youtu.be/o5Hz5Qd0gKY

Serdang: Giant Hamster Ball Adventure http://youtu.be/mtEGWAMp26Q

Gourmet Chicken Tandoori Cuisine in Malacca http://youtu.be/_E3EJmsD3ek

Travel Geek Short: Hiking Tioman Island


In the final installation of shorts from Travel Geek: Documentary Malaysia, I hike overland from the east coast to the west coast of Tioman Island. Along the trail, I meet up with a nomadic nature photographer, discover giant glider squirrels, snakes, gigantic, old trees and wildlife that hides in plain sight.

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Travel Geek Short: Snorkeling Tioman Island


Even shrouded in an eerie, noxious haze, the coral blooms under the surface of the seas around Tioman Island, off Malaysia’s southeastern coast, are spectacular. This 20 minute short follows me through the first afternoon of snorkeling three different spots in the area.

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Travel Geek Update, Penang, Malaysia, December 19, 2013


I arrived in Malaysia yesterday and took the afternoon to relax, read my book and escape the dry heat in the paradoxically located “dry heat bubble” of Penang, a small island and financial capital of the country’s northern state of the same name.  And if you don’t know (or haven’t read the gobs of other blogs about my visits here since 2009), it’s just off the coast from the mainland industrial shipping complex of Butterworth.

But today’s little jaunt through Penang offered me the same thing I get every time I go there: an amazing peek at a new side of the city. I rented a bike and finally rode throughout the day as I’ve wanted to do for so long.

But why would I want to ride through an arid city center in the hottest time of the day, you might ask? Well, Penang is located on the westernmost side of Malaysia. So the sunrise, and all it’s “golden hour” light is robbed from it by Malaysia’s central mountains. And then, because of the city is located on the eastern shadow of the largest and most prominent mountain on the island, Penang Hill (as it’s colloquially known, or Strawberry Hill as it’s historically known, or Bukit Bendara as it’s officially known), there’s also no sunset.

Why is this so important? Well, if you’re not a photographer, it’s probably not — especially since the only beaches, which might otherwise make it’s emerald-green seas enjoyable, are shored by polluted waters. The removal of just a few hours on either side of the mid-morning and late-afternoon sun, the light that photographers live for, makes for harsh shadows and bitter, wincing faces, and pale, shallow color pallets, and generally unattractive shots all around.

But, knowing that going in, it makes exploring and taking risks as a photographer much more amicable. And even in the stark heat that beats down on this island city, it’s actually winter here. So it would still be much worse in the northern hemisphere’s summer months. So what better time, I figure.

In any case, I rented a bike and made my way down Beach Road to Midtown, where I found a construction crew had left the gate open to the property they had been charged with cleaning. So, naturally, I welcomed myself in and began filming and photographing.

A note about this video: This would be the first actual time that I am using my DSLR to make a video that I intended on uploading to my YouTube channel. So you might notice that the focus is off on the A-Roll sections of the film. That’s because I had the focal length set on what I thought was my head. Being along and having no one to set it on me in-frame, this was the result.

I’ll have to work on that. But I must say, I did enjoy only carrying around one camera body and getting all my photography as well as my video content for today’s blog. Quite exciting. So perhaps look for more of that in the future. I do like the versatility. But the constant focusing was driving me a bit nuts. No tripod either. Again, just went out shooting for an update. Nothing special!

Coming soon, I’ll write up my experience with the visa scam situation (and what to look for, as well as how to minimize your costs) and watching the transvestite hookers at work. Interestingly, the Indian guys really seem to like them. Who knew!?

The album from today, as well as from when I was here earlier this year, should be coming out soon on http://www.cyleodonnell.com.