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Issue #226: How to Get Invited on Press Trips
October 08, 2018
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Editorial: Penang, Malaysia

First off, I'd like to thank everyone for sending kind birthday wishes my way. They were much appreciated!

After a week in Georgetown, on Malaysia’s Penang Island, I can say this rapidly developing tourist destination has not disappointed. We’ve had a crash course on how the island was developed by the British as a trading and commerce center—and gained insight into the early settlers and merchant’s lives—at the Penang Peranakan Museum and the Colonial Penang Museum. Both well worth visiting! These museums are housed in beautiful old colonial buildings and filled with fascinating Chinese, English, Malayan, and Indian antiques.

We toured the Asia Camera Museum and had a blast at the 3D Trick Art Museum with our friends Gabby and Adam of whom we have previously hung out with in Da Nang, Vietnam.

We’ve also trawled a few shopping malls and have been amazed at the world class shopping here in sparkling modern malls like Gurney Plaza, 1st Avenue Mall, Pranglin Mall, M Mall at Times Square, Komtar, plus local markets like the Chowrasta Market.

Penang Islanders are a curious mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indian ethnic groups, dating back several centuries, and all existing in harmony with each other. Even better, their food has evolved into a marvelous fusion of delicious dishes unique to the Peranakans (the name given to the combination of these races through intermarriage).

Peranakan foods like Popiah (fresh spring rolls), mee goreng (fried noodles), Nasi Ulam (mixed herbs rice), Nyonya Chicken Rendang (a flavorful chicken curry), Lor Bak (chicken meat roll), Cucur Udang (deep fried minced prawn & vegetable fritters), are now my all-time favorites. Nyonya food ranks first for me above Thai, Indian, and Vietnamese cuisine.

I also love Nyonya desserts like Bee Koe Moy (black glutinous rice with dried longan & coconut milk), Sago Gula Melaks (sago pearls with brown sugar & coconut milk), and Pengat (thick coconut syrup with yam, sweet potatos & bananas). All washed down with nutmeg juice (now my second favorite fruit juice after tamarind juice).

We have 4 more days here and will be visiting the Butterfly Park, Penang Hill, Botanic Gardens, Fort Cornwallis, and Linda will be doing a photo shoot of the Street Art murals sprinkled around town. Watch my Facebook posts for photos of these interesting places!

This Week's Featured Post

How to Get Invited on Press Trips

Once you’ve established a few travel writing bylines in print and online, it’s time to reach out to some of the local tourist agencies and get on their press trip invitation lists.

But where do you start?

Here are four steps to take to help get yourself invited on press trips. Do these four things and you’ll be getting invitations in no time.

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Upcoming Posts

October 15: Organizing an International Press Trip: Roy’s 12-day Press Trip in SW Germany
October 22: Another PTW Success Story: Sandy Bornstein
October 29: How to Break Into the Cruising, Yachting & Sailing Market
November 5: Travel Writing Success Secret: Research Before You Travel

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Writing Genres and Your Travel Writing Niche
4 Reasons to Expand Your Writing Genres and How to Do It
Query Multiple Story Ideas and Earn More
Types of Travel Stories
The Best Travel Story: Tap Into Your Interests and Passions

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