At the beginning of February, the first corona cases were already in Malaysia. Although in the south of Penang, we did not notice much of this. There were a lot of tourists, there was no distance, and we had never heard of a mask. The only moment we saw that there was a pandemic was in the harbor. We were on the boat to Langkawi when a huge cruise ship anchored, and hundreds of people came out of here. All these people had to be scanned for temperature before entering the mainland.
Children on Bicycle
Now, half a year later, Penang looks very different. There are no international tourists anymore, and it is only for two months possible to travel ‘interstate’. During the lockdown, this was not allowed, and everyone had to stay in their province. At least domestic travel is allowed again, and you hear that people are going out a bit more. In Penang, the difference between a few months ago was huge. In February, everyone was waiting to take a picture with ‘Children on Bicycle’, and now we were the only ones, and we could take our time to take out our photo camera. The fact that there are hardly any more tourists is immediately visible in the shops. Most souvenir stores are closed, and if only temporarily?