|My great-great grandparents |
and my great-grandfather (on the right)
It was thus a nostalgic journey back to Penang, to revisit our family home, with its portraits on the wall of my ancestors. It is not a magnificent mansion like the Pinang Peranakan mansion, just the home of a more humble Baba merchant and his family. It is a traditional home, with the carved wooden doors opening into the reception room, containing the family altar, and ornate peranakan furniture, some of which are still there today. (Supplemented by the desktop computer and printer in one corner of course).
Behind the reception room, the house opens up into the family areas, lit up by the airwell which lit up the interior of the home. The plants and water feature bring the outdoors indoors, a quiet oasis in busy Georgetown.
|My great-grandmother's pillow|
I venture to think, that if my great-grandfather were to come back today, he would still feel that he was in familiar surroundings. A homecoming indeed.
More photos together with others of my Penang visit(s) here.