||When Leela was growing up in Penang, it was open to the public and families
were drawn this oasis on weekends to picnic, take photos and enjoy the
greenery. Today, you need a special permit. To get yours, you'll need
to go to the tallest building in Georgetown known as Komtar. Everyone
knows Komtar --- simply ask the next person you meet on the street if
you can't find it, and once you're inside this warren of offices and small
shops, ask at the information desk for directions to the right office.
Be sure to go a day or so before you want to visit the reservoir. It took
us several hours to get ours simply because the man who signs the passes
was in a meeting.
|You can arrive at sunrise or sunset or anytime in between but you should
decide beforehand, for the men who guard the reservoir will take your
pass when you enter. As you can see, their command post looks very much
like the two pumping stations in the reservoir itself. Whitewashed stairs
lead up and through and down the other side. It's bright and airy, the
dome is hollow inside and blue-silled windows give you views in all directions.
||This is my Mediterranean shot.
|A photo from the far side of the reservoir that shows one of the pumping
stations and the command post in the distance.
||And from the other direction, both pumping stations.
|What makes this architectural marvel all the more surprising is that
it was built in 1929.