Walking Companions

There’s something about walking in Penang and having monkeys for company!


We came home from the shops today to find a homeless man asleep on our porch. His head was in the shadows, his plastic sandals by the step up to the porch and he was sound asleep. Our first reaction was one of indignation – what was he doing there, how dare he presume to sleep on our porch etc. But when you looked at him, ragged trousers, no shirt and clearly homeless it made you think. What had befallen this gentleman, what was his story, why did he have nothing? I don’t know the answer but instead of calling some authorities to clear him away we let him sleep in peace. Maybe an hour later I looked and he was gone………I wish I had left a MYR 10 note under his sandals then perhaps he would have eaten today……………