Eye sore: An abandoned mall near Bukit Mertajam seen from a distance. A gift of the Indian-Muslims: Nasi kandar is among the most popular food in Penang. It was reported to have been concocted in the island during the 1900s by port workers from India. Underworld figure: A giant effigy of Tai Su Yeah (King of Hades), the VIP during the Hungry Ghost Festival (also known as Phor Thor Festival) in August when the gates of hell are opened for for souls and spirits to roam the earth. Precaution: A fire engine paid for and manned by volunteers standing by for the Phor Thor Festival. Oriental Daily photographer Khye Kok (right). Hustle and bustle: A general view of Jalan Pasar in Bukit Mertajam, where the annual Phor Thor Festival is celebrated, a grand affair drawing people by the thousands. Food first: Settling down for dinner before the night begins. Town birds: Sparrows congregating along electrical lines. Their constant chirping add vibrancy to the surroundings. Food haven: A street lined with hawkers, always a welcome sight. Toiling for Tai Su Yeah: A volunteer carrying a basketful of prayer offerings to a nearby site to be burned. Mesmerising act: Crowds watch as an opera singer struts his stuff. Classic beauty: A female opera singer. Tech toy: Taking picture with an iPhone 4, not an uncommon sight these days. AFP photographer Saeed Khan. Timeless optics: Manual lens still hold their own against their modern and faster counterparts. Seen here is likely a Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-s on a Nikon D3. Customary ritual: A group of devotees lighting candles and joss sticks.