We are freelance journalist Robyn Eckhardt and editorial and commercial photographer David Hagerman. In mid-2011, after almost six years in Kuala Lumpur (and nine years elsewhere in Asia), we moved north to Penang, Malaysia. We’re the proud owners of a pre-World War II shop house in George Town, a Unesco world heritage site and the island’s capital. In this blog we’ll document our progress as we work with a contractor to make our lovely but bordering-on-decrepit purchase habitable.

You may know us from our food-ish blog EatingAsia. Or you might have seen Robyn’s words and/or David’s images in publications such as the New York Times, Saveur, Wall Street Journal Asia, International Herald Tribune, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, SBS Feast, Food & Wine and the South China Morning Post.

We’ve published several articles on the topics of world heritage, architectural and cultural preservation, built history and urban rejuvenation. Some are online:

George Town, Penang’s  new buzz for the New York Times Travel Section

Ancient city of Mardin, in southeastern Turkey, finding new life in contemporary art for New York Times Travel Section

Galata, Istanbul’s new groove for the New York Times Travel Section

The pros and cons of UNESCO world heritage listings and conservation in  George Town, Penang and Luang Prabang, Laos for Wall Street Journal Asia

Attempts to rejuvenate a historic and architecturally significant market in Bangkok for Wall Street Journal Asia.

Chiang Mai’s endangered historic Gat Luang neighborhood for ZesterDaily.com.

The historic markets of Gat Luang, Chiang Mai for SBS Feast magazine

Robyn’s bio and clips are here. David’s professional website is here; and his more often-updated photography blog, with new work and assignment outtakes, is here.

Follow us on Twitter:

@AhTongTailor (strictly related to our house project)

@EatingAsia (Robyn)


We’re full-time freelancers, frequently on the road in Asia and Turkey. Sometimes we collaborate, often we don’t. We love commissions. Feel free to drop us a line.



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