On a side note totally unrelated to Penang itself, Changi airport were having these amazing temporary indoor gardens on display. I think it was to coincide with the opening of the Gardens by the Bay. I just had to share it with you!
We arrived at about 4pm local time. The view below is of Penang bridge that connects the island to mainland Malaysia.
Whenever possible, we prefer to take public transportation because it's cheap and you can do some sightseeing while you're getting to the hotel. Our hotel was Park Royal at Batu Ferringhi area which is located literally at the other end of the island, luckily there's a bus that goes there straight. It'd take about an hour to reach Batu Ferringhi but we figured we weren't in a hurry so we went with it.
|Waiting for the bus outside the airport|
|Interior of the bus|
Here we've arrived at Batu Ferringhi!
This is our hotel.
|Double volume corridor|
|The Pool area with landscape|
|The breakfast area|
|A Room with a View|
|The disappearing horizon|
I didn't take any picture of the room because there's nothing much to talk about. It is a pretty old building and when I was standing at he balcony, I saw a rat as big as a guinea pig running around the courtyard. Not that I have a problem with it, just an observation.
Anyway, we were famished so we decided to eat at Golden Thai seafood restaurant nearby which also served as a birthday dinner for me.
|Fish BBQ Malaysian style, I forgot the name of the fish.|
|Clockwise from top: Tom Yam soup, Fried Enoki mushrooms, and kangkong belachan|
The next day we headed to town in search of more authentic Penang cuisine and we found it! We alighted near Komtar and walked down a couple rows of shophouses and found this hole-in-the-wall durian ice cream 'restaurant' that also sold some of the most famous Penang dishes. here's what we ordered:
|Chark Kway Teow with juicy shrimps|
|The famous Assam Laksa|
|Kueh Pie Ti with parsnips and shrimp fillings|
|Ice Kachang, very pretty! The white scoop is durian flavored ice cream|
Next up we headed to the much-hyped George Town. Seeing as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we were hoping to see something special. Well...perhaps we wandered at the wrong part of the town, perhaps it was Sunday so very few shops were open, but the trip to George Town was a bit of disappointment. It may be more impressive to people from the western world but for me, I've come across this kind of spectacle almost everywhere in the city I live in or my home country so it's not that unique to me.
It is still a fun experience, though. Here are some of the pics:
|A very cute art on a side of a wall, made with wire|
Before we knew it, it was afternoon again. We went back to Batu Ferringhi and hit up Long Beach, some kind of food court that is ubiquitous in Penang. We wanted to eat here the night before but it was full to the brim, we couldn't find a table.
|Interior of Long Beach|
|Clockwise from top: Roti canai with curry, oyster omelette, fried spring roll, and satay|
Next up we hit the beach. Gorgeous, sunset-lit beach.
And that was pretty much what we did for the next few days, just ate and hit the beach.
The next day we ordered in room service for lunch because we were too lazy to leave the hotel. We ordered Nasi Kandar, another Penang favorite with Indian influence, and for my sweet tooth I got strawberries with chocolate mousse. They tasted surprisingly authentic!
|All the dips and Papadum cracker|
|Strawberries with chocolate mousse|
We went to Long Beach again for dinner and I got a little carried away with my order.
|Fish BBQ and Ba Kut Teh|
Again, nothing special but the chili dip for the fish BBQ was really nice.
I also bought a couple of chicken wings BBQ but they weren't for me........they were for this little fella:
The next night we went to Kafe Goodall for dinner, it's the same type of food court as Long Beach, only it's located a little nearer to town.
*On a side note, while the vista was very beautiful, I truly hated the bus ride along the Batu Ferringhi beach. The road was on the side of the cliff overlooking the ocean with many turns and the driver just sped through the undulating terrain, hardly slowing down whenever there was a turn or slope. It was terrifying!
|Exterior of Kafe Goodall|
|Interior of Kafe Goodall|
The next day we were flying back to Singapore but not before stopping by Tesco and hitting up our last eatery in Penang: Hakka Tree.
|Fried Enoki Mushrooms|
And here are some of the things I relied on the most during this trip:
Clockwise from top left corner:
1. Multi-color earrings from New Look
2. Green maxi dress from Monsoon
3. SK-II miracle water to keep my skin in check
4. Maybe Baby perfume by Benefit
5. I Want Love by Elton John and Mad Season by Matchbox 20. Somehow these two songs were in heavy rotation on my iPod the whole time I was in Penang
6. Black-blue Marc by Marc Jacobs acetate sunglasses
7. OPI Stranger Tides
My overall impression of Penang is that it is a very mellow town. There aren't still that many tall buildings and massive highways, the feeling is indeed laid-back.
So to conclude this long and winding post, I thought I'd share another photo of that idyllic Batu Ferringhi beach.
Until next time!