Dec 21, 2012

Penang 2012


So after my handing up my final assignment on a Friday last month, me and my two friends headed over to Penang the very next day! I think we only got less than four hours of sleep and then started our journey at 6AM. We stopped by Ipoh for dim sum and then headed off to Penang. I don't know how they drove, but stopping in Ipoh and heading to Penang with a total of four hours...must be pretty fast. LOL.

The very first thing when we checked into our room was to sleep! Yes...SLEEP! We were still very exhausted from all the late nights and stress from our final assignments. So we spent a few hours getting some well needed rest. We stayed at Bayan Baru which is quite a distance from the city so the accomodation was pretty cheap. It's not a hotel, more like a homestay/backpack kind of thing. For 4 days 3 nights, we paid RM60 per person! Woke up in the afternoon and headed off for cendol and asam laksa ^^

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Dinner was lok lok at Pulau Tikus! Love their special sauces, especially the Tom Yam :D
Went to check out some of the cafes in Penang after our dinner. Will blog about those in another post ^^
Spent our night planning the itinerary for the next few days! But in the end we skipped a few places such as Gurney because we overslept :P

On the second day, we headed over to Kek Lok Si after breakfast! I haven't been to Penang for more than 10 years. Lots of things have changed, or mostly because I don't remember...

*picture credits to Amelia*

Me and Stephy holding onto our wishes! For family, health, luck, results and what not xD
Very important for us because it was right after our finals ^^

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Went up to the new Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy Pavilion right above Kek Lok Si. The statue of Kuan Yin was about 30.2m tall :O We should have drove up. The waiting time was pretty long at the escalator.

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Me, Amelia and Stephy

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There is also this lovely structure that is facing the mountains at the garden.

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View from the top!

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After our visit, we headed off to Khoon Hiang Cafe at Dato Keramat for lunch

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Char Kuey Tiao

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Their Lo Bak was nice :D

*picture credits to Amelia*

Met up with Jun Fook!

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After lunch we headed to Armeninan Street to take a look at their wall painting. Only managed to see a few as it was drizzling. And many people were queing up for photos, so we just took a pic of the wall painting. haha

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Old houses

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Wanted to check out this temple but it was raining. So, we ended up at Amelie Cafe.

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Headed over to Chew Jetty to explore the place!

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This is the one of the places where they shot 'Ice Kacang Puppy Love' movie

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Hanged around the jetty to enjoy the breeze and we headed off to dinner!

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Roti Samurai at Abu Mamak! Weird! But have a try xD

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For our 3rd day, we stopped by Continental Bakery for some breads. It's a pretty popular place and the breads are cheap too! My grandma loved the breads I brought back ^^

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Trying some of their famous cream puff. It was alright for me.


*picture credits to Amelia*

Most of the cafes we wanted to check out we closed. So we ended up getting frustrated walking and driving to closed places. MoonTree47 was opened too, but unfortunately, they didn't serve food that day D: The place was lovely nonetheless, would come back next time. The owner was kind to give us some suggestions for meals but unfortunately they were closed too :/ So we headed back to Kwong Sang House for lunch.

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Headed to Jalan Burma to visit the Sleeping Buddha Temple.

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Its was pretty hot that afternoon, so we quenched our thirst with fresh coconut water which is sold just outside the temple :) The coconut ice cream was nice too!

*picture credits to Amelia*

Headed to the Batu Ferringhi beach to chill in the evening with a bottle of wine :P
Later that night, we went to the cinema to watch Cold War and Behind 50 after that for late night snacks.

*picture credits to Amelia*

On our last day, we slept in and checked out from our accomodation at 12pm. Had sandwiches for brunch, bought some cookies, tau sar pneah etc and then dropped by Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar as one of Amelia's friend was having lunch there. We drove past this place on the previous day and thought that it looked nice. Yeng Keng Cafe & Bar serves a mixture of Hainanese and Western cuisine. Their hotel decoration is traditional with a mixture of modern designs. Quite pricey too!

The waiting time at Him Heang for their tau sar pneah was quite long so I didn't manage to get it. I used to love it whenever my dad brings it back from Penang when I was young. I bought the ones from Ghee Hiang instead.

That's about it on my Penang adventures! Will definitely be back next time for more sight seeing! Didn't get much of a relaxing holiday as we wanted because we were busy doing touristy stuff :P Had a great time nonetheless ;) A few other blog post will be up soon on some of the cafes that I've visited :D

13 comments :

  1. nice trip lichuen XD so much food and yah! Jfook! XD gonna visit him if I turn to insane lol

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  2. chao kuey tiao!!!! Haha I'm going to penang next week too, any place recommended? :D

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  3. I heard about Continental Bakery but didn't get to try them though and the weird roti from Abu Mamak also. Not bad, can fit in the whole trip in one post :D

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  4. Haha thanks! You should go soon! :D Ask Jun Fook be your tour guide. lol

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  5. haha...are you going for food or sightseeing? if u have local friends better ask them to bring u around. they know where the good places are :) you can check out the cafes at Muntri Street.

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  6. Try it the next time u go there ^^ How long were you in Penang this round?

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  7. Penang chao kuey teow is awesome! My fav food in Penang! Btw, long time no see! :P

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  8. Oh my lovely Penang. It's really is an awesome place and LOK-LOK is the best here compare to those lorry lok-lok in KL and so much cheaper!

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  9. hahaha...u were in Penang that time?

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  10. Yes! Long time no see :D How have you been? :)

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  11. Yup! Penang is definitely an awesome place :) I love the tom yum sauce for the lok lok!

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  12. Seems like you had a great time in Penang, and oh, you've met up with jun fook too!


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