[Travelogue] Penang Day 1 – Famous food and places!

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

As promised on my Facebook page,ย I will be penning down all the experiences and encounters (Famous food and places!) I had during my recent Penang trip with the family and this blog entry marks the first day of the 4D3N short getaway.

A handful of you guys asked about the mode of transport to Penang and yes, I took a plane there. Firstly, I think it’s mainly because of my little niece (who is turning 1 year in less than a month’s time! YAY!!) who will not be comfortable in taking a coach to Penang and secondly, I guess the journey time is kinda long…so we settled to take a flight there. Oh and if you have no idea, I dislike taking coach because I am prone to motion-sickness and I find it very uncomfortable to sleep while sitting. There was even once where I took a flight to Melbourne for a Food & Nutrition trip during my secondary school days for 7hrs straight without sleeping! I know right, but due to age catching up, I just try to nap when I can, despite the dozing off at awkward positions and moments. Thank god I hardly drool =x

After comparing the flight rates and available schedules, we settled for Tiger Air. If I recall correctly, Jetstar does not provide any available flight for the return flight from Penang to Singapore on 5th Oct.

Thank god we arrived at the airport early because we were told to head for the gate much earlier than expected because the plane was located somewhere remote at the Budget Terminal and we had to take a shuttle bus over. I wonder what happened to those who arrive like 45mins before the check-in time or even later.

The journey time from Singapore to Penang was only around 1 to 1.5hrs.

Personally, Jetstar is my favourite budget airline, although I’ve not tried others like Scoot. I’ve never liked Tiger Air because it is so much smaller in space, but thankfully the journey time was significantly short.

Before the trip, I pre-booked a personal transport for my family via my colleague who is from Penang. She recommended this guy to my other colleagues as well so transport was a breeze for us.

We paid RM1600 for 3 days for 8 hours per day for a 10-seater Toyota Alphard. We paid another additional RM80 for him to fetch us to the airport from our hotel on the last day.

I pre-booked the transport because I was told that getting a cab in Penang is not convenient (although it seemed otherwise during my trip, especially since there were a string of regular cab drivers stationed opposite my hotel at the cab stand everyday). Apart from that, we were afraid that the cab drivers might charge exorbitantly high since most of them unsurprisingly, do not follow the ‘metre’ method of charging.

Anyway, I guess you might be wondering, why Penang?

I must confess that I was not really looking forward to this destination because I thought there is nothing much to do, other than to eat and view the street art. But I guess it’s kinda different when you are there in person and the pictures will paint a thousand words.

And yes, the air tix was about $233 (peak hour) which could have brought us to Bangkok for some awesome shopping time and delicious Thai food but I guess visiting Penang offers a different feeling on the whole. And when you are desperately looking for a getaway, I guess anywhere decent is pretty okay right? Plus, don’t we all say it’s the company that is important? And it was my first holiday with my cute niece! ๐Ÿ˜€

As our hotel only allowed check-in at 3pm as with most international hotels (some at 2pm!), our driver, Tommy brought us to visit the famousย Snake Temple which I wasn’t very keen..(eeeks!) and to fill our tummies with some delicious local Penang food!

Snake Temple

Address:ย Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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*There are live snakes in the Temple as well as in the Snake Farm, so if you’re a really keen fan of snakessss…please do drop by! It would be a place you wouldn’t want to hiss..I mean miss!

I didn’t wanna go near them so, nope no pictures of sssnaakkeesssss!!!

Local Penang Food

Address:ย Pasar Air Itam,ย Jalan Pasar,ย 11500 Air Itam,ย Pulau Pinang
Business Hours:ย Opens daily from 11am – 8pm

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The Penang Asam Laksa tasted okay but I think the Penang Asam Laksa we had on our last day was better than this. Read my upcoming blog posts to find out where! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Char Kway Teow was the best among all the dishes. It has the ‘Singaporean’ taste to it. Tommy told us that Penang locals opt out for the egg because the strong egg-y taste conceals the natural flavour of the Char Kway Teow. But as Singaporeans, we opted for egg nevertheless ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Tommy’s I-forgot-what. The sauce was sweet.

And then someone got tired…

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Kek Lok Si temple

Address:ย 11500 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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And on the way down, we spotted some monkeys!

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Throughout the journey, someone was having real fun in the car…

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And this little girl tired out herself again…

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After filling our tummies, we proceeded toย Ibox Museum of Glass Penangย where glasses are made into beautiful decor mirrors, jewelry, door handles, paintings, signage and more!

Ibox Museum of Glass Penang

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And then we got kinda hungry, so Tommy took us to The Straits Quay…

The Straits Quay

And at this point of time, I got a little upset because my camera battery went flat and I was soooo tired. Totally looking forward to check-in to our hotel, recharge my batteries (camera and myself lol)…

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Pardon me for the poor reso pics as they were taken with my sucky iPhone 5 camera ๐Ÿ™

We had some yummy food for coffee break over at Dome.

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And…WE FINALLY CHECKED-IN our hotel!!!

We stayed at Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang, a 4-star hotel ๐Ÿ™‚

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The spacious hotel lobby :

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Here is how the Deluxe Room looks like :

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The view outside our hotel :

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Overall review on the hotel : It was freaking awesome!!! (Y) Upon request, rooms were made up neatly without fail and the room service staff even repacked and organised my toiletries neatly beside the basin. Complimentary water bottles were replenished as well and everything was so neat and tidy after the room was made up.

Reception staff was friendly too but I didn’t like the welcome drink which tasted like odd plum drink. ๐Ÿ™

Initially, we were informed that our rooms will be located at different levels because they didn’t have 3 rooms on the same level with the king-sized beds. I was told that it was because I did not indicate this in the remarks column. Hence, please take note that it is better to include that as your request when booking the rooms.

However, we were later told that they have 3 available rooms and will make the necessary shifting to join the beds as one. Really great customer service there ๐Ÿ™‚

Rested for awhile and recharged my batteries before heading down to Times Squareย which had most of its shops closed as we were there at around 8+? Seems like some shops close quite early.

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Interesting pic and camera-worthy.

We made a mistake by dining at James Foo at Times Square…

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Address:ย 21-A, Jalan Fettes, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

It was ONE OF THE WORST TERBBILE HORRIBLE western food I ever had in my life!!! >=[

I forced myself to finish about half of my yucky fish fillet…because I’m not the kind who likes to waste food…

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My fish was soooo freaking bad that I didn’t have appetite to try out the other dishes my family had :'(

I was actually wallowing in self-pity while shoving some fish down my throat. So surprised that there were quite a number of customers dining there. I wonder if they were regulars or first-timers. Gawd.

Please DON’T ever dine there…even if there is nothing else left to eat, there is always convenience stores or nearby food stalls which can taste 100000x better!

Expectedly, feeling unsatisfied, we headed the the nearby food stalls from our hotel. We are very lucky because these stalls are just a stone’s throw away!

Address :ย New Lane (Lorong Baru), off Macalister Road

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We didnt have the chance to dine at this BKT shop though but the shop looks nice, although each time we passed by, there weren’t many customers…has anyone eaten there before? Was it good? ๐Ÿ™‚

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The sister and the bf ๐Ÿ™‚

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On our way back to the hotel to feast on the packed food! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The popiah was acceptable ๐Ÿ™‚

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The kang kong x squid tasted quite alright too.

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The fried egg x oyster was great too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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This Penang trip was not only for famiy bonding purposes but also to celebrate the 2 Oct babies in the family – My dad and my Bro-in-Law!

We got this Passion-fruit Cheesecake at a bakery shop at Times Square for RM45.

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Whose that cutie? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is no doubt one of my all-time favourite family photo ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

This pretty much marks the end of Day 1 for us..till then, stay tuned for the next blog post for day 2! ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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