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Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 4: Penang - Singapore

Nothing much to do on the last day. After breakfast we walked around the compound and took some photos for the kid and then heading to the swimming pool again until it's time to check out.

Foot reflexology

Last chance to take a family photo

Started to sulk.. stop taking pictures!

Mommy, don't leave me with MJ!!

May Garden Restaurant
We drove back to Penang and had our lunch at May Garden Restaurant which is next to Cititel Hotel. The restaurant is famous for its suckling pig, too bad it was not available on that day.

Bye bye Penang...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 3: Georgetown - Batu Ferringhi

Our breakfast was at Town Dim Sum at Macalister Road. I especially love their char siew bao, the meat was very juicy and melt in the mouth. Egg tart was pretty good too. Only the har gao can't make it as the skin was very very thick, a nice har gao must have a translucent skin.

Dim sum at Town Restaurant

Next we went to Line Clear to take away some nasi kandar for our lunch. The Line Clear Nasi Kandar is also situated in the alley hehehe... Mom asked me how I get to know all these obscure places.. yeah it's the power of internet. 

Line Clear Nasi Kandar

Must try!! Even Anthony Bourdain came here.

Line Clear Restaurant, open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Who's who that has been to Line Clear.
Too many choices...

Huge fish heads, they are bigger than my hand. 

In the end I chose something safe... fried chicken with long beans and bean sprouts. Gravy was packed separately.Overall it was pretty good, I don't mind coming here again to try out other dishes.

After this we went back to the hotel to check out, tonight we were going to stay at Hard Rock Hotel in Batu Ferringhi.

Hard Rock Hotel

It's a very stylish hotel... glad that we made the right choice. :)

Michael Jackson, the security guard.

Trishaw rock and roll style

The Beatles in mosaic

All rooms overlooking the pool

Our room

The bathroom

It's a peekaboo bathroom.

View from the room

The pool area

The ground floor rooms have direct access to the pool. I think it's a good and bad thing. You don't want to be waken up by the screaming kids at the pool.

Our daughter had so much fun with the slides.. she kept laughing and said "Funny funny.."

The spa

Forget the beach.. there's more fun at the pool hehe..

For dinner, we went to a seafood restaurant nearby the hotel. I couldn't find any recommendation so we randomly chose one. Too bad that now I have completely forgotten the name but it's located opposite a mosque at Batu Ferringhi road. What a great meal.. we had 9 bowls of rice for 4 adults + 1 kid. :P

Damn nice sambal kangkung, the best I ever tried.

Home made tofu in pumpkin sauce.

Another highlight: fried chicken with marmite. It's so good that my mom wanted to know how to cook this.

Cereal prawns

Steamed seabass in soya sauce

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 2: Penang (Georgetown)

We started our day with breakfast at a small alley near Campbell street. Mom almost fainted when she saw the place. Hubby was worried about getting diarrhea hehehe.. 

Toh Soon Cafe 

The kaya butter toast was good, it wasn't as crispy as what we have in Singapore but I love it. Nasi lemak was good too, but I wish they could put more ikan bilis and not just loads of chili. Milk tea was also different but pretty good. It was very cheap, breakfast for 4 adults and 1 kid only cost about RM10.
After the breakfast, we drove around Georgetown for sightseeing. Not much interesting buildings to see in old Georgetown, our sightseeing was completed in half an hour.

City Hall

Town Hall

Saint George church

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (The Blue Mansion)
A finely restored peranakan mansion which is now a hotel.


Eastern & Oriental Hotel 
E&O hotel is a luxury hotel with a long list of country leaders, politicians and celebrities as guests. They had some photos of their famous guests which include Charlie Chaplin and Sun Yat Sen (I only remembered these two).




Even the toilet looks classy.

Swimming pool

Ah Leng Char Kway Teow
We had our lunch at Ah Leng, the number one char kway teow in Penang. I really love char kway teow, so it is a must try for me.

Char kway teow with chili for all the adults

The one without chili for the kid

The char kway teow was average, not as fantastic as I thought it would be. In the end all of us prefer the one without chili as the chili ruined the dish with its sour taste. I was pretty disappointed as I had high hopes for it. I went to Penang because of the char kway teow, really!! The char kway teow in my hometown Medan was far better than this. Even hubby who generally doesn't like char kway teow said the Medan char kway teow is a must try. All the char kway teow lovers out there should visit my hometown and give it a try. :D

Chendol at Jalan Penang (besides Joo Hooi Cafe)
This was another disappointment. Don't bother to try. The chendol tasted like those you buy from supermarket. Malacca had a better chendol, but Medan one is still the best. Same story, hubby doesn't like chendol but Medan one is the exception. LOL


Kek Lok Si Temple
I wasn't planning to go to Kek Lok Si, but since the assam laksa stall near the temple was closed, I thought I might take a quick look before leaving for our next itinerary.



Mountain view from the temple

View of Penang city

Balik Pulau
We went to Balik Pulau because of the poster at the roadside about the Durian Festival. Who could resist some durian? :)

Pesta Durian in Malay means Durian Party

Bright yellow flesh durian, if I'm not wrong this one is called Xiao Hong.

Gurney Drive
We had our dinner at Gurney Drive open air hawker center. It was very crowded even during weekdays, I think most of them were tourists like us.


Char kway teow again, it was average.

Assam Laksa

The food was average, hubby told me no more char kway teow for him hahaha... I agreed wholeheartedly. :)