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Holiday: Penang

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

I went to Penang over the weekend with Maria. It was a refreshing trip for both of us as we've been working our butts off for the last 6 months. We stayed over at my cousin's place at Gelugor. The last time I visited Penang was a little over 15 years ago and the developement of the state is obvious with many new highrise apartments and highways on the way.

The one thing about Penang I find amazing is the fusion between the cultural and the modern aspects of the city. Many colonial buildings are preserved and some are still being restored. You can still see trishaws roaming in the city and road side food stalls... everywhere!! While we're on the subject of food, I think Penang live up to the reputation of being the 'makan' heaven of Malaysia. My cousin took us from Gurney drives' hawkers to Air Itam's laksa, we just ate and ate the whole trip. hehe..

Amogst the place we visited were,
1. Gurney drive, the bak kut teh is good and don't miss the hawkers.
2. USM
3. Air Itam laksa, hears that it's been there for > 30 years.
4. Fort Cornwallis, now restored and privatised. Entrance fee costs RM3.
5. Batu Ferringhi, the veach in Penang.
6. Little India, lotsa Bollywood VCD and Cds here!!
7. City Hall and the banking buidings.
8. Khoo kongsi, a clan house in Penang.
9. Char Koey Teow, at Lorong Selamat.
10. Hawkers near Sunway Hotel. Nice if you want variety.
11. Botanical Garden. Lots of monkeys!! Just don't feed them and you're okay.

Hmmm.. that's all I can remember. I noticed there are many espeacially those from the mid east. Overall, it's a great short holiday. 3 days is too short, should've spend at least 5 days.. then it wouldn't be so rush. Sigh.. back to work tomorrow.
posted by Ivan Choe, 12:42 am

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