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Published: August 16th 2014
Well kids after the Cameron Highlands we took the very long bus trip to Penang. Lovely busting city and our home for the next few days was to be Georgetown. Our guest house was on Love Lane which is a really nice place to be based and full of really cook street art, Adam was in heaven!
After dumping our bags and asking our host for an authentic food recommendation, she sent us armed with a map to a veggie indian place. Food was immense to say the least! Everyone says that Penang is famed for its food, they was NOT wrong! Meat really had no place in this meal....soz all you carnivores.....
After food we walked to the clan jetties to have a look at an ancient chinese settlement of families who live amongst the jetties by the sea. Looked quite a poor existence but the seemed happy enough in their own way.
The floowing day we hired more wheels, having a motorbike really does get us around so much more and bizzarely is quite safe. The drivers here seem to be really respectful of bike riders and driving here is nowhere near as crazy as other
places in SE Asia we have been too.
We rode up the largest buddist temple in Malaysia which was beautiful...now...you all know I'm not really a woman of the cloth but buddism really appeals, this is our second year of travelling through some buddists countries and it is a very peaceful set of beliefs, not really a religion as such, more of a belief in yourself. Very comforting and nourishing to the heart.
After that we headed up the famous Penang Hill on the vernicular train, amazing views but a bit too touristy for us so we escaped the crowds and headed off to walk some of the trails to be at one with nature....lovely...
Now, my good friend Audrey said we must visit the famous Gurney Drive for amazing Hawker stall eats.......Audrey...the girl done good! Food was beautiful, we had grilled sea bass in a banana leaf! Mmmmmm delish!
Not content with one famous hawker stall destination that evening, we then headed off to Lorong Baru which is a much smaller scale than Gurney Drive and much cheaper but food was equally good. If you dont count the Otak Otak...soz I tried...it was disgusting...like fish
custard...you all know how much I hate custard! Bleugh!!!! This was soon rectified though by a helping of Char Koay Kak...gorgeous and cost pence....
No visit to Penang would be complete without visiting the blue mansion aka Cheong Fatt Tzee. Beautiful place and sympathetically restored to its former glory. After that we headed to the beach at Batu Ferrenghi, so nice to be by the sea. As we lounged on our loungers listening the the sea I felt something on my face so opened my eyes....fully expecting it to be Adam fooling around....oh no.....how wrong could I be....there was a snake on my face.....fackkkkkkk!!!!!!! As I shot up it landed on Adams lap, we both shouted SNAKE!!! And as quick as that it sithered across the sand into the grassy area......OMG indeed!!!!!
On our last night we treated ourselves to some posh Nonya nosh, well worth the treat and absolutely delish!
Anyways, Borneo calls...enjoy the pics...
Peace out y' all xx
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