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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi October 24th 2022

When I am on the road, fellow travelers often ask what my best trips or experiences might be. Here is an old list. I will make an updated list as well. Here is my top ten or more, in no particular order, but with a few added comments: Visiting Barry the V in Cape Town and going on four safaris*Super Bowl 47 in Nawlins with Dirty PatA top secret visit to the CIA in VirginiaPeak bloom day for cherry blossoms in the Tidal Basin, Washington, DCAttending the great motorcycle rally at Sturgis, SDA wedding at the Pink Palace in Honolulu of a dear friendVisit the formerly drug infested Medellin, ColombiaAttend the Rose Parade and festivities as guests of Donate LifeNCAA Final Four in Dallas with Springsteen concertTake the Trans-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok to MoscowSip champagne in ... read more
Beautiful Saint Emilion
Chihuly Glass Museum
Santorini sunset

Asia » Malaysia » Penang September 15th 2022

We had wanted to catch a 3 hour ferry from Langkawi to Penang but unfortunately due to the pandemic and less business the ferry company closed so we took our shortest flight ever (30 mins) to Penang. Our Langkawi taxi driver was very chatty and before we knew it we were at the airport, boarded and landed on time in Penang. We knew Penang was a much bigger, built up island and on the way to our hotel we could really see it. We were staying in the heart of UNESCO world heritage listed Georgetown and opposite Chew Jetty. After check in we took a stroll around Georgetown and took photos of the old Chinese shop houses and small alleyways, and of course the street art! We ended up back at the coastline near Fort Cornwallis, ... read more
Lantern walkway
Street art
Chew jetty

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 26th 2022

Back to Georgetown to visit a friend in Gleneagles Hospital, this time while I am here I did manage a little bit of a walk around and a meal in my favourite Line Clear restaurant, which is the oldest restaurant in Penang. The food in Penang is fabulous, ohh... the flavours! Cheap, friendly, fabulous outlooks make it a really enjoyable experience. Wandering around some of my old haunts actually it's nice to be back, you forget how quite Langkawi is and there's no comparison on the food front. They have proper fashion and malls here, proper hair dressers, public transport which is so easy and cheap, it's nice to get around with no hassle at all. The only option in Langkawi is taxi's which can make it expensive. After a couple of years on the island ... read more
Dusk
Building
Skyline view

Asia » Malaysia » Penang February 10th 2022

Malaysia Eating at food stalls with Thai International's manager in Penang On Penang island we were hosted by the E&O (Eastern & Oriental)...a Colonial hotel built in 1885 (now closed). We were just seated for dinner in its stuffy, formal dining room when Thai International's Manager swept in. He was a jovial - and somewhat loud - Chinese Malay who said "you don't want to eat in this place" and took us out to a night market of food stalls serving an amazing array of seafood. Delicious and fun! We took a funicular up to a Buddhist temple, which had many snakes...kept sleepy by the smell of incense. Ron had a long and controversial interview with the Straits Times newspaper. Malaysia's population was primarily ethnic Malays, but Penang was mostly Chinese. A jolly tour operator from ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » Batu Ferringhi March 11th 2021

Over the years, I have been to many historic hotels around the world. Some were intentional, some not. But the experience in most of them was worth the time and expense. Raffles Hotel in Singapore Home to the Singapore Sling, of course. E & O Hotel in Georgetown, Penang Started by the famous Sarkis Brothers, it is the "Orient Express" of hotels. The Peabody in Memphis You must see the duck walk, then head to BB Kings for some music. The Peninsula in Bangkok We did not fly in by helicopter, just to land on the roof. The Rasa Sayang* in Batu Ferringhi, Penang Yes, we had our own butler, and our tub was located on the balcony. The Fontainebleau in Miami The place where I met the greatest, Muhammad Ali. The Copacabana Hotel in Rio ... read more
Tanzania tent cabin
Casa Palmero at Pebble Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town March 14th 2020

We were so fortunate to book a Home Exchange at 8 Gurney in Penang. We had the entire 6000 sq. ft. 17th floor penthouse to ourselves! Lazy days spent at the pool, soaking the sun up at Batu Ferringhi Beach and exploring Georgetown, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our apartment was like a museum; Buddha statues inside and on the wrap around balcony, gorgeous Chinese pottery, Art pieces everywhere and Asian Bric Brac scattered throughout. In Penang, we are introduced to Grab, the company that put Uber out of business in Malaysia. Our condo is centrally located so grab fares to Batu Ferringhi beach is about $6 Can/18 RM and Georgetown $2 Can/6 RM. What a foodie paradise. So many restaurants and street food markets. We rarely spent more than $30 Can/90 RM for a dinner ... read more
Delicious Expresso Chicken!
Darold in Jungle on Penang Hill
Giant reclining Buddha at Thai Buddhist temple - Penang

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town February 28th 2020

Today we got the train from KL Sentral to Butterworth for Penang, another new experience. I had booked the tickets online and chosen seats behind each other so we could both be next to a window. The cost was £15.50 each, as it was only a tiny bit more for Business Class, and this was so worth it! We got to the station early and went in the food court upstairs. I think it’s quite new, I remember going downstairs before. Only a few places were open and it was cheap but very average. We had teh tarik and he did the pouring it from a great height thing, which makes quite a head on it. My roti telur (eggs on toast) were cold as she had said they weren’t mine and then realised they were. ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town August 24th 2019

Suite for a hair cut! Says a lot! I literally booked a suite online, flew to Penang... all in aid of a proper hair cut!... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town August 1st 2019

After five days in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, Linda and I took a bus five hours north to Butterworth on the coast, from where a small ferry (with passengers and cars sharing the top deck!) tackled the ten-minute crossing of the North Channel to George Town, on the island of Penang. Despite being uninhabited until around three centuries ago, Penang's past status as a vital port on the trade routes linking Europe, Africa and Asia has endowed it with a historical significance that – along with that of Melaka further south – rivals that of any other town in Malaysia, if not Southeast Asia. Indeed the central cores of both George Town and Melaka have been inscribed on Unesco's list of cultural World Heritage sites. With such a history of trade between empires ... read more
Evening Prayers
House of Culture (and Colour)
Stunning Symmetry

Asia » Malaysia » Penang » George Town May 16th 2019

We were disappointed this morning to find that it was raining. But it was still very hot and humid, so we carried on with our plans to go ashore. Maybe 35 - 38 degrees we think. The cruise port in Penang is rather small, but they did have a good exchange bureau, so we used the €30 we got back from the Indian Rupees to buy a few Ringgits. As it was still raining, we thought the best thing to do was to try to catch a bus. Penang has a free bus service that goes around George town, so we thought that would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, there were so many other people on the bus by the time we found where to get on that the bus was totally full. No ... read more
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