29.11.2009 - 02.12.2009 85 °F
Penang, Malaysia – Unesco Heritage site and slippery side walks
Miles traveled 236.12
We were very excited to pick up my brother Tim at the airport with our friend Spencer on November 28th. We hung out in Putrajaya visiting government landmarks and their enormous mall (and having a sweet drink at Shangri-La before Sara and I blazed the trail to the big island of Penang.
The flight was only one hour long, and when we got off the plane we were greeted by a wave of delicious food smells. This was only fitting because Penang is known as one of the meccas for food in Malaysia. As our taxi driver told us, “I am sure, if you try the restaurant I recommend you will tell me tomorrow, “It was good. For sure you will say good.”
We did not have enough meals to try all of the recommended restaurants, but we hit the lunch time food market as well as the night dinner market, The Red Dragon. The variety of food was incredible and the taste did not disappoint even though for non-seafood fans it took a little more work to find foods to try. On our first night we saw the chef, scooping giant 7in shrimp out of their tank for someone’s meal. They were jetting around at lightning speed which may amaze those who have not seen them with a reason to move quickly.
Our main lodging was at the Oriental Hotel.
We had an amazing view from our room on the 9th floor and the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. The room was nice and the ac was totally bumpin. We finally met up with Tim and Spencer after they arrived the next morning at the end of the Chinatown walking tour. The sun was brutal, humidity high, and temperatures soaring. Spencer and Tim were red and very sweaty while we had just arrived via pedal taxi fresh as daisies!!
We walked a portion of the Colonial walking tour together before grabbing a few beers at the Soho public house and spending some time catching up.
After that, we went our own ways to relax and get freshened up before dinner. We tried to hit some “hawker stalls”, but it turns out the New World Market is only Hawker style for lunch. We walked back to the strip on Penang street and ate at a nice Indian place across the street. YUMMY!
The next day Tim and Spencer were off to see Penang Hill and arranged to meet at lunch at the lunch hawker hot spot. Sara and I did a good stretch of the Chinatown walk with the aid of Tim’s guide information. The clan houses, Mosques, and temples were a testament to the different cultures that have found their home in this part of the world.
After that, Sara and I hot footed it over to meet up for lunch at the New World Market.
We were not disappointed. Satay, beehan noodle soup, dumpling, seafood assortment, special ABC desert(coconut shaved ice, ice cream, corn, sweet red beans, tapioca ball, and sweet pea noodles), and about seven other dishes. We also had a few tiger beers. We headed over to the sweet “G” Hotel with Tim and Spencer to hit the pool.
The pool was very nice with sculpture and a nice cliff effect. After that, I went to work on my book while we waited for happy hour to arrive.
At Happy Hour I got very happy, being overexcited about seeing my bro, and well, let’s just say, got a bit rambunctious. We proceeded after happy hour to the nearby night hawker hot spot for continued sampling of all foods Penang style.
At the end of the night, I managed to twist my ankle, which immediately swelled to the size of a golf ball.
The next morning Spencer and Tim headed to Thailand while Sara helped me nurse my sprained ankle with ice and ibuprofen from circle K. Later that day after a heavy rain had passed, Sara slipped down three massive steps incurring bruises of her own while going to purchase a beautiful dress. NOTE TO ALL TRAVELLERS: tile sidewalks are very slippery after rain!
After that Sara and I headed back to KL to wait for the return of my brother for our last round of “hanging with the Bro!” We took the train for about a six hour ride through the jungle.