Penang Day 2

Breakfast: Roti Canai, Jalan Transfer

Roti Canai Transfer Road
Roti Canai Transfer Road
Bunch of Us
Bunch of Us
Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg
Mutton Curry, Chicken Curry, Kosong and Egg

Second Breakfast: Tai Wah Cafe, 84 Jalan Argyle, 10050

Tai Wah Cafe
Tai Wah Cafe
Wanton Mee
Wanton Mee

极乐寺 Kek Lok Si Temple, Jalan Balik Pulau

Poor Terrapins had nothing to eat, I bought a whole bunch of kang kong and fed them.

Terrapins
Terrapins

Lighted a medium sized lamp for Han and I, and a mini lamp for Ardan.

Prayed for Han and I, and Our Families
Prayed for Han and I, and Our Families
Prayed for Ardan
Prayed for Ardan

They had these wish ribbons going for RM1 each that you could get. The wishes were the usual ones for wealth, health, harmony and whatnot. There were also ones you could get for kids/babies and wish that your kid is beautiful/handsome, listens to you, listens to your spouse, grow up faster, is smart, stay safe and be healthy etc. I asked Ling to get the beautiful and handsome one haha.

In the Souvenir Shop
In the Souvenir Shop

We then took a lift up to see the huge Guanyin statue at the top. I prayed for Yang and Ling.

In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue
In The Lift Up to Guanyin Statue
Guanyin Statue
Guanyin Statue
Dharma Protector Heng
Dharma Protector Heng
Dharma Protector Ha
Dharma Protector Ha
On Our Way Down
On Our Way Down

Lunch: Air Itam Assam Laksa, Air Itam Market (Jalan Pasar)

Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa
Air Itam Pasar Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa
Assam Laksa

Lam Heng Cafe, 185 Macalister Road

The char koay teow and prawn noodle aren’t anything to rave about. The lor mee is nice. The otah isn’t too bad.

Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle
Otah, Char Koay Teow, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle

Street Art

Cannon Street
Cannon Street
Street Art
Street Art
Ice Balls Seller
Ice Balls Seller

Clan Jetties

Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty
Chew Jetty

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon, Pengkalan Weld

You can choose fish soup base or tomyum soup base, noodles, bee hoon or Maggie noodles and fresh or fried fish. The fried fish is very good. There’s a special drink called Pink Lady which tastes like Cendol.

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon
Village Fish Head Bee Hoon
Ngoh Hiang
Ngoh Hiang
Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish
Tom Yum Maggie with Fresh Fish

Supper: Wanton Mee, Lebuh Chulia

Wanton Mee
Wanton Mee

Penang Day 1

First Stop: Hon Kei Food Corner, 45 Kampung Malabar

First stop was to have some lunch at Hon Kei Food Corner. It was a modern looking coffee shop which sells Bak Kut Teh on one side and Lor Bak on the other side. The side that sells Bak Kut Teh sells butter kaya toast as well. Yang ordered some to try and it was the best item we tried at this place.

Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Hon Kei Food Corner
Pig's Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup
Pig’s Intestines in Bitter Gourd Soup
Kaya Butter Toast
Kaya Butter Toast (Best Buy!)
Lor Bak
Lor Bak

Second Stop: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Entrance to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion and some intricate tile designs
Entrance Courtyard
Door Details
Door Details
Game Room
Living Room
Dining Room for Entertaining Western Guests
Pretty Sure This Was The Room Where People Sit Around and Bitch in 小娘惹
High Level Beadwork

It is said that men would pick their brides based on their handiwork, and not based on looks. The girls were trained from young in beading and embroidery and it was a very stressful environment for them to ensure they could sew well.

I felt very conflicted while I was there. A part of me wished I was able to learn how to make such intricate handicraft, while at the same time was thankful I was not borned in such a stressful environment. Ling assured me that I would have one of the best husbands around if I were born in that time. Lol.

Details
阳掌柜
阳掌柜
Kitchen Stove
Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen
Baby Chair, Baby Pram and Playpen

People would put their babies in the rattan baby chair, and to prevent them from moving about, tie their hands and legs to the chair as well. Sounds kinda inhumane though.

Third Stop: 三条路888福建面, 67-A Lebuh Presgrave

Our third stop was for dinner. The soup in the prawn noodle was pretty authentic. I had roast pork added to my prawn noodle, and they were really good. If you want, you could choose to have bee hoon only, noodles only, Maggie mee, or mix the kind of noodles.

Wanton mee, Prawn Noodle, Orh Jian and Hor Fun
Wanton mee, Prawn Noodle, Orh Jian and Hor Fun

The orh jian was a disappointment, so don’t get that if you’re there. I didn’t manage to take a photo, but our best buy was the Cendol, followed by the prawn noodles, then the wanton mee.

Fourth Stop: Durians

We went for some durians after dinner, I didn’t manage to get the address, but here are some photos.

Butter and Red Prawn
Butter and Red Prawn
Happily Eating
Happily Eating

Resorts World Sentosa

Having a staycation at RWS was on my to-do list and I checked it off with Han. We bought the Voyage de la Vie 2D1N Theatrical Experience package, which comes with 2 tickets to the performance, so we bought our tickets to USS separately. I enjoyed the performance very very much. Was utterly fascinated by the body contortionist boy, and also pleasantly surprised to see my school mate Jonathan Leong as one of the main characters in the show. I particularly liked the pair of magicians and Sparkles the rabbit! As well as the two babes strutting around in different costumes. 😀

A lot of people who know me prolly knows that I didn’t have much of a childhood, was a latch key kid from primary school onwards, and was pretty independent by the time I was in secondary school (Disclaimer: There are no adverse effects to being a latch key kid, I love my family very much), and pretty much worked every school holiday I had. So, anyway, I really really loved USS! I liked taking pics with the mascots, going on the rides, seeing all the quirky buildings and buying myself a potion of cranberry juice (like HP pot, you know?!). I’ve never met anyone who indulged in my childishness so much. I love my baobao. 🙂

Bali Trip

Long over due post. I went away when 2010 began, first to Malaysia and then to Bali. Learnt how to surf, was sunburnt, had abrasions and fell into many tourist traps. Food was awesome every time, except for the first meal when we first arrived and didn’t know where to eat. Haha.

Photos are already up on Facebook. You can only view it if you’re my friend, and not in the… you know, restricted list.

The Beginning of 2010

2010 started off nicely. 🙂 We travelled to Kuala Lumpur and Malacca from 1 Jan to 3 Jan, then to Bali from 6 Jan to 10 Jan. Will put up Bali pics once I have all the pics from Kevin. Too lazy to upload twice.

The Malaysia road trip was something we have been talking about for the longest time and finally got down to doing it. I remember nothing from the trip, due to lack of sleep, and also because we did nothing except to eat for the entire 3 days. We then burned off all the food during the Bali trip. Haha.

Family Day Cruise

One evening during the week, dad called and said that we’re going on a day cruise on Sunday, without asking if I’m free! The conversation went like this…

Dad: Hello? This Sunday, we’re all (him, mom, bro and gf) going on a cruise, you’re going too.

Me: Huh? This Sunday? What cruise? You didn’t even ask me if I’m free!

Dad: We’re all going, so you’re going too. I help you book tickets ok.

Me: I don’t have money this month! And you didn’t even ask if I’m free!

Dad: I’m booking, I help you pay.

Me: Huh. Ok lo.

Dad: Ok, Sunday ah. Bye bye (happily)

Me: Ok, bye. (What the …)

So, (I’m not free, but) we’re in the car to Harbourfront at the moment. I’m not gonna be accessible by phone for today. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Dirtbiking

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Tried dirt biking for the first time today, and… I don’t like it. Haha. I am not adept at controlling unstable things with wheels so I’ll prolly pass on the next dirtbiking outing. For anybody who’s interested, we went to Tristan Park, Pengarang. I was on the 125cc bike and I top the scoreboard for falling down the most times today, both times having one leg pinned down by the bike. See my battle scars below, blue black on both legs (yes, I know I have the complexion of a corpse) and a strip of sun burnt skin cos I didn’t spread my sunblock far enough my shoulder blade. Lame LOL.

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As I grow older, I realise that I am more and more gu niang. LOL. Run away at the sight of fishes in my face when snorkelling, going like a turtle on off-road terrain on the bike cos I’m damn kiasee, super heart pain I have these awful blue blacks on my ghostly legs and so on. :/ Yes, I am anti gu niang, but I cannot anti something if I am one of them. Haha.

Taipei + Hokkaido Trip Day 7 – 10

17 July: 千歳

  • Past emperor’s temple, their amulets have Hello Kitty embroidered on them.
  • Okura Ski. Nothing much here.
  • Went to rera outlet store and bought lotsa cheap tops from GAP.
  • And JJ introduced me to Make Me a Supermodel! I really thought Jonathan would win. 🙁

18 July: New Chitose Airport

  • Plane was delayed so we spent our day shopping and eating in the airport. What a waste of time. 🙁

19 July: 台北

  • Wanted to go up Taipei 101, but had to pay, so we didn’t go. Haha.
  • Then wanted to go take pictures at some lake, but ended up at a temple. According to the locals, only locals visit that temple, so it’s prolly fate we stumbled upon it. Was kinda embarrassing cos I was not dressed adequately to visit the temple. Also, we freaking climbed up the mountain on foot to get to it. Unbelievable.
  • Went to fisherman’s wharf to catch the sunset.
  • Then to Shih lin night market hoping to grab some bargains. I broke the zip of a handbag and ran out of the shop without buying the bag. 😡

20 July:

  • Went to 故宫 in the morning, then home sweet home after.

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