Hey guys and gals,
We've travelled down to Penang back on Christmas day departing KL at about 10.30am for 2 back to back events down at Penang island on Fri and Sat..
and this is our journey..
Strangely enough, the whole journey was cloudy.. not a single ray of direct sunlight shined through.. it didn't rain tho there were plenty of low lying clouds around that made me question whether I took the wrong road and was heading up to Genting Highlands instead
Ah, when you see mountains being carved like so? you are definately in Perak..
If you look closely, at the top there are those mini bulldozers.. seriously its just to show the scale of the entire operation.. takes guts to drive up there.. more so during the rain..
After leaving Ipoh Utara, you'll end up paying another toll and begin driving up the hill.. and instead of a grand master with white beared to greet you, instead you get a big hole.. in a form of a tunnel.. like so..
And as right on cue, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel.. whew..
After driving for another hour or so (depending if you are a law abiding citizen or another Malaysia boleh hero), you'll past Perak right into Kedah where you'll see a few padi fields and pass a river..
Soon you'll past Kedah and touch down in Penang mainland.. another 30 minutes or so you'll end up here.. with the rest of the penang kias.. queuing up to enter the Penang bridge.. seriously, I thought KL jam was bad, Penang bridge jam? well.. you should try to believe.. tho fortunately, I didn't get the worst of it..
One sign that I found cute was this sign, which counts the number of road accidents since Jan of 2008.. whao.. someone actually keeping count..
Cheh.. only 17! good track record right?
Oops.. 176.. strangely enough, there isn't much those liquid paper or signs of the number being repainted again and again.. technically it should have a total of 176 coats of white and red paint overlapping with each number change..
Just when I was thinking of that number change.. I saw this..
Aiya.. tambah satu lagi ooi! (add one more to the count!) You would think that they should have those flip number cards.. simple!
The picture above is the star of the Penang bridge.. as you can see there are construction on both outer side of the bridge as there is a 3rd extra lane being built to accomodate more cars.. Problem is that at times, I heard that 1 of the functioning lane will be closed to facilitate the build of the 3rd lane which luckly is handled in the middle of the night.. and unlike KL, on the Penang bridge, being stuck in traffic here even at 1am in the morning is a possibility! make me love KL all of a sudden..
Approaching the island.. yay!
Upon reaching to the island, our good friend Ben Ng took us to his favourite coffee shop near his house to taste one of Penang's finest asam laksa.. got to say, the soup is really good.. not those diluted stuff.. loved it!
And yes, the legendary small portions of Penang is true.. I took this picture along side with my K800i phone as comparison to the size of the bowl.. the length of my phone is the diameter of the bowl! damage to wallet? RM 2.50 ..
You see, the trick is not to eat much in Penang.. you eat a bit here.. go around then eat a bit some more later.. where as in KL, you gorge up one big meal and last for hours.. don't believe me? in Penang, kopitiam at 3-4pm is FULL HOUSE! in KL? you won't find any food at this hours..
Like Ben said to me, in Penang, you'll never go hungry.. unfortunately he didn't say I wouldn't go broke either..
After meeting up with Ben, we met up our client Mylen and his UK DJ Claire Large.. we ended up seeing a bit of Penang such as the Thai Buddhist Temple..
That's Claire.. taking one of those tourist type photos..
The largest sleeping and standing buddha in KL is in the buddhist temple in Brickfields.. I said KL.. if you said largest in Malaysia? Penang is the right place.. let me present to you, the largest sleeping buddha..
And tallest standing buddha..
After that we decided to head down to Batu Ferringhi.. the famous beach spot in Penang island.. I was wearing long pants and leather shoes.. to Mylen's amusement called it James Bond shoes.. on a BEACH! damn fool.. nobody told me I'll be at a beach straight upon touching down to Penang bro!
Mylen.. a really cool funny fella.. an indian that curses in fluent chinese.. in Penang, the way those fellas drive? one needs to curse to release pent up anger or the island will just end up killing one another.. think of it as a anger management technique.. seriously.. trust me.. I'm an expert.. just don't ask what.. keke
After that we headed down to Mylen's house to sample some of his mom's famous fried chicken.. unfortunately that macha forgotten to inform his mom.. Claire later told me that his mom's cooking is superb.. in which adds another reason why I should kick Mylen where .. well his mom is super nice.. wouldn't want to rob her of proper decendents.. lucky Mylen..
On coming back, we took the ferry.. to give us a different feel of travel since we all already used the bridge.. why not try another way..
In Penang, you only pay to go TO the island and nothing to come back.. so the Penang bridge will cost you RM 7 where as the ferry will eat up RM 6.. the journey is quite fast and smooth but this is dependant on the tide and the height of the waves..
Yes.. its extremely windy..
Since we didn't eat any dinner, we decided to proceed to Ben's recommendation for dinner.. at some indian food place at New World Park.. strangely kept reminding me of Jurassic Park New World some how..
The food there was amazing! had plenty of papadums.. yumm.. Later we went on to a club called SOHO..
Its quite open in Penang.. the ground floor of SOHO, you'll find tranvestites.. other places you'll find gays as well.. anyway we decided to be safe and hang up upstairs instead..
Normally, the music here isn't that loud but on that day.. upon entering we were greeted with a technorized version of Ghost Busters.. we bolted out of there 10 minutes later as it was so loud we couldn't even hear one another.. that's even after SHOUTING at ear shot.. jeez..
Anyway we decided to call it a night and just headed back to the hotel..
This is the view from the 10th floor of the BayView Hotel.. That's the famous KOMTAR building in Penang..
That's all for this journey.. there are plenty of pictures to come especially of the sexy chicks during that hot event in Penang.. I'll let you know what I found out about Penang night life and the gals there.. its an eye opener I must say.. more later!