Penang Trip Day 1 (Part 2)

Located further down the road is the St George’s Church. Unfortunately for us, it was raining at that time and we could only take photos of it from the outside.

St George Church

St George Church

The church was built way back in 1816 and is the oldest Anglican church in South East Asia.

We headed to Fort Cornwallis which is now a paid museum, but since the weather was acting up, we decided not to pay a visit, however, we did drop by the War Memorial located next to the park, at the edge of the river.

Honouring The Dead

Honouring The Dead

The plaque commemorates the dead veterans of World War I and II, the Siam-Burmese Railway, the Malayan Emergency and the Re-Insurgency.

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Penang Trip Day 1 (Part 1)

Since I have a week of free time on my hands, we decided to bring the boys to Penang to enjoy the street art and to eat some good food. As you all know, Georgetown Penang was awarded UNESCO Heritage status almost 7-8 years ago but we as locals, haven’t actually made a visit there yet but have been to a few UNESCO Heritage worldwide. Shame.

Georgetown Penang is a UNESCO Heritage Site

It took us 6 hours of driving to reach Penang and when we were crossing the Penang Bridge, it started to rain. Rain is the enemy of all travels. Luckily, the gods answered our prayers and by the time we pulled up at our first stop, the sun was shining.

Cafe Heng Huat (Lorong Selamat CKT)

If you have done your research prior to your visit here in Penang, you would have read about this famous Char Koay Teow stall with the Santa Claus Hat auntie and her fiery temper. Although many would swear that it is a tourist trap nowadays, but it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

The thing about Penang food is that there will be lovers and there will be haters. For every stall/food that you suggest, there will be people with other opinions about it, but since this was one of my old haunts when I used to travel to Penang during my University days, it was a visit that I had to make again. Just for old times’ sakes.

A word of warning, if you don’t intend to order drinks, don’t be surprised that there will be a surcharge per head. Applicable to almost all restaurants in Penang. Sad.

The Auntie (hidden)

The Auntie (hidden)

When I last had the same dish about 5 years ago, it was RM7.50 per plate. Now, it is RM10 per plate. For that price, this is what you will get:

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow (RM10; medium)

It doesn’t seem like much and definitely not a stomach filler but you do get 3 very huge prawns, comparatively to the other CKT stalls dotted around this little island. It appears oily but not sticky and it still retain the charcoal smell in which the auntie uses to fry her Char Koay Teow.

I would not put it as a must try because of the price, but if ever you are in the vicinity of this shop then by all means, do give it a try. Char Koay Teow stalls are a dime a dozen in Penang, and you could say that once you have tasted one or two, you have tasted all. But hey, for authenticity sake, try it at least once at whichever stall that you prefer. Even the least famous ones.

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Too Much Time On My Hands

I just found out that I have too much time on my hands when I read The Playlist’s 50 Best Sci-Fi, Foreign Language, Action¬†and Animated movie lists and managed to tick at least more than half of each. You don’t believe it? I know, there will be a lot of people with their own views on which movie should be in the list but hey, you can make your own.

Foreign Language

  • 42. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • 38. Irreversible (2002)
  • 30. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
  • 20. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  • 9. City Of God (2002)
  • 5. In The Mood For Love (2000)

Sci-Fi

  • 47. The World’s End (2013)
  • 44. Serenity (2005)
  • 43. Coherence (2014)
  • 42. Cloverfield (2008)
  • 41. The Martian (2015)
  • 39. Signs (2002)
  • 37. Star Trek (2009)
  • 35. The Prestige (2006)
  • 33. AI : Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • 32. Interstellar (2013)
  • 31. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
  • 28. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
  • 27. Star Wars : The Force Awakens (2015)
  • 23. Wall-E (2008)
  • 21. Ex-Machina (2015)
  • 20. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  • 19. Minority Report (2002)
  • 18. Looper (2012)
  • 17. Gravity (2013)
  • 16. Attack The Block (2011)
  • 15. Inception (2010)
  • 14. Snowpiercer (2014)
  • 12. District 9 (2009)
  • 5. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
  • 4. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
  • 1. Children Of Men (2006)

Animated

  • 48. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
  • 45. Zootopia (2016)
  • 44. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • 37. The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)
  • 29. Mary & Max (2009)
  • 25. Rango (2011)
  • 22. Monster House (2006)
  • 21. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • 20. Finding Nemo (2003)
  • 19. Monsters Inc (2001)
  • 18. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • 16. Coraline (2009)
  • 14. Ratatouille (2007)
  • 11. Wall-E (2008)
  • 6. Inside Out (2015)
  • 3. Up (2009)
  • 2. The Incredibles (2004)
  • 1. Spirited Away (2001)

Action

  • 50. Man On Fire (2004)
  • 49. Sicario (2015)
  • 48. Django Unchained (2012)
  • 47. Spider Man 2 (2004)
  • 46. Avatar (2009)
  • 45. Drug War (2012)
  • 44. Lucy (2014)
  • 42. Non-Stop (2014)
  • 40. The Revenant (2015)
  • 39. 300 (2006)
  • 36. District B13 (2006)
  • 35. Dredd (2012)
  • 33. Unstoppable (2010)
  • 31. The Avengers (2012)
  • 28. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
  • 25. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
  • 23. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • 22. Ong Bak (2003)
  • 21. Fast Five (2011)
  • 19. Gravity (2013)
  • 18. Crank (2006)
  • 16. Casino Royale (2006)
  • 15. Apocalypto (2006)
  • 13. Hero (2002)
  • 12. Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015)
  • 10. John Wick (2014)
  • 9. The Dark Knight (2008)
  • 8. MI: Rogue Nation (2015)
  • 7. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
  • 6. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • 3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • 2. Kill Bill (2003)
  • 1. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

 

 

48 Hours At Cameron Highlands (Part 3)

Sungai Palas BOH Plantation

Cameron Highlands is not complete without a visit to the famous BOH Tea Plantation at Sungai Palas. To complete the tourist walk of fame. Anyhow, there is a lesser known and easily accessed Tea Plantation, if you want to give it an authentic try.

The one at Sungai Palas is located deep in the mountains and the only way to travel is on a one-way narrow strip of road. This will become grid-locked in a matter of hours. So be there early.

BOH Tea

BOH Tea

The only ‘wow’ factor is the overhanging eating/dining area which is sometimes closed off for special functions. If not, you will get to stand at the edge of the overhang and take photos to your heart’s content.

Breakfast is served based on a menu which will be accompanied by any of BOH’s array of teas. From the thick to the thin, to the diversely flavoured ones. You make your choice. These are accompanied by scones and cakes.

English Breakfast

English Breakfast

The price is a little steeper here as compared to those in town but you do get these views:

Tea Plantations

Tea Plantations

You can hike here if you want to or cycle. And you get follow their tour guide which will give you a detailed insight into the production of tea. You could also go down into the plantations and touch the tea leaves or take some home with you (secretly).

This concludes our tour of Cameron Highlands.

You might be wondering why I didn’t mention the strawberries. The month that I was visiting (May) is not their season yet although you still get to buy them from the stalls, they aren’t the sweet and juicy ones. So do your homework before traveling if you intend on harvesting your own strawberries for consumption.