Penang Trip Day 3 (Part 1)

For the third day, we had to wake up early. Not because we had a lot of things to do but because we wanted to try the famous Paya Terubong Nasi Lemak. For those of you who don’t know — Nasi Lemak is a local dish in which the rice is cooked with coconut shavings, giving it an oily look and it is usually paired with eggs, salted nuts, sambal (chili paste) and anchovies. To have a fuller experience, you can also order the curry chicken or beef or any other meaty add-ons that will be offered to you on top of your nasi lemak.

The 'modest' stall on a motorbike

The ‘modest’ stall on a motorbike

A word of warning, nasi lemak is an unhealthy food to start the day off with.

This famous roadside stall (5.380154, 100.274847) sells out pretty quickly if you are not there early. When I was queuing up for the food, people were coming and ordering 5-10 packets each of this delicious breakfast. A word of warning though, this is an exceptionally unhealthy food. You need the GPS coordinates to find the shop, although I think they do have a permanent shop that sells the same thing all day long, but this roadside is the authentic version.

Save the Enviroment version

Save the Enviroment version

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Penang Trip Day 2 (Part 2)

The Blue Mansion

The Blue Mansion

With the rain still coming down, we headed off towards Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. This iconic bluish building was built in the 1890s, but was fully restored only in the late 90s before earning an UNESCO award in 2000. If you want to have an insight into how the rich used to live back in those days, this is the place to visit. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed and there are only tours at certain hours. The other alternative, is to stay a night in one of the rooms.

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Penang Trip Day 2 (Part 1)

We woke up to a gloomy and cloudy weather. A slight drizzle greeted us, but we shrugged it off, this was Malaysia after all. Nothing would deter us since we were doing mostly indoor stuffs today. First up, breakfast.

Bangkok Lane Mee Goreng

When planning an itinerary, I would plot out the places that I would like to visit and then try to find good food around the area. Lucky for me, Georgetown Penang was an easy place to plan it to perfection. To start it off, we had Mee Goreng at Bangkok Lane. Parking might not be easy around here, but be patient and get yourself the parking permits. You don’t want to get a summons for illegal parking or for not paying the parking fees.

Tip: Get the parking permits early, if you plan on driving and parking around Georgetown.

Most Penangites would swear by this particular stall that sells mee goreng. Think of it as a fried version with thick ramen and covered with a special seafood (squid) sauce and you will not go wrong.

The same uncle since 2002

The same uncle since 2002

I visited this stall when I came here for holidays back in 2002 and it’s still the same owner till today. He’s an Indian but as with all Penangites, they do speak Hokkien (local Chinese dialect) perfectly. Heck, even better than I do.

A plate of Mee Goreng

A plate of Mee Goreng

You can have the spicy version if you want, but we were traveling with kids, so with had to do with the non-spicy type. The noodle is cooked perfectly, leaving it marinated with the sauce and to top it off with potatoes and fried tou-fu. A plate might not be enough but don’t worry, there’s another stall around here that will cover that up.

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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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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.

48 Hours At Cameron Highlands (Part 1)

Finally, we were able to go on a trip, albeit a local one. We had a long weekend and decided to go to Cameron Highlands, 300km away from our hometown.

Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea and vegetable/fruit plantations, although unscrupulous developers and farmers are fast ruining the pristine ecological system there, and yet locals still flock there during the hot summer months.

Tip: Try to stay around Brinchang and Tanah Rata areas

There are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and inns to choose from so there is no lacking of place to stay. All you need to research is, where you want to stay at. Cameron Highlands in the name of the whole place, much like the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.

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Perlis + Langkawi

Late last month I finally accomplished an item on my bucket list. It was an unplanned situation, my work took me to a part of the country in which I have always wanted to visit but never found the reason why. And by visiting this state — Perlis, the smallest state in the country, I finally put a tick to having visit and stayed in every single state (all 13 of them) in my country. Yay!

I was involved in an international disaster relief exercise in the state of Perlis and took my free time to visit the state. Prior to the trip, I had to ask around for some tips and all I got were — laksa (rice noodles) and mempelam harum manis (mango). Not a lot of people visit this state as it is the northernmost state and the only reason you’re there is because you used to live there.

I was traveling with my staff, so the first place that we stopped was the mosque. This is no simple mosque though, Masjid Al Hussain is actually a ‘floating’ mosque built on top of the water level at Kuala Perlis. When the tide rises, it does look like it was built on water.

Masjid Al Hussain

Masjid Al Hussain

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