Saturday, February 16, 2013



Christmas @ Penang

I was supposed to blog about the Penang getaway trip two months ago but oh well, procrastination just kicked in and I had totally forgotten about that. A few years back, I went to Penang for the first time but I disliked the place the moment I reached. The weather was super hot and we had to queue for hours just to get our food and the place was so packed that you can hardly drive. But then for last year, I decided to give it another try and spend my Christmas there with my high school mates. 

DAY #1: Thean Hou Temple and Crepe Cottage

The first stop was the famous Thean Hou Temple. As the route to the temple took around 30 minutes, we paid RM2/each for the cable car ride. One of the main attraction of the temple is the Wishing Tree. At first, you pay RM1 for a ribbon and then, you write your wishes and tie it to the WIshing Tree, the higher the better. 

(clockwise descriptions)
This place is located along Gurney Drive, Penang with it's easily-recognised-yellow-painting. The first dessert is the hot apple crepe. The second one is my all time favorite, banana and nutella. It's a must try as the taste is indeed, heaven! The third and fourth desserts are the strawberry crepe and kiwi crepe.

DAY #2: Mini Toy Museum, Chew Jetty, wall painting and Straits Quay

Taxi fares in Penang are expensive. Thus, as the kiasu Malaysians, we decided to walk! As we were staying at Gurney Drive, we had to walk far east in order to visit the other places. During the random walk, we found this place, the mini toy museum! Even though it's only a two storey shoplots, this place seriously has a lot of toys! Most of all, they've my favorite Disney character, MICKEY! 

After the endless walk, we've arrived at the Chew Jetty. From here, the view of the island is breathtaking and as you close your eyes and inhale,you can actually smell the sea. We spent an hour here doing nothing but just sitting and looking out at the sea. 

As we're not good at reading maps, we got lost for quite a few times. In the end, we managed to find this wall painting. It's called the "Little Children on A Bicycle" located at the Mural, Armenian Street.  

It was Christmas Eve and we took two cabs to Straits Quay for Christmas dinner at Blue Reef Fish & Chips. How could you resist turkey during Christmas Eve! This is the BBQ salmon with shimeji mushroom. It's served with garbanzo and potato mash, grilled vegetables.

This place is similar to Setia Walk in Puchong, Selangor but the place has great Christmas deco.

DAY #3: au revoir Penang

 The polaroid photos! <3

Add for Crepe Cottage:
Pesiaran Gurney, 
10250 Penang.

Add for Blue Reef Fish & Chips:
Straits Quay,
3A-G-20, Block A, 
Ground Floor, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, 
Tanjung Tokong, 
10470 Penang.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Why So Serious?

Sometimes, I think I'm being a little too philosophical. Perhaps I read too much of Jodi Picoult's books. Her books may look plain and dull from the outside, but once you read them, you can never stop reading them. It's like some kind of spell ya know.

However, there is one thing that I can never understand. Why do people take things so seriously? I wonder if they realized that they failed to notice a lot of other important minor details while holding on to their grudges. When they focused too much on the dark clouds, they failed to notice the silver lining behind it. Perhaps, the society shaped us into what we are today. The fast paced environment is making everyone so distress and taking things so seriously as they are afraid of losing the number one title. Or maybe they are so busy chasing every single goal of their lives until they forget to slow down their pace and take a break.

Here I'm, sitting on my bed while thinking of when was the last time I see a real, happy and smiling person walking on the street and be contented of what he/she has. 

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