Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Malaysia Adventure 2012: Part 1

Malaysia Adventure Day 1-3: Penang, Palau Pinang

June 29:
ETD NAIA Terminal 3 14:00; ETA KL LCC 18:00
Currency Exchange: Php15 = RM1; USD1 = RM2.97

June 30:
ETD KL Bus Station 24:00; ETA Penang Bus Station 05:00

1) 4-hr Plane Ride. My 1st International Flight. 2) Onboard Cebu Pacific Air. 3) Falling in line at Marry brown Fastfood. 4) Malaysia's favorite: Nasi Lemak (i like the chili-peanut sauce). 5) Waiting for the train that will take us to KL Sentral. 6) Upon arrival at Penang Bus Station. 7) Teksi Cab =) 8) Breakfast is served at Oj's very acccommodating Sunnyville Condo. 9) Ready to have some fun!

1) Welcome to the very steep Penang Hill! 2) Photo Op. 3) The Furnicular train after dropping us off on top of the hill. 4) The Owl Museum. 5) Inside the wooden Restaurant. 6) Malaysian Food! Satay and Char Kuey Teow. 7) Lovin' the cool breeze!

KEK LOK SI Temple; you have to walk for at least 15minutes along the tianggehan to reach the sacred Buddhist temple. Up there are Buddhas, prayer halls, pagodas and bell towers. Two structures dominate the scenery, especially when the temple is seen from afar. One is the seven storey pagoda which dates from the temple's founding. The other is a huge bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin -- a popular diety in Penang.

Penang BUTTERFLY FARM: it is the first tropical butterfly farm ever set up in the tropical world, with an average flying population of 4000 Malaysian butterflies of 120 different species. Entrance Fee: Adult: RM27. Fee is way too expensive for us, so we just had a short photo op in front of the farm. =D
BATU FERRINGHI Beach: It is the main place where we took Jayson Santos' Music Video (us girls as his back up dancers. View it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kERjjYmuuTU =D) We had a picnic in this public beach, it's almost 6pm but it's still like 3pm (the sun is restless in Malaysia!). We had a heavy merienda: Pork Adobo and Rice by Aldouz, Rambutan (i bought for RM5) and a weird-tasting halo-halo (it had strips of lemon peel) bought by OJ from one of the stores nearby.
After a very humid day... we end up dipping at Sunnyville's very cold swimming pool. Ahh... very refreshing! We went out for dinner by 11pm... We ate some dimsum and fried seafoods. I also had a glass of Lemon Juice with Arambula (tangy and sweet).

The next morning...

The Spooky WAR MUSEUM: It was located at Bukit Batu Maung, on the southern part of Pulau Pinang that the battle against the invading Japanese army was lost. This formidable fortress was built by British Army and manned not only by British soldiers, but also Malay and Sikh soldiers. It is complete with underground military tunnels and ventilation shafts, ammunition bunkers, logistic centre, canon firing bays, sleeping quarters, cook houses and medical infirmary. 1) At the entrance. 2) Oh my there's a night tour! (will never try that!) 3) 'i hate war' sign. 4) An old bike used by Japanese Army - Bukit Maung fell during an attack in which the Japanese army approached from inland, rather than from sea, as was expected by the British army. 5) Canon 6) Bomb 7) Enemies are beheaded. 8) Tunnel Escape Route (Midway through the tour, a guide showed us the tunnel we have to pass and for about a minute we were walking through this dark, suffocatingly narrow tunnel. Claustrophobia sinked in halfway through, I almost panicked. Gladly, I didn't and we made it all out. Whew!)

On the last day of our Penang Adventure, 1) OJ yet again made a kind gesture, he bought lunch for everyone! Some crispy noodles and Bak Kut Teh, a dish mostly enjoyed if eaten with family or group of friends. I also liked the asam(it has a sweet,sour taste), in which you dip the sliced fruits. For the drink, this time I tried the lemonade juice with Plum. 2) We stopped by DELL Penang where OJ and Aldouz is working. Just for photo op =D. 3) Mall visit to buy some Vincci shoes. Aldouz bought some J.Co donuts for us! 4-6) Snake Temple. There sure are lots of snakes in there!

Later in the afternoon.. we have to say our farewell to Jhellai (thanks for the chocs and lipstick!) and Franz (flying back to Singapore) and Jayson (going back to KL).

We took a rest and ate dinner at OJ's apartment and went back to Sunnyville for a short rest. OJ is very accommodating all throughout our stay there. We almost didn't spend a penny! We don't know how to tell him how much we appreciate all the things he has done for us, for taking good care of us while we're in Penang. Thank you OJ.. very, very much! See you again soon! =)

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