Assalammualaikum and Hi there!
YES! I’m finally in Penang last weekend after about more than 25 years. I couldn’t remembered when was my last visit to Penang. The only thing that i could remembered is all those little rascals (wild monkeys) at the Botanical Garden, the Snake Temple (as far as i can remembered, i did not entered the temple at all. Snake is totally not my thing) and the Penang Hill cable car.
Penang, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Mutiara or The Pearl of the Orient, whatever it is, we finally did it (Macam la Penang nie jauh sangat kan? It’s just a matter of time sebenarnya). Again, FF came up with an idea to visit his relatives over the weekend last week. We leave KL on Friday, right after office hour and we finally reached Penang after 3 1/2 hours drive. We crashed at FF’s cousin crib somewhere at Batu Uban.
If i’m not mistaken, Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis. Our 1st impression right after crossing the Penang Bridge is that Penang look similar to Singapore and Hong Kong.
We started the day by going to the Penang Hill early Saturday morning. Yes! This is definitely one of the Penang highlight. A must visit place. We paid RM30 (Family package = 2 adults + 2 kids) + (1 senior citizen) + (1 adult) for 6 of us. Price for adult start at RM8.00 and kids at RM4.00 per pax. How cheap is that? MyKad shall be provided at the ticket counter in order to purchase local ticket price. While waiting for the train, i read and browse through all the information board and pamphlet in hands. Just to kill the time. Penang Hill is actually comprises of several hills which is Strawberry Hill, Haliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill, Tiger Hill and Western Hill.
Recently, they have upgraded the train where the cabin/coach was fully concealed and air conditioned. If we refer to the PMA tag, it stated that the coaches are manufactured all the way from Switzerland. The 6 coaches could accommodate 100 passengers or 7000kg at one time. It took us less than 10 minutes to reach the peak.
Sun shiny day! Check out the whole view of Penang island once you reach the final station.
Up at the hill, there’s a Tea Kiosk, Pavillion, Canopy Walk, Convalescent Bungalow,Fernhill Bungalow and Owl Museum (i guess this is the new attraction of Penang Hill). You need to walk a few hundred meter up to the pavillion where you can see an old train coaches model ( i believe this is the original coaches used those days).
Half way to the Pavilion, we suddenly saw dark cloud moving in. At that point of time, we knew that it’s going to rain. But we still move on. Alang-alang dah sampai, basuh kuyup pun takper lar. Love the cool weather up there (tak sedar down the hill dah hujan lebat).
The Owl Museum at the Pavillion. We did not have the chance to enter the museum. There is an art gallery, souvenior shop and even a cafe. The museum is open daily from 9.00am till 6.00pm. Admission fees are RM10 for adult, RM 5 for senior citizen and free entry for kids below 12 years old.
It was drizzling and we were running like cats and dogs to find a shelter but we still wanted to snap a photo to show you guys how cold it is. Oh ya, that was our niece (FF cousin’s daughter). She’s a Mami’s and Mamu’s breed. Penang origin!
We reached the main station somewhere around 11.30am. The only thing that we want right now is nasi kandar for lunch! Our cousin, Kak Ina and Abg Zul brought us to Hameediyah Nasi Kandar. No photo taken since we’re too hungry at that time. Tak boleh tahan lagi. We ate like no other people business. Dah tak tengok kiri kanan. Right after that we drove the whole island from Penang town – Batu Feringgi – Empangan Teluk Bahang – Balik Pulau and back to Penang town.
It’s time for dinner again. Apa lagi kalau tak nasi kandar. This time FF cousin brought us to Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu, Desa Mawar Farlim (This is the branch, the main outlet is at the Kampung Melayu flat area). We had 2 different nasi kandar on one day. Nasib baik belum rasa overdosed lagik.
Gonna continue with Day 2 later.
Zara AB & FF
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