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Penang on the Road

Author: michag09
09 5th, 2010

Last July, my family went to Penang, Malaysia for a 5 day vacation. We stayed at a hotel called the Copthorn in a room with a wide sea view. Even though the beach seems to be a private beach, but the waves are so strong that when you put your feet inside the water, it pulls you really hard so you need to be extra careful. Besides, there’s also a warning sign for jelly fish so I don’t think it’s actually a good idea to swim at all.

Anyway, a brief description of Penang Island is that it’s clean, the streets are peaceful (no jam), nice landscape to the beach and hills, but to me it seems like they’re trying hard to make from an industrial place to a recreational area. Why is that so is that they have historical areas but its not as big and interesting from the advertisements or reviews. There was also a food festival in Fort Cornwallis which has old cannons and few bunkers on it where we expected that there would be a wide range of interesting and famous food to try native to Penang. But in the end, it was just food stalls organize by one of the culinary institute and turned out not to be exciting at all. The view from the top was nice to the beach but filled with cars parked around the fort. That was kind of disappointing.

In the end, of the inconvenience was covered up by the nice and delicious food court in Batu Ferringgi. The food there is totally lovely! The soft textured bapao, the rich flavored Indian curry lamb, or even Malysian, Japanese, and Chinese selection food. Yummy! Fresh juices which costs around 2 ringgits. By the way, they have a unique mechanism in paying for our drinks which is very efficient and effective. So the servant actually get, pay, and serve our drinks first then we pay them back. Anyway, they had this night market which was going on every night with many interesting things to see and buy. Even though there were many fake bags being sold but they had good handmade merchandise. I bought 2 ropes of colorful balls of light for 35 Ringgits (after a series of negotiations since it is very recommended) a few other things.

Another place which I really enjoyed was the Spice Garden. We went on a short tour around it with Jeff who was the tour guide. He really had an abundant of knowledge about the plants (envy him). He shared information about the spices there  such as the different types of gingers, cinnamon trees, the usage of different colored pepper corns, bamboos, and timbers. I wished someday there’s a place like this in Bogor  where people can see the different varieties of spices in Indonesia since it’s good for education and recreation.

So for my conclusion, Penang is a nice island to stay for a short vacation but not to live in. Most areas are still being developed where historical places are still being being maintain. The Spice Garden is one good concept for education and recreation as from the culinary point of view, food court is the right place to eat!!!

PS. This green yucky looking Indian dish is actually good and delicious!!!