Penang, exciting at every corner. To start the day, I headed up Penang Hill (RM15) via a Tram ride that takes just 5 minutes. At 710m above sea level, Penang Hill stands tall as the highest hill in Penang Island. Cool breeze was aplenty as I walked to a viewpoint. Beautiful indeed.
Within the summit, a variety of food options were available. For instance, a food court sold general food fare at an inflated rate. An Owl Museum is located beside the food court and yes, I wasted my money there. Despite my special price, the Owl Museum felt more like an art gallery with collections of owls from all over the world. Nonetheless, the nearby dessert area made going up a little more meaningful. The view was great, yet it was time to head down. Before boarding, I sent a few post cards back home, legend says how long it'll take remains a mystery.
Next stop, the Pagoda. On the way there, I chanced upon a little coffee shop and stopped for lunch. A bowl of chicken Kuah Teow Soup and a cup of super 'gao' milo ais help smoothe the hungry belly. After 15 minutes of walking and sweatering afternoon sun, I finally reached the Pagoda's compound.
Magnificent as it looks, the temple enclosing the Pagoda was surrounded in nature, intricate Buddhism status and chines culture. Entrance was free, yet the sun was super free too (pun intended, it was really, very hot). I'll let the pictures do the talking below.
I took the local bus 204 that'll take me to the Jetty, where the bus terminal is situated. A kind auntie offered to pay my fare of RM2 when I did not had small change. Thank you auntie. Enroute, a barrage of old colonial buildings and architecture bring out the rich history that Penang has to offer. Just like Singapore, Penang was held by the British East India Company and was transformed into a seaport of Malaya. Henceforth, the British took their culture and belongings into Penang, bringing 2 different cultures together, and creating what we see today, and Anglo-Chinese kind of Town.
I then headed to the Clan Jetties, the Made in Penang Interactive Museum (Another Museum with money wasted) and lastly, the Penang Time Tunnel - finally a proper museum! The Penang Time Tunnel (RM16) had an extensive museum with life sized figurines and artifacts that relate the history of Penang. Upstairs, UV displays made photo taking great - for groups, not people like me 😛
And finally, a day is not a day without a proper massage. Soon after, I headed back to the hostel for a quick refuel and shower, before dinner-time. Back at the Chulia Street Market, I had a plate of Char Kuah Teow (RM5) and a bowl of Assam Laksa (RM4) . Damn! It was great! The Assam Laksa had a sour and sweet taste to it, largely different from what I normally have in Singapore. It was served with Kuah Teow, Herb Veggies and some Fresh Chilli - Spicy.
For dessert, I headed opposite for a piece of Apom. Turns out, it was a mildly sweet crepe that tasted just like Love Letters. After grabbing some supplies at a nearby 7-11, I headed to the Bakery Cafe, where I got myself a Jack Fruit & Gula Melaka Yogurt (RM12) and a piece of Cream Puff (RM2.50) - Naise ✌🏼And that's where I am now, typing this post (:
I'll probably head back to catch some rest before I head out early tomorrow to the Penang Nature Reserve for a much needed eco adventure. Till then...
Backpacking over several towns and cities, the route passes through the Penang, Ipoh, Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur.