Steve Ngai (危 志 荣) KuaLa Lumpur, Malaysia

Short but Wonderful Family Penang Trip

13/2/2015 – To my ashamed, I can’t remember when is the last time I travel outstation with my parents. Glad that it happens last week. Although the journey is about 4-5 hours, we are not so stressed out or tired because all of us took turn to drive. Most of the time, I will be the navigation since I am more familiar with use smart phone to navigate via Waze / Google Map.

When we reached Penang island, we tried to go to this place called “Island Glades” as arrange by my friend. Following the Google Map GPS, we went to another “Islands Glades”. Lesson learned – Use common sense and communicate more to double-confirm the actual distance. But good also, so that we know another place in Penang.

One of the oldest temple in Penang – 216 years old!

First time to this Taman Negara Pulau Pinang. It is very nearby Batu Ferringhi beaches. Here you can rent a boat to have some activities. Boat rental is RM 30 per boat which can cater for 10 pax.

There are many hotels along Batu Ferringhi beaches and this Hard Rock Hotel is one of the most luxurious. About RM500++ per night!

This hotel even have their own home-made-private beach with sand

The beaches are open for public use.

Golden Sands Resort – Another nice resort

The Ship Steak House in Batu Ferringhi

For dinner, we makan at Gurney Drive (Anjung Gurney) – a famous spot for many Penang hawker foods. We realize that for non-spicy food, Penang’s food is not as tasty. Perhaps not suit our KL taste bud. But spicy food is good I heard although we didn’t try much because we can’t take much spicy food.

Then, we then explore Esplanade which is just nearby and then ‘supper’ at this place below.

Supposingly meeting up with my consumer to bring her to ShuangHor Opportunity Preview Meeting but she couldn’t make as her relatives came over for wedding function. But, I still go to least check out the location of this Penang branch.

As I reflected today what happened that time and this trip, I felt so emotional because I didn’t realize that my parents already aging. My father is now so-called retired while my mom’s knee is weak. My parents are the persons who love me the most in my life. I am glad this I can have this trip that we can spend quality family time. I shall always remind myself to love and appreciate them more and plan more family trip while they are here and still able to walk.

I would say that their so-called most famous bak kut teh can’t compare with Klang’s bak kut teh at all. It is quite expensive too. Seem like this a bak kut teh jalan because seem like every stall just sell bak kut teh only. This jalan is same with the Gurney Drive.

After breakfast, we proceed to Penang Hill. Using GPS might lead you to wrong road. So you might need to ask the locals. Once you reach, you can park your car there. First hour is RM 2. Subsequent hour is RM 1.

Third generation of cable car. Adult with Malaysia IC is RM 10 for 2 ways. While my parents as senior citizen is RM 4 for each person.

The previous time my father ride the cable car to Penang is 50 years ago and this is the first generation of cable car.

All three generation of Penang cable car / train since 1923 until 2015 (present).

One of the most enjoy of this Penang trip for my mom is during Penang Hill because it is cooling there.

The Owl Museum

You can stay a night there too. The only hotel in Penang Hill is Bellevue Hotel. Standard room is about RM 300 per night.

Next, we makan lunch in Taman Islands Glades. Suppose to makan with Darick, our brother in Christ who lead Penang church but couldn’t happen due to time limitation as we need to rush to Bukit Mertajam to visit a cancer patient.

p/s – Time Machine, bring me to year 1991-1992.

More historical and unique places to visit in Penang.