Monday, August 27, 2012

Road Trip to Penang

We went for a one-week road trip to the North and Eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The trip was well organized with activities that suited different age ranges. Everyone had a blast.

The first stop was Penang, famous for its food and beaches.

It was quite a long trip for Aelig, luckily the car built-in DVD player kept her busy. Everyone in the car had to watch "Tinker Bell" over and over again though.

After some food hunting we went for durian hunting in "Balik Pulau". I had been there more than 10 years ago, the price had skyrocketed and durian has become an expensive fruit. Aelig was more intrigued to the shape than the taste.

We went for swimming in Batu Ferringhi. The public beaches are filthy and polluted, I would rather enjoy the swimming pool in the hotel.

I missed being with my family. My nephews and nieces have grown up so fast. I'm glad Aelig got to blend in with them.

I'm not sure if this was Aelig's first encounter with monkey, but she surely was not afraid and wanted to feed them as close as possible. She didn't realize she could get hurt.

After savoring the infamous "Asam Laksa", we visited the Kek Lok Si Temple. Around the Buddha status there were the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. It was a popular spot for photo taking.

During the evening the Gurney Drive was packed with people. Some come for food and some just to enjoy the sea-watch. Lots of kids were playing with their bubble gun. The market price is RM10 each. Aelig was crazy with it.

The stop at Penang had greatly satisfied my craving for local food. During the two-day's trip I had taken in different kind of noodles, seafood and hawker food. I could stay longer just to feed my stomach. I love hawker center, you can get so many choices in just one location. I hope we can get this in France. Imagine everyone goes to a restaurant and we get to eat crêpe, couscous, mussels with fries, pad thai, confit de canard...all at the same location.

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