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November 2016

Penang, Malaysia

More adventures!

rain 70 °F

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It's been a wonderful visit to Penang. This city was so worth coming to, and I'll be coming back!

Yesterday I was able to get an Uber to church. It was only 5 ringgits, about $1.15. They have a building here in Penang, with many more members than in JB. Quite a few expats, and many Chinese and Malaysian members. It was so great to be able to be there! I love how everywhere I go I'm able to find my church and enjoy the spirit I feel there. After church while I was waiting for the Uber to find me, I heard this rustling in the trees and looked up and saw monkeys. Just a little freaky...but later about monkeys. They can be pretty scary.
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I called for an Uber and he took me to the Botanical Gardens. Less that 1 ringgit. $.25. I tipped him and gave him 5. Geez...How do they survive?
I bought two bags of peanuts because the lady told me it was so fun to feed the monkeys. She said they would come right up to you and eat out of your hand....right....Just after getting into the gardens I took a path that was fairly quiet and there wasn't anyone around. This "cute" little monkey came running up to me so I threw him a couple of peanuts. It happened so fast I can't believe it. That little punk jumped right up and grabbed the bag that held the 2 bags of peanuts. He sat down and started eating. I thought that I should get back the unopened bag....not a good idea. He started hissing at me, and started towards me. Then he had these two bully friends that came up and harassed me too. The punk didn't even share with them, but they sure were protecting him. It was scary. Another guy came along with his wife and tried to chase them, but they started running towards him screaming and he ran off. 90_IMG_5291.jpg90_IMG_5290.jpg90_IMG_5288.jpg90_IMG_5286.jpg

Now that the peanuts were gone I could enjoy the rest of the garden. And it was beautiful. Very different from the one in Singapore, more natural. There was a little waterfall, and tons of mature trees. The weather was not too hot...maybe I'm getting used to it?
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I was also able to visit Penang Hill.

"Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks in Penang, Malaysia. It is located in Air Itam, which is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the city centre of George Town. Penang Hill is also known by the Malay name Bukit Bendera, which refers to Flagstaff Hill, the most developed peak. The name Penang Hill covers a number of hills, with the highest point at Western Hill which is 833 metres (2,733 ft) above sea level. The hill stands out prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. It was used as a retreat during the British colonial period, and is now a popular tourist destination in Penang. The top of the hill is accessible via the Penang Hill Railway from its base station at Air Itam." Wikipedia.org

Totally amazing. I took a train ride up to the top for $14. Which was pricy, but I didn't want to spend the $7 to wait, so I got right up there. Wonderful views of Penang, and mainland Malaysia. Usually at the top of major tourist attractions you pay a ton for food. But lunch was under $2.
Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Views of the city. Lots of little shops, tons of small restaurants, wet and dry markets. Life is happening here.
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I walked from the hotel over to the Komtar building and had lunch here. It was the most expensive meal I had in Penang. $11 for a 3 course meal. I had a famous Penang dish called Char Koag Teow. It is made with noodles, seafood, bean sprouts, and some type of spicy sauce. It was served with salad and dessert. The views were outstanding. The building and surrounding buildings held shopping malls where you could find anything! I was even able to get my iPhone fixed. The glass cover had cracked!

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Salad

Salad

Char Koag Teow

Char Koag Teow

Dessert

Dessert

View from the Tower

View from the Tower

Me

Me


KOMTAR Tower, or Menara KOMTAR Complex is Penang's tallest building and the sixth tallest building in Malaysia located in the heart of George Town, dominating the island's skyline. KOMTAR is an acronym for Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak. When the skyscraper topped out (reached full height during construction phase), it was the second tallest building in Asia after Sunshine 60 in Tokyo. KOMTAR was still Malaysia's tallest building for 3 years before it was surpassed by Menara Maybank in Kuala Lumpur in 1988. It remains as Penang's tallest building since 1985 at a height of 232 metres (761 ft). In 2016 as part of the revitalisation plan, three new levels totalling 17 metres were added to the tower raising the height to 249 metres (817 ft).

I would highly recommend Penang as a destination. I didn't have time to see everything, and really want to come back again!

Posted by dianeski4 00:58 Archived in Malaysia Comments (0)

Penang, Malaysia

Weekend trip

semi-overcast 80 °F

We have a day off school on Monday, so I decided to take a trip over to Penang. I took a short one hour flight from the airport in Johor and arrived at about 10am. I went to the hotel and just thought I would leave a bag there until I could check in at 2, but they had a room available, so I was able to get in a little rest before heading out for the day. Beautiful views from the hotel of the city and China Sea.
Heading to the airplane

Heading to the airplane

Hotel View

Hotel View

View from the hotel

View from the hotel

There is a hop on hop off bus that takes you around the island so I paid 45 RM for 24 hours. There is a city route and a beach route. So, I took both. The scenery was beautiful. I stopped off at a butterfly farm and enjoyed the beautiful insects and plants.

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I hopped back on the bus and finished up the beach route and stopped off on the city route at a huge mall. They had a food court and so I tried some of the famous Penang food. A noodle dish, and ice-cream made with ice, noodles, milk, and kidney beans. Yes, it sounds weird, but it was tasty.

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I got back on the bus and spent 2 hours getting back to the hotel. Traffic was pretty bad, but got to see lots of sites. I'm loving this opportunity to get out and see a new part of the world. I am independent! I did enjoy meeting a couple of interesting people. One couple from Austria is on a four month honeymoon and have traveled thru Russia, China and not Southeast Asia. Another guy I met on the bus was from Australia, and just on a holiday. He can't understand our political situation.....and I can't either. But I'll leave it at that. Some of the best parts of traveling are meeting new people and making connections. All of us are just trying to make life work and find happiness on the way thru this journey.

The other day I had dinner with the missionaries and while talking with one of the newest missionaries found out that he was from Provo, my home town. I went to school with his mom, aunts and uncles. His grandma played the organ in my ward when I was a little girl, played for my parents funerals, and is still playing! It's indeed a small world.
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