Penang in 1 Day! Penang, Malaysia Trip 2014

Okay, our trip is actually a 3D2N trip. However, the flight timing is quite bad such that we only have 1 full day to tour Penang. So, we focused on what we want to do and explored Penang, Georgetown only in 1 day. It’s a bit rushed but we enjoyed it ūüôā

Morning

Rise and shine! We had breakfast at SiTiGun @ 30, Jalan Nagore. It is located near our hotel, Hotel Royal Penang and has very good reviews at Tripadvisor. We like both the homemade coffee and croissants.

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After that we start our exploration by hunting down the street art on Georgetown’s streets. We went along this route: ¬†Lebuh Chulia > Lebuh Ah Quee > Lebuh Pantai > Lebuh Armenian > Chew jetty. We didn’t take photos of some of the famous ones as there were too many people crowding near the artwork. It’s a pity! There are stalls selling souvenirs and drinks along Lebuh Armenian too. One is grateful for the drink stalls on a hot day!

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Afternoon

We bought some souvenirs at this stall near Lebuh Chulia. The lady boss told us that they can bring us to the Interactive Museum for free. We were at first skeptical but the lady boss assured us that it’s a point system that the stall owners have with the museum. If they introduce the museum to tourists and bring them there, they will earn some points. So, we agreed and true enough they did brought us there for free and we were thankful to her ūüôā

We had a great time at the Interactive Museum, doing silly poses with the 3D art. I must say it’s the highlight of our trip.

After the museum, we took a cab to the Blue Mansion, aka Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. We were early as the English guided tour starts at 3:30 pm. We decided to have lunch at a nearby coffeeshop. The coffeeshop still retains the look of the 80s and we like the ambience very much.

After lunch, we walked down to the Blue Mansion and the guide gave us an interesting history lesson on the owner, Cheong Fatt Tze and his many wives, as well as the fengshui behind the architecture.

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Evening & Night

Dinner at Gurney Drive. We had the famous Char Kway Teow from Stall 71, oyster omelette (Oh lua), satay and Indian Rojak. After dinner, we wrapped off the night with a movie at Plaza Gurney.

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Getaway from the Haze: Cebu, Philippines Trip 2013

June last year was a very bad month with the serious haze problem. However, my friends and I were lucky to have plan a trip to Cebu and we didn’t experience the PSI 300 ordeal.

Our Cebu trip was a rest and relax trip. We didn’t really move around much but were bumming in the nice resort that we were staying in.

DAY ONE

We checked into our hotel and were being upgraded from 2 standard rooms to a suite. We spent the day bumming in the resort and enjoying our complimentary afternoon tea before heading out to the city to enjoy grilled food at AA BBQ.

Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

AA BBQ

DAY TWO

We spent the morning in the hotel’s SPA Delmar and shopped in the Cebu city.

SPA Delmar

Food in Cebu City

DAY THREE

We booked a day trip to swim with the whale sharks in in Oslob and spent a lazy afternoon in an island resort. We spent the night in¬†M√∂venpick’s open-air pub.

Whale Sharks in Oslob

Bumming in an Island Resort

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DAY FOUR

Home Sweet Home

Kansai (Japan) Trip Itinerary

I went on an 18-day trip to Kansai, Japan during late March and early April. This trip is a Hanami (Sakura or cherry blossoms viewing) trip, so we have to monitor the blooming period of the sakura and make sure we are in either Osaka or Kyoto during that time. We checked the blooming period from Japan-guide.com. They have a page reporting on the status of the cherry blossoms in various parts of Japan.

Here’s the details of¬†our itinerary. Hope that it may serve as a reference for those of you who are interested in going to the Kansai, Japan.

We based ourselves in Osaka most of the time and make day trips out to different destinations. This is made possible with the two 3-day Kansai Thru Pass that we’ve purchased. We planned our “expensive trips” during the days we use the passes so that¬†it’s more worthy.

Taiwan trip itinerary

I just went on a 15-day trip to Taiwan. The main purpose of the trip is to attend the Countdown party at Taipei. So during our planning, we must make sure we are in Taipei on 31st Dec. For the places we want to visit, most travellers will usually plan to travel in a loop: Taipei > Miaoli > Taichung > Kaohsiung > Guanziling > Alishan > Sun Moon Lake > Qing Jing > Ao Wan Da > Hualien > Yilan > Taipei.

However, to make sure we are back in Taipei on the 31st, our itinerary is as follows: Taipei > Kaoshiung > Guanziling > Alishan > Sun Moon Lake > Qing Jing > Ao Wan Da > Taipei > Miaoli > Taipei > Yilan > Huanlien > Taichung > Taipei.

Hope that the itinerary will be helpful to those who are planning to go Taiwan.