Weekend Getaway: Of food, fun, and love

by xin on December 15, 2011

Hello lovelies, aren’t you glad that it’s Thursday already?

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Picture taken at the beach of Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

Over the weekend, I took a little break to the north of Malaysia for a mini-vacation before year 2011 comes to an end.

It’s been a year with ups and downs, but I am glad that I am still breathing…and enjoying good food :D

I have been to Penang for at least 10 times but this is my far most adventurous trip because together we discovered so many sides & sceneries of Penang that we have never seen before.

Penang Air Itam Water Dam

Picture taken at Air Itam Water Dam. It’s a hidden road after Kek Lok Si. Follow the back way up and you will find this beautiful view. When we were there, there was no other ‘tourists’ but only locals who jogged in the morning. It’s quiet, tranquil, and peaceful. It’s not heavily advertised tourist spot hence not many know about it.

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Of course, what’s a good trip without food? ;)

The crab claypot rice was from Bukit Tambun while the rest of dishes were from Bali Hai restaurant, along the Gurney drive.  Hands up shell lovers!

Penang Batu Feringgi

Besides the water dam, we discovered the Malaysia’s Mildford Sound (New Zealand).

It’s all the way after Batu Feringgi, and about 20 km of slightly windy roads. Not that nauseating but the hill roads are not very wide, just enough for 2 sedan cars to move concurrently.  Not the best road to be taken but only if you are adventurous enough ;)

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Had the best ‘loh mee’ (braised noodles) in life, with chicken feet and slices of pork in it!

And also fried kuay teow (flat rice noodles) in duck egg with larger-than-life prawns and mantis prawns.

*slurrrps*

Taiping Lake Garden

Visited Taiping Lake Garden for the second time.

It’s a beautiful place with lots of green and water. I hope it stays that way :)

Bukit Bendera train

Hopefully 2012 will be a smooth sailing year ahead!

What is your best getaway of 2011 and any proudest achievement to share? :D

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rinnah December 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

Yeah, here’s to 2012 to being an awesome year for the #evurl girls! :)

My best holiday this year would have to be last month when my parents came down to visit me in Singapore. We were totally touristy and even my mom said it was her best holiday ever. :)
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xin December 15, 2011 at 11:37 am

i haven’t had any trips with parents for a long long time! except for times when they come here to visit :D but i guess it doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we spend time together :)
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lyn December 15, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love Bali Hai and it’s a must-go whenever I’m back in Penang. I haven’t been to the dam since I was a little girl! It’s still as peaceful and lovely as ever. I didn’t travel much this year and have only been to Hong Kong. But I’ll be in Singapore over an extended weekend and then in Penang for Christmas, so that’s something to look forward to :-)

Here, here to another fantastic year!
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lyn December 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

It’s meant to be “Hear, hear to another fantastic year!”. My brain is not working this morning ;-)
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xin December 15, 2011 at 11:39 am

u should revisit the dam again! :D many said bali hai is overpriced and only for tourists, but if it’s good, i really don’t mind.
enjoy penang and singapore! :D and yes yes toast to more spareparts and cholesterol!
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Paris B December 15, 2011 at 10:15 am

hands up for being a shell lover! :D eh you should go to the tua pek kong temple for seafood too in tanjung tokong. I’ve been there a few times :D Whens the next road trip? ;)
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xin December 15, 2011 at 11:40 am

tanjung tokong? never been there. but we can always make plans to go there! :D
p/s: perhaps we should be less adventurous first, even hard to arrange for our spareparts ><
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Beauty Box December 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I really enjoyed my time in Penang too years ago….a v chilled out part of Malaysia with great food!

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xin December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

but unfortunately the driving etiquette there is quite scary
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gio December 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

What a beautiful place! the food looks delicious!

Here’s to another wonderful year!
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xin December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

yeay to a better 2012!
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beetrice December 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm

yay!! will be headed up to Taiping/Penang immediately after Christmas, so this is an awesome guide! :D

this year was full of so many memorable moments, but highlights would have been the promotion, the boy and Melbourne (in no particular order… :P)

here’s to an awesometastic, fantabulous and epic 2012 for the #evurl girls!!
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xin December 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

i am sure 2011 has been a really great year to you ;)
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Connie De Alwis December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

gahhh!! food!!!!
When are we making our trip?
<3 that last pic. cool effect!
I finally traveled to East Malaysia (stepped on both Sabah & Sarawak) after 24 years of existence. That's an achievement I suppose? I've finally been to ALL the states in Malaysia. took me awhile…
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Lilly December 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Wow, GREAT FOOD

I wonder how do they taste (seems very delicious).

If you have more chances, I would like to introduce you to Vietnam. I have once been there for 2 weeks – a great experience that I can’t forget. The people are friendly and their food are very very tasty

Good luck with your 2012 :)

Best regards
Lilly
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xin December 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

i have not been to sabah …in fact have only been to a few states in msia. definitely need to do more cuti-cuti malaysia.
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Sophia December 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. I love the last picture :D. 2012 would be a great for me, I will work hard for the tourist of my family.
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