houses in penang

Modern Housing Towering Over Old Clan Jetty Houses

As we had said in our earlier posts on Street Food and Street Art, Penang is full of things to see and places to explore.  We spent much of our time walking the streets of Georgetown, but also got out to see other parts of the island by way of the city bus.  This is a cheep alternative to taking a taxi as long as you give yourself ample time to get somewhere.

As we said in our earlier post on Street Food, our hotel was perfect.  We stayed at the Apollo Inn just down the street from Continue Reading

Trip Expenses

Our travel expenses for the month of February 2014.  This month we visited 3 countries; Bali, Singapore and Malaysia.  The most time was spent in Bali and the least in Singapore with just 3 nights.  While in Bali we hired a driver for several days to show us the sites and are very glad we did even though it added to the budget.  To get to Malaysia we took a very nice bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur where we stayed at a Marriott for 3 nights free by using hotel points.  Continue Reading

ernest zacharevic penang

The street art around Penang is amazing.  We’re not sure how long the wrought iron art work has been around but the murals done by Lithuanian born artist Ernest Zacharevic have been around since 2012.  There are paintings of characters and people on the walls of buildings, some of which are incorporated with real items such as a motorcycle, rope or a bicycle to give a 3D effect.  Both the wrought iron and paintings are so famous there’s even a Continue Reading

Street Food Cart in Penang

Street Food Cart

Georgetown is a Unesco World Cultural Heritage site and the capital of the state of Penang, an island situated just across the bridge from Mainland Malaysia.  This is also the capital of street food in Malaysia.  This place has it all, from simple Chinese bread and dim sum to Indian Rotis and curries.  You want Japanese, they’ve got it, how about Armenian food, it’s there.  Each one within walking distance to the other and they are all within the newly established boarders of Continue Reading

Tea fields in the cameron highlands

Rolling through the tea fields like Indiana Jones

After leaving Kuala Lumpur on our express bus with a driver on his cell phone that stopped every so often to drop off or pick up random people and pass vehicles like he was in a car, we arrived in the tea-producing mecca of Cameron Highlands.  There are many options for accommodation, most of which didn’t look very good, but thanks to Simone’s research skills, we found a quiet, clean guest house called Arundina with a friendly staff that was just a couple of blocks off of the main street.  We went to Cameron Highlands for the tea, but first we had to Continue Reading