Penang, a lovely place with the essence of food n heritage

here we are, finally v made our holiday plan to Penang succesfully, actually v planned it since last sem hehe. There are 7 of us joined the trip, me n khai sien as the host (penang lang wat), n the guests r yen, qiao mei, soo ling, huey ming n a joyce. obviously tis is a house trip la haha. v planned the trip for 3 days 2 nights in penang , one day in penang n another day stay in my house.

the draft of the journey r roughly like tis
Day 1: v took a train to penang from KL central at 11pm, bought the tickets as early as possible, the bed costs u around RM40 for the upper bed while RM46 for lower bed. well, we departed from upm as early as 9.45pm. the train is very cold, so for those who wish to take train to penang plz remember to bring ur jacket along ya. the terminal station is at Butterworth jetty ( my hometown hehe). We reach Butterworth around 7am, then v took a bus 604 rapid penang to bagan ajam pasar to have our breakfast, yoohoo penang delicacies are awesome!!

Day 2: well i consider it as day 2 in penang, actually the same day v reach Butterworth. after a nice rest n nice meal, v start our journey^^

a photo v the train v took to reach Butterworth, a beautiful experience for everyone of us ^^

Day 2: so again v took a bus to reach jetty (don worry every bus will reach to jetty d) then v took ferry to penang (Rm1.20 per person) well, we took quite a lot of photos on the ferry, u may view my facebook photo album if u want ^^. the first station v went is chew jetty which is walking distance from the jetty (Pangkalan Weld). v ask for a more detailed direction around the jetty area, penang people r very friendly d ^^

**a small reminder here: plz do research b4 u come to penang especially the rapid penang route map n bus station location, it helps a lot =). u can google for rapid penang then u can get the map easily *wink wink

a warm welcome from the people who stay on the bridge, helped us to take pictures. Chew jetty is one of the UNESCO heritage in penang, v more than 100 years history, a place tat shouldn't be missed out!
here is more info of chew jetty, in chinese v named it as 姓周桥. there is a lot of souvenir shops along the bridge. Famous local movie 初恋红豆冰 also have a shot here, well it depends on ur luck whether the owner allow u to enter n have a visit or not adi.
the reason for us to go to penang is because of tis map, yupp the interesting wall painting surrounding the penang heritage zone, in order to celebrate the 2nd anniversary for Penang being recognize by heritage zone by UNESCO. tis pic I took it from a backpacker blogspot 蓝天白云数格子。 there are 8 paintings in total, n chew jetty is the no 8 painting in the map. since v reach jetty first so v make it as our first destination. For ur information, the jetty is actually one of the heritage in penang too!! serve penang people for more than a decade, connect people between the island n mainland before Penang Bridge was build ( 1985).

here we are! our first picture with the first painting in Chew Jetty. the house with tis painting is actually a 民宿, in another word a homestay resort for tourists.

a picture with the title of the attraction haha, u will have a nice discovery journey here, highly recommended for those who wish to visit penang =))

From Chew Jetty, we walked back to the jetty (the real jetty lar) to take a bus to the heritage zone. well we plan to tak free CAT to reach there, but the stupid driver told us tat he dunno where is the place v wish to go. no choice, v took 204 bus, then stop at the bus stop opposite the bayview hotel n started walking, enjoying a day to be a backpacker. v did bring our sunblock n umbrella, the hot sun in penang is really unbearable. Along the Lebuh Farquhar then v saw our next destination : Cheong Fatt Tze mansion at 14 Lebuh Leith Georgetown =))
well our luck wasn't very good tat time, v missed out the visit time TT u can visit into the mansion at 11.30am, 1pm n 3.30pm, no need booking but must be punctual. the mansion is totally painted in blue colour from the exterior view, which makes it very unique hehe. cheong fatt tze mansion (also known as blue house) is one of the most important heritage in Penang, so far i haven got the chance to visit it yet. inside the house is well decorated v ancient antique and full of chinese culture. And one important point, no photograph is allowed in the mansion, n v have to pay for the ticket if v wish to visit it^^

although v cant visit the cheong fatt tze mansion, still v very happy, v reach the centre of heritage zone in Georgetown!! the 2nd wall painting is just beside the mansion, at Red Garden, it is one of the famous hawker centre in penang. behind the mansion is Hotel Malaya. u can walk to the 2nd wall painting from the mansion( also the largest painting among the 8 paintings) if u cant find the direction u can ask for it, just opposite Cititel hotel, very easy right?

oh ya, forgot to introduce, the Red garden onli start their operation at 6pm, so v went to a shop opposite the Red Garden to buy some local delicacies such as tambun biscuits, durian kuih n durian coffee(very nice n it taste awesome!!). if got chance u should visit to the Red Garden, if not New World Park near KOMTAR is recommended, both of tis two places have awesome Penang food waiting for u!!

After the wall painting, v prepared to check in to our hotel. well i book Moontree 47 at Lebuh Muntri, but due to some reason v cant stay in tat hotel >< so v changed our accommodation into Star Lodge which is just beside the Moontree 47 hotel. not bad actually, the tauke is very friendly n the hotel is very clean n tidy. v paid RM150 for 7 persons, v 2 air-conditioned rooms v individual toilet. worth for it.

another wall painting in love lane ^^ well it was modified a couple weeks ago, making it more attractive than original hehe.

well our luck wasn't so smooth tat day, coz v met v the rain God TT. since v did not take our meal yet v just walked to restaurant in the opposite road looking for food, well the nam heng restaurant in chulia street served an awesome wan tan mee ^^ n cost us around RM3.50 only if I'm not wrong. along the street there is a famous heritage hotel: banana boutique, huhu actually v plan to stay a night there but it was our budget. hehe, v r poor ==

accidentally saw tis art while v were walking back to love lane, along the Lorong Stewan. After a delicious meal v were heading to our next destination: the Baba Nyonya Mansion

Another cute iron work art street v found along Lebuh Pitt, hehe one of our extra-discovery in Penang. my housemates love to pose a lot XDD

We were told that actually the Nyonya house was marked wrongly by the google maps, luckily we met a very helpful uncle, whose wife is working in the house to give us the correct direction =)) thank you

it is actually located in a vertical street than a horizontal street, opposite a very big cafe. Nyonya mansion is a green colour building, n there is a very big nyonya poster outside the house.
After v paid the ticket fees, v were guided by a friendly Nyonya with a warm welcome. She explained to us about the life of nyonya baba and their tradition. Really impressed with the interior design in the house and all the accessories. We also grabbed a chance to have a look at the 3-inches shoes wore by the old nyonya, due to a ugly tradition in Chinese.

The nyonya also teach us about the mahjong paper played by her n her friends during their leisure time, in chinese v called it as a “闺阁游戏”。very unique games that we learned tat day. V love the nyonya becoz she allowed us to take pictures in the mansion, so nice!!
beautiful vase n golden leaves on the table in the mansion, located in the 偏厅 beside the counter. inside here have a mahjong table n the nyonya taught us about the culture of nyonya baba.

We took picture together with Nyonya ^^ she is very pretty in her nyonya dress

another pictures in the upper floor of the mansion. tis is also one of the shooting place for singapore drama 小娘惹, where all the tuk panjang scene was shooted at here. the pictures they hang is their ancestors.
me with the beautiful art work behind ^^ hardly seen tis kind of art skills in the society nowadays adi.

pattern time ^^ haha, actually v were looking at the bride downstairs, there was a photo shooting sessions tat time. since tis place is very romantic n special wat.

last photo v Nyonya at the 正厅 of the mansion before we left tis beautiful place. wonderful memory!!

we moved on to our next wall painting the 追风小子 in Lebuh Ah Quee. one of the most popular hotspot in penang. pattern pattern time again hehe
**tis wall painting was sabotage by someone irresponsible n low moral value last week with barbecue charcoal. angry with tis behavior
our cute sin yen with the wall painting 姐弟 located in lebuh armenian. the most most most famous wall painting in penang because of the innocent look showed by the children. we have to queue up to take the photo, imagine how hot it is!!
**again sabotage by a bian tai (变态)last week.

Again another impressive art street along lebuh Armenian, just walk straight down to the street lo. cute khaisien, u can really hold the tiger or not?? XD

Beside the iron work there is another wall painting named 沉思的老人, but dunno y it really fades alot recently. not very famous, but still meaningful to penang =))

my street look at lebuh cannon, all the buildings behind me are the 战前古屋,aged more than 100 years old adi. built before the 2nd world war in Penang. N they are the main attractions in penang heritage zone.

took pictures with another wall painting in Lebuh Cannon, haha cute right. very obvious along the street. don miss it out!! N it is our last station for wall painting tour too, completed our tour in 2 hours time ( not included a visit to Nyonya house)

**suggestion: if u wish to visit the real heritage in penang, u may stay in lebuh muntri or lebuh chulia, so it will be easier for the visit hehe

~ for more info about my latest mural visit in 2013, check out my latest post: Penang mural street art walk 2013

After the visit, we walked to jetty again to take bus to Padang Kota Lama. We took CAT bus there, a free shuttle bus service provided by penang government. Tis picture was taken in front of the city hall, 市政厅. Penang city hall is a British style building as Penang is one of the Negeri-negeri selat. Beside the city hall is the Dewan Sri Penang, all the important performance and competitions are held here.

another funny pose on the field =) in padang kota lama, as we missed out the chance to visit Fort Corwanllis, we reached there almost at 6.45pm TT

Then we took a taxi to New Gurney, enjoyed our dinner at Gurney Drive Food Court, erm quite expensive one for me, but compare to KL, wow the food are much delicious n cheaper!!! hiak hiak hiak. We also went for a short shopping in Gurney Plaza. went back to our lodge at 10.30pm. We had to cancel our supper plan at Red Garden because everyone were exhausted

Forgot to post tis wall painting photo-功夫女孩, at Lebuh Muntri, on the wall to Moon Tree 47. dunno y for me i feel very uncomfortable v it.... my problem?? 0.o

Having our breakfast at Western Oriental Cafe, within a walking distance from the lodge. I ordered a bacon omelette and soya milk, the price is reasonable and i love the environment there. not much decoration but comfortable, a very relaxing breakfast v had there. the tauke is very friendly, and he spoke a very fluent english, wow i wish i can do it too ><

After our breakfast then we moved on to our first destination of the day, Penang Hill!! actually we can take bus there, but becoz of laziness we choose to take taxi, and it costed us around RM25 per cab TT next time i swear i will take bus which will cost RM2.70 per pax only.

We reach Penang Hill quite early around 9.30am, thanks god not much crowd there yet. We had to show our Malaysia Identity Card and UPM student card at the counter, then pay for RM4 per pax hehe. Foreigners have to pay around RM30++ but for them tis is really a small amount la. especially after i visited to Australia.

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