Tuesday, May 22, 2018

MY PENANG GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE: HAJI CENDOL


24th MARCH 2018 ~ I had spotted this "cendol" stall on the first day I was in town and managed to try the dessert the day after. It was stationed beside Lebuh Acheh Mosque and should no be difficult to find.


If you want to escape the tropical heat while enjoying your cold bowl of "cendol", you could sit inside the small restaurant at the back.




It was good and the taste was more Malay-ish, if compared to the Teochew Cendol I had the day before. The coconut milk was thicker, creamier and sweeter. Should be something you would crave for after walking around the city on a very hot day.


Monday, May 21, 2018

MY TEACHER'S DAY BOUQUET ARRIVED LATE IN SCHOOL


A delivery girl arrived in school - carrying a chocolate/flower bouquet for Teacher's Day - better late than never kind of thing. It was a surprise that happened once in a million years (even though I was already informed by the delivery girl herself she would be in school for delivery the night before). My heartiest thanks to Ms. Khaulah Abd. Rahim and Ms. Safia Ebi Shahrin, ex-students of SMK Taman Universiti SPM batch 2006, for the kind and thoughtful gesture. Only Allah may repay their good deed in this holy month of Ramadhan.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

THE NIGHT MARKET ON ARMENIAN STREET


24th MARCH 2018 ~ The touristy Armenian street is closed to traffic in the evening every weekends to make way for the night market to be held along the stretch of road.


It was just a small scale kind of market selling mostly local food and souvenir items. However, there were many tourists flocking the area when I was there. And the market was actually found right in front of the hotel where I was staying.




























The market ceased operation quite early though. By 7:00 p.m., the road was already clear of the trading activities and visitors, as if nothing major had happened before that. 

Not a bad place to visit especially if you (are a Malaysian and) want to feel like a real tourist in Penang.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

THE ART GALLERY IN LEONG SAN TONG KHOO KONGSI


24th MARCH 2018 ~ There was this Art Gallery inside Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi and we happily marched into the hall. We were glad to be there as, firstly there was no one else and secondly we could escape the heat outside as the room was air-conditioned.












































There were many displays of paintings and photographs related to the clan house to be observed and admired. You have to find this place as it is located in a different building, which is opposite the souvenir shop.

Friday, May 18, 2018

MY FIRST TIME VISITING HUTAN BANDAR MBJB


After all these years, I finally set foot inside Hutan Bandar MBJB [TRANSLATE: forest in the city] located at Jalan Yahya Awal/Jalan Tasek Utara. This happened as I went to attend a wedding held there. 


It was surprisingly clean, green and well-looked after. And how authentic was the forest in the city? I could hear the sounds of crickets and other unrecognizable insects when I was there so it should be "foresty" enough.












Good news for parents with small kids. There are a lot of open spaces for the kids to run around as well as playgrounds.


















The best part is there is a small water park which is opened to the public for free.






There were also people having a picnic under the shady trees - reminded me of the parks I visited during my trips abroad.






This is a place I may consider going later when I have retired - sitting under a tree, reading a book. Hopefully it will still be there by the time I don't have to go to school anymore.