Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, also called Pusat Penjaja Anjung Gurney, is one of the biggest and most famous eatery in Penang. Started in 1970s and has moved to various locations over these years. Now located next to Plaza Gurney.
Long rows of food on both side of the market.
Super long queue for this Fried Kway Teow stall.
This famous indian rojak stall…
Probably not famous for the food as it was so-so only, but surely famous for the singing rojak man who dances and sings to whatever tunes the radio plays. Super fun to watch, makes queuing for his rojak more entertaining.
We didn’t have that much space in our tummy that night, so only managed to try three dishes from the stalls, and sadly, none were memorable. Amongst the three, I think the satays were the best. Personally prefers the food we had the night before at the weekday roving night market.
Before our trip to Penang, I read a lot about the many interesting sights, colours and street arts around Penang. I even had some of the must-see places marked before our trip. But when we were there, we kinda lost track of time and my plan was kinda messed up. Still we managed to spot some interesting street art and sights as we roamed around the streets aimlessly, going wherever our feet brought us. It was quite an experience we had.
If you have never been to Penang and is wondering how the place generally looks like, here are some photos for your reference.
People and Buildings around Penang
Nice vintage store at Georgetown
The things in there are quite pretty and nice for gifts. If I was in there some 10 years ago, I would properly walk out with quite a lot of stuff to give as gifts. But now with family to support, I stopped buying unnecessary things when I’m traveling. Yes, that means no more pretty gifts for family and friends. 😛
Art along Streets of Penang
Interesting painting and illustrations are plentiful around Georgetown. If you do not have a map or street art guide with you, be sure to look around everywhere you walk, especially along small and back alleys cos you’ll never know what you will discover! Look up, down, left, right and all around!
Everywhere where there are street art like these, you will see tourists waiting and hanging around just to wait for their chance to take a shot with the illustration. We were too lazy and so I just snap when I can, and if there is no clean view for the art, then I’ll just walk away.
Our first visit to a cat cafe and it was in Penang! Purrfect Cat Cafe is a nice place to relax, chill and charge up after a day walk around Georgetown, Penang. When you are there, do remember to place your order at the cashier counter on level 1 before heading up to the second floor. No one told us about it when we were there so I had to go up and down and up again just to get our drinks ordered. And do remember to wash your hands too before climbing up the stairs!
The place has got two stories, below a shop where cat lovers can find pretty cat gifts and accessories. And the upper storey house the small cafe and the cat patting room.
Purrfect Cat Cafe Shop (Lower storey)
Purrfect Cat Cafe (Upper storey)
We tried the Cempedak crepe cake and it was nice, we liked the taste. Crepe was a little tough though.
When there’s food and cat, there’s cat people too…
Purrfect Cat Cafe The Cat Petting and Play Room
To keep the cats in safe environment, they are in another room separated by a door from the main cafe area. There were air purifier in the room too, to help keep the place cleaner. Now say “Awwwwwww…..”
In June 2014, we visited Penang for the first time and we had the pleasure to getaway alone without the girls. Penang is quite a easy to go around place to visit and we are planning to bring the girls one day when they are older. This trip, we stayed at the Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang. The hotel is clean, easily accessible and modern, just the way we like it.
The Deluxe Room at Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang
We were too hungry upon checked in so we ordered Lollipop Chicken for quick bite before heading out to the night market for dinner. These were quite tasty.
View from our room window
The tall building is Komtar Tower where the bus interchange is located. Walkable in less than 8 minutes from the hotel, or there are a few buses that will pass by the main streets near the hotel too. Tip: Check the nearby bus stops around the hotel, their bus routes are quite easy to understand, as there are only two main directions, traveling up and down the streets of Penang.
Penang Tau Sar Piah store just behind the hotel, right in front of the hotel’s back entrance.
Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Penang is strategically located in the center of town within the commercial district. Sunway Hotel Georgetown is in close proximity to government offices, heritage landmarks – that have led to the state capital being accorded its status as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – shopping malls, the entertainment hub, food district – New Lane is one of the famous hawker center in Penang and other tourist attractions.
The family, together with baby’s Grandparents, went on a holiday to Hong Kong in June. It was baby’s first time traveling abroad and onboard an airplane. To ensure our first family trip is comfortable and safe, we paid a little more for flight with Singapore Airlines. Knowing that their plane will be bigger and more comfortable compared to our usual budget flight to Hong Kong.
We booked our flight through SQ website, and I wasn’t able to have all four adults together if I picked the bassinet seats. So for both flight I selected the none bassinet seats. Lucky us, all of us were bumped up to bassinet row when we checked-in. We had to take turns to keep Ayra entertained throughout the flight. The flight to Hong Kong was alright as it was in the morning and Ayra was sleeping or feeling sleepy most of the time onboard. But the flight back to Singapore was quite an experience as it was late at night and she cried, poo-ed and refused to sit for the first two hour of the flight. After all the action, she finally knocked out and slept through the remaining journey back to Singapore.
Our first trip was fun and trying one. Will share a list of things to note and prepare for oversea trips with an infant soon.