We spend three days in
Penang Island in northern Malaysia on the extended Hari Raya Haji
weekend. We plan to do some hiking, not just explore the historic
sites and trendy coffee shops of George Town, but because of the
constant and occasionally heavy rain on days two and three, we end
up doing the latter.
Singapura Budget Hotel.
George Town has many businesses named "Singapore this and
that", such as medical clinics and child care centers. We are
not sure if they are marketed and targeted to Singaporean expats,
or just to give an impression that the quality is on Singapore
There are a bunch of
long-tail macaques at the park entrance. People feed them with
salty and fatty snacks, even if there are clear signs asking them
not to and reminding that they would be subject to a fine
(apparently no one enforces this)
Our third day in Penang also
starts with heavy rain, so we skip the morning run again. We are
offered a ride to the historic/downtown district so we visit
Pinang Peranakan Mansion, "The Peppermint Green Mansion".
The mansion is quite eclectic.
We end up at the bus
interchange, and plan to take a bus up to Bukit
Bendera (Penang Hill) funicular station. For 30 minutes we wait
for the bus 204 that is supposed to run every 15 minutes. Then we
give up and take a taxi. The taxi costs us RM25, whereas the bus
would have been just RM4 for two of us.
We spend quite a while among
the local holiday crowd queueing for tickets, and then the second
time for the train, but all of it is not worth it. Even if it i
relatively clear, although steamy, down at the bottom of the hill,
it is foggy at the top. It also starts raining. We don't stay