Parents in Penang
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Took the folks around our favorite eateries
That’s right we have come back up to Penang to show my Parents the sights or to be honest to take them to the wonderful places to eat.
We left Singapore on the night train to Kuala Lumpur. Sadly they had closed the art deco Singapore train station just a few weeks before so we had to get our train from Woodlands.
We had a very funny incident at the Singapore / Malaysian border. On our request my folks had brought some duty free booze for us as booze is expensive in Malaysia. Well the customs officers asked to have a look in my Mom’s bag as that was where the booze was kept. Well my Mom never gets stopped at customs ( I on the other hand take it for granted!) and was really flustered (bless her). Well all was well and they let us proceed. As we walked towards the train platform we heard all this commotion behind us to see my Dad knocking down all the chairs with his luggage trolly
We pulled into Kuala Lumpur at 06:30. We had breakfast and jumped on another train north to Butterworth. This train journey was 8 hours long so my folks were getting a real sense of the backpacking life!
We only had 2 days in Penang but they were fun and jam packed. We did a walking tour of the old colonial district and ended up in this old heritage house. It was really beautiful and grand. It was full of old antiques and artefacts and each room was decorated in an opulent style. Our guesthouse was also a heritage house with high ceilings and original tiles on the floor. We all loved it. After the walking tour we jumped on a bike taxi and headed to the famous roast duck café for lunch. It went down very well as our platter of duck and pork disappeared in no time! Sadly our choice for dinner did not go down so well. We took my Parents to a food court called Gurney Drive. Karen & I loved it when we went a month before. In retrospect we now know that our taste buds and pallets have become quite extreme! As we passed each vendor and their exotic smells my Parents stomachs were turning. Karen did not help matters by bringing the worst looking plate of food imaginable! It actually tasted worse than it looked which I did not think possible. My folks then decided that they would go and choose their food as they did not trust us! Ha ha. Who could blame them!?
So that was Penang. Short and sweet. Even though it took us a night and a day to get there it was well worth it. My folks enjoyed it and that was all that mattered. Our next stop is up in the cool air of the Cameron Highlands. See you in a café for Tea and scones!
All our love Paul & Karen (who has writers block!)