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PULAU PENANG - FOODIE HEAVEN

Highlight - VT Meet and VT Weddding

FAVOURITE PHOTO

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WHILST WAITING FOR OUR TEETH IMPLANTS TO BE MADE BACK AT
DENTAL PRO IN KUALA LUMPUR, WE DECIDED THIS TIME TO VISIT
PENANG.

I HAD ARRANGED THIS TRIP AROUND BEING INVITED TO MY VERY
FIRST VIRTUALTOURIST WEDDING..... MORE ABOUT THAT LATER :)

I WAS QUITE EXCITED TO CHECK OUT PENANG ISLAND. I HAD
HEARD THAT THE FOOD WAS PRETTY GOOD.

WELL.... GOOD DOESN'T CUT IT. THE FOOD HERE IS OUTSTANDING!
SUCH A WIDE VARIETY FROM STREET FOOD TO 5 STAR RESTAURANTS
AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN INCLUDING MY FAVOURITE FOOD...
BABA NYONYA. IF YOU HAVE READ ALL ABOUT MY VISITS TO MELAKA
YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW THAT BABA NYONYA FOOD IS THE BEST!!
IF NOT.... AND YOU ARE VISITING PENANG... YOU HAVE TO GO CHECK
IT OUT :)

SO PLEASE DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF EVERY TIP AND PHOTO HERE IS
FOOD RELATED LOL.

WE CHOSE TO STAY ON THE BEACH OUT OF THE TOWN CENTRE.
GREAT CHOICE! PARKROYAL ON FERRINGHI BEACH WAS AN
EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET. I JUDGE A GOOD HOTEL BY THE
PERSONAL TOUCH.... FROM REMEMBERING OUR NAMES... TO
PERSONAL INTERRACTION WITH US AT THE BAR..... TO LITTLE THINGS
LIKE A WELCOME GIFT OR ANIMAL TOWELS AT THE END OF THE BED.
OH AND A GOOD BUFFET BREAKFAST ALSO IS A HIT ;)

WELL THE PARKROYAL EXCELLED IN THE REMEMBERING NAMES
DEPARTMENT. IT ALSO EXCELLED IN THE CREATING FUN AT THE
BEACH BAR. BUFFET BREAKFAST WAS FANTASTIC AS WELL.
BUT THE ULTIMATE DRAWCARD WAS THE COCKTAIL BAR IN THE
EVENING WITH LOVELY ROMANTIC POPULAR JAZZ SONGS.... :)

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View from our room

View from our room

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Dawn and Dusk at Parkroyal Hotel, Ferringhi Beach

Dawn and Dusk at Parkroyal Hotel, Ferringhi Beach

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AS IN PULAU LANGKAWI, WE HIRED A CAR AT THE HOTEL.
IF YOU WANT TO VISIT SOME OFF THE BEATEN PATH PLACES THEN
YOU NEED YOUR OWN CAR. WE WERE ADVISED TO GO RIGHT AND
HEAD DOWN TO THE SPICE GARDENS AND THEN IF WE WERE
ADVENTUROUS, DRIVE UP AND AROUND THE MOUNTAINS FOR
SOME GREAT VIEWS. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID.

SPICE GARDENS

I WOULD TOTALLY RECOMMEND THE SPICE GARDENS. IT IS A
QUIET, SHADY RETREAT WITH GORGEOUS GARDENS AND A
NICE PLACE TO RELAX IN ONE OF THE TREE-TOP CABANAS.

WE ACTUALLY CAME HERE AGAIN WITH THE WEDDING PARTY
MEET AND GREET... AND HAD DINNER AT THE TREE MONKEY
RESTAURANT. NO PIX.... BUT I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT :)

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HEADING UP AND AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WE PASSED A HUGE
DAM WATER SUPPLY AND THEN PAST THE TROPICAL FRUIT FARM
AND PULLED UP AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN WITH A
BEAUTIFUL VIEW.

TIME FOR A BEER BREAK, RELAX AND CHAT TO THE LOCALS :)
HUBBY BOUGHT A STRONG HOME MADE LINIMENT THAT HE
SWEARS BY TO HELP EASE MUSCULAR PAIN. WE NEED TO GO
BACK AND GET SOME MORE OF THAT STUFF.

BUT JUST THE QUIET AMBIENCE AND NICE SIMPLE
CONVERSATION WASHED DOWN WITH A COLD BEER....
WAS HEAVEN RIGHT NOW :)

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TONIGHT WE HEARD A WHISPER THAT THERE WERE
SOME GOOD RESTAURANTS SOUTH ALONG THE
BEACH FROM THE PARKROYAL.... SO HUBBY AND I
WANDERED DOWN ALONG THE BEACH AND CAME TO
A HIVE OF ACTIVITY.

WE FOUND THE FERRINGHI GARDEN RESTAURANT.
I COULD NOT FAULT THE FOOD. IT WAS JUST ENOUGH,
DECORATED WELL, AMBIENCE QUIET WITH SOFT
LIGHTING AND PLENTY OF GREENERY..... PLUS AIR-CON ;)

I WOULD RATE THIS RESTAURANT A 7 OUT OF 10.

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VT MEET

YOU HAVE PROBABLY BY NOW READ SOME OF MY BLOGS
AND VIRTUALTOURIST STORIES. VT IS NO LONGER MY
FAVOURITE TRAVEL SITE. IT WAS BOUGHT OUT BY TRIP
ADVISOR AND THEN AFTER A FEW YEARS..... AXED BY TA.

SO HERE I RELATE AN AMAZING STORY OF HOW A KIND,
GOOD HEARTED VT'ER SWEE LONG AND HIS LOVELY WIFE
TOOK US OUT FOR AN AMAZING DAY THAT HUBBY AND I
WILL NEVER FORGET.

WE MET SWEE LONG AND KAK WAN AGAIN WHEN THEY
CAME TO AUSTRALIA IN 2016 FOR OUR BIG SYDNEY VT
MEET AND LAST MEET BEFORE VT FOLDED.

THIS WILL NOT BE THE LAST.

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WE HEADED ACROSS THE BIG BRIDGE THAT SEPARATES THE
ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND AND STOPPED TO CHECK OUT A
NICE RIVER VIEW.

THIS IS WHERE SWEE LONG LIVES. HE THEN INTRODUCED
US TO AN AUTHENTIC BREAKFAST IN A LITTLE CAFE.

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AND WE VISITED THE LOCAL MARKET WHERE I GOT REAL
EXCITED THAT THEY WERE SELLING SMALL LADY FINGER
BANANAS. I WON'T TOUCH THE BIG TASTELESS BANANAS
THAT WE GET IN PERTH. PERTHIANS DO NOT KNOW WHAT
A GOOD BANANA TASTES LIKE ;)

I GREW UP IN BRISBANE WHERE WE WERE FORTUNATE TO
HAVE THESE LITTLE LADY FINGERS. THEY ARE SO SWEET
AND TASTY.... UNLIKE THEIR HUGE CARDBOARD TASTING
RELATIVES :)

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WE ALSO TASTED SMALL FRUIT THAT WAS SIMILAR TO
LYCHIES CALLED DOKONG FRUIT.

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THIS MARKET WAS FULL OF FRESH FRUIT AND OTHER GOODS.
WE GOT QUITE A FEW LOOKS FROM THE LOCALS WHO DON'T
OFTEN SEE TOURISTS IN THEIR NECK OF THE WOODS.

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THEN OFF TO A LOCAL NATIONAL PARK FOR A WALK AMONGST
NICE SHADY TREES WITH SMALL CREEK RUNNING THROUGH.
I HAD A GO AT LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT MY
TRIPOD WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH NECESSARY FOR THIS TYPE OF
PHOTO GENRE. HAPPY WITH THIS RESULT :)

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LUNCH WAS AGAIN FANTASTIC..... GOTTA LOVE PENANG
FOODIE HEAVEN :)

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AND FINALLY WE CAUGHT THE FERRY BACK OVER TO PULAU
PENANG.... CAR AND ALL.

IT WAS A HAPPY AND SAD GOODBYE ;) BUT NOT THE LAST...

THANK YOU SO MUCH SWEE LONG AND KAK WAN FOR TAKING
THE TIME OUT TO SHOW US AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA.
IF YOU EVER VISIT PERTH, WE WILL BE KEEN TO REPAY YOUR
WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY. XX

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PENANG HILL

ONE OF THE PLACES NEAR GEORGETOWN WHICH IS THE CAPITAL
OF PENANG IS THE BIG HILL.

PENANG HILL IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF PENANG,
AND RIGHTLY SO. WE CAUGHT THE LITTLE TRAIN UP THE STEEP
HILL. IT RATTLED AND SWAYED AND SOMETIMES ALMOST CAME
TO A STAND STILL... BUT EVENTUALLY WE MADE IT TO THE TOP.

AND WHAT A VIEW!! :)

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

FERRINGHI BEACH IS A HIVE OF ACTIVITY IN THE NIGHT. THEY
HAVE MARKETS, RESTAURANTS, BARS AND TUK TUKS WITH
BRIGHT COLOURFUL FAIRYLIGHTS.

MAGIC 1 RESTAURANT WAS MY FAVOURITE. THE STAFF WERE
AWESOME, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE, TABLES FRONTING THE
STREET FOR PEOPLE WATCHING... AND THE FOOD!...
DEVINE! :) FIRM 10/10 FOR ME.

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TIME TO WASH DOWN ALL OF THAT DELICIOUS FOOD....

THE WOODEN PUB

JUST UP THE ROAD WE FOUND THIS CUTE LITTLE PUB DECKED OUT
IN WOOD...... SORRY..... BLONDE TALK.

WHAT A GREAT WAY TO END THE EVENING. CHATTED TO THE BAR
MAN AND OTHER RANDOMS THAT DARED ENTER.... AND HAD A
FUN TIME! I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE :) 8/10.

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THE SHIP RESTAURANT

YOU CAN'T MISS THIS! WE NEEDED TO HAVE A GOOD STEAK.
MALAYSIAN FOOD IS GREAT!.... BUT WE WERE HAVING BIG MEAT
WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS. BELIEVE ME.... THAT IS NOT A GOOD
SIGHT ;)

THE SHIP RESTAURANT HAS HUGE STEAKS! ALMOST AS
GOOD AS THE ONES WE BBQ BACK AT HOME. DINNER WAS A
YUMMY GASTROMONICAL EXPERIENCE. 6/10.

WOULD HAVE BEEN A 7/10 BUT THE FERRINGHI GARDEN
RESTAURANT TOOK THAT PLACE.

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TUK TUK HOME

TAKE ME HOME!!! ..... LESS THAN A MILE DOWN THE ROAD... ;)

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WEDDING DAY

THIS IS WHAT I MISS ABOUT VT. WE WERE SUCH A WARM AND
FRIENDLY TRAVEL COMMUNITY. !!@#%% TA!

I FELT SO PRIVILEGED TO BE INVITED TO MY VERY VIRST
VIRTUALTOURIST WEDDING. WINNIE FOUND OUT THAT WE
PLANNED TO VISIT PENANG AND IMMEDIATELY INVITED US TO
HER WEDDING. WE HAD NEVER MET WINNIE... BUT HEY!! WHAT
AN ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE TO ATTEND A WEDDING IN ANOTHER
PART OF THE WORLD. WOW!

SO HERE WE ARE.... THE DAY BEFORE... MEETING WINNIE AND
THE GROOM'S FRIENDS ON THE FORESHORE OF FERRINGHI.

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THE WEDDING

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OMG! I AM IN TEARS WRITING THIS NOW.... 4 YEARS LATER.
WHAT AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. WINNIE LOOKED JUST AMAZING!
AND JOHN IS FROM NEW ZEALAND. THEY BOTH ARE NOW LIVING
IN NZ. LOVE YOU GUYS!! :)

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WHAT A HIGHLIGHT!

AND ALSO THE MEETUP WITH SWEE LONG AND KAK WAN.

YOU GUYS ROCK! LOVE YOU XX :)

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