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Makan-Makan Trip @ Penang Quest N Food 2010


The GREATEST makan-makan trip I ever had in my life. It was happened from 2 months back in Penang Island where we hunted as many foods available as we can. Nothing can beat when comes to food delightful.

19 Nov 2010 | Penang Quest N Food 2010

(aka Makan-Makan trip @ Penang Island)

Penang Island is famous with so many great foods. No doubt that we had prepared much earlier with Penang best food guide before hand, namely Penang Food Trail.

We drove up to the North from KL in two cars with seven of us. A 3 days 2 night trip can’t get any better than this – food craving all the day in the island. Of course without our great food Penangites navigator our plan won’t be as so successful.


Penang Bridge International Marathon 2010


Penang Bridge International Marathon was my latest marathon event that I joined last year. For the last two years, I was only within the KL area, barely go out for BIG places.

21 Nov 2010 | Penang Bridge International Marathon 2010

Being for myself, it was a breakthrough when I hit my own record at 1 hour 12 minutes. Although nothing to proud as it’s not under one hour, but I’m grateful.

Running this event was always my wish and finally I did it after planning since 3 years ago. It was hard to plan when I considered about the cost coming all over from KL for just few hours event.

Therefore, I’d planned accordingly and mixed with my Penang Food Quest trip. This trip was 3 days 2 night and unbeatable compare to my all previous food trips. Remember to stay tune for the next post.


Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi


Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clan house in Penang. This famous fantastic architecture is one of the city’s major historic attractions located in Cannon Square of George Town.

Khoo Kongsi

My visit to Khoo Kongsi has widen my fascination about ancient architecture. It was indeed a stunning clan house that I ever seen.

The entrance fee is RM5 per person…huh…need to pay one? Yea…it was more expensive now, compare to RM3 last time. First time visit is worth to pay, however, second time onwards will feel boredom.


Kek Lok Si Temple


Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Kek Lok Si Temple

My trip to Penang Island has enable me to up-close the temple with photos. All these photos are developed by DSLR Canon EOS100d borrow from my colleague. Here by, this post is the first post dedicated to Photography section.

This is called Liberation Pond, where the turtles are released into freedom. Visitors are encourage to feed the turtles from vegetables sold over there.

We continue to hike further up and crossing over this path. Beggars are seen along the path.

A row of Buddha statues.

We took the cren up to the hill at higher temple where Kuan Yin statue located.

There are 12 chinese animal zodiac stone around in which I believe kids love the most.

They do like to take pictures with them, so do I. Haha.

The temple itself consists of several large hall for assembly and prayer.

The dark cloud is darkening before the real battle begins.

The towering statue of Kuan Yin is still in progress but already opened to public. I still remember last few years, we are allowed to go up, and right now is block for renovation to be continued.

The statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda.

Statue guardian of the statue. We are all believe that it’s a male as we found an evidence to that..Haha. Funny!

Finally, a group photo from us, Ann, Cadeance, MK, Jian and me.

The weather is kind of hot, leaving us an urgency to make our step as soon as possible. We take the lift down and proceed to the exit of Kek Lok Si temple.

Our visit to the temple is ended with asam laksa and ABC desert nearby.


A Road Trip to Penang Island


Penang Island is not an unusual place to me. Again, after makan-makan trip (March) and treasure hunting (April), we move to a road trip this time. There’s no specific itinerary but free and easy.

Penang Island (Pulau Pinang)

9 May 2009

Five of us pack into one car. Our engines started after work on Friday, headed for dinner at Ipoh and check-in at Penang. Upon reaching Ipoh at 9.30pm, we had our dinner there. Seafood is our choice. Even though it’s kind of late night, we manage to catch with few jugs of beer.

We continue our trip to the island and reach at 12am. Along the way, we chit chat and continue with ‘personal attack‘ to our driver, for the sake of entertaining him. Our laughter is unmeasurable and memorable.

We check-in but we do not plan to rest yet. There is a cafe at Gurney Drive that we want to hang on for a while.

We stay in budget hotel, A very popular dot com hotel with 5-star sleeping experience with 1-star price. Overall hotel facilities are very simple and provide the basic necessities. Everything inside is all about online, from online laundry, grocery and services.

9 May 2009 – Second day

We had our breakfast at nearby hotel. Walking is part of our effort to look for food but disappointing due to raining. So, no choice we have to drive to other stall for breakfast again.

Famous Lobak…I think this is the name. RM11 per plate, have so many varieties.

Famous char kuey teow … but the quantity is very small. Not enough to fill up the stomach and price at RM5 per plate. Walao yeh!

Not even 1 hour after breakfast, we’re preparing for our lunch hunting. The location is at Balik Pulau. We drive about an hour and reach there about 12.30pm. Ngam ngam our lunch.

This famous Asam Laksa is cost only RM2.50 and taste so good!

This is the place where we met another friends of Penang, HY, Ann and Cadeance.

The next stop is Kek Lok Si temple. During the way, we found that we’re in very high altitude, having a very nice view of the island. We decided to stop by then.

Having relax and enjoy the view. Look like singing national anthem. LOL.

We do not drag too long there as the weather is rather wet that day. Driving down the hill until we saw the signboard of Kek Lok Si. Car park fees cost us RM4 per car.

We walked to the entrance where its lead us up to the temple. A roofs of which provide shelter to a multitude of shops selling souvenirs and other – mostly secular – commodities. If you’re not in good stamina, walking up can make you feel tired and sweat.

We reached the Liberation Pond, is where the turtles or tortoises live. You can buy kangkung from the seller at RM1 each to feed them.

We continue to hike up further.

Here we are, pointing to the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas.

When we got down, we went enjoy the nearby famous asam laksa and desert.

Our next destination is Khoo Kongsi. This fantastic architecture is belong to the famous historical clan and is one of the main attraction in Penang.

Walking around the house will find nothing special unless you hold a camera, as I did. Hehe. Some more, you pay RM5 for the entrance fee is such a ridiculous high.

As we took about an hour to wander around, we finally bid goodbye to our Penang friend. It’s time for us to go back our hotel for a nap.

At 8pm, we started our food hunting again to many popular places in Penang.

One of it is Oo Jian. It’s a kind of osyter with eggs.

We also ate prawn mee, chicken butt and chee cheong fun.

We moved to another stall to taste their duck mee. We also try others such as chicken leg and sweet desert.

After one of us said that he can’t stand anymore with food…we decided to have a drink at pub and ‘cuci mata‘ a bit.

It dragged until 1.30am and it’s damn late. Went back to hotel at 2am and sleep like pig until tomorrow morning.

10 May 2009 – Third day

The ring of phone from Penny woke me up as early as 7.30am. Like it or not, those MKs only wake up at 9am and check-out on time.

It’s time for breakfast! We took breakfast at some place…unknown to me. Raining struck in the morning, we stuck at the walkway. At last, we managed to escape to Plaza Gurney for a chill-out before heading for lunch at Batu Feringgi.

Nevertheless, it’s prawn mee again.

It’s time to go back. One of us suggested that we take ferry instead of Penang Bridge. Okay. Fine.

It has been 18 years I had taken ferry. The ferry fetches about 40 cars to the mainland. For people whom taking ferry to work everyday, its feel nothing.

To me, it’s like unusual thing and I took some pictures here and there, look like a tourist…duh. Haha.

After we landed on mainland, we go back straight away to KL using PLUS highway. It’s nothing than a boring and sleepy journey. Although we are tired, we look satisfied and fulfilling.

At 8pm, we reached KL.

I’m so happy to go such trip and hope to organize another kind of trip like this. What is left for this trip is just a memory and laughter for each of us.

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