14 June 2009

Penang getaways @ 6 to 8 June 2009

We went to Penang during the recent school holidays. We were there for 3 days and coincidently, it was the weekend of Agong's birthday. So, you can imagine the traffic going up north and down south of the North-South Highway.

The drive from KL to Penang was quite smooth (we left house at about 7 am) except for the occasional heavy volume of cars near Jelapang toll (Ipoh exit), along the North-South highway. The traffic within Penang was chaotic though. It took us more than an hour to drive from Penang bridge to our hotel at Batu Feringghi. Once we reached our hotel, we didn't feel like driving anywhere else on Penang Island. Luckily, our hotel has everything that we need from the daily pasar malam (night market) to plentiful of makan places.

We didn't do much sightseeing and spent most of our time lazing around the hotel and also Batu Feringghi area.

We did drive to the Tropical Spice Garden and realised that we can't push our stroller there as the path are all pebbles and steps. So decided to abandon the visit there. Luckily we haven't paid the entrance ticket!

We also visited the Toys Museum @ Tanjong Bunga. It was supposed to be the largest in the world and first in Asia. The Toys Museum is actually a collections of all toys, life-size models of super heroes to tiny action figures. Although it is one of the top 10 must go according to the Penang Guide, go only if you have nothing else to do in Penang lor.

Entrance at the Toy Museum

Life-size ninja turtle

Beautiful Barbie

My favourite cartoon character, The Beauty & The Beast

The Incredibles

Mr. Bean

Werney posing with Kung Fu Panda

Barbie with baby in sling. Cute!

Tinkerbell and other dolls

The highlight of our trip was actually the visit to the Adventure Fun Zone at Golden Sands Resort. We paid RM31.50 for the whole family for 2 hours of fun and adrenalin-draining slides. Both my girls really enjoy themselves and I think daddy too! For the brave ones, there is also a Demon Drop slide, which is like a 24 ft. vertical drop! Of course, we were too chicken to try that out.

Anney with DH at the giant slide

Werney at the giant slide. After one try, she insisted that she will only slides with daddy!

Werney doing upside down monkey bar

Anney going solo at the giant red slide

More monkey bar antics

Other than that, we spent a lots of time at our hotel. The hotel we stayed was really kids' friendly. They have a supervised Kids' Club, children pool, games room with Nintendo Wii and Children eat-for-free. The hotel also have other activities like horse-riding, parasailing, jet ski, jungle trekking etc. The hotel has direct access to the beach but unfortunately, the beach was kind of polluted and the waves too rough for a swim.

Overall, our short vacation has been great other than......
  • Our "Siu Jei" (Werney) who refuses to eat at hawker stalls (complaining it is hot because there is no air-cond & fan). DH & me have to rush through our Char Keoy Teow, Assam Laksa, Muar Chee and Wan Tan Mee
  • Our "Siu Jei" also refuses to walk on the sandy beach and screamed "Somebody have to carry me!" when we were at the beach. She just doesn't like the feeling of sand on her feet
  • Our super active toddler who almost turns the car upside down with toys and foods everywhere and refuses to sit still in her car seat when she is not sleeping
  • Me having to squeeze my butt between the two car seats for our 4 hours journey up to Penang and back to KL
Anyway, we still have lots of fun and looking forward for our next vacation.

By the way, school resumes tomorrow.


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