Monday, May 05, 2014

Labour Day Weekend!

It's Labour Day weekend! My parents came up to Penang to visit me. They brought up my new wardrobe, bookshelf and other goodies for my room. :D

Oh, while I'm at it, lemme show you my room's current state! (my parents just left this morning, so the room is finally clear of luggage)

Welcome to my room! (welcome sign was a gift from Irfan and Suzie from Lovely Lace!)

Ikea bookshelf and wardrobe!

Bed and Ikea table and study lamp, and Menma, and my BEAST all over the wall sajfngsdfh

I have a "white/grey" colour theme going on for my furniture, hehe. Love, love my room! While everyone else's furniture look similar, my room is the odd one out. So much Ikea. I'm such a pampered, lucky girl. ;w; Mummy and daddy even cleaned up my whole house while I was out for class on Friday! And went grocery shopping for me too. Huehuehuehue.

Of course, no trip to Penang is complete without good food. I originally wanted to include my food blogging into this post, but decided that it would be too cluttered, so please look forward to food reviews in a separate blog post. :P

Brought mum and dad to several places to eat. First was this restaurant that serves all sorts of meat (chicken, roasted pork, char siu, duck meat...). They came back here the next day for lunch, after I just left the place for my lunch break too, haha.

Dinner was at Wai Sek Kai near Chai Leng Park. We had Fried Kuew Tiaw, Hokkien (Prawn) Mee, Fried Oyster and Leng Chee Gang. But my parents were still missing the food we had at another hawker center on Jalan Raja Uda. After dinner, we went there to get their expensive, but really delicious yao char guai and stuff. xD Sadly, muar chee is only open on Sunday. I've been craving it too... =(

On Saturday, we decided to visit Penang Island. We went to the Ferry Terminal around 6.40am (it's only a few minutes drive from my place). It was RM7.70 for a normal car. First time riding the ferry with a car! It took about 20 minutes to reach the other side.

Early morning ferry ride!

When we arrived, we met up with my batchmate, Shaw Wooi, and his sister. They were going to bring us around the Herritage Site in Georgetown... on bicycle! Apparently these bicycle renting shops have been growing in popularity these few years. We rented 5 bicycles from a store on Armenian Street and got pedaling.

Bicycle Rental! Loads of antiques on display too

And also this bloody creepy doll that reminds me of an episode of "The Master's Sun", asking you to bring it home.
No. D:

Shaw Wooi's sister was a really awesome tour guide! She led the way and was even telling us historical facts about certain landmarks. We cruised the quiet streets and arrived at Chew Jetty to meet the morning sun.
Fun fact: All the households living on Chew Jetty are Chews. (duh)

Morning sun!

The group sans my dad

The jetty with houses along its path

We had breakfast at a restaurant which name I forgot. Since my friend was a local, he brought us to non-touristy places, which of course, are more authentic and better.

Loh Mee!

We continued to cycle through the area, stopping at several parts to take pictures of Penang's famous street arts. There were too many to actually capture all of them, as we weren't exclusively searching for them. We passed by a few landmarks too. We also visited a wet market to eat chee cheong fan and apom.

Cool art. The bicycle had its right handle and pedal removed too.

In front of Karpal Singh's natural habitat

The Town Hall

Fort Cornwallis

Some cool clock tower in the middle of the road

Candid shot!

After that, we returned the bicycles and went back to our cars because we had to put on the parking coupons between 9am-1pm. It was 9.40am, and the cars some distance away from us had parking tickets, but we didn't get it, thank goodness!

On the car, we made our way to the Pinang Peranakan Museum. There's the Blue Mansion too, but according to my local friends, the former allows you to take pictures more freely, and they have more antiques on display too. Entrance fees are RM10 for Child, RM20 for Adults.

Entrance to the museum, home to the Singapore filming of Little Nyonya!

My parents

The interior

Retro TV!

Nyonya bridal gowns from a certain time

Mum sitting like a baws

Mum and I

Daddy on the staircase

The Western guest room

The Eastern guest room (take note of the decorations)

The kitchen

The ancestral temple

The group!

After that, we had lunch at a local restaurant. And then dessert before we said goodbye to Shaw Wooi and his sister! My parents and I went shopping in Gurney Paragon Mall. It's still new, but it has a lot of the main fashion stores like H&M, Cotton On, Padini, Kitschen... kinda like Sunway Pyramid!


Starbucks in Gurney Paragon Mall before leaving

The ride back on the ferry took longer as there were more cars, so we had to wait for our turn. We didn't have to pay though. And that's our Georgetown trip!

The rest will go into my food post, huhu.

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