Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Penang 2010 - Day 2

On Day 2 in Penang...

We started the day with a really heavy lunch nearby our place. It is always crowded whenever we drive passed the place, so we thought we could give it a shot. Look at the dishes we ordered! So many and spoil for choices!

I can't remember the exact names of this dishes, so here they are - For viewing pleasure!

After a scrumptious lunch, it is time for some exercise. We decided to do the tourist activity and went to the local temples for some sight seeing. CN was the trip manager... I guess he pretty much knows his way around since he comes to Penang rather often!

First stop - The Sleeping Buddha Temple

The highlight at this temple has gotta be the coconut ice cream! This ice cream cone costs only RM1 and all of went crazy over this.

Coconut ice cream

Right opposite this temple is yet another temple. This is the Burmese Buddhist Temple

After all the visiting, you can't expect the gang to stay full from lunch LOL! It's time fore tea break and Tour Manager suggested we all go for this famous cendol.

Look at the queue - It is famous alright! It's in the back alley but it was so crowded.

Queue for cendol

This is what everyone is after - The cendol. My opinion?! Hmm it's not THAT fantastic... But since everyone is going for it, I guess it's worth a try. You know what they say - the more people fight over it, the better it is! Typical kiasu lar!


After the cendol treat, we went back to our apartment and rested well. Hubby and I went to Gurney Plaza and walked around till it was dinner time.

Initial plan was to drive to Ferringi for their pasar malam and some shopping but it was drizzling, so we cancelled that and had dinner at Gurney Drive again. Since I didn't get the to take any pictures the night before, I managed to take some pictures this time.

Chee Cheong Fun

Fried Chicken Skin

Grilled Chicken Wing

Lo Mai Chi


Fried Kuay Teow with duck egg

After dinner, the gang wanna find a place to chill cos Mu will be playing that night. We found this bar which has a huge screen but not overly crowded... which is just perfect for all of us and Torres.

@ Kava Dee

Huge projector screen for hubby to watch his match

Dart board

1st and 2nd place dart players

Day 2 was all for food and fun! Day 3 coming up!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Penang 2010 - Day 1

Right after our honeymoon trip in October 2010, the following weekend itself, hubby and I went to Penang with 15 of his friends. Here's sharing the pictures.

We started the trip at 11pm, mamak stall in KL. After supper for about 2 hours, we started our journey to Penang at about 1am and drove slowly to Penang.

Their favourite past time - Tok kok ("chui sui")

We arrived in Penang at about 6am and went for dim sum. The initial place we wanted to go was not open yet, so we search for alternative, and found one. All were so hungry and dug in the food, so no pictures LOL!

View of ocean from Gurney Drive

We were kinda "stranded" at Gurney Drive cos it was only 8am and we couldn't check in. We were just lepak-ing around waiting for time to pass. Thus, we busied ourselves with picture taking.

Hubby + I

Alex + Phoebe

Torres + Xian Bin

Even after massive talk kok, we still can't check in, so the drivers decided to take a short nap in the car. After about half an hour, we went into G Hotel to borrow their washroom. Well, we should have done that sooner since it was an excellent place to hang out instead of hiding in our car. I can tell you though, the wait was miserable!

G Hotel

After enough rest, we went to Kek Lok Si Temple. A must-do whenever we go to Penang.

Kek Lok Si Temple

The last time we went there, the Kuan Yin Statue was still in renovation stage. This time, it is ready and we have to take the inclined lift to make ourselves up.

Inclined lift to Kuan Yin Statue

The place above is not as huge as Kek Lok Si Temple, but interesting enough. There were 2 lines of the 12 animals in the Lunar calendar carved stone.

Mine! The boar.

Hubby's - The Rooster

The Kuan Yin Statue is H-U-G-E! I'm fascinated!

Kuan Yin Statue

Pui Kuan, Michelle, Shu Hua

All energy used up after the walking in the temple, we went down to the foot of the hill and had our lunch there.

Fruit dessert - Just average

Cendol - Average

This is totally recommended! I love it! The serving of sardine was generous, and you can actually taste the authenticity of this dish.

Asam Laksa - AMAZING!

Another mouth-watering dish - the Fried Kuay Teow! Hubby went and ordered this as extra and he saw the queue, which he joined in. Now I know why the queue!

Delicious Fried Kuay Teow

This is the uncle stall where hubby bought the Fried Kuay Teow from. If you do go to Penang, look for him LOL!

Fried Kuay Teow stall

After our heavy lunch, we finally got to check in to our apartment. The apartment is just a stone throw away from the Gurney Plaza... It's super convenient!

The gang took this opportunity to relax and recharge. Of course, dinner was at Gurney Drive as we don't even have to drive out to the place. As usual, everyone is always hungry and dove right into their food, thus I don't even have the chance to take any picture at all. But I can tell you though, the amount we ate was ridiculous LOL! I've never seen us eat so much before!

After dinner, of course, gambling and chatting session.

Hubby & Torres

Good night. Day 2 to continue...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hubby's Birthday gift

This is what I got for hubby's birthday this year. I have been with him for ages, thus there is no need for surprises anymore. It comes down to practicality and what was wished.

So I told hubby when we were in Switzerland that I'll get him a watch for his birthday this year. At first, he took a Tissot, which cost about 400 Swiss Francs. Thought that was it? LOL far from it. Who would have thought that we will be getting his real deal at more than 10 000 feet above ground?! Yes, I bought his watch when we were on the Mount Titlis excursion.

In front of hubby were 3 watches - Tag Heuer, Longines and Rado. They all have one thing in common, which is they are all black. Why black? Well, he doesn't have a plain black one in his collection, so might as well get something classic.

The thing about buying watches in Swiss is that there are just so many designs and brands that you really have a hard time deciding which one you want.

After long deliberation, it came down to 2 - Longines and Rado. Both are the same price, but which one?

Longines was one of the selections because the design is so classic and simple, and well, it's Longines. It is one of the brands that hubby had always wanted


Rado? Design is as classic and so elegant. This is scratch-proof and best of all, it is a limited edition watch, which is only available in Switzerland.


Winner is Rado!

Choice made - Rado

I was actually leaning towards Rado because if I wanna get something in Swiss and pay such a huge amount, I might as well get something limited or special edition. Hubby initially decided on Longines, but after listening to my 2 cents, he finally decided to get Rado.

Rado watch box

As mentioned, it is black in color and it is very reflective.Taking a picture of it without enough light source is not helping, and using the flash will tarnish the result of the real color of the picture. The black of this watch is actually this black. I did not edit much on this picture to illustrate the color closest to its original

Black Rado watch

This is a clearer picture with flash. See, it is just a simple watch. I lurve the classic elegance this watch carries.

Classic black Rado watch

So, what's with the special edition huh? It is a repeated pattern of the Swiss flag's white Greek Flag on the face of the watch.

Swiss flag

To be exact, it is a repetition of the equilateral cross which is at the center of a Swiss flag. So this watch is only available in Swiss. Now, that is what I call "limited/special edition and only available in Swiss".

Close up look

Just don't ask me how much it is. I just have to figure a way to pay the debt LOL! But anything's worth it for hubby! :)