Penang Trip – Part 1

Oh heeewwoooo lovelies!!!

First of all, I’m terribly apologetic for the lack of updates. I feel so bad because I’ve been receiving a crazy amount of ♥ from you guys yet I feel like I’ve been neglecting my blog a little.

Thank you so much for all the encouraging messages, emails, comments, etc!!! I LUFF YEW!

I was on a short getaway holiday with family to escape all my nasty feelings back at home and it really worked wonders because I’m so much happier now!!!!

Everyone should take holidays once in awhile, it’s the ultimate de-stresser, even if it’s an affordable short one to Batam. (cheap spa treatments there!)

We went to Penang, Malaysia... don’t ask me why coz my mum chose the location. o_o

Honestly I didn’t think much of the place and wasn’t sure how excited I should be but I ended up having a blast!!! I think it was the company, good food, luxurious resort and the fact that everything was paid for by my mum hehe

This trip was really impromptu (come to think of it most of my trips are) and it was organized by mum because she knew I loved the beach and how much I needed a break.

They were planning to go to KL originally and I wanted to sit out, but she changed the location for me and I was all like, “beach resort?? hell YEAH!!”


Now I present to you, my Penang Trip – Part 1! ♥

I’ve a new character to introduce on my blog – Everybody say hello to Janice!!!!

Not that she can actually hear you… :P

She’s my brother’s girlfriend and I adore her! She’s chirpy and sweet.. and very easy to get along with ♥

Yay isn’t she cute? She’s pretty, quite short and super skinny, I feel like a giant pregnant walrus beside her wtf.

This was in the cab on our way to Changi Airport…

I love living and the East and staying so close to the airport!

I just ♥ my condo in general. From the airport to home = 10 mins. Despite living like 10 mins away from the airport I’ve never heard a plane from my house before!

My bro and Jan~

Throughout the trip I took 93245792784 pictures for them wtf -_-

Walk around with a DSLR hanging from your neck and people will automatically assign you as their official photographer. And there’s so little pics of ME!! Boohoo.

Totally not enough to fulfill my narcissistic needs lol.

I like going out with other bloggers because they’re always so enthusiastic about taking shots, and not just any shot, NICE shots! With proper angle and lighting. So hard to find people like that nowadays.

You ask a normal person to take pictures for you and they look at you with an expression on their face going, “You’re so troublesome!!”

Meh.

Like I said, I was the official photographer for the trip.

Ok la at least they’re a cute couple.. I would hate to have to keep taking photos of unphotogenic people LOL

With mummy and Jan checking in at the counter!!!

I was blinking :(

But it’s a pretty funny expression haha I look high off my nuts or something. My camera needs a couple of seconds to Auto-Focus the shot so you can’t really tell when it’s snapping because sometimes it takes 2 secs, other times like 7 whole seconds -_-

I think other people are so used to instant-shutter point and shoot cameras that they get confused while handling mine!!

They’re always like “why haven’t take yet ahhhhh”..…….

It’s focusing. PATIENCE, my friend!!!

Them doing the check-in for us… while I goof behind them!! Like the kid that I am.

I like going on holiday with my mum because she handles all of the authoritative matters! She books the flights and the hotels and the tours.. plus pays for them too lol mad awesome.

I feel soo grown up whenever I travel on my own but with them I can be a 10 year old and nobody really cares.

I like it when people always ask me, “Are you hungry? What do you feel like eating? Are you tired? What do you want to do?” and people giving me wake up calls, etc.

What can I say? I’m too used to being pampered. *not shy about it at all*


Jan and I!!!

You like my smiley face jumper? Hehe.

I needed a reason to smile when I was feeling shitty, and how could I NOT smile wearing such a cute outfit?!

Thank you Mummy and Uncle John for the trip!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ Appreciate it sooo much

This is my O HAI I’M GOING ON HOLIDAY HAHAHAHA I IZ HAPPY!!! face.

Had lots of time to spare before we had to board the plane because my mum is mad kiasu, she ALWAYS rushes us like mad everywhere and in the end we have nothing to do because we are always at least an hour early at the airport!!



So lunch at Soup Restaurant it is!

Ginger boiled chicken…… yuummmmm I usually hate ginger but this is oh so yummy!

I HAVE to order this + ah kong fan shu ye + claypot tofu when I’m there.

Claypot Tofu!!

Does anyone know what they put in it to make it so yummy? It’s like really sweet and starchy.

Thought we could board our flight immediately after lunch but no… still a lot of time to spare -_-


I ♥ Singapore’s airport!!!

I’ve been to quite a few places around the world and am devastatingly disappointed by how substandard other airports are.

Airports are so important because it’s the first impression you get when you step onto a country’s land for the first time!

They’re small, dirty / old looking, boring, and makes me feel like their country is a depressing place. Singapore’s air port is clean, with lots of restaurants and shopping and wonderfully air conditioned and green plants / fountains everywhere…

Lovely :)

Cute plushies for sale at a souvenir shop!

Like I said.. plants everywhere! Does so much for the “relaxing” atmosphere!

Bro waiting with our luggage while mum shops around…

I think that was her intention, to arrive early so we have no choice but to wait for her to shop. Crafty!!!

Mum and Uncle John watch-shopping in Omega..

Mum’s like, “I want this one!!” and he’s like “Oh FML.”

LOL

Never understood peoples fascination with watches. Isn’t it uncomfortable??

Plus if you wanna look at the time you can always take your phone out. And they’re so expensive!!

I can understand if guys like em because it’s about the only jewellery they can wear without looking too gay but females have better fashion statements to wear!!

Sorry but watches are so not fashionable to me even if they’re worth 8 thousand dollars and dressed up with bling.

I’m not sure if this one was the piece she picked in the end but I quite like it coz it’s elegant simple. Most watches are plain ugly :(

Still bored…. so I take pictures of my bro and Jan doing nothing in particular. Why do people get annoyed when others point a camera in their faces??

Personally I’d be very flattered, I love the attention and would pretend to be candidly posing hahaha

Realized what boring photographic subjects they were so I moved on to something better. My own face :)

LOL I’m so laughing at how stupid I sound

And yes, that is me sitting in a high class watch shop placing my bulky DSLR on their counter top snapping vain pics with self-timer pretending to be blissfully unaware that my picture is being taken.

Oscard award for shamelessness, anyone?

Hello baby!!! ♥

I’m talking to my camera… not you.


:) xoxo

Digressing a little…

I was at a cosmetic shop wanting to buy foundation for the first time in my life, so I asked the make up artist working there, “What shade should I buy that would best suit my skin tone?

To which he replied with a funny expression on his face, “You don’t need foundation.”

You shoulda seen his face! I didn’t know to laugh or to be flattered.

I have an obsession with head bands.

I think the top part of my hair is absolutely disgustingly out-of-shape and flat and my fringe can be pretty gross so I almost always go out with a headband pulling my fringe all up.

Should I cut bangs?? Usually that solves my gross fringe problem… but I don’t wanna look childish :/


SAY CHEESE!

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After what seemed like forever, we board the plane!

Passport? Check.

Boarding Pass? Check.

Took this picture before we flew..

I’ve flown in planes at least 5 times this year alone but I get really nervous before each flight still. I have a phobia and this weird feeling in my gut that things will go horribly wrong.

Then again I’m afraid of everything exploding in my face, even microwaves and cars so I guess it’s not such a big deal…

How can people be so casual about being so fucking high up in the air?!?!? Scares me shitless every time!!

Sitting in the window seat makes me feel a lot better because the stunning views is a great distraction from my vigorously thumping heart.

This picture is the perfect backdrop for an inspiring quote!!! Something like…. “The sky is not the limit.”

Hahah okay that was bad. Maybe something better like, “Tomorrow is a new day.”

LOL nvm I fail at quotes. But one from Tumblr would be nice!


Such a beautiful clear day!!!

I usually fly in the night so I never get such views.. I didn’t realize before this how much I adore clouds :)

So fluffy and makes me feel all dreamy-ish!!! I wanna bounce up and down on them.

I love this shot!!

Actually I love a lot of shots from this trip hehe.

There’s plenty more gorgeous pics coming up in the next few posts :)

Interesting cloud formations!

Apparently they all mean different things, like whether it’s going to rain or not..

Who else likes trying to make shapes out of clouds? Usually I lie on my back in the swimming pool, just floating in the water…

Then I look up into the sky and stare into the clouds with my sunnies on (coz my eyes are very sensitive to light) and usually I see elephants coz they’re fat, lol!

I’m jealous!!

I want somebody special’s arm to hold on a flight too. I get so nervous it’s not even funny wtf. The slightest bit of turbulence makes my heart explode and I grab onto the handrests for dear life.

Btw I asked my brother what would happen if we crashed into the water and he said that we’d float because all planes float.

FOR REAL?? I tried google-ing but couldn’t find a definitive answer. Will airbuses float?

Every time I see an air stewardess I sing Busted’s “Air Hostess” song in my head, heh

Not that there’s anything wrong with this particular one, but I think that what they say about air stewardesses having a certain “standard” is completely bullshit. Maybe it existed in the past but not anymore.

Any fail-english-speaking ah lian also can be an air stewardess nowadays… and totally not pretty or well mannered / educated at all!!

And I really think they should stick to a uniform hairstyle and make up code. Dramatic faux lashes are tacky and so is blue eyeshadow :/

I wonder if first class passengers on airlines like Emirates would get super hot air stewardesses!

My on board snack… tuna sandwich + apple juice

Yay for vintage looking photos!

It was a very short flight, only about an hour so before I could get over the fact that we were flying few thousand feet in the air, we were landing already.

A mini rainbow effect greeted me as we landed!!! Totally made me smile :)

The first thing I noticed about Penang was how they had HOUSES AND SHOPS right next to the landing runway.

Like seriously 100m away or even lesser, they looked so dangerously close!!!!

Safety precautions = FAIL!

One wrong landing and all those people would get run over, how horrifying!

Plus wouldn’t all the aeroplanes taking off and landing be deafening?

Waiting for our luggage..

Penang’s a lot cleaner than Kuala Lumpur, and infinitely safer also, it’s considered the 2nd safest city in Malaysia!

Very comforting fact because my mum is always telling me to beware of rapists and muggers in M’sia wtf makes me damn scared everywhere I go

Our hotel sent a van to pick us up and off we went on a 40 mins journey to the hotel!

Their city is quite interesting, at times you see very modern high-rise buildings and right next to it is a worn out old looking kampung hut kind of house lol.

Fell asleep on our way there…

I love falling asleep in cars because when I wake up I feel like I’ve been sleeping for ages when it’s only been like 15 minutes or so!

Best power nap :)

Camwhore shots before I fell asleep!

Took this with my compact cam because it’s stupidly hard to take self shots with a DSLR -_-

Fact : Everyone looks good with shit cameras like webcam and fuzzy pixelated pictures. No photoshop required.

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…And we arrive at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa! Ta-dah!!!


Extremely inviting lobby!

The cozy atmosphere made everyone feel right at home and even sleepy :)

But I was more excited than anything. I kept gushing to Janice, “oh wow it’s so beaaauuuttiiifffuuullll!!!!”

Checking in!!

There was a hiccup with our rooms so it took awhile… So I ran around excitedly snapping pics everywhere I went ^_^

Saw this pretty plant on the check in counter and was snapping a close up of it when this Japanese guy approached me and said, “Same camera!!!!” with a big smile on his face.

He could barely speak english but he held up his own Canon 550d and gave me a thumbs up while excitedly telling his friends about it. I think he must be in his 40′s!!!

It was so cute haha.



Picture spam time!!!

ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL????

It was so massive that I only managed to take these few pics before we had to go up to our room! The other side of the resort is even more luxurious I wish I had taken pics there :(

More pics of the resort in my next post!

Such an exquisite 5 star hotel!! I’ve been to other 5 stars but they didn’t feel quite as cozy as this, I guess it’s because this is a BEACH side resort, that’s why they have so many wooden furniture and plants and other awesome modern yet traditional touches everywhere!

I ♥ it so much.. wanted to stay there forever :)

2 more pics of the same plant from before because I love the colours!

So many different angles and ways to shoot a single plant :)

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Went up to our rooms, took a short nap and changed before we headed down to check out the beach!!

We couldn’t really do any day-time activities because by it was sunset by then. It was all good though, I managed to take some nice sunset pics!

….”And if you die out there in the sea it is so not our problem.”

lol

I was so shocked to see a horse on the beach!!!

Horse back riding on the beach by the sunset sounds awesome, it was really affordable too, but I didn’t because we were going for dinner soon and I wasn’t so sure about it…

That thing around the horses mouth looks painful and I felt a little sorry for it :(

I’m not an animal rights kind of person but I don’t like seeing animals suffer either. Does anyone know if this sort of handling hurts the horses??

Besides horse back riding, they also had ATV riding (yes on the beach!! wtf), parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating.. all sorts of fun stuff!!!

I was realllyyyyy eager to try them all but they were closing for the day.

Oh well there’s always tomorrow!!

Me and kor kor! (lol)

This would’ve been a gorgeous shot if it wasn’t for the indians behind hahah they were the ones in charge of handling all your sports-for-hire needs.

But I guess it adds charisma to the photo.

People say we look nothing alike. What do you think?

He looks a lot like my mum though… I suspect my mum picked me up from a rubbish chute when I was younger :P

And I should’ve smiled with my teeth!!! I look too fierce in that flowery sweet dress.. which is like my new fav dress ♥

Sunset on Batu Ferringhi ♥ ♥ ♥ :)

It was a pretty nice beach which is surprising because it wasn’t that far from the city!! And we all know water near the city = gross.

We went during the wet season, so the water and sand wasn’t as clean therefore no snorkeling or swimming in the sea but still passable!! Better than Sentosa.

I bet this beach would be gorgeous during summer.

That’s what you get for going out with new couples…

They’re always whispering and cuddling and kissing in front of you omfg get a room!!!

Actually they did get a hotel room but I was unfortunately sharing their room with them.

FML x 9999999999999

Wow I totally dig the sunset glow in this picture :)


You can see the sunset progression here!

A little photoshop works wonders ♥

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When it got dark, we went to have dinner!!

The hotel manager recommended a hawker center a few streets down and normally I’m very skeptical when it comes to hawker centers but that place was a

FOOD HEAVEEEEENN ♥ ♥ ♥

It was crowded, a little dirty and veerrryy hot and humid but omfg the food was completely worth it.

I was surprised to see so many white people dining there… I LOL-ed @ them because a lot of them ordered pizza instead of local delights.

Fat juicy grilled prawns!

Oyster omelette… best I’ve eva had!! Soooo hungry as I’m typing this.

Why do I always do this of myself?? I’m jealous of myself for the food I’ve eaten in the past!

Fuzzy pic of mum coz the lighting was really bad.. and coz I was hungry lol

I think this was their version of hokkien mee?

EVERYTHING WAS STUPIDLY YUMMY!!!

It’s so close to our hotel, it’s cheap, it’s totally delish and possibly the best part is that you tell them the table number you’re seated at and they BRING the dishes to you, something that almost never happens in hawker centers anymore.

I hate standing around waiting for food.


Me nom noming my Penang Laksa!!!
Very pleased indeed.

I knew people said Penang = Foodie Paradize but I did not believe them until I ate their local dishes myself.

It pwnz Singapore’s hawker for sure. It’s not coconutty, it kinda tastes like fish soup + tom yum and the noodles are soooo springy it’s like mini udon but better.

WHERE CAN I BUY SUCH NOODLES IN SINGAPORE?

Oh plzzzzzzz tell me!! The texture is to die for!! Even the penang laksa sold in Singapore doesn’t use the same kind of chewy noodles :((

Even their indian food is different!!

This butter chicken is a lot more watery and tastes like a whole new dish but mad freakin yumz as well.

We ordered a shit heap, but those were the only pics I took.. I know they don’t look that spectacular in pictures but you have to try it for yourself!!

I WOULD FLY TO PENANG AGAIN JUST TO EAT AT THAT HAWKER CENTER!

Yes, I love it THAT much.

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After one of the best meals I’ve had in ages, (I lie. I have fucking good meals all the time. The way I’m quadrupling in size says it all) we went shopping at their night market!!!

Fake branded hangbags, t-shirts, decorations, handcrafted items, everything under the sun. It was really big, and it reminded me of a mini-Bangkok!!

Colorful and bustling with life.

It was 9 or 10pm yet everything’s still open. Gotta love Asia :)

Everything you’d ever need for a getaway is a few streets away, an amazing hotel, a nice beach with lots of sea sports, cheap market shopping, cheap massage parlours and salons, night clubs and bars, great cheap food.. did I mention cheap???

It’s like a hidden gem!

I’d enjoy Penang so much more if it wasn’t for the heat O_O

That’s the problem I have with most asian countries. So hot I could melt and die.

Super pretty Japanese flower hand painted plates!! Such intricate details. After I took this pic, the owner yelled, “NO FOTOS!!!”

Most shops don’t allow photos so no more pics.

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We walked and shopped till our feet couldn’t take it anymore, and we happened to spot a massage parlour just as we were gonna go back to our hotel!!!!

Got a 1 hour massage and it was sooo gooodd!!!! ♥

Again, no pics because how weird is it to take a picture of somebody massaging your foot? Lol. But it was very well received by my aching body!

Shopping destroys your feet.

Ended the day with a trishaw ride!! I’ve never been on a trishaw before and I was pretty excited hehe.

The experience was heaps more fun than I thought! I’m gonna take it every time I see it now :D

If you don’t know what a trishaw is, it’s like this little open-air cart that you can sit in, pushed along by a bicycle that your driver is pedaling!

Great way to do sightseeing in relatively short distances :)

In Penang, trishaws are considered the “Kings of the Roads” because they usually only carry tourists and are verryyyy daring when it comes to cutting into lanes and completely blocking oncoming traffic.

They have no problem making an impromptu U-turn and stopping 10 cars dead in their tracks for their own convenience… that’s what happened to us!!

They’re almost crazy lol luckily Penang drivers are used to these sort of reckless driving and didn’t seem to mind at all.

Uncle John in a separate trishaw!

See what I said about reckless driving? LOL


Weeee so breezy and fun!!!!

Mum totally uninterested to camwhore with me because she’s intrigued by the different sights and sounds we were passing lol

Our trishaw driver and his cute umbrella!

I get so excited by the littlest things haha.

I had the biggest smile on my face throughout the ride :)


Back at the hotel!!!

It was decorated with all these flowers and twinkling nights. Very pretty in the dark~

Our driver kindly offered to take a picture for us. What a friendly guy.. Penang people are surprisingly friendly!

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Went up to the hotel room and plonked onto the bed immediately!!!

Why are hotel beds so comfy dammit.


WHAT A DAY!!!

Tiring, fun, relaxing, and most definitely enjoyable.. all at the same time.

Ordered room service (yes, we are gluttons) and then it was shower + sleepy time!!!!


ZzzzzzZzzZZzzZZzzz…………..

Had a really good night’s sleep. I woke up 3 hours later though wtf my sleeping patterns are effed up coz in Singapore I usually only sleep at 6am.

We’ve come to the end of Day 1, will update the rest of the awesome trip soon.

I love holidays, haven’t had a good one with family in ages and this was so amazing. Quality time spent together :)