East Coast Trip (Day 2)

Woke up quite early to get a head start on the day.

Headed to Kopitiam Kita, an extremely popular joint with the locals, for breakfast. The crowds there were astounding.

Where: Kopitiam Kita
4357-A Taman Desa Jaya
Jalan Pengkalan Chepa
15400 Kota Bharu.

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Here, they have all the rice from almost every district in Kelantan. All packed in little packets & grouped according to district of origin.

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Pretty cool presentation, but be fast. The packets practically fly out the window basket.
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We picked the following:

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Grabbed the last packet there was before taking this photo. Empty basket must mean this rice is popular, therefore it must be good.
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Another rice that was the last packet in the basket.
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After breakfast we headed for the Siti Khadijah market. This market is a landmark in Kota Bharu & only women sell fresh produce under the dome of the market’s atrium.

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We bought keropok (fish crackers) here & some souvenirs.

Then it was time for lunch!

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Where: U-Lang Corner.

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Next, off to do some sightseeing at the following temples:

1) Sleeping Buddha
2) Sitting Buddha (found this by accident so considered as “bonus” attraction)

Then off to Pengkalan Kubor for duty-free shopping & for Thai goods.

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Bought some chocolates & snacks before heading to another beach, Pantai Seri Tujoh.

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There’s sand along this beach. Yay!

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Had a picnic of keropok & chocolates here!

We headed back to the hotel to unwind and relax by the hotel’s pool before going for dinner.

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Bought this much today!!!

And then it’s time for dinner.

Where: Kengsom Thai Restaurant

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Then off to another branch of Hayaki for supper!!

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After supper we drove about aimlessly & ended up back at the airport (it’s just a small town).

& saw people sitting in the middle of the road watching football 😳

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End of Day 2.

Trip To Visit President (Day 3)

Last day of our trip so we didn’t start so early.

After checking out of the hotel, we left some chalk momento on a wall in the hotel specially allocated for this purpose.

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Then it was off to breakfast.

Where: Sin Hup Aun
17 Jalan Pasar
George Town, Penang

This place is known for the mamak mee goreng.

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The famous Jones Road Mamak mee goreng (or so the stall says). It’s pretty good so will trust their word πŸ˜€

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Mee jawa.

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Penang sar hor fun.

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Ban chan kueh.

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And drinks.

We saw these poles outside a shop near the restaurant, quite sums up the feeling that the holiday is ending.

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Sad sad sad 😧πŸ˜₯

Next stop: Biscuit collection from Him Heang.

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This is only SOME of our purchases… SC’s stuff is not even pictured!

And after we loaded the car, the boot was quite full.

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Him Heang is usually one of the last stops you make when you’re in Penang. This is to ensure that you bring back freshly-baked biscuits.

After the massive biscuit collection (which came to some RM 500+ for 4 of us!!), we set off to have brunch with President and say our goodbyes for this trip.

Where: Genting Cafe
2 Lorong Delima 6 (at Lrg Delima 3)
Gelugor, Penang

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Pasembur.

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Prawn mee.

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The chee cheong fun with peanut butter mixed into the sauce. Really yummy!

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Mua chee. The famous one from Gurney Drive. Eating this is seriously addictive.

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And the ever-famous Penang dish, char kway teow!

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With crispy lard. We likey!!

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And, drinks.

We left Penang around 1.30pm and everyone reached home by 8.30pm!!! Massive jams in KL because we got caught in the after-work traffic.

It was a great trip, and we’re now in talks for another similar trip… to some other place.

End of Day 3.

Trip To Visit President (Day 2)

Day 2 in Penang. Started off early as today’s agenda was to go hunt for murals.

First stop: Breakfast.

Where: One Corner Cafe.
Jalan Bawasah, George Town, Penang.

This place has one of the best prawn mee in town. But the wait for your order can take up to an hour. We were lucky to get ours within 30 minutes.

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The chopsticks were said to make the photo look messy, so we removed them for a retake. This time, all spoons must face in one direction!

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Chee cheong fun.

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Dry lor mee. Not sure how they meant this as dry. It looks quite soupy to me.

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Or kueh (yam cake) with the 3 tones of sauces…

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And drinks. Seems like everything today is 3-toned πŸ˜€

And that’s just breakfast πŸ˜€

We arranged with President to meet us downtown. While waiting for her, another round of yum cha at a mamak. Someone had a roti kosong too πŸ˜€

Then on to the mural hunt!

Next food stop: Ming Xiang Tai for snack break of herbal tea & pastries.

Where: Ming Xiang Tai
26 Gat Lebuh Armenian (at Lebuh Victoria), George Town, Penang.

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At first I thought it was flower tea, but it’s herbal… got ginseng, wolfberries, red dates… lots of those medicine-type stuff. Pretty good thirst quencher.

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Headed for the Chew Jetty next, then headed to Tan Jetty for lunch.

Where: Tan Jetty Thai Food
97-A Tan Jetty, Weld Quay
George Town, Penang

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Lunch was Thai food. Everything was super spicy!

After lunch, back to hunting murals. This time we didn’t stop until we left the place. No time to even stop for food :D.

Then it was off to Chowrasta Market for cendol / ais kacang & Penang laksa!

Where: Joo Hooi Cafe
475 Jalan Penang (at Keng Kwee St)
George Town, Penang

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Mmmmm… cendol and ais kacang.

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And Penang assam laksa!!! Slurps.

Had our dinner at Soon Lai Seafood, highly recommended by President. And now you know why she is the President. Because she knows all the good food places πŸ˜€

Where: Soon Lai Seafood
15 Lintang Batu
Jelutong, Penang

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Ambra juice by the jug.

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Butter nestum prawns. Oh so yummy. Eat until President also called me Prawn Face lol.

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Noodles.

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Sweet potato leaves. Vege is good for you.

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Heh ken. No idea what it’s called in English. Prawn something… but it’s deep fried prawn in batter.

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Drunken lala. Lalalalalalalalaa…

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And crabs! S ate most of the crabs, until President called her Crab Face lol!

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Look at all that crab egg…

Dropped off President after dinner, went in to say hello to her family & her doggie, Joey, then we headed back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep. Again, beyond caring if anyone snored or talked in their sleep.

End of Day 2.

Trip To Visit President (Day 1)

Ok, here’s the long-awaited post.

We started off on our long-awaited & much-anticipated trip on a fine Saturday morning. After everyone was fetched, we stopped for breakfast at McDonalds.

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Fueling up before hitting the road!

Next eating stop, Funny Mountain Tau Fu Fa in Ipoh!

Where: Funny Mountain
49, Jalan Theatre, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.

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What a funny name! Funny Mountain, ha ha ha. But there is nothing funny about the smooth & yummy tau fu fa that they serve.

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One bowl of tau fu fa, only 80 sen.

And they even have a drive through service!

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You can enjoy tau fu fa from the comforts of your car.

After Funny Mountain, on to Nam Heong White Coffee for, errm, brunch (egg tarts, white coffee & some fruit SY packed along which we curi-curi makan in the coffeeshop).

Where: Nam Heong White Coffee (original Old Town White Coffee)
2 Jalan Bandar Timah, Ipoh, Perak.

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Yummy egg tarts.

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Goes pretty well with Ipoh white coffee.

Time to hit the road again. Next stop: Penang island!

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Crossing over the “Malaria Straits” (as someone’s phone brilliantly autocorrected MALACCA STRAITS into, not too long ago… priceless πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).

We checked into Hotel Heritage 1926, our home away from home for the next 2 nights. Not a bad hotel, & strategically located… right across the Him Heang biscuit shop (for you tau sar pia aficionadoes).

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Him Heang products.

President came to get us from our hotel & brought us to have an early dinner at Ocean Green.

Where: Ocean Green Restaurant & Seafood
Paramount Hotel, 48F, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, George Town, Penang.

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Nice views, yummy food, great company. This is what the Greater Dining Club is all about 😍

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Dinner. Yes, I know I missed out the lam mee dish. Had an interesting argument with President over this. Haha.

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Penang lam mee.Β The dish that only arrived after we were halfway eating. It’s different from the lam mee that one gets in KL.

After a great dinner, we headed to Gurney Paragon, newest shopping mall in Penang to date. Missed the turn into the carpark & had to make one big round (no thanks to new one way traffic flow system in Penang >_<!!).

Got there eventually.

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Views from the 6th floor.

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We had a great time here, posing for group photos in front of backdrops of street scenes that look pretty real.

A very cool coffee place that we passed by but didn’t go in for coffee.

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Look at the decorated paper cups used as deco!!

Off to have drinks at 600cc next.

Where: 600cc
Gurney Paragon, Penang.

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This place has really cute deco!

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Our drinks.

And after this, off to Bee Hooi Restaurant in Pulau Tikus for supper!!! Yep, still not quite done eating for the day!

Where: Bee Hooi Restaurant
415 Jalan Burma, George Town, Penang.

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Penang sar hor fun.

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Ou chien (fried oysters with egg).

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Penang lor mee.

President dropped us back at our hotel for some much needed sleep. Don’t know if anyone snored or talked in their sleep (too tired to notice, or care).

We did quite a lot of eating, posing & driving today.

End of Day 1.