21 Sep 2016 Melbourne to Penang

Very excited to be travelling to Penang to meet Peter, especially as I travelled Business Class. Malaysia Airlines accepted my bid to upgrade. Dinner in Footscray with Shaun, Craig and Gilda before being driven to the airport. No big queues. Second in line. Plenty of time to check out the business lounge. I could have had a free dinner in there! Grabbed some free water then off to the gate and straight through to my fully reclining seat on the plane. What luxury! I could definitely get used to it. Tucked up in the doona I slept nearly all the way. Up for breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, croissant and tomato omelette.

Found the local Malaysia Airlines business lounge in KL and had another small breakfast and watched the planes out the window until my flight to Penang.

Straight onto the plane again for the short flight. Shepherds pie with a Lindt chocolate for the meal. No customs to speak of in Penang but I had a hard time finding where to get a taxi. You need to buy a ticket inside the airport then go outside and find the taxi stand. My taxi driver was full of information for my stay. Very helpful on what to do and how to find the hotel when walking.

Took a stroll around the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, very swish, then walked up Penang Rd to Komptar to get my bearings. Plenty of shops, money change places, taxis. Footpath leaves  lot to be desired though. On the map the road is straight but it is definitely not! You need to keep crossing over to be able to keep going.

Caught the free CAT bus at Komptar just in time to avoid a drenching shower. No raincoat or umbrella. It was packed with locals but I did get a look around without getting wet. The driver chucked everyone off once it got to the bus stop at the jetty. Just waited for the next one to get closer to the hotel then walked the rest of the way.

Freshened up at the hotel then waited for Peter to arrive. Read a lot of my book. He didn’t get in until about 6.30pm. Showed him around a bit then had dinner at Sarkies at the hotel.

 

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