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September 26, 2016

26 Sep 2016 Walk around Penang

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Chinese seals with horses carved into the top

Breakfast at Sarkies was leisurely this morning. No plans. I left Peter in the room and walked to the Clan Jetties again. Perusing the many shops along the way, hardware, framing, pod hotels. Wandered around the jetties are a myriad of houses/huts/walkways. Some you can walk down, some are private. It is hard to tell which is which though.

On the way back to the hotel I found a ratten maker and Chinese seal cutter close together. The seal cutter was just opening and I sat and looked at what he had. Intricately carved figures on the top of three sizes of seal. Just tell him what you want on the seal and he will do it for you. Need to go back tomorrow to pick my order up.

Back at the hotel I come out again with Peter and we go to get some money changed. The Odeon Trick Art Cafe is across the road near the corner of Penang and Chulia roads so we try it out. It was once a 1920s theatre and has some strange displays that I think is the ‘trick art’. Lunch is teriyaki chicken for me and cajun chicken for Peter. Food was okay, surroundings were pleasant.

Off to the pool for my daily dip and reading session after lunch. Peter joins me eventually. It would be really nice to stop in Penang on a cruise, I think, as a ship glides into Penang Harbour.

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September 26, 2016

25 Sep 2016 Taxi to . . .

img_0510Hire a taxi for the day to take us to Penang Hill where there is a funicular train. The queue looks daunting but the taxi driver tells us to go through the fast lane. Still a fair queue in front of us but not as bad as we thought. The view from the top is not very clear, which is disappointing, so we came down.

On to Kek Lok Si Temple, which is Chinese and fairly impressive. A 30m bronze Kuan Yin statue that can be seen for miles around. We bought a tile for the roof and had it inscribed with our wedding anniversary date and names so hopefully it will be there for a long time. We also lit a candle.

On to Batu Ferringhi Beach, which is so similar to Surfers Paradise. Very touristy and very hard to get to the actual beach. We passed a few market stalls and got to the sand, saw a couple going up in a parachute then back to the taxi.

Entopia, is a butterfly farm but also for other bugs and their lifecycles. Bigger than the enclosure at Melbourne Zoo. Some of the butterflies are truly beautiful but it is hard to capture them with your camera as they flit around so quickly.

Fatty Loh’s Chicken Rice is on the way back to the hotel so we stop there for lunch. Interesting place with many old wares all over the walls. Finally tasted hainan chicken.

Relax at the pool for a long time. Read my book and update Facebook with photos of our wedding for our 40th anniversary. Hard to believe it has been so long, until I look in the mirror!

Dinner is at the Planters Lounge at E&O. Very quiet, probably because it’s Sunday. We both have the filet mignon, which is very tender. I have a passionfruit meuille feille dessert but it’s not what I expect with pastry.