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September 28, 2016

28 September 2016 Last day in Penang


Our room – top floor, middle window

Had breakfast outside at Sarkies today, until it started peeing down and we rushed inside. Waved goodbye to Peter at 10am. He’s back to Cambodia today. I don’t leave the hotel until 3pm so there’s a bit of time to kill. Got upgraded to business class again! Yay! So I can wallow in the lounge to kill time until my flight at 6pm tonight. I could do a bit more shopping as my luggage limit is 40kg now!

Went for another walk to kill time before I need to get out of my room. I got a later check-out but only till 1pm. Found Campbell St where food/meat/veg/fruit markets are. Also found a fabric shop. Couldn’t resist!

Going to ride the free bus to kill a bit more after I check out.

The CAT bus meanders around Penang with no apparent reason for the way it goes. It took about an hour with traffic to get back to the same bus stop near E&O. I had to get off at the bus station at the piers and get on another bus to keep going but I got did it.

September 27, 2016

27 September 2016 Back to Clan Jetties

img_0625Caught the shuttle bus to Batu Feringgi where the O&E Hotel, Lone Pine, is to pick up more passengers. The shuttle driver was a maniac. On to Straits Quay, which is a large new shopping complex. Devoid of personality and so humongous we took half an hour to look around and decided to get the next shuttle boat out of there! The shuttle boat ride gave us the opportunity to see Penang from the water. We talked to another passenger who is a resident and she told us that E&O own a heap of real estate and are planning to cover part of the water with a hotel – a la Dubai.

It was a big rough getting in to the dock but we made it.

I took a walk back to the Clan Jetties to pick up a seal I ordered yesterday. They look pretty spectacular. It was worth the weight. They have a horse symbol on the top and our names in Chinese characters in the seal with the date.

CF food court is handy to stop for lunch. I have the duck and rice but it is mostly bone. Find a Magnum ice-cream on the way back and eat that before having a look at an art gallery. No one about so I just wander in.

Met Peter at the pool after I got back. It rained a little bit but not enough to stay indoors. Stayed there for a while reading. It really is a great way to relax.

Peter left then went to Farquhar’s Bar so I met him in there and we had dinner at Olives, which is not far from E&O. Peter chose Irish stew – bad choice! My biriyani was great with a mix of meats. A mojito washed it down. Our last dinner in Penang. Really sad that our holiday is coming to an end. It has been wonderful.

September 22, 2016

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.