Penang the beautiful…

Was in Penang, Malaysia, for some business related to research…
Stayed at the Equatorial Hotel at Bukit Jambul…
Nice hotel, pretty views…
Sneaked around a bit during off-hours….
Was happy to see that trishaws are still flourishing in the city…
Took a peek at the house where P. Ramlee lived…
A refreshing, humble, little abode it was…
One of the many bites we had in Penang… 
the peanut-sauced rojak from the mamak stall…
The fried tofu, cucumber, and bengkuang (or jícama) were my favorites…
Was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite fruit, the durian, on display…
Had thought that the season was sometime in August…
Urmm… this was the D24 specie…
Tried the Musang (猫山王) as well, but think the D24 fits my taste buds better…
And as the cliche goes, smells like hell but tastes like heaven
Ahh, lovely, lovely… 
Am now in Kuala Lumpur International Airport, ready to fly back to Japan in two hours time…
Shall touchdown at Kansai International in the early hours of Christmas day…
after that, it will be four more hours by limousine bus before we touch base sometime around 1:00 in the afternoon… 
So, for you wonderful folks who are celebrating or not celebrating…
Merrrry Christmas!!  
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20 thoughts on “Penang the beautiful…

  1. lina… yeap, so soon… am actually looking forward to returning home to Japan… I miss my garden already… thank you for your kind greetings… Icy BC… Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones…

  2. It looks as if you enjoyed your visit to Penang, even if you did have to sneak around a bit during your off hours. Penang looks like a pretty city.Thank you for your Christmas greetings. I hope you and your family have a very Happy and Healthy 2012.

  3. Wah like a touch n go thingy so fast. Didn't balik kampung to Alor Star? Glad you got the chance to wallop those 'smells like hell but tastes like heaven…' haha. Merry X'mas.

  4. Elephant's Eye… certainly is a good feeling to be back in the garden…George… Penang being a UNESCO Heritage city, is a really charming place to visit…Pandabonium… danke for your wishes…Bananazஇ… the durians were really delicious… envy you folks who can eat them whenever they are in season…cathy@home… thank you for your wishes…cocomino… I don't get tired of the tofu… it is so tasty…

  5. Happy New Year to you too Lrong! I am sure you are very glad to visit your country again, and eat your favorite durian. I can eat durian but i cant even finish one seed, too tasty! We also have a species native to this country but very smelly!

  6. Andrea… yeap, was very happy to visit my country and eat the durian… I normally can eat only a little but definitely more than one seed… Lisa… Penang is a lovely place to visit… would return there again…

  7. Happy New Year 2012 Lrong. Is D24 durian for real? I didn't know there were grades/labels…I enjoy the yellow sweet meat kinds but can't take too much cos too heaty. I also enjoy durian cakes, smoothies, gelato….yum…:)

  8. Keats… glad to hear that you enjoyed Penang too… Sonia… it is like 'you say high, I say low'? 🙂 Read about all the goodies you ate at Penang… Diane… it is a pretty city… and a UNESCO Heritage city as well… even for a Malaysian like me, I am fascinated by the old part of the city… GG… yeap, D24 is for real… we used to eat a specie called B2 but it seems they are not in the market that often these days…. normally I buy just one fruit a day, and one kilo at that…

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