My Buddy & her Family came to Penang

Another back-dated post!

Finally after so many years, my buddy from Singapore came to Penang for the very first time with her family. We have been talking about this trips for years and finally it materialized. The reasons it took so long was because it was difficult for her to take leaves which has to coincide with her hubby, her MIL, her son and her hubby’s nephew!

The much awaited day came 3 weeks ago then they finally arrived on 15th July. This was also her boy’s first time on a plane so the little boy was very excited. Little Matthew is Darrius’s buddy as they we born on the same year, only a month apart. They met almost every year with us going to Singapore the past 4 years since PiggyBeng gets to go there for business and we can tag along.

I went to the airport to fetch them when they arrived on SilkAir’s first flight of the day. Since it was a Thursday, Darrius has to be in school so he did not get to follow. I sent them to the hotel and we did not meet until the next day as PiggyBeng has to be in night conference so he has to take a nap before the conference call.

On Friday morning, I went to fetch them and brought them to Kek Lok Si. Told them we’ll be back to pick them up for our durian party at Balik Pulau. When we met up, we found out they have missed visiting the Pagoda at the top of the hill so PiggyBeng drove up and we spent a little time there for photo taking and let the kids warm up to each other…

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After about half and hour, we proceed with our plans… to Balick Pulau for DURIAN! My friend and her hubby are huge durian fancees, so this is one thing that they don’t want to miss. They have neverbeen to a durian farm and have never seen durian hanging on the tree before thus, this is an eye opening experience for them!

We first went to this Kompleks Pasar Awam in Balik Pulau. The durian fest has ended, therefore not many stalls were opened. We saw a man selling some rambutans (which I bought a bundle) and a few durians so PiggyBeng went to ask about the ‘species’. It was a ‘che-kak’ or green husk which is amont the premium species there. We tried one…

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My friend and her hubby enjoyed the new found taste since they can’t find this in Singapore. Even their little boy enjoyed his first bite…

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After we were done, we drove to the Balik Pulau town for laksa. Here they get to tried 2 different types of laksa – asam laksa and Siam laksa with has coconut milk. Though they don’t taste as good as our regular asam laksa hunt, nonetheless it was a new taste for my friends.

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After the laksa, we went towards Teluk Kumbar way in search for new durian farms and we found one near the site where a new via duct is being built. This farm belongs to ‘Liu-Lian Yee’ or Auntie Durian. She is selling durians, rambutans, cempedak and durian dodol too! The boys were having a good time playing and Baby G was cam-whoring with Auntie D while daddy was bargaining with Liu-lian Yee!

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PiggyBeng got a very good deal from her, 3 durians for RM25 which were from an old tree. The durians were great… and since it was too much, we even packed some home! Then we saw her cempedak which were very fragrant. We bought one… the Golden Cempedak due to the very bright orangey color…

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After we were done with this farm, we drove back to Balik Pulau and up to the hill to our regular durian farm which we have been visiting the past few years. The farm – Titi Kelawang Organic Farm is our regular durian hunt during the season as they have really good durians most of the time. I remembered we went for their durian buffet once!

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So after choosing from the wide selection available on that day, PiggyBeng finally decided to get the ‘Yip-Chi-Mei’ aka Amy Yip, the voluptuous 3rd category Hong Hong’s prono movie star. I can tell you… eat 2 pieces, you’ll feel so full you can’t eat any more!

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Can you see how fleshy this Yip-chi-mei??? 😛 We can’t have any other after eating that one so we left once we are done. We drove down hill towards Batu Feringhi and thought of visiting Hard Rock Hotel but there were some events going on and we were asked to park opposite so we decided not to go at the end and drove back to town. We then popped by New Lane for these…

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Then on the next day, we brought them to the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese temple along Burmah Road…

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After the temples we went to Weld Quay and borded the ferry. This is a first time for my friend and her family. They really enjoyed the ride since they have never been on any ferry that can take in cars! 🙂

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We toured a little of the Mainland but it was rather boring so we headed back to Penang via the bridge. Was stuck for almost an hour on the bridge as there was a car exploded in the middle of the bridge. Too bad there were no wireless cctv cameras on the bridge else we can get to see what happened before we reach the incident’s site. No idea why the car exploded and it was not reported in the news…

It was already 1+ when we finally crossed over so we headed to Batu Maung for seafood lunch at Ah Chai’s

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Food was so damn good! The salted eggs crabs were to die for!!!! Can’t seems to get enough… even now when I am typing this I am salivating! 😛 We sent them back to the hotel after lunch as they wanted to go to Kimberly St for dinner which we did not join since we can’t bring Baby G for hawker food yet.

We picked them up again on Sunday after the check-out and popped by the hawker at Free School Rd for lunch before bringing them to our place. We managed to catch up more with the boys having fun feeding the chicken behind our house and playing some PC games. Had dinner at the coffee shop nearby before we dropped them at the airport.

We hope they enjoyed their trip here to the tiny island! 😀

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About Angeleyes

Daily bites of a full time mom searching for a space to rediscover her potentials in her roles as a mom, wife and an entrepreneur.
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0 Responses to My Buddy & her Family came to Penang

  1. leona says:

    Oh…I must try Ah Chai’s the next time I make a trip to Penang…food looks really good…the salted crabs really got me salivating! Where is Batu maung BTW? Issit near Batu Ferigghi???

    • Angeleyes says:

      Batu Maung is at the end of the FTZ in Bayan Lepas which is very near the airport
      but you don’t use the airport road to go but using the FTZ road.
      I feel like go there for dinner now! hahahaha

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