Tuesday, May 29, 2012

School Holidays : Penang Island and Taiping

School holidays just started and we actually started it a little early to beat the jam and the holiday crowd, and truly it's a great decision. We left to Penang on Thursday... Looks like Bayview Beach Penang is gonna be our Hotel of choice. Good rates, clean, nice pools and gardens, food and beach is okay. The beach in Penang is nothing like how it used to be, the water is not very clean and also the beach is very small and not a big deal. But in the West Coast this is a better beach compared to that of Port Dickson and Morib. And there is something about holidaying by the beach, just the sound of the waters and the wind makes it somehow more of a holiday:)  This time we went to Suffolk House for high tea. It was a truly nice experience, being served tea and dainty cakes, sandwiches and scones on tiers...The garden is beautiful and also the mansion itself. The kids truly enjoyed the experience. Then we also had dinner at the place called China House, our friends EK and his wife took us there. Apparently owned by a rich Australian lady,  I thought it was a charming place. It's a very long narrow place, and it's like walking through different worlds...okay may seem to be an exaggeration but what I mean is as we walk in there is the bar, then the courtyard, then the fine dining, family room, reading room, casual dining, and the upstairs is an art gallery for young artist. Such a cleverly combined place. Love it!  Then we have to have a mean at Happy Garden, which has been operating for 28 years, a small shack like place amidst a pretty garden. They serve home made bread and marmalades, American breakfast and local food. Kids had plenty of pool and beach time and I sneaked in a  massage and some needed discussion with hubby. We then went to Taiping for a day. We took the kids to the Taiping Night Safari. Frankly this is not worth the trip as the tram we were on was super noise and the animals are kind of hard to see in the dark. If you really want one go to the Singapore Night Safari. But the Taiping Lake Gardens is worth a visit. First of all it's Malaysia first public park and it's green, lush, serene and beautiful. Kids were happily playing in it for more then an hour. It was a good holiday for the kids, and for the adults too. 

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