Penang Getaway

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We went for another impromptu trip to Penang recently. We chose Hard Rock Hotel, Batu Feringgi after reading its positive reviews on Tripadvisor. It turns out to be a wise choice. Perfect for the kids.

Penang, 13th – 16th December 2011.

We departed from home at about 11am. We reached the hotel at about 4pm. In between we made one stop. Albeit the non stop chattering, the boys were generally well behaved throughout the journey. :)

**Pics around the hotel**

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Our room faces the pool and the sea. What’s more to ask.

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Room and corridor

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Camwhoring in the room….

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Lil B brought so much laughter in the room doing all these funny stunts.

** That evening we drove to Gurney Drive for our dinner. We reached the famouse Gurney roundabout 20 minutes later and the boys had their maiden visit to the local food stalls. The place was packed. Luckily we were early and we managed to sat ourselves down effortlessly. Lil B was easier to manage. Ordered Char Kuey Teow for him and he was full after nibbling food from our plate. Ryan, on the other hand was such a fussy pot. Thank goodness we found a ‘tai chow’ stall and ordered fried rice for him.

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We don’t really enjoyed our meal there. It was hot and there were too many people. Not to mention the long queue at each of the stall and the food was below our expectation. That was our first and last time at Gurney Drive throughout our stay in Penang.

After dinner we went for a stroll at Gurney Plaza. We spent a lot of time inside Toys r Us because the big monkey wanted to buy a toy. We don’t really have an agenda so we went ahead with Ryan’s request.

After spending moolah at the toys shop, both boys are ready to go back to the hotel. We called it a day.

Day 2
The boys were really excited. Both woke up early in hope they could go check out the pool right away but I told them they can only go after breakfast.

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Breakfast @ The Star Diners. Taken on our last day in Penang.

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** At the Pool**

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Ryan spent hours and hours on these slides. He could literally sleep there. He had so much fun.

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Hotel staff and kids dancing to the YMCA song. Ryan participated for a short while (1 minute) and declared he’s out of it.

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The beach. Ryan preferred the pool than the beach so we didn’t really enjoyed the beach but there were some interesting activities there such as para sailing and poney rides.

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That night we were ambitious. Hubs called his staff who is a Penangnite for food recommendation. He gave us a few names and we ventured out. We spent half an hour on the road indecisive where we should head for dinner. We passed the restaurants recommeneded, alas non meet our expectation. So we detour and went to i-Dragon, Gurney Plaza for dinner. Speaking of adventurous. LOL.

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Activities at the beach.

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Not bad. At least the Prince finished one big plate of fried rice

Day 3
The weather was melting hot. After spending 5-6 hours at the pool yesterday, we really needed a break from the sun. We suggested a few places to Ryan and he chose Kek Lok Si Temple *Temple of Supreme Bliss) @ Ayer Itam as our destination because he wants to see turtles.

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I don’t think we were supposed to write anything since each color has its representation. I didn’t know and wrote down a whole list of wishes. :P

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The sacred pond. I remember the turtles used to be huge in sizes now they looked sad, pathetic and H U N G R Y. Kesian…

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Feeding the turtles

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Inside the incline lift to go up the hill to see the Goddess of Mercy

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In the afternoon, we wandered around the hotel. Boys complained the weather was too hot and demanded ice cream. After searching hi and lo, we found Haagen Daz ice cream at the Hard Rock shop.

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RM15 per mini size cup. Daylight robbery!

In the evening, more water play for Ryan. Lil B wasn’t as keen. So we hung out at the kids club instead.

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For dinner, we were too lazy to drive. We ended up at Star Diners again, the same place we had our daily breakfast. Food was so so. Nothing to shout about. I guess one can judge by looking at the number of tables occupied in the restaurant.

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We were one of the two tables occupied in the restaurant. :P

Day 4

We checked out after breakfast. On our way towards the Penang bridge, we took a detour to the Snake Temple.

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After we took the pic with the snake (RM30 each), Ryan declared he want a picture solo with the snake. I tried to dissuade him but he was adamant.

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My brave boy!

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Didi want his share of the creepy crawler.

We reached home about 5pm that day. Traffic was a little congested but we had a fabulous time in Penang. If only the traffic in the city was more kind.

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7th Year Anniversary

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We went to this restaurant call Ploy at Damansara Heights for our little anniversary date. It came highly recommended by Hubs whom had just been there a few days back on invitation by its owner for a meal there together with a few other associates.

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Ploy- is all about Modern Asian Cuisine. At first glance from the entrance, the restaurant looked sleek and modern, not overly consumed by suffocating interior design eventhough I do feel they could do better with their choice of Chinese New Year decor.

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See what I mean… Lanterns every corner.

We ordered a few of their signature cuisines and I must say they not only look mouth watering, they also taste finger licking good. Simply delish. we could have ordered more if we were not going to attend a friend’s party later that night.

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Should have ordered wine to go along our meal but opted kiddy juices instead. Reading through their drinks menu, I seriously thought they were going to serve the drinks in some sort of ice cubes. I was disappointed….

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Can you spot my Apple Sour drink on the table? My melting caps Apple Sour came in the form of any other typical serving of fruit juices one can imagine. Cheh.., anti climax. But luckily the rest of our food were deservingly good.

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Spicy Miso Soup

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Crunchy Lotus Root Chips. Yums!

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Torched Sunrise Tuna

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Seaweed and wasabi to go with the tuna.

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Thin crusted soft shell crab pizza. Very appetizing indeed.

By the time we finished our main course, we were full to the brim but how can we not order their famous Durian Pannacota. The combination of durian and Pannacota is definitely adventurous but it turns out to be a risk worth taking. Must try!

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The pictures really don’t do justice to the food. Sigh.. Time to buy new phone. Lol

Overall, a meal worth every cent. Oops, here’s Happy Anniversary to my lo-gong.

Here’s the address to Ploy.

PLOY
G-2, Work@Clearwater
Jalan Changkat Semantan
Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2095-0999
Open Mondays-Saturdays: 12.00pm-3.00pm; 6.00pm-12.00am
Closed on Sundays

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Mommy’s Makeover

Well, not exactly a full blown makeover per se. Rather, I’ve decided to give my long straight hair a little transformation for once.

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Terra… After digitally wave permed. :D

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Mmm.. Can’t really see huh.

Here’s another… without styling.

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I wonder how long I could withstand this high maintenance hairstyle. Still prefer my carefree long straight hair.

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Santouka Ramen Restaurant

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Few weeks back we went to this Hokaido Ramen Satouka restaurant at Toyko Street, Pavilion for lunch after reading rave reviews on them. I was skeptical but hubs was adamant to try. So we went ahead, after all we were too lazy to scout for other options.

I can’t remember what exactly we ordered. Think I ordered their spicy soybean paste ramen. Cant remember the name. Hubs ordered their signature shoyu ramen.

I did not take picture of our R A M E N. Perhaps I was too busy criticizing our order then. Ha ha. Kidding. My hands were full because I had to feed my little B that day. Having said so, I was less than impressed. They were not bad but they certainly fail to live up to my expectation. For RM25 a bowl, I expected more ‘wow’ factor.

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Oooo… Miss my straight hair. Lol.

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Ultra cute and super ‘yao yeng’ ! ❤❤

Ps: Ryan decided he will stay home instead of tagging along to lil B’s Shichida class that day. So he missed the fun.

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Bad Hair Day

Ryan @ 5 years 8 months 4 weeks
Lil B @ 1 year 11 months 3 weeks

Both in dire need of haircut.

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After.

Hah! They both look so much better after trimming off those unruly hair and for the second time my lil B did not cry during his haircut. But happy not. Guess what. This time he chose to S C R E A M instead … ‘MO
MMMYYYY, I DON’T LIKE, MOMMMYYYY….
‘ *faint*

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Lil B making a series of funny faces there, again.

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