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**



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

Room and corridor



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Camwhoring in the room….

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.




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.

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


** At the Pool**






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

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

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.


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.

Activities at the beach.

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.


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

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…

Feeding the turtles

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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

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.

*** the end ***

6 thoughts on “Penang Getaway”

  1. wahhh yvonne. so much fun!!! my sis also been there and recommends the water slide alot hehe
    looks like ryan is a very loving kor kor. alot of hugs in all the pics :)

  2. My kids love Hard Rock Penang very very much, esp. the pool area. Oh my, you and your boys are SO brave to have had that geli huge snake wrap round your neck and shoulders!! And you look cute in that Paul Frank tee, hehehe..

  3. Lovely photos! I think you’ve seen more of Penang than I have, you know.

    Looking at Gurney Drive, I wonder if you tried the char koay teow an old couple was selling? He really fries with love and his wife will pack it for the customers.

  4. Hard Rock Penang is awesome! My whole family loves it so much but too bad we only spent a night there. My bro, SIL, Louis and I were playing at the children slide there and the water gun. Hahaha…. The beach is not that nice though so we spent all the time at swimming pool area. Next time Yvonne u should go to the Golden Thai restaurant ( formerly was Eden) for dinner. The seafood there is fresh and yummy. We always go there whenever we stay in batu feringghi. It’s a must go restaurant.

  5. The HRC hotel looks superb. I am really looking forward to going to Penang this year. Haven’t been there for over 20 years, can you believe it? Hey, all of you are so brave. I get goosebumps just looking at the snakes. They are huge!

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