It has been 2 years since our last trip to Europe, in 2012. There were travel plans in between but they all ended up with wasted paid air tickets. Hong Kong trip in 2012 was cancelled after we realised that Amber was pregnant. Bangkok trip in 2013 was cancelled due to some other reasons. We have wasted money purchasing those air tickets only to be having air filled our empty seats. Nevertheless, we finally got out of our home country, and this time round, it is a family trip with my parents, sister and brother-in-law.
The last time I took my parents for a holiday was in 2011, to Taiwan. Thus, this short weekend Penang getaway really come in time, in fact over due time. I am planning to bring them for another year end trip this coming November after Amber and I are back from our Hokkaido trip (if everything goes as planned).
Anyway, we got this short trip planned out, and started the journey in our Changi Airport Terminal 2. This is Jevriel’s first holiday and also his first in an airplane.
We arrived Penang International Airport around 2.45pm, and took a 10 seater cab to Deluxcious Hotel Spa & Restaurant, a heritage hotel. There wasn’t 3 adjoining rooms, so we ended up with 2 rooms on the upper level and 1 room on the lower level. My parents and ourselves took the upper rooms, and we were presented with a swarm of mosquitoes when we entered the rooms. Both the rooms were fitted with electronic mosquitoes repellent and there were also scented bottles to fan off these blood suckers. Clearly the hotel is aware of the issue with these rooms.
We were really hungry at 3pm plus so we did our initial unpacking from luggage into the backpack, and off we go searching for food. Before leaving the hotel, we asked for a change in rooms and also booked a 7 seater cab to Gurney Hawker Centre (RM25).
Gurney Hawker is one of the popular spot that pops up when you do a Penang food search on Google. The area has stalls all lined up, serving food that are commonly found in Singapore, however with a different flavor. We quickly jumped into action and order several food from different stalls. Bits and pieces added up to a total of RM64, and only the cha kuey tiao, oh kuey, and shun kuey was nice. After a quick bite, we headed over to Gurney Plaza, which was just a street across the hawker centre.
We bought some clothes and groceries, before sitting down in Chicago for a chill out session. They were having happy hour for Hoegaarden, with 2 pints going for only RM39 (dirt cheap compared to Singapore). Wei wei and myself took a pint each. If I was out drinking with friends, it would probably be 3 ~5 pints each, but there was a need to mellow down around my family, plus I didn’t want my too much calories during the night. We sat and chatted, something really nice to do as a family.
It was around 10pm plus and we decided that it is time to rest. The bigger cabs did not want to take our whole family and insisted that we split into 2 smaller cabs at the price of RM18 for each cab. We weren’t left with much of a choice. Everyone was dead beat and wanted to slum into the cozy bed. However Jevriel started to cry badly nearing to midnight, and he refused to stop no matter what we do. We guess that he was not used to the environment and was feeling insecure and cranky from the lack of sleep. Eventually my parents took over and it was not until 1am before he dozed off completely 🙁