Monday, September 30, 2013

Penang's Art Street, Wall Paintings & Steel Sculptures

Date of Visit: 15th & 16th September 2013

What attract both local and foreign visitors to visit Penang is to witness the delightful fusion of the East and West that rich in history and culture and also for its bewildering arrays of mouth-watering eats. That's what for my past trip but currently, what attract me the most was for its vibrant showcase of these unique and beautifully painted art street, wall paintings and steel sculpture across the heritage area of George Town city.

Thanks to London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic who started off of these amazing and creative ideas by painting these colourful murals within the inner city and later, his footsteps followed by the local artists and cartoonists which helped to generate awareness of the rich history of the streets. 

Playing hide and seek with these colourful art street and wall paintings was indeed very fun and fascinating but make sure to do some homework beforehand or the best suggestion, grab a map to know where the arts are in order to save time and also reduce the chances of missing out some of these art. We're lucky enough to meet some helpful and friendly local people who gave us maps while we're in the mode of hunting for these arts.

01. Penang's Art Street
#1: Random mural in front of the main gate of the bicycle shop who gave us the map at Armenian Street

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Old Penang Guesthouse

Another lodging review again!

During our visit to George Town, the capital of the Pearl of the Orient, Penang state, one of my best friends recommended to stay in this heritage guesthouse that combines the charm of Penang's yesteryears but equipped with modern amenities by the name of Old Penang Guesthouse. Strategically located in the heart of the oldest part of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this guesthouse is a beautifully restored pre-war building and until now, it still retains much of its old world charm.

Old Penang Guesthouse
#1: An elegant colonial looking guesthouse with the heritage touch

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tune Hotel LCCT Airport

Most of my readers were asking how's my stay in this Tune Hotel LCCT Airport? Since I am so lazy to start with my Bali travelogue, hence I choose to blog about this instead.

I never thought of staying in Tune Hotel LCCT Airport at all. I rather overnight in airport itself because most of the time when I browsed through the price of this hotel, it was kinda pricey and not worth as I will be only staying for few hours. But since I will be sharing with two of my friends (actually the maximum occupants are two) and coincidentally, there was 10% offer given, the total amount we paid for a night was RM150, including comfort package that comes with 24 hours air-conditioner and towels and also toiletries kit. So after doing the maths, each of us only had to pay RM50 - consider kinda cheap if share with friends instead of staying alone.

Tune Hotel LCCT Airport 01
#1: The main entrance of the hotel 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Foodie Friday: Sunny Hill Ice-Cream @ Kuching

Date of Visited: 08th September 2013

Life is sweet when I have my ice-cream. I can't deny that my favourite dessert of all time would be ice-cream, besides pudding. So when I went back Kuching last few weeks, I kept telling my dad that I can miss out all those famous foods in Kuching but definitely not this one. I had this ice-cream number of times when I was young but ever since I went college, it's been ages I didn't have this and now I'm craving for more. Thank goodness my flight back to Kota Kinabalu was at night, and therefore we had spare time to visit this ice-cream parlour.

Sunny Garden Ice-Cream 01
#1: This looks alike old school canteen is situated in front of Sunny Hill Secondary School

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cuti-Cuti Malaysia 2013: Kuching & Penang

The first two weekends of this month is like Cuti-Cuti Malaysia for me. I went Kuching on the first weekend to attend my cousin's wedding and for the following weekend, I went to Alor Setar & Penang for my very best friend's wedding. But of course, besides attending the wedding was my ultimate purpose, I also took this opportunity to stay for few more days to explore and wander around - especially for foods and street arts hunt in Penang.

I will not blog so details like I did for my other travelogues. Only focus on few main things which I think is worth to share throughout my trip to Kuching and Penang, such as:

DSC09273 Kuching
#1: Sunny Hill Ice-Cream (post here) - The legendary and famous ice-cream parlour in Kuching

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Post The Card (Part 3)

In case you miss out my first two posts of "Post The Card" - click here and here
You know how much I love to receive postcards from my fellow friends as well as from the kind and friendly bloggers eventhough I only know them via online.

Hoi An, Vietnam from Dan Arif
Postcard 17 - Vietnam Hoi An
Postcard from another member of #travelholicawesome, who is soon going to step into another new stage of life. Congratulation to him and his pretty bride-to-be, MasZuber. By the way, Hoi An Ancient Town is one of the cities in my travel bucket list that I wish to go.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Foodie Friday: Foods Around Ho Chi Minh City

Travelling Period: 1st April - 7th April 2012

Whenever I travel abroad, I will not purposely go and hunt for those famous eateries or restaurant of that particular places or cities cause I believe everyone has different preference and taste. What might be best for others but may not suits my liking. Plus, some of those highly recommended seems to be overrated and taste so-so only. What worse was most of those recommended restaurants or eateries only filled with foreign tourist, not the local. One of the travel tips that I came across is discover where the locals eat. Therefore when we were in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), most of the restaurants or eateries we visited were patronized by the local.

Foods in Ho Chi Minh City 01-1
#1:Cơm Tấm Cali. This small little restaurant located not far away from our hotel and the plus point, it comes with free WiFi connection. The staffs spoke very little English but no worry, there is English translation in their menu.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Travel Haul & Expenses of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2012)

When my parents went Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) a year before me, they bought plenty of souvenirs for me and I did blog about it - click here for more. So when it's my turn, I just bought those necessary for my dearest family and friends only. The following are my hauls throughout my 7 days and 6 nights trip in HCMC, Vietnam:

Ho Chi Minh City Haul 01
#1:Overall of my haul from HCMC