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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

PENANG Runaround 5 (GURNEY DRIVE and Back)

We're finally visiting Gurney Drive!

Synonymous with Penang Island, Gurney Drive sits on reclaimed land created off Teluk Ayer Rajah, the bay that once existed between George Town and Tanjung Tokong.

Taken from the Penang Fandom website:
As early as 1930, plans were drawn up to build a coastal road which spanned George Town's northern coasts by extending North Beach (the area around Northam Road). In 1934, North Beach was extended by 510 yards into what is now Gurney Drive. The New Coast Road along North Beach was completed two years later. In the late 1940s, land was reclaimed next to the road off Teluk Ayer Rajah, a bay between George Town city centre and the Tanjung Tokong suburb. This reclaimed land would be later known as Gurney Drive. In 1952, at the height of the Malayan Emergency, New Coast Road was renamed Gurney Drive after Sir Henry Lovell Goldsworthy Gurney, the British High Commissioner of Malaya who was killed by Malayan Communist Party guerillas in the state of Pahang the previous year. Initially, Burmah Road was to be renamed as Gurney Road, but New Coast Road was chosen instead.

Our evening began with a walk to the bus stop along Jalan Penang in front of the 7-Eleven. Here we caught a Rapid Penang #101 bus that would take us to the Sleeping Buddha bus stop along Jalan Kelawai. The fare was RM1.40 each (approximately USD/EUR0.30).

We then walked across Jalan Kelawai onto Jalan Concordia and continued northeast to its very end. We were finally at Gurney Drive but found out that our initial place of interest, Gurney Drive Hawker Centre was closed on Tuesdays.

We settled on the first thing that came to view; in this case it was Coco Island Street Food. A lively place, we quite enjoyed our dinner here and an hour later it was time to head back.

We had a little too much to eat so instead of taking another bus back to the hotel we decided to walk the entire distance. We walked along Gurney Drive for quite a fair distance headed southeast while taking in the sights, to the very end before turning left onto Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah.

We again walked southeast before walking across Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah past the Istana Kedah onto Jalan Larut. At the next intersection we again turned left onto Jalan Hutton and were on the home stretch!

Twenty minutes later we arrived at the hotel, our feet a little sore but the food in our tummies fully digested.

Please stay tuned for our next posting as we adventurise a couple of jetties tomorrow morning.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

COCO ISLAND Street Food

It's time for dinner at Gurney Drive!

The whole point of coming to Gurney Drive was to have dinner at the renowned hawker centre here. A tourist trap for sure, but we would be remiss if we neglected to pay this old hawker centre a visit at least once.

Alas, we did not check before coming and discovered too late that the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre. No matter, when life serves us lemons we go on island hopping, or in this case pay a visit to Coco Island Street Food.

Coco Island is a bright and lively food court that more than made up for our earlier disappointment. We took turns strolling past each foodstall before eventually settling on:

  • Wat Tan Hor for RM11.50
  • Fruit Juices for RM11.70
  • Pork Chop for RM18.00
  • Fries for RM8.00
  • Fish & Chips for RM16.00
  • Penang Rojak for RM13.00
  • 20 sticks of Satay for RM29.00

We admit that we went a little overboard. The delightful dinner came to RM97.20 (approximately USD/EUR22) which in our minds was a little steep given that we did not even have a beer. However with the location in mind we would have anticipated the bill to be a little high. 

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Coco Island Street Food - https://g.page/CocoIsland?share

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

PENANG Runaround 4 (BALIK PULAU and Back)

We're going someplace new!

We emerged from the hotel a half an hour later after settling my grumbling tummy and made our way to the bus stop along Jalan Penang in front of the 7-Eleven. Here we caught a Rapid Penang #201 bus to KOMTAR for a fare of RM1.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.20).

We were planning to visit an area of Penang Island that we’ve never been to, that is Balik Pulau. In order to do this we waited for the Rapid Penang #401E bus right at the last lane of KOMTAR Bus Terminal.

We boarded the bus at twenty after eleven in the morning and paid the fare of RM4.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.90). This bus ride promised to be loads of fun since it would take an hour, passing through areas such as Gelugor, Sungai Nibong, Queensbay Mall, Bukit Jambul, Penang Airport, Teluk Kumbar, Genting before eventually arriving in Balik Pulau.

We arrived in Balik Pulau an hour and twenty minutes later, and after consulting with the bus driver about where we could have lunch, we got off at Pekan Kongsi. 

Here we strolled along this tiny town before deciding on lunch at Nasi Kandar Roundabout. We had an excellent round of Nasi Kandar, Brendan and I had rice with fried chicken while Cat settled on fried noodles. Together with a round of drinks our lunch came to RM25.70 (approximately USD/EUR6).

The weather was getting warmer, so I decided to get a haircut at the local barber, Sri Mun Barbershop. A young Indian gentleman attended to me and the haircut cost only RM13.00 (approximately USD/EUR3).

We walked out the barbershop and narrowly missed a Rapid Penang #401E bus. Another bus came along, the #502 bus but we were told it did not go to KOMTAR. 

We eventually caught another Rapid Penang #401E bus some time later and again paid the fare of RM4.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.90). The bus ride took a little over an hour before arriving back at KOMTAR Bus Terminal. We got off and headed to the Maybank nearby to settle a banking matter, and then walked back to the hotel.

We will be going on yet another walkabout later in the evening, so please stay tuned.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6
Komtar Bus Terminal - https://goo.gl/maps/kiMomEA7ye3HuNVU6
Pekan Kongsi - https://goo.gl/maps/qF6GYCAZXtLwyeq6A
Nasi Kandar Roundabout - https://goo.gl/maps/yJFsDQnnRd9kDLz97
Sri Mun Barbershop - https://goo.gl/maps/whiGjiVwKXQFrpEH8

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

PENANG Walkabout 6 (CHOWRASTA Market Hunt)

Penang Day 3!

We had meant to be up early this morning but overslept and only managed to leave the hotel at five past nine. First order of the day was to have breakfast at a renowned toast bread stall nearby, and for that we walked across Hutton Street in front of the hotel and continued southwest along Jalan Penang.

We arrived at Hutton Lane Roti Bakar soon after and joined the long queue to place our order. We all had the same set of toasted bread with two half boiled eggs perched on top. 

Breakfast together with a round of drinks came to RM18.00 (approximately USD/EUR4). We then walked across Jalan Penang and headed to Jalan Chowrasta to begin our market hunt, the first in a long while.

Taken from Penang's fandom pages:

Chowrasta Market at Penang Road, within George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Malaysia's oldest markets and one of only two markets in the city centre, the other being Campbell Street Market. It is also notable for the wide variety of Penang's fresh produce sold within, from pickled nutmegs to tau sar pneah (Penang's famous bean paste pastry). 

The area where the market now stands was originally part of a massive Indian area in George Town. In particular, ethnic Tamils from southern India began settling around the area in the mid-19th. century. It was within the vicinity of the present market where the Tamils sold fresh produce and livestock.

In 1890, the George Town Municipal Council built the single-storey Chowrasta Market. It was eventually replaced with the present Chowrasta Market in the 1960s. The market building was later renovated between 2013 and 2017, as part of efforts to rejuvenate and expand the aging market. The renovation works were completed as of January 2017.

We began our stroll along Jalan Chowrasta from the intersection with Jalan Penang to its end, before doubling back. A great assortment of items and wares were on sale, but nothing struck our fancy.

We then entered Chowrasta Market proper, and Cat stopped by a pickles stall to get a packet of pickled mango and papaya that cost RM7 each (USD/EUR1.60).

We then strolled its length all the way to the back. Here we found all kinds of fresh meat and poultry on sale artfully arranged in one corner of the wet market. To the other end were freshly caught fish, squid, and all manner of food from the sea.

Alas, we were not able to buy anything here since we did not have the ability nor the inclination to cook during our trip to Penang. We then rode an escalator up to the first floor but found only two clothes stalls doing business.

We quickly made our way down and walked out of the market onto Lebuh Tamil headed southeast to its end. We then turned right onto Jalan Kuala Kangsar to take in the sights of the morning vendors selling a variety of items and wares including clothing.

We reached the intersection with Lebuh Kimberley and turned around to walk down to the other end. Cat found a quaint batik blouse and shorts suit that she fancied and paid the shop keeper RM30.00 (approximately USD/EUR7) for it.

We then made our way out of Chowrasta but stopped by a fruit stall to get a bunch of bananas and half a watermelon for RM13 (approximately USD/EUR7).

We then headed back to the hotel, but be out and about again, going on a run-around, so please stay tuned.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Monday, 8 August 2022

PENANG Walkabout 5 (JETTY Food Court and Back)

We're off on another walkabout!

We spent the entire afternoon in our apartment unit and once the temperature had cooled, we were raring to go on another walkabout. We left the hotel headed southeast along Jalan Hutton before walking across Jalan Penang and onto Lebuh Campbell. 

Campbell Street was named after Sir George William Robert Campbell, who served as the Penang Inspector General and subsequently, the acting Lieutenant-Governor of Penang between 1872 and 1873.
When the street was created in the mid-19th. century, it was known as Sin Kay and Sin Kai in Hokkien and Cantonese, respectively. Both terms meant 'the new street'.

However, Campbell Street gained a seedy reputation soon after that. By way of pun, both terms, Sin Kay, and Sin Kai, came to refer to the fresh 'chickens' (prostitutes) brought into the courtesans’ quarters along the street. Another Cantonese term used to refer to the street was Fa Kai, which literally meant 'Flower Street' - also a euphemism for the prostitutes along the street.

For similar reasons, the Malays called the street Jalan Nona Baru and Jalan Makau. Jalan Nona Baru meant 'the street of new maidens', while Jalan Makau referred to the coastal city of Macau in China, where most of the Cantonese prostitutes came from.

We continued southeast along Lebuh Campbell all the way to its absolute end and crossed onto Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling headed southwest for a while before turning left onto Lebuh Armenian. We walked past the famous "Kids on Bicycle" mural by Ernest Zacharevic before reaching the end of the street that led to Pengkalan Weld.

We had arrived at The Jetty Food Court!

We had a hearty meal and doubled back along Lebuh Armenian. Since there was no one around we quickly took the opportunity to take some wefies with the "Kids on Bicycle" mural before continuing northwest. A "kedai bundle" caught Brendan's eye, and he spent a little time browsing the various second-hand shoes on display.

We then reached the end of Lebuh Armenian and turned right onto Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling before quickly turning left onto Jalan Kampung Kolam. We then turned right onto Lebuh Carnavon before making another quick left turn back onto Lebuh Campbell.

We were on the home stretch upon reaching the end we turned left onto Jalan Penang where we visited the fruit stall from the night before. Apart from some fruits we also got a packet of steamed chickpeas. We then doubled back and walked into the 7-Eleven to buy a large six-litre bottle of drinking water.

We then walked across Jalan Penang onto Jalan Hutton and back to the hotel. With that we end our walkabout and promise you many more to come.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/LyX27z6dX3KBnH7F7
Kids on Bicycle mural - https://goo.gl/maps/i5xCtRRs8DfvfN7x7
The Jetty Food Court - https://g.page/thejettyfoodcourt?share
KeninCaliq Bundle - https://goo.gl/maps/jdCjERXApJ7t5bzy9
7-Eleven Jalan Penang - https://goo.gl/maps/C1miQtYD7eHLEoxy5

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

The JETTY Food Court

Time for dinner!

The whole point of going on our walkabout this evening was to have dinner here at The Jetty Food Court. Cat read about the rave reviews it received from the online community, so it naturally piqued our interest.

Alas not very many stalls were open on a Monday evening, and we made do with the stalls that were available. We eventually settled on:

  • Char Kueh Teow for RM5.00
  • Fried Chicken for RM10.00
  • Wanton Mee for RM6.00
  • Sotong Kangkung for RM13.00
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls for RM10.00
  • Dry Bak Kut Teh for RM16.00
  • Yam Rice for RM2.00
  • Drinks (including a large bottle of Heineken) for RM27.50

Our sumptuous Penang dinner came to RM89.50 (approximately USD/EUR20) which in our minds was very reasonably. If I had a bone to pick it would be about the Dry Bak Kut Teh that I had, which was a little to salty. Overall we enjoyed our meal and would not hesitate to recommend The Jetty Food Court to anyone seeking a quick and easy way to sample the local cuisine.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
The Jetty Food Court - https://g.page/thejettyfoodcourt?share

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si!

We got off the Rapid Penang #201 bus at the Air Itam Market and walked a short distance to the alleyway near the Kong Min school. After a few breathless minutes walking up the steps we decided to turn back, and headed to the foothill car park area of Kek Lok Si that was situated rigth beside the Kong Min school.

Here we stumbled upon (what was in our minds) a new and much appreciated addition to the temple, a new inclined from the foothill car park. This saved us an immense amount of time and energy well worth the RM16 fare (aprroximately USD/EUR3.60) that included: 

  • an inclined lift to station 2
  • a buggy ride to station 3 
  • another inclined lift to station 4

Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and an important pilgrimage destintaion for Buddhists from most Southeast Asian countries. Kek Lok Si means "Sukhāvatī Temple". In Hokkien, Kek-lok literally means "supreme joy", itself a translation of Sukhāvatī, a paradise. Si means "temple". This venerable temple has also been translated as "Heavenly temple", "Pure Land Temple" (Sukhāvatī is one of the pure lands), "Temple of Supreme Bliss", and the "Temple of Paradise".

We took the inclined lift, then a buggy before riding the second inclined lift all the way to the top to see the Guan Yin Temple. From Wikipedia: "In 2002, a 30.2-metre bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, was completed and opened to the public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier. 

The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda. The statue is complemented with a 60.9 metres three-tiered roof pavilion (with 16 columns made of bronze supporting the pavilion) which was completed in 2009.It is the tallest Guanyin statue in the world".

We then wandered around the zodiac themed garden and took some wefies at the little man-made waterfalls. We then rode the inclined lift back down to station 3 and took a stroll along the columns of Buddha statues before taking the buggy down to Station 2.

After a while of strolling we took the last inclined lift back to the foothill car park and walked back to Pekan Air Itam. An experience not to be missed if you visit Penang, this and Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) are the two main landmarks that we recommend to everyone without hesitation.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

PENANG Runaround 3 (Kek Lok Si and Back)

It's our wedding anniversary!

We were married on this day twenty-four years ago at the Kuala Terengganu Catholic Mission, and to be perfectly honest with you it was the best day of my life.

So to mark the occasion today we planned a trip to the venerable Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam. We got up reasonably early and were at the Penang Road bus stop by a quarter to eight. We caught a Rapid Penang free CAT bus and within minutes arrived at KOMTAR.

We then made our way to our new favourite budget breakfast stall, Tawfid Pawanchi. A packet of nasi lemak, a packet of fried noodles and a couple of doughnuts together with a round of beverages came to a mind boggling RM7.70 (approximately USD/EUR2).

All done we waited for and eventually settled on the Rapid Penang #201 bus that would take us to Pekan Air Itam for a fare of RM2.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.50). Half an hour later we arrived at the bustling village and navigated past its crowd of morning shoppers before arriving at the foot of the hill that led to Kek Lok Si.

We spent the better part of an hour at the revered temple before making our way back down and into Pekan Air Itam where we stopped at an unnamed Chinese food court for a second round of breakfast. A bowl of Kueh Teow Thng, a plate of Char Kueh Teow and a diminutive Western breakfast (with toast, eggs, bacon, and sausages mind you!) together with a round of beverages cost RM24.50 (approximately USD/EUR6).

We then stopped by a fruit stall next door to get a bunch of bananas for only RM5 (approximately USD/EUR1) before catching the Rapid Penang #201 bus for the same fare of RM2.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.50) back to KOMTAR.

At KOMTAR we stopped by a camera shop to see if our little Lumix GX85 could be repaired. Alas it was beyond the shop's expertise and so we walked back to the hotel. However instead of going in we walked past the hotel and headed to Maliia Bakery to get a bagful of their excellent and fluffy buns for RM10.80 (approximately USD/EUR2.50). 

Next door was 126 Hui Ong Cafe, and we took away an assortment of Siamese fried goodness that came to RM24 (approximately USD/EUR5). We will be on another epic walkabout this evening, so be sure to stay tuned!

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)
We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Sunday, 7 August 2022

PENANG Walkabout 4 (KOMTAR and Beyond)

We're in the mood for a walkabout!

We felt invigorated after an afternoon nap and were keen to go on a walkabout. We left the hotel headed and darted into Mydin store to get some provisions. We doubled back to the hotel to keep our stuff and headed out again. We walked southeast along Jalan Hutton before walking across Jalan Penang and continued southwest until we reached the Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge. 

We then walked across the bridge unto KOMTAR Walk and continued southeast along Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong then turned right onto Jalan Ria. Here I paused for a while to take some photos of KOMTAR at dusk when tragedy struck! The Lumix GX85 jammed, and an error message appeared on its LCD panel asking to turn off and turn on the camera. I tried several times to no avail, even taking out the battery and memory card for several minutes.

Oh well, it looked like we would have to rely on our smartphones for photos for the rest of our trip here. Thankfully, the smartphones we had were able to take raw images that could later be edited with Adobe Photoshop, but the loss of our little Lumix GX85 (albeit temporary, we hope) really stung.

No matter, we walked on and arrived at the Maybank ATMs to replenish our Federal Reserves. We then doubled back, across the Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge where we then ended up along Jalan Penang. We continued northeast for a while before walking across Jalan Penang and stopped at a vendor selling fruits.

Armed with a bagful of assorted fruits we marched on along and turned right onto Lebuh Campbell. We walked southeast for a while and came across a noodle shop, L Kitchen that alas had just closed for the night and had accepted final calls minutes earlier.

We continued southeast along Lebuh Campbell before turning left onto Jalan Pintal Tali. We then found ourselves at Chulia Street, where we walked across and headed northwest for a while. Since it was Brendan's birthday, we thought we'd give him a treat, so we briefly considered Rockafellas Kitchen & Bar.

The eerie emptiness that enveloped Rockafellas gave us doubts so we continued along Lebuh Cintra before turning right onto Kampung Malabar. We walked for a while before coming across Pasta Path which Brendan decided was as good a place as any to celebrate his birthday.

The irony was we eventually ordered everything but the pasta, and our dinner came to RM115.30 (approximately USD/EUR26). We then continued northwest along Kampung Malabar before walking across Jalan Penang and before we knew it had reached the hotel.

With that ended our walkabout, with many more to come in the coming days.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/LyX27z6dX3KBnH7F7
Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge - https://goo.gl/maps/NFoxzxe9mVzpijSK8
Komtar Walk - https://goo.gl/maps/5MCYxPH8RoDdRSBXA
Maybank KOMTAR - https://goo.gl/maps/3V72mndii34z5CBE6
L Kitchen  李月香粥麵饭 - https://goo.gl/maps/fo29LYzVkrbeqqQd8
Rockafellas Kitchen & Bar - https://g.page/rockafellaspg?share

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

HUTTON Suites Hotel

We are checked in!

The hotels managed by Penang Hotel Collection (PHC) is fast becoming our favourite chain. The last time we stayed at their Hutton Central Hotel we enjoyed it immensely. Everything about the hotel was amazing, from the room's furniture, fixtures, and fittings to its location.

Alas Hutton Central did not have two-bedroom units, so when we arrived to check in, we were told that we had been booked at Hutton Suites instead just a stone's throw away. Location-wise this hotel is even more strategically placed mere metres away from Jalan Penang and within walking distance of all our favourite areas in Georgetown. 

Most times the price listed was quite steep, so we were in luck on this particular occasion since we managed to book a 5-night stay for only RM1,396.30 (approximately USD/EUR313) which came to about RM280 a night (approximately USD/EUR63).

The unit room we booked again satisfied all our needs and was in fact an exceptionally large two-bedroom apartment complete with a kitchenette and washer dryer. The bathroom was well appointed, the living room cosy and our bedroom comfortable. Brendan's room was a little small but adequate enough for his needs. It looked increasing likely that both Hutton Central and Hutton Suites (if Brendan is with us) will be our default accommodation for all future trips to Penang.

The only downside was that it could get quite noisy at night since there was a bar downstairs with karaoke. Oh well, when life serves us lemons we take the noisy rendition of Canto-pop songs to be our very own sweet lullaby.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

AEROLINE to PENANG

We're taking a bus to Penang!

We last took an Aeroline bus to Singapore many years ago, and this time instead of the train we decided to go to Penang bus instead.

Aeroline boasts of "coaches are truly executive coaches with our cabin crew on board to serve meals, hot drinks, blankets and pillows. You can truly relax in our modern coach that offers on board entertainment via our touchscreen pad that serves you the latest selection of movies, music, and games." so we were eager to get ourselves reacquainted.

Since "only fully vaccinated with negative result of a swab test/home test kit performed not more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to your departure date will be allowed to board" we duly complied and together with our bus tickets were allowed onto the extremely comfortable bus.

The bus eventually departed a little later than expected at 9:40am, and at about 12:00pm the bus stopped at the Simpang Pulai R&R on the outskirts of Ipoh. We got to stretch our legs while some took the opportunity to get some snacks. Twenty minutes later the bus resumed its trip and like clockwork arrived at Queensbay Mall at 2:30pm.

And what did we think of Aeroline? At RM60.00 per person (approximately USD/EUR13) the fare was 50% more expensive than the regular buses that ply the Kuala Lumpur to Penang route, which we felt was well worth the extra money spent. Would we ride the Aeroline again? Heck yeah!

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Aeroline (KL) FLY From the City - https://g.page/AEROKL?share
Hotel Corus Bus Stop - https://goo.gl/maps/1ywGtHpiWzYqcnX68
Simpang Pulai Northbound LayBy - https://goo.gl/maps/2uM5gaPgYKNts2pp7
Queensbay Mall - https://g.page/QBMPG?share

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

PENANG (Again!)

It's Brendan's birthday!

Barely two months later and we were headed back north to the island they call The Pearl Of The Orient. This time it would be the three of us, to celebrate Brendan's birthday.

And this time around instead of the ETS we were taking the Aeroline bus. At RM60.00 per person (approximately USD/EUR13) the fare was 50% more expensive than the regular buses that ply the Kuala Lumpur to Penang route.

Our Sunday morning began with an LRT train from the Masjid Jamek Station to the KLCC Station for a fare of RM1.60 each (approximately USD/EUR0.40). We rode a flight of escalators up to the surface which was also Avenue K. We walked a short distance to Corus Hotel and at the lobby we left our luggage bags at the Aeroline counter. Since it was only 8:00am and with time to spare we made our way across the street to Wisma Central.

Here we had a simple breakfast of roti canai with a round of beverages that came to RM9.70 (approximately USD/EUR2.20). An hour later we were done and walked back across the street to Corus Hotel and after a short wait the bus arrived. After a lengthy process of checking each passenger's ticket the bus eventually departed at 9:40am.

At about 12:00pm the bus stopped at the Simpang Pulai R&R on the outskirts of Ipoh, where we got to stretch our legs while some took the opportunity to get some snacks. Twenty minutes later the bus resumed its trip and like clockwork arrived at Queensbay Mall at 2:30pm.

We walked into Queensbay Mall and headed down to the AEON Supermarket to get a packet of laundry detergent, then hailed a Grab car to the hotel.

Since Brendan came with us this time around, we booked a two-bedroom apartment, and although we booked with the same hotel, Hutton Central we were given a unit at their sister property, Hutton Suites just stone's throw away. We checked in and were shown our room, we then deposited our luggage bags and quickly made our way to Nasi Kandar Pokok Ketapang nearby for lunch that cost only RM27.70 (approximately USD/EUR6).

We then walked over to Mydin Hypermarket to get several bottles of drinking water and headed back to the hotel. We got settled in and rested the entire afternoon only to emerge later in the evening for our walkabout. Be sure to catch our next video.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Aeroline (KL) FLY From the City - https://g.page/AEROKL?share
Avenue K Shopping Mall - https://g.page/avenue-k-shopping-mall?share
Selera Ampang - https://goo.gl/maps/66RjXYzoVf8jkKJf8
Hotel Corus Bus Stop - https://goo.gl/maps/1ywGtHpiWzYqcnX68
Simpang Pulai Northbound LayBy - https://goo.gl/maps/2uM5gaPgYKNts2pp7
Queensbay Mall - https://g.page/QBMPG?share
Hutton Central Hotel - https://g.page/Hutton-Central-II-Hotel?share
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/Sa3pp5NKAQgx5pij6
Nasi Kandar Pokok Ketapang - https://goo.gl/maps/TwroMULajtrS2MVw9

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

PPV Offsite - Pavilion Bukit Jalil (Don't Hesitate, Vaccinate!)

It's Booster Day Again! 

I had received my first and second vaccine shots on 13th June 2021 and 4th July 2021 respective. Then the unthinkable happened, Cat and I were tested positive for Covid-19 on 26 November 2021, the Delta variant at that!

After a prolonged period of recovery we both received our booster shots on 26 January 2022, and exactly six months later I received my appointment for a second booster shot. My appointment was scheduled today at 12:00pm at the Pusat Pemberian Vaksin (PPV) Offsite Centre at Pavilion Bukit Jalil, while Cat had yet to receive an invitation. 

We left our apartment at 9:30am and walked to the Bandaraya LRT station to catch a train on the Putra Heights Line . Approximately half an hour later we arrived at the Awan Besar LRT station, and caught a free double-decker shuttle bus to Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

A short time later we arrived, and after some deliberation headed down to Level 1. Here we were hoping to find a bite to eat before the vaccination appointment. We eventually settled on Nasi Lemak at our favourite foodstall, Bungkus Kaw-Kaw.

Breakfast out of the way we took the elevator up to Level 5 in search of the offsite vaccination centre. We were soon there and I sat down to be registered with the kind person on duty. Again, I decided to casually ask him if Cat could be allowed to receive her booster shot here as well, and the kind person said that it was possible!

After a few minutes fiddling with her MySejahtera app he was able to book her an appointment here as well. We were then ushered along to to the cubicles where the booster shots were administered. We received our booster shots effortlessly and were then ushered to the final station where our MySejahtera apps were updated.

And with that, it was done! Again there was practically no waiting time, and the entire process end-to-end from the time we entered to the time we exited the Offsite PPV took less than ten minutes. Kudos to all concerned for the well-oiled process.

Apparently the Offsite PPV here accepts walk-ins for those who have received their first booster shot at least six months ago regardless of age, so we will probably ask Brendan to come here in the coming days to received his second booster shot as well.

N/B: A day after receiving the booster shot, I again had a splitting headache, had the chills, ran a fever, and ached all over. It only lasted a day, and I was relatively fine the following day. Cat only suffered a stiff and aching arm, and nothing else. So, for those having second thoughts please do get your booster shot, for a little pain will accord you long-term gain!

The list of fare we had incurred during our excursion today were as follows:

  • LRT train fare from Bandaraya to Awan Besar was RM3.50 (approximately USD/EUR0.80)
  • LRT train fare from Awan Besar back to Bandaraya was also RM3.50 (approximately USD/EUR0.80)

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!


(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Bandaraya LRT Station - https://goo.gl/maps/645A2nN2C4qcZg4p8
Awan Besar LRT Station - https://goo.gl/maps/HUiJkoNzxCKZ5zeTA
PPV Offsite Pavilion Bukit Jalil - https://goo.gl/maps/Fx6YspnWR3MwERix8

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Saturday, 23 July 2022

Rapid KL Runaround

Time for another run-around!

We had been quiet the past few weeks attending to family matters as well as chasing work related deadlines. This weekend was the first time we were able to roam free from pressing matters, plus this time around we had someone joining us.

Remember the apartment that my sister Virginia (Ginny) left in our care? Well, Waldorf is now occupied by our other sister Veronica (affectionately known as Imm) who has made the difficult but necessary decision to return to Malaysia. She spent had all her adult life working and living in Singapore and after more than two decades has moved back.

Our weekend therefore started off with a Grab car ride to Waldorf Tower to meet up with Imm. Brendan has been quite the night owl since his semester break and decided to sleep in. Yet again. 

With Imm in tow we then headed out of Hartamas Shopping Centre and waited for the Rapid KL T852 bus that would take us to the Semantan MRT Station. We caught the bus soon after and twenty minutes arrived at the Semantan MRT Station where we caught a train to Mutiara Damansara.

Here we disembarked and walked along the desolate corridors and walkways of The Curve before making our way to IPC Shopping Centre. None of us had breakfast so we thought it a good idea to have brunch at one of the eateries at the lower ground floor. 

After checking out what was on offer, we settled on MyeongDong Topokki and had ourselves a fine Korean meal.

Our tummies filled we headed back up to the ground floor and entered IKEA, our true destination for the day. We spent quite some time browsing as Imm looked for home decor inspiration while Cat and I checked out the curtains and railings.

We then made our way back to the Mutiara Damansara MRT Station and hopped on a train in the opposite direction. This time we were headed to the Muzium Negara MRT Station, and specifically KL Sentral. 

We were eager to show Imm the excellent public transportation hub that is KL Sentral, where you could catch an MRT, LRT, Monorail (for urban travel) as well as the KTM Komuter and ERL trains for inter-city travel. Not to mention the various buses from here that goes to KLIA and even Genting Highlands.

After a brief tour of KL Sentral we wandered further in and soon found ourselves at NU Sentral, where we stopped by for drinks. We then headed back to the Muzium Negara MRT Station and caught a train to the Semantan MRT Station before catching the Rapid KL T852. 

We got on the bus and after ten minutes Imm disembarked at the Plaza Damas bus stop to head back to Waldorf, while we continued on and made a loop back to Semantan. We then caught the Rapid KL T820 bus to Menara DBKL (KL City Hall) and walked back to our condo.

The list of fare we had incurred during our excursion today were as follows:

  • Rapid KL T852 bus fare from Hartamas Shopping Centre to Semantan was RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)
  • MRT train fare from Semantan to Mutiara Damansara was RM2.80 (approximately USD/EUR0.60)
  • MRT train fare from Mutiara Damansara to Muzium Negara was RM3.10 (approximately USD/EUR0.70)
  • MRT train fare from Muzium Negara to Semantan was RM1.20 (approximately USD/EUR0.30)
  • Rapid KL T852 bus fare from Semantan to Semantan (round trip) was still RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)
  • Rapid KL T820 bus fare from Semantan to DBKL (KL City Hall) was also RM1.00 (approximately USD/EUR0.20)

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Saturday, 16 July 2022

SATURDAY Runaround

We're back!

It's been a while since our last proper blog, so this time we're going on a right rigorous Kuala Lumpur run-around. As always, we had some errands to run this fine Saturday morning.

We caught a RapidKL #300 double decker bus from the bus stop near our home to Avenue K in Jalan Ampang. From Avenue K we took a walk to Corus Hotel and headed to the Aeroline bus counter inside.

Yes, we are planning another trip to Penang, this time with Brendan in tow. The tickets were a little pricey at RM60 each (approximately USD/EUR14) due to its so-called "business class coach services". 

On the appointed day we will board the bus here in front of Corus Hotel before eventually disembarking at Queensbay Mall in Penang.

We then walked back to Avenue K and made our way to Max Fashion before heading down to the lower ground floor to the LRT station entrance. Here we stopped by the counter to get a Touch 'n Go card for my sister Vivien.

We then boarded the Putra Line train and within ten minutes had arrived at KL Sentral. We decided to have an early lunch at Meals Station before making our way to the KTMB ETS Ticket Counter to get our return train tickets from Butterworth. 

The fare was RM80 each (approximately USD/EUR18) and after selecting our preferred seats (the couch was practically empty) we paid the lady and left the counter.

Our errands settled we walked out of KL Sentral and caught the GoKL Free Bus (Red Line) back to Jalan Raja Laut. We disembarked at the KL39 Menara DBKL bus stop and then walked into SOGO Kuala Lumpur. Cat did not find the hair conditioner she wanted so we walked out and across Jalan TAR. 

We then headed to the site of the Ramadhan Bazar Masjid India in search of our favourite banana fritters before walking back to our home. With that we end our run-around here and hope to see all of you real soon.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
KL31 Hentian Munshi Abdullah - https://goo.gl/maps/NB6fVKFYTsSfb6227
Air Terjun Bukit Nanas - https://goo.gl/maps/vi75i14AjYUNoAEL6
Avenue K Shopping Mall - https://g.page/avenue-k-shopping-mall?share
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur - https://g.page/corushotelkl?share
Aeroline (KL) - https://g.page/AEROKL?share
KLCC LRT Station @ Avenue K - https://goo.gl/maps/EmRXv5cevfVeHWwo6
KL Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/sfDBF8C9p7GXFkDP6
Meals Station @ KL Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/6QbtF5PNdXXkZQJx5
ETS Ticket Counter - https://goo.gl/maps/oqGYC7p9Yf3XbvDr6
GoKL Bus Stop (Red Line) - https://goo.gl/maps/gMHHEUyRnBrbt2Bv9
KL39 Menara DBKL - https://goo.gl/maps/GGfi33Ub2SpR7UVk6
SOGO Kuala Lumpur - https://goo.gl/maps/vEaHQgq5cYfgWPBp6
Ramadhan Bazar Masjid India - https://goo.gl/maps/4BkQW39UprAYprp17

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured. 

Saturday, 2 July 2022

KLIA Walkaround

нello everyone! we are caт and нarold ғroм ĸυala lυмpυr. welcoмe тo oυr вlog, creaтed ιn нonoυr oғ oυr devoтιon тo тнe everyday ғood ғor тнe everyday perѕon, aѕ well aѕ тo caтalogυe oυr мeмorιeѕ, lιғe'ѕ evenтѕ, and тravelѕ wнere oυr 'perυт' (тυммy) leadѕ тнe way!

Brendan's back!

25 July was to have been his end of semester but since classes have ceased for now he was given approval to come back home early. With such short notice a late evening flight from Kuching was the cheapest option that MAS had to offer, so we booked the 8:40PM flight.

We left our home at half past eight at night and arrived in KLIA within an hour. Our Touch 'n Go card (a smart card is used by Malaysian toll expressway and highway operators) balance was running low so with time to spare we went in search of an ATM. Alas, all Maybank ATMs here was not able to help us reload our card so in the end we did so at a 7-Eleven.

It is worth noting that reloading our Touch 'n Go card at the 7-Eleven attracted a surcharge of RM0.50, which was not ideal but unavoidable.

Brendan's plane landed at about ten and after a delay in the delivery of his luggage to the appointed carousel he exited the arrival gates almost an hour later. With that we end our vlog here, so stay tuned for more content in the weeks to come.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Kuala Lumpur International Airport - https://goo.gl/maps/BjbG8YdxWdPhLGhA7

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Leaving PENANG

нello everyone! we are caт and нarold ғroм ĸυala lυмpυr. welcoмe тo oυr вlog, creaтed ιn нonoυr oғ oυr devoтιon тo тнe everyday ғood ғor тнe everyday perѕon, aѕ well aѕ тo caтalogυe oυr мeмorιeѕ, lιғe'ѕ evenтѕ, and тravelѕ wнere oυr 'perυт' (тυммy) leadѕ тнe way!

We are going back to Kuala Lumpur!

Three glorious days went by in a flash, and we were already packing and getting ready to go.

We woke up at seven in the morning and headed out to a coffee shop nearby. Cat had a hankering for Koay Teow Th'ng and Kafe Evergreen was just the place for it. We both had the sample meal and together with drinks our breakfast came to RM17.20 (approximately USD/EUR4).

We then walked back to the hotel and finished packing. We checked out of the hotel at a quarter to nine, then hailed a Grab car to KOMTAR. The fare was RM7 (approximately USD/EUR2) and within five minutes we were at the Billion Star Express. Since we had an hour until boarding (10:15am) we walked around for a little bit then waited in the bus line's office. Our bus fare was RM33.50 each (approximately USD8/EUR7).

Our bus arrived at the appointed time, and it first headed to the Sungai Nibong Terminal Bus before heading across the Penang bridge to Penang Sentral in Butterworth.

We eventually left Butterworth at 12:00PM and enjoyed a comfortable ride until our first pitstop a couple of hours later somewhere near Parit Buntar, north of Taiping. It was here that we first learnt of the mechanical problems the bus driver faced with the bus.

It was nothing serious apart from the fact that he could not accelerate past 90 kilometres per hour! We were actually fine with the eventual delay it would cause since it meant the bus was incapable of speeding.

The bus resumed its journey south along the North South Expressway before making another pitstop in Behrang just north of Tanjung Malim.

We finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur at a quarter to five in the evening, and eventually reached KL Sentral. Our bus trip was delayed by two hours since we were supposed to arrive in KL Sentral at 3:00PM. No matter, so long as we arrived safely the two hours was not a huge loss to us.

We then walked over to the KFC to take away a pair of dinner plate sets and hailed a Grab car for RM17 (approximately USD/EUR4) which was a little expensive given that it was a Sunday evening.
We hope to make another trip to Penang really soon as there are so many other places that we want to visit.

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Kafe Evergreen 永茂茶店 - https://goo.gl/maps/Fbj3qqiERDbiJzpD7
Billion Star Express - https://goo.gl/maps/XtNeMLetwuxfqEQ6A
Terminal Bus Sungai Nibong - https://g.page/terminal-bus-sungai-nibong-?share
Penang Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/jSJe2oKrWcu1AN767
KL Sentral -

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.

Saturday, 18 June 2022

PENANG Walkabout 3

нello everyone! we are caт and нarold. welcoмe тo oυr blog, creaтed ιn нonoυr oғ oυr devoтιon тo тнe everyday ғood ғor тнe everyday perѕon, aѕ well aѕ тo caтalogυe oυr мeмorιeѕ, lιғe'ѕ evenтѕ, and тravelѕ wнere oυr 'perυт' (тυммy) leadѕ тнe way!

We're going on another walkabout!

This afternoon proved to be very productive since besides organising all the accumulated clips and footage I was even able to render a video about our ETS ride to Butterworth.

Evening came and we were itching for another walkabout. This time we had definite plans about where we wanted to go for dinner so we headed out of the hotel walking southwest along Jalan Transfer. Soon as we reached the end it started to pour so we beat a hasty retreat back back to the hotel.

We reemerged a little while later with a large umbrella and headed out along Jalan Hutton before turning right onto Jalan Penang. We continued on southwest along Jalan Penang and walked up onto the Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge. We crossed over and continued still along Jalan Penang past what we think is the Ong Kongsi Temple before converging onto Jalan Macalister. 

We then walked northwest for a fair distance before crossing over at Public Bank before doubling back along Jalan Macalister until we reached the New Lane Street Foodstalls. We checked out the various hawker stalls hoping to have dinner here but decided to pursue other alternatives.

We continued walking northwest along Jalan Macalister and briefly considered Yummy Cottage for dinner but decided to carry on along. We finally arrived at the old MS Food Court now known as Pinang Delicious Food Court only to find it closed. 

We then crossed over to the other side of Jalan Macalister and walked in the opposite direction and settled for dinner at SKS Garden Food Centre. For a diminutive food court SKS Garden had a surprising large array of dishes, we had a quite enjoyable and very reasonably priced dinner.

After dinner we thought about catching a bus back to the hotel but decided to walk back instead. We resumed our walkabout headed back from where we came until we reached the Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge. Here instead of continuing on along Jalan Penang we decided to take a different route walking northwest along Jalan Burma before turning right onto Jalan Transfer. 

We were on the home stretch from here on end, and got back to the hotel in no time at all.

This would be our last night in Penang, and we will be returning home to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning. We will be making a video about our breakfast tomorrow morning as well as the bus ride back to Kuala Lumpur, so please stay tuned!

Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!

(Do visit our YouTube Channel Have Perut Will Travel)

📍 Location:
Octopus Pedestrian Crossing Bridge - https://goo.gl/maps/u1g4kTcjwae77iK19
New Lane Street Foodstalls - https://goo.gl/maps/rVWoz2Fk7ia5iT7e7
Yummy Cottage - https://goo.gl/maps/9XhRr6ZAozrkb7fR6
Pinang Delicious Food Court - https://goo.gl/maps/FayrGPTrHvkrR1ru7
SKS Garden Food Centre - https://goo.gl/maps/aNMt5boNjGxQEREeA

We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.