Five glorious days went by in a flash, and we were already packing and getting ready to go.
Since there were no buses to get us to Penang Sentral we had no choice but to hail a Grab car. We had three luggage bags between us and thought it wise to hail a six-seater car just in case.
To our surprise the 'car' that picked us up was a luxurious Toyota Vellfire! We loaded our bags and enjoyed very comfortable half an hour drive across the Penang bridge to Penang Sentral. The fare including toll fees came to RM48.50 (approximately USD/EUR11) which we thought was remarkably reasonable since for the same distance the 'consortium' of Penang taxi drivers would have charged us RM63.40 (approximately USD/EUR14)!
We arrived at the Butterworth station at 10:am and since our ETS train back to Kuala Lumpur was only due to depart at 12:45pm we had plenty of time. We then walked across to the walkway that led to Penang Sentral.
Here we decided to have brunch at KFC. We spent the next two hours here eating as I began the arduous task of editing our videos.
At 12:00pm we made our way back to the KTM ETS station. It was at first very quiet until the ETS train bound from Kuala Lumpur arrived, causing quite a crush at the turnstile gate. The crowd grew massive to the point where the turnstile gates failed and the departing passengers were diverted to the manual gates.
Ten minutes later we were allowed to board, and at precisely 12:45pm we left the Butterworth station. The next four hours or so was very pleasant and while Cat took a nap I continued working on our video edits, even managing to render one video.
Half an hour before reaching Kuala Lumpur it began to rain heavily which forced the train to slow down. As we reached the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur we decided to disembark at the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station instead of KL Sentral as it was nearer our home by Grab.
At ten past five we arrived and again hailed a six-seater Grab car for a fare of RM32.00 (aproximately USD/EUR11). This time a diminutive Perodua Alza picked us up and got us home within ten minutes.
We miss Penang already, and hope to go again but this time without a camera in hand so that we can realise appreciate it for what it is. See you 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!
Hutton Suites Hotel - https://goo.gl/maps/NKCPhBhGrd6kCsnw6
KTM ETS Butterworth - https://goo.gl/maps/4m1GKqVskLfZorfbA
Penang Sentral - https://goo.gl/maps/U5Qyv59oAKFj8aQ39
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station - https://goo.gl/maps/K2K9GTHziUQvSJsm7
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.