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Monday 26 December 2022

Penang Day 1 (Aeroline, Hutton Central, KOMTAR, Red Garden)

Penang Day 1!

As mentioned in our previous post Christmas Day was a low-key affair for us. I went for a haircut then Cat and I headed to Brickfields for Banana Leaf Rice for lunch. We did not film our excursion as we wanted to take a break.

And so this morning we woke up bright and early and hailed a Grab car to Corus Hotel for a fare of RM10.00 (approximately USD/EUR2). Yes, we're taking the Aeroline bus to Penang again.

We arrived at Corus Hotel at 8:00am and after a short wait was told to board our bus. The bus took off a little after its appointed time of 8:30am and but for a twenty-minute pit stop at Simpang Pulai made good time to Penang.

Four hours after leaving Kuala Lumpur we crossed Penang's second bridge, the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, and a half an hour after that we arrived at Queensbay Mall. We alighted then hailed another Grab car for a fare of RM16.00 (approximately USD4/EUR3) to our favourite hotel, the Hutton Central.

Traffic around George Town was bad, and it took us almost an hour to get to the hotel. Although we at 2:00pm our room was ready and we were allowed to check in an hour early, woohoo!

We deposited our bags and quickly made our way to Mydin store along Jalan Penang to get a can of Dettol Disinfectant Spray as well as drinking water. We then looked around for a restaurant for a late lunch and settled on Nana Tom Yam along Jalan Transfer, awfully close to the hotel.

We got ourselves seated and prompted order:

  • a bowl of Mixed Tomyam 
  • a bowl of Oxtail Soup
  • 2 x Plain Omelette
  • 2 x White Rice

that together with a round of drinks came to an astounding RM24.00 (approximately USD/EUR5). Do pay Nana Tomyam a visit for authentic Thai cuisine prepared and served by actual Thais at extremely reasonable prices. 

Lunch out of the way we walked back to the hotel. We showered, had a change of clothes and while Cat tended to the laundry (yes, our hotel room as a washer/dryer!) I immediately worked on organising the videos from earlier.

We spent the whole afternoon in our room and emerged at a quarter to seven in the evening. Rather than wait till we got back to Kuala Lumpur to edit our videos I thought I'd make life easier by doing it while we're here, so we headed out to Mydin in search of things to hook my laptop up with the hotel's TV.

We had no luck at Mydin, so we took a walk to KOMTAR's ICT Mall and got what I needed. We then strolled along 1st Avenue Mall for a little bit before doubling back and then walking out of KOMTAR and back along Jalan Penang.

Cat had a hankering for pickled papayas and got a bagful for RM8.00 (approximately USD/EUR2). We then continued northeast along Jalan Penang before eventually turning right onto Leith Street.

We had dinner at Red Garden Food Paradise which consisted of:

  • German Sausages for RM20.00
  • Belacan Fried Rice for RM12.00
  • Penang Rojak for RM10.00
  • Apple Cider and Orange Juice for RM22.00

that came to RM64.00 (approximately USD/EUR14) which was triple the amount we paid for lunch but triple the fun as well. We then walked back to the hotel. I had a niggling pain at my lower back, so I hoped that with some rest it will go away. 

We had nothing planned for tomorrow, so let's see what happens!

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📍 Location:
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur -
Aeroline (KL) FLY From the City! -
Simpang Pulai Northbound LayBy -
Aeroline Queensbay Mall -
Hutton Central Hotel by PHC -
Mydin -
Nana Tomyam -
Octopus Pedestrian Bridge -
ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar -
1st Avenue Mall -
Pasar Chowrasta Pinang -
Red Garden Food Paradise -

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