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Tuesday 26 December 2023

Boxing Day Excursion: To Gurney Plaza and Back

Boxing Day!

I woke up at six and did some editing work before having a shower. Cat followed suit, while Brendan opted to sleep in.

We left the Green House at 7:30am and walked to the nearest bus stop at Wisma MCA hoping to catch a CAT free bus.

One eventually arrived and after a ten-minute ride we disembarked at Padang Kota Lama. We then walked across Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling onto Lebuh Gereja headed southeast.

We walked for about 5 minutes and soon arrived at Hwa Pin coffee shop for breakfast. Hoping for Cat's favourite Kueh Teow Th'ng we were however not in luck.

In the end we opted for:

  • Seaweed Soup Noodles for RM8.50
  • Western breakfast for RM7.50 
  • A round of drinks for RM3.90

Our simple breakfast came to RM19.90 (approximately USD/EUR4).

Breakfast sorted we continued along Lebuh Gereja headed east before turning right onto Beach Street. We continued southwest for half a kilometre before turning right onto Lebuh Armenia.

We walked northwest for a few hundred meters before turning left onto Lebuh Acheh and continuing onto Ghat Lebuh Acheh.

We reached the end of our loop and turned left onto Pengkalan Weld for about half a kilometre. We walked across and arrived at the Jetty Bus Terminal.

Here we caught another CAT freedom bus back to the Green House. All in all our morning excursion took two hours as we arrived back at the Green House at 9:30am.

All the above would have made great content, but for the fact that almost all of it was shot with the DJI Action 3. For some reason I accidentally deleted all the footage!

Oh well, it is what it is. We picked you up again as we woke Brendan up and left the Green House at 11am. The Moovit app instructed us to walk a distance to the TM Point bus stop along Jalan Burma.

After a short wait we caught the Rapid Penang bus #101, and fifteen minutes later we arrived at Gurney Plaza. First order of business: Brendan's socks. His new Converse was causing blisters, so we had to look for thicker and longer pairs.

JD Sports didn't have any, so we're headed up to them Converse store while he went down to a pharmacy for a band aid. Converse did not have the appropriate socks as well. Turned out Uniqlo did, so apart from that we went on a small shopping spree getting t-shirts and such as well.

Done with our errand we walked out and caught a Rapid Penang bus #304 to Pulau Tikus. Then something strange happened.

3 stops away from our intended destination (Belissa Row) the bus driver declared that it was his lunchtime, asked us to get off while he was abandoned the bus and walked away!

We then hailed a Grab car for a fare of RM7.00 (approximately USD /EUR) to resume our journey to Restoran Hup Kee. We first got a bagful of Eu Char Koay and other cakes for RM12.00 (approximately USD/EUR2) from the stall outside.

Then we walked in and ordered:

  • three plates of Chicken Rice for RM28.00
  • assortment of beverages for RM6.70

Our lunch came to RM34.70 (approximately USD8/EUR7). Truth be told the Chicken Rice was just so-so, so much so that I barely ate half of it.

We then caught a Rapid Penang bus #101 headed to KOMTAR at a quarter to two. Turned out this bus would traverse Jalan Transfer, so instead of KOMTAR we disembarked at Wisma MCA just a short distance from the Green House.

Stay tuned as we walk to Jalan Macalister for dinner!

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