Travelogue 4: The Penang Foodscapade. (Cultures and Sights)

31 Jan

28th December 2014 – 1st January 2015

It was a quick and much-needed getaway for us, especially after the hectic natures of our work over the past months. Fun was an understatement to describe the whole trip. It was.. FULL-filling for our stomachs, literally. But on this post, it’ll be about the sights and museums that we came across.. Food post shall be done separately! 🙂

Though the beginning of the trip proved unnerving, especially when we were in the departure lounge waiting for our flight and the breaking news about AirAsia QZ8501 going missing made me feel extremely uneasy. Thankfully our flight wasn’t on AirAsia!

We booked Red Inn Penang to stay in for our trip via Hostelbookers, and I’m really glad to say that what we saw in real life was also what we saw on the website when we were checking it out!

*Photos are not going to be in any chronological order, because admittedly I can’t really remember which days we went to what places, so I’d be sharing about where we went instead!

Pre-flight excitement! 🙂

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Red Inn Penang – where we put up for the whole trip. First ever backpacker’s experience for me and it was fun! The main area was a big wooden platform with beanbags, low tables, power outlets and even a flat-screen TV! It’s a common sight to see the guests chilling on the beanbags with a novel, or with their laptops doing work/planning their next travel destinations 🙂

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We went to Sun Yat Sen’s mansion (if I didn’t get the term wrong), and were wowed by the intricate architecture, and the many different escape routes that he used back in his days when he was trying to carry out plans for his revolution. And all the furniture that was in the house are the exact ones he used.

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1 thing about Penang – they’re known for their street art, and in general they’re quite cute. Needless to say it meant that there were many tourists doing all sorts of poses too!v

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We went to explore the jetties too and were pretty impressed at how laid back the life was there. Sure indicates a sharp contrast, comparing it to the hectic lifestyle Singapore has. Not to mention that it was quite an interesting sight to see people riding on their motorbikes/scooters on the jetties to get home too haha!

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1 of our favorite places just behind our inn – Behind 50! Yes, it’s a little cafe/bar that’s really just behind 50 Love Lane – hence its name. And we chanced upon the most unique drink there – Hot Honey Milk. It became our favorite the moment we took the first sip and it was absolutely perfect as a wind-down drink before bed time too 🙂


Fort Cornwallis, where we saw the various cannons and structures that were used as a shelter of sorts during the war.

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Penang Camera Museum – somewhere that I was really excited to explore because I do my fair share of photography in my free time. And the number of vintage cameras in the galleries.. *insert lovey eye emoticon* For those who’re really hardcore in photography, this is the place to visit!

The Camera Museum
49 Lebuh Muntri
10200 Penang, Malaysia 

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Armenian Street, where it’s 1 of the more touristy parts of Penang. And yes, that’s a flea market that’s really going on there, with clothes displayed on top of the car and all.

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We checked out Penang Time Tunnel too – 1 of the must-visits when in Penang! It’s pretty similar to Trick Eye Museum and Images of Singapore (Penang version of course!) come together, and it was our first time in this kind of place, so we had fun taking photos there too and being silly 🙂

Penang Time Tunnel 
Jalan Green Hall, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


We checked out Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – also known as Blue Mansion because of the colors of the walls inside the mansion. Very unique architecture, and the place itself is so rich in history. n fact, parts of the mansion have been converted into hotel rooms for guests too! The story of Cheong Fatt Tze and his life has been made into a theatre production in Singapore before too, and the place itself has been used for many filming productions. The blue-ness (is there even such a word?) was something very unique and Western, which is something you wouldn’t really expect to see in an oriental styled house. Within the mansion itself, is a restaurant so beautiful that it took our breaths away when we saw it. The amazing fusion of oriental and Western influences within a dining setting was one so intricate, that not many would have imagined pairing them together. Imagine oriental styled crockery laid out together with Western style cutlery and tablecloths, Western styled lighting with oriental walls. Such a great beauty, indeed.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion 
14, Lebuh Leith, 10200 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

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These metal street art sculptures are everywhere in Penang too! Makes for interesting photo spots and also a great way to find out about the early histories of Penang, and how certain traditions and places came about.


Somehow, while the backpacker’s experience left me with a bad case of hives on my legs (dammit!!), it was an experience that I loved because it was something I’d never done before previously, and it was an interesting one because we explored a lot of places on foot, which is our favorite thing to do because we learn much from being like the locals in that sense 🙂

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