Thursday, July 17, 2008

Penang I Reach

I am in Penang!!! It's been a long time since I visited this island. The last time was about 6 years ago. Much has changed.
KOMTAR is still standing though

Our uni bus dropped us at Chulia Street and it went off to god-knows-where. As we are only staying for two nights and we don't have anyone sponsor for our accomodation, we choose to stay in a budget hotel - Banana New Guest House. Yup, banana that is! And the owner allowed us to see the rooms and toilets before we agreed to stay in this guest house.

Open banana, peel banana, smell banana~

The rate is quite reasonable as each of us do not have to pay more than RM50 for a two night stay except for Yuveelai who prefer to stay in a single room with attached bathroom. The rest of the guys stay in two seperate rooms. It has air-con. And what's even great is that we are able to online in the room as there is FREE wifi services provided. Listen, FREE!!!

Banana Guest House is located at Lebuh Chulia where are there rows of cheap inn with fill with foriengers mostly. Suddenly I felt like I was in Phuket or Pattaya. At night, there are stalls and hawkers selling food which makes the place kinda lively. There are also several cafes and pubs nearby to chill out.

Chulia Street is near the heritage area in Georgetown
We stay here
Our (Chin Keng, Choon Wah and me) room
Their (Ryan, Balut, Ujang and Asrof) room
View from my room
The bus departed at 6.30 in the morning from the faculty

There are only 8 of us occupying the entire bus. Weee...
Reaching the Penang bridge toll gate
The bridge having its widening construction
Reaching the peak
Chin Keng, the tour guide
Some shots from the bus:
Perodua showroom
Bon Odori coming this Saturday
Schoolgirl pumping tyre
After checking-in the room and settled ourself, three of us walked around the area, snapped some pics and looked for dinner after that. Then we continued to Perangin Mall which is just beside KOMTAR. There is nothing much to see there and it is not as happening as what I expected. I hope Gurney Plaza will be better when we go there on the next day.
Street pavement
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Pre-War houses and KOMTAR
Strange kaki lima
A nostalgic restaurant
Shop houses under refurbishment
It started raining halfway. Perangin Mall at the back
Our dinner in a Teocheow restaurant
That's all for day 1. I'm starting to feel a little hungry now. Might go hunt for things to eat in a short while. Tomorrow we will be going to get our site plan, visit the site and start doing works.

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