The Changi Village Story: Eat, Play and Explore

Tucked away at the far eastern coast of Singapore is a small and yet well-known neighbourhood by name of Changi Village. Those who love photography, cycling and sight seeing would inevitably hop into a bumboat and head to Pulau Ubin. Even if you are not “that” adventurous, Changi Village can also offer you as the ultimate destination to experience some of the best-kept treasures in Singapore.

Image may contain: tree, table and outdoor

Just the mention of Changi Village Hawker Centre would remind everyone of some of the popular Nasi Lemak stalls there. Personally, I feel that the Nasi Lemak tastes largely the same and I have no preference of any particular stall to patronize.

Image may contain: 2 people, food and indoor

If you get to travel to this far eastern side of the country, remember to come with an empty stomach. The lure of irresistible Nasi Lemak – rice cooked in coconut milk, mixed with some slices of cucumber, fried ikan bilis and peanuts, fried egg and chicken wing or drumstick and lastly, smeared with delicious sambal is sure to win everyone’s heart.

Image may contain: food

You can call this place super ulu but it is not going to stop hip cafes and eateries from opening here. Chocolate Origin specializes in chocolate cakes and confectionaries. It uses the finest ingredients to get the cakes tasting oh-so delicious, ensuring all goodness when you take a bite.

Image may contain: indoor

Crepes & Puffs is a quaint cafe boasting a wide range of delicious confections for all taste buds. On weekdays, it even attracts loyal customers dressed in their office attire who come for its artistically created crepes, puffs, pastries, cakes and other treats.

No automatic alt text available.

Delicately prepared by Shanghainese chefs, Tang Tea House is famed for the freshness and authenticity of its halal dim sum ranging from chicken pau, har kow, siew mai and steamed chicken dumplings.

Image may contain: sky, house and outdoor

Stepped into the corridors of these blocks you can find traditional shops selling…

Image may contain: cloud, sky, house and outdoor

Chap Huay Tiam certainly brings us back to the old school days. Myriad of tidbits, old school biscuits and customized goodie bags for all occasions are what you can find here.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: food

Photo Credit: chaphuaytiam

No automatic alt text available.

Photo Credit: chaphuaytiam

Not heading to Pulau Ubin? Try renting a bicycle here and explore the vicinity!

Image may contain: bicycle and outdoor

ST Bakery serves a variety of fresh bread and cakes. The prices are reasonable and affordable too.

Image may contain: food

Johor Bahru Pau / Tim Sum [新山手工包點]  selling unique assortment of delicious paus which includes black sesame pau, chicken, pork big pau, braised pork pau, Amy Yi’s Jumbo Pau, Sured-Win Jumbo Pau and other dim sum items.

Image may contain: indoor

More shops around the blocks.

Image may contain: tree, sky and outdoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant and outdoor

If you are feeling adventurous, take an exploratory trip down at Changi Point Coastal Walk which stretches 2.2km.

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

Also referred to as the Changi Boardwalk, you may even catch views of the waters out towards Johor. Last but not least, remember to bring along your insect repellent and sunblock when you are here!

Image may contain: sky, cloud, tree, boat, outdoor, nature and water

Image may contain: outdoor

We love to travel! Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

 

Itinerary Compilation: Penang Travelogue in a Nutshell

One trip to Penang is never enough. All it takes is just a 1.5 hour flight to experience the best foods and charming landmarks that Georgetown, Penang has to provide. This is a compilation of my Penang travelogue in a glance. All you need to do is to click onto the individual blog title and it will direct you straight to the blog post. Happy sharing and reading 🙂

Penang Travelogue – (Part 1): Snake Temple, Lee Clan Jetty 姓李桥, Chew Clan Jetty 姓周桥, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol, Joo Hooi Café and Ming Xiang Tai Pastry 名香泰餅家

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: outdoor

No automatic alt text available.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, bridge, tree, outdoor, water and nature

Image may contain: outdoor

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: people sitting and indoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, indoor

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: one or more people, food and indoor

Image may contain: food and indoor

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: indoor

Penang Travelogue – (Part 2): Toh Soon Café 多春茶座, Penang Street Art Painting, Penang 70s Ice Ball, Khoo Kongsi and Lebuh Armenian Old Coffeeshop

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: shoes and food

Image may contain: 1 person, playing a musical instrument, sitting and guitar

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

Image may contain: 1 person

No automatic alt text available.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: people standing

Image may contain: people standing and indoor

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Penang Travelogue – (Part 3): Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Kimberly Food Street, Kopi and Toast @ Gat Lebuh Chuliah

Image may contain: one or more people and night

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor and food

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: 4 people, people sitting and food

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: food

Image may contain: drink and food

Penang Travelogue – (Part 4): The Flea Market @ Lorong Kulit

Image may contain: one or more people

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and food

Penang Travelogue – (Part 5): Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), MoonTree 47 @ Muntri Street, Chocolate and Coffee Museum and Pinang Peranakan Mansion

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: plant and indoor

Image may contain: 1 person, text

Image may contain: 12 people

Penang Travelogue – (Part 6): The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: 1 person, plant, flower and outdoor

If you enjoy reading our travelogue, do give a like on Katong Kids Inc Facebook Fan Page by clicking here.
Disclosure: All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Penang Travelogue – (Part 6): The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

It might be a challenge to strike a balance between finding a hotel with spacious room that comes with decent rate. While doing my research on a hotel that meets my criteria, I eventually decided on the Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences in Georgetown, Penang.

Image may contain: night, car and outdoor

Nestled in the heart of Gurney Drive and near to major shopping centres in the likes of Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza, The Gurney Resort Hotel provides every visitor with an entirely different experience of accommodating in hotel rooms that may come with sea views.

Image may contain: sky, ocean, outdoor, water and nature

The first impression that The Gurney Resort Hotel gave me was the expansive lobby. There were ample and comfortable resting points in the lobby area.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

I was welcomed with warm hospitality by the hotel staff and The Gurney Resort Hotel thoughtfully arranged for me to stay at the top level with beautiful sea views.

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing

Two Bedroom Suite

Before I checked into my Studio Suite, I was given a tour of the hotel’s Two Bedroom Suite which comes in a whopping size of 950 sq. ft.! If you are traveling as a family, the space factor would be well-taken care of. A large living room with a sofa bed that comes with kitchenette make a good fit to spend quality time as a family.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

There are 2 bedrooms that consist of twin beds.

Image may contain: bedroom and indoor

And a queen-sized bed.

Image may contain: bedroom and indoor

You would not be blamed for spending too much time in the bathroom with such a breath-taking view of the sea.

No automatic alt text available.

Deluxe Suite

Not to be outdone by the two bedroom suite, the Deluxe Suite boasts a size of 515 sq. ft. with a hollywood twin bed that can easily accommodate 2 adults and 1 child. The living room contains the essential facilities that made my stay ever more comfortable. A plus point of my experience in the Deluxe Suite was the strength of the air-conditioning. It was strong and quiet, providing me with the much needed cooling environment after much walking during the day.

Image may contain: indoor

Free Wi-Fi was provided during my stay which was an essential life-saver. The hollywood twin bed occupies the centre of the room.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: bedroom and indoor

The deluxe room may looked dated but it exuded a calm and relaxed resort vibe. I loved this glass panel from the bathroom that made me felt connected to the hotel room.

Image may contain: indoor

A lovely view of the sea from my Deluxe Suite.

Image may contain: ocean, sky, cloud, outdoor, water and nature

Facilities

The Gurney Resort hotel boasts a wide range of facilities for guests to indulge in. Infinity pool is the theme that every hotel cannot do without. Needless to say, you can also find it in the hotel. Take a dip in the pool overlooking the picturesque neighbourhood of Gurney Drive.

Image may contain: table, tree, sky, outdoor, nature and water

Image may contain: sky, tree, pool, ocean, basketball court, outdoor, nature and water

The outdoor swimming pool with sliding feature seeks to keep your little ones entertained.

Image may contain: pool, table and outdoor

Hop over to have a game at the soccer table, billiard pool, table tennis and arcade!

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: indoor

An outdoor volleyball court.

Image may contain: tree and outdoor

Gym facilities are in place as well.

No automatic alt text available.

Hotel Dining

The Coffee House of The Gurney Resort Hotel also serves a wide array of international, fusion, and local flavors, including a la carte menus and a hearty buffet spread. Here I am, waking up early in the morning for breakfast and hotel guests were streaming in.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

The breakfast has a spread of more than 10 appealing cuisines which are bound to satisfy your taste buds. The chef was busy preparing my favorite omelette.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and food

Nyonya Lam Mee is also known as “Birthday Mee” in Penang and it is usually served during birthday celebrations to symbolize longevity. The yellow rice noodles is cooked in gravy made of stock of prawns and chicken.  It is then served with toppings like colored shredded eggs and chives.

Image may contain: food and indoor

This was my favorite dining spot during my stay as it had a scenic view of Gurney Drive.

Image may contain: table

Apart from breakfast, The Gurney Resort Hotel also provides in-room dining round the clock. When your hunger pangs strike, you would know your meal is just a call away.

Image may contain: food

Fish and Chips coupled with banana boat ice cream sprinkled with chocolate chips.

Image may contain: drink and food

Cream of mushroom soup

The Gurney Resort Hotel sits along the tourist belt of Gurney Drive. Do check out this hotel in your next visit to Penang.

Image may contain: sky, night, tree and outdoor

Click here to get connected to the Facebook of The Gurney Resort Hotel

Click here to get connected to the main website of The Gurney Resort Hotel

Click here to know the latest promotions.

The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences | 18 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250, Malaysia | Phone Number: +60-04-3707000

Interested to visit Penang? You can check out my Penang Travelogue via this link.

 

We love to travel! Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Penang Travelogue – (Part 5): Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), MoonTree 47 @ Muntri Street, Chocolate and Coffee Museum and Pinang Peranakan Mansion

It was a short 3 days trip but I was contented with the places I managed to cover. On the final day, I am determined to cover some important landmarks to pen down in my travelogue.

Penang Hills / Bukit Bendara

If you feel that the weather in Penang is hot and humid, try beating the heat by taking a tram ride up to experience the cooling environment of Penang Hills. I booked a Grab from Gurney Hotel and the 9.5km distance took me about 10 mins to reach.

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Penang Hill or affectingly known by locals as “Bukit Bendara”, is one of the most popular tourist attractions.  Setting on a hill with elevation of about 833 m (2723 ft), you would need to take funicular railway. From my experience, it is better to plan your visit here by 10am as anytime later would require you to queue up pretty long before you can hop onto the tram. I guess that is the time when most tourists have taken their breakfast in the hotels and coaches would be sending them here.

If you are an adult tourist, a 2-way ride would cost you RM30.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

The ride took about 10 mins before reaching the peak. Along the way, the funicular railway would make intermediate stops for locals (who are staying up the hills) to alight.

Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor and nature

Look at the crowds!

Image may contain: 3 people, outdoor

The first point that greeted me was the “Sky Walk”.

No automatic alt text available.

The Sky Walk is a suspension bridge hanging over the treetops. It is opened daily with no admission charge. It’s time to pause here and see the breath-taking view of beautiful Penang.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoor

Surrounded by pines tree, the serenity of the hills will provide a much needed breather and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Image may contain: sky, mountain, tree, plant, cloud, outdoor and nature

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, tree, plant, outdoor and nature

From the Sky Walk, I also caught the view of the famous 13.5km long Penang bridge. What a majestic sight of an eagle hovering over and greeting us!

Image may contain: sky, bird and outdoor

There are some notable changes to Penang Hill since my previous visit 3 years ago. I noticed they have included additional “attractions” within the hills such as Little Village, Love Lock and Owl Museum.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, sky, tree and outdoor

The Little Village is a beautiful spot to take wedding shots. Take a walk in and you will find the Love Arch, Dwarf Village, Rabbit Garden and the green surroundings of Mother Nature.

Image may contain: plant, grass, bridge, tree, outdoor and nature

The Dwarf Village.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, sky, cloud, ocean, outdoor, nature and water

Just a 2 min walk up the hill would bring you to this attraction called the Love Lock. This is an adaptation of the popular love lock concept around the world, in the likes of Rome’s Ponte Milvio and Germany’s Hohenzollern Bridge, which has found its place atop the scenic Penang Hill.

Image may contain: outdoor

Launched on Valentine’s Day of 2014,the lover’s promenade hosts the promises of eternity for couples who seal their affection with creatively-decorated padlocks.

Image may contain: 1 person, tree, sky and outdoor

Padlocks of various sizes are available for you to purchase and profess your love before sealing it at the wide fence.

Image may contain: shoes

The Owl Museum might be an activity you would like to look out for. The museum open daily from 9am to 6pm and it is South-East Asia’s first museum dedicated to owl-themed art and craft. It boosts a fascinating collection of over 1,000 exotic and unique arts and craft artefacts collected from 20 countries including Japan, South Korea, Uruguay, China, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Indonesia and France.

Image may contain: outdoor

The museum’s owls are made from a myriad of materials such as wood, stone, metal, glass, clay, plastic, buffalo horn, seashells, beans, plant fibres, crystal, porcelain, earthenware, paper and recycled items. Special collections on loan from private collectors are also on display.

I did not visit the Owl Museum as I was short of time.

Penang Hill Owl Museum

Photo Credit: Penang Trails

The famous David Brown’s restaurant at Strawberry Hill.

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

Exploring the flora of Penang Hills which houses some interesting plants such as Dipterocarp forest, parasitic plant, Exorhopalia Ruficeps, Hazel Maingaya Malayana and many more.

Image may contain: plant, flower, tree, outdoor and nature

Climbed up the flight of stairs and I made some interesting discovery…

Image may contain: tree, plant, sky, outdoor and nature

Located on Penang Hill is a 32 counder cannon that is not short of historical value. It is made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin commonly used in 18th and 19th century artillery. This cannon was probably transported from town to hill as an ornament or to warn the presence of pirates.

Image may contain: tree, plant and outdoor

A children’s playground and on the right is the Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan, or better known as the Penang Hill Hindu Temple, is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Penang. I did not dwell here for long as I vividly remembered we were badly bitten by mosquitoes in the previous trip.

Image may contain: people sitting, shoes, sky and outdoor

The other end of Penang Hill houses some eateries for me to satisfy my hunger pangs. Astaka Bukit Bendera is a 2-level food court at Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), within a short stroll from the upper station of Penang Hill Railway.

Image may contain: outdoor

Penang Hill Lily Ice Kacang is one of the stalls at the lower deck. Worth to give it a try if you have a sweet tooth! Penang Hill’s opening hours are everyday but you need the train to go up there. The train service is from 6.30 am – 10 pm on Monday to Friday. On weekends or public holidays or school holidays, the train operates from 6.30 am to 11 pm.

Image may contain: food

Address: Perbadanan Bukit Bendera, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam, 11500 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

MoonTree 47 Cafe

I read much about Muntri Street that it is famed for its wide range of themed cafes in Penang. Situated along the Jalan Muntri in Georgetown Penang, Moon Tree 47 cafe makes it a cool place to chill out with friends while enjoying the Peranakan styled interiors and old school settings.

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

No automatic alt text available.

I thought MoonTree 47 has the “instagram worthy” factor. Just the whimsical setting at the entrance was enough to draw me in.

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Alas, the staff did not allow me to take pictures of its interiors without ordering anything. I was not a nice touch and thumbs down to the customer service. Nonetheless, I ordered some light snacks and took the opportunity to take as many nice shots I could of this place.

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

There was an open courtyard with water feature which I loved to hang around while enjoying the sight of aquarium fishes vying for feeds.

Image may contain: table, plant and indoor

Nothing much to say here but pictures are certainly worthed more than a thousand words!

Image may contain: indoor

A dated Dumex tin.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: table and indoor

No automatic alt text available.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: plant

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: plant and indoor

A local resident of MoonTree 47.

Image may contain: cat and indoor

This is my order – 3 spicy chickens with lemon tea. It looked so appealing to me. Time to treat my tastebuds with delicious snacks. My expectations of MoonTree 47 were high. While the interiors met my expectation, the customer service fell short. Very short. One of the spicy chickens was uncooked and tasted cold (supposed just taken out of the fridge) when I took a bite. I feedback to the owner nicely and he offered to cook it again but I politely declined as I needed to make a move. The outcome – no discount was offered to me and I had to pay for the uncooked chicken. 😦

Image may contain: drink and food

Address:47 Muntri Street,10200 Georgetown,Penang, Malaysia Penang, Malaysia

Chocolate & Coffee Museum

I continued walking and chanced upon Chocolate & Coffee Museum which was previously known as The Chocolate Boutique on Leith Street, in George Town, Penang. It specializes in retailing branded and high-end chocolate products, mostly to foreign tourists who arrive by tour coaches. The boutique occupies a double storey bungalow that was formerly the New China Hotel.

Image may contain: tree and outdoor

Admission to the Chocolate & Coffee museum is free. The best part of this museum, to me was the air-conditioning.

Image may contain: indoor
Usually there will have a tour guide who will explain to you about the history of chocolate and how they are manufactured.
Image may contain: text
Image may contain: food
The museum was quite small and I completed the tour within 10 mins. Near the exit was a chocolate section where you can purchase many varieties of chocolate. I find them quite pricey and did not buy any since I am not a fan of chocolate too.
No automatic alt text available.
Address: 22, Leith St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Next on my itinerary was the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. I have a knack for anything that has to do with Peranakan and what’s more, visitors are allowed to take pictures here. I heard there is another Peranakan Museum in Melaka which does not allow visitors to take any photos.

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

The Peranakan is a prominent community in the Straits Settlement particularly in Penang, Melaka and Singapore. I thought Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a must visit for all to experience a glimpse of to have a glimpse of their rich lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. Many well-known personalities have visited the mansion and one of them was Ho Ching.

Image may contain: 2 people, outdoor

Fancy to have a trishaw ride?

Image may contain: 1 person

This Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks.

Image may contain: 1 person

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

In Straits Eclectic and Chinese homes, the front hall or parlor is typically separated from the rest of the house by an ornately carved wooden screen. It was said that this timber divider acts as a ‘ spirit wall’ to prevent evil spirits from entering by obstructing their straight paths.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: table and indoor

The main staircase incorporates the use of both local and imported materials in its construction, handrail with balusters of cast iron, from Glasgow, Scotland.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoor

At the second level of the mansion, the space was prominently occupied by over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles. This Baba Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture.

Image may contain: table and indoor

A traditional bridal room with typical Nyonya matrimonial bed. A perfect place to take wedding photos.

Image may contain: bedroom and indoor

Image may contain: 1 person, table and indoor

I don’t remember there was a section selling jewellery collection in my previous trip.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: indoor

A complete tour of Pinang Peranakan Mansion would take between 1 to 2 hour. The admission fee for an adult is RM20 while it is free for children below the age of 6.

I was amazed that I was able to cover that many places in Penang (there was not much trace of fatigue in my legs).  This trip was packed with many wonderful memories and the local street food of Penang would definitely be a strong draw for me to return again.

Image may contain: indoor

Address: 29, Church Street, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

Image may contain: bicycle and outdoor

Interested to visit Penang? Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Penang Travelogue – (Part 4): The Flea Market @ Lorong Kulit

A man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I have a penchant for exploring flea market. Early in the morning, I took a Grab car and made my way down to the flea market at Lorong Kulit which is located next to the City Stadium.

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Lorong Kulit operates from 6am to 1pm daily. When I reached there at 8:30am, only half of the stalls were opened. By 10am, most of the stalls were set up for business.

Image may contain: sky, tree and outdoor

This place was pretty rundown and may not strike a chord with people. Before arriving in Penang, I read up on blogs introducing Penang and I thought most of them were quite “commercialized”, mostly sharing on the main attractions which I thought would not bring justice to many unloved spots in town.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoor

It was said that Lorong Kulit had a reputation for being a thieves’ market. There are times when you may chance upon stolen goods among other used goods on sale. But seriously, how would anyone be able to differentiate?

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

This van was literally filled with junks!

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

As time passed by, Lorong Kulit roared to life. Curious onlookers would gather and browse for any interesting goods they could buy at bargained prices.

Image may contain: 2 people, people eating, table, outdoor and food

Old watches, hand-held games, necklaces and books.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: 1 person, shoes

A friendly uncle greeted me while reading his newspapers. He might not have much products to display but his countenance exuded self contentment and happy with a simple life 🙂

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Electrical, hardware stuff, old shoes and luggage on display.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Image may contain: shoes and outdoor

Old mobile phones in which some of them belonged to the first generation!

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting

I was really tempted to buy a used mobile phone here but decided against it as it would be a hassle to find charger and battery separately.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, shoes, table and child

Mobile phones of many brands and surprising, not a single iphone could be found!

Image may contain: phone

Old kettles, pots and clocks of which some of them could be antiques.

Image may contain: 1 person

Stones and old krises.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting

Pirated DVDs as well.

Image may contain: 3 people

Household pets on sale too!

Image may contain: one or more people

Hamsters and mice.

No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: bird

Sugar gliders which were prohibited to be kept in Singapore..

Image may contain: cat and food

Tropical fishes (swordtail).

Image may contain: plant

Budgies (Budgerigars) which are an extremely popular pet bird. My parents allowed me to keep them when I was young as they were quite cheap (about $15). I kept a pair but it did not last long as they were smart enough to open the cage and flew away.

Image may contain: bird

They even sell used stuff toys. I would be surprised if anyone buys them for their children.

Image may contain: one or more people, shoes, table and outdoor

There is no guarantee what you would unearth at Lorong Kulit flea market. Even if you leave this place without buying anything, I am sure that the experience of browsing through the stalls would be greatly pleasing to your eyes.

I had an interesting encounter as well. After exploring Lorong Kulit, I wanted to book a Grab car to bring me to Lebuh Armenian only to realize that the earlier Grab trip was still in transit. I was puzzled and messaged the previous driver to end the trip (in which he did). When I tried to do a fresh booking, that previous driver accepted my booking immediately. It dawned on me that this Grab driver was actually waiting for me and to prevent me from booking another driver, he deliberately chose not to end the trip so that I could make a booking through him again. Something new I learnt. What an experience!

Image may contain: 1 person, shoes and outdoor

Address: 625, Jalan Dato Keramat, George Town, 10460 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Interested to visit Penang? Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Penang Travelogue – (Part 3): Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Kimberly Food Street, Kopi and Toast @ Gat Lebuh Chuliah

Some advantages of staying at The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residence are the accessibility to shopping malls (Gurney Plaza & Gurney Paragon) and Gurney Drive Hawker Centre where there are galore of food options.

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

The Gurney Drive Hawker Centre is currently situated at the northern end of Gurney Drive, just next to Gurney Plaza. It comes alive when evening beckons and transforms into a food paradise.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and outdoor

This hawker centre is quite similar to Singapore’s Newton Food Centre as it caters mainly to tourists. As such, do expect the food prices to be higher. However, it is a convenient location for visitors to try out delectable local fare without needing to travel too much. Some of the famous Penang food you can find here include wanton mee, fish meat noodles, lok-lok (as shown), prawn noodles, satay, char koay teow, rojak, seafood and many more.

Image may contain: table, fruit, food and indoor

Image may contain: people standing and food

The halal corner of this hawker centre was packed with customers!

Image may contain: 2 people, food

Image may contain: food and indoor

The soup base of this bowl of Penang prawn noodles tastes spicy.

Image may contain: food

The version of Penang Ice Kacang – shaved ice topped with red beans, sweet corn, attap seeds, glass jelly, syrup and evaporated milk.

Image may contain: food

After your meal, take a walk along the street at Gurney Drive to visit the pasar malam.

Image may contain: 1 person, food and outdoor

Address: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Kimberly Food Street

Lebuh Kimberly is a popular food street in Penang. Having heard of many good reviews of the legendary Kway Chap at Restoran Kimberly, I thought I should give it a try.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting

Image may contain: 1 person, eating, sitting and food

I am not sure whether it is a culture for food vendors to use their hands to handle the food. I did feel uneasy when I witnessed that.

Image may contain: 4 people, people sitting and food

This bowl of Kway Chap comes with sliced duck meat, pig intestines, pig ear and pig tongue.

Image may contain: food

A taste of their signature dessert – Si Koh Soup (filled with ginko nuts, longan & lotus seeds).

Image may contain: food

If you are not a fan of Kway Chap, there are other food choices down the street.

Image may contain: outdoor

Lor Bak stall.

Image may contain: food

Duck noodles.

Image may contain: 1 person, food and indoor

Penang laksa, Hokkien mee and roasted delights.

Image may contain: one or more people and indoor

Address: 137 Lebuh Kimberley, 10100 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kopi & Toast @ Gat Lebuh Chuliah 

Kopi & Toast at Gat Lebuh Chuliah is a cosy café which serves simple breakfast for you to start the day. It is pretty near to the Weld Quay clan jetty and wall murals are also within the vicinity.

Image may contain: outdoor

The boy and girl on a swing is just next to the café.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Reminds me of old school days.

Image may contain: indoor

Butter and kaya toast with black coffee.

Image may contain: drink and food

Image may contain: food

The toast was very much similar to what I had tried elsewhere though. What I like about this place is that it provides a good spot for you to rest while scouting for wall murals.

Image may contain: plant

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

Address: 63 Gat Lebuh Chuliah 10300 Georgetown Penang, Malaysia

Interested to visit Penang? Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.

Penang Travelogue – (Part 2): Toh Soon Café 多春茶座, Penang Street Art Painting, Penang 70s Ice Ball, Khoo Kongsi and Lebuh Armenian Old Coffeeshop

I wandered up to Campbell Street after my lunch at Joo Hooi Café and unknowingly I stumbled upon Toh Soon Café which was one of those places I wanted to visit in Georgetown much to my surprise.

Toh Soon Café 多春茶座

Image may contain: 2 people, table, outdoor and indoor

There are many blogs on Toh Soon Café so I am not going to rave about how good it is. I had read that customers would usually wait up to an hour or two just to get a seat.  I had originally planned to come here at 8am in the morning to queue up and I was surprised to find a seat immediately in the late afternoon. So fortunate!

Image may contain: 3 people, indoor

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor

The hot water for making of coffee was scooped from the big oil drum and the staff toasted the bread directly over charcoal oven. It was not an easy job as crowds streamed to Toh Soon Café at all times of the day. Imagine how busy the staff would be.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

Toasting in progress.

Image may contain: shoes and food

Fragrant coffee pair with simple kaya toast bread. If I don’t remember wrongly, this cost about RM4.50.

Image may contain: people eating, food and indoor

Image may contain: coffee cup

A simple and nice aroma of Hainanese coffee with condensed milk.

Image may contain: coffee cup and drink

To make it easier for readers to find Toh Soon Café, look out for Ban Heang pastry shop. Toh Soon Café is just beside it.

Image may contain: sky, night and outdoor

Address: Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia

Penang Street Art Painting

 Here in Georgetown, the street art and wall paintings would keep you mesmerised throughout the day. These murals have successfully transformed quiet streets into whimsical and thought provoking ones.

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: outdoor and water

It all started with a street art project called Mirrors George Town by George Town festival 2012. Since then, street art has been popping up all over the inner city and has stirred up quite a media frenzy with Singapore being a nearby country also catching the wall mural fever.

No automatic alt text available.

Regardless of whether the wall murals were popular or not, they could be seen everywhere.

Image may contain: outdoor

Cat hanging from the balloons.

Image may contain: food

Local community in Penang.

Image may contain: outdoor

The ever popular Boy on Chair. The mural is located across the street from the Anak-Anak Kota clubhouse and Khoo Kongsi entrance.  It was painted by Ernest Zacharevic during the 2012 Georgetown Festival.

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting and indoor

A Girl Preparing Fire with charcoals, just opposite Boy on Chair.

Image may contain: 1 person, hat

This wall mural could be found at Ban Heang pastry shop beside Toh Soon Café.

Image may contain: one or more people

A Cat Prancing Upon a Rat which was part of the 101 Lost Kittens Project.

Image may contain: outdoor

Along the street Lebuh Armenian you could find this painting of 3 little girls with different costumes.

Image may contain: outdoor

The Shouting Boy.

No automatic alt text available.

Two Men Pushing the Wall.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing, shoes and outdoor

The Trishaw Man selling Goods.

Image may contain: 2 people, bicycle and outdoor

A Lady Offering Joss Sticks on the Altar.

Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and outdoor

Skippy the Giant Cat at Gat Lebuh Armenian.

Image may contain: outdoor

The Musicians.

Image may contain: outdoor

No automatic alt text available.

The Boatman.

Image may contain: house and outdoor

Brother and Sister on a Swing.

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoor

Boy buying Soya Bean Curd.

Image may contain: 1 person

Kungfu Minion breaking out.

No automatic alt text available.

At the intersection of Lebuh Victoria and Gat Lebuh Armenian, you would reach Ming Xiang Tai Pastry shop.

Image may contain: outdoor  “I Want Pau” street art mural depicted a boy and a girl stretching their hands from inside a window towards a parked bicycle loaded with steamed buns outside the Ming Xiang Tai Pastry shop.

Image may contain: 2 people, bicycle

Little Children on a Bicycle street art mural painted by Ernest Zacharevic.

Image may contain: 2 people, bicycle, plant and outdoor

Lion Dance Breaking Out of a Wall.

Image may contain: people standing

Magician at Lebuh Armenian.

Image may contain: bicycle and outdoor

This shop provides bicycle rental.

Image may contain: outdoor

Exploring more street art at night.

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: outdoor

Just checking out the wall murals could take you almost a day. By the time I finished, my shirt was drenched with sweat. So, wearing comfortable shoes and light clothing would be useful. I guess it would be tiring to remember where are each wall mural located. My take is to grab a street map which is readily available at the airport and hotels and head down to the streets to stroll at your own pace. You may be amazed by how much you could cover within a day and the best part of it is that it is free!

No automatic alt text available.

Penang 70s Ice Ball

Apart from being famous for street art at Armenian Street, it is also popular with visitors who can satisfy their cravings for 70s ice ball.

 No automatic alt text available.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, table and indoor

The popularity of ice ball goes back to the old school days. Over here, an ice ball sells for RM5.

Image may contain: food

My impression of the size of an ice ball should be similar to that of a fish ball. I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised it looked pretty huge.

Image may contain: food

About the size of a small bowl.

Image may contain: food

Rainbow ice cream and peanuts stuffed inside the ice ball.

Image may contain: food

A must-try dessert in Penang!

Image may contain: dessert and food

Khoo Kongsi

The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. Leong San Tong exhibits rich Southern Fujian architecture. It is found along Armenian Street, near to the Dragon Ice Ball.

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Image may contain: plant and outdoor

Intricate carvings everywhere on the walls, pillars, and roof.

Image may contain: indoor

The entire building is covered with intricate tiled shard work, mural paintings, wood and stone carvings.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: sky, cloud, tree and outdoor

Take a walk behind the courtyard and see the life of the locals.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, eating and food

Anna & The King (starring Chow Yun-Fat as King Mongkut and Jodie Foster as Anna Leonowens), was filmed at UNESCO world heritage site Khoo Kongsi!

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling

Delve further inside you can find more art gallery and a small museum.

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: indoor

Image may contain: indoor

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi opens daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am to 5pm.

Image may contain: outdoor

Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

Old Coffeeshop @ Lebuh Armenian

A set of kaya toast and coffee is expensive in Singapore. Not surprising. However, there is this old coffeeshop at a corner of Lebuh Armenian Street that serves decent and wonderful toast.

Image may contain: outdoor

Image may contain: outdoor

The interiors of this coffeeshop are pretty dated but customers continue to be allured by its charm.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and indoor

And this set of kaya toast and bread cost only RM2.70!

Image may contain: coffee cup, drink, table, food and indoor

With more to come, stay tune for the next blog post 🙂

No automatic alt text available.

Interested to visit Penang? Click here to follow Katong Kids Inc Facebook Page and stay tune for the next blog post.

All photos, information and opinions, unless otherwise stated, in this post belong to Katong Kids Inc. Reproducing or copying them for use on third party sites without our written permission are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved.