Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I and my buddies (Wayne and David) went for a short trip to Penang last week. We stayed in Tune Hotel that is located along Jalan Burma. First day, we had breakfast in the Old Town White Coffee Cafe located next to our hotel.
I ordered my favourite "OldTown Nasi Lemak Special" and a cup of mixture of coffee and tea (Yuan Yang). I love the taste of fried chicken and sambal chillies there. We then headed towards the famous "Kek Lok Si Temple (极乐寺)" situated in Air Itam.
The temple is huge. We took photos outside the first hall for assembly and prayer. There are several halls in the temple too.
After passing by several shops selling souvenirs, we took a lift to the uphill area to see the bronze Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue.
A shelter with decorative details was constructed for the Kuan Yin statue. The architecture and artwork of the shelter is amazing. Then, we visited the seven storey pagoda of the temple.
Our legs were tired when climbing up those narrow stairs to the top of the pagoda.
We went to Plaza Gurney after having lunch at the foothill of the temple. Wayne had the Prawn Mee and David ate his favourite Ice Kacang. I tried the Penang Laksa and I liked it very much.
The shopping mall is big and we hang around for quite a while. Too bad, Toy'R'us is the only toy shop there.
We finally had our A&W root beer floats and curly fries before watching the movie "Salt" in Golden Screen Cinema and its digital sound system was fantastic.
We later had dinner at the famous hawker centre along Gurney Drive but some of the Chinese food were "so-so" only (may be I have high expectation of the food in Penang).
Luckily, the Chicken Satay from the Malay stall was good. As the chicken strips consist of meat and skin, they are tender and juicy. As for the taste of peanut dipping sauce, I prefer the Singapore version. We were very full when returning back to the hotel.
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