Penang hostel: Muntri Inn

The last of all Penang posts!!

Travel buddies xoxo

Our flight back to Singapore was quite late and since we did web check in, we didn’t have to be at the airport until about 8/9pm. Since we had to check out at 12pm, this will leave us homeless for quite a bit so we decided to book a cheap single room at another hostel.

I recommend other travelers who are in this predicament to do this as well. Penang’s weather is erratic with frequent downpours, there may be a chance you are relegated indoors and the last thing you want is to left homeless. A single room at any hostel is a good deal for the comfort and shelter.

We got a single room at Guest Inn Muntri

Pretty nice place with some hang out areas. There’s free instant coffee if you like. I had Penang white coffee btw.

You can play pool too

The hostel had good reviews on travel websites such as Tripadvisor and hostelworld.com

Price list, Sept 2012. We paid about SGD20 for a single private room to hang out before our flight

Restrooms at the back. I had a nice shower before we left

A small cosy room. Don’t worry, it was us who messed up the place

This is also the end of Penang posts!

Guest Inn Muntri Sdn Bhd

No. 17, Muntri Street
10200 Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia
Tel : +604 263 3228
Fax : +604 262 3229
Website: http://www.guestinn.com.my
Reservation : booking@guestinn.com.my
Facebook : Guest Inn Muntri

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Penang food: New Lane

Last Penang food post yay! I’m slowly bit surely, clearing my Penang (September) posts which leaves… some Bangkok and Costa Cruise posts to clear from last year’s travels.

So on our last night, we were looking for somewhere to eat before we finally roll home on our fat tummies.

This is New Lane

In the morning, breakfast is served (I think) and in the evening, dinner

No idea what happens in the afternoon, probably, it’s too hot to work. A lot of locals stop here on their way back to pack food home.

Like most hawker food in Penang, not exactly healthy but the food were affordable (not necessarily cheap) and good. We also noticed that there doesn’t seem to be much vegetable-based dishes. I was dying for some fibre.

Assam laksa

Beef noodles – one of the best I’ve had for sure

Char Kway Teow with duck eggs and seafood, the duck eggs make this dish saltier as compared to chicken eggs

Wanton Mee which was unmemorable

What happened to Roger’s hair?

Ah balling in ginger soup

Osmanthus jelly which paled in comparison to the one I had in Hong Kong

New Lane Hawker Street
Lorong Baru (New Lane),
Off Macalister Road, Georgetown
10040 Penang
Next to Sunway Hotel, Penang
Opens from 5 – 11pm

Turning 24

It feels unreal that I’m 24 this year.

I stopped counting the occasions I’ve been mistaken for a junior college/polytechnic/university student. Well, I guess it has its perks as well. Just the other day, I had 50 per cent off my hair wash and cut because the stylist charged me student price without requesting for any identification.

Back to the topic, I was lucky enough to have a day off from work and I spent it living my vapid dreams of being a tai tai.

Headed to House at Dempsey

Vintage high tea at House is available only on Thursdays and Fridays.

With Shu, who always dreams of being a Tai Tai who sips high tea and prepares lunch brown bags for her kids

If you haven’t been to House, the whole place is not walled, but glassed. Do you get it? Instead of wall, the building has glass walls, which is nice and all but in the afternoon, it creates this glasshouse effect which traps heat. Unfortunately, we were seated by the windows and slowly getting baked.

Thankfully, our seats were changed following our request.

Lovely sunshine though

I feel that the vintage high tea had a better selection of savouries than sweets.

Pizzas and sliders

Go for the truffled wild mushrooms

There was a small cheese selection and numerous bread with toppings

Sweets which I don’t recall much of

Well, I liked the savouries way better. The skinny pizzas are the bomb.

If you’re there, you HAVE to try the red espresso latte which is kinda like the ang moh cousin of Teh Tahrik

It comes with a little cup of honey to sweeten your day

Last indulgent picture, only Shu will bother to print these cupcake toppers but many hearts for her. My Blast! journey would have lacked a lot of laughter without her ditzy-ness.

There was also Vietnamese spring rolls (which I had gone off after my trip back from Hanoi) on a bed of rocket leaves. Now, we’re talking sweetheart.

If you do go, nibble at the sweets and binge on the savouries. They also served two types of tea, one was a mint tea the other was ginger tea which were both unpalatable for me. I wished they had a greater selection of teas, damn, even tea bags are good enough. Nonetheless, for $25 I think it’s a good variety.

House at Dempsey
8D Dempsey Road
Tel: 6475 7787
Vintage High Tea Buffet: Thurs, Fri 3pm-5.30pm
Price: 25++ (Red Espresso latte is a separate order of about $5)

Digital savvyness

Was speaking to a friend recently who commented on how dysfunctional his family is which made me think about how dysfunctional my family is. A colleague of mine also posted a picture titled, “My sister, my best friend” which makes me wonder, dang, how do you be best friends with your sister? I always try not to strangle my sister who is a serious hoarder.

I think I’m pretty happy with my family structure and how we communicate. It’s a tad warped but I think it’s a unique thing! Our communications are mostly digital in nature.

My family are all pretty geeky, we own an average of three device per person. More ever, we don’t really hang out in the living room or dining room except to watch tv with my grandma. Since we’re separated by stairs (I stay in a landed property), we like to whatsapp or Facebook message each other. Sometimes, my dadster will also create Facebook events and make us RSVP to his events. Maybe, it makes him feel technologically savvy that way.

A couple of friends commented how warped this is but I don’t think it is! My momster still like to come to my room to annoy my cat and the entire family still eats together pretty often. In fact, without these digital advances, I think it would be pretty difficult for us to coordinate seven different schedules.

Spruce

at Tanglin Road

Popped by Spruce one fine day for coffee. I love having all the amazing cafes in Singapore but sometimes, it’s super annoying how inaccessible these cafes are if you don’t drive. Oh well, I guess this is another motivation for me to pick up driving again I suppose.

Lovely venue with greenery and the sound of running water. Many patrons were there (acting all chi chi) and catching up over good coffee.

You can’t miss it

Nice views everywhere

Man made waterfall and lots of greenery

Was seated at the outdoor area since it wasn’t too hot that day but suffered a couple of mozzies bites

I can’t think of a good caption

Cafe latte was good

Was a pity didn’t get to try the cakes because I was too full that day

Last indulgent photo

Spruce
320 Tanglin Rd  247980
6836 5528

Happy Chinese New Year!

I haven’t had any pineapple tarts this Chinese New Year at all – it’s a work hazard I think. After hearing how much calories and fat pineapple tarts contain kind of scared me off. Even an editor from ST wrote about how relentless Chinese New Year nutrition campaigning was this year, makes me kind of proud that someone noticed my pitching, albeit in a less than positive way.

I always make sure that all my gadgets are fully charged during house visits. I never understood how my parents can stay at a single place for four hours. Thankful for my Kindle and Galaxy Tab because I can’t recall how I did the house visits in the past.

He has a bow at the side

With that head tilt

Penang food: Ete cafe

Last few Penang posts I promise!

During our last day in Penang, we were determined to hunt for a nice cafe to sit, chill and live out some chi-chi dreams so we found ourselves at Ete Cafe. This cafe is run by a Taiwanese couple with their teenage daughter. The whole family trained at Le Cordon Bleu in France. The French desserts are all hand-made by the couple.

Also, they don’t do the Espressos and lattes, instead, they serve siphon coffee that is prepared on the spot.

With the Taiwanese mei mei

Ete cafe is pretty small that are able to fit perhaps, a maximum of 12 person

Desserts

Cakes and macarons

a wide range of coffee beans to pick from

The owner uses this funky machine

This is call siphon coffee I believe

Of course Ikea is too main stream for the cafe, check out their furnishings.

Crate for a table and a tree stump for support

Shu and I shared Strawberry & Lime fruit tea – Sweet and a tinge of tangy after taste

Sea salt caramel cake

A very traditional French dessert, Mont-Blanc

They shared wth us their dreams of owning a cafe and decided on Penang due to its affordablity, location as well as the availability of an international school for their girl. From our conversations, it sounds like they really enjoy the laid-back culture of Penang.

They are very hospitable people and we stayed there for a good two hours just chatting with them. If you’re keen to visit, dogo slightly later than their official opening hours. We were there at 11am and they weren’t open.

With the family

Ete Cafe 79 Lebuh Carnarvon
Georgetown 10300 Penang
Business Hours: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

Penang food: Aik Hoe Restaurant

Last few Penang posts!

For our last dim sum breakfast, we decided to settle on Aik Hoe Restaurant which was listed on Time Out Penang for being of of the best value dim sum restaurants.

Restoran Aik Hoe

It was one of those rustic restaurant filled with lots of old school charm. If I’m not wrong, this is a family-run restaurant.

Three generations operations

Instead of peddling dim sum on carts, you have to self-serve and pick out the dim sum that you want.

The old school stuff they use

Picking out the stuff we want

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On turning 24…

I always thought birthdays are way too overrated, after all, it’s just another day of your life. I don’t think you actually feel any different on that particular day. Well, I always wished I feel wiser/smarter/more talented but nah… same old, same old.

I had a fabuloust time having high tea with Shu at Dempsey before heading home to Ben & Jerry’s with my family.

Simple, quiet, muted but filled with love and blessings. Just the way I like it.

High tea at House Dempsey

Shu made these cupcake toppers

And cat being annoying as usual