Well, I’ll be leaving on the very early morning flight tomorrow – 7.00 a.m. to Kuching on transit to KLIA and then, to Penang. My daughter will be having her one-week break but she doesn’t want to come all the way back to Sibu. All this travelling first by taxi from Sungai Petani (Kedah) to Penang Airport and then the transit stops along the way can be quite dreary…and after a couple of times, I think she has grown quite tired of it all. Besides, she has a lot of assignments to do…so with me going over there, at least she can do them in the comforts of a nice hotel and we can take breaks in between to go out and savour the culinary delights of Penang right outside the doorsteps.
We’ll be staying at Cititel Penang where I have been staying everytime I stop by the island – the first time for a night in July 2007 with my missus on our way home to Sibu after sending my daughter to the teacher-training institute in Sungai Petani and again in August that year when I came over to spend the one-week break in Penang and also in KL with her and in 2008, the whole family were there for the Chinese New Year break and in August, I stayed for a night on my way back from Sungai Petani to Sibu.
If you’re not familiar with Penang, the following clip will let you have a glimpse of the hotel…
I find it much nicer than the one at Mid Valley in KL, the rooms are bigger and the people are very nice and friendly. They have special promotions and right now, I’m getting a room for RM125 nett per night with a 20% discount if I’ll be staying for more than 3 nights which of course, I am. That means it is just around RM100 a night, cheaper than the better hotels in Sungai Petani which are not even half as nice.
Believe it or not, there is not even one decent hotel in the town centre in that town. The nearest is SP Inn where I stayed with my daughter last year for RM88 per night, and it is at least 30 minutes’ walk to Central Square. By the time we got there, I would be totally drenched and dripping in my perspiration…and I would no longer be in the mood to walk all the way back. Taking a taxi would mean around RM10 one way for a very short distance! Besides, that hotel was undergoing renovations last year and they did say that the rates would go up once completed, so I would expect that it is much more expensive this year – they said it would be a hundred plus even for the rooms in the old wing!
Besides, finding a place to eat is such a chore…unless you have the transport to go to those secluded spots, and what makes things worse is some only open at night! All the way to Central Square from SP Inn, you will pass by ONE nasi kandar shop and no more, and after Central Square, you will find another nasi kandar shop. In Sibu, in one block of shops alone, you can find at least one or two or even more coffee shops!!! So, we did not have a choice and had to eat at fast food joints like KFC, McDs or Pizza Hut…or we could go to Old Town or Master Choo…or even Secret Recipe – they all have their outlets at Central Square.
If you check out my last year’s posts, there is another area where they have Tesco. They have a one shop-lot hotel for RM85 and above a room…and though going out to eat may not be a problem there, you will still be stuck with the same old places as in Central Square, maybe a few more like The Chicken Rice Shop. All things considered, I told my daughter that I would not want to go to SP again and suggested that it would be better for her to come to Penang instead. So, she is coming…
I do not know whether I’ll be updating my blog in Penang or not, no promises. Maybe I will just take a break from all this…and then decide whether I would want to continue or not when I come back. I bet many of you are already getting quite bored of it all and it doesn’t make any difference whether I close shop or not. Well, it may seem somewhat cliche, but I would like to leave you all with a song, this song…
This has been one of my best-loved songs from my younger days and I love in particular the lyrics in the chorus:
Before the rivers run dry
Before the last sad good-bye
Let us be kind to one another.
We can try…
So don’t just throw your love about
It’s not too late to find out
Before the sand has all run out, of the hourglass…
I do hope you all love the song….. Selamat Berpuasa to all my Muslim relatives and friends, and do take care, everyone!