Blue is my favourite colour…

People keep telling me that whenever I come to Penang, I can just forget about the restaurants and all those and must go for the hawker food only – cheap, so much to choose from and so mouth-wateringly yummy!!! But the other day, my niece BDQ and her boyfriend, Jon, took my daughter and me to this place for lunch…

Blue Reef 1

Blue Reef 2

My daughter had their fish and chips with their traditional beer batter…

Blue Reef 3

…which she did not quite like because she doesn’t drink and the batter had a strong beer taste, she said. Jon had a fish dish too…

Blue Reef 4

…and BDQ had pasta…

Blue Reef 5

I had their paprika chicken as I was intrigued by the mashed sweet potatoes that would come with it….

Blue Reef 6

Not bad…pretty nice, in fact! I think I can try and make my own when I go home to Sibu. It would be a welcome change from the usual mashed potatoes, that’s for sure. We had crème brûlée for dessert, orange….

Blue Reef 7

…and raspberry, I think…

Blue Reef 8

It certainly was a delightful lunch and I enjoyed it a good deal…but I still think visitors to Penang should just stick to the hawker stalls as they have so much to offer. I have so many photographs of so many different local delights that I really don’t know how I will ever be able to post all of them. As for Penangites and permanent residents, that’s a different story altogether, of course…

Queen of my heart…

After lunch the other day, my daughter and I went to Queensbay Mall just to browse around…

Penang Queensbay Mall

Perhaps it was the afternoon of a working day, so it was not very crowded and that was fine by me especially with the H1N1 virus on the rampage. There were a few people who had their masks on…

Masked shoppers in Penang

…which was a good thing. I tried wearing one myself but found it suffocating, so after a while, I just gave up. I was glad to have the chance to meet my Penang blogger-friend, Eugene

Penang blogger Eugene

…and his missus. I must say that the photo does not do him justice at all. Gosh! He looks really young and handsome…and the wife is so sweet and pretty. (Ok, Eugene! When are you taking me out for dinner? LMAO!!!) We did stop by Secret Recipe for tea, and I had the rich white chocolate macadamian, my favourite….

Secret Recipe 1

…while my daughter tried one of their new cakes – the pecan nut raspberry…

Secret Recipe 2

…and if you asked me, I would say that they were more or less the same. The bill came up to almost RM30.00, or twenty over to be exact, and that, I must say, was extremely expensive. Well, since we do not have Secret Recipe in Sibu, stopping by for a bit of indulgence may make a bit of sense…but if there were one in Sibu, you can bet that I would not be frequenting the place at all and only go to buy the cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.

When I got back to my hotel room, I spotted this note on the minibar…

Note @ Cititel Penang

It was from Maharani, the sweet and pretty chambermaid from the housekeeping department who cleans my room every day at Cititel Penang. It was such a sweet gesture on her part to go beyond her line of duty and boil some water for me. The next day I gave her some of the made-in-Sibu Mee Daddy (packet of 5) that I had brought along to give to friends. Good grief! She did not dare to accept unless I wrote a note saying that it was a gift from me to her as she would have to explain to the manager where she got it from. That is good, isn’t it?…On the part of the hotel, that is!

Well, to end this post, if it is of any interest to any of you, here are a few photos that I took in the vicinity of the hotel – glimpses of old Penang…

Old Penang 1

Old Penang 2

Old Penang 3

Have a nice day, everybody!