Road Trip to Penang

Finally, a much needed break! We did a road trip up north to Penang. It was a fun road trip with the whole family: Baby A, husband and my parents. The last time, we flew back to Alor Setar for Chinese New Year. This time, Baby A is 10-months old and we decided to drive. A little tight with 2 adults at the back and 1 car seat, but it was manageable. I could still breastfeed Baby A so not too bad at all!


Journey to Penang

We took about 4.5 hours drive all-in. Stopped in Ipoh for lunch and had a toilet break once along the way. It wasn’t too bad! Baby A was also behaving quite well.

Taking a photo of Baby A in her car seat. I had 4 hours of nothing much to do in the car!
Taking a photo of Baby A in her car seat. I had 4 hours of nothing much to do in the car! I think I took more than 10 photos of her.. but am not going to post it all..

Hotel

I was looking for an affordable, convenient, clean and nice hotel with swimming pool. I have stayed in Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang several times. In fact, I did a babymoon-get-away with hubby to Penang, 3 months before I gave birth to Baby A and we stayed in this hotel. Of course, I have also stayed in other hotels too. But, if your budget is between RM250-RM300 per room per night and you are traveling with your family + children, do try Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang. I booked from Agoda and with all the discounts, final amount was RM242 per room per night. Really worth it.

Arrived at Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang. At the check-in counter. Hubs and Baby A
Arrived at Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang. At the check-in counter. Hubs and Baby A

We got the rooms on Level 10 which I thought was quite decent, not too low and not too high. We wanted to have 2 rooms side-by-side, unfortunately we didn’t get it. So, there were 1 room between our rooms.

We booked the Deluxe Room with sea view. This is how the room looks like, very clean and well maintained.
We booked the Deluxe Room with sea view. This is how the room looks like, very clean and well maintained.

We rested for a while in the room before heading out for tea. What do we do when we have some time to kill? We take photos!

Some photoshoot session with Baby A. Using the apple that the hotel provides as prop! haha
Some photoshoot session with Baby A. Using the apple that the hotel provides as prop! haha
Love this shot!! It really look like a photo shoot session!
Love this shot!! It really look like a photo shoot session!

Hotel Facilities

The hotel has lots of facilities which you should be able to see from their website. But what I really like is their swimming pool! The swimming pool gets natural sunlight from the sun in the afternoon. We went swimming with Baby A 2 days in a row at around 5.30pm and the water temperature was PERFECT! At first, being the very blur person that I am, I thought the pool was heated. Of course, hubs corrected me.

Mother-daughter moment
Mother-daughter moment
Another mother-daughter moment with Baby A
Another mother-daughter moment with Baby A
Family we-fie before we jump into the pool
Family we-fie before we jump into the pool
Another family we-fie before we head back to the hotel room
Another family we-fie before we head back to the hotel room

You know how much Baby A enjoys the swimming pool after you watch the video below. I am really glad we have the HydroKids Swim Mate. Baby A really enjoys her swimming session so so much these days. She can move freely in the water and we even started training her to go under-water! I must say, the best swimming aid for Baby A.

On a side note, they have quite a nice kids room too!

This is how the kids room look like. It is under-utilized though! It's always empty when we are there. Felt as if we booked the whole place!
This is how the kids room look like. It is under-utilized though! It’s always empty when we are there. Felt as if we booked the whole place! The equipment there was well maintained and clean.
Enjoying the seahorse!
Enjoying the seahorse!
It was her first time on the swing. She loves it. The momentum makes her feel sleepy though. After 5 minutes or so, she looks like she was going to fall asleep. Haha
It was her first time on the swing. She loves it. The momentum makes her feel sleepy though. After 5 minutes or so, she looks like she was going to fall asleep. Haha
Starting to get sleepy.
Starting to get sleepy.

Food Food Food

When in Penang, one must eat, eat, and eat! Usually, that’s what my trip to Penang is all about. This time, we had to cut down the number of places to go because we have a little baby to attend to. So here goes my food itinerary.

Day 1- Tea time at China House Beach Road

They have a wide variety of cakes that you can choose from. They have 2nd floor and 3rd floor that sells painting and jewelries which I think not many people know. I myself have not gone up to the 2nd and 3rd floor. Parking will be a problem, especially on weekends or public holidays. Good thing GRAB is now available in Penang so you can easily grab a car or taxi to China House for tea time. However, the place is still quite crowded but they are kids friendly. They provide some rough papers and crayons on your table so your kids can scribble, draw and color while you enjoy your slice of cake.

China House - you will be mesmerized by the cakes..
China House – you will be mesmerized by the cakes..
Baby A is too young to know how to use the crayon. But she still enjoyed herself with entertainment from her grandparents.
Baby A is too young to know how to use the crayon. But she still enjoyed herself with entertainment from her grandparents.
Good thing about traveling with your parents. You get some alone time..
Good thing about traveling with your parents. You get some alone time..

 

Day 1 – Dinner at Pisa Corner Cafe at Bayan Baru

We stayed in Gurney Drive but drove to Bayan Baru for dinner?? Well, dad wanted to visit an old friend there so we went for dinner and then went to his friend’s house nearby. Pisa Corner Cafe was recommended by dad’s friend and we were really spoiled with choices. There were so many stalls and everything just looks delicious and smells yummy. I don’t think there is a need for me to write further, let the photos speak for themselves.

This is the cafe and it is really crowded at night.
This is the cafe and it is really crowded at night.
The amount of food we ordered can feed the whole village!
The amount of food we ordered can feed the whole village! Everything was really delicious.

 

Day 2: Breakfast at Genting Cafe – Lorong Delima 3, Taman Island Glades

This place is a must go for me without fail, every single trip or visit to Penang. I only eat this 3 things when I am there:

  1. Chee Cheong Fun (finishes very early so do try to go there before 12noon)
  2. Assam Laksa (they start only around 11.30 to 12 noon) I never went back the assam laksa stalls near the temple or by the roadside after I tried this. They have fried popiah which you can order to be served together with your assam laksa
  3. Muar Chee (uncle only comes at around 11.00am) His stall is outside Genting Cafe. Other than muar chee, he also sells corn in cup and corn on the cob.
There are a few coffee shops around there. Make sure you go to Genting Cafe.
There are a few coffee shops around there. Make sure you go to Genting Cafe.
The assam laksa with popiah
The assam laksa with popiah
Can order additional popiah from the Assam Laksa stall
Can order additional popiah from the Assam Laksa stall
The famous Chee Cheong Fun. We had 2 large plates!
The famous Chee Cheong Fun. We had 2 large plates!
Uncle's muar chee is really really good. My parents love it too. You can choose whether you want him to add the fried shallots or not.
Uncle’s muar chee is really really good. My parents love it too. You can choose whether you want him to add the fried shallots (or so I think that’s what it is) or not. But it tastes much nicer with it.
This is us at Genting Cafe, and of course with the Oogis
Trying to take a decent photo of the 3 of us.. together with the nicely wiped out plates and bowls.

 

Day 2: Lunch at Nyonya Breeze at Straits Quay Penang

This was recommended by my friend because I told her the whole fam bam will be having lunch together. Whole fam bam meaning not just my parents but my parents-in-law too. They drove from Kedah to Penang to join us on our road trip. I read review that the Pork Rendang was good. Unfortunately, it was sold out when we ordered. (it was only around 1.00 pm)

We ordered, Ju Hu Char, Sambal Udang Petai, Asam Heh, Kari Kapitan, Inche Kabin and Tau Eu Bak. All the food was really good except for Inche Kabin chicken which I thought was so-so only.

This is the menu
Food menu at Nyonya Breeze
The food that we ordered
The food that we ordered
Entrance to Nyonya Breeze at Straits Quay
Entrance to Nyonya Breeze at Straits Quay

 

Day 2 Dinner at Khun De Thai Restaurant

This restaurant was walking distance from the hotel. We wanted to try several other restaurants but they were all full either because there was a wedding going on or fully booked until 9.00 pm.  So we decided to take a walk down Gurney Drive and ended up having dinner at Khun De Thai Restaurant.

The restaurant is just next to a hotel. Because we were quite hungry and Baby A was slightly crankier, I didn’t manage to take photos of the place or the food!

We ordered Garoupa Fillet salad, egg omelette, prawn tom yum soup, pandan chicken, squid and vegetables. Because I don’t have the photos, I can’t even recall the name of the dishes that we have ordered. Overall, the food was quite nice, tasted a bit home-cooked type. They were short staffed as the 2 owners (I am assuming they are) were taking orders, serving food and being cashiers at the same time. They had 1 additional helper who served drinks and food occasionally. We waited for about 30-40 minutes for our food to arrive, which explains why Baby A started to feel sleepy and cranky mid-way through dinner.

But we manage to take one photo right before we leave
We managed to take one we-fie before the food arrive

We wanted to have desserts at the Crepe Cottage down the road but it started drizzling. So, we went back to the hotel instead.

Day 3 – Bak Kut Teh for breakfast at Bali Hai Seafood Restaurant

We woke up slightly late and was also a bit lazy to drive out. So we walked down to Bali Hai which was just next to Khun De Thai Restaurant along Gurney Drive. It was our usual breakfast place before we check-out from the hotel. The bak kut teh (wet and dry) is good here.

More reviews on Bali Hai’s Bak Kut Teh from trip advisor here.

Early morning walk to Bali Hai for our Bak Kut Teh breakfast
Early morning walk to Bali Hai for our Bak Kut Teh breakfast

Goodbye Penang

Overall, this was an enjoyable trip. I never thought that it would go as well as we planned. The weather was good, Baby A behaved quite well most of the trip, my parents enjoyed themselves and most importantly hubs and I got to relax a little from the trip. Other than that, it was also an early Mother’s Day celebration with both our moms. Also, my first year celebrating Mother’s day!

Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day!!

My baby, my mommy and myself
My baby, my mommy and myself
Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!

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