05 April, 2010

Revisiting Penang

Made a quick visit to Penang again in March with the hubby. Was trying to escape mentally from the upcoming exam. Basically went there n tanned out, stuffed my face, and emptied my mind.

Dunno why i didnt seem to feel the relief i was craving for. Maybe cos at the not-so-back of my mind, i know there are still endless things to do, and for the hubby too, he is facing such tremendous pressure. In any case, we still got to do stuff together there, which is more than what i can say for our demoralising, stressful routines here. Sometimes, you juz need time to BE together.

Took Jetstar to Bayan Lepas on a 7am+ flight to make the most of the trip. After a quick breakfast at the 'batamy' airport, we headed straight for Queensbay Mall using our 7-day Rapid passport. Queensbay Mall, facing the Penang Bridge and a stretch a white sands, is huge with everything you can find in a (cluster) of typical shopping mall. Was fun to shop, but with our backpacks and not enuff sleep, we decided to head to our hotel to check-in instead.

bl00dsh0t eyes ang bor

a breeze

New bus system, Rapid (ok lah more rapid then rickety blue)

from QBM overlooking Penang bridge

It was with some apprehension when we checked-in. Not to say anything bad about Penang, but it is almost impossible to find a decently clean hotel within the range of $100. Even the most patronised hotels by SGreans are nothing but horrid messes. Therefore when I stepped into the refurbished lobby of Cititel, I was expecting the worst. Hey, it turned out ok. The room was spotless, though not tip-top modern. Everything about the place was in fact, quite decent.