penang road trip
June 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
Ayoub managed to spot a rent-a-car at Batu Ferringhi so instead of taking the taxi today, we rented a car for RM120 (plus “petrol”). Keenly and I took the bus to Komtar and met Jianan, Michelle and Ayoub there. They already had the car upon arriving at Komtar. Initially I thought Ayoub drove right hand side cars too in Dubai, so it was okay. But in the middle of the trip, we realized that it was actually his first time to drive a right hand side one!! Believe me it is soo hard to orient yourself just like that because everything is the opposite. You can’t get sleepy. But he managed to do it! I was the map navigator the whole day. We went up to the Tropical Fruit Farm (at Balik Pulau) first. It was an hour’s drive from Komtar, but we took longer because we got lost on the way and had to stop and ask for directions several times. We also had to turn and go back large distances twice. The view was great once we reached the mountain area. It actually looked pretty much like Subic or Batangas when you go up to the mountainside roads. It was drizzling this morning so there were small falls in the sides. There was also a lot of visible fog up in the mountain. We knew we were near the fruit farm when we started seeing a lot of durians being sold on the road. Unfortunately, when we reached the Fruit Farm, it turns out Durian in Penang is not in season. :(right hand drive
Ayoub: “Is this true? I think I’m dreaming.”
Me and Keenly: “You should go to the Philippines! :))”
The Fruit Farm still had an entrance fee of RM28. It was totally expensive! But we we’re already there so fine. A van took us up to their fruit farm, and then we had a guide who was sooo funny and nice. Kaso we just went around the farm and ate fruit buffet and juice after. I had mango-watermelon shake which tasted BAAD. I think it was because of the mango. So when it was Keenly’s turn, we asked Kuya anong shake masarap, he suggested honey dew and pineapple, and true to form it was heavenly!
Kuya’s joke # 1: Here in Malaysia, we cannot grow apples, but we have lots of apples: star apple, pineapple, sugar apple, butter apple
Kuya’s joke #2: Now here is a fruit very popular in the Philippines.
me: Really? I don’t know what that is.
kuya: You are Filipino?
kuya: You don’t know chesa?
me: ahhh chesa…okay I know.
Kuya’s joke #3: Filipino, another popular fruit! What is this?
me: Keenly, ano yan?
Keenly: no idea
kuya: you don’t know this? mabolo!
me: ahhhh yeah I know! But I don’t eat that.
keenly: ano un?
Kuya’s joke #4: Now here is a …[forgot what it was]. There is no like this in Malaysia. No like this.
me and Keenly: eh bakit andyan yan?
After the fruit farm, we went to the main land side by crossing Penang Bridge.
We went to Pulau Aman, which is supposedly a small fishing village. It was around an hour’s drive too from the Fruit Farm. When we got to Bukit Tambun where the “jetty” (boat) was, somebody asked me, “why are you going to pulau aman?”. “Oh, we saw in the internet that the food is good and fresh here, haven’t you been there?”, I asked. “Uhh, no”, the local answered. So I got perplexed because it didn’t look like people go here to eat. It turns out it really is just a small fishing village with a restaurant and people go there to fish. As in professional anglers, for reasons unclear to me because the water is murky brown and the place is dirty. Buti na lang the food was good! Although I don’t know how fresh the shrimps are given the murky brown water, it was okay na din.