At the end of May, Chris had to take a trip to Malaysia, so instead of eating zongzi (rice dumplings) for Dragon Boat Holiday, I jumped on a plane for three days and four nights in Penang, Malaysia.
Friday Night- 5:30 PM
I, along with many others, arrive at Pudong International Airport to hop a plane to Kuala Lumpur where I meet up with Chris.
Saturday Morning- 12:15 AM
After a somewhat comfortable flight I finally see Chris for the first time in a week. We spend the night in a semi sketchy hotel 5 minutes from the airport.
|I was so happy to see this guy in Kuala Lumpur.|
Saturday Morning- 9:00 AM
After eating a birthday doughnut, we board a plane and head for Penang, Malaysia.
Saturday Afternoon- 12:00 PM
We check in at the Holiday Inn at Battu Ferrenghi Beach. Our room isn’t quite ready, so I eat my birthday noodles for good luck.
|Chinese tradition states the birthday girl must eat noodles on her birthday to ensure a long life. This wonton noodle soup hit the spot!|
Saturday Afternoon- 2:34 PM
My long journey has worn me out, so we decide to have a down day by the pool.
|I loved my down time by the pool!|
Saturday Afternoon- 3:00 PM
I decide that I want a seaside birthday massage.
|Luckily, the massage hut by the beach was open for business!|
Saturday Evening- 6ish
We decide to take a stroll on the beach before we go to my birthday barbecue.
|Sunset on Batu Ferrenghi beach was beautiful.|
|The "Look Out for Horses on the Beach" signs weren't just for show.|
Sunday Morning- 9:30 AM
After a night of meat and sleep, we hop on a boat to Monkey Beach. I am only somewhat concerned that that our boat captain is 14 years old, and his first mate is 12.
|Christopher did a great job of caring for the boat and making sure our lines were baited.|
Sunday Morning- 11:15 AM
We are ensured that we won’t starve after catching a few fish.
|Chris and I caught a bunch of fish, which would become our lunch. I was very impressed by his double catch shown here.|
|My favorite catch was my helicopter fish.|
Sunday Afternoon- 12:00 PM
I decide to take a pre-lunch nap in a hammock.
Sunday Afternoon- 12:03 PM
A looming visitor startles me.
|I woke up to find this guy right over my hammock.|
|I guess there really are monkeys on Monkey Beach.|
|This little guy was looking for some lunch.|
Sunday Afternoon- 12:30 PM
We eat our catch…and a little more.
|Some locals grilled us a feast for lunch. I decided to bypass my "I don't eat anything that is staring at me." rule and dug in.|
|Our first mate, Ahmed, shows us how to rock the tree swing.|
Sunday Afternoon- 3:51 PM
The skies start to open, so we head to our room for a disco nap. After resting, I make some very interesting discoveries.
|When opening up the drawers, I found a prayer mat. This was the first time I stayed in a predominately Muslim area, so this luxury surprised me.|
|An arrow on the ceiling of our room pointed to Mecca so guests would know which direction to face when praying on the aforementioned mat.|
Sunday Evening- 8:00 PM
We select our dinner from the wall of fish tanks at Bali Hai Restaurant.
|When we first heard about Bali Hai, I was expecting a glamorous restaurant with state of the art tanks. Instead we found a semi-outdoor seafood market/ restaurant.|
|Bali Hai claimed that if it swam, they served it. They were correct.|
|Throughout the meal, runners would fish out patrons' dinners.|
|Ordering at Bali Hai can be overwhelming. Chris had a tough time picking out his dinner, but finally settled on Red Snapper.|
Sunday Evening- 8:41 PM
Our food arrives just in time for the call to prayer serenade.
|I ordered the Lobster Thermidor. This was hands down the best meal I had eaten in years.|
Sunday Evening- 10:00 PM
We make a trip to the night market outside our hotel.
|The Penang Night Market has all kinds of DVDs, purses, jewelry, and other goodies. I have to admit, I have become a fake market snob so I passed on the purses.|
Monday Morning- 6:30
Chris gets up to go to work. I turn over in bed and sleep some more.
Monday Morning- 11:15
Since I will be flying solo, I decide to have another pool day with a mindless beach read, Crazy Rich Asians.
|I always wondered if women who wore burkas swam. Apparently they make a swimsuit to meet everyone's needs!|
Monday Evening- 6:00
We meet up with one of our dear friends from Shanghai, Vivian, for a sushi dinner. One of the best things about living in an international city is the ability to visit your friends all around the world!
|It was great to see an old friend in a new country!|
Monday Evening- 9:45
I board my flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Tuesday Morning- 12:15
After three additional security screenings, I finally board my plane to Shanghai. Luckily I am able to sleep on the plane.
Tuesday Morning- 7:00
I land in Pudong, grab my bags, and head for home for a 3-hour nap before I have to teach my second and third graders. I am proud to say I made it to work on time and fairly well rested!
A trip to Malaysia was a fun way to spend my birthday! Afterwards, it was time to gear up for the rest of the school year.