Some people say I travel too much, some keep asking me why I always travel and how do I cope with my schedule. For myself I always believe that there should be a balance between work & play and we should reward ourselves once in a while to keep our motivation going
I planned a drive up to Penang for the weekend, and this is actually my 4th consecutive week travelling (Cambodia/Indonesia/Genting the previous weeks) and it’s been pretty awesome! I actually planned out 6 destinations in 2 months (Singapore & Korea ahead) and yeah I know it maybe a bit too much for some people, but this is just what I like to do!
Why Penang? It is a great place with food, beach and friends which I haven’t connected with in a long time. If you have your chance of getting around, I would definitely recommend to reconnect with those friends, it’s only a drive away anyway!
As for this trip, I am blessed as Volkswagen Malaysia sponsored me a Passat 118kW (160PS) TSI for a week, which I could use to drive up to Penang (Petrol Kao Tim Leao WOOHOO!) So yeah I’m gonna talk a bit of the car in the first segment of this post.
I would say, the Passat is definitely eye candy on the street and it is great for the younger generation or as a family car. It is a 4 door sedan packed with a 1.8L, 4-cylinder petrol engine with a DSG 7-speed direct shift gearbox.
Classy! With multi-function buttons on the steering and cruise control
Pretty Simple Dashboard in the car with a Start/stop button
Pretty big trunk space
A 360 interior of the car
Okay la this one
a bit lebih
So I drove up to Penang, testing out the car’s performance and it’s pretty great and responsive. You’ll have a smooth ride of up to 180km/h and starts to shake slightly after that. As from 0-100km/h, it takes about 8 seconds+
The first thing which I did when I reached Penang, was to meet up with my fat bro, Chung. It has been months since our last meeting and the first thing we always do together, Drink! Ain’t nothing better than to have a nice cold Guinness
And of course in Penang you have to try out their best delicacies! We stopped by the famous Bomba Beef Noodle Soup. They’ve relocated to 156 Lebuh Carnarvon, but the noodles are still as good as ever! Another specialty they have is their Fried Oyster, which is super light and crispy at the edges. Slightly different compared to the normal Fried Oysters you get at other shops
Bomba Fried Oyster
Bomba Beef Noodles
Aside from Chung, I also met up with Alvin, and what did we do? Drink! Man this trip is getting so alcoholic but it’s so good! We started off at the famous Antarabangsa Shop where you can get really cheap booze, and headed off to Flamingo beach to chill off the evening with more beers!
Alvin argued on the best Fried Oyster, so he brought me to Air Itam’s Reservoir Garden’s Fried Oyster which is arguably the best juicy fried oyster in Penang. And damn it was super juicy!
Of course, a trip to Penang is not complete without heading to the party scene at night. Chung and I decided to meet up with Janice which we haven’t seen in ages, and we headed over to V.A.C. at beach road. Such an alcoholic day, has continued into an alcoholic night.
With the lovely Janice
Made some new friends Veryn & Venezzia
To end the night, This is a thing that you definitely must try at Penang! Ox Penis Soup (Torpedo soup) at Sup Hameed. They’re known for their wide range of soups and it definitely is a must after a crazy night out!
What I can say is the Penis soup is delicious (no kidding), slightly chewy and if you can eat intestines and other inner parts of an ox, I think you wouldn’t have problems eating this!
Yums! PENIS SOUPPPPP
Another great part of this trip is to reconnect with my long lost blogger friend, Jolyn. It’s been already 3 years since I met her during her wedding, and now she’s busy making babies!
Jolyn invited me to her place where I could finally meet her adorable daughter (and one more son on the way). Super cute and once she warms up to you, she will not let you out of her sight!
And to top it off, some lovely Bukit Mertajam Chicken Rice with Asam Soup. Crazy combo but really delish!
With the fam
Less than RM30, Mana boleh dapat in KL macam nih?
All in all, it was a great trip to Penang reconnecting with all these lovely friends, and I would like to thank Volkswagen Malaysia for allowing me to take the car up!
If you have friends who have broken off from you, maybe its time for you to reconnect? :)