Friday, March 19, 2010

Malaysia Series: Vacation within vacation

hotel fun - click for larger view

Since my hometown, Kuala Lumpur, is a bustling city of 7 million, and we live in equally busy Chicago, we needed to get away from the concrete and lights just so we can say we actually did some vacationing. We decided to visit Penang for a few days, an island off the west coast of Malaysia that not only has a nice stretch of sandy beaches, it's also full of charm and history. There's a lot to do for such a little place, such as the Kek Lok Si temple, famed for its 19th-century Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas that took 20 years to build, the Penang hill summit for a panoramic view of the area, the Snake temple (yes, there are real snakes lazying about the shrine), and several forts and buildings from the era of the British colonization. But we did none of that.

We did do some things, but not nearly enough. However, that's fine by us as we needed a vacation from our vacation, and we got just that by lounging around our beachfront hotel, ordering room service, going to the pool twice a day (aqua baby's favorite), playing at the on-premise kids' club (Little Miss, not us), jet-skiing, enjoying massages and a facial at the hotel spa and perusing the night market right outside the hotel. Ah, the life...can't we do this every day?

The only time we did leave, we visited Gurney Drive, famous for its local flavors (more food? of course!) and happened upon a Burmese Buddhist temple and a historic row of colonial homes along the way. Thanks to my mom (a.k.a. built-in sitter), we scored a date night, exploring old Georgetown after sundown, in awe of the colonial influence on this little town, and ending the night with a couple of Tom Collins on a busy stretch of night clubs. Night life! Felt like we stumbled upon the Land Before (our current life)Time.  

We got back at around two in the morning, thrilled to feel like a couple of young, carefree adults again. Except, with Little Miss 7:30 A.M., there would be no sleeping in for us.

colonial homes

 Burmese Buddhist temple 

welcome my minions! 

dining at the Gurney Drive hawker stalls 

Georgetown night life


  1. I always need a vacation from my vacation, too. Massages: So jealous. A date and a Tom Collins: So jealous. 7:30 a.m. wake-up call: Ouch! Glad you're continuing to have such a wonderful time, though, and thanks for the updates. =>

  2. Oh, looks like fun! And getting a date night in there too! Perfect!