Selamat Tahun Baru (Happy New Year to our family and friends)
Had a wonderful day with our lovely guide Merha. Anglican churches, Mosques, Hindu temples, Chinese temples, Buddhists temples....in fact we're quite templed out. Drove along the coast and had drinks on the beach. Took the very scary and steep funicular train to the top of Penang Hill for amazing views over Georgetown, Butterworth and out to sea.
Merha is quite an entrapaneur and driven young lady. As well as working 6 days a week in a recruitment agency, she has just started up a Hawker Stall selling spring rolls until 1am, we had a long discussion on how she can develop her business further, (expansion into noodles is the future!).
Penang is not quite what we expected, we thought it would be more quaint colonial and paradise beaches. It is actually the 2nd largest in Malasia and has big traffic problems especially now at holiday time, and the beach areas are very developed.
Blagged ourselves into the poshest New Years do in Georgetown at the East and Oriental Hotel. The setting was magical with our table on the lawn under the palm trees beside the sea, fabulous buffet, free drinks all night and watched the city fireworks. The only downside was we saw the New Year in listening to YMCA played by possibly the worst band in the world.
Just about to set off for an epic 21 hour train journey to Bangkok so we need to stock up with food and drink, so we will sign off now. Andrew is getting the hang of chopsticks, but it is a bit difficult with chicken porridge!