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Hey guys, I got a ton of stuff in my inbox this morning so I wanted to share:
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– Dick’s Sporting Goods – $20 off $100, today only – no coupon code required. They also have free shipping with no minimum purchase.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…
This is post 8 (!) in a series on my recent Southeast Asia trip. To read about some travel tips and our first day in Penang, click here.
Day 2 in Penang
Friday began with some much needed gym time! I got on the bike in the hotel gym and thirty minutes went by quickly while watching TV. We showered and went down to check out the breakfast buffet. I was completely blown away by all the options – we had free buffet breakfasts at our Singapore and Thailand hotels as well, but neither held a candle to E&O’s! There was a stir-fry station, sushi, juicing station (pick your own ingredients), Eggs Benedict, Indian food, and much more. The fresh-made juice was a really nice addition, because that’s something we don’t make at home, since we don’t have a juicer! I have seen a lot of recipes lately for juices straight from the blender though, so I might put our Ninja to work sometime.
After a very hearty breakfast, we enjoyed the beautiful weather by reading and relaxing near the hotel’s infinity pool. I love to read on vacation, and I made my way through a Gillian Flynn novel (Dark Places), a few of Lianne Moriarty’s books – The Husband’s Secret and The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and started The Book Thief on this trip. The first three books were entertaining light reads, and the last is quite serious, but a really excellent book that covers the Holocaust from a different perspective. It made me think about bravery and humanity in a new way, and reminded me a little of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close a little bit. Soon, it was time for wedding activities! The impetus of our trip was to attend Kevin and Joy’s wedding celebration here in Penang- Mike has been really good friends with Kevin since college, and when we committed to come to the wedding, Kevin asked Mike to be his groomsman. We were also excited to meet Joy for the first time!
We met up with Joy and Kevin and several of the other guests, and headed over to a restaurant for lunch together. The food was absolutely amazing, and we had a great time seeing friends again and making new ones. I snapped a few pictures, but quickly lost track of all the different courses that came out! After a leisurely lunch, we wandered outside to the beach, and I couldn’t help getting a few pictures :) The other girl in the pictures is our good friend Vivian, who also made the trip from DC. Joy, whose family is from Penang, had arranged for a tri-shaw tour of Georgetown for us, so once they arrived, we all picked one and got on our way! Tri-shaws are like bicycles, powered by a driver pedaling in the back with a two-seat cab for passengers in front. I was seriously impressed by the strength of the drivers – they must have legs of steel. And we were off! We rode around and enjoyed the sights, getting off a few times to take pictures or visit a special location. The tour was very flexible, and if we got off at a sight, the driver simply waited until we were done and ready to move onto the next location. We got off to explore the Peranakan Mansion, which was owned by a wealthy Chinese immigrant family and had many beautiful artifacts from the family’s past. Do you see us? Yes, we are this cheesy and silly :)
I also had the most magical dessert of my life at the cafe here! Cendol is a popular Malaysian dessert with chewy rice noodles, shaved ice, coconut milk, and various toppings like red beans or (strangely) creamed corn. It reminded me a lot of the Korean pat bing su I ate as a summertime treat growing up!It was so sweet and refreshing, and I loved the different textures from the elements in the dish. I will dream of this dessert forever :)
We got back onto our tri-shaws for the last part of our tour, and we passed through Little India and the less modernized/ more residential parts of town. Our final stop was the Chocolate & Coffee Museum, another popular tourist destination here for obvious reasons! They had some interesting flavors of chocolate, like banana chocolate and very spicy chocolate. I tried not to sample too much, because we were going to the rehearsal dinner soon afterwards! I’ll leave you with just one more food pic in this post.We had a great time at dinner, but opted out of the late night party because we were ready for bed after all the activities and sight-seeing we had done. We wanted to make sure we had plenty of energy for the wedding the next day!
Final vacation post tomorrow: Kevin and Joy’s wedding!