Malaysia Day 4 – Kicking back and cocktails

Today we left our humble abode and headed out for our next hotel, Lone Pine, at Batu Ferringhi. The place really is as beautiful as the photos on their website, which can sometimes be quite rare in the travel industry.

The old hotel compared to this one is like chalk and cheese, there really is no comparison. While 23 Love Lane was all about history, culture and being in the middle of things, Lone Pine is all about tucking yourself away from the world and just enjoying your immediate surroundings.  [...]  read more

Malaysia Day 3 – starting to take it easier

This morning started late – we didn't have anything major planned so we figured we would take it easy compared to previous days.

After breakfast, we walked for about 5-10mins (I was an expert in walking on the side of the street and not getting run over by this stage) to arrive at a mansion open to tourists. It used to belong to the wealthy, and had many items on display to demonstrate how things were in the past. Items like table settings in the dining rooms, and various bedrooms etc. [...]  read more

Malaysia Day 2 – Cram as much touristy stuff in as you can

We knew there was a lot to see, and lots of ground to cover. So we hired a driver and crammed in as much as we possibly could in one day.

The day started off with going to another food market that my sister knew of. The word that would sum up my entire experience would be “smelly”. All I could smell was seafood mixed with body odour, it was disgusting. However, the food was apparently amazing. I had just filled up on some stuff at our hotel so wasn't in the mood for it, although my sister tucked in to some tofu something-or-other. I may be wrong in what it was, and I'm sure she'll correct me at some point. All I know is that I tried it and wasn't a fan, but she was and enjoyed it thoroughly. [...]  read more

Malaysia Day 1 – and we walked, and walked and walked…

Penang is a beautiful, beautiful place. We are staying in the heart of the Unesco heritage area in Love Lane, so today there was only one thing to do really – explore.

Our hotel is called 23 Love Lane, and it's incredible. We have a two story villa style thing, with a king sized bed downstairs for Claire and Amy, and two single beds upstairs for Mum and I. There's also a tv on both levels, as well as two large bathrooms. It's very spacious, and incredible for the price, which I think worked out to be about $40 a night each. You could never get anything like this in Australia (although you could get a lot cheaper in Malaysia). There are a few buildings that make up the 10 suite hotel, and the oldest building itself is from the 1800s. This hotel is well worth staying in, and as I write this now at the conclusion of the second day, we arrived back to find our beds ready from the turn down service, some beautiful fragrant candles lit and the entire room cool from the air con. Bliss. [...]  read more

I flew overseas and now I’m in Malaysia!

Well, I'm not there as I write this sentence, but when I post it I will be. How is that so? Because I'm currently thousands of feet in the air, on a plane. Yep, I'm blogging mid-air!

Last year my sister and her girlfriend were so kind as to purchase a ticket for me to Malaysia flying Air Asia, as a combination Christmas and 30th birthday present. Kick ass? I think so! It was purchased just days after I bought my flights to Bali last year for my friend's birthday, so it was quite exciting to have all these trips planned. A few months later, I met Mario and we booked more flights to Lombok, Indonesia, which is in June. So essentially I will be returning home from this trip in April, then taking off again internationally only a couple months later! It's far to say my love for travel has been realised. [...]  read more