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Kucing merupakan haiwan yang tidak asing lagi dalam kehidupan manusia. Ramai yang menjadikan haiwan yang comel ni sebagai haiwan peliharaan. Haiwan berbulu yang berkaki empat ini merupakan haiwan yang comel dan sering mencuit hati dengan telatah dan karenah yang dipamerkannya.
Berikut merupakan perkara-perkara yang anda perlu tahu tentang kucing.
1. Mata kucing membawa maksud yang tersendiri
Kucing merupakan haiwan yang memiliki mata yang unik dan ia memberikan maksud yang tersendiri dalam keadaan yang tertentu. Anak mata kucing akan berubah bentuk atau saiz ketika ia berada dalam keadaan tertentu seperti sedang melihat mangsanya ataupun ketika melihat wajah tuannya.
2. Kucing tertua di dunia berusia 26 tahun
Berdasarkan catatan Guinness World Records, Corduroy merupakan kucing domestik tertua yang meninggal dunia pada usia 27 tahun. Seminggu sebelum kematiannya, Corduroy telah melarikan diri dari rumah tuannya sebelum ditemui mati. Namun, selain Corduroy, ada juga rekod kucing tertua yang pernah wujud dan bernama Creme Puff. Creme Puff meninggal dunia usia 38 tahun.
3. Kucing memburu lebih baik daripada anjing
Mengikut satu kajian, kucing merupakan haiwan pemburu yang lebih baik berbanding anjing. Kucing memiliki keupayaan survival yang tinggi dan mampu untuk hidup lebih lama di kawasan hutan liar berbanding anjing.
4. Cara membelai kucing dengan betul
Menurut penyelidik dari Universiti Lincoln, kucing suka disetuh di bahagian muka mereka, terutamanya di bahagian dagu, bawah dagu, pipi dan kepalanya. Manakala tempat yang paling tidak disukai kucing untuk disentuh adalah di bahagian ekornya, kerana ia merupakan kawasan yang akan menyebabkan kucing berasa tidak selesa sekiranya disentuh.
5. Lelaki yang sukakan kucing lebih menarik di mata wanita
Lelaki yang memelihara dan menyayangi kucing merupakan lelaki yang lebih menarik bagi seorang wanita. Hal ini merujuk kepada kajian yang telah dilakukan oleh penyelidik haiwan peliharaan Dr. Jun McNicholas, wanita melaporkan bahawa mereka lebih tertarik kepada lelaki yang sukakan haiwan.
Thinking of spending the weekend in Penang soon? Its becoming more cafes in Penang to hunt to feed your tummy and Instagram feed. Penang might be small but there are hidden gems in every corner that might be a little tricky to find. But ill try my best to share with you some of the best & unique cafe for you to explore.
Here are the top 10 cafes that am going to recommend to you:
1. China House
China House is one of the oldest and most visited cafes in Penang. Combination of cafes, restaurants, library, shops and bakery. China House is an all-in-one building that’s perfect for everyone, with art, music, food and drinks. They serve up to 50 different cakes daily and from morning to midnight.
Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, Penang, Malaysia Operating Hour: 9 a.m.- 1 a.m. (Daily)
2. Kim Haus
Kim Haus is a revamped goldsmith turned into cafe and bar. This place offers a unique dining experience which revolves around Western and the bar offers a variety of alcohols. There is also small in-house bakery that is located at the corner which serves fresh bakes on a daily basis, where everything is made from scratch. Kim Haus also serves as a platform for performers from all over the world and live performances would be held every night.
Norm is a minimal, latest addition to the cafe around the area. Located in the corner of Saw Emporium with a unique twist. They serve two menus, “norm” and “noct”. “Norm” is served during the day, with a selection of speciality coffee, teas, cocktails, waffles and tiramisu. After sunset, “noct” is served, where alcohol is infused in every item in the menu.
Address: The Saw Emporium, 1, Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 George Town, Penang. Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-12 a.m. (Daily)
Located along Jalan Zainul Abidin, off Macalister Road, the cafe is like an oasis in the middle of the town, offering some of the best Australian-influenced brunch items. The menu is somewhat exciting and unusual in a good way. The interior space is covered in shades of grey and white, seemingly a lofty space to chill. But the focus should be on the reliably good food, on par with some of the better cafes in town.
Address: 80, Jalan Zainul Abidin, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Wednesday)
5. Pin Xin Vegan Cuisine
Pin Xin stands out of the crowd by serving healthy, cruelty-free and of course, vegan Penang street food such as asam laksa, nasi lemak, hokkien mee that is as good as those on the streets and in this case some of them are better. Price tags can be a little steep but given the fact that vegan food requires a lot of effort and innovation, it is justifiable.
Address: 38, Lebuh Tye Sin, George Town, Malaysia.
Operation Hour: 7.30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
6. Gudang Cafe
Gudang Cafe is like a walk down the memory lane warehouse-themed cafe, where wooden elements are heavily used, giving an old-fashioned vibe. Located at the popular Armenian street, their Japanese inspired menu might be simple but definitely affordable. This cafe is really spacious. A perfect location to spend time with your friends.
Address: 5 Gat Lebuh Armenian, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: (Mon- Thurs&Sun) 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
(Fri&Sat) 10 a.m.-1 a.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
7. Lavish Fusion Bakery
Lavish Fusion Bakery located right next to Container Hotel. This white-themed cafe is beautifully decorated with flowers and plants, which makes every corner insta-worthy. Lavish serves one of the most presentable cronuts and milkshakes, as well as Western-Fusion menu that pleases the eyes and stomach. Walk towards the end of the cafe and you’ll be greeted with surprise, they have added Minilicious corner at the back alley, serving ice-cream croissant and lava cube on-the-go.
(Artikel dibawah merupakan petikan dari akhbar Berita Harian.
Mahu melindungi anak kucing yang tinggal di pulau daripada ancaman haiwan liar mendorong seorang doktor haiwan tampil dengan cadangan mewujudkan sebuah ‘Pulau Kucing’ di negeri ini.
Bagi mencapai hasrat itu, Dr Randolf Paza memuat naik cadangan berkenaan dalam status media sosial Facebook beliau sebelum ia menjadi viral dan dikongsi serta mendapat maklum balas ramai netizen.
Dalam status Facebook Dr Randolf, beliau meminta orang ramai terutama sukarelawan supaya menyokong usahanya untuk menjayakan projek ‘Pulau Kucing’ yang disifatkannya sebagai langkah terbaik melindungi kucing pulau.
Statusnya yang dikongsinya sejak 11 Januari lalu kini mendapat 1,300 perkongsian daripada orang ramai, 2,100 tanda suka dan menerima lebih 680 komen daripada netizen.
Menurut Randolf, beliau mendapat inspirasi untuk menjayakan projek itu selepas mendapat tahu di Jepun ada sebuah pulau dikhaskan untuk kucing yang dilindungi dan dijaga.
“Saya dapat tahu ada sebuah pulau di Jepun dipenuhi dengan kucing. Memandangkan saya selalu buat kerja amal merawat dan mengembiri haiwan seperti kucing terutama di beberapa pulau berhampiran Kota Kinabalu, timbul idea untuk melindungi kucing di kawasan itu.
“Anak kucing di pulau-pulau ini mati kerana kebanyakannya dimakan haiwan liar terutamanya biawak. Jadi saya sering melawat ke pulau ini untuk melindungi kucing yang ada di pulau sama ada dengan merawat atau mengembiri kucing terbabit,” katanya ketika ditemui NSTP, di sini.
Sehubungan itu, bagi merealisasikan projek itu, Randolf berharap semua pihak dapat menyokongnya terutama kerajaan dengan mewartakan sebuah pulau di sekitar Kota Kinabalu untuk dijadikan sebagai `Pulau Kucing’.
“Saya banyak menerima komen positif dan ada juga yang berkata ia mustahil dilakukan, namun ini adalah langkah permulaan dan saya harap kerajaan dapat melihat kepentingannya bagi melindungi haiwan ini selain memberi keuntungan dari segi pelancongan.
“Setakat ini saya bercadang menjadikan Pulau Mamutik untuk dijadikan Pulau Kucing kerana persekitaran yang sesuai untuk menempatkan dan mengumpul kucing di sekitar pulau berkenaan,” katanya.
Randolf yang juga sukarelawan Persatuan Mencegah Kekejaman Terhadap Haiwan (SPCA) berkata, berdasarkan rekodnya, setakat ini sebanyak 18 kucing ada di Pulau Mamutik, 14 di Pulau Sapi dan 35 di Pulau Manukan.
There are plenty of convenient, reliable, and affordable forms of public transportation in Penang, including buses, taxis, ferries, and a funicular.
You can buy tickets to the Penang Hop on Hop off Bus for 24- or 48-hour durations. Buses run about every 30 minutes. These buses a great way to see Penang, and they offer discounts for students.
Rapid Penang runs air-conditioned coach service all over the island. This is the cheapest way to travel around Penang, but it often involves a long wait.
The city of Penang offers free shuttle service to historical sites. Shuttles run in a loop and you can hop on or off at any of the shuttles stops.
A fleet of eight ferries links Georgetown to Penang Island and to Butterworth on the mainland. The first ferry departs from Butterworth at 6:00 a.m., with the last one leaving at midnight. Departures from Penang Island start at 5:30 a.m. The ferry can carry both pedestrians and cars.
Taxis are convenient, but can be troublesome. Drivers ignore the meter and charge what they want, even though the law prohibits it. It works out better to flag one on the street and negotiate the price in advance. Always ask the price before getting in, and unless you’re sure it’s fair, try to bargain it down.
Alternatively for now, i would recommend you to use Grab instead of Taxi services.
The Swiss-made funicular (tram) takes about a half hour to climb Penang Hill. It’s a slow-but-fun ride that reveals vegetable farms and colonial homes along the way.
Hope this give you some ideas to plan your trip soon.. 🙂
If you are looking how to move around in Penang for FREE, let me show how you can do this. There is FREE CAT Bus or in a simple word its a free shuttle bus. Central Area Transit (or called as CAT) is a free shuttle service that picks you up from the Weld Quay Bus Terminal, travels along major streets in George Town and drops you off at designated bus stops that are walking distance to major attractions.
Let’s check out this shuttle bus adventure in George Town:
Station 1: Pengkalan Weld This is where the George Town’s main bus terminal is located and this marks the first stop of the CAT route. For a view of Swettenham Pier and Chulia Street Pier, try to get a seat on the left side of the bus.
Station 2: Feri
The journey to Station 2 is a quick one and if you’re interested to snap photographs of Wisma Yeap Chor Ee and Wisma Kastam. These buildings are located 7 to 10-minutes’ walk from Station 1.
Station 3: Little India* Little India becomes a lot more vibrant when it hits noon. Hop off if you’re planning to shop for spices and sarees. Other nearby attractions include Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Chung Keng Kwee Ancestral Temple and a vintage-looking OCBC building. *No stops made at bus stop no.3 every Sunday from 7.00am – 1.00pm.
Station 4: Imigresen Banks, commercial buildings and administrative offices reside within the British colonial buildings. Station 4 is located at the end of Lebuh Pantai, where the police station is, so hop off and admire these buildings up close. There’s also a good lunch spot at the nearby Sri Weld Food Court.
Station 5: Bank Negara
If you’re in a hurry to visit the City Hall, Town Hall, Fort Cornwallis and War Memorial, hop off here. Or wait for the bus to complete its round till Station 17 where these attractions are situated nearby.
Station 6: Muzium* History lovers, here’s your stop. Within walking distance from Station 6 are St. George’s Church (closer at Station 16), Church of Assumption, Convent Light Street, Court Buildings and St. Xavier’s Institution. *Penang State Museum is closed for 3 years from 2017.
Station 7: Lebuh Muntri If you enjoy a great amount of strolling, stop by at Station 7 for attractions like St. Francis Xavier’s Church and Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion. You could visit an age-old Christian Cemetery nearby too.
Station 8: Lebuh Campbell If your main incentive in Penang is to cover the religious and shopping aspects of this town, this station is within walking distance from Benggali Mosque and Chowrasta Market (closer at Station 12).
Station 9: KOMTAR
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KOMTAR also provides buses to off-route journeys such as Batu Ferringhi, Bayan Lepas, Balik Pulau and more. KOMTAR currently serves as an administrative office for the Penang State Government and houses an ICT Digital Mall where affordable gadgets and tech goods are sold. For more shopping, take KOMTAR’s link bridge to Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue Mall.
Station 11: Jalan Kedah* Durian and cheesecake lovers must hop-off here! As you get off, carry-on walking straight down the road and make a stop at Moody Cow Café. Famous for cheesecakes with a smorgasbord of quirky flavours, their durian cheesecake is a definite must-try; and for the adventurous, their salted egg and century egg cheesecakes are perfect choices! *No stops made at bus stop no.10.
Station 12: Jalan Chowrasta For nutmegs, tau sar peah and fresh pickles, Station 12 is located right at the entrance of Chowrasta Market. There are also a couple of second-hand bookshops located on the first floor of the market that is filled with biographies, paperback novels and even, old comics. Don’t forget to set aside 15 minutes for a bowl of cendol at Penang Famous Teochew Chendul on Lebuh Keng Kwee, off Jalan Penang.
Station 13: Komtar Timur
If you change your mind, here’s your last chance to hop off at Prangin Mall. The nearby attraction includes Masjid Pintal Tali.
Station 14: Lebuh Carnarvon While Penang Islamic Museum is under renovation, trace the history of Sun Yat Sen at his Penang base and then, take a stroll down to the Campbell Street Market.
Station 15: Kampung Kolam The station is surrounded by Acheen Street Mosque, Masjid Kapitan Keling, Yap Kongsi, Khoo Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi and Lim Kongsi, collectively known as ‘Street of Harmony’. If you’re up for a hefty dinner, Nasi Kandar Beratur, situated next to Masjid Kapitan Keling, promises a feast for the senses.
Station 16: Mahkamah The shuttle stops in front of St. George’s Church and close to other places of worship such as the Goddess of Mercy Temple and Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.
Station 17: Dewan Sri Pinang
If you prefer to be dropped off at the entrance of Dewan Sri Pinang, alight here. You can also catch up on earlier attractions (reachable from Station 6) such as City Hall, Town Hall, Court Buildings, War Memorial and Logan Memorial.
Station 18: Kota Cornwallis
For a peek at our historical fort, the Fort Cornwallis, here is where you should be. You can also catch a glimpse of Queen Victoria’s Memorial Clock Tower from your current stop.
Station 19: Lebuh Downing
This is your last stop before the bus heads back to the Weld Quay Bus Terminal. Do a final catch-up of the colonial architecture of the old Standard Chartered Building, Islamic Council Building and HSBC Building.
The frequency of buses at Weld Quay Bus Terminal and other bus stops are within 15-20 minutes.
Can i visit Penang on a tight budget? Yes you can. Perhaps in this posting i will share what you can see and do all the free things in Penang..
Simple tips to travel cheap in Penang, eat cheap at the markets and you jump on the free bus. Getting a good look at Penang – on the cheap – is simple because most of Penang’s temptations are free! Yes free! For instance, the street art, a major drawcard for Georgetown, is free. The stunning national park and turtle sanctuary, is free. Furthermore, those that are not free are cheap. The food in Penang, also a leading attraction, doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it is the hawker food which attracts all the foodies around the world to Penang to taste her delights!
Let’s check out my list of 8 things to see and do in Penang for free…
1. Penang Street Art
The street art, a relatively new addition to Penang, has become a major tourist draw card. There are many street art trails to follow including the wall murals by Ernest Zacharevic and “Marking Georgetown” a series of metal sculptures which narrate Penang’s colourful history with humorous illustration and historical facts.
2. Taman Negara Pulau Pinang
Taman Negara Pulau Pinang is known as the world’s smallest national park… Yes i repeat, the smallest national park in the world. But believe me, size doesn’t matter in this case! This park has a turtle sanctuary, the Meromictic Lake (where fresh and salt water don’t mix), a nice swimming beach, two main hiking tracks through rainforest to Penang’s most pristine beaches, plenty of free camping grounds and lots, lots more.
Cost – Admission free Hours – Open daily 08:00 – 17:00 Food – No food available inside the reserve. Don’t forget – good walking shoes, a picnic lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and swimsuit
Penang Turtle Sanctuary Cost – Admission FWalk ree Hours – Open daily from 10:00 to 16:30 (closed for lunch between 13:00 & 14:00)
3. Walk to the Top of Penang Hill
The shortest track is the jeep track, a 5km road which starts just outside the entrance to the Penang Botanical Gardens. Being the shortest route, it is also the steepest. Note: jeeps, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians shared this road.
There is also a trail that follows the course of the funicular train from Air Itam. Called The Heritage Trail, it consists predominately of concrete steps.
Also from the Penang Botanical Gardens, there is a walk that leads up to Penang Hill from the Moon Gate. It is a steep but pleasurable trek with ample wildlife to see, Macaques, dusky leaf monkeys, giant black squirrels and a multitude of insects and butterflies. DO NOT FEED the animals – a RM500 fine is applicable.
For those not wanting to walk and willing to spend your money to experience the top of Penang Hill, there is always the funicular train. It leaves from Air Itam.
Cost – For foreign visitors RM30/Adult and RM15/Child (AUD $10.00 or USD $7.20/ Adult) Hours – Open daily from 06.30 to 23:00 (last train from top station). Ticketing counter closes at 22:00 Departure times – departure times vary depending on the time of day (see below).
4. Explore Georgetown
Experience the diversity of Penang’s history as you explore the streets that still clearly illustrate the origins of this culturally diverse place.
Armenian Street is a delight to explore. This street has street art, Chinese lanterns, trishaws, arts, crafts, and souvenir shops and cafes. If you don’t have a long time in Penang this is the place to go to see the art and experience old Georgetown.
A lot of us will agree that this street described as quirky, off-beat, quaint and artsy. It has many good cafes, small restaurants, art shops and antique shops.
Little India is full of ‘Bollywood’ music, colourful saris and the aroma of sandalwood incense and pungent curries. I would recommend you to have your lunch in one of the shop here.
An eclectic array of Colonial, Indian and Chinese style buildings, this street could be considered the main hub for tourist. Chulia Street has lots of accommodation, cheap street food as well as typical western establishments, local boutiques, car and motorcycle /bicycle rental.
5. Penang Botanical Garden
The botanical gardens provides a lovely place for a walk, a picnic or an early morning jog. You can easily spend a couple of hours here wandering through the varieties of flora collections or watching the antics of the cheeky monkeys. TYou can also find the Palm Collection, Pine Collection, Herb Garden, Fern Rockery, Cactus House and the Formal Garden. Furthermore, it is home to long-tailed macaques, the dusky leaf monkeys, and black giant squirrels, as well as many birds, butterflies and insects.
Cost – Admission free Hours – Open daily from 05:00 to 20:00 (including public holidays) Food & Beverage – Available from the Botanical Shop Facilities – Picnic area, access for disabled person, jogging track, gazebo Amenities – Public toilets Address – 673A, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town
6. Clan Jetties
These water villages, are over 100 years old. There are six jetties to explore, each named anddominated by a certain clan. Go for a wander along the wooden boardwalks and explore this living heritage of Penang. Chew Jetty is the most touristy and it is insta worthy place for you to visit.
Cost – free to walk along the Jetties. Location – Weld Quay, Georgetown Please remember – These are peoples homes – be respectful when taking photos.
7. New Gurney Drive Food Court
Finally this is not really free if you buy something to eat, but seriously some of this food is really cheap. It is worth a visit just to experience a typical night market! It is the place for hawker fare with many stalls selling a huge variety of hawker delights at very reasonable prices…
Cost – Free to visit!… and food is cheap but not free :p! Hours – Open daily from 18:00 to 24:00 Location – Persiaran Gurney, George Town (right beside Gurney Plaza Mall)
So if you are planning to visit Penang with a tight budget, trust me you will still able to enjoy it to the most. I will share in the next posting how to move around in Penang for FREE.
Penang is the best place for you to travel around with family, friends or even as a solo travellers. Penang Museum is one of the many attractions that must be in your list. You maybe overwhelmed by the number of museums in Penang. Let me help you in the direction of Georgetown’s finest museums, galleries and what they have to offer.
Let’s check out the best things to do when you visit.
1. Wonderfood Museum, Penang
Wonderfood Museum is a great place to learn about Penang Food. There are penty displays of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines and scenes depicting everyday life of Malaysian related to food. The displays look very realistic. There are also many places for you to take cute and funny photos, and the staffs are willing to help you.
Mondays – Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00am to 6:00pm
2. Ghost Museum, Penang
Ghost Museum displayed variety of ghost from all ethnics. From Malay, Chinese, Egypt, Pirate, Western Vampire and Japan. You will understand the history and lesson of all these ghost after the visit here. In addition to this, you can try on some of the costumes available and take cool pictures with the props as well.
Address: 57, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
3. Upside Down Museum
Upside Down Museum is an interactive museum located at Kimberly Street in Penang. The place is well organised. All visitors gets to experience each room and have their photos taken without hordes of other people in the same room. There are friendly and helpful staff in every room who take the photos for you using your own device. Having the staff to take capture the moment is a plus point as they tell you how to pose with the various furniture/fittings to get the best out of the shots plus it helps keeps everyone moving along from room to room so there are no holdups. A great fun place for all ages.
Adults: RM27 (MyKad holders RM16)
Children (aged 5-12): RM16 (MyKid holders RM8)
Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM11
Non-Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM16
4. 3D Trick Art Museum
They have an array of 3D art, while you take a look at it, it just a normal art paint on the wall, once shoot it with your camera, you’ll find the magic. Not just that, the friendly staff will assist you for taking the picture and guide you to get best pose to make your photo lively.
Adults: RM25 (MyKad holders RM15)
Children: RM15 (MyKid holders RM10)
Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM10
Non-Malaysian Students with Student ID: RM15
Senior Citizens: RM 15 (MyKad holders RM10)
5. Penang Peranakan Museum
The heritage mansion offers a glimpse of the Baba Nyonya opulent lifestyle and their various customs and traditions. The architecture was unparalleled and the antique collection was amazing. Do get a guide as they will explain to you in details the history about the History of The Unique Penang Peranakan.
Children: RM10 (Free for children below 6)
6. Camera Museum
The Camera Museum has a wide assortment of cameras from models of the early cameras to more recent ones that teaches you interesting things. If you’re interested in photography it is sure to be a worthwhile place to visit.
Address: 49, Jalan Muntri, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang
7. Penang War Museum
Penang War Museum was a fort built by British in 1930s. Located in Batu Maung, this Penang museum was opened to public in 2002 and was the largest war museum in South East Asia.
This museum was restored as a memorial back from its dark days. In this museum, there are plenty of war artifacts. Besides weapons like cannons, you can also go to underground military tunnels and ammunition bunkers which are located nine metres underground.
Some of these tunnels lead all the way to the sea as they once served as access routes to submarines. Navigating through these passageways sometimes forces one to walk or even crawl through very narrow, confined spaces. If you are really interest in history, you should visit this place and learn about what happened in the other side of WORLD WAR II.
Adults: RM30 (MyKad holders RM15)
Children 5-12 years old: RM15 (MyKid holders RM7.50)
Penang. The pearl of the orient. Penang is divded in two parts. The Island and the mainland. In this posting, i will share what the island can offer you. From beaches, sparkling waters, and a laid back island feel coupled with a big city experience. Penang is also known for its food and anyone who loves to eat will truly find a culinary paradise here, much of which is down to the mix of influences in the city.
Penang enjoys a large Chinese, Malay & Indian community. So it is not a surprised for you to find a fantastic and diverse food scene that includes fiery curries, toothsome noodles, and a plethora of street food delights. All of this is encircled by gorgeous architecture and the traditional center.
Penang’s capital, Georgetown, has been accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This means that you can explore pretty ancient buildings as well as museums, forts, gardens and temples. Visitors to Penang will certainly not be short of places to visit and sights to check out on a trip here.
Let’s check out the best place to visit in Penang:
1. Fort Cornwallis
If you are in Penang for the first time, this is a must place to visit. Fort Cornwallis is one of the most famous sights in Penang and dates from the 18th century. It was built by the British East India Company under the direction of Sir Francis Light who was the founder of Penang and was designed to defend the city in case of an attack from the water.
The fort is still in good condition and from time to time you can see the maintenance work is progress.
2. Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple is famed for being one of the largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia and as such you should make sure not to miss it if you are travelling to Penang.
Many Buddhist devotees consider this to be an important pilgrimage site and you can spot the beautiful towering Kek Lok Si Pagoda as well as the statue of Guanyin.
The statue is constructed in the shape of the Goddess of Mercy and stands at a height of 36.5 meters and the entire temple complex is built in a range of styles. As such make sure to look out for the Chinese base, Thai style mid-section, and the Burmese inspired top level.
3. Visit to Kapitan Keling Mosque
It is situated on the corner of Buckingham Street (Lebuh Buckingham) and Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling). This is the first mosque in Penang and built in the 19th century by the Indian Muslim traders in Georgetonw. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is also the largest in town. The complex is surrounded by low walls and topped with Moghul-style copper domes.
“Keling” is a Malay term for people of Indian origin, nowadays considered offensive but not so considered at the time when the mosque was built. The “Kapitan ” was a representative of the Indian community, like the “Kapitan Cina” for the Chinese community.
4. Explore Little India
Little India represents a small section of Penang but it is certainly not to be dismissed because of its size.
As you walk around Little India look out for shops selling gorgeous colorful saris as well as perfume emporiums and incense shops. Other venues blast Bollywood music onto the streets and this is also one of the best places in Penang to sample some street food.
These include deep fried pastries such as samosas and this is also a great place to find one of the most famous drinks in Malaysia which is Teh Tarik or a kind of tea made with condensed milk and poured from one cup to another in order to create a thick foam head.
5. Take a Tram Ride to Bukit Bendera
Penang Hill is without a doubt one of the top attractions in Penang and towers to a height of 812 meters above sea level. The hill offers some much needed respite from the fierce heat of the city and getting there is part of the fun.
Penang Hill is serviced by the Penang Hill Railway which is one of the oldest funicular systems in the world and once you get to the top you can take in the amazing views across to Langkawi and Kedah.
There are also a range of nature trails here if you like hiking and you can also trek to the hill from the neighboring Botanical Gardens if you fancy a workout. 🙂
6. Butterfly Farm
Anyone who likes flora and fauna should check out the Butterfly Farm in Batu Ferringhi. Its worth travelling to this Butterfly Farm. Here you will find an amazing 4,000 butterflies and 120 different species, all of which flutter around in a large and colorful garden.
Some of the species here include rare finds such as Yellow Bird Wing butterflies and Indian Leaf butterflies and the farm also works as a conservation center which is focused on breeding and caring for the habitats of these endangered species.
7. Trishaw Ride
One of the best ways to see Penang in an afternoon is to use one of its traditional modes of transport in the form of a colorful trishaw. The trishaws are either operated by a small motor or by pedal power. It is also usually covered in interesting design features such as fairy lights or flowers.
Riding in a trishaw also gives you to opportunity to check out some of the less visited parts of Georgetown and most drivers also act as guides and will fill you in on all the history of the areas you visit. But please be reminded that you are advice to ask for the price before you start your trip to avoid issues or argument on the pricing upon completion your ride.
8. Visit Khoo Kongsi
Khoo Kongsi is another one of Penang’s most iconic attractions and used to be a clan-house in the days of old. Nowadays the home has been turned into a museum and you will find gorgeous architecture here as well as elegant stone carvings that have a heavy Chinese influence.
The home was built in the 19th century and has a number of breathtaking signature features such as a large temple altar that is decorated with gold leaf and inlaid with ancestral tablets.
You can take a tour of the house and if you happen to be in town at the right time you may even be able to watch a Chinese Opera show here as several performances take place throughout the year.
Is that ALL?
Obviously no. There are plenty other interesting place to explore & visit. Ill share with you in the next posting.
We all aware that losing weight is not easy, and whoever tells you differently is lying. It takes commitment, hard work and for most of us, this is a complete lifestyle makeover. Ill share 7 tips that will help to make losing weight much easier base my own experience:
1. Limit Your Calorie Intake
Losing weight boils down to simple math. To lose one pound weekly, burn or cut out 3,500 calories in the course of seven days. That breaks down to 500 calories per day. It’s difficult to cut out that many by dieting alone, especially for someone who loves to eat. The most effective approach is this combo. Cut out 250 calories from your diet and burn 250 through exercise everyday. Choose to either cut out one 250-calorie item such as a serving of ice cream, or omit a few small things that add up to 250 calories a day.
2. Get Up and Out—No Matter What
Even when you’re tired, stay active with a 10-minute break to rev up your body. Taking a walk at lunchtime is a proactive way to promote weight loss. At the end of a long day, it’s easy to find an excuse to skip the gym or your run. To stay committed, tell yourself that an evening workout is a must.
3. Focus on Intense CardioDoing difficult 45-minute cardio sessions a few times a week can boost your metabolism. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise showed that each intense cardio sessions can elevate your metabolism even after you stop sweating, burning additional calories post-workout. Some intense cardio workouts to try: running, indoor cycling, or interval training.
4. Drink Water & Eat Your Veggies
While keeping you hydrated, regular water consumption may aid with weight loss, according to recent studies. Drinking water before a meal ensures you’re hydrated (and being dehydrated can make you think you’re hungry, causing you to eat more). What’s more, eating foods that contain a lot of water (like fruits and veggies) will fill you up faster so you end up eating less. A small study found that drinking cool water might even speed up metabolism and discourage cravings for sugary drinks like soda and juice. Now that’s a reason to stay hydrated!
Eating five to seven servings of fruits and veggies a day is important for everyone, but dieters who go heavy on the produce are more likely to lose and keep the weight off. Fruits and veggies are low-calorie and often loaded with filling fiber.
5. Stop Eating Junk Food
It may seem obvious, but junk food is your weight-loss enemy. Eating foods full of sugar and fat will make you feel irritable and sluggish. To get all the junk out of your system, consider doing a two-week elimination diet by cutting out gluten, refined sugars, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol. From high energy levels to glowing skin, here are five reasons why an elimination diet can work for you.
6. Eat Fiber in the Morning
One key to losing weight is eating foods that keep you full. The strategy can help you ward off hunger pains and temptation. To start your day off right, make sure your breakfast includes at least eight grams of fiber. Try these 10 high-fiber cereals or these breakfast meals that contain at least 10 grams of fiber.
7. Build Muscle
Muscle burns calories at a higher rate than fat. (Depending on which study you read, a pound of muscle burns anywhere from 15 to 50 calories per day, compared to fat, which averages about two calories per day.) Even if you consider yourself active, it’s important to make strength training a part of your fitness routine.
So with some of this tips, it keeps you move & motivated. Remember to keep it simple & start with a small step. No rush.