It's been two months since you heard from me. That has to do with my bicycle trip to Indonesia and the west coast of Malaysia. And while I am home, I am already preparing another bicycle journey, from Hong Kong to Bangkok starting next month.
There was not a whole lot to tell you over the last weeks until now! So, what do we got this time?
We have some exciting info about cruises around Penang
- Special Penang Cruise, June 13
- Buses to and from Kuala Lumpur
- Real Estate: Seri Tanjung Penang
- Cooking Class Penang with the BBC, Malaysia Airlines and more
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- More Hotels in our Pangkor Hotel pages
- Cycling Bali and Java
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Special Penang Cruise, June 13
Mrs. Eileen Burton send us information about a special cruise she is going to organize on Sunday June 13. Here's what she wrote me:
The tour departs from Tanjung City Marina (next to the jetty in Penang) at 16.00 and returns at 20.00.
We will go towards the South side of the Island which will bring us under Asia’s longest Bridge, taking in the sights of the fish farms nestled along the way, Jerejak Island, Queensbay Mall, under Penang bridge in the twilight and a glimpse of Penang’s busy port before returning to the Marina.
The price for this trip is RM 150 each to a maximum of 16 people. Included in this trip, free flow of soft drinks eg. Water, Sprite,100+, Coke and Orange.
Buses to and from Kuala Lumpur
Due to renovations the Puduraya bus station in Kuala Lumpur is temporarily closed. Buses leave/arrive now from from Bukit Jalil bus station, south of the city center. This means if you travel to/from KL, you have to add a little bit of extra time to your schedule. The RapidKL Buses transport you from Bukit Jalil to Puduraya for RM 2.
Should you arrive at KLIA international airport, and want to come to Pangkor, you can take the direct bus to Sitiawan (and from there a RM 12 taxi to Lumut, a much faster way to come to Pangkor)
Real Estate: Seri Tanjung Penang
Two weeks back our real estate agent in Penang, Mr. Yeoh pointed us to a new project in Penang. Contrary to previous visits, this time I got really excited. Why? This project, Seri Tanjung Pinang, by the E&O development group is really cool. The apartments, bungalows and Semi-D's are build with a clear plan on a reclaimed piece of land. And, we visited one of our customers in his new bought Semi-D.
Mr. Scott Loar Satterfield was kind enough to give us a view of his new home in Penang. I admit fully, Penang is not my kind of city. Too busy, too crowded, too many cars. There are two exceptions in Penang I would consider to live though. Balik Pulau is one, the other is where Mr. Scott Loar Satterfield lives. It's quiet and beautiful. This is the future of Penang. Trust me.
We also thought it was important, if not essential to give you an idea who our real estate and property agent is. But who am I to say he's good? Best is to let one of our customers explain why he loved working with Mr. Yeoh. Mr. Scott Loar Satterfield has lived in Taiwan and Shanghai so he could make the comparison between a good and a so-so agent. And he does.
Cooking Class Penang ==>> a real success story
Arguably the most exciting event in Penang is Nazlina's Cooking Class. What started as a small class more then a year ago is growing fast. Much has to do with the great location: E&O Hotle and her own Nazlina Spice Station in the heart of George Town. That said, it's the cooking class that had to proof itself. And it did proof itself.
Nazlina informed me she has her own shed now with her own herbs intended for the class growing here too. Every week it seems the class gets more and more popular. And it is not unnoticed by others.
This week (on the 8th), the BBC comes filming Nazlina. And if that is not enough, the monthly magazine of Malaysia Airlines will publish an article with photos of Nazlina in August. (should you fly in August with MA, you know you will see a familiar face in the magazine).
Although Nazlina told me her program is getting soon full, she still has space for June, and if you really want to know what Malay cooking means... Nazlina is the person you want to learn from...
- Cooking Traditional Food Class in Penang
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More Hotels in our Pangkor Hotel pages
On request we have added several new hotels at Pangkor on the website. New hotels are:
- Havana Beach Resort: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/havana
- Seaview Hotel: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/seaview
- Anjungan Beach Resort: http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/anjungan-beach-resort.html
Cycling in Bali and Java
In April I was on my bicycle in Indonesia. It had been 18 years since I was the last time in Java and I expected many changes. To my surprise it was still mellow and easy. For my bicycle-adventures.com I wrote a series of pages about Java including many photos I made on the way.
Contrary to what many people had told me, the roads in Java (except around some big cities) were quiet and easy cycling. Here's the whole story about my bicycle journey in April