Tuesday 28 May 2013

A Road Trip to Pulau Pinang

On the road to the North (CNB 2013)

Over the weekend, with B at the wheel, we drove up to our kampung in Pulau Pinang. We had a family meeting to attend and as my brother AW put it, 'wajib hadir, urgent kena balik!' ('compulsory attendance, urgent to come back'). It was a beautiful day when we started out at 10.00 in the morning, and remained so for the rest of the day. We had one bio-break at Tapah, then by 3.00 pm we were crossing the Penang Bridge.

Crossing the bridge into the island (CNB 2013)

After eating a most delicious lunch at the Rumah Puteh (our family home), we got down to business. The family meeting had all siblings and families from Johor, Kelantan, Selangor, KL, Kedah and PP attend, and everything went well with much congeniality. After the meeting we lounged around just catching up. I also checked out the garden and noted that the trees around the house were fruiting - there were rambutans, jambu air, cempedak, durians, and bananas.We ate dinner before leaving to check in at the Eastin Hotel next to Queensbay Mall. The family house was 'full', hence the hotel stay.

Jambu air (guava) at the house (CNB 2013)

The next day was spent on a gastronomic journey around the island, revisiting old food haunts in Gelugor and Gurney Drive. On Monday I drove on our journey back, leaving the island in the afternoon and reaching home in Shah Alam before dusk.

25th May 2013

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