Penang Hill Once My Backyard | Nature Tales and Trails

Rewinding moments in time several years back, Penang Hill was like my backyard. Some claim it was haunted but I stayed overnight, camping under moon light, quenching thirst from tiny stream, rising to sniff nature, wandering in the vegetable/flower farms, leaving behind my foot steps on the terrain and trekking up to the summit from all directions on weekends. Until we moved out of Penang temporarily, then a little one came along making 3 in our family, life is slightly different but my love towards this hill remains the same.

Penang Hill Railway Station at Jalan Bukit Bendera
Penang Hill Railway Station
Bukit Bendera or Flagstaff Hill
Bukit Bendera or Flagstaff Hill

From the patio of Bellevue Hotel Penang Hill
Penang skyline from Bellevue Penang Hill Hotel

Masjid Bukit Bendera
Mosque on Gun Hill on the summit

Hindu Temple on Gun Hill on Penang Hill
Hindu Temple on Gun Hill

Intricate and stunning
Intricate and stunning

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David Brown Penang Hill Restaurant

A Hill on A Hill at David Brown’s

Whether you’re celebrating your anniversary or taking your honey for a romantic meal, David Brown Penang Hill Restaurant can be considered the most perfect place for you! Located at the summit of Bukit Bendera over 700 m from sea level, Penang Hill David Brown’s Restaurant offers a spectacular view of George Town’s skyline, Penang Bridge, the sea and all the way to the land on peninsular in a quiet atmosphere on a lawn for outdoor dining. Or opt for a table for two in a retro ambiance, set up inside a rustic European bungalow!

David Brown Penang Hill - overlooking Sky Terrace and George Town
Overlooking Sky Terrace of David Brown’s and skyline of Penang

A touch of nature at David Brown's
A touch of nature

Located on Strawberry Hill (named after strawberry that was once planted at this peak) next to the Penang Hill Railway Station at the summit, the wooden gate and a tiny booth by the paved summit road is hardly missed. If you pass by these days, sometimes you can hear the slow rock music blasted from Sky Terrace, another great spot to steal a panoramic view of Penang and its surroundings. Also belongs to David Brown’s, Sky Terrace offers a more casual setting perhaps for drinks and light snacks or desserts.
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Penang Food Guide | Top 10 Must-Try Foods

Penang Food Guide

If you are looking for a foodie holidays, Penang is an ideal destination for you and this post offers the best keep secrets of Penang food guide. Penang or nicknamed as the food haven is a small isle floating on Straits of Malacca north of Peninsular Malaysia. Steep in history, rich of multicultural heritage, and similarly goes to the delicacy! Full of good food, Penang has them all. From appetizers, mains, desserts to fruits, Penang has all sorts of delectable food that you wouldn’t want to miss out!

From the palette of locals, the list below are the top 10 food that you must try before leaving Penang! This post also reveals some of the hidden gems to spot the best flavor of its kind.

1. Assam Laksa
Made it to no. 7 in the list of world’s 50 most delicious food in CNNGo.com, Assam Laksa is one of most remarkable delicacy of Penang. Beyond food, Assam Laksa represents a blend of Penang’s geography, history, chemistry and botany. The soup is cooked from tamarind, chili, lemongrass, onion, galangal, polygonum leaf (daun kesom) and ginger flower (bunga kantan) – these are tropical ingredients, abundance in Malaysia. Fresh mackerels and sardines are served in the soup, as Penang is surrounded by sea. Tangy-spicy soup, a twist of Peranakan, Malays and Thai palette certainly explains the eating culture in the past.

Penang Assam Laksa
Penang Assam Laksa

Insider’s tips: Assam Laksa and Siamese Laksa at Nam Guang Coffee Shop, Balik Pulau Town. Offered in most Penang food court.

2. Popiah – Fresh Spring Roll
Never under estimate this simple dish made out from bean sprouts, shredded jicama, shredded carrot and french beans and strips of omelet, wrapped within lettuce, rolled in paper thin crepe. Some vendors do offer extra stuff such as shrimps or crab meat. Savory, can be taken as appetizer and always opt for soup to be served separately unless you’re ready for steep spring rolls!

Insider’s tips: Padang Brown MPPP Food Center. Exclusive, only offered in some Penang food market.

3. Oyster Omelet

Penang folks are blessed with fresh catch from the sea everyday and this includes oyster! With egg, tapioca flour and chopped spring onion, the batter is pan fried to golden color. This chewy and sticky oyster omelet is always good to be served with sweet-savory chilli. Quite a close brother to the famous Korean seafood pancake, except this oyster omelet may not turn out in a circle. Instead of the ‘charred’ Char Kuey Teow, try this for appetizer and you could be longing for more!

Insider’s tips: If the queue is long and the omelet smells good, highly likely you’re going to like it.
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One Stop Stunning and Unique Flower Arrangement Ideas

Flower Arrangement Ideas

Hobbyists or beginners often ask where are the best places to ‘copy’ fabulous flower arrangement ideas, and a quick answer for you is ‘here and everywhere’! In a nutshell, this is the most accurate answer but perhaps not what you’re looking for, so read on to find out more.
Pink daisy or pink gerbera in flower arrangement ideas
Florists are undoubtedly the ideal place to ‘steal’ fresh flower arrangement ideas but I would not advice you to do so. You can walk into the florists once or twice but not whenever you’re looking for flower arrangement ideas. This is not only inconvenience to you but also to the florists and to the earth especially if you burn extra gas to reach the florists. However, there is no rule saying that you can’t visit the online florists even if you’re not serious to buy a bouquet. Just type ‘online florist + flower arrangement style/theme (e.g. hand bouquet/wedding)‘ and you’ll be surprised with dozens result on your screen the moment you hit ‘Enter’. Surf as often as you like, stay as long as you wish, you certainly are not making anyone unhappy.

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