The State of Fun

Sentosa Island is the most southerly point in mainland Asia.  When I saw this sign on my first visit many years ago, I was confused.  How could an island be the most southerly point of the mainland?  Then it was explained to me that because Sentosa is attached to the rest of Singapore by a bridge, and Singapore is attached to Malaysia by the causeway (now there are two) it is possible to start walking from Tanjong Beach and walk all the way to Mongolia.

There are so many things to do and see on Sentosa that just one day is a bit of a teaser.  There are several hotels on Sentosa if you can afford 5* luxury, Costa Sands Sentosa Kampung Hut is the exception being a bit more like camping.  There are plenty of budget hotels near Sentosa but remember to factor in that there is an admission charge to get onto Sentosa each time.

There really is something for everyone, from active, outdoor activities like the Wave House, and bungee jump at AJ Hackett, to indoor pursuits like Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and the Resorts World Sentosa casino.

Many people go to Sentosa for the Universal Studios theme park, but many others just go for the beaches.

Penang Part 5 (B)

Loads of visitors to Penang go for the beach so I decided, considering that my boss was paying for the airfare, to check out Batu Ferringhi for the weekend.  Even though this was my fifth trip to Penang, I had never explored this part of the island; and believe me when I tell you there is a lot to explore.  I am not really a ‘beach’ person so I chose to visit the Butterfly Farm and the Spice Garden.

 

I had hoped to walk the distance between these two sites but it turned out that it isn’t possible. There are no sidewalks along the road and the beach is not consistent  The good news is that the bus is very cheap. The bad news is that Agoda has still not reimbursed me for the money that they stole from me.  If you can advise how to deal with internet theft, I would appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

Penang – Part 5 (A)

My fifth trip to Penang was a couple of months ago but it didn’t start off very well.  In fact, it could have been a disaster.  I had been asked to conduct two days of training literally across the street from the Krystal Suites, the hotel where I stayed in 2011. I booked with Agoda and was issued a confirmation for two nights.  When I arrived I noticed that the unmanned reception desk had dust on it.  Not a good sign.  There were two security guards at a desk in the lobby who informed me that the hotel had been closed for two years!  Agoda is still taking bookings for this hotel.

Krystal Suites

Luckily for me, I had stayed here before and knew there was a good hotel not too far away.  The security guards called a taxi for me which took me to the Eastin Hotel   If I had been a tourist from Europe who had never been to Penang and didn’t speak English very well, I would have been in dire straits.  Agoda charged me for one night as a cancellation fee for a hotel that was not open.  It reminds me of the scam that the Wine Guys  were pulling in Australia but Agoda is a global company.  How are they getting away with this!?!

Anyway, my fifth trip to Penang has a happy ending (my favourite kind) but you will have to wait until next week for Penang – Part 5 (B) 🙂

 

Penang – Part Four

My fourth visit to Penang was part of a Holland America Cruise that I took over Christmas and the New Year with my sister Brenda just a few years ago.  As I mentioned in Penang – Part One, this is one of my favourite places and so I was really excited to share it with my sister.  The walk from the cruise ship port to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, where we had a lunch of local food, is approximately a kilometer and a half and passes by some historical sights.  I had a martini to raise a toast to Farquart’s Bar and to Billy Duncan.

Penang- Part Three

My third visit to Penang included a trip across the bridge to Butterworth, the mainland part of Penang state.  I had been invited to attend a wedding in George Town that weekend but the festivities began on Friday night at a nightclub in Butterworth.  Clearly, this was going to be a rocking weekend!

Nightclub in Butterworth

The next day my friend Jen took me to some of her favourite places in George Town.  Penang is considered by some to be the “Food Capital” of Malaysia.

I was able to visit the apartment of the groom’s parents in the residential area of Air Hitam, a part of Penang with a fascinating history.  Please follow this link if you would like to learn more. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Itam