Today I went on a daytrip with my roommate, Rikka from Finland. I woke up at 12 noon so I figured we won't push through, but we did! Our target place: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si temple (I still forget the name!)
First we went to Komtar, where the highest building in Penang is and ate at the food court. What's great about Rikka is that she's really more willing to try local food instead of expensive food. Great for those on a budget like me. My food is a spicy squid concoction. It looks really yummy! But my tolerance for spiciness was challenged. I thought I like spicy food, until the "hot sauce" we have locally pales in comparison to their everyday food. I wasn't able to finish this:
Then we took another bus to the temple. It's weird that I'm the Asian one and yet Rikka was the one touring me around. Conversation was about comparing Malaysia, Philippines, and Finland, what we usually do (she's into indoor hockey, I say Ultimate Frisbee, hihi), the temperature, food, and what's nice was that we are both social science majors.
What welcomed us on the way to the temple were swimming turtles. Piles upon piles of them poking their little heads up the water.
We went around souvenir shops and Chinese charm shops on the way up.
There were plenty of Hindu and Buddhist figures, carvings, and statues. It made me really interested in what they meant! Wish I understood them. Easter Sunday is not much of a fuss here. Penang really has a lot of churches, temples, and mosques. The people are also a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Indians thus the tagline "Truly Asia".
What I liked are the inclined trains! The one in Penang Hill is even more amazing. It's really steep and long (712m above sea level) so it looks like it's straight out of a Final Destination movie.
Last stop at the temple before Penang Hill: my Chinese zodiac
Penang Hill. Overlooking the whole island of Penang. I wish my cam could capture how amazing it is, but here you go! :)
Dessert on a cold day at Cliff Cafe in Penang Hill: Kiwi ice cream and orange juice. Rika is particularly into fruits because they don't really have tasty fruits in Finland. Made me appreciate our country/food more. Haha. And also, she actually likes my skin color. I can't believe it haha. But well, proudly Filipina. :)
The trip didn't cost me as much as I expected, but now I flop down back to my bed and thank God for an awesome Easter Sunday. On our bus home, I just realized that I haven't even known my travel buddy for more than 24 hours! Amazing. Haha. I wish I could travel also with the people I know aka family and friends.