I had a chance to take some photos at the Penang Youth Park the last time I went back to the island to attend an old friend’s wedding dinner. The once pretty run down but never neglected park is now a truely world class natural park that spots excellent landscaping as well as facilities for the active people.
There is a large field for soccer, and open air stage where we used to practice plays, a skating rink, half a dozen swimming pools with natural flowing water, shooting range for archery, a hiking trail to Penang Hill, x-game style site for BMX riders, various exercise equipments, obstacle courses, and even a giant chess set. All these free for the public, and you don’t even need to pay for parking.
These are some of the pictures I took with my slightly aged but still very reliable Canon Powershot G3 camera. Shots taken around 11am, which explains the relative quietness. The place is usually bustling with hyper active kids and wannabe active adults by the evening.
the fern leaf
er.. some flowers
children’s playground and some exercise equipments
two of the swimming pools with natural spring water
Usually we do not take particular notice on where we park our cars, so long as it is a valid spot and we are reasonably sure we won’t get tickets for it. However, there are times where we should be more careful on choosing a parking spot, and here are two instances that illustrate the point very well.
Perodua Kancil reduced to metal sheet
The first collage of pictures shows a Perodua Kancil being reduced to a sheet of metal not higher than 2 feet. Apperantly this happened outside a factory in Penang. A semi-trailer fell over the unsuspecting Kancil that was parked next to it. Luckily no one was hurt, it is not clear if insurance covers such incidents.
Proton Satria hit by fallen tree
Parking under a tree gives you shade, if you can put up with the occasional bird droppings. However, during a thunderstorm, this tree snapped under the strong wind and came down upon the Proton Satria that was parked directly underneath it. Luckily the car only sustained minor damages on the hood and side fender.
There is authentic hawker style chicken rice near KLCC that goes for RM 3.50 per plate, and no, it’s not from one of the 3 food courts (level 4, level 2, avenue K). If you work at or near the vicinity of KLCC, you will undoubtedly know about Wisma Sentral, the place where everyone from KLCC goes for lunch.
old school simple set up
Han Leong’s Chicken Rice at Wisma Sentral provides very good value and plenty of variety. There are roasted chicken (烧鸡), steamed chicken (百鸡), BBQ chicken (鸡叉烧), and bean spourts. An order of chicken rice is served with a small bowl of soup, chili and mashed ginger, as well as dark soya sauce are available as seasonings too. Not that many places still provide mashed ginger anymore.
I usually order roasted chicken drumstick (RM 4.00) or chicken thigh (鸡二肚, RM 3.50) for lunch. The place gets very busy from around 12:15 to 2pm, however, food is usually served rather quickly as the chicken are usually prepared in small plates in anticipation of the lunch crowd.
the complete meal – rice, chicken, chilli sauce, ginger, soup
Firstly, I gotta give a million thanks to Pinkpau for having her friend brought a pack of heaven from the States for me. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you have never tasted this before, don’t. Once you go Reese’s, you’ll get hooked and live an agonizing rest-of-life here since they are not available locally.
this stuff is godsend
The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is actually made of only two simple ingredients, milk chocolates wrapping soft peanut butter in a “cup” shape. No tricks to it really. Somehow the combination tasted absolutely awesome, and at 110 calories a piece, a dieter’s nightmare (since you can easily have half a dozen in 10 mins.)
According to this wikipedia article, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were created by H. B. Reese in 1928 and own by the Hershey Company.
milk chocolate + peanut butter = tastebud pwnage!
Though these peanut butter cups were abit melted and slightly out of shape due to the Malaysian weather, they still tasted just as great as I remembered them. It was awesome. Thanks again Pinkpau!
Btw, anyone coming back to Malaysia from anywhere that sells this stuff, buy me a huge pack or three please!
It’s no secret that I am a fan of Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶), in fact, I have devoted a whole subcategory for this uniquely Malaysian dish. In recent years, some of the more imaginative bak kut teh restaurant owners have come up with the concept of dry bak kut teh, in addition to the traditional soup type. So far though, I have only tried one at Lai Choon, Klang. Until last weekend, when we spotted the Restaurant Bak Kut Teh Shun Heng 吧生顺兴（干）肉骨茶 at Aman Suria.
nice and clean environment
For two person, we ordered one portion of dry bak kut teh, and another clay pot the normal variety. It was late afternoon and we didn’t have to wait very long for the food to be served.
The two clay pots came steaming with irressistable aroma, with a couple plates of oil rice and some yau char kuai (Chinese Crullers – 油炸鬼). While the normal version of Bak Kut Teh served were pretty good but not overly impressive with its soup (slightly lacking compared to some of the Klang stalls), the dry version was absolutely superb.
Other than dried red chilli and the thick sauce, there were also chunks of okra and some dried cuttle fish in the mix, with different cuts of meat and pork intestine as the main ingredients. The combination may sound odd to you, but you simply have to give this a try. It was great.
absolutely delicious bak kut teh… *slurps*
There are quite a number of Bak Kut Teh restaurants in this area, including Wong Siong Wong. However, to my knowledge, only Shun Heng serves the dry Bak Kut Teh. The restaurant is one that is nearest to the big aquarium shop.
Located nearby Aman Suria, at the Sunway Mas Commercial Center