from the Peninsula: 8. The Drive around Penang
We arrived in Penang in Sunday afternoon in Butterworth bus terminal in the mainland. We were picked up by Sam and Joe in their car. Sam is Dewi's pen friend and Joe is his friend.
They drove us across to Penang Island, through the Penang bridge. Reputedly the longest bridge in the world. Sam told us this and then complained about how the Malaysian government cared only about making the highest building and the longest bridge in the world instead of feeding the people. It is an impressively long bridge though, so we stopped in the middle, got out of the car and took photos.
Then they drove us around the island, including to the north, which is the main resort area. They drove us to the industrial complexes where hi-tech computer companies have their factories. Malaysia has done quite well. How about us? Embarrassing.
We then stopped to eat at an open area with lots and lots of food vendor. It was like heaven. And itís quite cheap as well so I ate a lot. Recharging my battery. God itís so nice to be able to eat well again. The food was Chinese style and it was great.
After that Sam and Joe took us to the Continental Hotel, a hotel rather above our budget (US $ 20). But because it was already late and they had taken us to lots of places in the island, we took the room. The room came with breakfast for two so we decided that in the morning Nana and Julinda should have it while the tough girls, Dewi and me, we would find something on the street.
Penang, Sunday 20 June 1999
Posted at 10:21 pm by koeniel