Further to my last post I continued cycling around Penang and pretty much cycled up the North East side of the island. It was surprisingly flat so pretty easy going. I went up as far as Tanjung Bungah. As I went along I cut into little roads to the sea and found some great little spots. It was mostly either just me or a few locals. As it was cloudy it was pretty cool so perfect for cycling. Also cycled through a storm which was quite refreshing, although I did get drenched which just made me laugh!
Having left the arts centre I went north and cycled through some areas that looked very affluent. Peel Avenue was lovely and probably an area where quite wealthy Malays live. My bike did look a little out of place:
Also passed a very yellow looking temple:
Here are a few further snaps of the places I found on my little adventure.
My first and probably prettiest find, was what I will call sleepy dog beach. If you look around on the sand there were about half a dozen dogs having a siesta:
To the right of sleepy dog beach were loads of small moored fishing boats and some locals collecting pretty small shells:
From here I could see a little island off the island:
As you can see from the clouds on the pictures above there was a storm brewing but I continued on northbound as the rains came down. Literally the clouds opened and gave me all the water they had to offer. But it was warm so it was fine. I shot off down a side street and took these in the storm:
I think I was the only one crazy enough to be on the beach in the storm!!
Given I was now drenched I decided to take cover in a massive Tesco supermarket I came across. Now this isn’t just any Tesco supermarket. The bottom floor had a massive food hall:
Inevitably with all that cycling I’d built up an appetite. One thing that I have also learnt over the last few days is that Malaysian food halls are pretty good.
Spoilt for choice I went for some Nyonya food. The lady behind the counter spoke great English. I asked her for whatever she would have and include some fish. She asked, as most places do, “is spice ok?”, which the answer from me is always a resounding “YES”.
So she gave me this little lot:
It consisted of some type of fish stuffed with a chilli based sambal (I think!), a rendang chicken thigh, some sort of veg and tasty tofu, all on a bed of cocunutty rice. She also threw in a free clear stock like soup. It was all really tasty.
What did make me chuckle while in the foodhall was that this place seemed to only have locals in. People were staring at me and clearly wondering how on earth I’d rocked up in here. It happens alot to me, I suspect being blonde and freckly in these places I stand out like a sore thumb, but I just smile and say hello and I usually get a big grin back. These guys were a prime example:
With a full belly, I grabbed a delicious iced latte from another stall and continued on my merry way. The rain had also stopped. Found another beach with more shell collectors and a few people taking a dip and climbing on fishing boats:
Slightly soggy I cycled up Gurney Drive back towards my guesthouse:
Yet another fabulous day. I think.ive probably cycled around 15-20 miles so will probably be feeling it tomorrow. Good job I’m heading to Langkawi to bum around on the beach for a few days.