I woke up early to watch the sunrise from the sea. The view from all corners of the cruise is spectacular. I relaxed on the lounge chair and enjoyed the refreshing sea breeze. I felt so calm and peaceful.
Little Edison woke up at 8:30am. We cleaned up, get dressed and went out for our breakfast. I realized that my son is a big fan of American breakfast (just like me!). Ham, cheesy sausages, hash brown, baked tomato, scrambled egg, omelette and a fruity yogurt bowl fill us up. We were completely energized after a hearty breakfast.
After breakfast, we attended a half-an-hour talk on the free-and-easy guide to Penang and Phuket. The activity manager introduced to us the famous tourist spots, local foods, shopping centers and how to get-around in these islands. They have pre-arranged land tours at very reasonable charges, but we decided to go free-and-easy.
We reached Penang at 12noon. We had our free lunch onboard before we disembark at Penang. My brother arranged a city tour for us. We visited the Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the largest and best-known temples in Penang. The two star attractions here are the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and the giant bronze statue of Kuan Yin.
We made a pit stop at the local stores in Penang to buy some of their local delicacies – tau sar peah, dried satay fishes, nutmeg products, just to name a few, but we missed the lip smacking laksa at Gurney Drive. Too bad!
By 3pm, we were shopping at Gurney Plaza, the second largest shopping mall in Penang. My sister and brother-in-law drove from Ipoh to Penang (together with my mom and nephew) to meet up with us. We had a wonderful mini family-gathering at Penang! Little Edison was delighted to meet cousin Jaerone again.
Time flies when we were in Penang. We had to board our cruise by 7pm and depart to Phuket Island at 8pm.
We had our dinner at Mediterranean, a restaurant that serves international buffet. Much to our surprise, the food is way below average. I felt like I was eating at Banquet (Malay Kopitiam)! Don’t laugh, but it’s true.
We end our night after watching the musical show at Lido Theatre. All wiped out and slept soundly.