Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 Fun Things To Do In Penang With Families

Penang, known as the Pearl of the Orient and the famous touristy part of the Malaysia are no wonder rated as one of the top 10 cities to retire in.

There are not only the local cuisine that they are famous for, but they are a perfect destination gateway for families to have a short but well planned holiday.

From the mouth watering local cuisine food to the artistic UNESCO heritage site, here are the top things to do on your first trip to Penang.

1.) Stay At the Iconic Maritime Suite @ The Persiaran Kapal Singh

This strategically located apartment can fit as much a 6 to 7 persons in a 2 bedroom loft space which oversees the whole sea of Penang straits and activities.

We love it so much that my kids keep reminding me to go back to the place after we stayed 3 nights in it.



2.) Stay At the Golden Sands Resort @ Batu Ferringhi

Run by the well known Shangri-La brand, the Golden Sands Resorts offer families a vacation that you will never forget.

The swimming pools, beaches and the playground are a haven by itself for kids to run and roam around.

See our adventure here.



3.) Home of The Butterflies @ Entopia

This was one of our trip highlight in this delightful space of the butterflies.

This was not only good education for the kids, but also provide a fun and enriching environment for interaction with nature. This is a suitable activities for both the young and the old.

See our adventure here.


4.) Cuddle With The Bears @ Teddyville Museum

If you are a fan of bear soft toys, you would love this place to death.

The place appeals not only to kids but also teenagers who likes to read about the history of Penang orchestrated by the thousand of bears in the museum.

Perhaps a cuddle isn't enough, read our adventure here.


5.) Climb Up The Penang Hill @ Batu Bendera

The kids would love the train up, I can guarantee!

The Penang Hill is one of the icons of Penang, with the peak overseeing the entire Penang view at a quick glance.

The weather is almost cooling in an otherwise hot sunny Penang at the time we were there.

Read our adventure here.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang - Our Family Vacation [Hotel Review]

Penang is definitely one of the hotspot for families vacation and staycation and it is easy to see why our families love it so much.

After our 3 nights stay at The Maritime Suite which is incredibly awesome, we moved on to our final 2 nights at the Golden Sands Resort, which by itself is a luxury destination for families.

Run by the famously known brand, Shangri-La, this beach resort is located conveniently at the strategic side of Batu Ferringhi, and is a piece of heaven for families with children.




The best thing about the facilities of the resort which attracts us is its huge acres of swimming pool spaces which involves pools catered for the adults, children and there are also slides for them to go over and play with.


1..2..3.. Here we go

Splash Zone

After our swimming activities, we have time for relaxation by the couch area where we oversee many activities of parasailing right in front of us. It was a nice sight to behold.



And then of course not forgetting the beautiful beach.....

We didn't do any beach activities for this round because our both our kids are too young so we just walked around the beach in the evening enjoying the breeze air.





The Sigi's Bar and Grill next to the pool is also convenient for people who wants a sip of coconut or beer or some bites while they are having their activities in the pool.



We managed to try their signature BBQ buffet on one of the days. They have different themes for different days of the week but I was told their Seafood spread on Saturday was one of the best in town.



The other thing I love about the place is its close proximity to a nearby Long Beach hawker center which you can reach by foot in 5 minutes.

At one of our dinner days, we went there by foot and ordered a massive tons of delicious local cuisine such as the prawn noodles, fish seafood, and bah kut teh to our delight which was very reasonably cheap.

It's a very popular area within the tourists especially on weekends so you may want to get in early.




So that is that with this episode of our hotel review, we enjoyed it as much and will be back again sometime in the future.




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Entopia - Home of Butterflies & Nature Park

Entopia was one of our many highlight in our Penang Trip.

There are incredibly so many rave reviews on it that we can't wait to here on our final day in Penang.

They are located at the Batu Ferigghini area where we stayed in our final 2 days, so it makes it easier for us where we took grab car for only Rm10.

They have a huge premise, and when I mean huge I meant really super huge. We just drifted past with our kids and we easily spent about 3 hours inside. If you want to go at slower pace and more in-depth, I think it can easily go above 5 hours.


When we entered, we knew exactly this is the right place we wanted to go.

You think about how we used to learn about all the insects and butterflies and how they evolve and nest inside the textbook. This was exactly where all the butterflies and insects came out in nature and interact with us. If you are bringing children, just imagine bringing first hand education learning for them. Not on the book, it's right live learning for them.


For the first few section, we saw many of the reptiles such as snakes, frogs and insects such as centipede, scorpion and the Tarantula spider. Some were in enclosed area while others are in an open space. Of course, you are advised not to get too near or touch them. If you are like my wife who found these stuff a bit eery and disgusting then you can skip this part.





Along the way, we went past a lot of the waterfall and beautiful flowers, similar to what we experience back in the Dome in Singapore. The place was an open enclosed area so we get to shade around when it's raining and then resurface back again to the open area. Weather was cooling and is a great art piece of nature at its very best.



Along the main centerpiece, we suddenly see a lot of people stopping by.

It gets a bit crowded because suddenly you see everyone raising their hand gingerly to catch the butterfly attention, who will stop by anywhere at your hand, clothes, phones. There were soooo many of them that you won't worry not getting enough of their attention. There's some skills needed though, I personally struggled with it at the start but you get the gist of it once you know the trick. I'm not going to spoil this one and will let you guys to try it on your own :)

The butterflies are flying freely in an open space and they are such beautiful delicate, with many different kind of species which they will introduce at a later stage, well if you are interested to learn more in depth that is.

Both my boys were super excited at this point, and I bet the same goes for others too.





We continued to explore the butterflies as we walked on.... They are literally everywhere!!!





Oops, too many butterflies pictures perhaps at this point.

Of course we will not forget to capture a moment of our family photos as well :D




"What is that Daddy?"......asked Oscar.

"Hmm,  I think it's a giant lizard!"


At this point, I think we were all quite sweaty by now so we went in to the more cooling air-con area, everyone's favorite spot haha...

We didn't actually know what to expect in this one but the moment we were in, we were greeted by some mysterious illuminate walkway of the Pandora Forest.






To our amaze, they actually detailed through all the information on all the insects they have. So if you are interested to learn on how butterflies evolve, how long they live, what's their nest and eggs looks like, it's all there. They also have many programme interaction with the visitors so do look out for the timesheet.

This is why learning never ends.






We wanted to have a little rest so we stepped into one of the cinema which detailed through about how insects, mainly centipede lives and fights in the open nature.





Just before we finished the last section, there's a huge showroom of the different items that you can make from the material of nature. One of the more stands out was the wedding gown which caught the attention of many visitors.




So there you go, a happy session for all and most importantly a first hand learning where Oscar now know how butterflies evolve from a moth. Pupae -> Caterpillar -> Butterflies.