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The flights are booked and so is the hotel.  Penang, here we come!! I’m so excited to go to Penang for a quick weekend getaway with my Singapore family.  We actually managed to get our acts together and book – that was the biggest hurdle, it was like trying to herd cats! We were supposed to go to Phuket for Ana’s birthday weekend in June but it failed in epic proportions. So Penang is happening for my birthday weekend! Yay!!

We are heading up after work on a Friday and come back that Sunday night, it’ll be short and sweet but I desperately need to get off this island, having massive island fever here.  I love you Sing, but I need a break. I feel like Penang is one of those destinations that get overlooked in favor of other destinations in Thailand or Indonesia, but hey! Their loss, my gain.

Let’s be honest here, you’re probably wondering where the F is Penang?  Penang is in Malaysia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a lot of rich history there spanning over 500 years that emerged as the result of trading in this region.  Penang sits on the large trading route between the East and West known as the Straits of Malacca.   The Straits of Malacca is the main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most important shipping lanes in the world today.  B even told me of his time driving the ship here and how nerve wracking it was, especially at nighttime.  Can you imagine? I mean, I look out my office window and I’m mesmerized by the number of ships out there.

Anyway, being so close to Singapore, I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t been there and as much as the beaches of Phuket or Bali call out to me, I wanted check out a place I haven’t been to yet.  And everyone here raves about Penang, so it was a no brainer! My main priorities there is to walk around George Town and check out the street art and eat.  The food is meant to be amazing – and cheap! And the street art from Ernest Zacharevic, a George Town based artist from Lithuania,  really fun and also interactive.  One example is the picture below, where you can sit on one of the swings.  Can’t wait,  we will definitely have a lot of fun pictures after this trip!

copyright Ernest

And lastly, have you guys heard of the travel app called Stay?  Or you can find them here.  The reason I mention is because they asked me to compile a little list of places in Singapore for expats. Go check out what my picks were!

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  • This sounds so fun!! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

  • Jae

    And I’ll make sure to cross Malaysia when I visit Singapore again! I mean, I can make it happen in a day tour, right??

    • For sure!! You can get to Johor Bahru in like 30 minutes haha!

      • Jae

        Yes! I remember my friends cross-visiting Singapore and Malaysia while they worked there. I’ll be sure to ask you for recommendations when we go!

  • You’re right, I WAS wondering where the F is Penang! Hahaha. It looks awesome though and I love the fact that they have interactive street art! Such a cool idea!

  • Jen

    This sounds awesome!!

  • This sounds like so much fun – it looks like you will have a lot of fun! The city I’m living in is a UNESCO World Heritage sight as well – I had never heard of it until we moved here and now I want to check out all of them!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • I love places like that… Such history and character wrapped up all in one! Go explore!! 😉

  • Nice! Have a fantastic time.

  • Wow, how fun you get to travel there! You are living the life girl..Im envious, in a good way ;). I hope to make it to that side of the world in the near future! Happy Bday and enjoy your weekend!

    • Thanks 🙂 It’ll definitely be a fun birthday weekend!! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  • YAY! Have so much fun!

  • clara mcmillan

    What a fun getaway! Can’t wait to hear about it!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

  • How exciting! Can’t wait to read about it! I’d love for us to get stationed in Europe or Asia, to be able to travel so much of the world!

    • Fingers crossed that you do! It’s such a different lifestyle from the States but so worth the experience!