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A posh lunch in Penang

A posh lunch in Penang

Jul 17, 2018

It is our last week in Penang and we still have a few boxes to tick. One box I am trying to organise is a fab dinner in Georgetown for our last night. I was diligently ploughing through TripAdvisor’s best thoughts on the matter without success . My first choice was booked for a wedding

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Recommendations – we love them!

Recommendations – we love them!

Jul 7, 2018

7th July 2018 Recommendations are always such fun. Sometimes you agree with them, sometimes you beg to differ but they always take you in a new direction. Today we started on the planning phase of our Croatia trip in September. Our starting point was the itinerary that some friends had used last year. It really

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Going Western in Penang

Going Western in Penang

Jul 6, 2018

6th July 2018 Every so often I get a craving for western food. And every time we have driven past the Hard Rock Cafe in Batu Ferringhi, I have said to James I want to go there. And James, being a clever chap, knows that when I mention something more than three times I am

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Seven reasons we love housesitting

Seven reasons we love housesitting

Jul 5, 2018

1.We love animals Ever since I was a little girl I have had a dog, or a cat or often both. And this for me is the hardest part of travelling, not having a pet. So discovering housesitting was like manna from heaven for me. This way I get to love and look after all

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The quiet side of Penang Island

The quiet side of Penang Island

Jul 4, 2018

It was time for an explore. We had been loving our little bit of settling-in time during the first week of our housesit but now it was time to explore the quiet side of Penang Island further. Penang is an island of two parts. There is the built up side that is centred on Georgetown

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A little taste of home!

A little taste of home!

Jul 2, 2018

2nd July 2018 There is much about Penang that reminds us of home. English is widely spoken, they drive on the left and English Tesco is the supermarket of choice on the island! There is also a small Marks and Spencer and a Harvey Norman! And yes, just to show how sad we are, we

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Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Jun 30, 2018

30 June 2018 I love a dog friendly beach and they don’t come much better than Batu Ferringhi. This gorgeous Penang beach suburb is a mere 11km from downtown Georgetown. And this particular strip of it is Milo and Nutmeg’s favourite haunt. They are both keen crabbers, but when Nutmeg (the Retriever) actually unearthed a

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A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

Jun 27, 2018

Sitting in a pretty cottage garden in front of a Tudor style building we could have been in England. A  little speckled hen pecking around in the garden beside us just completes the picture. But any illusions of being in England evaporates when the evening call to prayer begins. We are still in Malaysia, though in

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Meeting a Colourful Character

Meeting a Colourful Character

Jun 26, 2018

It seems that there is a tradition amongst the Penang expats that, when you leave, you give away a whole lot of stuff that you do not want to take with you. And that is how we met this colourful character. He is of indeterminate age and rather ill defined ownership. Like many of us

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Time to slow down, just a little

Time to slow down, just a little

Jun 24, 2018

Since we left Penang in April, we have stayed in 24 hotels, done 16 bus trips, 9 boat trips, 3 plane trips and an oxen cart ride. The adventures started in Phuket’s Kamala where we discovered some fantastic Pad Thai at a local street stall. In fact it was so good that we had to

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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

Jun 21, 2018

Since we left Kuala Lumpur this morning we have been on a mini bus for 3 hours and a river boat for 3 hours. So when we round the bend to see the floating restaurants of Kuala Tahan, it is a welcome sight. This is a small river community where you can visit the ancient

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How to eat like a local in Penang

How to eat like a local in Penang

Apr 13, 2018

I’m going to share a guilty secret. Until this trip to Penang we had never eaten at a hawkers market before, nor in fact any sort of street food. We had never been game! Until that is, fellow Aussies showed us how it was done at their local hawkers market, Pulau Tikus. And without doubt this

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