Category: Penang

Royal High Tea on SuperStar Libra by Hwajing Travel & Tours (华京旅游)

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Being on a cruise is one of the things in my long bucket list. I mean, who doesn’t want to get on board and enjoy all the happening activities on a cruise ship? When we go travel, we came back more tired than before because we need to commute and go sightseeing, follow our fully packed itinerary, etc. So if you really want to relax and recharge, the best way is to go on a cruise.

SuperStar Libra

Thanks to Hwajing Travel & Tours (华京旅游), I had the opportunity to board SuperStar Libra for a 2D1N stay. For this cruise, SuperStar Libra that homeported in Penang departs from Swettenham Pier to international waters.

Penang Road Trip with 10th Generation Honda Civic

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It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a road trip. Thanks to Honda Malaysia, I get to drive the new 10th Generation Honda Civic to Penang with my girls and brought home a lot of beautiful memories!

On a lovely Saturday morning, 15 bloggers gathered at Citta Mall to experience the 10th Generation Honda Civic.

Honda is the first Japanese mass market manufacturer to introduce turbo engine in the C-segment. Hence, the 10th Generation Civic is able to provide “D-Segment Value” at “C-Segment Pricing”.

After a quick breakfast and briefing session on the car specs and functions at Onde Onde, we officially started our exciting journey at 10 am.

15 bloggers, 5 Honda Civic, 1 destination

15 bloggers, 5 Honda Civic, 1 destination

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion @ Penang

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I’d like to say that this tour at Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has got to be the most value for money tour ever. With an entrance fee of RM 18 per person, I got to hear exciting stories and history about Cheong Fatt Tze (張弼士) and his blue Mansion from a plump middle aged lady for an hour. Her story telling skills surprised me and she’s quite funny.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #1

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #1

According to her, Cheong Fatt Tze was a successful Hakka Chinese businessman and politician back then and he is a person who believes strongly in Feng Shui. Many things about him are related to the number 8. For instance, he started building the mansion in 1880 and it took 8 years to complete the whole construction in 1888. The mansion consists of 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. The place was once known as Lotus Flower Lane but there’s no lotus flower there anymore.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #2

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #2

He also had 8 wives (WOW!). The tour guide even mentioned that it is a pity he only found his true love with his 7th wife when he was 60+ and she’s 18! But I was like: What?! Pity him? I pity his other wives more because he married them for business purposes! Further more, the tour guide did mention that he got the capital to start-up his business because his father-in-law was very wealthy.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #3

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #3

She also explained about the architecture of the house but it is too long to explain here so I advice you to go there and listen it yourself :-p

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #4

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion #4

Cheong Fatt Tze mansion has been sold in year 1989 after his 7th wife and her son died. He has made this condition in his will because he doesn’t want his beloved wife to be homeless after his death. His descendants has since emptied the mansion and sold it off. The property has now been privatized and the investors have put in a great amount of money in reconstruction and buying furniture that are similar with what the mansion previously had. In year 2000, Cheong Fatt Tze mansion has won UNESCO ‘Most Excellent’ Heritage Conservation Award. It is also a Boutique Heritage Hotel now so you can stay in this state of the art building.

Trishaw #1

Trishaw #1

 
Trishaw #2

Trishaw #2

 
Architecture of the roof

Architecture of the roof

 
UNESCO 'Most Excellent' Heritage Conservation Award

UNESCO ‘Most Excellent’ Heritage Conservation Award

 
Taken from the outside of the mansion. Entrance that is said to have a strong Qi.

Taken from the outside of the mansion. Entrance that is said to have a strong Qi.

 
Waiting before the tour starts

Waiting before the tour starts

 
Beautiful furniture

Beautiful furniture

 
The main entrance of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The main entrance of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Tour available at 11am / 1.30pm / 3pm daily.

Admission fee (price as at June 2019): RM 18 per adult, RM 9.50 per child under 12 years old

Address:
14 Leith Street,
10200 George Town,
Penang

Tel: +604 262 0006

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