Tag: Penang

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Fresh Seafood @ Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe, Tanjung Tokong, Penang

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Shhhh…… Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe (海珠屿海鲜) @ Tanjung Tokong is a restaurant that only the locals know because it’s quite hidden. In fact, it is hidden behind Tua Pek Kong (大伯公) temple. So how do I know this place you asked? My bestie and her boyfie brought us here. She said it’s highly recommended so I followed her here although I initially planned not to go for seafood since I had diarrhea last night. But who cares??? Highly recommended leh! Actually she was craving for it also la XD

As soon as we arrived there, we were greeted by the sea view and this creepy looking watchtower.

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe - Sea view~~~ Cool and refreshing breeze.... Ahhhhhh~~

Sea view~~~ Cool and refreshing breeze…. Ahhhhhh~~

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe - Creepy!!! RUNNNN!!

Creepy!!! RUNNNN!!

Come and see what are the must-order food there!

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe - Fried Squid a.k.a Fried Sotong!!! My favorite seafood!

Fried Squid a.k.a Fried Sotong!!! My favorite seafood!

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe - Fried Clams a.k.a. Lala

Fried Clams a.k.a. Lala

Yum! The sauce is super nice! If only they have rice to go with! Unfortunately they only have noodles. I heard it’s not really tasty and expensive. But I advice girls don’t eat too much Lala lor…. later became ‘Lala Mui’ XD

Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe - Salt-baked Prawns

Salt-baked Prawns

Salt-baked Prawns is my bestie’s favorite and she said sometimes she and her boyfie alone can eat this up to 1kg!!! We also ordered Coal-baked Crab but our hands were too dirty to pick up our phones nor cameras.

In conclusion, all the seafood are really fresh so they prepared them using simple cooking method. No fancy flavor, not even spicy so you can taste how fresh the seafood is.

Address:
Sea Pearl Lagoon Cafe/Kafe Sea Pearl Lagoon
338, Mukim 18, Tanjung Tokong,
10470 Penang

Tel: 04-8990375

Business hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm

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The Lighthouse Cafe & Bakery @ St. Francis Xavier Church, Penang

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There isn’t many place where you get to eat while doing charity right? I’m so excited to come to this place after knowing their background. The Lighthouse Cafe & Bakery is located inside St. Francis Xavier Church so if you couldn’t locate the cafe using your GPS, you can plot it to St. Francis Xavier Church instead.
So what is so special about this place? It’s not a fancy and beautiful cafe but it is really meaningful. All proceeds from this cafe will go to maintaining this place and also to support homeless people in their Feeding Program. All workers in this place are people who are not accepted by the society due to their past and this place is giving them the second chance in life. How compassionate! I wish more people are like that; compassionate, forgiving and helpful!
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Don’t judge me! >.<

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Breads and garlic sticks on display

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Hmmm which should I choose?

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Short chat with the supervisor and he told me about the background of this cafe

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My Ham Cheese bread! Guess what? The bread is wholemeal! (RM 1.80)

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Very gao (thick) coffee for only RM 1.50 🙂

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Nasi Lemak from the stall inside the vicinity of cafe with homemade sweet and sour sambal at only RM 2.50!
Very affordable and super delicious! The stall owner said you can’t find other sweet and sour sambal in Penang cos it’s their own recipe!

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The Nasi Lemak stall

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The other stall that sells variety of mee and rice

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The Lighthouse Bakery

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Workers diligently working on the doughs

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I wonder what these will become hehehe…
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They make excellent Curry Puffs but you need to be here around 9.30am to get it.
I was there too early and they haven’t got it baked so I ordered 10 of it and collect it the next day.
Each Curry Puff costs RM 1.30.

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This is the place where they will give food to the homeless everyday…
If you’re free, do volunteer there 😀

Address:
The Lighthouse Cafe &  Bakery
52K, Penang Road,
10000 Penang, Malaysia

Tel: 04-2610204

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lighthouse/155309407857742

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