Penang is one of those places on my go-to list whenever I need a brief respite from the routine life.
It's beautiful in its natural state, much of its history and culture is preserved and there is plenty of good food available around the island.
I can't say I am a big fan of its traffic, but after visiting Jakarta and Bandung, I would take Penang traffic any day.
True to my foodie roots, I went on a hunt for the best cafe food I could find in 2 days. I wasn't disappointed.
I was very lucky to get to stay at Lone Pine Resort at Batu Ferringhi. It is so serene and the views are absolutely picturesque from the bedrooms.
Of course, a must-have in Penang is the famous Char Kuey Teow. Honestly, it doesn't matter which one you have - whether it's from a random coffee shop or the notorious Goggles Aunty at Lorong Selamat, Penang CKT is a class on its own.
Another must-eat in Penang is the Orh-Chian or oyster omelette. It is as sinful as it sounds...
But if local food gets too much (too oily) for you, there are always hipster cafes to visit. One of my favourites is ChinaHouse. Owned by Alison and Narelle, this two-storey, multi-shophouse restaurant offers a myriad of food options and interesting things to see. Hint: there is even live music!
Another one of my favourite cafes in Penang is Mugshot Cafe. Everything about this cafe is picture-worthy - its decor, its food and even its baristas.