21 August 2009

Class of 82 ~ Trip to Maxwell Hill, Taiping & USM, Penang

Ten of us started the journey from KL at 8am on Fri, 21 Aug and in approx. 90 minutes, we reached Bidor, our 1st Food Stop at Pun Chun Restaurant to eat Duck Noodle & Yam Cake.
Not up to standard, will skip next time.

Food Stop:The Food Court at Taiping Lake Gardens was not so fantastic either but I had a good cup of Kopi O Ice!

Let's go up the Maxwell Hill;
Where people & time almost stood still;
Never mind the weather, as long as we are together;
Let's go up the Maxwell Hill
(sing to the tune of "The Wild West Show)

Maxwell Hill, Taiping. 1,250 meter above sea-level. The British high-ranking officials used Maxwell Hill as a rest & recreation centre since 1884. It was renamed Bukit Larut in 1979. Before 1948, there was no tarred road and access was mainly by sedan chairs!

We reached the base of Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) at 2.30pm in time for the exciitng, undulating Land Rover Ride up to 1,200 meters at 3pm. Along the way, we see a Tea Garden which is due to open later this year and what a view!!

Maxwell Hill was cool, peaceful & tranquil!

The ladies were so excited that they did the Moulin Rouge!

We have Hi Tea at the Terrace of Kencana Hut. We took 3 family room & 2 doubles and the rates were US$43 (Nett) and US$23 (Nett)- simple rooms but comfortable with Hot Water & Fan.

Post Card Scenery

Kedai Kopi Taman Emas - nice Char Koay Teow!

Food Stop: 1st meal in Penang for lunch - Char Koay Teo lah, what else?

Moon Leng celebrated her Big 5 "O" at Rumah Perut Nyonya Restaurant

Waiting eagerly to check in at the E & O Hotel with large rooms, huge walk-in wardobe and living area, bathroom to accommodate 2 person at a go. E & O Hotel have a promo rate of US$160Nett (incluidng breakfasts fro 2) for Singapore & Malaysian residents

Breakfast by the Sea at E & O Hotel......nice!

Food Stop: Swatow Lane - Enjoying all kinds of hawker fare

Swatow Lane's famous Rojak & Ice Kachang!

Shop where we bought the famous Ipoh Salted Chicken!
At US$4.50 per chicken, it must be selling thousands of chickens per day!!