Saturday, July 26, 2014

Penang food, Penang art and Chinese clan day 1

Decided to pop by Penang after hearing all the good food there :) so by impulse I booked my ticket for the weekend. 

At changi airport, first time ever I waited at the wrong side of the waiting area and it was hilarious how no one came to let me know. I mean I never knew through one gate there was different sides to it. Thankfully someone finally made a final announcement - I jumped up in shock as ran towards the other side - But I was not the last passenger on board - there was someone else who did the same mistake as me.

Anyway arrived in Penang after around 2 plus hours, the airport though small had very clear directions. Upon exit there is a tourist information counter where you can ask about anything and everything. On the arrival floor, just wait straight out of the door cross the road and you will see the bus stop and the bus conductor sitting there. Any questions just ask the bus conductor very very friendly. 

Oh yes the bus ticket will be bought onboard just let the bus driver know where and he will tell you how much and give you the ticket. Here's the one to George Town - 401 ( if your hostel is along chulia like mine) or 401e if it's near the jetty. All passes by komtar. 

Made my way to find my hostel on lorong chulia. The owner and group of staff are very friendly. 

Walk around town to the famous curry noodle store. Glad it was my first stop for Penang food. Delicious. The chili paste was sweet and the ingredients mint leave curry and tofu skin mix was lovely. Not too spicy yet tingling to the taste buds.

Spent some time talking to the auntie. Always love stores like that. 

Continued my way down and discovered the famous chendol where a long queue was forming along Kimberly street.

What with gula Melaka doesn't taste nice? As for uniqueness I still prefer the nonya one I ate in melaka.

Under the hot sweltering sun, I took shelter In the camera museum. My brother would love this. 

Walking along the streets who can miss the artwork around - it's amazing how they manage to infuse daily life satires into their art. I love art that allows us to learn about the culture or carries a deeper meaning. 

With sunset approaching, I quickly made my way to the Chinese clans at the jetty. 

While on my way there I found this
Awesome-ness (3 layer kueh) the yam sweet potato and brown kueh melted Into one and the outer skin crisp thinly to perfection. Lovely!

If you are walking from lebuh chulia walking straight all the way and turn left you will soon see the arrow directions to clan. ( opposite direction of jetty bus station ) 

First up is the ever famous chew jetty. 
Some say it's very touristy because of the tourist shops that spring up in the town. But frankly it's not very touristy and the owners do not drag you in the shops you can go in if you want. No obligation. And the snacks they sell is local - fruity handmade ice cream, durian puffs etc
I like the atmosphere there. 

 Oh yes if you plan to stay there it's possible. Here's an option.

Stay tune for day 2.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Parkour with the Nuffies and Superfly Monkey Dragons - Right here in Sunny Singapore


Much apologies for the hiatus.

Been busy Dayre-ing

Well, I'm someone who have always been into the dynamics of Parkour - I mean how awesome it is to jump over a railing rather than walking around it . So when Nuffnang opened it to us nuffies this once in a lifetime chance of learning the basics of it with Superfly Monkey Dragons! My fingers went * click click (Register) and noted it down on my calender. 

 * Photo credits : Remus Devin Koh Photography

Boy was it an afternoon of sweat and bruises at my first ever Parkour event. And I'm not even talking about the stunts. But just about the warm-up. That day I thoroughly used every part of my muscles. And quite a bit of concentration. 

First up, we warmed up with the running basics – which is designed to improve cardiovascular
fitness, speed and endurance. So up the HDB Blocks we went, and next up the stone chairs and everywhere that we could lay our feet on.

(Haha- I still remember my friend giving me the look at this moment * you ask me to do this. You want me to die ah*)

Here's us struggling in the Parkour Conditioning
The instructor mentions that it focuses on increasing strength, power and improving coordination and balance.

1. Us trying to coordinate our legs and hands while keeping our back straight
 * Photo credits : Nuffnang SG

 2. And doing the ice breaker the unusual way.
 * Photo credits : Nuffnang SG

With us totally warmed up, we began the Parkour Flow - where we learnt how to to join
movements together in one graceful movement. Eyes open, closed eyes jumping in tried unison.

I loved this the best. With the wind blowing and you concentrating, you begin to hear the rustling of the trees, children's laughter and all within the neighborhood.

 * Photo credits : Remus Devin Koh Photography

Finally, stunts and techniques of Parkour to learn. 

Number 1: Up the wall.

1. Hang


* Ah. How to.
 * Photo credits : Remus Devin Koh Photography

2. Showcase of Girl power - after I complained its difficult for females. - *Who says!
 2. Get the footing right and up the wall you go!
In preparation 

Off she goes


For the boys, our side was too 'chicken feet' so they went to the very high walls to practice.
Easy peasy for them it seems. They looked like kung fu masters. haha.

Number 2: Off the railings- Side ways, front wards and backwards roll.



With the pros showing us how it could be done. More beautifully.


Dear Readers of course, there's opportunity for you to try this good fun 'sport' or should I call it 'art'?
 Here's how you can do so  :)
1. Sign up here (
2. When you sign up, select Nuffnang on the Referral Tab
3. When you go to class, mention "Claressagifts" and you can redeem your offer ON THE SPOT

Have a blessed week ahead.

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