One of the advantages of being an OFW is you can travel, see places, see different culture and try different foods. Being an OFW here in Penang Malaysia, I want to share what I have experience in staying in this beautiful place.
Penang (pronounced as: Pi-neng), is a Malaysian state located at the northwest coast of Malaysian Peninsula. It consist of two parts: the Penang island and the mainland. Penang island can be reached for about six hours on bus when you are from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, by airplane where you can travel for only one hour, by ferry or by train. But if you are first time visitor on this place, I suggest you ride a bus, not just because it’s cheap and easy way to go here, but also to experience passing through on the first and only road connection bridge between a peninsula and an island until 2014. Penang has two bridges: the Penang bridge which is approximately 13.5 kilometers and Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Penang second bridge) with 24.5km total length.
Penang is a world renowned exotic holiday destination and was known, once upon a time, as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, this virgin paradise has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery. Since Malaysia has three major races namely: Malay, Indian and Chinese, shared culture and languages can be witness.
Some of the most interesting sites of Penang include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah. Tanjung Bungah is a suburb of Georgetown, the capital of Penang, and also famous for its street arts. It is located along the northern coast of Penang Island between Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Tokong, and about 6.5 km northwest of George Town proper.
If you want to unwind and enjoy everything what the nature has to offer, you can try to climb or ride a train in a one section funicular railway going up to Penang Hill. Since Penang was colonized by Great Britain, it has the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia with the highest peak standing at 833 meters above sea level.
If you are a snake lover, Snake Temple is one of the best place to visit here. The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Southwest Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia (which is actually just in front of our company) and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers.
If you loved shopping, you should not miss to visit the modern shopping malls in Komtar, Georgetown and of course the night markets (they call it here as Pasar Malam).
Penang, food capital of Malaysia has been named by Thrillist as one of the best food city in the world. Forbes says Penang is one of the top 10 cities for best street food. In addition, TheCultureTrip also nominated Penang as one of the finest cities for street food. Having these backgrounds and compliments, you should not miss to try their delicacies. These are: Nasi Lemak (Fatty rice), Hokien Mee, Curry Mee, Roti Canai, Tomyam, Ais Kacang for dessert (similar to the Philippine halo-halo), Asam Laksa, Lor Bak, Char Koay Teow (a fried noodle dish with shrimp, oyster, eggs and bean sprouts), Poh Piah (refer to as the Chinese lumpia) and many more.
Roti canai flat bread Indian food made from wheat flour dough.
Char Koay Teow
In addition to these as a personal experience and favorites, you might want to try to visit Eastern Wishes Restaurant wherein they serve the best pork recipe I have ever tried, the salted egg butter pork. Then Nando’s peri peri chicken, which originated from South Africa and offer a very flavorful and delicious marinated grilled chicken.
The most popular Penang hotels are diverse in style and budget levels so that you can easily choose the best hotel for you, be it a business, family, luxury, beach or budget. These are Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Penang and Bayview Beach Resort.
Since a lot of Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs were working here in Penang, you can still feel at home when you meet some Filipinos along your journey going around in this beautiful place.
To see more about Penang you can watch the video here.