Sunday, March 30, 2014

Penang, Malaysia

We just returned from an awesome holiday in Malaysia. Our school was on spring break, which also happened to coincide with Kurt's parents' (who are also teachers at an international school in Beijing) spring break.

Basically, since Sawyer has joined our family, our vacations have changed a bit. When we travel as a family, I go through the following checklist:

  1. Is it relatively easy to get to from Hong Kong? CHECK. Penang was a 3 hour direct flight from Hong Kong.
  2. Hotel is kid-friendly? CHECK. I think we would have the minority if we didn't have a kiddo at our hotel. We stayed at the Golden Sands in Batu Ferringhi.
  3. Enough to keep us busy? CHECK. We're the type of people who like to relax, but we also need to explore. Kurt and I get antsy if we sit around too long. Luckily, we had no trouble finding at least one thing to do each day.  
The best part about our trip? Hand down, the food. Since Malaysia is considered the "melting pot," of Asia, this also means delicious food. There are food courts and food carts everywhere with a variety of food vendors: Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Middle Eastern, Thai... the list goes on! Every night, we stuffed ourselves. Good thing we're back in China, our waistbands will thank us! ;)

There was no time difference, so it was pretty easy to keep Sawyer on the same schedule that he has here. We really tried to stick to it, even if that meant us sitting in a dark hotel room while he napped.  I can't tell you the difference that this made in our vacation... because let's be honest, if Sawyer's not happy, nobody's happy! ;) 

My favorite outing was our walk around the Spice Gardens. It was only about a 7 minute drive from our hotel. The Tropical Spice Gardens used to be an old rubber plantation. Now, it's 8 acres of jungle with over 500 species of flora.  There are 3 unique paths you can take around the gardens. We spotted wild monkeys that entertained us! We went early in the morning, when the gardens were quiet and the heat and humidity wasn't too bad.

Enjoy our picture dump!

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