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Penang’s Butterfly Farm for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 50 comments

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Penang Butterfly Farm…

Welcome to the 197th week of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week we were at the Tropical Fruit Farm, this week we’re hanging with the butterflies. Let me tell you, fruit is so much easier to photograph than butterflies!

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The Butterfly farm is along the same route as the Tropical Fruit Farm, but not as far. If you are traveling by public transport, the 101 bus will take you almost to the door. Just ask the driver to let you off.

A friendly welcome…

 

Penang Butterfly Farm

Penang Butterfly Farm

 

Now for the butterflies. I have no idea about the names of these butterflies. Strictly based on how pretty :)  They do love to hang on!

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

The hibiscus hangout…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Black with a touch of red…Classy Lady…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Pretty in blue…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

And when you tire of the butterflies, there is always the Koi pond.

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Or, some gorgeous flowers…

 

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

But it really is all about the butterfly magic :)…

 

Butterfly Farm, Penang

Butterfly Farm, Penang

 

Traveler’s Tip

Located in Batu Ferringhi, accessible from Georgetown via bus 101. Check the website for the most up-to- date information. VERY  budget and family friendly!

 

http://www.butterfly-insect.com/

 

Have you ever been to a butterfly farm? Tell us!

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Travel Photo Thursday – 10/09/14 – Penang: Tropical Fruit Farm

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 41 comments

Welcome to the 196th week of Travel Photo Thursday. You know this weekly blog link up is more reliable than my Internet connection! I have been, once again, with spotty service today. Fingers crossed that I am not going to kicked off before I get this post finished and published.

I don’t remember Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm from my previous visits. However, I’m pleased to say that it is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The guides are knowledgeable, and after learning about the fruit (and a few nuts), visitors sit and feast on unlimited fresh fruit! I was in Penang during fruit season, so it was cheap and plentiful.  Here’s the farm…

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The Tropical Fruit Farm is located in the vicinity of Batu Ferringhi. If you have a car, easy to get there. If you’re relying on public transportation, it’s a little trickier, but doable. I’ll give you all the details at the end.

The first fruit we were introduced to was the Bengal currant. I took photos of most of the signs, because I knew that I would not remember all of this stuff! The currants intrigued me, because they had been in a dish that I had eaten a few days earlier. At that time, I had no idea what they were, but I liked the combination of tart and sweet.

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

This fruit was totally new to me. I’d love to try it sometime. As you can see from the second photo, they were on the trees. However, not ready for harvest. Too bad! Considered a lower class food in India!

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Another favorite of mine. I had no idea that they grow on vines. There is also a variety that is deep pink in color, and that was the one that was available on the fruit buffet the day I was there. I think I actually prefer the pink to the white, if I have a choice.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Then we have the passion fruit. Notice that these ones are bagged, to protect them from being ravaged by bugs. I like passion fruit in a smoothie. Smoothies were available, so mine was passion fruit. :)

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

I so wanted to try Mamey Sapote, but sadly not in season. Can you imagine a fruit tasting like a combination of pumpkin, chocolate, and almond?! I’ll be on the lookout this winter.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Lovely sweet taste but not over powering.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm , Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm , Penang

 

Tropical Fruit Farm

Tropical Fruit Farm

 

I have ruined many a thumb nail eating rambutan. The outer skin can be tough! The ones on the buffet were already peeled! :) I love the flowers on the plant, so pretty.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

I didn’t photograph the sign for the figs. If you ever have the chance to try fresh figs, they are amazing. My friends in Taiwan have a fig tree in their  garden, and I have picked and eaten many a fig from that tree. The figs at the fruit farm were not ripe, so I had to use my imagination :)

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

At the end of the tour, the all you can eat fruit buffet awaits…

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Watermelon has a new look!

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

The tour finishes and ends here. You can even buy fruit to take home.

 

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

Tropical Fruit Farm, Penang

 

Traveler’s Tips

The farm is opened year round, but best time to go is during the fruit season (I was told December to end of February). Getting to the farm can be a bit tricky if you are relying on public transportation. The best thing to do is to call the farm and arrange for the free shuttle to pick you up from the Craft Batik store. The 101 bus will drop you off almost in front of the door. Do call the day before, and you might want to confirm on the day. 

Price of the tour and fruit buffet is 35 Malaysian ringgit (appox. $11.00US). You really can’t beat the price.

Tropical Fruit Farm

 

Have you ever been to a tropical fruit farm? What’s your favorite tropical fruit?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 10/02/14 — A Bangkok Quickie

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Hard to believe we are at week 195! I am on the fly again this week. My best intentions flew out the window this week, and now here I am at almost 8pm just getting Travel Photo Thursday “out the door”. On my way back from Penang this past summer I had a sixteen hour layover in Bangkok. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I hadn’t been to Bangkok in at least two years, and the last time I was there was just after the riots and the burning of Central World. What was on my mind? Shopping, massage, and food…pretty much in that order. I headed to Central World, which the last time I was there was still burnt out, with plywood sheets covering the burnt out windows.  My heart was warmed to see all the changes and rebuilding.

 

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First thing I wanted to do was a bit of shopping. There were a couple of things I wanted, like my favorite soap and body lotion, and I was hoping to find an outfit to spruce up the fall semester. First I had to stop for a shot on my way from the Skytrain to Central World. This IS Bangkok. Love it or hate it! I don’t think there is an in-between.

 

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Shopping success (no photos!), and then this spa lured me in. What a deal, under $30. for two hours. I was in! I left there relaxed and hungry!

 

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Now I am starved! My plan was to take the Skytrain a couple of stops to one of my favorite restaurants, but I exited Central World to find an outdoor food market. How could I resist?

The first thing I found was MOO PING. If you were here last winter you have to remember my love affair with the Chiang Mai moo ping stall. I was so excited to find the Moo Ping guys in Bangkok, and I was not disappointed. Their moo ping was FAB… a little sweet, and perfectly cooked. I was in heaven!

 

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Only in Bangkok can you enjoy your favorite street food, with a front row seat to a shrine and its worshipers.

 

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Now I was ready for my favorite Thai salad, Som Tom, and I again I was not disappointed. People were lined up ten deep waiting for this guy to perform his magic, and he was worth the wait. I was the only foreign face! His salad might be served in a Styrofoam dish, but it is worthy of a five-star restaurant. The sweet, the sour, and the crunch…hmmm.

 

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My tummy is starting to groan just a bit, but I made one more trip into the food stalls. I knew exactly what I was looking for, and SUCCESS…Thai sour sausage, and my favorite. Again, I was not disappointed. Biting into each succulent sausage gave my taste buds just a wee jolt of sour….

 

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And that ended my 16 hour Bangkok quickie. Back to the Skytrain, and the airport. If you have a short layover in Bangkok, don’t hesitate to take the Skytrain into the downtown core. It’s fast, comfortable, convenient, and cheap! But, just a couple of more shots that I couldn’t resist!

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And this final shot is from my Air China flight into Seoul, just as dawn was breaking…

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When was the last time you had a quickie layover, and where in the world was it?


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Travel Photo Thursday — 09/25/14 — More Deliciousness From Penang

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Destinations, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 25 comments

Welcome to week 195 of Travel Photo Thursday. It seems that I have been neglecting the blog lately, but neglect is not really the right word. There were a couple of weeks where I simply couldn’t sit for long, without bringing on severe back pain. Thankfully, lots of walking and making a conscience effort to not sit for such long stretches seems to have fixed the problem. Of course,  you’ve all heard the woes of my bad Internet connection. That seems to be solved, although I don’t think my provider has done anything about my neighbor poaching his Internet access from me! Lastly, and this has been keeping me very busy for the past couple of weeks. I’ve launched a new business with a friend of mine. We’ve combined our talents and this past Monday launched Bargain Book Covers. We offer a Kindle ebook cover service at affordable prices. You simple choose a photo from our galleries, or provide your own, and one of our graphic designers will design your book cover at a very affordable price. Needless to say, it’s been an exciting week! All that explaining has made me hungry, and I am taking you back to the Pearly’s kitchen at the Penang Home Cooking School to give a peek at the final dish we prepared during my delicious day at Penang Home Cooking School. If you missed my previous post, you can check out the delicious curry and roti jala , here.

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Our final dish was Pie Tie, and not one that I was familiar with. First, we prepared the chicken filling.

 

Pie Tie with chicken filling, Penang Home Cooking School

Pie Tie with chicken filling, Penang Home Cooking School

 

Preparation:

A. Stir fry in heated oil; 50 gms cubed onion, 200 gms sliced mushroom, 2 tbsp. green snow peas, and one small carrot, cubed.

B. Cube 200 gms of chicken. Marinate in 1 egg, 2 tsp light soy sauce, 1/4 tsp white pepper. Mix well. Add 1 tbsp cornflower. Wait 15 minutes, and then stir fry in 2 -3 tbsp cooking oil.

C. Prepare seasonings: Heat 4 tbsp cooking oil. Add dried spices: 1 cm cinnamon stick, 1 pip star anise, and 1 clove. Add in C (above) and fry until flour changes color. Add A and B (above) and 250 gms of chicken stock or water and simmer for one minute.

Set Aside.

 

Now it was time for the fun part; making the Pie Tee Shells.

 

Pearly getting the Pie Tee Shell Mold ready, Penang Home Cooking School

Pearly getting the Pie Tee Shell Mold ready, Penang Home Cooking School

 

You can see the bowl of batter to the left. Pearly has one mold in her hand, and there is another lying on the counter. I had never seen a mold like this before. I was anxious to give it a try.

First,  to make the shells, you need : 90 gms rice flour, 90 gms bread flour, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cooking oil, 1 egg, 245 gms water. Mix the first 4 ingredients together, then the remainder. Make to a smooth batter, sieve it, and let stand for 15 minutes.

 

Dip the mold into the batter…

 

Dip the mold into the batter, Penang Home Cooking School.

Dip the mold into the batter, Penang Home Cooking School.

 

Be sure to leave a bit of space at the top of the mold, and you will have perfect pie tee shells!

 

The perfect pie tee shell, Penang Home Cooking School

The perfect pie tee shell, Penang Home Cooking School

 

These are a little finicky to make, and practice definitely does make perfect. Each shell takes only about 15 seconds to cook.

 

And…the finished product! (Pearly definitely was a master at making these. Her shells, unlike mine, were perfection!

We also made spring rolls with the chicken filling.

 

Penang Home Cooking School

Penang Home Cooking School

 

Sweet and salty, another example of delightful Nyonya cuisine.

Have you ever tried Pie Tee shells? What did you think?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 09/18/14 — Night Time Prague

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Czech - Prague, Featured, Travel Photo Thursday | 26 comments

Welcome to week 194! My apologies for this post being late and somewhat brief. My ongoing Internet problems became a huge issue this week. I had to call in the telephone company not once but twice. The first technician put a cable in the wrong outlet, and made things worse. It took a second technician, more than 24 hours later, to fix the problem. Isn’t it amazing how something that sounds so simple, a cable in the wrong outlet, can cause an entire system to go down! I’ve been going through some photo files this week, and have enjoyed perusing a number of night shots of Prague from the banks of the Vitava River. I usually don’t do justice to night shots, but these shots I do like.

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From the Vitava riverbank, Prague

From the Vitava riverbank, Prague

St Nicholas Church from the Vitava riverbank, Prague

St Nicholas Church from the Vitava riverbank, Prague

Prague Castle from the banks of the Vitava.

Prague Castle from the banks of the Vitava.

Charles Bridge from the Vitava Riverbank

Charles Bridge from the Vitava Riverbank

Have you had the pleasure of seeing Prague from the Vitava riverbank, in the evening light?

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Travel Photo Thursday — 09/11/14 — More Penang Street Art

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Malaysia, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 22 comments

Another week of Travel Photo Thursday is upon us; week 193, to be exact. I should be on top of Travel Photo Thursday, but I’m not. Hopefully, things will be back to normal next week :) Here’s some more Penang street art for you to enjoy.

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Cats, Cats, and more Cats…Love this one, but was located inside the gates of a private clan temple, and I never managed to go by when the gates were open. I could only shoot through the gate rails.

 

 

Penang Street Art, Georgetown

Penang Street Art, Georgetown

 

Who would have thought? Marilyn and Elvis on the same street corner!

 

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

 

Kids just wanna have fun…

 

Pennag Street Art

Pennag Street Art

This one is so funny, located directly across from the fire station on Chulia Street.

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

 

“Trishaw man” is one of the bigger murals (and one of my favs), but believe it or not, unless you’re looking for, it it’s easy to miss. Located on Upper Penang Road, close to the Cititel Hotel.

 

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

 

Love the detail…

 

Penang Street Art

Penang Street Art

I do hope you’re enjoying Penang’s street art, because I do have more to share. I’ll try and give you all a break from it, next week :)

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