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George Town, Penang

After 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, Johnny and I hopped on a 5 hour bus ride to Penang.

We spent the majority of our time in Penang in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I of course was excited about all of the amazing food that we were going to eat, but I also didn’t realize that George Town was such a photogenic city. I totally have a big thing for crumbling buildings and chipped paint. It was a photographers dream…from the dazzling colors in Little India, the unique street art, to the abandoned store fronts with multicolored shutters. Swoon.

I fell in love with George Town and seriously took about 700 pictures. Insanity. I narrowed it down to 50, but I still feel like there’s so much more to show.

Everyday Johnny and I would wake up early to try and beat the heat (and pretty much failed every time…it’s hot as hell in Penang!), and walk around, eat, walk around again, eat again, and end it all with a drink in a local bar. We did manage to make it out to the beach in Batu Ferringhi, but of course it was the one day that it stormed like crazy. The aftermath of the storm led to some gorgeous pictures though, so not all was lost. After cramming everything we wanted to do into three days in Kuala Lumpur, it was really awesome to be able to slow down a bit in Penang and explore the city without any pressure. If you ever find yourself in Malaysia, Penang and especially George Town are a must.

 

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Foodie Heaven: The Malaysia Edition

Would I call myself a foodie? Meh. I don’t know. I obviously enjoy eating and drinking, and food is awesome, but I’m also a pretty picky eater. I like what I like and I rarely go out of my comfort zone. Moving to Korea has definitely helped me open up a bit; never in a million years did I ever think I’d eat kimchi almost daily. I’ve slowly started to eat seafood, and my tolerance for spicy food has increased ten-fold. Still, I’m pretty particular about what I eat.

I made a vow to myself that when I took the trip to Malaysia and Singapore that I would step out of my comfort zone and try at least 1 new (to me) dish per day. No hamburgers, no pizza, no pasta, no fast food. I did a lot of research, and wrote down the names of all the food that I wanted to try, and the best hawker stalls or restaurants to get them from.

Let me be the 34095437 person to say that the food in Malaysia is absolutely incredible. Seriously. We never once had a bad meal. From hawker stall meals at 1am, to Indian food, to eating in alleyways…everything was fantastic. It was really, really hard trying to narrow down my top meals. Sigh. If you have any other questions or would like other restaurant recommendations, shoot me an e-mail or write a comment. So without further ado, here are my favorite dishes from Malaysia!

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A Wonderful, Magical Vacation: Kuala Lumpur

I’m back!

I had such an incredible time on my vacation. I feel happy, refreshed, and relaxed. Even though Johnny and I were only gone for 12 days, it really felt like a long time, which was much needed. Our trip to China last year was only 5 days, so everything was crammed in together and I don’t think we really got the chance to rest. This trip was pretty much the exact opposite. We got to take our time. We wandered around late at night, and woke up late (by late I mean around 10, but still).

Our trip started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we stayed for 3 days. Kuala Lumpur had some of the best shopping and the best food ever. I bought these Arabian perfumed oils that I am OBSESSED with. Not exactly sure why I didn’t buy a million of them because they’re really the best things that have ever happened to me. Of course, I hit up Sephora and got some much needed concealer, body scrub, and a new face wash. I didn’t know that there were Victoria’s Secret stores in Malaysia so I sort of screamed when I saw one. I ended up getting some amazing body lotion that makes me smell like I’m a rich seductresses. I’m here for it.

1am meals along Jalan Alor were a nightly routine. I became pretty obsessed with satay and char koay teow, and I’m sort of devastated I can’t find Malaysian food in Korea. Some of the best meals of my life were like $4. How is anything ever going to compare?! It took me over an hour to figure out what I wanted for dinner the other night because nothing even appeals to me anymore. SIGH.

I also got my eyebrows threaded for roughly 2,000W($1.80ish..?). It was incredible. I felt like a new woman, especially because I haven’t found anyone in Korea that does threading. It makes me sad because even if I found anyone that does it here they’d probably charge something crazy like 20,000W. The struggle. If any of you know of a place or of someone, please let me know.

And the diversity! Coming from Korea, one of the most homogeneous countries in the world, it was almost a bit of a culture shock…clearly a sign I’ve been living here too long. I actually blended in for once. No one stared at me or tried to touch me or my hair. There was makeup in my color available everywhere without any problems. The grocery stores carried Cap’n Crunch and spices galore. I felt … normal. Like I was invisible. It was SO nice. And everyone was so laid back. No one was pushing and shoving to get on the train or bus. Everyone just seemed much less stressed than in Korea. Just really the break I needed.

Kuala Lumpur is such a vibrant city. Besides the glorious food and shopping, I really loved all of the different colored buildings, listening to 3 to 4 different languages on one street corner, the street art, hearing the call to prayer, the friendly people who never hesitated to help with directions. Three days definitely didn’t feel like enough for me. I’d love to go back, if just to eat along Jalan Alor again.

Of course, I snapped tons of photos to share with all of you. I’m going to start with Kuala Lumpur, then move on to Penang, and finally Singapore (MY FAVORITEEEEE).

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