I am currently back in Penang, my hometown, after 2 years and 4 months..been ages, and guess what?? It's durian season!! hehe...I haven't been back during durian season for at least 4 years and thus i haven't had durian for that length of time:-) I've had HEAPS of DELICIOUS DURIAN during this time and eaten alot of good ole' penang hawker food during this vacation as well as had Japanese food, Thai food, as well as Korean bbq and also my beloved nyonya cuisine and nasi kandar as well as malay rice with so many other goodies such as teochew food..yummy..visited balik pulau, chinatown, pulau tikus market, and a couple of other places too:-)
I also managed to squeeze in a visit to my old primary school and went into the classrooms and sat in the tiny chairs (during school holidays so the place was empty)...been at least 15 yrs since i had entered those classrooms!! (I've visited before years back but even then i didn't get a chance to enter the classrooms as they were locked and this time, they happened to be cleaning the classrooms)...took photos with my brother and his friends whom also attended the same primary school as I...it was a trip down memory lane for us all despite our age gaps..also went to pulau tikus market as well as visited my former mandarin language tuition teacher at her home..she taught me and my bro mandarin on weekends throughout our primary and secondary days..
i also got to visit the 'Japanese Bon Odori Festival' this time which is held annually in Penang but which I haven't been before, my brother's friends had told him about it and he had friends visiting from Taiwan and Kuala Lumpur and so we went together with out parents...it was nice..
Everything is so delicious and affordable here, and oh...the delicious nyonya food and nasi kandar as well as freshly grounded 'sambal'!!! You simply can't get this type of freshly grounded sambal (malaysian chilli paste) back in Australia...and things are so cheap back here...movie tickets cost only RM7 or RM 10 and only a dirt cheap RM5 on Wednesdays...that's like AUD $2 for the cheapest tickets to the latest movies! Will be returning to Sydney, Oz on Sunday:(