A Vacation of Some Sort

And So It Begins

It's some sort of visitor from KL

It’s some sort of visitor from KL

The vacation began when Ivan came a-visiting from Petaling Jaya via the ERL. I picked him up at the Arau station and he gave me an early birthday present: the Rogue One Ultimate Visual Guide, which will eventually be its own blog post.

Lok ching

Lok ching

Because of work, I had to spend the first day of vacation grading papers. But we did take Ivan out by the sea where we had some grilled lok ching and laksa.

Gua Kelam

The Gua Kelam entrance

The Gua Kelam entrance

With me on call for the grading work, we managed to take a trip to Gua Kelam. It was a work day so there were not many people at the park. Here are Ain and Irfan at the mouth into the dark tunnel of the shadowy realm.

On the other side of the cave

On the other side of the cave

Once we got to the park grounds on the far side of the cave, Ain identified the spot where Irfan, Ayah Cik, Cikma and Ciksu once had a cranial massage thanks to the fast-flowing stream.

Sitting on a tree

Sitting on a tree

Ain also sat and swung on the thick, ropy stalk of a beluru tree (also known as a sintok tree). Mouseover the photo above for its scientific name.

Walk in the woods

Walk in the woods

It was somewhat green out here in the park.

Foliage

Foliage

Even the lake is green.

Riverside

Riverside

A stream flowed through the park and snaked into the cave itself becoming an underground river.

Stories of Your Life the Movie

MBO Cinemas

MBO Cinemas

Friday night we headed for the nearest MBO Cinemas to watch Stories of Your Life the Movie starring Lois Lane, Hawkeye and Saw Gerrera. It was a non-zero sum sort of movie. Seeing that Ivan and I have read the short story by Ted Chiang, the exercise in watching the film was to watch it unfold as it was foretold.

An Island Trip

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi

Saturday morning, we headed south on the highway toward Pulau Pinang and took the Penang Bridge to get to Georgetown on the island. Thanks to Ivan’s Waze we headed to where we could get cheap lodgings near Batu Ferringhi.

What Is This I Don’t Even

After acquiring rooms at the motel, we pressed on north and came across… something. The following photos are presented without any comments except for the mouseover text.

For the Emperor!

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Perceptor! What's shaking? Other than this fortress?

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Matt Trakker's crew

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The Pelvis!

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Nak! Nak! Nak! Nak! Nak! Nak! Nak! Nak!

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It's the Granny from The Last Starfighter

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Anakin has eyebrows

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Batu Ferringhi

After the trippy trip, we retreated back to Batu Ferringhi. There was sea and sand and all at Batu Ferringhi.

Seaside

Seaside

Fisherfolk

Fisherfolk

Where the longkang water meets the ocean

Where the longkang water meets the ocean

It smells a bit like Teluk Batik in the 80s here. Just a bit.

No GM screens though

No GM screens though

That night we had dinner with Phil. A Traveller GM, Eclipse Phase GM and Star Wars GM walked into a seaside restaurant.

Rasa Motel

Rasa Motel

The next morning we checked out of the motel. Luckily we had not booked rooms online. All of the rooms offered online were at least twice the price of the ones we got here. And there were cheaper ones still.

Bye Phil

Bye Phil

We had one last breakfast with Phil before heading out of Batu Ferringhi.

Final Exploration of the Island

Bukit Bendera tram line

Bukit Bendera tram line

We thought we could spend a couple of hours on Bukit Bendera a.k.a. Penang Hill, but the tram was in maintenance and non-operational for a couple of days.

Checking out the university

Checking out the university

We found the university and explored its empty streets. It looked like it was the semester break, which meant we could not get lunch there. Everything was closed. Not one restaurant or bistro was open.

Nice view over Balik Pulau

Nice view over Balik Pulau

We headed out toward Balik Pulau where we had lunch, and took this photo from the restaurant on top of the hill overlooking the northwestern quadrant of the island. The restaurant was adorned with a trillion bonsai plants and wheels from wagons salvaged from Oregon Trail.

The home team on vacation

The home team on vacation

Then we headed for Bayan Lepas and headed off the island via the second bridge – the newer one that has fresh paint on it –¬† and headed back north toward Perlis.

After Ain got a fresh supply of Jeruk Pak Ali pickled fruits at her regular place.

Last Day at the Museum

Two years living here we have never visited the museum near Kuala Perlis, so Ivan and I went exploring there.

A wild museum appears

The Kota Kayang Museum

I think this will be its own blog post some day.

Front desk

Front desk

One thing is for sure: the museum grounds are very pleasant and well-kept.

The museum grounds seem nice

The museum grounds seem nice

Later that day Ivan got on the ERL back to KL Sentral and I suppose the vacation ended there.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

One Comment

  1. awww looks like a really awesome time. Balik Pulau is always cool. i loved when we used to drive around Penang. ūüôā

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