We started our journey up north about 11am, after my FIL and BIL sent the dogs to the kennels.
On our way, before we hit the highway, we did one thing we had always wanted to do:
Joined the tourist at the King's Palace.
Then we started on our way and Gadget-daddy decided to have lunch at Bidor, the ever-famous Pun Chun restaurant with it's Wan-ton noodles.
A little after the lunch stop, the kids fell asleep in the car. Then, Uh-O, busted air-con made us travel the rest of the way with the front windows wound down. Still, it was not too bad. Thank God it was cloudy and not too hot. And thank God it did not rain either, or that would have been a real problem*.
The boys woke from their nap as we neared Penang. The next touristy thing we did: Ferry ride!
It's Micah's second time (his first time was about a month before Max arrived, so that's more than 2 years ago) and Max's first time on the ferry.
Checked into our hotel (this is the view from our room).
The next day after Gadget-daddy got the air-con fixed, we went to the beach.
Micah loved the sea.
Max was a lot more wary, but we had fun building a barrier for him to keep the waves off his feet. (Quite a construction with just a couple of ladles. :))
He also did not like the fact that his clothes got wet and stuck to his skin. Funny boy.
Then, that night, The purpose of our trip:
(Photos taken by Micah as I was taking care of Max and Gadget-daddy was one of the official camera man. Pretty good shots, eh?)
Before leaving the Island, we had one last call to make: visited brother and wife in their new home (they actually moved 2 years ago and we only now we could visit).
We did not stop on the way back as the boys fell asleep before we hit Taiping (one of our options for lunch) and did not wake up till we were at the Duta toll. So, apart from a couple of toilet breaks, we drove straight and got home by 5pm.
Home sweet home.
*I drove my dad's old Mazda for a while. It's engine was old and would overheat if you're caught in traffic with the air-con on. So we ended up driving with the windows down and no air-con. You can imagine, in our weather these days, how much like an oven it felt like in the car. When it rains the front windshield would fog up and you'll have to constantly wipe off the vapors from inside. Very dangerous to drive in that condition.
Funny thing was I was driving this car until the time I was carrying Micah, and didn't know I was pregnant, and I was wondering why it suddenly became so unbearable to drive that car. My mum sold the car off a few months after Micah arrived.