G. Levin reports on the fellowship trip to Penang:
On 26 February 2010, a bunch of us here from D’ Utama went for a trip to Penang for a Joint Meeting with Oracle Advance Toastmaster club and the opportunity to sample some of the best Malaysian cuisine! Those of us who went for the trip included myself, our President Teoh Chun Ming, Nancy Liew, Calvin Lim, Joanna Tong, Soh Fong Wai, Tan Kooi Ching, G.Sivalingam, G.Jayam and last but not least Jonathan Moh.
Meeting outside KDU before departing for Penang
We started the Friday morning packing our baggage into the two cars of our driver President Chun Ming and Fong Wai, most of us went together to be joined later by Marcus who was already in Penang for work. The car ride was relatively smooth and fast throughout the entire journey. At about 12.30 pm, we arrived at our first planned stop, Taiping which also happened to be the hometown of Nancy, where we were joined by Marcus.
We had lunch in one the local hawker centres where all of us enjoyed a bowl of ice kacang each. After lunch we visited some of Taiping’s local attractions such as the Perak State Museum. Much to my surprise, this museum is the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. The ground floor of the museum was dedicated to an exhibition of the many species of animals in the Perak State. The top floor was home to an exhibition of the early tribes of people of Peninsular Malaysia. I had not thought that the museum would be interesting due its relatively modest appearance from the outside. However, as the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.
Posing outside and inside the Taiping Museum
Posing for one last shot at the Taiping Lake Gardens before continuing on the way to Penang