We met up with our friends from Portland, U.S.A. We had met them while travelling in Chiang Mai. They invited us to stay with them at their apartment that they had rented in Penang. We were staying there for two full days and three nights. The apartment had a kitchen, TV, three bedrooms, a eating area and a living room. Emma and I slept on the floor on a mattress in the kid’s room.
Our friend, Lorenzo and Elio, were ages 10 and 6. The apartment building also had a big pool with a slide! We had a lot of pillow fights. One time I got a cut and blister on my lip from a knee in my face. They also had a lot of movies so we got to watch some of them.
The pool had seven sections. Some sections you can’t go in. There was one big pool. The other pools were fancy, shallow ones. I think they were just for show. At one end of the big pool was the slide pool. It had a green slide. The slide pool was shallower and smaller. The slide was short, but we found lots of ways to go down. The only scary thing was that you almost fell of the slide at the sharp turn.
One the first day we were there, we went out to the city of Georgetown on a bus. We walked through markets. We also went to a temple for a while. I got a watch that told time, set an alarm and had a stopwatch watch. I needed it because I lost my watch in Vietnam. After that we went into an air conditioned cafe. The air conditioning felt like heaven.
We walked for a little while more and then started getting hungry. We ate at an Indian food restaurant. We ate the food with our hands. It was really good. I had some naan bread and poppadom and a bunch of different sauces. Many of them were spicy, so I had a mango lassi to cool down my mouth.
Next we were off to fort Cornwallis. It was built by Sir Francis Light (not to be confused with Sir Francis Drake). It was star shaped and had a lot of old fashioned canons. My Dad even told me about why it was star shaped. It was star shaped so that the defender could see anyone hiding at the bottom of a wall.
On our way to the fort museum, we saw a beautiful, bright neon-blue bird. It was hard to spot in the tree because it was small and far away. We tried to get closer but it flew away.
Then we went into the museum. We saw a lot of different tools that they had found around the fort. There were lots of signs to read that talked about the history of the fort. It was a pretty small fort. There wasn’t a lot to see.
The next day was a big surprise. We went on a bus to this awesome place called “Escape”. It is a adventure park with lots of rope games and zip lines. There were ropes and cables everywhere.
When we went to buy the tickets, we argued about what shoes we could wear. They wanted proper shoes and we had closed-toed sandals. We argued for a while but they let us in at the end.
I went straight to the high ropes. There were some tricky challenges, like going seven meters on a single rope. I never fell. There was three levels in all. I started on level one and went to level two next. It was a lot harder, but again I did not fall.
Next we went tubing down a bumpy rubber runway. We had to carry our tubes up a big hill and it was very hot. First I went down the higher straight run. Then I went down the lower curvy one. It was like tubing on the snow, but a lot hotter and bumpier. It was a lot of fun.
After lunch we went to a maze. It was inside a house and very dark. It would be really bad, if you had claustrophobia. I finished that too.
Next we went to a drop zone. You jump from a height of twelve meters with a harness on. Actually, it was not scary at all.
I wanted to do the big zip lines, but they would not let me. They said that I was not heavy enough. You had to be 40 kg. I didn’t think that it was fair, because Emma got to go.
Finally I went to the “Tarzan Leap”. It was really fun. You jump of a platform (with a harness) holding on to a rope. You swinging on the rope like Tarzan (instead of plummeting to the ground).
It was a lot of fun.