Around Penang - 2nd May 2015

I awoke early this morning thinking what an awful word “Retiree” is. To retire means to leave or finish and is applied to the game of cricket when you are bowled out as well as finishing ones working life.

It is OK to retire from work but one should avoid retiring from “life” as so many do. There must be better word to describe the commencement to what is arguably the most exciting episode of one’s life. None of the humdrum of going to work, no young family to raise, no more life insurance payments (replaced by funeral fund contributions) to pay and no more rituals to be performed so methodically every day. This is a time to spread your wings and fFly”, to discover your inner self and throw caution to the wind!

Having racked my brain I still cannot come up with a definitive word. Have trawled through “it is time to wind up not wind down” and “Smileys” came to mind, (just hate the Grey Nomad description) but nothing has caught my imagination to date. Suggestions are welcomed, just leave a message on the www.planet-boomer.com web site for me.

Had dinner at our favourite Café Fountain near our hotel. Erica had Chicken Rice and me the Fried Behoon.  Both yummy and with drinks cost us 15Rm or about $5.40 Australian.

Fried Behoon

Fried Behoon

Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice

We are off this morning for more “thrill rides” on Penang Rapid bus service. At only 2RM (or 71 cents Australian) a pop it is a bargain! Plan to visit the beach area at the top of Penang Island to watch the local “species” at play. Having researched the bus map we are off to the Jetty to catch the 101 to Teluk Behang on the north- west corner of the island.

This morning we walked down Armenian Street (very touristy spot) and could not believe the numbers of tourist buses dropping off people to walk up the street. They were lining up to get pics taken of themselves in front of street art in large numbers. All were of Asian ethnicity.

Line up for street art picts

Line up for street art picts

The street art pict they all want

The street art pict they all want

We stopped at our favourite bakery to buy egg tarts for brekkie. Yum Yum.

The long bus ride to Teluk Behang was uneventful other than that we met a lovely English couple called Cathy and Paul who are taking a year off work to enjoy the rest of the world. We exchanged many stories on the 90 minute odd trip and we plan to catch up with them later in Melaka.  The bus was packed to the rafters for most of the journey.

Teluk Behang is a National Park.  We went for a walk along the fishing fleet’s jetty which was quite narrow and had no rails. To our surprise numerous fishermen rode past us at high speed on motorbikes to get to their boats. It explained why there were no other walkers! Our plan was to explore the beaches but all along the coast here there is either a drop off below the road to the water or the big resort type hotels have cut of access to the beaches. We were disappointed as Erica was imagining a tree lined Esplanade!

Motorbike on old wooden fishing jetty

Motorbike on old wooden fishing jetty

Fishing Jetty

Fishing Jetty

Caught another packed bus towards Georgetown. We were the last 2 passengers that could physically fit inside the bus and spent the next 20 minutes standing next to the driver up against the windscreen in an area marked 'Do Not Stand Here'. We counted ourselves lucky as we streaked past hapless waving souls at bus stops as our bloated beast lumbered onwards towards town. 

Off in the morning on the 8.30am High Speed Ferry to Langkawi for 5 days.