I recently got to know Daniel Sun at Trendy Lovey while walking through Straits Quay in Tanjung Tokong. It’s a new children’s toy shop with some pretty neat new toys. There’s also a snow sand play area for younger tots and a ping pong table for older ones.
My children were completely fascinated by the toys on display. The littler ones gravitated towards the flashy noisy riding toys. There are a pair of Ferraris that they can drive around. Daniel let my children go for a test drive out into the mall. The passers-by were probably equally drawn to the flashing lights as the bright smiles on my kids faces.
My older one got to test drive a radio-controlled car that drives on the wall. It uses some kind of vacuum suction technology that makes it stick. It is pretty slick. I looked at the battery needs. Looks like the car itself has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery but the controller runs on AA.
We didn’t try out the sand area, but will do that on another day. It cost RM 10 per kid per entry. He didn’t say how long they could stay in.
On the shelves are also some wooden puzzles and other educational toys. There are also kid sized suitcases, along the Trunki vein.
They keep getting new stock and will be fun to see what else they get.
I hope you get a chance to drop in and let him know you heard about him from Living in Penang.
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Many of us are coming here to Penang, Malaysia to set up a new business. I know several reps for large companies that have come to break ground on new factories and offices. There are also those of us that are just here to live, but we need office furniture in our homes. Well there are two good sources to check out besides the furniture shops that I’ve already listed in a popular past post.
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One of the things I do regularly is check to see what books are available for free on Kindle. Today I noticed two free kindle travel ebooks that might be of interest to Living in Penang readers.
[update: these books are no longer free]
Please note: these free promotions are provided by the publisher and are often for a very limited time — sometimes just a few hours. Please check to make sure that the kindle book is still free before you hit Buy-it-now.
I plan on doing another post some day about the wonders and joys of having a ebook reader. It has eased some of the drawbacks of traveling overseas.
Publication Date: December 4, 2012
This is an easy to read, action packed booklet that will show you how you too can travel free. Dr. Joe T. White, a highly published author and experienced world traveler will walk you through all of the details. You will learn step by step how to put together a group of friends and relatives and travel to the places where you have only read about and dreamed about.
Publication Date: October 17, 2012 The Non-Boring Travel Money Guide: Dollars, Rupiah and Sense Want to travel the world but don’t think you are rich enough? Here’s an insider trick, you don’t need to be rich to travel. I’ve traveled my entire life, and never been “rich” in any normal definition of the word.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy This Book If you have fixed ideas about how you travel, if the thought of taking the road less-traveled (metaphorically and physically) horrifies you, then skip this book. If you want 99 bland and generic tips on how to save money while traveling, well you might as well just skip on by as well.
If you don’t have a sense of humor you’re probably find this book irritating.
If you are still reading, you may be surprised to discover that: The Non-Boring Travel Money Book even has some useful information if you are interested in:
how to set a realistic budget for your next trip, including the single most important factor that determines your trip’s cost (hint: it’s not the stars of the hotels or the length of the trip);
how to save money and actually achieve that target budget;
how to set-up your financial life to manage your money on the road efficiently and cheaply;
tips and tricks on how to travel for free! (Well not really, but to travel for no more than you?d spend staying at home, that is possible).
I have been on the hunt for some new furniture for the house because we have a new baby coming into our family. My search has recently taken me to Modern Art Furniture, a furniture shop in Penang Malaysia located on 320 Q & V Perak Road. They have a storefront that faces Perak Road, but if you look carefully, there are signs that lead you around the back to a car park and their four story showroom.
Our good friends Rob and Tyra at ZG Trading sell this awesome pedal-less bike to help little ones learn to balance and ride. It’s called the KaZAM bike. As you can see above, our two year old is getting the hang of balancing and steering. It is adjustable and goes all the way down to her level. Read more…
One of my favorite foods to get when I go to the hawker stalls is char kway teow. I guess it isn’t all that good for you because it is an absorbent carbohydrate noodle fried in a saturated fat. Read more…
What’s better than living in a place with a mango season? Living in a place with two!
Actually because of the varieties that are available, and because there are imports coming in from other Southeast Asian countries, there really isn’t a time when mangos are not available. And that is a wonderful thing.
There are several varieties of mangoes, but our favorite is a green skin one called ‘honey gold’. In Indonesia, we called it harum manis. As its name implies this is a sweet mango. It is soft too. A ripe one will practically melt in your mouth.
There are other varieties that are tart and stringy. They can be good too. Sometimes I cut a sweet one and a tart one and have a bowl with both. Good eats for sure.
I usually try to pick my own mangos myself. I generally go by touch. A ripe mango will not be rock hard. There will be some give to the skin. But it won’t be so soft that the skin stays dented after you press into it.
Here’s an illustrated guide to how I cut a mango. Read more…
Modern Art Furniture Sdn Bhd
320 Perak Road
Tel: (+604) 283-6463
I found this shop on the recommendation of a friend who bought a baby cot for his daughter there. I had success finding what I was looking for. For more of the story read my review of my visit to Modern Art Furniture.
Mekio Home Furnishing
No. 109 Kinta Lane, off Burma Road, Georgetown
This local IKEA wannabe is a good local place to see a wide variety of furniture styles and prices. They source their products from China. We’ve order things and had to wait for the next shipment from China to arrive. A point in their favor, once we ordered something and they called us to let us know that the shipment did not come to their standard of quality, “so would we prefer a refund or to wait til the next shipment.” We have found this level of customer service quite refreshing and praiseworthy.
31, Jalan Kelawai, 10250 Penang.
Also, 72, Jalan Masjid Negeri, 11600,
This store has some high quality items and a fairly broad selection. In our experience, the Kelawai store, East of Gurney Plaza on the right, has better selection.
Creative Furnishing, 416-428 Jalan Dato Keramat (at the corner of Dato Kermat and Jalan Perak), 10460
04 2274 980, 988
This store is somewhat unique in that most if not all of their products are made of solid wood, rather than particle board. Much of it is pine, a soft wood, but sometimes they have maple and other woods. Good quality products.
LDI Furniture, No 2, Solok Scotland (Right on the tighter corner opposite Masjid Negeri) 10450
04 826 2122
Open 10-7 M-Sat, 10-5 Sun.
If you’re reeling from shock that most of the furniture in Malaysia is made of cheap chipboard covered in thin veneer, then this is a place that may help you recover a bit. Everything here is made of Indonesian teak. It’s not all cheap, though you may be surprised to find that a slightly rough teak bookcase is cheaper than a glitzy, modern looking piece of thinly disguised chipboard. Some of the workmanship here is beautiful; some of it is a bit shabby, so drag things out into the sunlight to inspect before you buy. But if any furniture can last nearly forever, this would be it.
KC Furniture, Jalan Larut (just after Georgetown Baptist Church and before the fancy KFC in a mansion.)
Another location on Jalan Tanjung Tokong, across from Island Plaza
The showroom at both locations is pretty expansive with a several levels. It will give you an idea of the quality of the products. Our experience has been to simply ask to look in the catalogs. This will give you a bigger breadth of styles to choose from.
Regent Furnishing, 281 and 283 Jalan Chulia, Georgetown, (just at the bend in the street, just east of and across the street from Rainforest Bakery)
This store has more in it than you’d expect while looking at the front. They used to give discounts to Dalat people, though we’re not sure if that was more their initiative or the initiative of Chris Teh who used to be a sales associate here before he moved over to KC. Check them out.
Sing Guang Hing—with prominent Sharp and Astro signs—across the street from MayBank in Tanjung Bungah.
In the right hand side of this store you can find a selection of chipboard based wardrobes, kitchen cabinets and coffee tables, at reasonable prices.
Haji A. Othman Piliai and Sons—113, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Georgetown (just across the street from Kapitan Keling Mosque)
It’s admittedly challenging to find anything in this piled up, dusty shop, but if you hit them at the right time you may find just what you’re looking for. Very cheap prices.
Check out this new post about where to go to get office furniture and equipment.
Muthu Frozen Foods—BA, Blok 598, Jln Tanjung Bunga, 11200 Tanjung Bunga 04-890 6900.
On the right, before you go into the Tanjung Bunga traditional market.
Probably the best meat shop at least in north Penang. Good quality beef burgers, sausage links, lunchmeat, bacon, boneless chicken breasts (min. 2 kilogram packs) even turkey loaf, and even simple enchilada. The staff is very helpful and friendly.
Straits Market—Jalan Loh Poh Heng, Tanjung Bungah
Great source for Western food like boneless chicken breasts, tortilla (flour and corn), corn nacho chips, blocks of New Zealand and other cheeses, whipped cream, tomato sauce, salsa, maple syrup, Doctor Pepper, whole turkey (seasonal).
SIMS—Lebuh Carnarvon, (just east of Prangin Mall) Georgetown
This classic old store seems to be the source for baking needs for hotels, restaurants and finicky cooks and cake decorators all over Penang.
Enrico—Lebuh Pantai, Georgetown
This seems to be the ultimate source for Indian spices and ingredients in Penang.
Traditional markets, also called wet markets, are a great source for fresh meats, fruits and vegetables, spices, and other basic local ingredients. Best to shop here in the morning—the earlier the fresher. There are three popular ones along Penang’s north coast.
- Pulau Tikus (just south of the Police Station)
- Tanjung Bungah (down the hill and to the left from Dalat Internationall School
- Teluk Bahang (on the left as you come into town after the traffic roundabout).
In Georgetown, check out Chowrasta Market on Penang Road, or Campbell Street market at Campbell and Carnarvon.
In Batu Ferringhi, there is a morning market that does not have its own dedicated building. It can be found in the parking lot behind the Mutiara apartment buildings, which is behind the Petronas and MacDonalds in Batu Ferringhi.
Also, check out the amazing street market that appears in the streets around Campbell on Saturday mornings.
And check out the night food (and everything else!) markets that pop up in the evenings. They start getting set up around sundown but don’t have much activity until 8:30pm.
- Teluk Bahang every Monday night
- Tanjung Bungah market every Tuesday night.
- Batu Ferringhi market every Saturday night.