Category Archives: Malaysia

After being away to study then work in Peninsular Malaysia for a decade, I have found myself starting to appreciate those little things we have in Sarawak.


Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

After having relocated from Thailand back to Malaysia, for over half a year my life has been a constant cycle of going to work, coming back to sleep, and waiting for weekend to come. This isn’t the quality life in my dictionary, but there is business to be done.

I’m currently staying in the city center of the Penang island. To be honest, after having been to and settled at a few places over the past 12 years since coming to Peninsular Malaysia on my own (I feel like a nomad at times), after having experienced many things and met many people, nothing in the hustle and bustle of this island can excite me that much anymore.

To be fair, it isn’t that this island has nothing interesting to offer. Contrary to that, it has everything other Malaysian states probably fails to offer: from food to culture to art to shopping. But I’ve seen greater things somewhere else; I’ve also tasted food which I feel is more multi-dimensionally delicious, so my benchmark of what is good and what is just okay in this place maybe different from others.

So today, I decided to explore with my fiancé another area of Penang which is outside of the little island, and this hidden gem at North Seberang Perai, known as Frog Hill, just left us in awe!

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

I was told about this relatively less-known place by a student of mine. After looking at some pictures, I thought it would make an interesting place to explore, since it isn’t too far from where I stay and is said to resemble China’s Jiuzhaigou.

Hidden Gem: Breathtaking Frog Hill/Guar Petai at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

After some reading, I got to learn that the Frog Hill is also called Guar Petai, and it is an abandoned quarry located at a rural area in Tasek Gelugor.

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Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok: Everything You Need to Know

As some of you may have been aware, the International Express Train 36 from Butterworth to Bangkok is no longer continued beginning December 2, 2016.

Train 36 is now replaced by Train 46 from Padang Besar in the northern Malaysian state of Perlis all the way to Bangkok. Butterworth (Penang) and Padang Besar are now connected via the KTM Komuter shuttle service that operates quite a number of times daily between 5.30am and 12am (see table below).

Train 46 Padang Besar to Bangkok: Everything You Need to Know
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The service between Butterworth and Padang Besar normally takes less than 2 hours.

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