penang has certainly moved on since i was last there 2 years ago....
nothing costs rm2.30 anymore at the islands glades food stalls. char kuay teow is now 2.80 WITHOUT eggs. a chicken egg costs an extra 50sen & a duck egg, rm1. no wonder people resort to manufacturing fake eggs!
in reflecting inflation on a larger scale, the straits quay development on reclaimed land near tanjung bungah, has terrace houses starting at rm1.2M!!
penangites will go far for good food. a thai food restaurant that has been in operation for 3 years is Bukit Genting Thai (on my GPS) near balik pulau. it's located on top a hill 290m above sea-level & you can get both a good view of the coastline as well as authentic Thai food at reasonable prices.we just had a snack & after that, my sisters-in-law were adamant they must have the famous balik pulau laksa another 10mins drive away. while in penang, be prepared to learn about the many famous food stalls - penang road chendol, craven A nasi kandar, air hitam assam laksa, etc. penang is not called a food haven for no reason!
however, some things don't change. i was at youth park this morning at 9.30am, hoping to have some quiet time for exercise. to my utter surprise, the car park was almost full & people are everywhere - families with young children, retirees, everyone - at a time i had expected people to be still having a late breakfast on a weekend or queueing up at the shopping mall.
but maybe i shouldn't be surprised. the youth park has been well maintained by the local council & it's a refreshing piece of green-lung right smack in the city, & it's always crowded in the evenings. looks like people throng the place on weekend mornings as well. as i walked up the hill, i noticed i'm panting more than i used to. i could previously walked up the 1st rest place without stopping but this time, i had to stop TWICE to catch my breath. truth be known, i haven't been exercising regularly of late.
all the more i should focus on after this weekend savoring the the food haven.