We are still cheered in thoughts about our last minute decision of traveling to Penang despite the ifs and buts (like staying there for only a few days). It is a long story, but yes, we spent the Holy Week in this island prominent for its representation of East and West (claimed to be one of the 10 islands that one should explore before he dies). Although after a short stay, it marked more on me as “one of my weakest spots” (read: food heaven).
While Holy Week in the Philippines is literally more colorful, it was a rare chance for us to have observed the remembrance of holy days in a more serene and reflective manner, minus the traditional procession in my hometown. The best part is that we spent it with a very dear relative (more than a sibling to me) who is based there alone. So, it is a win-win presence in both camps.
Staying in Penang for few days sounds unreasonable. Yes, I agree, but it is amenable. With my limitations of being away from work, I grabbed the chance as soon as it presented itself. I do not want to discuss in details how much effort it took to take the needed break. But at this point, I am just more than grateful that I jumped in this whirlwind trip because it recharged my batteries in many aspects. If only we had enough time, we could have taken one of those flights to Thailand due to its proximity to this island.
We really had a great time in the island and I cannot wait to share how enriching the experience was. Enjoy the photos for the time being.