Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tropical Fruit Farm

I have heard Dad talk about the Tropical Fruit Farm in Penang once and have made it a point to visit the orchard the next time I holidayed in Penang. Therefore, this trip, I dragged the bestie couple and Jennie along on my fruit exploration.

We paid RM40 each to join a guided farm tour, which included a fruit place and fruit juice. The tour lasted about half-an-hour.

The guide spoke in immaculate English and was very knowledgeable in the fruits grown at the orchard. He even introduced the medical benefits of each fruit and there were some trivia info, as well. 

The orchard is 25 acres wide and has more than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits. Some are familiar to us, some not quite. The orchard uses organic fertilisers, some even processed on site from their own fruit waste. Chemicals are used only when absolutely needed. 

I found the guided tour educational and could see how it contributes to the eco and agro-tourism of the state (and country). I am pretty sure that not only will foreigners learn a thing or two but also locals, especially when the current generation spend much time looking at an electronic version of plants and not the real version.

We were also introduced to their enzyme processing facility and I ended up buying a bottle of special enzyme to helped with my period pains. Apparently, they have an online facility that allowed for online shopping of their products but the selection is limited. Hm, seems that I may have to visit them again to buy a bigger bottle of that enzyme!

Tropical Fruit Farm
Batu 18, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11500 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 4 866 5168; Mob: +60 12 497 1931
Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm

Friday, May 13, 2016

Roomies Suites

I have had the experience staying with Roomies Penang and thought of them when I made my next trip to Penang. Coincidentally, they had a newly opened branch called Roomies Suites and so I made it a point to stay there. Also in Batu Feringghi, they are located in a complex directly opposite Golden Sands Resort called Eden Parade.

The complex building itself was not impressive. In fact, we were a little skeptical when taking the lift, as it felt a little dodgy. However, when we arrived on our specified level, we were welcomed by a wall of synthetic green grass and a brightly-lit corridor.

Their reception area was spacious and decorated with bright colours. The check-in process was rather speedy and we found out that the manager there was Indonesian.

The television was playing in the background and there were coffee and tea-making facilities. Only some rooms were on this side of the complex and we gave the bestie couple a room here due to M's back problem. Well, you see, if you have to climb a ladder to get to bed, it is not advisable to do so with a bad back.

The other family rooms with loft beds were on the other side to the reception area. See that colourful door? That's where the rooms were and we had to key in a security code to enter.

It was clear that they had children in mind with setting up the Loft Room. There were toys, a kiddy tent, beanbags and a colourful carpet under the loft.

We were able to enjoy movies lying in bed. It was really comfortable but found the soundproofing a little lacking, as we could hear people laughing and running outside.

The bathroom was clean, simple and we had a rain shower. Would have been more handy to have more hooks for clothes inside the bathroom, though.

Breakfast was included and the next morning, we had a packet of nasi lemak. I made myself a cup of tea to go with it. Simple but satisfying.

1-9B Eden Parade, 1 Jalan Sungai Emas, 11100 Batu Feringghi, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +60 4 881 1378; Mob: +60 12 474 1869, +60 16 477 5227


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