Gurney Drive Escapade – Day 3

View of sunsire from Gurney Hotel

It was about five in the morning. My coughing woke us both up. We could not sleep anymore and lazed in bed for a while. The room window looked out to the east and we hoped to catch the sunrise that we missed the morning before. Unfortunately, the sky was cloudy. The rising sun was hidden from view. We got up to get ready for breakfast. After getting all dressed up, we looked out the window to find the sea was bathed in a shimmering reflection of the sun that had risen about thirty degrees from the horizon, still partially obscured by the clouds.

The Evergreen Laurel Hotel is located just beside the Gurney Hotel. We dropped in to check on the breakfast menu and decided that RM29 per person for a buffet breakfast was a tad too expensive. Our next choice was Khaleel Nasi Kandar which was further up the road. There is only one nasi kandar shop in the entire stretch of Gurney Drive. Half-boiled eggs and toasts are not a Mamak’s speciality. It was a mistake ordering those. We would have had a heartier breakfast had we ordered roti canai or thosai instead.

We did not linger at the seafront although the weather was just right. We wanted to go back and pack up and then rest a while before checking-out. Wuan is always on the lookout for photo opportunities of pretty flowers. At the driveway to the Evergreen Laurel Hotel, some vines hanging down from the wall were blooming. Although it was not the prettiest of flowers, the morning sun gave it an unusual glow that made it an interesting subject.

Checking-out was simple. Wuan just returned the keycards and retrieved the credit card slip from the receptionist. The slip was printed out when she was requested to pay for room for the first night. We had booked a taxi to come fetch us. While waiting, Wuan went out and took more images. We did not enjoy this mini-vacation much due to my relentless coughing, food that was below par and irretrievably spoilt by the messed-up room reservation.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

11 thoughts on “Gurney Drive Escapade – Day 3”

  1. Hi Peter!!
    Its been quite some time since I dropped by here. Saw your very nice pictures of Penang and read about the stories of old Penang long gone. I too wanted to take photos of old Kuantan, Endau and Rompin when I went for my trip to Club Med but somehow just wasn’t enthusiastic enough!

    My parents and I are thinking of going for another family trip. This time its Penang!! I love the food there, so does my sister. Since my bro-in-law hasn’t been there…this should be a good chance for the whole family to be together again 🙂 I will use your travel log as my guide when I’m there!

  2. Cherry,
    The Penang Heritage Trail provides a leisurely but interesting walk around the inner city where most of the historical buildings are located. I hope you will have fun when you are here.

  3. Peter
    I love watching the sunrise:) such a beautiful pic ,of the the shimmering reflection.

    I have some beautiful pics of sunrise at redhead.
    But have to sort out my snanner problem first,
    before i can share them.

    Enjoy ya day n tcz

  4. Sweetspirit,
    I love watching sunrise and sunset. Watching the sun rise gives me a sense of exhilaration and renewal. The setting sun, on the other hand, exudes a sense of relaxation in anticipation of another new day. At this age, I am still fascinated by this wonder of nature.

  5. sorry to hear about your mess-up room reservation, peter.

    luckily you did not eat at evergreen laurel. i had eaten there twice… once is for wedding function and once the buffet lunch. the food there is not good at all.

    you did not try the famous curry fish head (jaws)?

  6. Lucia,
    And I was thinking of feasting on one of their buffets the next time I am there. I am not very fond of curry fish head. I am very selective of the curries that I eat.

  7. Peter
    I so agree with you,once i use to be awake before sunrise every day,just to watch it’s beauty and and the sense of being inspired by
    something man could not create( natures beauty)

    Anyways when i sort out my scanner ill send you some beautiful pics of sunrise at redhead beach.
    The colours are amazing im sure you and Wuan will like them 🙂

  8. Sweetspirit,
    I love sunrise more than sunset. My current apartment window faces the sunset direction. Not much to look at. We are looking forward to seeing your sunrise photos. Sunrise signifies rebirth. That is why it always gives me a sense of renewal and rejuvenation.

  9. Speechless, Peter. Malu to say that I never see my own island in such beautiful colours and angles. I must really make an effort to do this one day – exploring the inner city. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful nooks and corners.

  10. Lilian,
    More photos coming up. All those memories will not be possible without Wuan who took a major portion of them while pushing me all over the places.

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