To Bagan Serai & Beyond
In September of 2017, we decided to explore the townships of Bagan Serai and Kuala Kurau in the northern Perak region.
We started off in Penang, from the Butterworth ferry terminal, and made our way south along the old trunk road.
The roads were straight and the traffic low, and the locals probably weren’t as accustomed to hordes of cyclists passing through.
I hobbled my way to the nearest hardware store; thankfully this town appeared well accustomed to servicing passing vehicles. However, these vehicles tended to be of the larger variety, so I had to MacGuyver together some tube levers and a patch from keys and some decent duct tape.
Fortunately, the hardware store had a powerful pump and soon I was off on my merry way.
Bagan Serai is a relatively simple town that I suppose is known for food, apart from being a hub town for the surrounding area.
Nothing much to see there, really. Lots of shops though.
Now Kuala Kurau is much more interesting.
Kuala Kurau is a bustling little port town by the sea, with some quaint little bridges spanning the delta.
It appears to be a town with some history – old, weather-worn buildings; typical salty fishing shacks; new, stone temples and bungalows.
And just out of town was where our true destination lay: My Homestay 21.
Located literally in the middle of a palm plantation, deep in Kampung Lian Seng, is a large expanse of pomelo orchards and sturdy houses with a thriving Chinese population.
So we came along to feast on the pomelos, but stayed around to support (morally) the kind medical doctors that were there to offer free medical check-ups to the local residents.
Some creature live above us, and some below. But there are some creatures that are destined to live in the in-between, hovering endlessly in the interface between sky and land.
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Nestled among classy eateries and health clinics at Vantage, that commercial area out of the front of Straits Quay, RNG Games is a roomy and casual hobby store that caters to a wide variety of gamers and enthusiasts.
There is no admission fee, and you can come in and play for FREE! How cool is that?
RNG Games has an expansive collection of the latest board games, card games and collectibles. There are lots of board games that are open and available for anyone to pick up and play.
Magic: The Gathering is also supported here, and it’s a common sight to see MTG players duking it out on the long tables.
And down the back you have a quieter, more well-equipped area for figurine enthusiasts to work on their models and miniatures.
So in short (bit late for that, perhaps), this is one of the most well-equipped and designed board game shops in Penang, with a roomy and relaxing environment and fun for the whole family!
Of course it also helps to be one of the only board game shops left in Penang. Actually, I can’t think of another one off the top of my head, so I guess it really is best!