Into The Wilds of Langkawi

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What better day to take a romp into the wilds of Langkawi than during monsoon season, with waves of precipitation crashing into us intermittently?

Don’t worry – it’s a rhetorical question.

We already did it.

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There is this amazing stretch in the cycling trip where you get to jetski across a dam on your bike!

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Yes, that’s right! Ride across a flooded dam on your bike!

Not to worry – it’s perfectly safe, assuming the current isn’t too strong or the water is too deep. You’ll be fine.

I mean, most people usually take ATV’s or trucks. But those guys are wusses.

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Yeah, you heard me!

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Through endless rubber plantations and paddy fields – lush greenery all the way!

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And the occasional critter that will stop and stare.

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To be honest, I think we’re the ones that stop and stare more.

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The decrepit Langkawi Lake House

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Did I mention it was monsoon season?

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So come join us into the wilds of Langkawi!

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Yeah, come join us in this dark and creepy forest…

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Another highly memorable section is this super secret pathway that extends out onto the ocean. Technically it’s private property, so I can’t tell you where the entrance is.

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It’s part of a wave breaker wall that was privately constructed, but not very well maintained. It curves out over the west coast of Langkawi Island.

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And off we go to another adventure!

Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games

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The inaugural Asia Pacific Masters Games has just taken place, right here in Penang, Malaysia! Here are some brief glimpses of the Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games that took place in September of 2018.

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Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Now I bet you’re sitting there like the Thinker, thinking to yourself:

What is the Masters Games?

Well, put simply – Masters refers to veterans, or those who are typically outside the range and considered “past the prime” for competitive sports.

Basically the Masters Games is an all-encompassing international multi-sport event, like the Olympics, but for all ages and abilities!

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Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Anyway, this is the opening ceremony for Penang’s Asia Pacific Masters Games.

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It went off with several bangs.

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And of course some speeches.

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And marching.

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And some snazzy song and dance to keep everyone entertained.

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And of course some colourful things to thrill the throngs!

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The iconic transportation of Penang – the mighty trishaw! Now in technicolour

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Did I mention there were a lot of bangs?

And here’s the swimming segment of the Masters Games:

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And here’s the cycling segment:

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Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games Howei

Healthy drinks and sporting events are made for each other! Hope he’s ready for some good business!

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Day & Night At Kerian International Duathlon

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If you’ve been to a remotely competitive sports events, there is one thing you inevitably experience – waking up and being outside at an ungodly hour before the sun has even risen.

You will have experienced the day and night in the course of that event. This is the day and night of the Kerian International Duathlon.

But first, stay in school, kids:

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Here are some glimpses into the Kerian International Duathlon (the fourth edition):

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Did I mention getting up at the crack of dawn?

And then there’s the transition area where you set up a nice little home for yourself in the darkness of night:

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And there’s the end! That was fast!

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Don’t worry guys, he’s fine.

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Tony Tan, the legend!

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Post-event preponderances:

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Rainy Round Island

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On the day of Eid al-Adha – the Day of Sacrifice in Malaysia, we did a rowdy ride around Penang Island. We witnessed and endured much, with the rain coming down on us halfway through our ride. There were also some rather gory scenes, with public slaughter of livestock (it isn’t called the Day of Sacrifice for nothing), which I will spare you.

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It’s mostly our usual cyclist shenanigans.

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The Biggest Penang Cycling Event

Do you know which is the biggest cycling event in Penang?

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The name itself might not be the catchiest, but it’s definitely been one of the largest since its inception back in 2008.

That’s right! It’s been running for 10 years straight, and this year they celebrated their 10th anniversary – with a big ride, of course!

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Taking place right in the heart of George Town, at the old field by the sea, this iconic event takes riders over 80 kilometres through bustling city streets (at least not so bustling early on a Sunday morning); Penang’s major highways; up gradual rolling hillsides; past rural kampung areas that people couldn’t imagine existed in modern day Penang; and past picturesque beaches and coastal boulevards.

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There’s almost always a hill in the background.

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And we pass some intriguing gardens and attractions on our way.

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Did I mention Penang is very hilly?

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And of course when there’s lots of people, there’s lot of wacky antics.

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Admiral Cove of Port Dickson

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Port Dickson is a truly idyllic seaside sanctuary from the hectic madness not far to the north. The Avillion Admiral Cove is a meticulously reclaimed semicircular lagoon prodding west along the Straits of Malacca.

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With turquoise waters and a gradually receding beach front, it’s a perfect spot for classy resorts…and sport.

For 17 years, this Avillion Admiral Cove has been host to the annual Port Dickson International Triathlon, one of the few this part of the world.

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With clean sweeping beaches and protected lagoony marinas, it’s not hard to see why this is such a popular spot for tourists and hardcore triathletes.

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And where there is tourism, there is food. Just down the road are a number of popular seafood restaurants. One iconic eatery is based in a multi-tiered Chinese shrine. The rest have your usual assortment of resting flora and fauna.

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With the sportspeople come a rainbow variety of vividly coloured equipment and accessories!

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Cycling Experience Around Penang Island

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As you may have noticed, bicycling is our passion! Currently we are hosting a cycling experience around Penang Island, with bike rental if you require.
One of our usual routes is along the northern coast of Penang, riding through Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang.
You can tackle some of Penang’s scenic hills firsthand!

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This here is Pearl Hill (Bukit Mutiara) which is nestled in the suburban slopes of Tanjung Bungah. Entirely optional, as it is a bit of a workout with the constant gradual climb, but nothing a seasoned cyclist can’t handle!

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We will take a ride along the windy and winding roads of the northern cliffs, and make our way past the towering resorts and beaches that Penang is famous for.

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Bikelah Cycling Experience Teluk Bahang

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We can also take a bike hike up to the Teluk Bahang Dam (and further beyond into the hills if you’re a seasoned climber).

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We’ll pass all the fun places in Penang, such as the Escape Theme Parks as well as the Entopia Butterfly Farm.

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And of course there will be fruit and food and drinks!

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There are many intriguing and picturesque sights to see.

We host casual fun rides around Penang all the time, so feel free to contact us and join one of our cycling experiences!
Come ride with us!

Cycling the Bridge of Hope

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At the dawn of an overcast yet auspicious morning, the authorities of new and old gathered with cyclists and joggers to celebrate the completion and official opening of the massive new spiral bridge – officially known as the Jambatan Harapan, the Bridge of Hope For those that are unaware, this is a nod to the name of the winning party in the recent election, the Pakatan Harapan.

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Much revelry was had at this grand structure that finally allows pedestrians and cyclists a safe way across the busy Penang Lim Chong Eu Expressway – a link between Queensbay Mall and the industrial zone

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After going around the spiral bridge, you will find yourself on a wide new bicycle path heading straight towards the largest (and busiest) roundabout in Penang, with Krystal Point on the right.

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There is a stream (read: big ravine) that runs along the bike path. However, the refuse from the surrounding plants and factories has turned it into a foul-smelling cesspool of stagnant floaties.

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Still needs to be some beautification on both sides of the bike path, but the spiral bridge itself is a grand testament to just how much Penangites like to cycle (and show off)!

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Malaysia boleh!

The Spiral Bridge of Hope

Introducing the brand new Spiral Bridge of Hope – right in time to usher in a new era of Malaysian history!

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This circular landmark can be found a few klicks south from the popular Queensbay Mall on the south-east side of Penang Island.

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And it’s purposefully made with pedestrians, runners and cyclists in mind!

Although I’m sure motorcyclists will find their way up it, as they do.

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With a height of 11 metres, a length of over 250 metres, and a gradual 5 degree slope (compared to some of the more ridiculous slopes we have here in Penang), this bridge was designed to not only be accessible by the physically robust or those with motorised assistance; even the most inexperienced cyclist and pedestrian can easily make their way up this tower bridge.

The new spiral bridge will act as both a safe passageway across the highway as well as a magical lookout point to this side of Penang Island. Although not immediately apparent from below, at its peak there is a large circular platform that provides quite the view!

To the west you can see all the way into Penang’s heart and suburban central, and to the east you gaze upon both of Penang’s massive bridges as well as Pulau Jerejak just 800m across the channel.


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Maybe not so sightly at the moment with all the reclamation going on.

It was a clever idea to incorporate a viewing platform into this bridge; in doing so its value has been multiplied tremendously. The bridge is now more than just another overhead bridge – it is a potent tourist hotspot, a gathering point for landscape photographers, a place to relax and look up at the open sky.

So where does it go?

The spiral bridge starts from the south of Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas and stretches west across Penang’s busiest highway – the Lim Chong Eu north-south expressway. It bends around the tennis courts of Intel and along Penang’s Free Trade/Industrial Zone.

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This bridge will serve to connect the coastal Bayan Bay area with the Sungai Nibong and the Bayan Baru area where Penang’s largest roundabout and Krystal Point are. All in all the project cost a decent 8.9 million, which is perhaps a little more than I would pay, but what do I know about building bridges?

The reason it is unofficially known as the Spiral Bridge of Hope is because the party that overthrew the previous government stronghold is named the Hope Party (Pakatan Harapan).

So here’s to hoping this bridge remains a beacon of our dreams and wishes for Malaysia for many years to come.

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And here’s a video of it – now with music!

 

Meeting Medan & Touring Toba

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Medan is a mighty interesting place not a stone’s throw away from Peninsular Malaysia. It’s not a densely packed Asian metropolis – think of it as the Auckland of Indonesia. It’s got majestic mountains and substantial bodies of beautiful blue water.

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Their sate is certainly saucy.

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Cruising through the morning markets
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Just some pretty chicks showing off their melons
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Flippin’ da noodles

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Bikes abound wherever we go

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If you want to visit the legendary Lake Toba, then you’ve got to take a nice long trip inland – roughly 3 hours by bus across 180km.

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The trip to Parapat, the primary port town that services Lake Toba and the immense island at its centre, is relatively serene and plain. There are a few rolling hills, with lots of paddy fields and simple estates on either side.

However, as you wind your way up the final stretches of bendy mountain roads approaching Parapat (oh, you will know), get ready for the breathtaking reveal!

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You can’t miss it
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Behold, the port of Parapat

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Doggie dogs everywhere

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Chook playground

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Hard to go wrong with the scenery here – just point and click!
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Praise the sun!

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One last glimpse of that beautiful blue
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Onboard entertainment
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We made it! Now can we find a place to collapse?
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Everybody was kung fu fighting!