When you’re living in a foreign country and 40 weeks pregnant, you don’t make plans too far in advance. But since the baby shows no inclination to arrive just yet, our family decided to take advantage of our unscheduled free time.
On Saturday evening, we attended another event at the Esplanade. This was the 3rd Annual Penang Yosakoi Parade. Now that I’ve attended, I’m still not exactly sure what this was, but it seemed to be a celebration of Japanese heritage, a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Japanese tsunami, and a cosplay event. Plus–and this is a direct quote–“Mardi Gras-style street dancing.”
On Sunday, we made an outing to the Youth Park, which I think has a new name (Penang Municipal Park), but most people still call it Youth Park. It’s beautiful–super shady and sprawling, with sports fields, playgrounds, pools, and trails. This is my favorite park so far, and we will definitely be coming back.
Near the playground was a reflexology path. You are supposed to take off your shoes and walk on the poky rocks. There were a couple adults treading very gingerly upon the rocks and looking rather uncomfortable. They were all pretty amazed when Simon stripped off his socks and went treading around without any trouble.
Good thing that I read up on the park beforehand. We planned ahead and brought Simon’s swimsuit. It turns out that there’s even more than one swimming area, but we just stayed in this one for today. It was actually pretty crowded–everybody needs relief from this intense Malaysian heat wave!
Then we had another welcome surprise! Our friend Afi drove over to the park to meet us. Simon was delighted to see her! She explained that she’s been super productive at school lately and was giving herself a little well-deserved time off. (In fact, she just submitted her first research paper for publication, hurrah!)
We all went out to lunch together at New World Park Hawker Center. This may be my favorite outdoor food court yet. There were a whole lot of options and since it’s not on the side of a street, it’s much safer and quieter for a family meal. We will definitely be returning.