Category Archives: Sea


The view from the parking lot at sunset is a warm enough welcome to Penang’s latest accommodation-by-the-sea, Hompton By The Beach.

Dottie and Steph are very blessed to be taking in such beauty when they step into work each day was my first impression when taking in this sunset.

The hotel and its staff are unpretentious , judging from the warm hospitality, genuine smiles and good food served earlier.

The fresh salmon and tuna won me over and were such a welcome from the usual frozen variety found in other establishments.

The festive-themed buffet dinner was all about freshness and good taste and it did not have the taste of the usually mass-produced food found in hotel buffet lines.

Even the Christmas desserts – like the fruit cake and panna cotta – had a home-made touch and taste to it.

The Seafood Galore Buffet Dinner on Saturdays and Sundays from 7pm-10pm is priced at RM108 nett for adults with free flow of beer and red and white wines (senior citizens are charged RM88 nett). The buffet only option costs RM78 nett per person (senior citizens aged 55 and above pay RM58 nett) Kids aged 12 and below dine for free. And the best part is that it is served in the hotel’s sea-fronting Spice Garden outlet on Level 11.

A special promotion currently has buy 3, pay for 2, buy 5 pay for 3 and buy 7 pay for 4 deals respectively.

Call 04-3733233 to book your tasty dinner with an awesome view!

Sunset by the Sea

Sunsets on Penang beaches have always been magical and today was no different.

Especially heart-warming was the sight of Malaysians relishing the Instagramable Sunday moments and appreciating what is on their doorstep.

While the crimson and pink skies continue to be Mother Nature’s gifts each evening, the gentle reminder to have an attitude of gratitude couldn’t be more timely.

May our beaches always remain pristine and accessible … hope the welcome back to our shores was a memorable one, Fauziah!

Rooms with a view

She used to be a most gracious hostess when showing us around the high-end properties that her former employer built to sell on the island.

Nothing much has changed today, except that the still-gracious Christina is now her own boss at TZ Suites Sdn Bhd, and “sells” a different category of properties.

She is just as busy these days on her feet as she goes about curating enjoyable and comfortable stays away from home for Penang residents and visitors.

The single and double-roomed suites at The Straits Quay Apartments in Tanjung Tokong on the island, are one lot of her offerings to those who want to drop off the hotel circuit for a change.

Standing above the (still picturesque) Straits Quay Retail Marina (where a good number of eateries are located together with a supermarket and convenience store) are several apartments which are being managed by TZ Suites as holiday rentals.

The view alone from the generous balconies of the units overlooking the Andaman Sea are enough to scream “holiday” and “tropical isle.” I don’t think I was alone in just wanting to sink into a chair on the balcony and chill with a good book (or think of this vantage spot to enjoy the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve)!

Swimming pools nestled among frangipani trees, a gym, clubhouse, sauna and barbeque area are among the facilities within the apartment complex, if you think you want to tear yourself away from the seaview!

Clean sheets and fresh towels greet guests who are checking in and while you may need to pack s toothbrush along, shower gels and shampoos have been thoughtfully supplied in the well-appointed bathrooms.

WiFi is available for your convenience (and to perhaps update your social media platforms or send multiple photos to family and friends of the gorgeous view!) and you can do your laundry in your rented unit as well.

The kitchen is equipped with all basic amenities (fridge, hot plate cooker and other utensils) but in Penang and seriously, would you be wanting to cook your own meals?!! Nearby food attractions range from hawker fare, seafood options and Nasi Melayu and its accompanying curries and condiments.

The two bedroom units can accommodate up to 12 people while the one bedroom, up to 6 guests.

(From April 16 to May 31, 2018, TZ Suites is offering a 15% discount for its 2 bedroom unit which is priced at RM580 per night and RM450 a night for its 1 bedroom unit. The discount does not apply to weekends, the eve of public holidays and public holidays)

More details are available by calling:

Christina Lau (+60103682498) or Bee Hong (+60146042498) or simply drop an email to

(Images courtesy of TZ Suites Sdn Bhd)

Slices of Heaven (on earth)

When we celebrated Su’s birthday last week, we made a detour to the beach before dinner to enjoy the sunset and take in what’s left of the sea (which is yet to be reclaimed).

We are constantly reminded of the reason people make a beeline for our beautiful island and why grace and gratitude is so important for being blessed to wake up each day to either paintings in the sky or endless beauty at sea.

We counted our blessings to be able to enjoy this little slice of heaven on an isle where development and reclamation are fast altering the turtle-shaped silhouette of the coastline.

Several days later, Lin and I took in the calming and peaceful sight of the sea during our morning stroll on the drive.

The simple act of driving along the coast and the many sights of nature-in-blue are treats not enjoyed by those surrounded by plastic, steel and chrome in other cities.

Some of us like Betsy, Thamby, Cuteness and my sistas-and-dudes-in-the-tower, continue to stay blessed waking up to views like these and we pray that our little slices of heaven on earth are not sacrificed in the name of further greed and so-called progress.