This is how it looks like from the little motel where I stayed for the night. I have no problem practically sleeping anywhere to save money. Usually I would put up at mosques or suraus (small praying halls) which are available almost anywhere within a 2km radius in Malaysia as this is after all a Muslim country. But the thing is at those religious venues, I must be ready to wake up by 5am in the morning for the Subuh congregational prayers.
The time for prayers itself started at around 5.45 or so depending on your location on the globe while one can perform the Subuh alone by the latest at about 7am. But at such places, the caretaker almost always comes early to prepare the venue and it is not polite for you to be still sleeping and not join the congregational prayer.
This is OK if I'm not so tired travelling but there are times I felt so whacked or simply so lazy... And there are times it's easier to put up at a cheap hotel especially when I have bundles of soiled clothes to wash, so there...
This is how a typical day at Batu Feringghi looks like. The beach is the most popular in Northern Malaysia attracting tourists from all parts of the world. The Mat Saleh (a Malay term for the whites) really seemed to love this beach...
In the background is Gunung (mount of) Jerai in Kedai, the most visible mountain up north. The history books say that was how merchants of the olden days find their way and navigate to Kedah... Eh... I'm not supposed to talk about history here... Ish... Ish... Ish!
A look towards the north-east horizons. Seen in the picture are the hills making up that part of Penang... Hmm... There's actually another pair of hills in the picture if you are observant enough, haha! :]
And despite any attempt to revert my attention elsewhere, I can't also forget the mosque. Must be my age catching up... Cheers!