Issue 7 2021 | 5 April 2021
A Quick April Update
Hi Friends
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After a visit to the police station to check on the current rules, our Moonlight Mansions Mystery Trishaw Ride & Dinner is back in the programme - as long as the trishaws stay 1 metre apart! The problem is keeping them together, rather than keeping them apart ... New dates below!

I know many of you would like to support our trishaw men so we have a Parents & Kids Explore Penang itinerary this coming Friday - look out for more trishaw rides and activities next time!

Another new Parent & Kids activity this time is Back to Nature - a visit to Greenacres Farm. Owners Kim & Eric bought the farm to get their son away from his computer screen... and now they are passionate advocates for organic pesticide-free farming. This is the time to catch durian flowers (which are edible) as well as many other local trees which are just starting to fruit. This one is suitable for ages 5 and upwards. Details below.

We had a great response to our Night Safari at The Habitat (still time to join on either Friday 9 April or Saturday 10 April 2021)... but read on for details of our new daytime visit "A Feast for The Senses" - which includes an exclusive hidden trail that is not available to normal park visitors!

There are new Items For Sale below and a few reductions from our recent newsletters. If you would like to buy something, please WhatsApp us on +60164570221 for the fastest response. 

Have a great week and look forward to seeing you soon!!

+60 16 4570221

PS. Thanks to those of you near and far who have sent messages of support and encouragement over the last few days and rustled up your friends to join our activities.. you know who you are... it means a lot!

PPS. For all events, the applicable MCO SOPs and spacing will be observed of course! Your safety is our priority!
Explore Penang
To join any events in our programme below, just reply to this email indicating which event you would like to join, the number of people and your handphone number. We will acknowledge your request and will send details of meet point and itinerary a few days beforehand... Don't worry if you don't have anyone to come with - we will always make sure you are sitting with someone nice - even if that's me! Explore Penang and make new friends!
Mansions by Moonlight - A Mystery Trishaw Ride with Dinner
6 April 2021 (Tuesday) - 2 spaces left
and 14 April 2021 (Wednesday) - 6 spaces left
7pm to 10pm
George Town area
Prepare for an evening that will take you back to the early days of Colonial Penang....

Enjoy a night-time trishaw ride around the mansions of George Town (someone asked if we had arranged for them to be lit up specially!) and end with a delicious dinner in a mystery mansion! The menu & mansion may change from time to time!

RM160 per person - to include trishaw ride (one trishaw per person) & dinner. Numbers limited of course! Vegetarian & other dietary options available.

Email us or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your space

Want to arrange this for a group of your own friends? Give us a call!
Parent & Kids Special - Let's Cook & Eat with Athene Spices
8 April 2021 (Thursday) - 5 spaces left
10am to 1pm
Tropical Spice Garden Kitchen
Fantastic Faten of Athene Spices has come up with a winning menu for anyone with children to entertain over the Easter Holidays! Not too difficult, tasty, healthy & fun! And it's actually vegan too! How about:

  • Falafel with Garlic Yogurt Sauce (shown above)
  • Manakesh (Quick Arabian Pizza) (not pictured)
  • Butterfly Pea Magical Lemonade

RM150 Adult - own workstation
RM130 Child - own workstation
RM250 - Adult & Child under 12 sharing a workstation
(but with 2 sets of ingredients so each will make their own dish)
Email or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book

If this menu appeals but you would prefer a child-free session, just let us know!
Parents & Kids Special
Essential George Town by Trishaw
10 April 2021 (Friday)
Spaces left for 3 adults/3 children
10am to 12 noon
George Town area
We've had a request to arrange a Parents & Kids trishaw ride to explore some of Penang's "must see" spots. We usually operate one person per trishaw but for this one, one child up to 12 years can share with an adult.
There will be snippets of history & heritage for the adults and an "I-Spy Treasure hunt" to keep the kids paying attention! And of course, plenty of photo opportunities along the way!

RM130 per adult, RM40 per child to include trishaw ride & cold drink
Email us or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book your space
Parents & Kids Special
Back to Nature - Farm Visit
12 April 2021 (Monday)
9am to 1pm
Pick up by arrangement
It's durian flowering season but there's so much more happening on the farm! Learn about magic seeds (sorry you can't swap your children for one!), natural fertilisers, what's fresh in season and get back to nature. Includes brunch/light lunch.
RM180 per adult, RM140 per child to include transport, farm visit & lunch/brunch
Let's Cook & Eat with Athene Spices
15 April 2021 (Thursday)
10am to 1pm
Tropical Spice Garden Kitchen
Here's another fresh & healthy menu from Faten showcasing some of her newest spices.

Dukkah Crusted fish - Egyptian Dukkah
Warm Sweet Potato & Bean Salad with Baby Spinach - Palestinian Baharat
Charred Broccoli - Lemon Lime Pepper Salt
Vegetarian option available too!

RM150 per person - 6 spaces left
Email us or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book your space
Sri Lanka 2.0 - Crab, curry & more
15 April 2021 (Thursday)
Mews Café, 77 Lebuh Muntri
Our recent Crab suppers have met with rave reviews for the food .. and we have had two convivial evenings introducing diners to new friends!

The menu starts with a Sri Lankan-style apom served with coconut sambal & caramelised onion relish.
The main course includes crab curry, served with a fabulous thick dal, fresh pennywort salad, chicken curry (not too hot this time) with rice & pappadum on the side. And your choice of Sri Lankan style crème-caramel or curds & treacle for dessert.

RM100 per person
Email or WhatsApp +60164570221 to book

And just to clarify - the chef is from Sri Lanka, the recipe is from Sri Lanka, but the crab itself is from Penang or nearby. There will be one crab per person. And it's absolutely delicious - if you don't mind using your fingers!!

Not a crab lover?
You are still welcome to join and we can arrange either a vegetarian alternative (at RM90), prawns or fish for you! Just let us know on booking.
7 Terraces Private Tour & Lunch with Chris Ong
17 April 2021 (Saturday)
10am to 2pm 2 spaces left
Go behind the scenes as hotelier extraordinaire Chris Ong brings us on a personal tour of 7 Terraces and shares stories of his favourite pieces.
These photos were taken by talented photographer Sheryl Beh who joined an earlier tour & lunch. Check out her blog for a sneak preview.

RM100 per person... to include tour & lunch with a glass of wine
(or your choice of soft drink).

Email us or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your space
New Itinerary at The Habitat
A Feast for the Senses
29 April 2021 (Thursday)
9am to 1pm
Meet at Botanic Garden for transfer to The Habitat
Take a moment to step back and really explore with all of your senses on this new Spiral Synergy itinerary at The Habitat.
Their wonderful nature guides will lead you on a journey of discovery to look at the details, identify the sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the marvellous flora and fauna in our ancient rainforest- including access to a hidden trail which is not usually open to visitors. The morning ends with light lunch of Nasi Ulam - which is rice with healthy (and delicious) herbs & vegetables, before we take the jeeps back down the hill.

RM180 per person to include jeep transport, entrance to The Habitat, guided walk and light lunch

Email us or WhatsApp +60164570221 to reserve your space
Limited time room offer at 7 Terraces...
Live the Luxe Life for Less!
If you have been thinking of spending a few days exploring George Town, why not do it from the luxury of Seven Terraces Hotel. Buy a voucher at their best ever rate of RM400 per night (including a RM50 F&B credit to be used at either Kebaya Dining Room or Mews Café) and stay any time up to end June 2021. Rooms are individually furnished with fabulous antiques, Argus Rooms have their own sun deck/balconies and the pool is perfect for cooling off after a morning spent exploring!

For your reference:

  • Argus Rooms have sitting room downstairs, bed and balcony upstairs.
  • Stewart Rooms have bed downstairs with cosy sitting room upstairs.

Contact Wendy on or +6042618888 quoting Spiral Synergy to buy your voucher or arrange your stay!
If you would like to hear about future offers and special events from Seven Terraces and George Town Heritage Hotels, join their mailing list here!
New Zero Waste store opening...

Opening 9 April 2021
at 12A Lebuh Lembah Permai 4,
Permai 32, opposite the Park

Healthy Foods
Organic Vgetables
Lifestyle Products

Bring your own containers - we are aiming for a Plastic Free Environment!

We offer Workshops
on Eco Lifestyle too!

Business Hours
10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Monday
Follow them on Facebook at
Ruark Audio - now available in Penang
Last time I was in UK I bought a RUARK AUDIO Stereo and hand-carried it back to Penang so I'm delighted to find that they are now available in Penang.

Designed in the UK, high end components are encased in a sleek wooden shell - to deliver exceptional sound in a super & stylish product!
The range includes radios, wifi speakers and CD/stereo units - all currently with Ramadan Special Offers.
Find them at Charlie Care 3rd Floor Gurney Plaza - 10am to 10pm
& 381 Jalan Burma (corner of Burma Road & Cantonment Road) - 9am to 7pm
Take your own music for a sound test - and tell them Michelle sent you!!
Other events around town
Why Email?
Krista Goon in conversation with Yours Truly!!
10 April 2021 (Saturday)
11am to 12 noon
via Facebook Live
Krista Goon of Redbox Studio has invited me to talk about whether email is still relevant in the days of Tik-tok, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook & the rest!
I hope so!

Feel free to join us at FB.Com/RedboxStudio on the date or afterwards for the recorded session!
A Jazzy Mother's Day Afternoon with Rozz
9 May 2021 (Sunday)
3pm to 5pm
Kebaya Dining Room
Treat your mum (or yourself!) to an intimate afternoon with the inimitable Rozz.

Since live performances have been off limits for a very long time, this is a welcome chance to catch one of Malaysia's best - with Afternoon Tea too!

RM65 per person
WhatsApp +60123617295 or call +6042642333 to reserve your seat!
Items For Sale
If you would like to buy any of the items below, please WhatsApp or message us on +60164570221 and we will connect you with the seller. 
Kindly inform us in advance if you plan to offer less than the price listed - so that we don't waste everyone's time and patience!
Car & Motorbike For Sale
HARLEY DAVIDSON 2007 Night Train
Highest quality customisation
Very careful owner
Usually kept in living room!

For sale by expat leaving soon

RM85,000 or best offer
New This Time
8 Seater Dining Table with 6 BoConcept Chairs
Good quality dining set in excellent condition!

3 Seater Sofa & matching 2 seater sofa
3 years old - excellent condition

King Size Bed with pair of matching Bedside Drawers

RM3000 the set
CELVIANO Digital Piano model AP-460 with bench and headphones
2.5 years old

Cost RM5500 Now RM3000
Kettler Rowing Machine
With bench attachment and anti-slip mat. Barely used. Stores upright.

DOONA 5-in-1 Folding Tricycle

COWAY Air Purifier Tuba Super-capacity
Professionally serviced every two months

Cost RM4000 Now RM2800
COWAY Air Purifier Lombok 2 x 2 Professionally serviced every two months

Cost RM2800 Now RM1300
Wood Dining Table & 4 Chairs
Excellent condition

RM1800 the set
Loft Bed by Lifetime (expensive Danish brand!)
Excludes mattress on floor

IKEA Bed with Additional Pull-out Bed & mattress

Cellini Sardinia Upholstered Queen Bed
With Lux Holder Bremen mattress and 3 inch memory foam mattress topper.
Very comfortable bed!

IKEA SVARTA Loft Bed including mattress
Excludes desk.

Cellini custom made red sofa
Perfect condition. 178cm wide, 148cm deep.

Vintage Japanese Jewellery Box
Lovely Hand made box with 5 drawers and open top with various compartments & trays
32cm wide x 26.5cm high x 20cm deep

BOB Jogging Stroller
New tyre tubes

Kept indoors - as new!

IKEA LINNMON Table Top with ALEX Drawers
Normal wear & tear

Blue Desk chair

Normal wear & tear


RM150 each RM250 the pair
Pair of All Weather Rattan Chairs

RM130 the pair
Bedside Table

SINGER Sewing Machine Model 1408
With thread collection & sewing kit

NESPRESSO INISSIA Compact Capsule Coffee Maker


BeautyRest Sleeptracker
Brand new in sealed package

MASTRAD Mousse & Sauce Whipper
With extra cartridges

RM200 the lot
SONY Bluetooth/USB/CD Stereo

PANASONIC Wet & Dry Razor
Battery Operated

XIAOMI Youpin Youlg Ice-Cream Maker
With freezable Tumbler (like Cuisinart)

TEFAL Break Time Compact Sandwich & waffle maker

ELECTROLUX Rapido Handheld Cordless Vacuum

Autowing 1800W Heat Gun
For craft projects. Adjustable heat

Bicycle Carrier

Pair of Chairs
Preloved by cat - need reupholstering!

RM80 the pair
Assorted New Shirts
Still in original packaging
UK size XL to XXL

RM80 per piece
Assorted New Shirts
Still in original packaging
Asian size XL to XXXL

RM25 to RM40 per piece
Lacoste Canvas Shoes (orange)
New. Size 44.5/UK10/US11

Lacoste Canvas Shoes (yellow)
Worn once. Size 44.5/UK10/US11

15kg Chrome Dumbbell Set in case

Pair of 5kg Weights

5lb x 1, 3lb x 1, 0.5kg x 2 Weights

RM50 the lot
Half-size Violin (1)

Half-size Violin (2)

Pair of Latex Comfort Pillows
Brand new - still in original packaging

RM200 the pair
Solid Sterling Silver Collar
By David Andersen, Norway

Sterling Silver Bangle & Ring
by David Andersen, Norway - copies of the Sutton Hoo treasures

RM250 the pair
Sterling Silver Pendant/Brooch with chain
by David Andersen, Norway - copies of the Sutton Hoo treasures

Set of 20 Ceramic Plates
With pink, blue, green, yellow polka dots

RM175 the lot
Set of 3 Serving Plates & 8 Appetiser plates

RM75 the lot
Acrylic Hi-ball/Tumblers & Jug

RM150 the lot
Vintage Soup Tureen

Pair of Vintage PORTMEIRION Plant Pots

RM50 each
Vintage Chinese Teapot & 2 Cups

RM50 the set
Novelty Marmalade pot

Stainless Steel Idli Maker

Metal Trivet & Tablecloth Weights

RM20 the lot
International Fiction book bundle

Indian-themed book bundle

Afghanistan book bundle

Oriental themed book bundle

Chick Lit book bundle

Dorothy Koomson book bundle

Joanne Harris book bundle

Penny Vincenzi book bundle

Mystery book bundle

Scandi Fiction book bundle

Previously Offered
HAILUN Upright Piano
Bought March 2020 - barely used and with 10 Years Warranty

Cost RM16,100 Now RM11,000 or best offer
KL Skyline
Framed Painting by William Yong Cheng Wah (Penang artist)
Approx 90cm x 65cm

Was RM1200 Now RM900
Kampung House
Framed Paintings by William Yong Cheng Wah (Penang artist)
Approx 90cm x 65cm

Was RM1200 each Now RM900
BH T200 Treadmill
2 years old - barely used!

Was RM1700 including protective floor mat
Now RM1500
Pair of Wardrobes
Total combined width 190cm x 196cm high x 60cm deep

Were RM1500 the pair
Now RM1200 the pair. Can split
Super Single Bed with Pull-out bed & pair of bedside tables

RM1800 the lot
Now RM1200
Pair of Storage Units

Were RM600 each Now RM500 each
Solid Wood "Barrel" Bar
112cm high

Was RM1200 RM1000
Solid Indonesian Teak Wood TV Unit
50cm high x 50cm deep x 182cm long

Was RM1400 Now RM1200
Solid Teak Wood Wardrobe
160cm wide x 210cm high x 55cm deep. Has shelf inside as shown above.

Cost RM2800 Now RM750
Set of 4 Lacquer & Mother of Pearl Panels
Overall size approx 48" wide x 34" high

Was RM1200 the set Now RM600
L-Shaped Sofa

Was RM750 Now RM600
Solid Wood Single Bed x 2
including mattress
Preloved but good condition!

TV Cabinet

SAMSUNG 60" Smart LED TV SAM-UA60H6300
Bought July 2014

Was RM1200 Now RM1000
With attachments as shown.
Bought August 2019

Was RM1100 Now RM900
SAMSUNG Digital Inverter 234L Fridge/Freezer
Approx 3 years old

Was RM700 Now RM600
PANASONIC MK-F800 Food Processor
With 33 functions!

PHILIPS HR1922/21 Juicer

Was RM400 Now RM350
PANASONIC MJ-L500 Slow Juicer

Was RM220 Now RM200
SHARP Air Purifier

Was RM270 Now RM220
Perry Smith Breadmaker
Used once

Was RM250 Now RM150
PENSONIC Bench Top Oven

Was RM200 Now RM180
TP Link WiFi Booster

Was RM200 Now RM150
Hallmarked Sterling Silver Teapot & sugar bowl, matching EPNS milk jug

Now RM1100 the set
SANGO Spanish Lace Dinner Service
Includes Dinner plates, Dessert plates, Side plates, Soup plates, bowls, two covered serving dishes, 2 open serving dishes, Large & medium oval platters, sauce boat. Classic design - no chips or cracks.

Now RM400 the lot
Pair of Large Glass & Metal Lanterns
12" x 12" x 16" high

RM500 the pair
Driftwood Table Lamp

Pair of Giant Snuff Bottles
Approx 16" high. Different designs on each side

Were RM500 Now RM400 the pair
Gurkha Kukri

Was RM350 Now RM250
Set of 5 Luxury Plush Cushions

Were RM200 Now RM160 the lot
IKEA BESTA Storage Unit x 2
With glass doors & 1 shelf

Were RM75 each

Now RM60 each or RM100 the pair
STAEDTLER Technical Drawing Board
A3 size - 38cm x 52cm

TED BAKER i-Phone Case for Apple 6/6S/7/8 Plus

Now RM100
SPEEDO Hydrobelt & Kickboard

Ballet shoes, socks & gymnastics band
As new. Pink shoes - size 2 1/2C, Black shoes size CS23 MM

RM70 the lot
Upholstered wooden stools x 2

Were RM150 Now RM100 the pair
TRIPP Suitcase

Ikea Metal Storage Cabinet

Was RM90 Now RM80
Airing Frame

Was RM70 Now RM50
Brass Plate
18" Diameter

Was RM80 Now RM50
Brass Gong
Approx 7" diameter

Pair of Brass Bowls

RM50 the pair
Assorted Kitchenware

Was RM40 Now RM30 the lot
Assorted Glass Deco Items

Pair of Seat Cushions

Brass Pig

Pair of Cushions

Assorted Mugs & Cups

Were RM40 Now RM30 the lot
Spotty Cabin Baggage

Backpack with wheels

Dieffenbachia in Pot
Approx 90cm high

Assorted Plants

Now RM20 each
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