Pine Cone Hotel, that's what Kayrin re-named Lone Pine to be after we checked in on Sept. 25! Three nights in that quaint hotel that has the distinction of being the oldest in Batu Ferringhi was just the balm I needed. The beach was right in front of the hotel, the lawn kept bare and spacious, the casuarina trees grown tall.
As a teenager passing by Batu Ferringhi, I'd often ask when I'll get the chance to stay at Parkroyal or Rasa Sayang. Now, the charm of Lone Pine lures me more than that of the spanking new hotels we get to stay in when travelling for work. This, after all, isn't work. It's fun time with Kayrin and Shaw Feng.
And we had the company of a great old friend too, Heng Hou, for our food sojourns into the city, in Swatow Lane, and to Teluk Bahang's seafood shack.