It was a beautiful day in Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island. The sun’s high, and fine wind blows; a nice mix to balance the sultry summer weather.
From our hostel, we crossed the street, followed colorful sign boards, walked a short lane… and tadaa! — the amazing stretch of blue waters welcomed our eyes. We took some pictures and then settled in ‘Bora Bora’, a restaurant and bar that serves local, Indian, Mediterranean and Western cuisine, as well as tropical fruit juices, chilled beers, milkshakes and other drinks. It’s located just right along the beach.
The environment of Bora Bora make people feel relax and very comfortable. Familiar songs are playing in the background as we dine, the waiters are nice, friendly and energetic, and there are seats and tables arranged along the shore for a lovely view right in front of the beach. There are Filipinos working there and we were especially entertained by Ernest, a very happy, comic and beautiful server whom we shared stories with about life in Penang. He cracked a lot of jokes and made our stay very hospitable.
Actually, Bora Bora seems to be the star in Batu Ferringhi. It attracted a steady stream of regulars amongst the locals, tourists and expatriates. Most of them knows Ernest and the others by name, and treats them like long-time friends. Happy vibes are floating in the atmosphere because of our kababayans. I feel proud. :)
We ate, then found a nice spot to sit around and let time pass by. Ernest told us that Bora Bora is one good place to witness and enjoy the beautiful Penang sunset. So we hang out there the whole afternoon (while snacking, sharing stories, lovers bonding, enjoying the weather and the view of the beach, adoring children play along the shore and watching couples try the water parachutes) and waited until sunset… which finally came at 8PM. Toodlidoo! It was interesting to see the sun go down at this late even when there’s no time difference between Penang, Philippines or Singapore.
The long wait is over! I’m always in awe every time the sky shifts into a sequence of magnificent colors… momentary… but that makes it even more precious. I love sunsets!
There was an old European couple who requested me to take a photograph of them with the sunset background. They were truly amazed and don’t want to miss it. I definitely agree. It’s not every day you get to witness a miracle as beautiful as this (especially in a city with high rise buildings). It’s a great reminder of God’s wonderful creation. Isn’t the world amazing? One of the reasons why I love traveling so much!
Too bad, we couldn’t stay longer. They say that life in Bora Bora gets livelier at sun down where foreigners and locals enjoy a party of drinks and music. There are also lighted areas for couples who want a romantic corner. We had to catch the bus to Georgetown before 10PM so I guess this experience will have to wait for another visit.
With such a relaxing and stress-free environment combined with the ever friendly, accommodating and fun-filled employees, Bora Bora is a great hangout place for any age. I really enjoyed the view and the ambience. I could stay here the whole day! :)
BORA BORA BY SUNSET
Address: Lot 415, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang, Malaysia
Opens: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Sunday – Thursday)
12:00 PM – 3:00 AM (Friday, Saturday and Public Holidays)
04:00 PM – 07:00 PM (Happy Hours)