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One scene from Die HARD that always seems to stick in my mind! And i have always wanted to try it out. And when i did! OMG! it was awesome! Hence the idea of having it at our BnB!

Check out the conversation below that inspired us…



Businessman: You don’t like flying, do you?

John McClane: What gives you that idea?

Businessman: You wanna know the secret to surviving air travel? After you get where you’re going, take off your shoes and your socks then walk around on the rug bare foot and make fists with your toes.

John McClane: Fists with your toes?

Businessman: I know, I know, it sounds crazy. Trust me, I’ve been doing it for nine years. Yes sir, better than a shower and a hot cup of coffee.

John McClane: Okay.

[the businessman sees John’s gun]

John McClane: It’s okay, I’m a cop. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for eleven years.

The birth of Roomies Penang, Boutique Bed and Breakfast

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The Roomies Penang Boutique Bed and Breakfast project was conceived in March 2013. To the Roomies team, the Batu Feringghi beach stretch has so much tourist potential and there is an abundance of activities around it to see it through. Ask any frequent traveler to Penang or any Penangite, and they will tell you that the Batu Feringghi Stretch is lined with 4-5 star resorts. There is almost non-existent budget or middle range accomodation available. There are a few affordable accomodation types scattered out on the stretch, but very likely that you will run across a beat down bed in a windowless room or the place could be under maintained. Those hotels/motels that may look slightly more decent, are cramped in off crowd locations simply because property prices in Batu Feringghi is too exorbitant. 
Not many people dare take the risk of buying or renting a property to convert it as affordable accomodation. Thus the existing motels/hotels are in areas that are shady where safety is an issue.

prostitution penang

Some accomodations are forced to resort to renting out their rooms for “short time” use as well. “Prostitution”. 

We saw a void in the industry and we knew that there were plenty of travalers out there were screaming to looking for an alternative.  Decent, clean, value for money, fun, stylish accomodation!!!

Gooday, my friends call me Yen and im an engineer by profession. When im not slogging in my office, im off traveling the world exploring new concepts, ideas and exchanging cultures! I love to experiment with new ideas while motivating the people around me to take that “leap of faith” and try out new ventures. My motto , “Never try, never know” is branded virtually on my forehead.
We all know this, yet most of us are all still afraid of trying out that business plan or ingenious idea that struck us while talking to friends or seeing a need for it, in the society.

To those who feel unhappy with your job or life, and feel discontented with what you have now and wish to change that. Know one thing. The course of your life and how you shape your future is in your hands. So what is it going to be?

My passion is setting up Motels/Bed & Breakfast’s/ Hotels that provide affordable, clean, tasteful, fun filled accomodation and service to other travelers.

Luck was on our side, when we were driving up Batu Feringghi one day, and a FOR SALE sign caught our eye. The place was very strategic, RIGHT SMACK in the middle of the stretch. After sale negotiations, the rest is like they say -History.

roomies fantastic

Just as my idol Richard Branson would say:
Quote: “It’s all about doing everything better, and some things differently.”

Join me and my team, as we take apart a run down apartment (literally knocking every single standing wall), and designing it from scratch with the “Needs of the every traveler” as the holy grail.

The entire team is excited about the entire project, and we hope you will jump in the band wagon with us. Watch this 900ft2 apartment tranform.

Read more >> The ugly state and sight of the apartment before we bought it
Read more >> Concept ideas we wanted to explore. Sometimes i think we are too ambitious. But hey, no one can blame you for that!
Read more >> Dealing with small spaces is a pain
Read more >> Lets get knocking!

Batu Feringghi Night Market by Roomies Penang


The famous Batu Feringghi Night Market is right at the door steps of Roomies Penang. This is where you want to be, shopping for souvenirs, fake Ray Ban’s, “Same same but No same” T shirts, knock off electronics and DVD’s.

Souvenir shopping at Batu Feringghi

I found some interesting electronic gadgets, digital clocks, extraordinary lighters  which come in different shapes and designs.

I found some interesting electronic gadgets, digital clocks, extraordinary lighters which come in different shapes and designs.

The nightlife in Batu Ferringhi is centered on its ‘Pasar Malam’ or night market. Open from around 7pm in the evening daily and closes often past midnight, the night market is a sidewalk bazaar of makeshift stalls.
mc donalds batu ferringhi
Where to eat?
There is the convenient 24 hour Mc Donalds besides Petronas petrol station and Kentucky Fried Chicken on the opposite building.
During the day, there arent many options to go to. There are a few restaurants along Batu Feringghi. If you are looking for a affordable place to eat, you can head to the food court (located behind the block of flats, directly behing the Petronas petrol station).
For dinner, there are plenty of options open along Batu Feringghi stretch. There is also some hawker stalls next to the taxi stand in front of Golden Sands Resort. There is a mix of Chinese stir fry and also some Western.
There are a few Malay- Thai restaurants serving Thai/Malay cuisine which are pretty reasonable. These stalls can be found next to the Petronas Petrol Station.

Long Beach food court
The Long Beach is on the ‘strip’ west of the Lone Pine resort.
This is where you can get a wider variety of local, “cheaper” hawker food up north of Penang. About two thirds of the customers are tourists and a third are locals although that can vary, especially during Chinese New Year when you’ll find there are a lot more locals. It’s very popular with the expats who live in the area, and the tourists staying not only in the local hotels here, but those staying in Georgetown. If you’re on a tight budget, this is the place to come for the food’s good, it’s cheap, and so is the beer.

Guide to ordering your food?
Find yourself a table (sharing tables with strangers is allowed), flag down the drink servers, give them your order (alcoholic or soft drinks etc) and pay them when your drinks arrive.  Sometimes you may have to wait some time when it is especially busy. You take a note of your table number, go to a food stall and order your food, tell them your table number. You pay when they deliver it. Simple! My food came before my drink did.

The food stalls run along all sides of the food court with the tables and chairs in the center. The food court opens around 6pm and gets really busy by 8.00pm, when the weather has cooled down a bit. During Chinese New Year, you need to come even earlier as it gets very busy then.

Batu Ferringhi Shopping
When people mention Batu Ferringhi, two things come to mind: beach & night market. The Batu Ferringhi night market, otherwise known as the sidewalk bazaar, is one of the area’s major attractions.

batu feringghi night market

fake g shocks penang

Whatever you are buying, you need to bargain first with an exception of DVD’s. The prices are fixed but an additional tip is to ask the seller if the copies are clear copies. The vendors sometimes mix unclear copies with the good DVD’s to sell to newbies. A rule of thumb is to wait at least 1 week from the time of the movie release in the cinema before the DVD’s are clear.

We hope you have as much fun shopping here as we did!

Hungry for some Ghosts?


Hungry Ghost Festival (21 August, 2013 – 4 September 2013)

The 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar is a time when the gates of Hell are opened and spirits roam the earth freely. During this month, Chinese Taoists and Buddhists make nightly offerings of food along the roads for wandering spirits while temples organise free stage performances to appease and entertain the souls. These include modern ko tai (singing and dancing) performances as well as traditional opera and puppet shows. Everyone is invited but please refrain from sitting on the bright red benches (usually placed right in front of the stage) as these are purposely left empty for the “special guests”!

It is taboo to get married or to move into a new place during this month-long festival. At common community areas like the market, altars with scary-looking effigies of the Phor Tor Kong or King of Hades (he keeps the spirits from creating mischief among the living) are put up. Food offerings are then placed on the altar for the underworld deity. Bukit Mertajam (mainland Penang) boasts of having the largest King of Hades effigy in the whole country!

On the 30 th day of the festival, the spirits return to Hell at the stroke of midnight. Giant paper effigies of the King of Hades and Hell money are burnt for the spirits to take “home”.