Traffic was even more horrible than the last time we were in Penang which was 4 years ago. Fortunately, we managed a trip to the Mengkuang Dam to feed fishes. The dam itself was pretty nice - lots of joggers and runners but was pleased that during the actual drive there over the Penang Bridge and on to Kulim/Bukit Mertajam the kids got to see some tropical scenery: paddy fields, and various fruit trees (papaya, rambutan, durian, coconut and oil palm). I remember these to be pretty boring whenever we drove to KL but K1 and K2 were thrilled, calling them out as they spotted them.
Then there was what I would consider the quintessential tropical scenery of rice paddies with the lone limestone hill rising up in the distance.