parking your car in unfamiliar locations in Malaysia

It was a beautiful evening for a stroll along Gurney Drive.  But sadly I noticed a parking cop on a small motorcycle booking out-of-state cars, whose drivers no doubt didn’t understand the parking system.  The signs are few and very far apart.

parking cop on motorbike

parking cop on motorbike

parking ticket

parking ticket on out-of-state car

The same almost happened to me in Ipoh, but I luckily arrived back at my car just before the (very disappointed-looking) parking cop started writing a ticket.  Mine was the only car there, and parking spaces were nicely marked out, but I didn’t see any notice that one had to pay, and the car was not causing any inconvenience to anyone.

So it is a good idea to check on the parking system if you are going to park on the road somewhere unfamiliar.  Sometimes you are more likely to be booked if you park considerately in marked spaces (and don’t pay)  than if you park illegally somewhere which disrupts the traffic flow.  In fact, this is the way it was in Tokyo – but that’s another story.

 

Missed Christmas events 

Every year I enjoy attending the Christmas trees lighting ceremonies at both E&O and the G Hotel, both of which I patronise.

However, this year I missed both. E & O didn’t send me an invitation this year, and so I emailed them, but they ignored me. They held it on December 1st.

I asked G Hotel every few days when it would be, and left my email address with the concierge, and my phone number with reception, both of whom promised to let me know the date. The last time I asked in person was Tuesday, and they said they didn’t know. But they held it on Friday 2nd.

Well, if they don’t want me as a customer, they won’t have me.

ginger poker

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in November 2016

A short update on what is happening in the garden this month:

The rain continues, but perhaps is becoming less frequent.  It’s been a cool month, with less sunshine than usual.  So I waited until it was nominally sunny to take photos – a bit of a long wait. And so for yet another mont there is not much to report.

mini pumpkin

mini pumpkins are still growing – but not so many

passionfruit

passion fruit – about 50 on the vines, but they aren’t really ripening as there is almost no sun

limes

limes are still growing – after rain they often flower

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves

mock orange sprouting tiny leaves – not much flowering this month

Cana lily doing well, as usual

Cana lily doing well, as usual.  I repotted from one pot to two quite a while ago, and at that time I had up to 14 stalks flowering or growing up at one time.  After repotting there were only about eight.  But now they are about 16 over both pots, so they have been developing well.

lime trees OK

lime trees OK – the passion fruit vines have become intertwined with the largest and so now I can;t move it until maybe February when the passion fruit will be resting and I can prune.

plumbago doesn;t seem all that happy with so much rain

plumbago doesn’t seem all that happy with so much rain

egg plant plant

egg plant plant appeared in the pot

ginger poker

ginger poker with the edible sprouty things

herbs

neem growing

tiny ginger poker growing happily

tiny ginger poker growing happily

aloe doing well

aloe doing well

and grape vine growing

and grape vine growing

four years I have bee trying to grow papaya on this waste land - and these ones just died - I am giving up, as no mattter what I do they don't survive here

four years I have been trying to grow papaya on this waste land – and these ones just died – I am giving up, as no matter what I do they don’t survive here. In those four years they have died from floods, from mealy bugs, from being hit by lorries…

ginger poker upstairs

ginger poker upstairs

herbs

herbs

duranta - birds and bees love it

duranta – birds and bees love it

Bougainvillea survive but don;t thrive with all the rain

Bougainvillea survive but don’t thrive with all the rain

rosemary

rosemary

rosemary

child of rosemary above

ginger poker - sprouts - eat as is, or put in salads - before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside - unless you want to eat ants.

ginger poker – sprouts – eat as is, or put in salads – before you do put them down on the bench a bit, because ants hide inside and will then come out – unless you want to eat ants.

 

 

relaxing at a coffee shop

A wander around George Town

I went for a wander around George Town’s Heritage Zone one afternoon this week. In the past I would not have done this, because it is generally too hot, but it’s been cooler lately, and so it was a pleasant stroll.  Here are a few photos…

an old public phone

an old public phone

Food Museum on Beach Street

Food Museum on Beach Street

big Cendol

big Cendol

big egg

big egg

big noodles

big noodles

Fire Station

Fire Station

Fire Station

Fire Station

main temple entrance

main temple entrance

temple

temple

temple

temple

for tourists

for tourists

Armenian Street - popular with toursits

Armenian Street – popular with toursits

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on a side street

on a side street

this is good to read

this is good to read

mosque

mosque

side street

side street

you see these all over George Town

you see these all over George Town

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

not so much traffic in this immediate area

park at the end of Armenian Street

park at the end of Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

some people grow trees

some people grow trees

on Armenian Street

on Armenian Street

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a rare site - a bicycle path

a rare site – a bicycle path

mosque on Kapital Keeling

mosque on Kapital Keeling

it could be Hotlink - Maxis phone company's pre-paid

it could be Hotlink – Maxis phone company’s pre-paid

relaxing at a coffee shop - there are so many these days

relaxing at a coffee shop – there are so many these days

relaxing at a coffee shop

relaxing at a coffee shop – yum, marshmallows

clocktower

clocktower