Tropical Expat has moved to Tropical I have moved the blog and now pay for web hosting so I could have more control. At the same time I gave the blog a new look. And a few more features, like auto-translation.  The old blog remains. That is, this blog. And it contains the bulk of older blogs. This is because I could not successfully migrate all the blogs to the new site. Some blogs are just as relevant now as when I wrote them. On the new site I have updated some blogs, and am in the process of updating more.

5G is moving forward

According to this recent article, 5G is moving forward in this country. And also in other countries. Thus I am revising and updating my previous blog on this topic only a month and a half later.

5G is in action

If you look at the news at all it’s hardly a surprise that 5G is coming. The question most likely is, “When?” Much less likely is the question, “If?” or “Will scientists research it for safety before it’s introduced?”

In fact, almost everything you find on this topic in Malaysia promotes the advantages and potential new uses. Security concerns, with Huawei getting a special mention, are sometimes noted. But in a very narrow sense.

Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief digital officer Gerard Lim said in April 2019 that will be possible for Malaysians to start using 5G by 2021 or 2022. Some areas may have it earlier.

It is time to look into this issue before it becomes too late. If you want the truth on this and other topics you can subscribe to my new free newsletter. But get it while you still can – Internet censorship is more and more rife and soon you may only be able to view what the corporate media want you to.

5G – what is it good for?

So, who would be opposed to much faster Internet? Probably no one.


This week in Penang

This week in Penang I noticed – not much, really. Firstly, a quick video of the Gurney Wharf Project. Not that much different from a few weeks ago, that I can see.

Then, I think it was Tuesday, it rained and rained all day. Kind of unusual. Some other days was just a short period of rain. No haze this week that I noticed. And plenty of nice sunny periods towards the end of the week.

Bangkok tips

13 Bangkok tips for you. I’m just back from a few days in Bangkok.

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13 Bangkok tips


  1. Traffic congestion is very bad. Plan to stay where you don’t need to rely on road transport much, if you can. This is one of the best of the 13 Bangkok tips. In other words, stay near the BTS, the Metro or the river.
  2. Ask for coins in change; for example 2 x 10 coins instead of a 20 note. This is because there are often long queues for tickets at the BTS, but usually almost no one using the ticket machines – and the ticket machines only accept coins. I think one station on the BTS cost THB 16, from memory.
  3. If you use the BTS a lot look into getting a Rabbit card – it may save you money and time.
  4. You can use the river for transport. It’s very cheap – and you get a very different view.


Papaya leaf tea aka free tea

Papaya leaf tea can be free tea. If you pick and dry the leaves yourself.

Get some papaya leaves, cut them up, dry them in the sun and steep in boiling water for around 10 minutes.

papaya leaves on the tree

Growing papaya

If you have no access to papaya trees it’s very easy to grow them. Buy a nice papaya, eat it, but save the seeds.  Put a few seeds in a big pot with soil where it will get some sun. A balcony will be fine.  Their germination rate is phenomenal, so you should just thin out the seedlings so you have one per pot eventually.

Bastille Day

Bastille Day

In English we call the French National Day, Bastille Day – the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille. Celebrated today, July 14th.

Since I wrote something about American Independence Day I thought I may as well write about Bastille Day. They are both countries’ national days.

Celebrating mobs attacking the the Bastille seems a rather strange thing to celebrate. But then, the French Revolution is one of those historical events I have many questions about.

Declaration of Independence

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It’s the French national day today, called Bastille Day in English.  Here is a blog I wrote for July 4th, the American national day:

As it’s July 4th, I was browsing the American Declaration of Independence. Here. But part of it says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…