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Tropical Expat has moved to Tropical Expat.com 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.

Damage from Penang’s storm

Haze

Last night (Friday) there was a storm in Penang. Despite raining early on Friday morning by lunch it was hazy in Penang. The storm took care of that!

Damage from the storm in Penang

So, anyway, there was a big storm in Penang last night. It started around 10.30 PM. in our area. And it died down about an hour later. This time we didn’t lose the Internet. Once it was over I went out to survey the damage. But it was more obvious this morning.

It ripped branches off trees, falling mangoes from trees caused vehicle damage, tore tiles and gutters off roofs, a local condo dropped tile(s) on the footpath from above… Two years ago we suffered much worse damage, though. Here are some photos taken this morning.

storm in Penang - damage

Life in Penang this week

A few words about life in Penang this week. There was a public holiday last week. And there are some more public holidays coming up soon, so it feels very relaxed. August 12th and 31st are holidays here.

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Mr DIY

Mr DIY is useful for our Penang life. I finally discovered that Mr DIY has also opened in Gurney Paragon. It’s big. But you have to go up to the fifth floor. It’s there, at the front – on the Gurney Drive side of the building. Mr DIY can be very good value for DIY and household goods The other nearby Mr DIY is on the fourth floor of Gurney Plaza.

 

Gurney Paragon

Progress in Penang with the Gurney Wharf Project (and other topics)

Compared to the activity on the Gurney Wharf Project a few months ago, it’s very quiet now. In the photo below you can see a tiny bit of activity near the shore, and more activity on the island.

developments in Penang - the Gurney Wharf Project

Other than what can be seen in this photo, taken two days ago, all is quiet. Having read the documentation it appears it is in the settling stage. This is where they put another layer of (what appears to be) sand on top of the reclaimed land. So the land can settle. And then they leave it for six to nine months. This they call surcharging the site and you can read how it is done here.

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The engineers monitor the settlement, and when the seabed clay reaches the targeted settlement magnitude they remove the surcharge layer to the designed platform level. To use their terminology.

Once they remove the surcharge the site is reportedly ready for construction. As I understand it, then the construction company site turns over the site to the Penang government so they can develop the park. So perhaps this will happen from the beginning of next year on. Depending on how quickly the reclaimed land settles.

Internet troubleshooting with Telekom Malaysia

There was no Internet yesterday at home, so it was time for Internet troubleshooting. At 1 AM suddenly the Internet became unavailable. The only light on the modem / router is the Power light.

No one has told us why. The phone still works. But the line had a lot of static. So I put in a report around 6 AM.  They said if the problem was outside the house they would fix it for no cost. If inside it would cost RM57 + SST.

Internet troubleshooting with TM

 

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.

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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.