Month: February 2016

A good day to stay off the roads

It’s the first business day of the week, and the last day of the month.  Plus there is a cruise ship docked here, with a great many foreign tourists.

The roads are chaos.  It is even more difficult to park than usual. So people are parking illegally, and more important, very inconsiderately, and blocking the roads.  And there are more cars on the road, but less space to drive on with the parked cars blocking progress.  Drivers are just pushing out when they feel like it.  You can see minor accidents as a result, creating even more chaos.

After completing one task I just went home as I didn’t want to put up with this any more.  The other tasks can wait. Tomorrow is the first business day of the month, so possibly also bad.

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

It’s been very dry and hot recently – fairly normal for this time of year.  I have to water every day.

My guerrilla gardening / growing of papaya trees has not been very successful.  Mealy bugs have been destroying the trees.

I had to prune many papaya branches off several papaya trees - mealy bugs

I had to prune many papaya branches off several papaya trees – mealy bugs

 

mealy bugs

mealy bugs

And then strong winds have knocked some over, after which a lorry drove over them and killed them. Plumbago has possibly   killed one tree by hogging all the water.  So now there are only four  (clumps of) trees left.  And in four years and so much work I still have only managed to harvest one papaya.

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Plumbago and remaining papaya

 

leaving this bud on plant to collect roselle seeds.

leaving this bud on plant to collect Roselle seeds.

 

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Rosemary and a few baby limes are growing well.

 

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Lime

 

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papaya

 

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They seem to have recovered the moved from one pot to two

 

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Baby limes have little shoots now

 

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Plumbago is happy with water and sun

 

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I moved this lime to a sunnier location from elsewhere and it’s recovering

 

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I also moved these mock orange to a sunnier location and it’s helped them a lot

 

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I have been harvesting the limes from the tree

 

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The pumpkin vines are growing all over the place

 

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I normally get two mini pumpkin a day

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Nice weather for Bougainvillea.

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Thirsty, but doing well

 

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A few red chillis

 

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lemongrass

Visiting Pangkor Island – 10 best things to do

Easiest is to drive there.  There are car parks available at the ferry terminals.  There are also buses and maybe minivans.  Or a twice weekly flight (Tuesday & Thursday) on Berjaya Air from KL to the tiny airstrip on the island.

If you drive you can catch a ferry either from Lumut, which costs RM10 return and takes about 30 minutes – first stop on the island is Sungai Pinang, and the second and last stop is the one to take if you are staying on the west side of the island.
Or you can catch a ferry from Marina Island, which costs RM10 and takes only 10 minutes to Pangkor.
Marina Island entrance

Marina Island entrance

My GPS really did not want me to go there, and was determined to direct me to Lumut.  You simply go straight instead of turning right to Lumut at the big shell sculpture.

http://tropicalexpat.com/visiting-pangkor-island-10-best-things-to-do/

videos of hornbills on Pangkor Island and where to see them wild and free

I am just back from a longer stay on Pangkor Island. The best thing there is being close to hornbills.  Outside of a birdpark I’ve never been closer to them. And these ones live in the wild.  Penang Birdpark at Butterworth is a nice place to see hornbills if you can’t go to Pangkor Island.

If you stay at or near Nipah Bay on Pangkor Island, your hotel may get a hornbill as a visitor.  Or you may see one at the beach at nearby Coral Beach.

However, every evening for the last 14 years the man at Sunset View Chalet in Nipah Bay town has fed them at 6.30PM.  On the main road through the town, find the Nipah Water Front Beach Resort and take the side road next to it.  Two or three minutes walk down it you’ll find the Sunset View Chalet.  Thirty or more birds will turn up to be fed.

 

take the side street next to this hotel

take the side street next to this hotel

 

walk along for two or three minutes

walk along for two or three minutes

By the way, the Sunset View Chalet man feeds the birds bananas and doesn’t charge viewers anything.  In fact, he helps you feed them yourself.  We gave him a small gift in appreciation.