Well, again not so much has changed. Every time I think the wet season has ended it rains again. So we had a cool Christmas season. We’ve now had five days or so with no rain, and with quite a lot of sunshine. The plants generally seem quite happy about this. But it’s happening again – three hours after I wrote the fourth sentence, dark clouds are gathering, and perhaps it will rain. And indeed, it did rain on the 2nd and 3rd of January, as I update this. And the evening of the 3rd was a big storm, with heavy rain and strong winds. So, the wet and cool period is continuing so far this year.
passion fruit still growing
passionfruit still flowering
squirrels are eating most of the fruit before I can pick them ripe
squirrels are eating most of the fruit
So I covered the passion fruit – but squirrels just bite through.
Last year covering the passion fruit meant they were left alone by the squirrels, but this year they only worked for a few days, after which the squirrels just bit through them. So I put some diluted turps on the envelope hoping the smell would keep them away. That didn’t work, either. Then I put some diluted Dettol on the envelopes. I will see what happens. But with the rain it might not be so effective.
mock oranges are doing well as usual
Canna Lilies keep on growing
lime tree has new growth
and limes growing too
eggplant – just grew out of the compost soil
we have these ginger poker around the place
a different lime tree
sage is quite thirsty
parsley doesn’t want much water
rosemary also doesn;t want too much water
they need watering every day
and some more ginger poker
I noted on Christmas Eve that the Chinese New Year decorations are already for sale. Normally a couple of days after Christmas they start playing the CNY songs – I was tired of Jingle Bells, anyway.
Tropical Expat is always on the lookout for crisps. Once a good brand is discovered, they soon disappear or suffer a massive price increase.
Sure, you can buy Kettle and such brands for RM15 or more – but GBP 3 for a packet of crisps? Or you can buy local brands for RM3 or RM4 – packed so full of chemicals you’d need a six month detox session in India.
The other day I discovered these in Cold Storage. Less than RM4, and no toxins. Strangely coming from the UAE. A bit Kettle like, and needing a bit of added (sea) salt, but quite acceptable.
But naturally when I went back to stock up, they were out of stock.
stock control in Malaysia is universally terrible
If you live in a condo I imagine the security will not let these guys in. They walk along the street and ring the doorbell of each house. If someone answers they tell them there was a gas explosion in someone’s kitchen nearby and that they are checking all the gas canisters in the neighbourhood for safety. They try to give the impression that they are contractors working for the government. They wear a Petronas uniform – colours I am familiar with from the petrol stations, and they have photo ID’s with company address and phone number. If you ring up the number the person who answers confirms they are who they say they are – which means nothing, as you don’t know anything about who you have telephoned. The ID’s are easy to make and laminate anyway.
Their aim is to inspect your gas regulator, tell you it is unsafe – do a couple of tricks with lighting the gas where the regulator connects with the canister and making little flare-ups and explosions to demonstrate the danger. And then to provide the solution – they just happen to have a safe, fancy-looking regulator with them they can sell you for RM300.
Conveniently they will take cash, or credit or debit cards. But if you don’t want it they will go on and on about the danger you are in using your present regulator. They will tell you the one you are using is for outdoor use – e.g. for hawker centres etc. It is not for indoor use.
An online forum noted it was RM280 when they were out doing this a couple of years ago. You can buy one online for a fraction of the cost if you want. They range from RM 30 to RM 80 if they come with gauges. An ordinary Pensonic (a quality Penang brand) regulator is RM12.50 at my local hardware store.
Naturally I was appalled by the danger I had been in, and bought not one, but two – double the safety. Or maybe not.