Month: February 2017

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in February 2017

During my almost nine years living in Malaysia I have always remembered Chinese New Year as hot and dry.  But since September last year it has been cool and wet. This year CNY came quite early. But nevertheless right on cue the weather became, yes, hot and dry.

So now I have to make the effort to water plants, which I haven’t had to do much of for quite a while.

Some plants are wilting a bit as they’re not used to the sun, but most are OK.

So nothing much has changed, except that we could use some of a neighbour’s garden to plant some citrus trees, hibiscus bushes, lemon grass and so on.  Here are some photos of them.

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Updating older blogs

I am gradually updating some of the more popular blogs, where circumstances have changed.  For example, the train service has been significantly improved, so the blog needed refreshing.

These blogs won’t show up as new blogs, but updating already existing ones that the web spiders already know about is more effective in sharing the information.  However, it does look like I am doing less.

Gurney Wharf Project progress photos, 10th February, 2017

The Gurney Wharf project started at the end of February, 2016, which started as putting a fence along Gurney Drive.  So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive. Or at least somewhere near there.

It’s been almost a year now.  here are some photos I took the other day, at low tide, and then a couple of days later.

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

Gurney Wharf project

 

 

Selfish car parking on footpaths makes walking more dangerous

One should apparently exercise at least 30 minutes a day, and possibly the easiest and most pleasant exercise is walking.  In Penang this has been difficult in many places, but footpaths are being built and upgraded, so the situation is improving.

Unfortunately, some car drivers see footpaths as a convenient place to park so that they don’t have to walk.  Often this forces pedestrians  onto a busy road with cars driving quite fast, so you have to wait for a break in the traffic to get past the parked car blocking the footpath. Or risk getting killed.  Of course, car lanes are quite narrow here, so you have to be careful.  Better signposts indicating where safe and legal car parking is available might help.  If these drivers parked safely and walked a little, they would also improve their health.  In fact, when you see strategies for scheduling exercise, they often mention parking further from your destination and walking as one of them.

Some motorcyclists seem to view footpaths as a traffic free speedtrack.  The other day I was surprised by a motorcyclist zooming towards me at around 40km/h.  Others see it as a way to ignore one way streets.  And others just to avoid traffic on the road.

Some cyclists also use the footpath, but in my experience they ride quite slowly, and I haven’t yet felt threatened – and I sympathise, as facilities are as yet quite poor for cyclists, although they too are improving slowly.  Faster cyclists tend to cycle on the road.

Here are a few photos:

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

and it's not only cars

and it’s not only cars – every other bike was parked OK, but this owner chose to block the whole path

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

rubbish is also blocking the footpath

rubbish is also blocking the footpath

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking by bus – there is a long length of lane with a yellow line where he could park which would not block traffic, but instead he parks on the corner where he causes a jam when traffic is heavier.  These buses do this all the time – but occasionally a driver is more considerate.

inconsiderate bike parking

inconsiderate bike parking

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

I can squeeze past on the left - but he's also part blocking a car lane

I can squeeze past on the left – but he’s also part blocking a car lane

I can squeeze past on the left - but he's also part blocking a car lane

I can squeeze past on the left – but he’s also part blocking a car lane

hmm

hmm

did he really have to block - even parallel to the path would have been better

did he really have to block the path?- even parallel to the path would have been better

right in the middle of the path

right in the middle of the path

hmm

hmm

and a bicycle gets into the act - I almost fall down the embankment

and a bicycle gets into the act – I almost fall down the embankment

lot of them

lot of them

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

there's that rubbish blocking the path again

there’s that rubbish blocking the path again

inconsiderate parking

inconsiderate parking

motocyclist road - sometime they honk you to get out of the way

motorcyclist road – sometimes they honk you to get out of the way

motocyclist road

motorcyclist road

motocyclist road

motorcyclist road

motocyclist road

motorcyclist road

More people are walking today than before, I think – a mixture of tourists and locals.  It would be nice if pedestrians were respected.