Month: May 2017

Living dangerously – I went for a walk

Mostly it’s not easy crossing Gurney Drive on foot.

But I thought I was doing everything right. A brief break in the traffic was coming, which is often all you can hope for, with a motorcycle proceeding straight ahead in the left lane. So I started across the right lane, ready to nip behind the motorcycle and cross before the next car came. Suddenly the motorcycle swerved right and almost hit me, to turn into a side street.

Normally to judge if a vehicle is turning one looks for a turn indicator (bearing in mind that for motorcycles they are often indicating simply because the indicators weren’t cancelled), being in the turning lane – in this case the right lane, and the vehicle slowing down. This motorcyclist did none of these.

So for more safety, now I think I should cross where there are no nearby side streets. However, walking along the other footpath, one is often blocked by parked cars and forced onto the road, anyway.

Very recently a lady was knocked over and killed on a pedestrian crossing by a motorcyclist at a red light on nearby Kelawei Road.  Whenever you cross a road you must watch for motorcyclists who ride between cars, and often ignore red lights, too.  You can’t just look straight ahead and cross safely.


Thunderstorm and heavy rain – Telekom Malaysia Internet down at home

I have two backups for this situation, the easiest one is to broadcast my mobile internet as WiFi, and so that’s what I’m doing. Most months I don’t use my allocation anyway.

TM sometimes goes down after heavy rain. More often it just becomes even slower than usual. I pay for 8 Mbps, but sometimes get around 1  Mbps, and often even 35 Kbps.  In contrast, my mobile connection is 35Mbps consistently.  Makes me want to give up TM and pay for more mobile internet allocation.

Meanwhile I’ll restart my router sometimes and maybe TM will come back. 

Rats’ revenge and large leaping lizards

I have been gardening a lot recently.

Rats have started to come into our driveway at night. Two or three of them.  If we leave the light on to discourage them, moths come instead.  So I put out a rat trap last night.  Then it rained, the rain soaked the bait – bread – and it fell to the bottom of the cage. Thus a rat could get the bread without getting caught. But it seemed to understand it was a trap, and wreaked revenge on our pot plants – digging up five or six small plants and leaving a mess.

Meanwhile, a neighbour created a garden at the back, and we have been planting various things in it.  In the afternoons two large (camera-shy) lizards appear.  They’re two or three feet long. They seem to have discovered the new garden, and they dig a little – somehow they seem to like digging up an onion we planted, but they don’t eat it. We replant it, and they dig it up again. But they are cute.