Month: October 2017

A new favourite Starbucks cake

At Starbucks today to take advantage of my free birthday cake, I decided to forgo my normal marshmallow peanut butter cake (on the left in the photo above) for a new choice I spotted – Passion Oreo Cheesecake.

It’s my new favourite.

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Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in September/October 2017

Well, it rained most days during September and the first half of October, with floods sometimes in parts of Penang. And then it stopped raining – except for once a week or so. Thus today, Sunday is the first sunny Sunday for a while.

Another quiet couple of months, then.

Not all that much happening in the back lane garden

This papaya almost died – when there is heavy rain one papaya sometimes dies. As I can’t get any seeds to germinate there at the moment, eventually, as has happened over the years, all papayas die. One smaller one did die. So only three left

Crepe Ginger very healthy

Crepe Ginger very healthy

the grape vine still OK

the grape vine even has a few grapes

pandan trees doing well

we can harvest some mini-eggplants every week – great in soups and curries and stews

the neem tree is getting huge

cuttings from crepe ginger to cultivate

these are so easy to cultivate and care for we’re cultivating more

rosemary gets attacked sometimes by a black bug or fungus

my attempt at cultivating crepe ginger is working out

papayas germinated from seed

basil is happy

papayas germinated from seed

my oldest papaya has had its trunk attacked so may not survive another year. Being in a pot it never fruited, but it looked nice

Passionfruit really need sun to ripen, and there has been so little for months due to rain.

So now some passion fruit are just dropping to the ground without the skin changing colour much if at all. But inside they are often ripe and yummy.

Some passion fruit seeds from different fruit to germinate next February

The neverending quest – for crisps – goes on

As mentioned recently, I like a nice packet of crisps occasionally.

My previous discovery is still available, but at the now higher price of RM7.99 in Cold Storage.

But today I discovered Rogers, a Belgian brand, which costs slightly more, but is 150g – 50% more than the 100g of the other. No MSG etc., of course.

In the interests of research I invested in a packet. I’ll do a tasting tonight.

All’s quiet on the Western Malaysian Front

Nothing much seems to be happening around here. So there’s nothing much to write about.

Tesco in Tanjung Tokong has shrunk, with Mr DIY moving upstairs to use the space freed up.  So Mr DIY is huge – much bigger than it was downstairs, and bigger than the original branch in Island Plaza, and the one in Gurney Plaza as well.  Often smaller items in Mr DIY are cheaper than the fixed price store, Daiso, and for many things cheaper than regular hardware stores. However, sometimes cheaper is not better – if you want higher quality tools that will last a lot of use, then products from Mr DIY may not fit the bill.  But if your DIY use is only occasional, then Mr DIY is often the better bet.

Mr DIY is next to Tesco now

Mr DIY is huge

 

 

Malaysia’s Jungle Line – (Malacca to) Gemas to Kota Baru by train – AKA Circling Malaysia by rail (mostly) 3/4 – late 2017 update

13/10/2017 UPDATE

Talking to a KTMB representative today she told me that this line is open again and has been since repairs finished last year.

24/06/2014 UPDATE

Yesterday I noted an interesting article in the Star newspaper concerning this line. If you are planning a trip, you should check to see if this service is running before committing to travel plans.

However, in case the link disappears, here is the text copied from the Star site above:

Continue reading here.

Signs of Sri Lanka

Signs and a few typical sights in Sri Lanka:

Kandy train timetable

ginger beer is popular and good

a Sri Lankan curry

so many old buses

toilet costs more to use than in Germany

country restaurant

better watch for those crocodiles going about – but nevertheless I saw men swimming

also watch for elephants

a bit of a climb

they like to put elephant carvings on the walls

tourists have to pay big money to visit some temples – even if for religious reasons

tourists have to pay big money to visit some temples – even if for religious reasons

Sri Lanka has Buddhist, Christian and Islam, among others

at a bus station

I found local Marmite

statues in the making on the way to Sri Pada

so many dogs in Sri Lanka – and they are very relaxed. Few cats.

we climbed Sri Pada

at a Ayurveda shop

at another Ayurveda shop. So many in Kandy.

OK

delicious Kuttu – but fattening

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A great many shoe shops – also Shoe Empire, Shoe Galaxy, Shoe Universe etc. Maybe.

A lot of shoe repairmen can be found on the street – RS200 or so to repair.

a distinct elephant theme in Sri Lanka

tuk tuks everywhere

many buses are old ones from Japan

many buses are old ones from Japan

many tuk tuks have a message

petrol is not cheap

cricket is very popular in Sri Lanka. But this is actually a betting shop.

alcohol is expensive, and they are big on temperance, it seems

some lions

a small scale copy of Borobudur in Indonesia

Hyde Park Corner in Colombo