Month: December 2017

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

Well, it rained most days during November and the last week of December, with it also being cool.  For the last few days there has only been a very, very light sprinkle of rain on a couple of occasions, and it has remained cool.

Uploading and the web page are not working well today, so here are what I could manage…

 

 

 

2017 Penang Christmas decoration photos

G Hotel

E & O Hotel

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza

house on Kelawei Road

house on Kelawei Road

Gurney Paragon

Gurney Paragon

condo

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza

Straits Quays

Straits Quays

Straits Quays

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

G Hotel carols

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall

Parking cop is coming to town

(A Christmas song)

You better watch out

You better not lie

Better not park (illegally)

I’m telling you why

Parking cop is coming to town.

Yes. It’s that time of year. Parking cops everywhere. As usual, you’re more likely to be booked for parking in a designated spot without a voucher on your dashboard than simply parking illegally.  Very often it’s out-of-state cars that are booked. It’s quite possible they just don’t understand the system.

a nice little George Town cafe

Almost opposite St George’s church on Masjid Kapitan Keling in George Town one can find the Cafe Little Angel.

When it’s hard to park your car on the street, the only spot available is often right in front of it – because any car parked there will be bathed in oil from the cafe’s extractor fan.

But anyway, it’s inexpensive with a friendly staff, and tasty food.

 

An apple a day…

An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and a bird that visits most days perhaps thinks so too.   We put out some apple or other fruit most days for him / her.  Before, we noticed the bird raiding the compost bucket when it was open, so we thought we may as well make it easy for him.  We gave him persimmon one day, and he ate it, so sometimes he gets that.  One day we decided to give him a choice – apple, persimmon or grape.  It was apple every time – the others were untouched. Curiosity is one thing, but apple is best, apparently.


perennial procrastinator placated – fulfilling new year’s resolutions

For the first time, I actually fulfilled my new year’s resolutions this year.

And how did I do it?

By making a couple of checklists on Google Keep – an app that’s simple and easily synchronises between the PC and phone and tablet.  One checklist is for daily tasks, and the other for regular tasks. An example of a daily task is meditation or going for a walk. An example of a regular task is the gym.  I try to do most tasks before midday, and check them off as I do them.  At the end of the day I clear all checks so the lists are clear for the next day. I don’t beat myself up if I don’t do everything every day; every day is a new start, and I’d done my best.  I don’t need a record of what I had done, only I know I’d done my best for the day. But most days I’d done almost all of the daily tasks and many of the regular tasks by the end of the day.

For one-time tasks I find it better to write on a paper list and cross off when it’s done.  e.g. repairing an item. When the list is mostly crossed off I just make a new list with the remaining tasks, and add new tasks to it as they come up.

So I’ll keep on doing my lists from now.  The days of recycling the same New Year’s Resolution list every year, having largely failed are over. For next year I can only think of one thing I need on my New Year’s Resolution list.  It’ll go on my regular list.