Month: January 2018

Thaipusam Indian festival 2018

Today is the second day of the three-day festival.  Here are some photos from the Waterfall area near the Indian temple.

 

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Gurney Wharf Project progress photos No. 19, 25th January, 2018

This project started in February 2016, and for a long time I have been trying to find out more information – no one I asked could tell me anything, or could tell me who to ask for further information.

E & O Visitor Centre, Straits Quays

A few days ago I was strolling around Straits Quays and came across the E & O Visitor Centre. Since I had heard or read years ago that E & O was the company doing the actual land reclamation, I went in and asked some of my usual questions.  Of course, no one knew anything, as usual.  However, I was given a web site – and this was major progress.  It answers many of my questions and gives much detail about the project.  Perhaps for the moment the most interesting is that the reclamation is due to be finished during the second half of this year.

While at Straits Quays I took some photos of the island they are creating offshore, with Gurney drive in the background of a few.

Meanwhile, back on Gurney Drive, the land is reclaimed up to opposite the Evergreen Hotel, now.

more or less reclaimed level with the Evergreen Hotel

taken from the middle of Gurney Drive, at Bali Hai restaurant – at low tide

And finally, a couple of postcards I scanned on an artist’s impression of a completed project:

The next morning – pumping in the sand / seawater mix – near Evergreen Hotel:

The tale of Greeney the grasshopper

Greeney the Grasshopper

Greeney the Grasshopper was with us for about two months.  She lived a quiet life in our garden, and being only one of her, didn’t eat too much and cause a problem for our plants.  When watering the plants, first I had to find her so that I didn’t drench her with water – or at least surprise her, as she was really quick – she leapt out of the way before the water reached her.  When it rained or stormed she moved under cover, nearby.   She lived in a radius of about six feet, and moved around onto different plants.

Then, three days ago, she disappeared.  Very sad. She was only fast when she had to hop – and I tried not to cause her problems.  She had generally moved very slowly – it looked like she was old.  Apparently their lifespan is about one year.

But then it turns out she was a mother! This morning we saw lots of little hoppers on one hibiscus plant that Greeney had spent a lot of time on. They are really cute.  However, if more than two or three grow up and stay it’ll be a problem for our plants, so we’ll see what happens.  At the moment there seem to be around 20 of them.

bird encounter

Monday to Saturday a solo bird comes for the first time around 8.30AM, and visits several times throughout the day to eat, the last being around 5PM.  If I am too late putting out the apple he cheeps when he arrives. He likes red apples best.  A bird couple come sometimes, but are very timid and with the slightest movement on my part fly away.  Sunday the solo bird comes late.

One day another bird came too – quite rare – I never see this type of bird.

Another taste test – kiwi or apple? Which is better? 

 

Sunday Zumba

From the end of Northam Road you could hear the music.  They were zumbaing.

1. early start

2. At the BSG building

3. pretty energetic

4. pretty energetic

5. pretty energetic

6. pretty energetic

7. Then a robot appears

8. the robot is mobbed

9. this girl seems to be the dance star

10. Dance star and robot

Gurney Euro Deli closed

One day Euro Deli was suddenly gone – all boarded up.

Euro Deli closed in December. I assumed it was the end of their contract, as they’d opened in December several years ago. Asking management at Gurney left me no more enlightened. They didn’t tell me what would be replacing Euro Deli. But yesterday I saw that it’s a sales office for condos.

Yesterday I saw them refitting the shop

the interior

Sadly, no Yes

I have used Yes 4G for about nine years, but sadly, no more.

Mostly I used it as a backup, if our Internet went down. And also, for downloading sometimes, as it was much faster than Telekom Malaysia. But also when abroad.

  • When I first bought a pre-paid data volume nine years ago, it was a good deal.  It came with a phone.
  • And the data volume didn’t expire.  You only had to use a minimal amount every month to keep it valid.
  • Yes is 4G, which back then was faster than any other company’s connection.
  • They had a smart phone app, called Yes Life – and you could make phone calls over the Internet  – from your PC or tablet or smart phone – and if calling Malaysia it was a local call – great to use when abroad.  It also did texts. No SIM necessary.  It made any device with an Internet connection a phone too.
  • Calls using Yes abroad are a reasonable price

But now:

  • Yes Life is no more – you have to use a SIM – just like any other company. They killed the app. So may as well use Skype – free or Skype Out when calling a number.
  • All data volume you buy expires – in a week or a month.  Expensive when you use it only when a back up is necessary.
  • All companies are now 4G, so Yes has lost its speed advantage
  • The speed and data volume on my smart phone contract is enough as a backup and for downloads
  • TM is a bit better than before for general Internet browsing – it doesn’t go down so often and its a little faster.  Abysmal progress in nine years, but still.
  • When credit is low  (mine is RM40 now) Yes throttles your speed.

Anyone want to buy a cheap Huddle modem?