Avoiding mosquito bites should be part of your life in the tropics.
By the way, this is a refresh of an article I posted in 2012, with new content added.
Where we live in Penang we used to have mosquitoes year round. Neighbours in our street have been afflicted with dengue. However, they took no precautions at all. Malaysian rarely take any precautions to avoid bites. But every year mosquitoes have become less of a problem. I will expound on this later.
The danger of mosquitoes
The main danger with mosquitoes is that they are a vector (I’ve always wanted to use that word) for malaria and dengue fever. And other diseases, but these are the main ones in Malaysia.
If a mosquito of a certain type bites someone who has either of these they will become a carrier. Then if the mosquito bites someone else the person bitten may contract the disease.
Most carriers are apparently illegal immigrants. They bring it with them to Malaysia and naturally do no have their health checked. It’s actually quite unlikely you will stay or go to the same places as them. A possible exception is construction workers building a condo near where you are. Nevertheless, mosquitoes do not travel very far.
Currently, in 2019, we can go days or even weeks without seeing a mosquito outside our home. When we first moved to our house, almost nine years ago, they were constantly outside, and thus sometimes got inside as well, despite carefully following all the correct procedures. Thus mosquitoes bit us all too frequently.
Avoiding mosquito bites in general
Yes, Penang is cooling. I’ve lived in the same house for almost nine years now. And I have a thermometer. I have written on this before, of course. So anyway, I’ve taken to wearing a jacket or a long sleeved shirt over a t-shirt when inside. Now, this is not to say that it’s cold here. But because it is cooler, the air-cons don’t dehumidify the air any more. Therefore I must make the temperature setting lower for them to work, and thus it’s too cool inside. If you open the windows you get dust and bad air inside. Well, I live in an urban area.
Penang is cooling – so I have to wear more clothes to keep warm inside
Using the Touch & Go card for parking at Gurney Plaza will no longer attract a surcharge. According to the poster below. From May 27th. Currently a 10 % surcharge is imposed. Therefore this is a more attractive proposition.
Tropical Expat has moved to Tropical Expat.com I have moved the blog and now pay for web hosting so I could have more control. At the same time I gave the blog a new look. And a few more features, like auto-translation. The old blog remains. That is, this blog. And it contains the bulk of older blogs. This is because I could not successfully migrate all the blogs to the new site. Some blogs are just as relevant now as when I wrote them. On the new site I have updated some blogs, and am in the process of updating more.
The Wesak day parade 2019 took place yesterday evening.
“Wesak Day is held to commemorate the Thrice Blessed Day of Gautama Buddha’s birth, his supreme enlightenment and his attainment of mahaparinirvana. ” From an article in the Star on Friday.
It had been raining on and off all day. So late in the day I rang to check if it was still on. But no one answered. However, it was on. And the rain held off apart from sprinkling lightly a couple of times. There was a similar problem in 2016, but it went ahead then, too.