Author: ihp000

Crazily hazy Penang this week

We’ve had a Crazily hazy Penang this week. Currently it’s Friday. Wednesday morning the air smelled like it was on fire. Later it rained, which cleared the air a bit. Yesterday it rained early in the morning and the haze wasn’t as bad. And this morning it’s still hazy. I am unwilling to go outside any more today.

In fact, as I write this just before lunch, the air is hazy looking just a couple of hundred metres into the distance. I do wonder how much this haze is contributing to the cooling that happens every year at this time. I’m currently researching global cooling at the moment – I’ll write something about it here when I am ready.

Crazily hazy Penang



Digital detoxing

I continue with my digital detox. For want of a better word. By digital detox I mean:

  • Minimise exposure to EMF –
  • Turn on Wifi only when I really need to and turn it off as soon as possible
  • Use 4G on my phone as little as possible – otherwise have it on airplane mode or at worst, just to receive calls and texts
  • Work towards dumping my smartphone in the future
  • Try to stay away from WiFi – very difficult as it is everywhere (we once thought that was good)
  • Use my computer – which uses a wired connection – in preference to any wireless connection devices
  • Replace Bluetooth keyboard with a wired one – my mouse was already a wired one
  • Buy blue light blocking glasses to wear when using the PC and other devices
  • Turn off electricity as much as possible at night in the bedroom
  • Gradually move from using the services of large corporations to smaller ones that do not collect my data – often meaning paying for the services.
  • Keep location service off on my phone except when I am using it – last month I turned it on only for Grab – so my monthly report from Google as to my movements was almost blank. Progress!
  • Use social media rarely – I achieved that over a year ago, anyway
  • Try to spend more time in nature without my smartphone.
  • Find out what the governments here are planning to do with regards to 5G
  • Avoid airport full body scanners – so far so good
  • Learn more about 5G and how to shield myself from the damage of EMF

Penang matters on Merdeka Day weekend

Before I get on to Penang matters this week, I want to mention – the 5G Summit has a little time left. you can still catch some free. And next weekend all videos will be available free for 48 hours.

And as I mentioned last time, I replaced my Bluetooth keyboard with a USB one. Almost immediately my hand felt more flexible – less stiff. My imagination, perhaps. Perhaps not.

Merdeka Day

It’s the Merdeka Day long weekend. the national day of Malaysia.

Penang matters - Merdeka Day flags


Adventures with papaya

Recently I am successfully papaya-ing. Papaya grows happily in the sky – it’s not one of those plants that will only grow in the ground and at ground level. I have to pick the fruit before it’s ripe or the musang will get it – and move with their family into my roof near the nice food supply.


So papaya-ing is growing papaya, picking and drying the leaves for tea, picking the papaya fruit and either I can keep them until they ripen, or shred them to make green papaya salad.

Interestingly, when I shred the green papaya it detoxes me. It clears out my sinuses etc. It may be uncomfortable, but it’s good. The effects last about two hours.


No birds after big storm

Since the storm about 10 days ago I see no birds around. Or very few, anyway. I thought yesterday I saw an oriole briefly.

Another storm

Last night was another storm. Lightning and thunder. It tripped a surge protector I have for a few electronic things. Which is unusual. And again today, no birds, even though it was great weather today.

no birds but great weather