Good progress yesterday morning. The reclaimed land was solid up until just past level with the Evergreen Hotel, and they were pumping the sand mixture further along opposite Song River Hawker Centre at Jalan Birch. Very roughly about 40% along Gurney Drive.
If I understand the schedule on their website correctly, the reclamation is due to be finished during the second half of this year. So let’s say December. After that they drill in drainage pipes and put a layer of soil on top (for weight) to squeeze the water out. This should take six to nine months. Let’s say nine months, so about October 2019. They remove the top layer of soil, and then it is ready to build on. So part of it may be usable from early 2020. In two years!
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 Gurney Wharf project started at the end of February, 2016, which so far is manifested as putting a fence along Gurney Drive, and now dumping gravel. So I will photograph progress from the same standpoint – in front of Bali Hai, which is around the middle of Gurney Drive.
They were pumping mud again this morning so as to fill in between the barriers they placed. Here are the photos taken from along Gurney Drive – towards the George Town end from Bali Hai. I see them working at low tide, but not at high tide. They have now filled in as far as level with Gurney Hotel.
at work pumping
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Today I went to the Esplanade in Penang to see the Berlin Buddy Bears. For more information see here:
They are here in Penang until October 30th.
It has rained so much for the past few days that the ground is sodden in many places, so either rain boots or flip flops and shorts are preferable. Parking, is, of course, not easy.
There are seven groups of 21 bears each in a circle , plus the odd bear elsewhere, making around 150 bears. Almost every bear represents a country, and there is only one bear per country.
All the bears are good, so here are a few photos of my favourites.
Australia – by Ken Done
Cuba, of course
Berlin – one of the few that don’t represent a country
Berlin – behind
Berlin – close up
And then a few bears I photographed in Berlin, October three years ago
It’s so much fun seeing the bears I want to go back again.
Currently we are experiencing a partial eclipse of the sun – which started around 7.26AM.
Begins: Wed, 9 Mar 2016, 07:26
Maximum: Wed, 9 Mar 2016, 08:24
Ends: Wed, 9 Mar 2016, 09:30
It was cloudy around then, which is also more or less when the sun appears over the horizon, so I couldn’t see anything. But around an hour later the clouds cleared for a while, and I could see the maximum point. Then it became cloudy again. Here are a few photos:
monitor lizards up for sunrise on the Gurney mudflats
above – 8.20AM
8.24 – the maximum
Celebrating the birth of Buddha.
If you would like a bit of that late autumn feeling in Penang, although admittedly rather too warm for autumn and it’s February, head over to the small river near Sussex House. Cross the river on the bridge from the Sussex House car park…
the bridge you cross
… and you can wander among the bare deciduous trees with their fallen leaves underfoot.
crunchy fallen leaves
warm “autumnish” sunshine
warm “autumnish” sunshine