Relating to Penang

5G is moving forward

According to this recent article, 5G is moving forward in this country. And also in other countries. Thus I am revising and updating my previous blog on this topic only a month and a half later.

5G is in action

If you look at the news at all it’s hardly a surprise that 5G is coming. The question most likely is, “When?” Much less likely is the question, “If?” or “Will scientists research it for safety before it’s introduced?”

In fact, almost everything you find on this topic in Malaysia promotes the advantages and potential new uses. Security concerns, with Huawei getting a special mention, are sometimes noted. But in a very narrow sense.

Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief digital officer Gerard Lim said in April 2019 that will be possible for Malaysians to start using 5G by 2021 or 2022. Some areas may have it earlier.

It is time to look into this issue before it becomes too late. If you want the truth on this and other topics you can subscribe to my new free newsletter. But get it while you still can – Internet censorship is more and more rife and soon you may only be able to view what the corporate media want you to.

5G – what is it good for?

So, who would be opposed to much faster Internet? Probably no one.


This week in Penang

This week in Penang I noticed – not much, really. Firstly, a quick video of the Gurney Wharf Project. Not that much different from a few weeks ago, that I can see.

Then, I think it was Tuesday, it rained and rained all day. Kind of unusual. Some other days was just a short period of rain. No haze this week that I noticed. And plenty of nice sunny periods towards the end of the week.

Bangkok tips

13 Bangkok tips for you. I’m just back from a few days in Bangkok.

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13 Bangkok tips


  1. Traffic congestion is very bad. Plan to stay where you don’t need to rely on road transport much, if you can. This is one of the best of the 13 Bangkok tips. In other words, stay near the BTS, the Metro or the river.
  2. Ask for coins in change; for example 2 x 10 coins instead of a 20 note. This is because there are often long queues for tickets at the BTS, but usually almost no one using the ticket machines – and the ticket machines only accept coins. I think one station on the BTS cost THB 16, from memory.
  3. If you use the BTS a lot look into getting a Rabbit card – it may save you money and time.
  4. You can use the river for transport. It’s very cheap – and you get a very different view.

Tropical Expat has moved to Tropical 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.

Wesak Day parade 2019

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.

Wesak Day parade 2019 -