Touch Veggie Delight – vegetarian restaurant

I dined here much earlier in the year, but am finally writing about it.

While I don’t understand the concept of eating “vegetarian chicken” – as you may just as well eat chicken, or recognise you are eating soy, they have plenty of dishes that don’t pretend to be something other than what they are.  I saw an advertisement that states that there is no MSG, and I am pleased about this and that awareness of the toxicity of MSG is spreading.

It’s bright and clean inside.  I went with a group, and we all enjoyed our food.

Details are:

68-1-1 Sunrise at Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250 – you can park (using a voucher) on Gurney Drive.
+60 4-217 0158
Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

night view from outside






my meal

Phones and devices and their batteries

Apparently sales of tablets are now dropping. Even iPads. And apparently this is because the trend is to buy both bigger mobile phones, that can be used like a small tablet (phablet) as well as hybrid laptops that can function either as a laptop or a tablet. So both larger phones and hybrid laptops are selling well.

Having been using a laptop, tablet and mobile for several years, I had thought to continue this pattern. But my mobile’s battery now can last only a short time, being almost two years old, and my tablet, barely one year old, has a much shorter time between charges than when I first bought it. Plus, as often seems to happen, the headphone jack is worn out on my phone.

So, what to do about devices? Batteries are only good for a year, then passable for up to another year. An article I read the other day said that batteries only last for about 800 charges, or about two years. Headphone jacks wear out for me after a year and a half.

I know I could use Bluetooth thereafter, but I don’t want the radiation exposure.

Changing the battery or using a power pack isn’t the answer long term every time.  If batteries were removable like they used to be, that would be fine.  But now they are not, so you pay the manufacturer full retail price for a battery, then the same amount again to install the new one.  Before you could buy batteries discounted from eBay, so total cost was about one-third of now. So, non-removable batteries give more design freedom to manufacturers.  But they’ve made this into another profit feature for them.

Of course, for Samsung this backfired with their inflammable Note phone, as if batteries were replaceable, all they’d have to do is issue new batteries, instead of recalling and replacing all the phones.  It cost them much more, and was worse for their reputation. And there’d be less landfill if batteries were easily replaceable, as people would use their phones longer, or recycle them more.

Rather than have several devices, perhaps it’s better to minimise the number of devices and then change them as needed. So, to follow the trend mentioned above, and have a large phone and hybrid laptop.The PC is also used for reading in tablet format when at home, which is mostly, and the phone for reading when out. This would reduce the amount of time keeping them updated and maintained.

So have only two devices, and keep the PC for quite a long time, but change the other when the battery and / or the headphone jack is worn out.

As for now, while on my trip I retired the phone as its battery life was about 10 minutes, and swapped over to my tablet, which also has a SIM slot, so can function as a phone. I’ve installed the usual apps on it, put in a bigger SD card, and wondered if I should try and update to Marshmallow. I will use the tablet and maybe change the battery and continue with it until the battery life is again poor  or the headphone jack is worn out. Then I’ll follow the above trend if it still seems appropriate.

Hybrid PC’S are still rather pricey, though, so one has to shop around. And when you track down a good device it isn’t necessarily available in Malaysia.  The PC I would buy now is only available in Malaysia in a lower specification than available in the US, Singapore, Germany etc.  In those countries you can purchase the device with a more powerful processor, much more RAM, and better resolution screen. One shop tells me that some customers go abroad to buy for this reason.

I do read, however, that a couple of manufacturers may make phones with a fold out screen that makes them into tablets when you want the bigger screen size. And these could be out in a year or two.  And I’ve seen a screen on Kickstarter, I think, that mirrors your phone but is bigger and quite cheap, so you wouldn’t need a tablet anyway.

What about Armenia? Final of the series.

I am just back from a trip around Morocco and some of the countries which used to be part of the Persian Empire at some stage in the past – Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Georgia, Armenia.

For information I used Lonely Planet: Morocco; Middle East; Georgia, Armenia, & Azerbaijan. These three books. The latter also covered Abkhazia. I uploaded the electronic version to Google Play Books and saved the weight of real books. They served their purpose pretty well. I bought them when on special, which LP does quite often.

For each country I’ll be writing of one good and one bad thing. And then include some hints and a few photos of the country.

Armenia was the first Christian country. I didn’t know that. Different people will have different opinions about this.  Nevertheless, seeing where Noah landed made a big impression.  What was harder was taxi drivers who didn’t speak English – which was every one I came across.

Some photos:

Us arriving at Yerevan Railway Station – three trains arrive a week. From Tbilisi, Georgia. And three trains depart weekly to Tbilisi.

Yerevan Railway Station

Yerevan Railway Station

one of many beautiful churches – this on the outskirts of Yerevan

one of many beautiful churches – this on the outskirts of Yerevan

another of many beautiful churches – this on the outskirts of Yerevan

one of many beautiful churches – this on the outskirts of Yerevan


lunch here

heading out into the country towards Mt. Ararat

If it’s not cloudy you can see Mt. Ararat from here

a home cooked meal

tour of the brandy factory

Mr. Yeltsin was there before us

Yerevan Tavern

Eating at the Yerevan Tavern – delicious, inexpensive, good service, friendly

Eating at the Yerevan Tavern – delicious, inexpensive, good service, friendly

and with entertainment


the top of Mt. Ararat as seen from the cathedral

central Yerevan

Mother Armenia statue

snow on the hills surrounding Yerevan

sculptures around the city

Parliament Building

the Cascades – leading up to the Mother Armenia statue – further to the right out of the photo, though

Central Mosque

cathedral at night

History Museum

the Metro

Yerevan station at night

Yerevan station at night

compartment on the night train to Tbilisi, Georgia

the bar / cafe on the night train

the bar / cafe on the night train

available at the bar

Growing stuff on hot concrete – gardening in tropical Penang – what’s growing in April 2017

“It’s been very dry and hot recently – fairly normal for this time of year.” This is what I wrote last year.

This year it’s been very hot – but with rain sometimes.


little eggplant and flowers

kobu lime

grape vine

back garden doing well

papaya and citrus and basil and lemongrass

tomato is just surviving and has little toomatoes growing, but passion fruit seems fine

Bougainvillea as usual

Roselle grown from seed

Bougainvillea as usual



mock orange

limes picked

lime tree; mock orange have grown bigger – so most pots are just on the floor now

papaya growing

passion fruit vines resting on mock orange

passion fruit growing

and flowers, too


canna lily

pots left over now plants have grown