These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

KK: Fish and Durians

Day 49 - We got up a little before usual, perhaps because it gets light earlier here than in Penang. We walked towards the city center right off.

January 16, 2018

As soon as we'd passed the City Hall, we noted the way to Signal Hill. The history of this city is a little fascinating considering how different things must have been 100 years ago!

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

The quarter of a kilometer was really up, especially in the humidity. We took a few pictures and descended the same way. There was a lot of walking around today. We walked out to Jesselton Point but didn't see any need to go to one of the local islands by ferry. If you're truly interested in the history of this place, look up why it was called Jesselton.

January 16, 2018

We went through malls and along seaside markets. We walked up on Pedestrian walkways and jumped in front of oncoming traffic to get across streets. We didn't buy durian-flavoured anything. We also didn't buy any of the tons of available seafood. Jay loves fish markets, so he loved this place.

I had about 20 excellent photos taken by the busy waterfront near to sunset. Just now, I ended up accidentally deleting them before they were uploaded to Flickr. I curse myself as such a foolish mistake.

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018


Monday, January 15, 2018

Knowing Kota Kinabalu

January 15, 2018

Day 48 - Domestic travel within Malaysia is so simple. Today, we started turning some plans from last winter into reality, by heading to Borneo Malaysia. Our flight was at 10:10 AM which means we didn't need to get up much too early. One really only needs to get to the airport about 45 minutes before the scheduled departure. Air Asia delivers on its mandate: Now Everyone Can Fly. I figure our 2 hour and 40-minute flight here cost less than $45 because we purchased vouchers early.

As we arrived at the Hotel Sri Iskandar before the 2:00 PM check-in time, we walked around and found some lunch.

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

As I said on Facebook, we are much closer to the Phillippines than Thailand today. As we are so much farther east, yet still in the same time zone, the sun rises and sets about an hour earlier than we are used to.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snake Temple

January 14, 2017

Day 47 - The cold snap of weather in the mid-20's celsius kept the skies overcast today. We had no plans for today but decided to try an UBER ride as a test before tomorrow morning's trip to the airport. We successfully used the ride-share service in December but on the last few tries, the site was having trouble making any transaction with my Visa credit card. That is so much more convenient than spending our small bills.

Well, we still had no luck, even after repeated requests for help from the company. Therefore, I chose cash, as that is an option for payment. We were able to see how that works by taking a ride to the Snake Temple. The ride was not far as this famous Penang landmark is near the airport.

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

We had a nice ride with a Chinese guy who grew up in George Town. He was helpful and friendly. We got out at the temple which was built about 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong (祖師公), by a Buddhist monk. As well as the vipers sleepy by the incense, the back area has many in trees in a 'breeding area' of their gardens.

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

January 14, 2017

After we'd seen the site we walked out to the bus stop on the road. It was only a few minutes until a bus headed for the Kompleks Bukit Jambul hub arrived. We went in the shopping center for a bit just to mingle with the Sunday crowds.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Suffering from 'Acute Phone Dependence'

Day 46 - I had a bit of a panic this morning when my phone didn't work correctly. I suddenly thought, "How am I going to use UBER during our travels next week?" I was also concerned about not having Google Maps available at my beck and call. Damn, I wouldn't be able to check-in on Facebook to show the lastest place we were or the food on my plate!

We were heading out the door as Jay wanted to mail a few letters with photos. We figured we'd use the Malaysia Post Office at the mall. I left my phone on the dining table. However, I'd not be able to instantly convert the prices into our various currencies without my app. Yikes, the world really turned a dark shade of grey considering how much of my life was trapped inside that little box.

I'm not one to 'go through' phones at all. In fact, in the last eight years, I have only owned a Google Nexus One and my current Nexus 5. I guess I get around 4 years out of a smartphone! Even though Google has moved on to its Pixel nomenclature, my old phone was proving rugged and dependable. I still find it easy to drop it on the charging pad, an innovation not found on many, even new, models now. I was thinking of buying a new phone this summer, but I was definitely not considering buying one in Malaysia now.

OnePlus 5T
Would a brand new OnePlus T5 last for four years?

While at the mall, I did look to see what is available. I don't want one of the cheap Chinese OPPO or Vivo phones which so many Malaysians have. It seems as though Samsung has a bunch of models here, and I'd never heard of most of them. Sigh. I thought I'd end up researching specs and pricing on the Internet all afternoon.

However, when we got back my phone seemed fine. I think I may have sprayed Windex when cleaning the screen and some of the mist got inside. Still, I'm tempted to pick up a OnePlus 5T here. The pricing is not much different than what I'd pay in Canada. Or would it be wiser just to wait until I get back in April? Perhaps by then, the OnePlus 6 will be in the wild.


Friday, January 12, 2018

What We're Doing Next Week

Day 45 - We are nearly in the middle of spending three months of our winter in Malaysia. (We will have seven weeks in Cambodia after this as well.) We are currently based in Penang but, of course, want to do a bit of domestic travelling while we're here. Last month, we were able to spend a few days on the island of Langkawi. Yet, we wanted to see a little bit of East Malaysia too.

Travels from Feb 15 to 19

Doing so will require a bit more flying. In fact, on Monday, our first flight will be a distance of around 1750 kilometers. We have already purchased all three air tickets and our four nights of hotel bookings. We will spend the first two days in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. After that, we have a shorter flight to Kuching, Sarawak. We plan on returning from there next Friday.

We hope to return to Borneo to visit the country of Brunei on a whole different trip in February.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

"All the better to see you with, my dear!"

Day 44 - I thought it'd be wise to pick out a new pair of eyeglasses. The pair I had been wearing were purchased in 2014. I know this because when I decided to apply for early retirement, I knew I'd lose my 80% insurance copayment for vision wear. I made sure to get two pairs in order to see me well into my extended life of leisure.

Now seemed like a good time for a change. I noted that Malaysian prices for top quality prescriptions are substantially less than in Canada, so I ordered a pair of photochromic, transitions lenses and OWL frames last week.

January 11, 2018

The optical store I used is at Queensbay Mall. They texted me yesterday, saying the new ones were ready for pick up. So, we went to fetch them this morning.

I first got glasses in elementary school when my teacher was Mrs Duke. So, over the last 48 years, I cannot count the number I've owned. Today's glasses are quite a bit larger than the ones I had been wearing. It's going to take a few more hours to get used to the way I need to compensate for the larger progressive lenses. Right now I feel a bit like I just got off a carnival ride!

January 11, 2018

While at the mall, Jay printed a couple of dozen photos from an SD card. Although his sisters can see photos on their phones, mailed 4x6 photos have more impact. He printed current ones but also some highlights from 2017. I think I saw three where he was petting kangaroos.

We got a better look at the Chinese New Year decorations in the Queensbay Mall. However, we did a little grocery shopping on the way home at Mydin in the Kompleks Bukit Jambul.

January 11, 2018


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Ferry to Butterworth

January 10, 2018

Day 43 - We visited Penang for a few days in 2011. We also arrived here back on November 30th. For all the time on the island, we had never taken the public ferry over to the mainland. Today, we decided to fix that.

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

The crossing takes about a half hour. We had no particular reason to visit Butterworth, but it was a very nice day for an outing in 31C temperatures. (I think about people back in Canada and then laugh a little to myself.) The ongoing construction of the huge transit terminal, Penang Sentral, on the mainland meant we needed to take a shuttle bus to get to the local Penang buses. We got on bus #701 and went for a short while to the Megamall, but it was old and not very interesting.

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

Of course, when coming back it was exactly the time to have a little lunch! We walked to Little India from the jetty. Bus #301 right near the restaurant brought us practically to our door in Relau in the afternoon.

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 10, 2018


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A Short Trip to Air Itam

Day 42 - We had to cancel last winter's plans at the last moment. We had arranged to rent a different apartment here which is tucked into the hillside above George Town. Air Itam, sometimes spelled as Aye Itam or Air Hitam, is famous for an enormous Chinese Buddhist Temple.

January 9, 2017

This morning we wanted to try out our shiny, plastic bus passes and took a roundabout way of getting there. We took our neighbourhood bus to its end at the Jetty and then switched to a #203 which ends at our intended destination town.



January 9, 2017

We sort of knew the area from previous exploration on Google Street View. We found our would-have-been apartment building. Then, we walked the main town area. We decided to save a hike up to the Kek Lok Si Temple for another day. Today, threatening clouds hounded us. On a clear day, we will get a clear view of George Town in the distance and the northeastern side of Penang Island.

January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

We were not very far from home, we knew. Rather than going back through downtown on such long routing, we waited for bus #306. We were on one once so we know they are not completely fictitious. They are supposed to run only every 45 to 60 minutes. We did have to wait along the road for more than a half hour near Paya Terubong. Going up and over the hill landed us at home with a ride of less than 10 minutes.

The rain held off until just now. It's coming down in torrential, tropical buckets! It's warm water though.


Monday, January 08, 2018

Passes Back

January 8, 2018

Day 41 - Last week, for some unknown reason, Rapid Penang was not selling their weekly bus passes for tourists. We had been without unlimited access since January 1st. That didn't keep us inside because short-trip ticket prices are a mere US$ 0.35 each. So though the system doesn't offer transfers and has a 4-tier system based on distance, it is still not much to get anywhere on a bus. Anyway, we were able to pick up some new passes today. (Next week, we'll be doing a bit of off-island travelling.)

We also went back to Queensbay Mall to see a 12:10 showing of the new Jumanji movie. I thought, at first, it might be primarily for kids with a PG13 rating. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the masterful way it harkens back to 80's action/adventure flicks. One of the trailers showed a new Lara Croft sequel too. I have always been a big fan of this type of film. Indiana Jones may have run its course, but I think audiences are ready for some similar yarns of that genre.

January 8, 2018

Oh, and as you can see. The Mall changed from Christmas decorations directly to Chinese New Year.


Sunday, January 07, 2018

A Slow Sunday

Day 40 - I walked with Jay to the neighbourhood market this morning. Just as last week, we had a street hawker make hoppers for us. We didn't eat them for breakfast but saved them to eat with dinner. It was a slow day. I do relish the fact it was a slow day with a temperature of 31C.

January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

In the evening, as well as a movie on Netflix, I started the VPN and the CBC app on our Android box. We were able to watch the Royal Canadian Air Farce. The once mightly comedy-skit program is now relegated to just a New Year's Eve special. I have to admit it was pretty uninspiring and, more tragically, most unfunny.


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