A Tropical Day on the Island

Today we have hired a driver to take us out past Batu Ferringhi to see a couple of sites that are less easy to get to.  Mouy introduces himself to us, saying in dutch his name means ‘beautiful’.  And he does have a beautiful personality.  At 68 years old, Mouy prefers to spend his time working for Tour &…

Monkey Cups and a Second Chance

Apparently the coolest place to visit in Penang is Penang Hill.  Literally.  With an elevation of 833m above sea level, Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill stations.  It was established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens…

The Blue Mansion and Other Assorted Mishaps

The morning dawns foggy and warm, but its still a relief to get some fresh air out on the balcony.  Airconditioning just annoys me after not long because I have to work in it all day.  I crave fresh air.  From the balcony you can get quite a good view.  The ocean, which seems to blend…

The Tale of Betel Nut Island

This morning has shown me one of the most beautiful skies I’ve ever seen in flight  Beautifully clear, slowly leaving Perth behind, the sun is just rising in a vibrant wash of red, orange and pink.  And then climbing into a landscape of clouds.  I’ve never seen anything like it – they weren’t just clouds…