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A weekend in Penang….

By on March 25, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
A weekend in Penang….

Just back from a weekend in Penang, which is about a 70 minute flight north of Johor Bahru. View Larger MapThe first thing I spotted was some ‘heath and safety’ on a building site across the road from the hotel… This was in fact my second visit to Penang (I was there in Nov 2012) […]

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A walk, some trees, and some monkeys (and lots of insect bites)

By on March 21, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
A walk, some trees, and some monkeys (and lots of insect bites)

This evening after work I decided to go for a walk through some “gardens” that I found close to my house the other evening. This was a big mistake… I saw some Jackfruits… On the drive home I saw the monkeys again, and I failed yet again to get a decent photograph. On other thing […]

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Nest watch….

By on March 20, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
Nest watch….

For the last couple of weeks I have been watching some birds build a nest outside my house. Initially I thought it was just some rubbish that had been blown in to the bush, but when I looked at it more closely I noticed it was made out of finally woven grass and some feathers […]

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More monkeys….

By on March 20, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
More monkeys….

Where I live I quite often see monkeys beside the road. It seems to be a reasonably large group of around 30 individuals, and I quite often see them whilst driving in and out of the place, particularly in the early morning and the evenings. However, these monkeys are frighteningly difficult to photograph. First, there […]

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Crash, bang, wallop – what was that?

By on March 18, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments

There are some strange noises coming from my downstairs toilet… This is odd as the room is sealed, i.e. the window is shut, and the door has been closed for a couple of days… The only way in and out is via the drains. I need to investigate… Panic over! After about 10 mins of […]

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Bang! Struck by lightening? (not me obvious….)

By on March 18, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments

Last Thursday I came back to the house to find that the Internet wasn’t working… The lights were flashing on the router, but there was no sign of the Ethernet ports working (no flashing lights). What was really odd was there was no WiFi signal. I couldn’t even connect to the router using an Ethernet […]

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A weekend in Kuching, Borneo Malaysia, and meeting some Orang-utans

By on March 18, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
A weekend in Kuching, Borneo Malaysia, and meeting some Orang-utans

I spent this weekend in Kuching in East Malaysia and managed to see some Orang-utans in a local nature reserve. View Larger MapKuching is a nice town that is just over an hours flight from Johor. And in Malay Kuching means cat. Hence you see a lot of cat themed things around. The town also has a very […]

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SNAKE!!!!! Or was it a Chameleon?

By on March 15, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
SNAKE!!!!! Or was it a Chameleon?

Just had my first snake encounter in Malaysia… I was walking out to my car when I saw a snake looking at me from under a bush. My first reaction was very scientific… “Wow, a snake! How interesting! I wonder if I can get a photo?” This was almost immediately followed by my survival instinct […]

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Thermal Fogging….

By on March 12, 2013 in Malaysia with 0 Comments
Thermal Fogging….

Came home early from work to avoid the ‘thermal fogging’ (a treatment in which large clouds of what looks like blueish smoke are sprayed around outside to kill insects) and got ‘fogged’ here…. Update: One consequence I found of the fogging this evening is that it does seem to have driven some insects in to […]

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Things to do around Desaru – Desaru Fruit Farm Tour

By on March 10, 2013 in Malaysia with 6 Comments
Things to do around Desaru – Desaru Fruit Farm Tour

Whilst looking for things to do around Desaru I came across two tourist attractions – the Bujang Firefly River Cruise (see Things to do around Desaru – Bujang Firefly River Cruise) and the Desura Fruit Farm Tour. Initially I was quite sceptical of the fruit farm tour – Why would you want to do such […]

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