The Danga Bay Marina is gone! They have started filling the area where we were docked just a couple of weeks earlier. The barge moved in, banged up against one of the pilings and pushed it into a lean, got his anchor chain caught onthe wrong side of another piling and generally had a difficult time getting situated in the tight spaces between the little stationary tug barge and pilings. Soon, though he began spewing sand off the end of the conveyor belt. When they leave, there is always a lot of churning water as their props are partially out of the water as they've dumped their load and the entire boat has risen in the water by a few feet. I'm finding it pretty interesting to watch this whole process.
Jason in the "Yachtie Room" at Danga Bay Marina Club. We spent our days in this air-conditioned room with free wifi. It's just too hot to sit on the boat during the day. Since there is nobody staying at the marina, we had good internet speed and got a lot done! The marina manager is being paid to do nothing until the 'new marina' gets built. They want to build a small marina for mega-yachts. Nobody wants to deal with us little yachties. We aren't really clear just where that new marina is to be. If they keep piling sand on both sides of this river, there won't be room for a mega-yacht to get this far.
They require biometric finger prints so we must submit the application in person. They seemed almost unable to deal with my new passport as it didn't have a stamp showing I was even in Malaysia. Luckily, I had my old passport with the Immigration stamp date matching the issue date of the new passport, so they accepted our explanation and the submission of the application, but reminded us repeatedly that there were no refunds, even if the visas were denied. And they don't give reasons for why they don't give you the visa requested. Just throw lots of money out there and hope someone is feeling happy that day.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Durian Boy and Jason in Singapore. The stinky durian fruit is spiky green on the outside and creamy yellow on the inside. Apparently there is a cartoon character who eats, sleeps, and dreams of nothing but eating more durian. This is a statue in the Singapore Tourist Bureau where we stopped after dropping off our applications for new passports.
On the way down to Singapore, this tern decided to be a freeloader for a while. He didn't mind us walking past him. He originally landed on the top of the davits but a gust of wind blew him off and he tumbled down to the seat and decided that this perch on our electric winch suited him best. He'd sit for a while, take off and circle the boat and come back to rest. He spent some time on the boom, too, but eventually winged away after a free ride for the afternoon.
This is the big sand barge that ran into the end of the dock here in Danga Bay.
We went looking for the museum one day but it was closed for rennovation. The sultan's motorcade drove up the drive and around and then back out; just checking on his peeps and properties, I guess. While in Johor Bahru, we spotted this banner on a mosque.
This is one of the fish farms along the entry to Danga Bay. Empty blue jugs form the floating barriers that hold their pens.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Yep, that's me, Karen, with a huge python wrapped around my shoulders. A guy at the Pernakan Festival in Kuala Terengganu (hereafter referred to as KT) was letting folks take pictures with it. It was heavier than I'd have thought and I could feel the strength of the solid muscles as he tried to squirm away. Beautiful colors up close, though, and smooth and cool to the touch. Still, just a quick photo and I was glad to give him back.
This is the color of the water as seen through the escape hatch in our cabin on YOLO. Such a brilliant green/chartreuse, eh? We've seen it all colors in our travels. While the water looked green under the boat while the sun shone, it left rusty orange stripes and spots along the water line and wherever the water touched, We had to spend a day at Kapas Island snorkeling to wipe the orange stuff off. YOLO is looking a bit yellowed now as it will take a lot of elbow grease or chemicals to get it all off. It will wait for the haulout.
A close up of a close up turtle encounter on the wall in Turtle Alley.
Another market shot in KT. Colorful places, these markets. That's ginger root in the front. The dark stuff is tamarind and the red stuff in bags is chili sauce. Lemon grass, long beans, eggplant , cucumbers and squash are evident in the front stall, and you can see the red and orange of tomatoes and carrots and chilis surrounding the lady in the stall across the aisle. I never found out what to do with all the different greens and veges they sell here. I'd need a personal guide to teach me how to use them all. Can't even tell you the names of many of the things I saw here.
An egg seller in the market. You could get class A, B, or C eggs, which relate to the size. All eggs here are the brown eggs and they sell them one at a time or any number up to the full flat of 30. I'd pay about 12 ringgits for a full tray of eggs, about $4. They aren't refrigerated so I don't have to keep them in my fridge on the boat--a great help. We go through a lot of eggs as it's an easy protein to obtain. Eggs and chicken are everywhere here; beef can be found, but only Chinatown provides pork.