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.