Tuesday, January 14, 2014

YOLO in Danga Bay and Johor Bahru Nov 2013

As we motorsailed up the Johor Strait around Singapore and up to Danga Bay in Malaysia, we passed the dry dock area along Singapore's coast.  If you look closely or blow up the photo below, you can see a huge gaping hole in the side of this massive tanker ship!  "Oops" doesn't quite cover this one.
Massive blades for a wind turbine sitting at the dock in Singapore.
The Second Link Bridge from Malaysia to Singapore.  The only other bridge that connects the two countries is the Causeway and it is just above the water so boats can't get under it.  YOLO passed under this bridge and entered Malaysia at Danga Bay just off to the left.
Fish farms and floating villages along the bay.  Thousands of floating plastic jugs create boundaries for the fish containers underwater.
A giant lobster outside the seafood restaurant at Danga Bay.  They had dozens of tanks inside with all sorts of fish and shellfish to choose from to have them cook for dinner.
A mural on the wall of a building in town.  It's more Chinese than Malay in origin.
YOLO at the dock in Danga Bay Marina.  At 100 ringgits per week (about $33), it was darned near free to stay here.
A 'lynched' lady and a she-devil at our Halloween pot luck get together at Danga Bay.
Jason with Jeremy and Suzanne from Thylacines at pot luck.
One of the many dredge ships that spewed sand into the water to reclaim land.  Reclamation is going on all around Singapore and Malaysia.  We really had to watch out for the ships and the new shallow spots they are creating in the bay.
Note the hands holding the cannon at the gov't building in Johor Bahru's new government complex being built a little ways out of town.  Next to the LEGOLAND and Hello Kitty and Bob the Builder theme parks.
Lush fountains and greenery inside the brand new government building.  Very pretty, but I think the upkeep will be too much and the place will deteriorate over the years.  Pebbly walls are already starting to show mold growth and the buildings aren't even done being built yet.
A pretty pineapple at the Pineapple Museum.  We had fruit and juice to our heart's content here.
This man is scraping a leaf from a pineapple plant and recovering the 'threads' from it.  They use the threads to weave linen-like shirts that they sell. 
The monument at Piai National Park at the southern most tip of Asia.  They've built raised boardwalks out to the water's edge in the mangroves on all sides of the tip of this peninsula.  You can see the lines of ship traffic waiting to get into Singapore from the walkways.
A monkey overhead on the plexiglass walkway cover. at Piai  This photo won 1st Prize in our rally photo contest in the wildlife category!!
The southernmost tip of Asia is that sculpture at the end of the pier at Piai.
Dancers welcome us at our lunch stop at a 'homestay' place.
The dancers with their cutout horses at the Piai homestay where we lunched.
A fruit stall along the street.  I asked the tour bus to stop so I could get some rambutans and bananas.  Rambutans are spiky-haired red fruit that resemble lychees in taste.
A rubber tree plantation as we sped by in the bus.  The rubber trees are tapped just like maple trees are for syrup.  The rubber trees people use for indoor decorations are not the same as these trees tapped for their sap.
Our welcome drummers at a little fishing village where we had another meal.
Dancers for our entertainment while we ate at the fishing village.  Like belly dancers with more clothes on.
Jason surveying the waters at the fishing village
Boats at the fishing village where we had lunch.  You can see Johor Bahru in the background and the marina was just beyond the trees in the background.
Some shells the locals had polished for sale.  Some were gilded with gold paint--very pretty.  I saw a shell similar in the mangroves at Piai.
Local kids enjoying purple ice cream.  I tried one (less than 30 cents) but found it tasteless.
More dancers at the fishing village entertaining us for lunch.

YOLO to Bintan crosses the Equator, Oct 2013

Our last leg was from Batu Beriga to Bintan, and we had wind and current against us for three days!  Apparently, we weren't the only ones fighting the elements as these three swallows found YOLO at sunset and settled in for the night.  I had to move the one out of my way during the night and he barely woke up long enough to chirp at me once.  One of the other two snuggled up together didn't survive the night and we found him in the bottom of the bag where he is perched here.
A big local fishing boat anchored out in the middle of nowhere. The water here was less than 100' deep the entire way, and this boat just dropped an anchor and stayed there off the coast.
We had dolphins swimming with us and playing at the bow for a while. 
One of the dolphins was a small baby, but the bigger ones always kept between it and the boat.
YOLO crossing the Equator again!  If you blow up the picture, you can see that the latitude of our position is 00 00.000 degrees S.  We are once again in the Northern Hemisphere of the Pacific Ocean.