08 November 2017 - Pangkor Marina
While still at Puteri Harbour, we joined with the Sail Malaysia Rally boats and had a bit of a tour of the state of Johur Baru. One of the stops was to the museum of the old Sultan’s palace at Johor Lama. This reconstructed building was entirely made of wood and really hot. They didn’t have A/C in those days, but lots of slaves with palm fronds I imagine.
We also stopped at Crocodile World, which appears to have the largest number of crocodiles in captivity, well over 1500 of these ancient beasts. We were there for feeding time. The water was very active and you wouldn’t want to fall in!
Here is a popular dessert offered in shops, “wife cake”. I wonder what it means? Is this nice cake a substitute for something your wife might bake - popular amongst the bachelors?
Another stop on our tour was to the Horseshoe Crab Aquaculture Centre. This place actually grows and sustains horseshoe crabs for the purpose of harvesting their “blue blood” - not as a source of food. Apparently, scientists use this blood to test new drugs against. So, this place grows horseshoe crabs and takes blood from them, every month. Here, Bruce and Trudy from SV Leprechaun are examining one of these prehistoric creatures.
Who says that Quebec is the only place on the planet where a stop sign is not in English?
We learned that in Australia, no automobile factories are in existence any longer. It costs too much in labour to manufacture cars. Here in Malaysia, they manufacture many different models of the PROTON and foreign imported cars are taxed heavier.
After sailing up the coast, we stopped at Malacca for several days. This is a very nice city, largely dependent on tourism - and very clean. Lots of people spoke English and there was literally a museum for everything.
We took a 40 minute river cruise one afternoon and saw quite a few monitor lizards lounging around. The cruise takes you through the old city as well as many of the newer parts. This tour reminded me of Venice and other European cities with canals - except the water in Malacca seemed much cleaner.
Surprisingly, we saw several monitor lizards who found the canal clean enough for their habitat.
We liked the downtown bustle and cleanliness of Malacca.
We couldn’t resist the temptation of having lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. It wasn’t cheap, at least in comparison with the local restaurants but we had our “Western food fix”.
The Malacca Sultan’s Palace Museum was really nice. It took us a couple of hours to go over this place. The gardens were also very well kept.
Trudy and Bruce (from SV Leprechaun) couldn’t resist the possibility of taking a photo with “the” hat on.
We discovered that Malacca was the home of a “Mr Universe” bodybuilder - a legend in his own time. Who knew?
We even spent a couple of hours in the Malaysian Naval Museum.
At one point, the anchorage was about half full, with over 30 boats stopping here, as part of the Sail Malaysia Rally. The Rally organized a pizza party for us, a short tour in the old city and a fantastic luncheon.
Shopping malls. Wow. We went into one shopping mall that was downtown, and it was on three levels, covered about 4 city blocks and it was on both sides of the street. We wandered around there all afternoon in air conditioned comfort with Bruce and Trudy from SV Leprechaun in their quest for a new kettle - which they did find.
Moving Northwards, we “took a shortcut” through the port of Klang, servicing Kuala Lumpur. This is a very busy port and we had speeds of over 10 knots since we entered the South of the port on a rising tide and exited the North end on a falling tide. It was fast.
We arrived at Pangkor Marina a few days ago, and we’ll be hauling the boat tomorrow to repair that leaking through hull. We expect to be here for several months, and it looks like a nice place to call home “for a while”. Here, our friends Larry and Margie are getting their boat SV Althea lifted.
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Countries Visited So Far with our boat, and detailed on these pages:
(Departed Canada: May 2009) (34 countries by boat so far)
Antigua: May 2011
Australia: November 2016 - July 2017
Bermuda: June - August 2009
Bonaire: February - April 2014
Bahamas: December 2009 - March 2010, December 2010 - February 2011
Barbados: March 2012
British Virgin Islands: May 2011
Colombia: October 2014 - December 2014
Cuba: March - May 2010
Curaçao: May 2014 - September 2014
Dominica: May 2011, April 2013
Dominican Republic: March - April 2011
Fiji: September/October 2015
French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuamotos, Tahiti and the Society Islands): April-July 2015
Galapagos: March 2015
Grenada: June-November 2011
Guadeloupe: March 2013
Indonesia: July 2017 - October 2017
Malaysia: October 2017 -
Martinique: March 2012, March 2013
New Zealand: November 2015 - November 2016
Niue: July/August 2015
Panama: December 2014 (San Blas Islands), (Portobello and Canal) January/February 2015
Puerto Rico: April 2011
Singapore: October 2017
St Lucia: May-June 2011, December 2011 - February 2012, December 2012 - February 2013
St Martin /Netherlands Antilles: May 2011
St Vincent and the Grenadines: June 2011, February 2012, December 2012, April-May 2013
Tobago: March-May 2012
Tonga: August 2015
Trinidad: May - December 2012, June - November 2013
USA: August - November 2009, June - November 2010
US Virgin Islands: May 2011
Venezuela: November 2013 - February 2014
Before we went cruising, we also "had a life" and did our fair share of visiting (or living in) other countries.
We've also been to a few other countries, but just not with our boat. (36 countries so far)
Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia Herzogevinia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland), Vatican City.