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21 June 2018 - Pangkor Marina, Perak Malaysia
One of our monthly activities is to feed the “local” wild monkeys. To be more accurate, I think they’re called crab-eating macaques, also known as long-tailed macaques, sometimes referred to as the cynomolgus monkey in laboratories. We discovered several groups of these macaques nearby and made an effort to visit them monthly. Some are long-tailed, some are short-tailed.
At first, we just had a look at them - but the next time we brought bananas, lots of bananas. That first feeding, since we were a bit afraid of them - we tossed bananas to them in the trees. When they grin at you, they’ve got some mean looking teeth! Now, they’re so friendly with us that they run over and we can hand them bananas, one-by-one.
They’re quite well behaved, but having said that, its always better if you’re not the only one with a bunch of bananas in hand! Usually I stop by a road side vendor and pickup a healthy bunch of bananas (maybe 60 or more) for about $7, and then we divide the fruit up amongst us - for distribution one-by-one to the monkeys. Its quite an enjoyable pastime.
I call this monkey LEFTY because he’s missing his right arm. Was he born without his right arm, or lost it to disease or a fight?
There is a neat little float airplane that parks in our marina on a regular basis. This is a photo of the plane buzzing by our location on the dock, headed for the boat ramp - where he can motor up or down without assistance.
A few months ago, I looked around to see if anyone was selling their "hookah" system (a low pressure diving rig for cleaning the hull), and since there were no sellers and I didn't want to buy a new one, I built my own. It is based on a 12V oil-less compressor, maximum 150psi - producing 70 litres per minute (purchased online). I added a 20m length of Australian produced 10mm PVC lined hose marked "suitable for air-breathing" (purchased online). Locally, I sourced a Parker regulator and water separator, as well as a 75psi pressure relief valve (to keep the electrical current demand <10A) and quick connect fittings . Total cost to me was $291 CND and that compares very favourably with commercial systems that sell for at least 5X more. I’ve used it while cleaning the bottom of the hull, and I would say that it is adequate, although when at the bottom of the keel, the air pull was a bit "hard" (maybe I was breathing too much?) so a higher volume compressor might have been better. Alternatively, I could add a reservoir tank or increase the pressure but I just won't bother - I believe that this system satisfies my requirements. This is cheap, has a low current draw and is easy to store.
These are our new stainless steel clothes pegs, bought at Mr DIY at a very favourable price. More good and economical products from China.
We took another day trip to Ipoh, the capital of the State of Perak, this time to see the Sam Poh Tong Buddhist Cave Temple.
Blending man-made beauty with nature, the temple features beautifully carved Buddha statues in various forms, interspersed among the cave’s majestic-looking stalactites and stalagmites.
In the late 19th century, a monk from China was passing through Ipoh when he discovered the caves. He decided to make it his home and meditation place, where he remained until his death. Today, monks and nuns who dedicate their lives to Buddha still occupy the temple and surrounding built up area.
I thought that this burning incense coil looks like a giant mosquito coil.
I had another visit to the dentist, this time to remove an irritating upper wisdom tooth. I guess I’m not that “wise” anymore. I should have had it removed years ago, but at least this time it only cost me RM130 (about $45CDN).
Today, we’re flying to Europe (to visit Raoul, Joana and Julia) and then onwards to Canada for yet another well deserved holiday. We plan to be back to Malaysia in September sometime.
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SV Joana is listed for sale at this site with Sailboatlistings.com. Our boat and home, is always "for sale", and we are always open to new "opportunities". The price is substantially below the actual built cost (over $500K for materials alone, not including any labour cost) in recognition of the fact that the hull and systems are getting dated - although well maintained. We've had many inquiries, and a few "lookers" but we probably won't sell until we get back to the North American market.
We have visited 36 Countries since we left our home, Canada in May 2009, and detailed in the Log:
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
Cambodia: May 2018
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
Vietnam: January 2018
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.