Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Happenings in Brief

to Langkawi Island
November, 2008

This our last visit to Penang for 2008. Georgetown is now on the World Heritage Listing, and every time we visit we see more and more of the old buildings being renovated. This was only a short visit on our way through to Langkawi. We went to the movies and saw the latest James Bond movie "Quantom" lots of fast and furious action and very very loud, its been so long since we've been to the movies, that we're not sure if the loudness is Malaysian cinemas or the same everywhere, but even with the noise, a very enjoyable movie. We also hoped to see the Masters Tennis with McEnroe, Sampras etc being held in Penang, but time was against us.

So again our main enjoyment here was the food. We joined a couple of other cruisers for a buffet breakfast at the famously up-market E&O Hotel at a cost of $Rm35.00 well worth it with a great selection of food.

Breakfast at the E&O Hotel with Graham and Isabel 'Quiet Achiever'

Audrey's favourite - Japanese

Also enjoyed a couple of chinese breakfasts of 'Dim Sum' and not to be forgotten our favourite Tandoori Chicken at Kapitans, a highly considered Indian restaurant just a short walk from the Marina, where a Tandoori Set costs about $Rm7.50 ($Aus3.00).

Dim Sum, long lazy breakfasts

This is a Tikka Tandoori set, it is chicken breast only cooked kebab style

We are now back at Rebak Marina, bedding down 'Envy' for our 3 month visit back home. The Marina and Hardstand are as full as we've ever seen them, but still 'wet' births available as cruisers leave for Thailand and points west for the 2008/09 cruising season.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Happenings in Brief

Port Dickson to Penang

Left Port Dickson at 0730 hrs and motored all day to Port Klang, with current assistance after a couple of hours. Had a quiet night opposite the shipping wharves. Next day motor sailed to Burnham River, anchored at 1815 hrs, the three cruising yachts causing great interest with the local fishing fleet.

Port Klang - very busy Port for Kuala Lumpur

Fishing boat having a close look at Court Jester

Next day we again motor sailed into head winds, arriving at Pangkor Island we went into the unfinished Marina at Mentangor Island, at this stage no staff or facilities available. The Marina fingers are very low and the surge coming in made the outside berths vey rolly (not well designed). We had a security guard come over later in the evening, stating 'no parking, no parking' although other yachts did not see anyone.

Court Jester in front of the yet to be opened Marina off Pangkor island

Envy departed at daybreak for Rimau Island, just south of Penang, arriving just on dark. We had a good night and after breakfast departed for Tanjung City Marina, Penang.

The marina is beside the ferry terminal and does not have a breakwater to protect it from the river traffic so it is beginning to deteriorate. It is at present being dredged in preparation for the Rally 2008 late in November and the Raja Muda Race arriving here 17th November.

Broken pontoons at the Ferry end of the Marina

Another of our favourite occupations in Penang,
is trying all the different eating places,
above is a Tandoori Set