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Thursday, 28-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penang Island #17

.... the Spice & Herbs Cafe ...
...... the beach view ....
... cups, saucers and ....
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Teluk Bahang ~ Tropical Spice Garden

Lunch Break & Bye

UK drivers are generous with their vehicle lights. They switch on their head lights when passing through tunnels, in underground car parks, when it rains and well before dusk. They do this not to light the roads ( except when driving in the night ) but to inform other drivers of their presence and position. Safety becomes a mutual responsibility.

More often, in our part of the world, lights are switched on only ( and only ) in the night. Switching your headlights will not drain the car battery ( the batteries, on or off, are designed to last for up to 1.5 years ). I therefore urge all road users to switch on their lights when road visibility reduces even in the day, especially during heavy rain. You might not bump into others but others might not see you.

I ended my tour at the garden cafe. It is an old colonial mansion converted into a sweet little cafe and a spice shop. What a sweet romantic spot it was. It is located on a hilltop and the views of the beach and the sea below were simply magnificent. The sea breeze soothed my tired limbs. The menu were all spice and herb based. I ordered a tamarind (asam jawa) and soda pop drink laced with ground cinnamon (kayu manis) and bits of cloves (chengkih), star anise (bunga lawang) and nutmeg (buah pala). It was thirst quenching and refreshing indeed and went well with the (herbs and spices) fish and chips.


Wednesday, 27-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penang Island #16

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...... steps 2 ......
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The Vertical Shots

In India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, drivers place one hand on the steering and the other on the horn pad. They honk repetitively. When I asked why, they said this is to inform the drivers infront and behind that they are there ( don't knock into me! ) The market for replacement vehicle horns must be big there! In the UK it's completely the reverse. One rarely ( almost never ) hear car horns. The horns are redundant.

I can recall an incident at the Concorde Hotel, KL. As I was waiting to collect my car from the car jockey ( its an exception rather than rule for one to employ a driver in Malaysia ), a Perdana blasted its high frequency horn. The passengers of the car in front were in the midst of getting out. I closed my ears with my hands in response. The Perdana drove by and asked me ' you have a problem? '. I replied, YES, your horn almost ripped off my ear drums. He sighed and droved off.

Spare a thought before you honk. You might be offending people in the vicinity. You might be disturbing your neighbourhood. Have you ever thought it as a noise pollution? The horn is not an instrument to vent off your anger.

More often than not, many will opt for landscape shot format. Indeed it is often used. There are times when the potrait format becomes handy. Particularly so if the desire is to make the most of the subject vertically. Thats what I did below. They are simply, .... steps, creeks and ferns.


Tuesday, 26-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penang Island #15

size: the leaves can fully wrap a man
...' grip tight ' ~ Kacip Fatimah
indeed..................
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Teluk Bahang ~ Tropical Spice Garden

The Odd Shots

Attitudes Difference:

We often raise the wrong fingers to expressed our feelings towards other fellow drivers. Usually its the middle finger. In the UK, they raise all 5 fingers, and that's internationally accepted as a gesture of thanks ( without words ) and respect. How nice.

These are some of the odd shots I took. Odd simply because they dont deserve a page of their own and I wasnt too happy of its finishing. Nonetheless, its worth sharing.

Ps: The 2nd shot is dedicated to Nana Mansor. She asked for it.


Monday, 25-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penang Island #14

... hi .....
....... whats your name? ...
.... you got style ....
Teluk Bahang ~Tropical Spice Garden

Traffic congestion ( we called it traffic jam ) occur almost everywhere in the world. The extent however differ. Very often blame will be put on inadequate road systems. Seldom do we put blame on drivers attitude and impatience.

The M62 ( and M602 ) Ring Road into Manchester City is congested every morning during rush hour. However, the traffic is orderly. One will not see queue jumping. 3 or more rows of vehicles will not be squeezed onto 2 lanes . Nobody would resort to the road shoulder. Grid lock is a rarity. The end result, the rush hour actually becomes just a slower drive to the office. No undue pre-work stresses and no temper flares. Where do we fare ?

This herb plant is not a common sight in Malaysia. I saw it in its natural form for the first time here. The name slipped from my mind. I was more engrossed with the shot possibilities of its flower. Vaguely, I recalled, the leaves are used as a deworming syrup in the Indo Chinese countries.


Sunday, 24-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Penang Island #13

ISO400 Tv: 1/250 Av: 5.6
ISO400 Tv: 1/100 Av: 9
ISO400 Tv: 1/250 Av: 5.6
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Teluk Bahang ~ Tropical Spice Garden

Malaysian students have been flocking to the UK enmass since about 1970. At any one time there are about 10 ~ 12 thousands there. Probably about 30,000 have shared my observations and experiences. Unfortunately, during the same 35 years, our driving habits do not reflect much change. Had they transfer their experiences and observations to their dads, moms, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, children, friends, subordinates ........... the rate of road mishaps would have reduced and the billion Ringgits that were lost in insurance claims, would have been saved.

Same and different two

To most the shots below are the flowers of common decorative plants. They are more than that. The plants, especially the shoots, leaves, barks and roots, have their own medicinal value. I learned this by reading the write-ups posted beside them in the garden. The hibiscus is no exception.


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