Category Archives: Malaysia

Flor De la Mar’s Colourful History

In Melaka, on the quayside near the mouth of the Malacca River, stands a replica of a Portuguese galleon, or carrack, called the Flor de la Mar which sailed in these waters in the early 1500s. This vessel, which is … Continue reading

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A Plague of Pilfered Plumbing?

Supermarkets all over the world face the problem of shoplifting. But in the Semenyih branch of Tesco near Kuala Lumpur it seems things have got so bad that even urinal flushes have to be kept under lock and key. There … Continue reading

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Koi Mating Season

I woke up this morning to find the koi in our fish pond in an unusually frisky mood. They were thrashing around, chasing each other and jumping out of the water. An hour later the previously clear pond was covered … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival – Jenjarom

Preparations are almost complete at FGS Dong Zen Temple for the Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Lantern & Flora Festival which takes place at Jenjarom from14 February – 4 March 2018. This event is always well worth attending … Continue reading

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Malaysian Road Traffic Signs

Road traffic signs in Malaysia generally follow the international standards used in Europe, but there are a few which have been tailored for local conditions. This one is my favourite: It informs users of this busy urban dual carriageway that … Continue reading

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Selangor Tin Dredge

To my knowledge there are only two surviving bucketline tin dredges in Malaysia. One is the Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge near Batu Gajah which I wrote about on this blog a few years ago. The other is located near Dengkil … Continue reading

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Dragon Fruit Farm – Sepang

I visited a dragon fruit farm today near Sepang, not far from Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport. The farm is called Multi Rich Pitaya, ‘pitaya’ being another name for dragon fruit. Dragon fruit’s scientific name is hylocereus derived from the Greek … Continue reading

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