Wednesday 29 July 2009

Rain rain go away

Here are a couple of videos of my walk to work on Monday, 27th July '09. The fountain in the middle of the crossing is usually a manhole cover. There was no rainstorm warning on this day, even though 70-100mm of rain fell in about 2 hours. 100mm is about twice the average monthly rainfall in the UK.

The more observant among you might notice that cars have stopped taking any notice of the traffic lights!

Monday 20 July 2009

Typhoon Molave arrived this weekend - it was the 3rd typhoon in as many weekends, but this time it actually had a bit of an impact! This was not filmed by me, but some storm-chaser dude. Apparently over 400 trees fell during the storm, but only 3 people were injured. It really hit HK in the middle of the night, so I guess that limited its effects.

Monday 13 July 2009


Bet you're all dying to hear about Langkawi, OK, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. But I feel I should record it for posterity anyway.

Flew to Langkawi via KL, all very smooth. Slightly surprised to be offered beer at 9am, but not complaining.

Got a taxi from the airport to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, just half an hour or so. Much of the journey was through settlements very reminiscent of Indonesia and Cebu - maybe that's what they mean by Malaysia Truly Asia - Malaysia Same As Everywhere Else in Asia. Bit of a generalisation maybe. Sunsail guy, Andy, was super chilled, really nice and helpful. We took our bags across to Princess Anna, our floating home for the next week, and then Andy gave us a lift to the supermarket so we could stock up. Ross actually bought Corned Beef in a tin - obviously we didn't eat that.

We spent the first night in the marina, getting used to sleeping in a 35' sauna without air conditioning.

First day's sailing - let me just mention now that if you're chartering a yacht, you might want to check that it has above deck GPS - we had this in the BVI, and it makes navigating a whole shed load easier. And lazier.

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