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Botanic Garden

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Registered: July 2008
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Have you any stories/experiences to share with us regarding the scene depicted by the pic above? Share them with us by using the "comments" box below.
· Date: July 14, 2008 · Views: 23127 ·
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blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
October 13, 2008 8:45am

Hi Kayes. This is such a beautiful place. I was totally enchanted by this old quarry. A pity it was too small for the music festival held in May this year. The granite walls would have been a perfect backdrop for the stage. If we could have a full moon peeping over the hill, it would truly be a sight to behold. When I was in Kuching last year for the RainForest World Music Festival, the full moon rose above the trees and with my favourite band (Huun Huur Tu) on stage I was in heaven!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
October 13, 2008 9:09am

That is a little magical corner of the Botanic Garden. I walk up there occasionally to see if I can catch an elf or two. I can well imagine the full moon looming behind that granite hill. It will beat the sun setting at the pyramids. I have never been to a RainForest festival. Do they have a singer who sings like Freddie Mercury?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
October 15, 2008 7:59am

This is a rather quiet area in the Botanical Garden and with so much crime around us, I wondered if it is a safe place. I know many people walk in the Garden but do you know if they come up here for exercise too? If I lived in Penang, I would walk here- a couple of rounds in the quarry, away from the crowds in the main section, sounds good.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
October 16, 2008 8:50am

Blue Grass, it is perfectly safe to walk there but a better place is actually the Municipal Park (formerly known as the Youth Park) which is near the Botanic Garden and there are plans to join the two.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 28, 2009 3:43am

Kayes, I can't quite believe I was here nearly a year ago for the RainForest Music Festival. May is almost upon us and I have not seen any promotion of this music festival. Would you know if it is still being held in Penang this year?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
April 29, 2009 12:52am

hello Blue Grass, some weeks ago I read a report in the newspapers saying this year's Rain Forest Music Festival has been cancelled due to lack of funds.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
April 29, 2009 2:19pm

What a shame, Kayes. The Federal government should support this music festival if the State doesn't have the funds. It started small in Kuching eleven years ago but look where it is today - a world-class event.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
April 30, 2009 11:06am

Kayes,to the right,North West,of this picture,Pinang Gun Club used to have a premises,is it still there? I also recollect that the Club used to run a Crow Cull in Butterworth?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
April 30, 2009 11:19am

hi Jim, you are right. The Penang Rifle Club is near there but you can't access it from that spot. I was a member of PRC from 1974 to the early 90s. I did a lot of shooting with side arms. And yes, they used to organise crow culls in Penang (which includes Butterworth) but I have not heard of them doing it lately.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
May 1, 2009 7:46pm

Thanks Kayes,the scene looked familiar.I was a keen target shooter/hunter,enjoyed,and still do,walking up bunnies with a shotgun,for the pot.Though my son has most of my firearms these days,he's a much better shot.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
May 1, 2009 8:06pm

My greatest and only,claim to fame,was shooting 48/50 at 900 yards with a No4 Lee Enfield.But I was 16yrs old and had better eyesight and discipline
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
May 11, 2009 11:02am

I used to shoot one too with the school OTC. I think the bruise has finally gone after 40 years!
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
August 13, 2009 6:53am

But I bet the smell of Cordite has not left your nostrils,or memory??
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
August 23, 2009 5:42pm

Yes and before you say it "I love the smell of napalm in the morning........it smells like..............victory" Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now.
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
August 28, 2009 5:50am

No Bomoh I actually found the smell of Cordite to be rather unpleasent and if you had been out on the range shooting quite a bit,it had rather an unpleasent effect on those around you when you went home
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
September 23, 2009 4:49am

I recal feeding an Orang Hutan,named Inpu,with Banana Chips,something I should not have done,but I am happy I did.This Being,was in a cage and was quite big he could have quite easily have pulled me through the bars and made Minced Meat of me.He was a wonderful being and took the chips I offered,from my open palm,with such gentleness.I looked him in the eye,something that the experts don't recommend,I don't mind admitting this has lived with me for many years.I tell you truly
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
September 24, 2009 5:46am

Jim, I vaguely remember Inpu the orang hutan. Was he in a cage at the Botanic Garden or elsewhere?
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
September 28, 2009 12:38am

Kayes,he was in a cage in the Botanic Gardens,for sure
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
September 30, 2009 9:58am

There used to be a sun bear in a very sad cage in the botanical gardens back in the 1980's. Glad to say no more caged animals in there now. The ones they ought to cage are driving around Penang's roads!Wink
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
September 30, 2009 11:44am

Bomoh,please allow me to dis-agree with your comments regarding Malaysian Drivers.I have attended many road traffic accidents,some fatal,in Malaysia and I tell you most drivers are quite aware of the Road Traffic Ordinances and behave accordingly.I have only to say that my experience indicates that Malaysian Drivers,need to get off Motor Bikes
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
October 1, 2009 1:15am

I recall some great philosopher saying there is a link between the kind of food you eat and your driving habits. Generally, European cuisine is quite dull and bland and so the Europeans drive sedately. On the contrary, Malaysian food is hot and spicy and this make the people drive with more zest. Nasi Kandar is the worse culprit because it can also result in you looking urgently for the nearest toilet and so you need to drive like crazy to get to one ...... and after locating one, you discover it is so filthy ..... well, that is another story.
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
October 1, 2009 8:14am

No wonder I drive like I do after a dinner of sambal petai, durian and Tiger beer.
Ken Chan

Registered: August 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 21
October 3, 2009 4:56pm

Hi Kayes,
Not all Europeans are sedate drivers. On my recent visit to Rome, I find that the feisty Italians drivers are notoriously aggressive and they really believe in putting the pedal to the metal. Slamming on the brakes within short notices were quite a common sight and the screeching sound of abrupt stops were heard at many busy intersections.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
October 3, 2009 6:35pm

hi Ken, I suppose there must be an exception to every rule. In many ways I find Italians and Malaysians have many things in common. Both are noisy people and both eat exciting food. And because of the food, they drive much the same way like we do here. The only difference is that the Italians can make interesting cars to match their driving skills ..... Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and the new Fiat 500 Abarth. I can't speak for Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati, not having owned any but I can certainly vouch for Alfa Romeos especially the 105 series built from 1962 to 1980. These Alfas could stop on a pin upon last minute braking and it was difficult to overturn them. They are built for the Italian style of driving which has caught on in Malaysia. Forza Italia! Smile Malaysia Boleh Smile
JimJoyce

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 58
October 4, 2009 11:12pm

If that is the philosophy Kayes,then the residents of Cheshire U.K.where the cheese originates,must find it very hard to drive at all



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