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Going Western in Penang

Going Western in Penang

Jul 6, 2018

6th July 2018 Every so often I get a craving for western food. And every time we have driven past the Hard Rock Cafe in Batu Ferringhi, I have said to James I want to go there. And James, being a clever chap, knows that when I mention something more than three times I am

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Seven reasons we love housesitting

Seven reasons we love housesitting

Jul 5, 2018

1.We love animals Ever since I was a little girl I have had a dog, or a cat or often both. And this for me is the hardest part of travelling, not having a pet. So discovering housesitting was like manna from heaven for me. This way I get to love and look after all

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The quiet side of Penang Island

The quiet side of Penang Island

Jul 4, 2018

It was time for an explore. We had been loving our little bit of settling-in time during the first week of our housesit but now it was time to explore the quiet side of Penang Island further. Penang is an island of two parts. There is the built up side that is centred on Georgetown

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A little taste of home!

A little taste of home!

Jul 2, 2018

2nd July 2018 There is much about Penang that reminds us of home. English is widely spoken, they drive on the left and English Tesco is the supermarket of choice on the island! There is also a small Marks and Spencer and a Harvey Norman! And yes, just to show how sad we are, we

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Saturday Night Sunset at Batu Ferringhi

Saturday Night Sunset at Batu Ferringhi

Jul 1, 2018

1st July 2018 Travelling around Asia over the last few months, we have been staying in hotels. So every night we have to go in search of somewhere to eat but as we are housesitting at the moment, we have had the luxury of eating our own cooking “at home” for the last few days.

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Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Jun 30, 2018

30 June 2018 I love a dog friendly beach and they don’t come much better than Batu Ferringhi. This gorgeous Penang beach suburb is a mere 11km from downtown Georgetown. And this particular strip of it is Milo and Nutmeg’s favourite haunt. They are both keen crabbers, but when Nutmeg (the Retriever) actually unearthed a

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Winning the Air Fare Lottery

Winning the Air Fare Lottery

Jun 29, 2018

29th June 2018 The “air fare lottery” is a game played by about 5001 players. Wikipedia says that there are 5000 airline with ICOA codes and then there is you! The good news is that the other 5000 also play against each other. There are very few rules and only a loose relationship with logic.

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A perfect fit!

A perfect fit!

Jun 28, 2018

28th June 2018 Every day we receive an e-mail about housesitting. It features sits all around the world and for all sorts of dates. We love getting them and dreaming about what we can do next. The only slight problem is that there are sometimes gaps between sits that we have to fill. So we

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A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

A touch of olde England in the Cameron Highlands

Jun 27, 2018

Sitting in a pretty cottage garden in front of a Tudor style building we could have been in England. A  little speckled hen pecking around in the garden beside us just completes the picture. But any illusions of being in England evaporates when the evening call to prayer begins. We are still in Malaysia, though in

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Meeting a Colourful Character

Meeting a Colourful Character

Jun 26, 2018

It seems that there is a tradition amongst the Penang expats that, when you leave, you give away a whole lot of stuff that you do not want to take with you. And that is how we met this colourful character. He is of indeterminate age and rather ill defined ownership. Like many of us

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Our mates for the next 4 weeks in Penang

Our mates for the next 4 weeks in Penang

Jun 25, 2018

 Yes, here we are at our beach side housesit in Batu Ferringhi, Penang. And this is me enjoying a post-walk cuddle with Milo, an Australian Shepherd, and Nutmeg, a Retriever. Their family has gone home to Oz for the school holidays and we have these beautiful boys to care for four weeks! We love breaking

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Just turn left

Just turn left

Jun 24, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog about how to visit a busy tourist town and not get snarled up in the crowds. The taxi driver’s advice was; ” If you see people on your right, just turn left.” Last night we had our own version of this. For some reason, even

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