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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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Time to slow down, just a little

Time to slow down, just a little

Jun 24, 2018

Since we left Penang in April, we have stayed in 24 hotels, done 16 bus trips, 9 boat trips, 3 plane trips and an oxen cart ride. The adventures started in Phuket’s Kamala where we discovered some fantastic Pad Thai at a local street stall. In fact it was so good that we had to

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Good morning Georgetown – you’re looking mighty fine!

Good morning Georgetown – you’re looking mighty fine!

Jun 23, 2018

Woke up this morning looking forward to learning the ropes of our new housesit. Not to mention having a serious dog cuddle.

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Penang – but not the way we expected!

Penang – but not the way we expected!

Jun 22, 2018

June 22nd 2018 So we thought we were going by bus to Butterworth on the mainland and then catching a ferry over to Penang. James, bless him, was all excited about a ferry ride. Me, well I wanted to go over the beautiful long bridge, but I had come to terms with missing out. And

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Taman Negara National Park

Taman Negara National Park

Jun 21, 2018

Since we left Kuala Lumpur this morning we have been on a mini bus for 3 hours and a river boat for 3 hours. So when we round the bend to see the floating restaurants of Kuala Tahan, it is a welcome sight. This is a small river community where you can visit the ancient

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