Up the road in Port Dickson, the kids had a wealth of playmates at the Admiral Marina. They made fast friends with the two girls on M/V Kristina II, and found old friends to reconnect with on S/V Pickles. The cruising kid posse on the dock hit 10 at first count! Good times at a beautiful facility.
When we headed north for a stint at the Pangkor Marina, the girls got fired up to have a bake sale. Can you feel the excitement through this picture?
Unfortunately, they were shut down with a simple “No” from the first grumpy boat they visited, which also turned out to be the only one with people aboard. We’re still out of sync with the seasonal fleet, so many boats are sitting empty in these marinas while the cruisers fly home or do land travel in the region. It somewhat squelched their enthusiasm, until reminded that meant there was more for us to eat!
Penang’s Straits Quay marina was our last stop on the way to Langkawi. We only had time for a couple of days, but that was enough to get our Thai visas at the consulate, eat some incredible food, and catch up with our friends Gary and Bev on Muscat.
We went out to watch the resident monitor lizards (mid-sized beasties: I think this guy was about 4 or 5 feet) on the breakwall in the morning. It was talking to the guard there that I realized the security staff everywhere we have stayed are not Malaysian, but Nepalese, usually just here for a year or two. Why is that? Food for thought.
Most of the time, Jamie was flat out with the project on Tahina, so the kids and I tried to make the rest of life easy: keeping up with routines on the boat, hiding from the heat at midday, reading, learning, exploring.