Awaiting Wind

Adventures of the Jaga II

Entrepreneur Zone Revisited

Annual Review  so to speak as it’s been a year since we brought you the BEER ATM.  What a success !  Upon arrival in the morning , hence before “ Beer Thirty “ we immediately noticed the renovation. Upscale and upmarket as you can see. Moved out to the front facing the dining area and the super yacht jetty and the gentleman is relocating a much larger laundromat thru the old side entrance.

Expansion also as he now offers Seven different brews all on Pour Your Own Taps. Including Guinness for the tidy sum of $22.00 MYR per liter (quart) . Translation is roughly $8.00 NZD or $5.35 USD. Not too shabby !

Humor is Tongue in cheek if you zoom in on the miter board on how to pour a perfect glass around the world. Malaysians use plastic bags on a draw string for nearly all their beverages, ice lemon tea to hot Kopi ( coffee) with a straw. Americans use a beer can.

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Telaga Harbour has always been a favorite of ours. Well protected nestled between two small islands and a shore line of steep volcanic peaks.  The holding is reasonably good and it’s a shallow Anchorage at about twelve feet of water.  Taking the dinghy in is a short and usually smooth affair. It’s not the place to provision but a fairly stable area to do boat maintenance and repairs. There is a small but well stocked chandlery here but only open for business from 2:00pm until 6:00pm and closed Sunday and Wednesday. Eat your hearts out Banker Folks.

 

Standard for Poor people rating of AAAA is our reward for efforts Well done by this  entrepreneur for thinking outside the box and following thru successfully.  Why didn’t we think of this ?

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Your friendly neighborhood ATM Card

Officialdom

For all our dirt dweller family and friends back home thought we’d take a moment to point out differences between air travel and sea. They can be similar in many ways such as flying into or returning from a foreign country you can’t just fly into Medina Tennessee direct, but must first land at an International Airport. Same with mariners.  We have to make landfall at a designated Port of Entry. But the process can be dramatically different.

Clearing In and Clearing Out .  At the airport they search your carry on and deny you liquids, lighters, and other prohibited goods. On our vessel which is our Home depending on the country they’re even tougher. New Zealand for example requires that you fax or email them the required forms with passport information, vessel information, on and on information, seventy-two hours in advance. So simple from the middle of the Pacific ! Then once arriving into their international Port of Entry we are required to fly our Q flag ( quarantine ) and tie up to the Q dock which has no access to shore. It’s lock gated with barbed wire. And we are required to remain on our boat without going to shore until all the officials show up and Clear us Inward. They’re tough. Most food items other than canned goods are ceremoniously confiscated for destruction, along with undocumented wood items, anything more than 50 cigarettes, a bottle or two of alcohol, ect ect.  They can also require you at your own expense to be lifted out and water blasted if they don’t feel your bottom is clean enough. They have free range to upend your entire vessel in search of contraband and often do so. If you entered as a well supplied cruising home, you won’t be when they leave. The up side to them is that there are no fees.  But every country varies and so we usually go online before hand and search for the required Formalities on  www.noonsite.com to find out the Port of Entry , requirements, and expense.

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We emailed Vanuatu in advance and were able to make our first landfall there at Anatom. Basically we cleared in with the village policeman. Blue checkerboard stripe around the building.  How simple . But once to Port Villa we had to do what we cruisers calll the visa dance. You anchor out with the Q flag flying, go ashore and traipse all over town to find the Harbour master, customs, immigrations, and health. And pay. And sometimes pay some more, as bribes are not uncommon. Depending on the country, such as Maldives, these fees reach the thousands for a ninety day visa. Whew !

Indonesia needs to be done from one of their offshore embassies Before you arrive there if you desire more than a thirty day visa and this took us a week of cab rides and waiting, when we did it thru their embassy in Papua New Guinea.

And our most recent misadventures was clearing out of Malaysia. Our visa was expiring and we had a plethora of issues crop up at the last moment for repairs. Parts aren’t on the shelf, to late for online shopping and at the last  last last minute we hired a car zoomed down to Kuah to clear the Harbour Master, drove up to the airport for Immigrations, only to find they had gone for the day ? Had to race the rental car back down the next morning and wait on them to arrive then flog it back to Telaga Harbour to do the final clearing with Customs, and haul up the anchor before being prosecuted for being Overstayers! We literally lashed down all the loose ends and tools for the ongoing repair and vamoosed. Arriving in Sabang, Indonesia two and a half days later I was still trying to get power to our depth sounders. Needless to say leaving under duress left us with unfinished tasks and commitments.

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Upon arrival we tied up at the Harbour Masters buoy, dinghy ashore to announce our arrival whereupon we were asked to remain aboard until the officials arrived . Then we carried them in our dingy out to our home and in their search they were interested in confiscating any medications past their due dates. Are their any other kind ?. After form filing and stamps they garnered our passport and I returned them to shore. Then we began the dance and on foot and by tuk tuk we visited each of the four offices. But. It’s Muslim country. ( Finding a cold beer or some bacon is not unlike panning for gold ) So from 1:00pm until 5:00pm we had to wait during their prayer, lunch siesta to finally arrive at immigrations after 5:00 and didn’t leave there until nearly 7:00pm. Job Done. Until we clear out and re visit all four offices again in order to Clear Out.

So when next you’re in an airport standing in line impatiently tapping your foot complaining that it’s been twenty minutes, , , well , ,  think Days ! And Cash of Course.

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QUARANTINE

  1. Whenever we sail into a “Port of Entry” for a country we have to fly our yellow “Q” flag. This plain yellow flag is one of the oldest International Signal Code flags and probably the most active. It’s meaning when flown from the rig says to those ashore; “ My Ship is Healthy and I Require Free Practice”

  2. But the actual history of how this practice came into being is sketchy at best. There are some references that date to Ancient Greek times and while its use was developing it was at times and in different countries, a solid green flag, or white, along with a lantern lit at the topmast during darkness. Actual written requirements for some countries date as late as the early 1900’s.

The BUBONIC PLAGUE of the middle 1300’s solidified the practice. QUARANTINE comes from Italian, meaning “40 Days”. Venice required ships to fly the yellow flag and anchor out for 40 days in the hope any disease and illness would run its course. The Plague had arrived aboard ships from the Black Sea and tens of millions would die before it slunk away for a while.

 

PRATIQUE is still mandatory now for all mariners.          

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Revival

img_2489It’s been a year without our blog. My old, first generation iPad could no longer cope, the WordPress site had also updated beyond the iPads and my own capacity. Thankfully, my son Jake, who along with his wife Jennifer, have a couple of awesome sights of their own and have helped me immensely. ” NOMADIC MOMENTS” are wonderfully entertaining sights. So we will start again and try and improve. Our “where are we?” tracker should now function again.

This site as a reminder is aimed at ” Land lubber” family and friends back home.

This past year JAGA II has backtracked herself down from Thailand, thru the Singapore straits again and up the east coast of Malaysia and across to the Anambas islands of Indonesia. This was as much a “seasonal” weather consideration as the desire to explore the crystal waters and snorkeling on the other side. As you can see in the upper left corner the blue triangular boat indicates we are currently back on the west coast at Langkawi again.

Will post this now as a ” Test” and hopefully be good to resume our blog in earnest.

Cheers

Entrepreneur Zone

Beer ATM ! Launderette next to it. Big screen overhead with Rugby on the sports channel. Burgers, fish n chips, pizza available to be ordered. All by the dinghy dock in Telaga Harbour Marina.

Self Service . Chilled glass or pitcher in the chiller underneath. Use instructions on the monitor above. Put your card in the reader and serve yourself. How cool ! Relax and enjoy the game with a feed and an ice cold brew while the machines cycle your clothes clean. Doing the laundry takes on a whole new meaning. Wives could be wondering why hubby suddenly volunteers to do the washing.

It’s a hard life Charlie Brown.

“Why didn’t I think of that ?” Seems to be a common response to clever business ideas. So, how come you didn’t think of this ?

Quiet Beauty

The holy grail of living ” on the hook ” is a safe, secure anchorage. Cap’n Fatty Goodlander considers it a ” bedrock skill” and has written a great book Creative Anchoring as a helpful guide to cruisers. I am a diehard student, still in training so to speak. There are very few things, very few, that can drown me in as much anxiety as thoroughly as a bad anchorage. I much prefer being hove to in a dirty blow than standing anchor watch trapped in a spot I know I can’t produce enough power to escape.

Secure, protected, and beauty all describe our current location. All things desirable when Hanging by a Thread. Wish every stop could be so. Not unlike most things in life it’s usually a compromise. The passage itself, the destination, the seabed, depth, currents, weather, ect ect and not least is the fact that as the boating community has grown, prime natural harbours and bays have been lost to moorings.

Moorings, commercial and private, seek the same desirable attributes as the sailor. In the more affluent, developed areas like as not a large portion of these moorings secure vessels that seldom if ever engage in there very purpose of travel. Hence prime anchorages are lost to unused play toys. The actual sailor has lost a valuable resource.

For now, here in this beautiful well protected harbour; we sleep well. We can go ashore to explore and enjoy our new neighbourhood. Life is good. When we set sail the search for such a location will begin anew.

Stainless Steel – Diamond Faceted

Kuala Lumpur is fascinating at the very least. With the Perdana Botanical Gardens, Menara KL Tower, Batu Caves, Aquaria, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Central Market, Chinatown, and its trademark Petronas Twin Towers; you will need far more than a day to enjoy your visit.

Post Modern Architecture is how the Petronas Twin Towers are labelled. I personally am not a fan of modern city-construction with flat concrete and glass. The Towers are anything but. Eye teasing tubular diamond faceted stainless steel, nothing flat to be found above the sidewalk. Not unlike an ancient castle tower but out of steel and glass.

Photographic equipment and skill like my son Jake possesses is required here. Wendie took over a dozen photo’s to no avail. Simply could not capture the Towers in a single frame. And to be further intrigued, enter. Philharmonic Orchestra Hall, aquarium, and four levels of extremely high end shopping mall. Take a trip up to the double decker sky bridge between the towers. It doesn’t connect to either one, instead it slides in and out allowing the Towers to sway independently.

The deepest foundations along with tallest twin towers are its claim. Over a hundred pilings range from 200′ deep to an incredible 374 foot deep. Then a fifteen foot thick slab weighing in at a colossal 36 thousand Tons for its foundation. Each tower was built by a different firm, one from S Korea, the other Japan. Over a half dozen countries were involved in the construction but it is definitely Malaysian architecture.

Time is required to visit this area so don’t be in a rush.

Wood Carving

Bali is also home to incredible wood carvers. And not all Asian idols. This dining ensemble is incredibly intricate and would grace a formal dining hall anywhere.

Chisels and knives flash at high speed in the workshop as we watched half a dozen artists carving new works. Wood chips literally sailed thru the air as the wooden mallets applied just the right touch and force to remove the unwanted material to reach a deity, animal, bird, maiden, or other subject beneath. In lean-to areas beside small homes the individual would be likewise engaged in pursuit of income.

Staggering to my mind that so many posses such talent.

Temples

We never tired of admiring the fascinating stone carving. I could spend hours negotiating each piece up close to admire the detailing. Bali is indeed a special place of art.

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Good Skill’s ! I love admiring the local artists as we travel. Wood carvings have always been a favourite. All across the islands including New Zealand it’s been a joy admiring the talent. But the Island of Bali is home to some of the best artists on the planet.

Ice Carving is amazing when the competitors travel to Fairbanks Alaska from around the globe. Here, its Stone Carving. It’s everywhere, and amazingly intricate. This first image is a simple piece compared to the majority but the grace has been captured by the artists tools.

Knives are the tool. Cement and sand, white and black sand are the medium used to begin. Mixed, and block moulded, when the consistency of partially drying is at the correct moment the artist starts carving with dozens of different shaped knives at their disposal.

Visually the piece becomes a challenge to create as a lot of the pieces are blocks added as the previous one is completed. Especially so in the large facades that adorn temples, buildings, homes, and even fences around properties. I was fascinated as the piece was sculpted at what I considered high speed.

Stay Tuned as I must add more pieces.

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