Awaiting Wind

Adventures of the Jaga II

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.

Stone Carving

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.

Gargoyle Asia

These intricately carved temples and buildings are everywhere. Amazing to view close up the tiny detailing that makes up the huge pieces of artwork. It’s not just a single, or even a few artists that have made a name for themselves either. The new temple we admired had 62 locals create it in just six months ! They are artistic as a race. Beautiful stuff !

Two Wheels Rule

Indonesia moves primarily on two wheels ashore. Friendly chaos prevails with the constant music of horns being used to advise intentions. Light horn taps are heard constantly as the motor bikes weave in a bizarre ballet that has no rules or structure. There is sort of a proper side of the road to travel on, but , if the shop needed is on the other side, travel up that side like a salmon upstream. Always tap the horn to pass, with Overtaking four and five abreast !

Road rage is non existent ! Never heard an angry horn blast or saw any tempers flare. Just courtesy with a light horn tap no matter how blatant the infraction by western standards.

Side Saddle is amazingly popular with the female passengers on the pillion. I kept expecting to hear ” look ! no hands !” as she would balance riding sideways thru the maze. Family trips simply meant that all four or five members clung onto the small scooter as it whizzed along the narrow roads.

Motor Freight. Homemade large panniers of woven palm, welded rebar, plastic boxes, or simple tied and strapped bales of anything imaginable. 20 ltr jugs of fuel, cooking oil, paint, hardware. Mobile kitchens as some where elaborate lunch wagons serving Nasi Goreng Ayem, or fried fish balls, or ice cream vendors, along with being produce wagons. I fully enjoyed sitting at the sidewalk table having fried rice with a cold quart of Bintang at a three street intersection just watching the hundreds of motorbikes happily negotiating their uncontrolled, unscripted trips.

Bon Fire Beach Parties

Traditional music, dance, and food, make wonderful Indonesian beach parties !

The Family Car

Utility Vehicle. People mover, , Pure and simple. General transportation to and fro. It’s our Grocery wagon, , , fuel station when we haul our 5 gallon jugs of diesel, , , a warm bathtub in the tropics. Also an earth mover, we think of it as a dump truck when we use Sandy beaches. Maintenance truck when working around the hull of JAGA II.

Shelter, upside down over an open deck hatch we gather fresh air into the boat during rain. It’s an exercise gym with multiple settings, easy when calm waters, intense workout rowing against heavy swell and breakers. Rugged, oyster shells aren’t a concern as with inflatables, neither are saltwater crocs and sharks.

Washing machine ! Perhaps one of its most important attributes. Soapy water one half, clean rinse the other with fresh rain water. “Corkin” taint much to eyeball, but works like a Trojan when called upon.

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