The mysterious red stripes of Langkawi

There are 99 islands in the Langkawi group. And nearly all of them are marked in various places by three horizontal red stripes. On trees, rock walls, along roads and beaches, around corners…everywhere! But what do they mean? Who knows. Even after three weeks in Langkawi, we are still none the wiser on what the…

Langkawi: where eagles (and sails!) soar

Lang is the (shortened) bahasa word for eagle and kawi means brown stone, so Langkawi, our current location, is named after the sea-eagles that are ubiquitous around these islands. As we sailed into the Langkawi island group, we spotted lots and lots of sea-eagles circling the limestone pinnacles that jut out of the sea. Brahminy…

Dancing goats and dragonboats in Penang

Amanda: Hey guys, wanna meet at the Penang Botanic Gardens? Wayne (SV Irie): We are dancing with goats at the moment. See you there at 12 o’clock. Amanda: And then you can tell us about the dancing goats…! It turns out The Dancing Goat is a coffee shop in Penang. A really average one actually:…

Marine Biology 101: Jellyfish

Actually  “jellyfish” is a misnomer. Fish are vertebrates (i.e. they have bones) and jellyfish don’t, so they aren’t fish at all. In any case, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to dive or snorkel, so the only marine wildlife I’ve spotted in the last two months have been various jellyfish. Each day…