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KUANTAN, EAST COAST, MALAYSIA … 2ND JUNE 2011

PEOPLE CAN BE GREAT … INCOMPREHENSIBLE, BUT GREAT!

(Lat: 03° 48’52N … Long: 103° 20’26E)

*** Please double-click on photos to enlarge them! 

<   Sorry … it was too hot for photography in Kuantan, so I’ve added a few general interest shots!   >

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* THE FRIUT/FLORA RESEARCH STATION NORTH OF SEBANA COVE ... HAS A SMALL ZOO! *

 

I needed fuel. Lots of it by Déjà vu standards (180 litres!) This was going to be a challenging job:

 

o Load nine 20 litre cans (the Yanks call them Jugs) into the inflatable dinghy.

o Motor about one kilometer downstream, to Polis (that’s how they spell it) Headquarters.

o Transfer (chuck) cans onto the very high, black, Polis floating pontoon.

o Due to tropical sun you could fry eggs on the horizontal surfaces … yes, it’s bloody hot to touch!

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* I THINK THIS MONKEY HAD LOST SOMETHING IN THIS GUYS HAIR? *

o Carry empty cans through Polis quadrangle (un-researched so far as the need for approval is concerned … this was The Marine Polis Headquarters?)

o Leave cans at Polis Security Box at entrance to quadrangle. (Nobody in Box!)

o Walk through town to find a Teksi (that’s how they spell it?) Teksi’s will not stop when hailed!

o Walk to Bus Terminal where Tekis’s are waiting for fares. (It’s easier than stopping at roadside.)

o Convince driver with sign language (as he doesn’t know a word of English … and I don’t know any Malay) what I want to do. Following a phone conversation with his boss, who does understand some English … he accepts fare and we try to find Polis Headquarters.

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* ELIZABETH (SV LARBARQUE) BEING IMPRESSED BY THE MANAGER OF THE RESEARCH STATION! *

o Return to Polis Headquarters where the Tekis driver nervously asks ME“if he is allowed to drive in?” I suppose it could have looked a security risk … as I was taking 180 litres of highly-volatile gasoline into the centre of a Law Enforcement area.

o Teksi driver accepts MY approval for him to enter and I direct him to the head of the jetty leading down to the dinghy.

o We unload the cans and I tip the driver for being so cooperative.

  • With him out-of-the-way … I turned around to find the Polis Headquarters Security Guard, grinning at me!  This lad was about sixty-seventy, not-out … he had about four teeth in his whole head … and the poor guy was ugly.  God wasn’t able to do anything for him.  I thought `now I’m in for it?’  No, `my friend’ pointed down at the cans, picked two up and marched them out to the dinghy??  What a man!  I made a similar gesture and in five minutes we had the cans on the pontoon, above the dinghy.   

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* THIS SWALLOW FOUND A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO REST? *

He instantly took in the situation … how was this man, single-handedly, going to lower the nine cans, full of fuel, into this floating balloon? My new friend gestured to me (no language compatibility) to somehow, get into the dinghy and he would lower them down. What a magnificent idea. This I did and within two (2) minutes I was ready to leave. (Thinks me … “This guy is angling for a tip … and he has earned it”.) I whip out MR10.00 and hand it up to him … and he knocked it back!   He was helping for the good feeling it gave him … and I was just as happy … but a little stunned!

What a great Guy … a very poor Security Guard … but, a great guy!

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ooOoo

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