05 October, 2015

Cherry blossoms

There seems to be more than one type of Cherry blossoms in Hamilton, pink , red and white flowers. The most common one is the weeping willow type as shown here.                                                                                                                            

This variety can be found everywhere in the western suburbs on many private front lawns. The blooms are slightly pink in colour.

This red type is found along many streets in the Bartholomew drive area. They are planted by the Hamilton city council, used for beautifying new areas, developed less than 20 years ago.

The flowers are bright red in colour.

Areas developed less than 10 years ago, near Farnborough drive, are planted with this pink coloured Cherry blossoms. They bloom 3 weeks later than the red.


There is also a white variety.

Red cherry blossoms

these are less common


This is a new type, not seen before.

Mixture of red and pink flowers.

This is a giant found in some one's back yard.


27 September, 2015

Hobie cat

Hobie 16

My Hobie 16 is finally rigged up today. Everything seems to be there and working ok.

I store the mast separately on the ground where I can easily check all the standing rigs, stays, halyards and trapeze cables. There are two pairs of trapeze, one pair on each side, port and starboard.


I used two of these for keeping the mast movement in one plane when raising/lowering the mast manually. The special pin assy helps to prevent accidents during this critical stage. The aluminium mast weighs 18 kg.

mast foot connector

A small bolt and nut connects to the mast seat (black). A rigging pin is inserted into one of the holes (marked 16). A round teflon bearing is inserted into the base before raising.
mast up

The mast is raised manually and secured with a temporary fore stay until the jib is raised. The steel wire safety stay is temporarily connected to the jib sheet via the blocks for raising the mast.
mast foot

When the mast is in the vertical position, the rigging connector is removed to check that the mast can rotate freely against the teflon seal.

The jib is raised and the clew of the sail is connected to the upper most hole of the jib adjuster, taking the strain from the temporary fore stay. Cleat the jib halyard on the mast cleat. Remove and connect the jib block assy to the jib tack, selecting #3 hole position.

Raise the main sail and cleat the halyard on the mast cleat in front of the mast. There is a small pulley block on the mast for adjusting the halyard tensions of both sails. The main sail has 6 full battens; the jib has 3 battens. The mast is held up by three stays: two side stays and the larger steel wire sewn inside the jib leach.
luff tensioner

The 3rd cleat on the mast is for tensioning the down haul, for keeping the luff tensioned. There is also a foot tension adjuster on the boom. Connect the main sheet to the traveller on the cross bar at the back of the trampoline. This is used for keeping both hulls on the water in light breeze condition. In stronger wind conditions, when flying one hull, to avoid a capsize!

04 September, 2015

Q rice

This is the cheapest rice for sale in Hamilton, at $8.99/10 kgm bag. It is tasteless and difficult to eat. It is called Q-rice and imported from Thailand. I struggled with it for a while and gave up. Now I use this for feeding the Sparrows in my backyard. I do not recommend it for human consumption.

31 August, 2015

Plum blossoms

It looks like a bumper year this year for plums. Last year it was Feijoas.

The lemons are also plentiful.

A FaceBook group, OS

I was kicked out of a Face Book group, MOTP because I mentioned religion and Islam in my comments. These and politics were taboo subjects. The admin was Irene Yong. She felt bad because I knew her personally. She reinstated me a week later, after consultation with her IT expert; but the damage was done. I became determined to have freedom of expression on the web. So I started a new group of my own, named Overseas Malaysians. The name later changed to Overseas Sarawakians.


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