I landed at the Penang airport this morning and got caught up in some drama there, not quite sure what it was, but it seemed to be some sort of political statement. There were some people with signs and they were mad at some other people over something, perhaps it was a strike or something. At any rate I had a pretty tough time getting my Penang car rental or at least getting out of the airport to the actual property where they rented cars. I have not ever heard of the car that they rented me. In fact before I signed the papers I sat there staring at my phone and trying to figure out if it was any good. Apparently the cars are made locally, here in the Malay Peninsula. I figured that the price was right, even though I was not sure how much I liked the idea. They had some Japanese cars on their ads, but apparently I had come at peak time and was not getting a very wide selection from what they had left.
It seems as though I have pretty much hit the peak tourist season here, which is probably nice in some aspects as I am interested in the local infrastructure as well. The project we have in mind is going to be done in cooperation with the locals, and they will need to help us out. So it is a good thing to see how efficiently the local government can provide services under stress, specifically the stress of having a lot of visitors. That is where we are going to see if they are up to this job. The site looks fine at first glance, but that is before I have gotten the equipment out of the cases and done the real survey.Keep On Reading