22 September, 2010

King Tide at Btg Lupar River

King tide occurs several days each month and during the period, the river is usually filled up to the brink during tide. The tide occurs twice a day. During this period also, low lying areas usually experienced flooding. This year, the King Tide occurs during the Hari Raya Festival and most of the houses were inundated by water.

During high tide, tidal bore is usually can get very huge at the Btg Lupar river. The sight of the huge tidal bore at the Btg Lupar river were said to be very spectacular. Unluckily I cannot get the glimpse of the tidal bore during this period of time.

This Cargo vessel took the opportunity of the high tide to travel upstream to save fuel cost. The wharf is dwarfed by the size of the vessel due to the high tide.


It just need another day or two of continuous raining to make this house totally flooded by the high tide.

16 September, 2010

D.I.Y. Repairing Parquet Flooring


Having one of the parquet flooring missing is just making your life uneasy. Even if you decided to put the piece back in its original place will not help either because after some time that same piece of wood will dislodge again causing yet another an eyesore. I recommend you to use solid PVA glue to ensure the piece of wood will stay in its place for a long time. The cost of the 500 mL bottle solid PVA glue is only RM11.00 and it is available at the local hardware store.


A bottle of 500 mL Solid PVA Glue

For more information on repairing Parquet Flooring, visit HERE.

04 September, 2010

Bailey Bridge


Bailey bridge is a pre-fabricated truss bridge which requires no special tools or heavy equipment for construction. Picture above shows one of the Bailey bridge being used frequently for newly constructed road in rural areas. The bridge is used to cross mostly canals in order to enable vehicles to pass through.

This picture was taken on the Independent Day of Malaysia (Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!!!). To the rural folks, they are truly being liberated now because they already have a very good road network accessible to their locality which is beyond their dream several years ago. Before, the only mean of transport is by boat through its long and winding river system. Using the river, travelling usually takes several days which is now accessible only within several hours using the newly constructed road network.

Using the Bailey bridge, which is of course a temporary bridge, the available allocation given to the authority can be used to build more roads to connect more rural communities. I believe, with the increase in the number of traffic in several years to come there will be a need to upgrade the Bailey bridge into a more permanent bridge.

For the rural folks, in order to cross a much wider river, ferry is being used. The ferry is capable of carrying heavy vehicles and several cars at any one time. Read HERE for more experiences crossing the Sadong River.


A ferry is crossing the Sadong River.

For more information about Bailey bridge, read HERE.