Yay, The Botanical Garden is open.

Even though Kuala Lumpur is in Covid Recovery Phase 1, authorities have relaxed some of the lockdown restrictions. Some parks in your neighborhood can now be visited. The Perdana Botanical Garden is just a 2 km walk away so it qualifies as a local venue. Two days ago, only one gate was open on the far side from us making it a bit of a chore to enter. Today, we discovered the tunnel shortcut has been re-opened. Better than that, the upgrade of the path around the lake has completed and parts of the bamboo play area are open. (Note on the website link above: The website does not have any updates on the changes for the Covid Lockdown. Current signs posted state opening hours from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.)

Bamboo Play Area taken from the New Walking Path

Other activities of our life in exile include astronomical observations from our balcony.

A Stonehenge Moment: Marking the last day (July 28) we can see sunset on the horizon.
Lightning from a storm far away.

The weather is a little cooler with regular rain showers. In the evenings, we sometimes see heat lightning from storms 20-30 km away. It’s just luck to catch the flashes with my simple iphone camera. In the hour before dawn (around 6 AM), seeing lightning from storms in the west over the Strait of Melacca reassures me. There’s something nostalgic about it.