02/10/12 My 'new' laptop which I bought
in Kota Kinabalu in February of this year has packed up!! It works
fine on mains power but not at all on battery despite the battery
showing a charge (unchanging) of 92%. So today, I went for the
third time to the Asus dealership in Kiulap and complained bitterly
about the service and quality of the goods. They have now sent it
off to Kota Kinabalu for repair/assessment, quoting a three week
turn-a-round time. As I only bought the damn thing to run
navigation software as a back-up to my GPS and chartplotter I've already
been somewhat peeved that the software will not run on the installed
Windows 7 Operating system! Re-formatting to run Windows XP is
only a short term solution because Microsoft will cease support for that
in April 2014. Maybe it's time to dump Microsoft altogether and
switch to Apple Mac??
09/10/12 Not much happening - the
weather remains very humid and thundery and downpours are frequent.
Gareth and Julie onboard Pelangi have been and gone, Alistair and
Loren onboard C'est la Vie are currently in the anchorage from
Labuan. Roger and Astrid are still here too, and looking forward
to a visit from Graham (currently in Miri) whom we haven't seen since
his horrendous motorcycle accident 2 years ago in Phuket (see
log for 12/10/10). Graham should be here tomorrow, travelling
up from Miri by bus to stay onboard Storm Dodger for a while.
11/10/12 Graham arrived yesterday - and
left this morning onboard Storm Dodger, bound for Labuan, so I
only had a short while to chat to him before they left.
12/10/12 Joined Barry, Paul, Alastair,
Loren and Donald onboard Fourth Dimension for the Friday trip to
Labuan, meeting up with Storm Dodger crew in Murphy's Bar.
I transferred to them for the return trip to Muara but as things turned
out, we didn't leave!
13/10/12 Sailed after doing some
shopping and made 7.5 knots under sail alone for the duration of the
trip to Muara, arriving about 4pm in the anchorage.
14/10/12 Graham left for his return bus
trip to Miri.
15/10/12 I made the journey (6 buses) to
Kiulap and back in order to pay for my new laptop battery, which
although only seven months old, isn't covered under the global
22/10/12 My 'new' passport arrived today
but my old one has not been returned! I am hoping that it will
come separately because it obviously contains all the relevant stamps
from the various countries visited. However, the turn around time
of three weeks was equally surprising and pleasing.
23/10/12 The old gas (cooking) problem
has reared it's ugly head again. I have an empty gas bottle and
one almost empty - they are UK type bottles and now very rusty. I
took the empty one ashore today for sand-blasting and painting and
discovered a hole in the top of the bottle, so it's no use any more.
The remaining bottle is in a worse condition still, so now I have to
find a solution to the problem of getting new bottles of a size that
will fit the gas locker and be able to connect to the old system!
I suspect this will be virtually impossible as I have tried to find
suitable bottles before now but can only find big bottles in the
various countries visited. When one problem is solved.....two more
start up!! Collected my laptop and new battery from C F King in
27/10/12 My 'old' passport was returned
to me today! I took my cycle ashore, along with a cordless drill
in an attempt to sell the pair - the result of an after cabin sort out.
I can't imagine using the bike again and I have another cordless drill,
so it's pointless carrying them about. Anyway, I never even got as
far as putting an advert up on the notice board as both items sold in
the first few minutes.
31/10/12 Franz and Silvia have left for
Bali, East Timor and the UK having sold their boat Moet to Rod, a
French Canadian ex-pat here in Brunei, so we won't be seeing them
anymore in the different anchorages. OK....I've placed a 14.5Kg
gas bottle on the stern to replace the two 4.5Kg bottles from my very
small gas locker, and adapted the piping and regulator to fit. The
set-up is intended to be a temporary measure until such time as I can
get two new 'small' bottles. I still need to clean the underwater
areas and get my windvane back before I can move from the anchorage -
and time is marching on! We all got trapped ashore this evening by
torrential rain which lasted from just before 8pm until almost midnight.
The dinghies were absolutely full to the brim, the swimming pool
overflowed and the ground floor of the clubhouse flooded to a depth of 4
inches - another storm in paradise!
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