01/04/18 Sun. Happy Birthday
Ana! Unfortunately, Ana is at home in Manila so no
celebration here today!
04/04/18 Wed. Another birthday today - Lyda next door on
Viajero. Nine of us went up to the new 'Back Yacht' bar/cafe
in the marina and had a few drinks and ate cake!
05/04/18 Sat. Over the last few days, I've been exchanging
e-mails with Defender (the chandlery in the USA) with whom my new furler
is on order. It seems the manufacturer, ProFurl, do not have the
model I want in stock, and are offering an alternative model.
After searching the internet, I concluded that the model offered is
'old' stock and no longer in production (neither are spares), so I have
opted to wait until such time they have the original model I ordered.
I am still worried about fitting a new furler as it may well entail
having the headsail altered to fit the new foil, something I obviously
don't want to do because it would mean shipping it to Cebu in the
Philippines, and back - and more expense!
09/04/18 Mon. Ana flew back to KK from Manila today, then
caught the bus to Menumbok and the ferry back to Labuan. I went
into town during the afternoon and met her at the Ferry Terminal around
5.30pm. Great to have her back onboard!
11/04/18 Weds. Rented a car for a couple of days, more
searching of distant hardware stores for various bits and pieces!
13/04/18 Fri. The back of the heads door is now covered
with white formica, the edges trimmed - just before the rain started
this evening. Just remains to trim the hinge areas before sanding
the other side in preparation for varnishing. While Ana was in the
Philippines, I e-mailed Air Asia with whom she would fly back, and asked
about the small fridge tank that Cebu Pacific had refused last June.
Their response was that she would not be allowed to board with it,
despite it being in the hold, new and empty. When I asked why,
their response again indicated that it could be used as a weapon.
I fail to see how a passenger can access the luggage area of an aircraft
mid-flight to get at a very small tank, especially when the airline
states quite clearly that you CAN take a baseball bat! Anyway, the
upshot of this little story is that Ana had to mail it (the postage cost
more than the tank), and it arrived at the marina this morning. I
have now had it filled with refrigerant gas ready for use. It is
less than 12" in length and under 3" diameter, shown on the right.
14/04/18 Sat. Spent the day sanding and varnishing the heads door
(outer side). The Kraken Bar, which overlooks the marina is
holding some sort of event this evening and have huge speakers facing
this way, at 10am they started playing loud noise - it can only be
described as noise, certainly not music, I guess the younger people call
it 'techno' or some such thing, I call it absolute sh*t! Now the
targeted audience will occupy an area of around 100 yards by 100 yards
but this was so loud it could be heard across the harbour in the
shipyard and by all the ships at anchor, and it was continuous
throughout the day. We had to shout onboard to make ourselves heard by
each other. By 4.30 I had enough (6.5 continual hours of
unbearable crap) and complained to the Kraken management. They
apologised, reduced the volume a little (and temporarily), said it would
go on until 2am and invited us all over for free food and drinks as
compensation. No way was I going to get even closer to that racket
and at 6.30pm we gave up and went into town to escape the deafening
cacophony, returning around 10.30pm and closing all doors and hatches in
a bid to shut it out.
15/04/18 Sun. The racket from the Kraken bar carried on all
night, I got up at 5am, and still it pounded out across the harbour.
Finally, at 5.17am, it stopped! So that was over 17 hours of
uninterrupted misery, nice to be able to talk normally again now!
Bill and Lyda left this morning for Brunei, they will be back in a week
or so. Had a day relaxing and catching up on lost sleep.
Later in the day, we went over to Financial Park - I bought a new phone
to replace mine, which has started to play up - call it an early
birthday present to self!
18/04/18 Weds. Rain has stopped a lot of the work outside
over last couple of days, so I have been doing small jobs while Ana has
been making mosquito nets for the two hatches. When we get the
sewing machine which is on order, we will be able to make more
19/04/18 Thurs. We heard the sad news today that our friend
John (Major John Carruthers) passed away last week in KK. When he
lived here in Labuan, he would come down to the marina for a chat every
day and we often visited his house for evening meals.
Unfortunately, he became a victim of dementia and moved into a care home
in KK some time ago. Pictured here at Remembrance Day 2011, John was
formerly in the Ghurkha Regiment. Sad.
22/04/18 Sun. Most of the heads work is now complete, the
locker front has been fitted, all joints sealed, the door re-hung and
fittings replaced. Just a little reshaping of some wood trim and a
bit more varnishing to be done. Day of rest!
28/04/18 Sat. We went out with Bill, Lyda, Inge and Leziel
last night for dinner at the Lazenda Hotel, food was good and
inexpensive - the bill for us all, including drinks came to 174 ringgit
(about £32). Yesterday I spliced an eye into braid on braid rope
and replaced the topping lift, something I have been intending to do for
a long time! My new sewing machine is doing the rounds. I can't
understand the logic of FedEx delivery, on Thursday it arrived in KL,
Friday it was sent to Canton in China, today it's back in KL. It's
only a couple of hours flying time from KL to Labuan, why on earth send
it to China and back?
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