01/08/14 I don't know what I ever did to
Montezuma, but he's certainly taking his revenge
on me! Lying down I am fine, sitting or standing is a recipe for a
run to the loo. Al did some shopping for me and I spent most of
the day sleeping.
02/08/14 Happy Anniversary to my
bro Clive and wife Barbara! I think I'm on the
mend now but am still very careful about what I eat or drink - today
it's toast for breakfast, oranges, banana's and pineapple for lunch,
with maybe some soup and noodles for my dinner.
04/08/14 Two days ago I was wrong! I 'feel' better in
that I am not nauseous or suffering a lack of appetite anymore but the
other symptoms continue unabated. My body is a
blender/juicer.....I put something in one end and it comes out
liquidised at the other....in minutes! It is driving me around the
06/08/14 Cleaned the sprayhood and bimini top with soapy
water and thoroughly rinsed until no soap residue left.
07/08/14 Applied Nikwax waterproofing to sprayhood and
bimini, leaving all day to dry.
08/0814 Back to the doctors! She gave me an
examination, more pills and potions - and this time, penicillin. I hope this
clears up the problem fairly quickly as it is now getting me down big
13/08/14 OK, much better now! Boats continue to
arrive and depart, and the marina continues to disintegrate - four
finger pontoons have broken away from the piles while I have been here.
17/08/14 The weather seems to be changing, we are getting a
shower most days now and the temperature is down to a lovely cool 30
deg. Maybe the NE season is coming early this year?
18/08/14 Me and my big mouth! Temperatures are back
up to 40 today and my stroll around town for bits and pieces was almost
unbearable in blazing sunshine. Decided to go down to KK tomorrow
and stay overnight, then meet up with Sam on Wednesday morning for an
early (5am) drive down to Brunei - he needs to renew his visa, so I may
as well do mine at the same time.
19/08/14 Travelled down to KK by taxi, arriving around 1pm
and wandered round a few hotels looking for a room before ending up
practically back where I started at the bus terminal, booked into the
King Park Hotel. The hotel isn't too bad, looks a bit tired in
places but at least it's clean, all the facilities work and you get a
complimentary breakfast! Sam phoned and said he would meet me for
breakfast at 6.30 and then we would drive down to Brunei.
20/08/14 We had a leisurely breakfast (western style) then
set off on the long drive south around 7.30am. By 10.30 we were
checking out of Sabah at the immigration control point, and into
Sarawak. The change in landscape and vegetation once across the
border is so marked, the roads are more hilly, the trees overhang the
roads, it's a remarkable change. An hour later, we were checking
out of Sarawak and into Brunei! A quick u-turn and back out again
for the homeward drive! Once back in Sabah, we stopped at a
beachside cafe in Sipitang for some lunch before continuing toward KK.
Arriving back in Kota Kinabalu about 4pm, I decided I had sat enough for
one day and would have another night in the King Park Hotel, then catch
the 8am bus in the morning. However, Sam told me he would be
heading up to Kudat around 11.30 if I should care to wait for him, then
ride up there in his car - so, that sorted, he went off home and I had a
walk around to stretch my legs a little, get some dinner and go back to
the hotel for some air-con comfort!
21/08/14 Met up with Sam again for breakfast at my hotel
just after 6.30am, then read the paper and had a coffee or two before
Sam picked me up at 10.30 for the drive back to Kudat. Nice to be
'home' but I think I may miss the air-con room a little!
22/08/14 A public holiday in Malaysia - today has been
declared a national day of mourning as the remains of twenty of the
victims of the MH17 aircrash are flown into Kuala Lumpur airport.
23/08/14 Trying to make a new chart plotter cover with
glass fibre as mine is cracked and falling apart; not tried this before,
so it's a first for me! I've waxed the old cover and put on 3
layers of glass fibre and resin. Walked into town for a bread and a few
25/08/14 Engine won't start! Tried to run up the
engine this afternoon - turned on the ignition, pressed the pre-heat
button and all the electrics went dead...deep joy.
26/08/14 In the engine compartment checking earth leads and
all connectors to starter motor and alternator. "Wriggling" the
main battery cable puts the power back on and off, so empty the nav.
berth again and lo and behold, another broken battery isolator switch
(see log entry for 18/04/14). It seems the isolator switches have
a limited lifetime before disintegration sets in! I will need to
order another from UK or Australia, also one to replace the domestic
battery switch, and a spare! One step forward, two steps
backwards, but hey.......it's a boat!
28/08/14 Sanded the chartplotter cover and sprayed with
three coats of white paint.
29/08/14 Why do online shopping sites make things so
difficult for people like myself? I've been trying to order the
new battery isolator switches, and even when Malaysia is listed in the
countries they deliver to, they are unable to give a postage price and
you have to contact the customer service department - who will (when a
representative is appointed) contact you in three working days to give a
postage price! It simply isn't good enough guys! Needless to
say, I found another supplier and have ordered from them. Anyway,
now begins another wait for TNT to deliver a small package to Kudat.
31/08/14 Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) is a national day
of Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya
from British colonial rule in 1957, celebrated on 31 August each year.
Another two days of public holiday
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