01/01/16 Fri. HAPPY NEW YEAR
EVERYONE! Drove up to the Bird Park at the 'top' of of the
island, then down the coast road to The Peace Park and Surrender Point.
02/01/16 Sat. Spent a couple of hours in the Botanical Gardens -
nice shady walks, peaceful and surprisingly empty of people!
03/01/16 Sun. We took taxi to ferry terminal today, Ana to catch
one to Menumbok for onward bus to KK, and me to go to Brunei to renew my
visa - shame really because it runs out on the 5th and I am due to fly
to Singapore on the 8th. Ana will fly to Manila from KK later this month
to see her family.
04/01/16 Mon. A bit of a 'nothing' day, rain most of the
morning, then went over to the Financial Park in the afternoon to pay my
internet bill and get some credit for phone. In the evening I
discovered the fridge is completely iced up and will need defrost
tomorrow and throw away the stuff that will not be used by the 8th.
05/01/16 Tues. Searching for a wood yard this morning -
looking for hardwood to make new back box for instruments (instruments
different size to old ones!), found a place who may be able to plane and
cut some to size for me later. Printed off flight tickets for the
8th, then defrosted fridge.
08/01/16 Fri. Early morning start to the airport,
flight to Kuala Lumpur and wait a couple of hours, then fly to
Singapore. On arrival, met up with long time friend Pat from the
UK and took taxi to our hotel in the city..........then a few days of
sight-seeing and trying to locate (without success) our old houses in
which we both lived many moons ago. Visited Kranji War Memorial,
Changi Jail Museum, Chinatown, Bugis Street, Clarke Quay, the harbour
side and other places.......all done with ease on the MRT and buses!
13/01/16 Weds. Back to Changi airport for our
flight to Bangkok and onward flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, arriving
there late afternoon. After the modern city of Singapore, this is
more like Asia!
17/01/16 Sun. After four days of travelling around,
seeing the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, the National Museum
and Kampong Phluck, it was time to catch another flight to Kuala Lumpur
and Labuan......arriving there at 9.30pm. I enjoyed Cambodia very
much, the people are the friendliest that I have met on my travels,
always smiling and cheerful - I shall go back again for a longer visit!
Pat checked into the nearby Waterfront Hotel and I returned to the boat
where Ana was waiting for me.
18/01/16 Mon. We all three had a wander around town
today, not buying, just looking around. Had a couple of drinks in
the newly opened Kraken Bar in the hotel, then an early night as I could
not keep my eyes open!
19/01/16 Tues. An early start again this morning, Ana
leaving for KK and tomorrow's flight back to Manila for a few weeks to
see family. We went down to the ferry terminal and she caught the
9.30 to Menumbok. I will source flights for myself to Manila over
the next few days, and Ana's return flight to Labuan.
21/01/16 Thurs. Yesterday we (Pat and I) rented a car for a
couple of days and took the tourist trail around the island. So yesterday and today, we went to see the Chimney, Peace Park, War
Cemetery, Surrender Point and Botanical Gardens. Evenings are
usually in the Kraken Bar & Grill in the grounds of the Waterfront
23/01/16 Sat. Said goodbye to Rene and Lesley aboard
Crib at 10am this morning as they sailed for Langkawi and the end
of their sailing days. Sadly(?) at 12 noon, they were back with
engine oil pressure problems and will be here a few more days.
24/01/16 Sun. Not much happening, usually a brew up
with Pat in the mornings, then dinner somewhere in the evening.
Rest of the day relaxing, or flight chasing.
26/01/16 Tues. Still chillin'. Off to Brunei on the
ferry tomorrow. Rene and Lesley to restart their voyage to
27/01/16 Weds. Caught the 9.00am ferry to Brunei and were
met by Jane at the other end, who drove us to a cafe for breakfast and
then to her and Donald's house. With the kind loan of a car, we
then went out to the Regalia Museum and had a browse around there - not
the first time I have been to see the Sultan's 'bling' but a first for
Pat. Early evening saw us back at Donald's for dinner.
28/01/16 Thurs. Today we had a stroll round the nearby
mall, then out to the Empire Hotel for coffee and cake with the rich set
before going to Gadong for more shops. Dinner again at Donald's
with some other friends.
29/01/16 Fri. 8.30am ferry back to Labuan - many thanks to
Jane and Donald for their hospitality. Arrived back in Labuan at
9.30am (strangely the
immigration gave me another 90 days!) Rene and Lesley were still
in the marina with a stern gland problem.
30/01/16 Sat. A lazy day, did my laundry and said goodbye
to Rene and Lesley as they set off for Langkawi once again. Pat
came round for a cuppa late morning and a spot of lunch.
31/01/16 Sun. Lunch at the Dorset Hotel.
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