01/01/19 Tues. Happy New
Year to everyone!
Again a very quiet day for us - last night we sat
in the cockpit and watched the fireworks all around the bay as Puerto
Princesa brought in the new year.
20/01/19 Sun. Nothing much to report! The
internet (wi-fi) is worse than useless making updates to this webpage
very difficult. We went to immigration again when my visa ran out,
and this time it cost over 6000 peso for one month because, they said,
it's for an ID card which will be delivered in about six weeks time!
Why do I need an ID card? I have a passport, a pilots licence, a
driving licence and countless other forms of legal identity. In
any case, this expensive ID card will arrive here after my visa
has run out again........and I won't be here then! And why do
other yachties pay different rates for each month? It's all a
scam! I pulled the log from the boat this morning and it was
encrusted with barnacles as is the hull and prop - all will need
cleaning before departure, and there is no way I'm going in this water,
polluted as it is!
30/01/18 Weds. Started an engine oil change yesterday, ran
the engine before pumping out the oil, then (down the side of a hot
engine!) removed the oil filter which is not the renewable type, washed
that in diesel and refitted it. Whilst tightening the bolts again,
I leaned on the header tank filler cap.......and the neck broke off!
Damn, it happened once before, I think in Kuching and I epoxied it back
on again on that occasion so it's lasted several years. Cleaned
the surfaces and epoxied it again. Ashore in the yacht club at the
moment and trying to connect to wi-fi in order to update this site - I
have had a few e-mails from concerned friends regarding the lack of
updates. Sorry about that but there has been nothing I could do
31/01/18 Thurs. I took Ana ashore early this morning for
her to get tricycle to the airport, she will be in Manila for a few days
to see the new grand daughter. The last week have brought us
strong winds in the anchorage, but today it's still and hot!
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