01/12/18 Sat. Happy Birthday Ann!
04/12/18 Tues. Not a lot been happening here, no storms so
far thankfully. We went ashore yesterday and booked two tickets to
Manila for six days so Ana can see her children (fly on the 7th).
Some boats arrived, some left. Most importantly, my back is so
much better than it was.....lots of massage, rest and pain killers.
I will be able to do some of the jobs onboard when we come back from
06/12/18 Thurs. Moved the boat onto a mooring which caused
a little concern as there was very little drive from the prop. We
had already removed the remains of a hessian rice sack and I can only
imagine now that the 3 weeks here have resulted in a massive growth of
barnacles! We hoisted the dinghy on deck and that was covered in
07/12/18 Fri. Took a trike to the airport for our flight to
Clark, then a bus from there to Valenzuela City.
13/12/18 Thurs. After six days at Ana's place, with the kids and
other relatives we left at 4am for our bus back to Clark airport and our
flight on to Puerto Princesa. We overflew Rhumb Do on the
approach to PP airport so we knew all was OK. Before going to the
yacht club, we went to immigration to extend my visa - an unbelievable
process! I filled in the form, gave them a photocopy of my visa
and my passport and they said to come back at 3.15pm to pay. Hold
on, there are 3 staff doing nothing, I am here, why can't I pay now?
Nope, you have to come back at 3.15pm. So, back to the boat, have
some lunch, dump the bags and back to immigration in the afternoon, pay
the 2,130 peso for the extension and get told to come back at 4pm
on Monday for the stamp!! It's a bloody joke!
17/12/18 Mon. Over the weekend we've been to town a couple
of times and visited Baywalk and the town Christmas tree.
Obtaining money from ATM's is a challenge and I need to do that in order
to pay for a reel of rope we ordered before leaving for Valenzuela.
It seems the ATM's have a problem reading my card, are out of order, run
out of money or any other reason to deny me access. Into the
immigration office again at 3.56pm, only to be told to come back at 4pm!
If it were not so infuriating, it would be funny. Anyway, at 4pm
we sat and waited for half an hour, then got my passport stamped (which
took all of 10 seconds). On the back wall of the office is a large
poster detailing the immigration 'ideals', the top line reads
"VISION - We are committed to provide an
efficient, innovative and effective immigration service" and
the bottom line reads "PROFESSIONALISM - We are
the best at what we do." I think something went
seriously wrong with the plan!
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