06/05/15 Very little happening outside of the normal day to
day activities. Bob (Dulce) is back from his Philippine
exploring trip, but leaves again tomorrow for dental treatment in Kota
08/05/15 VE Day.......70 years on!
11/05/15 Great!!.......raining hard and I have to go into
town to buy ferry ticket for tomorrow.
12/05/15 Got the 1.30pm ferry to Kota Kinabalu and booked
into King Park Hotel for the night.
13/05/15 After breakfast, taxi to the airport and flight to
Manila! Arrived there about 1.30pm and found a taxi to take me into
Malate and my hotel booking, traffic was horrendous and it took ages to
get there! At least the hotel was clean and comfortable!
27/05/15 Cannot remember the order of events during my stay in
bustling Manila! Had a good two weeks there, met up with old
friend Nitin on a few occasions and sank a few beers with him. My
thanks to my friend Anna, who each day after work, took the time to show me around
various places, travel on buses, jeepneys, trikes and trains.........and
walk miles! Manila is an interesting place, very different to
Labuan......you have to shut your eyes to the many beggars, the
sleeping rough on the street and the constant hassle of 'vendors' trying
to sell you fake copies of everything under the sun from the moment you step outside
the hotel door. The traffic is heavy and continual, crossroads do
not seem to have any priority - drivers just blaze across with the horn
sounding! As a pedestrian, crossing the road is pot luck!
The job of delivering a boat from Manila to Brunei (and the
reason for my trip) turned out to be a non-starter - it was not safe for
sea and I was not prepared to risk my life in it! Today, I was up at 4am, showered and taxi to the
airport for my 9am flight back to Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu airport.
I thought maybe I would fly from KK back to Labuan, so I got the bus to
Terminal 1, found the Malaysian Airline office and got my queue ticket
........I was number 80, they were serving customer number 72.
Twenty minutes later, I'm still number 80, they are still serving number
72......I have just 30 minutes before the last ferry of the day leaves.
OK, decision made, I leave the office and get a taxi to Jesselton Point,
buy a ferry ticket and get onboard with just five minutes to spare!
Arrived back in Labuan 3 hours later and made my way back to the boat!
All is well onboard, no problems with Rhumb Do or Crib in my absence!
30/05/15 Settling back into the daily routine of life
onboard.......very tame compared to the last couple of weeks!
31/05/15 A bit of a wild night out on the town to end the
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