I didn’t sleep very well last night. I guess I am still running on UK time. also in the wee small hours of the morning I had to listen to what sounded like a pig having a fight with a garbage can – which I guess is exactly what it was.
we woke up at 9:30ish and went for breakfast – fruit, scrambled egg and sausage and as much toast and coffee as you want. it seems strange staying on a tropical island and getting three square meals a day.
I sat on our veranda and read a bit untill my sister persuaded me that the sea was warm enough to go swimming. it was – and I spend the rest of the morning swimming around and getting sun burnt untill lunch.
after lunch I read a bit more and then spent the rest of the afternoon snorkelling. the coral was amazing and the fish colourfull. I had a disposable underwater camera with me and I’ll post some of the photos at a later date. The best sighting of the day was a blue spotted ray. as we were finishing snokelling a boatload of about 14 french people turned up. I guess our island wasn’t going to be quite so quiet for the rest of our stay.
I showered and washed all of my snorkelling gear – sea water tends to make stuff go very smelly very quickly due to it’s high organic content !!!
we had our evening meal and then played jenga and drunk bloody marys for the rest of the evening.
we rested for the most part of today – waking up at 3:00pm recovering from our journey here. Sarah and Martins house has an excellent veranda, I love spending time lying in a hammock reading on it – which is exactly what I did for the rest of the afternoon.
I am currently reading ‘the Rampart Worlds’ by Julian May. she is one of my favourite authors and I am thouroughly enjoying the first book of this set called ‘Perseus Spur’.
we are spending the weekend on an island called Sibu off of the eastern Malaysian coast. we’ve been there once before and really enjoyed it. it really is a grass hut on the beach affair. admitidly they are very nice huts with wooden floors, mosquito nets and showers – but they still give a great feeling of living on a tropical island.
as always we drove. Sarah and Martin have a Landrover Freelander which is very comfortable to travel in. we set off from Singapore at about 6:30pm and rapidly reached Malaysian soil (which lies just the other end of a causeway from Singapore). The part of Malaysia we drive through to get to Sibu is a complete contrast to Singapore. it is full of colourful shops, small open sided cafes (marked by stip lights on sticks at the side of the road) and palm oil plantations. it really does feel far from home when travelling there.
the journey took about two and a half hours which seemed to mainly invole dodging slow moving truck, coaches and the local population on mopeds (which along side Proton cars seem to be the main transport in Malaysia). our destination was a car park next to a jetty apparently in the middle of no where where we leave the car and catch a boat for the island.
the boat was due to pick us up at 9:00pm and both we and it were pretty much on time. we set off on my favourite part of the journey, the half hour boat trip to Rimba Resort. the boat is a fairly small fibreglass afair with a pair of large yamaha (85 ?) outboard motors on the back. as we leave the harbour the driver/pilot/captain ? opens up the throttles and we are off. the warm sea breeze streaming through our hair as we head out across the South China Sea into darkness is a magical feeling. My sister pointed out to me phosphoresent sea creatures in the spray fom the boat which occasionally blew over us.
we got to the Rimba Resort at low tide which meant that the boat had to make its way into the bay carefully as there are lots of shallow coral reefs that could do it a mischief. when we reach the beach we jump out of the boat into knee deep warm water and make our way onto the white sandy beach.
the resort is a series of huts spread out on the shoreline along the length of the beach. there are no roads, phone lines or power lines simply a path that runs the length of the huts and a generator back in the woods to provide electricity. I have no idea where the fresh water comes from but a sign in our shower declares that it is a ‘precious resource’. in the middle of the resort there are two larger buildings (like the huts made from wood and banana leaves ?) which are the restaurant and the bar.
we dumped our stuff in our huts and headed straight for the restaurant for our evening meal after which we headed for the bar. the bar is one large ‘hut’ for want of a better word the point of the roof being about 5 or 6 meters high and the wooden floor covered with scatter cusions. we ordered a round of bloody marys (a bit of a speciality of the house) and played jenga for a while before going to bed at about 11:00pm.
well – I’m pretty tired – but we’ve arrived in singapore safely.
we flew with singapore airlines who I recon probably are better than most other airlines. the food is still bad and the seats are still cramped but I guess that is common to any long haul economy class flight. however the flight attendants are friendly, the drinks are free and they do give you snack boxes on demand with filled rolls and chocky bars in.
I always find it impossible to sleep for periods any longer than about 10 minutes in airline seats so today I am pretty tired.
our flight took off yesterday (wednesday) at 10:15pm uk time and arrived in singapore at 6:10pm sinagpore time. thats about a 13 hour flight if you allow for the 7 hour time difference. it seemed to pass more quickly than other trips. I guess this is a blessing – although I always look forward to flying and get excited before the flight as soon as we take off I realise how cramped and unpleasant planes really are.
the first thing I always think about when visiting singapore is stepping out of the airconditioned airport into the sinapore heat. it’s usually about 32Â°C which is not the hottest place in the world but combine that with high humidity and it is like walking into a sauna.
well – thats it for today – hopefully I’ll write another entry tomorrow
well – it’s a long time since I’ve written anything here. I just never seem to get around to it – also the old version of publicizr was a pain in the arse to publish stuff with.
in steps publicizr v2. I have now moved the whole site over to the new software and all seems well – there isn’t anything different but I still need to fix some stuff(search, RDF/WML scripts).
the one thing I have noticed is how painfully slow this machine is (P200 MX/128Mb). I have an SGI Indigo 2 sitting under by desk at home – I’ve no idea wether it’ll be any faster but as soon as I can get MIPS linux running on it I may try it out (as a last resort I could always stick with IRIX).
we are off to Singapore again (for the last time *sniff*) on wednesday – so I’m fairly excited. steve is flying out to join us during the last week – it should be fun.
I will try to keep a holiday diary whilst I am away – but as with all good intentions that’ll probably fall at the wayside after the first day or so.
this years f1 season has been a bit dire (schumacher m has already won) although it’s been nice to see williams so strong. mclaren seem to have had appalling reliability and hakkinen has not really been on form. Eddie Irvine thinks that he should leave mclaren and drive for a different team – I’m inclined to agree with him – I think he’s been in the same place too long.
anyway – I must go and poke a few more scripts into place before I declare this thing “done”.