Friday, May 21, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I was going to create categories but to be honest, all depend on your point of view. So here it is, in no particular order
- restaurant are sorted out by their level of cleanigless. A is very clean, B is clean and I'm not sure what is the lowest grade you can get.
But expats are advised not to go for lower than B as our poor little stomach are not prepared for it!
To be honest, I have never even seen a C!
- Napkins do not exist in cheap restaurant despite most meal being full of sauce and eating with his fingers being quite common. On one way, it is a good thing, because it gives some people a job. In every food court you can find someone selling 3 or 5 (depending how posh is the place) packets of napkins for 1$. You just have to remember to bring the spare packets back the next time!
- McDonald delivery service. We knew the drive through McDo, we knew the McDo where you should dress up to go in (Korea), and now there is mcdo delivered to your door 24/7!!!! Just to make sure you do not spend any of the 500 calories you are about to eat!
- Drinks can be served in different containers over here. Of course you have the usual bottle or glass but you also have the plastic bag! The liquid is put directly in a plastic bag, and you drink it using a straw. I'm not sure what is the point but that's the way it is. Another more useful way is the paper/plastic glass holder. Because your drink is either freezing (full of ice) or really hot (coffee) the glass is put in a sort of plastic bag holder which allows you to keep your fingers at a more natural temperature!
- Now one of my favorite, in food court, the take-away is more expensive than the eat-in. Our conclusion is that it costs more to pay for disposable plastic boxes than to have someone to wash the dishes. It says a lot about the price of labour in this country!
This is just a taste of it, I'll come back to the subject in future posts. (especially if you like it!)
Walking on the jetty to get to the boat, we see a few of them, they are huge! White, medium body but very long tentacles (if that is the appropriate word), just under 1m long I would say.
Our driver convinces us that there are not a lot of them, hmmm….
On the way to the area we use for water skiing, we admire all yards, refineries, cranes, barges around Singapore. Always such a nice view!
On location, the water is very calm, about 4 or 5 boats around, that should be good
Here are a few photos of our efforts, a lot of firsts on this day: wakeboard for me, skating for R, sitting on the skate and bare-foot attempts for the others.
A really good day out and now that I’m typing these lines, I have to admit that I have the weirdest muscle aching ever, all on the right side, nothing on the left, I am not used to be on 1 board my body slightly twisted, new respect for my snowboarder friends :-)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Let's not forget to mention that there is always a lovely guy to bring to the beach fresh fruit and juice middle of the afternoon!
At 6pm, the sun goes down and the sand flies get replaced by mosquitoes!!! Wooohooo Despite spraying ourselves every 30 minutes on average (when the bottle says every 4 to 6h), they keep on coming!Nice diner of fish/chicken and coconut rice and some great new Zealand Pinot noir, we spend the night covering up of tiger balm, spray, cream etc it starts getting really itchy!!!!Sunday morning I'm up early and I read my book on the chair on the bungalow balcony. After a good breakfast of fresh coconut pancake it is time for another swim. My meeting with a few jelly fish shortens my swim, and I go back to the book. R investigates a reef not too far away but it's not the red sea... It is a bit damaged and the fish are not that colorful. After all these morning efforts (yes, efforts!) it is time for a spa treatement in beautiful piloti houses on the mangrove (still hasn't seen a snake!) it takes a good hour and an half and we smell of lemongrass from head to toes that should keep the mosquitoes away for a while!!! (I wish...) lunch is gado gado and nasi goreng, and we even know before it arrives what it is! We are getting good at Indonesian food!After lunch is nap time and then we take a little barque for a tour of the mangrove, it's like jungle on water but still no snake and I garanty that I'm looking!At 4pm, out taxi is here to take us back to the main town and the ferry terminal for our 2h journey back to Singapore.
This was a lovely relaxing WE but I do admit that the 100 bites (each) of sandflies and mosquitoes killed a bit of the pleasure.
For final information on sandflies, Wikipedia says that their bite is more itchy than the mosquitoes and it last longer and there are 5 beaches in the world known to be bad for sandflies and guess what? the east coast of bintan is one of them!