Martin

Martin

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Wednesday 23 January 2008 - A Quest for a Singapore Sling

After a very pleasant evening with Birthday Boy and Night Bird, plus the Pacific Ramblers, who had returned just a little before schedule after a wonderful trip, we were duly dispatched on our own mission, Night Bird insisting on us sending proof that a Singapore Sling can still be obtained at Raffles. And so we hit the road and found our way via the Singapore Botanic Gardens (the Orchid Garden is one of The Dishy Pharmacist's favourite places) to a metro station at Raffles Place. Pretty good, we thought. But Raffles Hotel was nowhere to be seen, so we had a nice walk beside the Singapore River to our hotel.
Soon we were showered and clean and on our way, on foot to avoid any navigation errors, for a second attempt at our quest. Readers conversant with my navigation skills may be surprised to discover that success rewarded our perseverance and we were soon crunching over the monkey nut shells that carpet the floor of The Long Bar. Sue enjoyed the Sling whilst I slurped a beer in front of a gallery of pecking pigeons, hoovering up the copious monkey nut remnants. The place was full of people doing the same as us, at great expense - a nice little industry for the locals.
We soon had to curtail our visit in order to seek out Mark and Janet and Katie at their nearby condominium. (Caroline was away on a trip.) They were in tremendous form, now 2/3 of the way through Mark's two+ year assignment. Janet is enjoying teaching at an English school with 2000 pupils. There is a paucity of countryside here but all except Mark enjoy the retail therapy - available in profusion.
Mark then accompanied us back down to Clarke Quay, where he treated us to a lovely seafood meal. Thank you Mark, it was really good to see you all and find you enjoying life so much.
It was just a short stroll back to our hotel and an excellent kip, having got quite a bit in arrears in that department.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Monday 21 January 2008 - Getting Out Of The Rain

We’ve had enough of this for a while, fun though it can be…really…we are not complaining, we are just a little damp…

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Sunday 20 January 2008 - A Walk in the River Bollin

Today we are checking that 'posting from afar' works, as we have now 'picked' our luggage for the next few weeks, and will be packing it tomorrow, after various admin jobs - house sitting arrangements, wills, TODO list...and much more.

So we are posting this from Hale Towers after a short walk beside the River Bollin, in the rather damp Cheshire countryside. In Andrew's case the walk strayed into the fast flowing river. Up to his neck! A magnificent self rescue (this five year old has strong sense sense of self-preservation) soon returned him to the bank, from where it was a short drip back to the car.

The picture above shows Andrew with a strange man, after his self-rescue.


The previous experiment only half worked, so here is fame at last for Kate, with an image direct from the card reader that has been 'picked' but not yet packed.

[The experiment worked, but photos were later replaced by improved versions.]