Travel brings power and love back into your life - RumiArriving back at Tanjung City Marina in downtown Georgetown, Penang, on the 13 August, we once more ponder our Malacca (Strait) Meanderings.
|Mostly tranquil sundowners|
We have affirmed a strange phenomenon however in our meanderings – irrespective of the monsoon season and no matter which way we are headed, the wind is ALWAYS from the direction in which we wish to go.
So what have we been doing for four months?
(Country 1) Departing Phuket on the 5 April, now with a working gearbox, we had the chance to visit other islands, including Koh Mook's 'Emerald Cave' and Koh Rok Nok, in between playing dodgems with the fishing boats.
|Limestone cliffs are stunning|
The Emerald Cave (Tham Morakot) is a secret lagoon hidden inside the island, purportedly used by pirates eons ago. The only way in is an 80m pitch black tunnel with limited headroom. You have to row in as motors are not permitted. Thailand really is a spectacular country.
|Inside the Emerald Cave|
|Koh Rok Nok is breathtaking|
|Bombarded as we enter Bass Harbour|
|This was amazing! What is it??|
|Better dressed Destroyer|
After this magnificent display, all from the deck of Tientos, we took on 773 litres of diesel at the fuel barge, stocked up with western goodies and alcohol at the Duty Free, caught up with friends at Bobo's for farewell drinks and headed south. The video shows the massive storm that hit Kuah as we sat at the bar.
We ducked behind Pulau Song Song seeing a massive storm approaching. The anchorage got quite busy with the Malaysian navy and fishing boats doing the same thing. Back in Penang, we returned to our same spot at Tanjung City Marina where we caught up with Jeff from Pussyfoot who brought our mail from Australia.
|A good omen?|
Clearing out of Malaysia again at Admiral Marina, we were still beset with storms.
|Never ending storms|
(Country 3) We returned to One 15 Marina in Singapore and caught up with promised drinks by Terrance the Marina Manager. The construction was coming along beautifully. As we had to collect our CAIT for Indonesia and our visas here it was another opportunity to spend money during our fortnight stay.
|Catching up with friends for dinner|
|The Merlion image by 'Sentosa'|
|Singapore Police Coast Guard|
|Limited berth options|
|Nothing wrong poolside|
The Louisa Anne Hawker, a historic British Lifeboat dropped in for a visit. I was impressed with their bright-work and asked the Skipper if he had a full time crew. No, they just varnished periodically. This became the norm thereafter for all my bronze.
|Louisa Anne Hawker|
|Ex Royal National Life Boat|
We graciously allowed Tientos to be used for a photo shoot provided they removed the high heels.
|Our first wedding photo shoot|
|The local Water Police|
|Don't mess with these guys|
Tientos hits a reef! See our previous post.
While we waiting for our new winch, we also arranged new cushions and a new VHF.
|Local children aboard|
|Keith towed them home against the current|
|They all lived here|
|Location, location location|
|Another quiet beach|
|Until the neighbour dropped in|
|Another local among the rubbish|
Keith did a solo run with Tientos back to One 15 Marina to wait for my return. He hit 45 knots in the Strait with steep seas. Good one Keith! When I returned on 27 July, we had a problem clearing Singapore because I had flown in from Australia, but it was soon sorted.
Another rather uneventful trip back to Penang, with seemingly more avoidance tactics around fishing boats but we were ready to celebrate Merdeka.
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!