Thanks for the letters. Our first letter
must have crossed in the mail.
Thanks for the newspaper clipping. I
know all the people in the photos. Mum and dad never saw it in
the paper but a guy around the corner told me it was in the Mercury.
Our posting came through last week. We've
been posted to Melbourne with effect date Dec 19th. We leave here
18th Dec on a RAAF 707 and land in Darwin then Sydney. Our car
will be in Sydney at Ellen's so we'll pick it up from there maybe
stay a night or 2 in Sydney, one with Ellen and one with Andrew's
friend a fellow shipmate, John. From there we'll travel down to
Melbourne. It'll be very close to Christmas by this stage so hopefuly
the RAAF will get a move on and book us into a motel in Werribee
I am really looking forward to having
a lovely greasy piece of flake and a couple of potato cakes. I
am also looking forward to a nice barbecue chicken. The chickens
up here have big blobs of fat all over them. I buy the chicken
breasts which enables me to cut most of the fat off. Our amah
cooks us chicken curry every Thursday which is very enjoyable.
Jenny has even had some the last few weeks. Sam is in no way
an experimenter but he does eat a lot better lately.
Here is a nice recipe for sweetcorn and
crab chicken soup plus enclosed a couple of tasty Chinese dishes.
1/2 lb spareribs boiled to make stock
2 chicken breasts with 2 slices ginger add into stock and cook
2 slices shredded bacon, 1 cup crab meat, 2tbs. dry sherry, 1
tin creamed corn
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg well beaten
1) Boil spareribs 20 mins with 1 tsp
salt to the stock
2) Add chicken breasts with 2 slices ginger and bring to boil
for 8 mins
3) Remove chicken meat and shred it. Remove all bones and strain
4) Reheat stock, add sweetcorn, crab meat and shredded chicken
and cook 3-5 mins.
5) While soup is boiling, pour in beaten egg and stir quickly.
Add 2 tbs sherry.
One of the favourite songs on RAAF radio
is "We've gotta get out of this place". Everyone is
always ringing up requesting it to be played.
Today is Merdeka day (30 yrs of independence
for Malaysia) so it's a national holiday. Andrew is working today
but will get a day off later in Sept. so we might go to Batu Ferringhi
on Penang Island for the weekend.
RTMI, one of the 3 Malaysian TV Stations,
goes all Bahasa (language) Malaysian as from today. Even the English
programs are going to be dubbed into Malaysian.
The schools up here are no longer going
to teach Tamil (Indian) and English, which is a great pity especially
English being a compulsory qualification of overseas uni-entrances.
You asked what we think of going back
to Melbourne. Well we amplified to go there so Andrew can go to
RMIT to do electronic engineering. He'll go part time next year
and hopefully the RAAF will approve full time the year after.
I am also pleased to go there because the education system is
really good in Victoria.
Madglurne, our amah, is sorry that we
are going home as she really gets involved in the families she
works with. She loves the kids and has a good deal to do with
I play Tues night and Wed morning darts.
I think I told you that before. Never mind I can't keep up with
what I've told you and what I haven't.
I'm getting you a book Wally called "Culture
Shock" and it's all about the various customs here, Singapore
and Thailand. I think you will really enjoy it. It has everything
possible in it. I have my own copy. I may keep yours until I get
back to Aust. as it is easier than it getting lost in the mail
from up here. They open most literature to make sure it's not
adverse publicity you're sending off.
We watched 2001 A Space Odyssey when
we were at school. It's quite different but rather entertaining.
I haven't seen 2010 as yet but I may catch up with it soon.
Top Gun is a brilliant movie with some
outstanding flying skills and manouvers displayed. We bought ourselves
a copy as it's well worth watching more than once.
Well that's all I can think of to date.
Love to all