sorry I've taken so long to write but life has been really hectic
since we arrived back. We moved house 2 days after we arrived
home and our social life at present has been very busy to say
went to a local Rotary dinner one Sat night and were 2 white people
out of 10 invited along. There were about 200 locals and it was
an installation dinner and change over of committee members. We
had a great time. All the speeches etc. were in English (Thank
God!). The guest of honour was a local politician. The Rotary
members all have good senses' of humour. At the end of the night
after dancing our feet off we all joined hands and sang "We
Are The World". It was great.
I were given the opportunity of a day trip to Singapore on a RAAF
'Orion' which was very interesting. The crew were going on a day's
shopping trip and there were 2 vacant seats which Andy's boss offered
to us. I sat up in the cockpit with the pilot, co-pilot and load
master for take-off and landings. I felt like I was flying the
is completely different to Malaysia. It is really clean and very
commercialized and westernized. The things aren't really any cheaper
though here even though its a duty free port.
About 3 weekends
ago we went to Hadyaii in Thailand for 3 days and 2 nights with
a couple of mini bus loads of people. We took our 2 ankle biters
and our amah to baby sit whilst we went out of an evening. The
shopping for clothes is fantastic. I bought 3 prs of shorts for
myself for $M10 (about $6.50 Aust). Thai people are very friendly
and smile more than Malaysians. Thailand has the advantage of
not being a Muslim country. Unfortunately there is a lot of prostitution
there even with young girls. On the way back across the Malaysian
border, one of the women (Aust RAAF wife) in the van in front
of us had 4 Thai dolls (made of pottery and really lovely) and
they confiscated them because they only had grass skirts on them
and bare breasted. The muslims won't let such filfth into the
country. Another woman had 2 of the same dolls but had gone out
and bought silk scarves and made a sarong by tying them around
them. Her dolls passed their inspection with a word of warning
not to take the clothes off the doll.
We had some
different meals up there, including wild boar and Roast Bird.
The Thai drivers are suicidal to say the least. Our driver nearly
killed us a few times.
to Singapore for a week from Dec 21-27th. We're staying at the
N.Z. airforce hotel which is a fair way out of town but all meals
are included and we have a traditional Christmas dinner. It has
a pool and playground too for a bit of relaxation. They say the
zoo is fantastic and there's also an island called Sentosa which
you can travel to either by cable car or ferry.
Andrew and I
had our first ride in a trishaw the other week when we spent the
day on Penang. Trishaw drivers have right of way over anyone else
and it's rather scary driving in front of trucks and buses etc.
been playing darts once a week and the season is over now. Andy's
team were runners-up so they all received a trophy at the presentations
on Friday night.
we all went to a Seikh's house for a surprise birthday party.
Baldave, (that's how you pronounce it I'm not sure how to spell
it!) is his name and he is the assist. manager of our bank. His
wife invited us along and we were the only white people there.
We had a good time. All the women were rapt in Sam and Jenny
and trying to get them to talk to them. The food was great too.
Indian curries, rice etc.
we have the orphans day at the boatie (RAAF Yacht Club). The local
Rotary provide buses from the orphanage to the Boatie and the
Yacht Club provides food and entertainment, including games and
a ride on a boat.
Andrew is the
entertainment's member for the boatie so he's pretty busy with
teaching water safety and water confidence to Sam's class 3 days/wk
for the last 3 weeks. They've finished the lessons now. We had
4 students each and had to teach them up to the level of treading
water and freestyle breathing. I also teach grade 5 Scripture
once a week for half an hour. We have a play to prepare for Christmas
I go to a handicapped home on Penang and help out. Tomorrow I'm
going to take my bathers and take a couple of them in the pool.
I go to the orphanage for a couple of hours and we change and
play with the babies.
Andrew go on Hash runs Sun nights out through the rubber plantations
etc. Sam gets his cup for attending 5 runs this week. The other
week he won a hash bag for the best camouflaged kid. Andrew painted
him with green brown and black paint all over his legs, arms and
Well so ends
the news from Malaysia.
Love to all
Bye for now