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In the Straits of Malacca

Thursday, 27 October 2016

As I made my way to the open deck this morning the ship was passing through a tropical downpour. Any attempt to photograph the sunrise was put to rest. Went back to the cabin and waited for Jenny to get ready and we went off to breakfast.

Jenny went off to her Knitters in the nightclub and I spent some time reviewing yesterday's images from Phuket. I have a number that reflect the period of mourning for their deceased king. Images of the king decorated with large wreaths of black and white bunting. Dress shops with an entire section of black outfits from simple dresses to elaborate gowns. Most of the locals were dressed in black and many had a black ribbon bow pinned to their sleeves.

Off to the theatre for the Culinary Demonstration, similar in format to others we've seen, this one with a more serious note than some others. Didn't bother with the galley tour, seen one - seen them all. Miles of spotless stainless steel.

Lyndon Jolly followed shortly after with a further presentation on the Arrival of Mankind and used a set of excellent slides to show the spread of modern man across the land mass of the planet. Then Evon Anderson launched into the final chapters of the War in the Pacific. The staggering numbers of casualties on both sides left me reeling. I've heard much of this story before and it never ceases to overwhelm me, each time there is yet another element that was previously unknown.

A late lunch and a much needed "Nanny Nap" and off to dinner. The primary topic of conversation being the absence of passports. I suspect the Singapore Officials would have been extremely busy processing the documents for over 4500 passengers and crew. Some 1200 passengers will disembark tomorrow in Singapore.

Returned to the cabin and Alston had our passports and a new cruise card for me. Jenny is off trying to track down her new card. Many aspects of this ship's administration are not up to the standard we've experienced previously.

Tonight's entertainment was an abbreviated appearance by the comedian Tom Briscoe and a short bracket of songs by the Elton John wannabe Greg Andrew.

Singapore tomorrow, Jenny has some shopping plans, hope the weather is reasonable.

No significant images today, used this from yesterday you can view my photo by following this link to the image of the watchful officers on the bridge.

Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.

Posted by greynomadm 06:32 Archived in Singapore

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