01.05.2009 - 06.05.2009 29 °C
Arrived in Singapore last night after a 14 hour day of journeying - staying at the Intercontinental Hotel which is sheer luxury and excess. In our room there is even a menu for pillows - more than ten types of pillows you can have on the bed, not to mention quilts and mattress toppers. Well done Peter - the booking went really smoothly.
At last also an internet connection that works adequately so some photo downloaded showing our time on Kiribati main island, on Kuria and the few days we had on North Island New Zealand.
We had one day's rain in NZ otherwise it was hot and sunny. We spend a bizarre night in a bed and breakfast, in Rotorua, with a strange owner - but in fairness he pointed us to loads of interesting geological areas all for free. The house we stayed in was heated from the waters 80 metres down, the hot water system was run from it and there was a small pool which we could hardly get in - running at 42 degrees C after all the other heat had been taken from it.
Tony swam in what is known as Kerosene Creek - it really did smell of petrol and it was hot - the access was a bit tricky for my knees so I was an onlooker, but the next Creek (Soda Water Creek) was accessible and we spent some time soaking in the wonderfully warm water - just us and another chap. All off the beaten track so better for not being commercialised.
Singapore last night had a cracking storm and as we are on the 15th Floor we have a great view over the city and saw the storm up close. Now it's off to the pool before Afternoon Tea.
Tomorrow we're doing the tourist bit and taking some time to see the sights - hopefully a Singapore Sling at Raffles if the finances hold up.