Our one full day in Brunei is at an end, early to bed as we start out at five am with our flight north to the Malaysian part of Borneo. First thing Martin went ticket hunting in the rather dysmal bus station which really let's the country down but there were lots of buses to film and although there is little information .I guess those that use them know where they are you going, most have hardly any passengers but I guess the omnipotent dictator of this small country doesn't ever have to make a bus ride. We took a bus on the your long journey to the port which had a bus station which seemed unused other than as a bus park, services seem to take place from afar park near the ferry terminal with the usual zero information . I read in their English language paper that they want more people to use the buses, good luck with that we say. It's Avery friendly little place and quiet but the port did turn up trump's with a surpringin amount of lorries. In the afternoon we did battle with the hotel when we tried to settle the account prior to leaving they ended up charging Martin four times for his room, three of them on his holiday charge card and finally on his credit card, I must admit on this occasion when we finally got through to booking com they were very suportives. We gave up arguing with the hotel and will pursue it through booking com in the netherlands. We had a few scraps for supper from the river side food fair and then an ice cream nearby. An early night and yet yet bewilderment on Brexit that the UK government are determined to run Britain into the ground, surely they are aware that most Brexit votes were obtained in false promises about the likes of the health service or blatant racism. The demonstrations and millions of votes in the petition seen to count for nothing. We used to be a representative parliamentary democracy are we now Switzerland voting in referendums every five minutes, it is obvious that may and a majority of MPs never wanted brexit and cameroons was the biggest clown in history and may the neerdowell Thatcher Lok alike is as poisonous and as treacherous as her role model.. so sad to see our country fed to the dogs by Tory lies, let Jeremy show an honest approcha and open us up to a fairer more equal caring and kind governance.
Aday of relaxation and travel, had aleisurely breskfadt at Starbucks near our msnila hotel then off totthetairport and hsd aagood fill up on wine before we boarded royal Brunei flight to Brunei. This is a really relaxed efficient place albeit,dry, and you can in theory even drink the water. We got the local business from the airport to the own centre which is next to our hotel. Martin and I had a stroll around the night market and had mint lemon chilled drink and large icecreami. This small nation is the world's city richest country h Cl here to edit.
The weatherwtoday wss much mire stabke with sunshjne through to the early sfternoin then hazy sunshine. Thus facilitsted better photogrsphy and havjng explords lots of oportunities yedterday I returned to the places with greatest potential and certainly upgraded my coverage at Manila phillipines port. Quite a lot of old USA types around and again few foreign types in evidence. The weather was once again in the mid thirties and just as dirty and dusty. I stuck it out to mid afternoon and got back to the hotel in God time for s catch up with the news and a good scrub down. I've had some of the nuts and raisins I bought with me, last night I had a pretty awful fish and chips are the dakota cafe which had served up a much better Sunday lunch the night before! This morning I nededn to change a small amount of money to keep me going until we get to the airport and exec lounge tomorrow afternoon for our flight to Brunei! The booty bag of memory chips continues to grow and I dress to think how many hours I've now captured. Having exhausted the possibilities of the Philippines I think we'll be happy to move on. I've had word that our family funeral will be on Friday 12th April at Eastbourne crematorium which might tie in we'll withdetling andcibham rallies. I need to get started when I'm back on the emptying of the garage into the new shed in readiness for the garage conversion.
We had quite a full-day setting for at 8am, resorted to McDonald's which was nearby and then on to our metro or light rail station. Wherever you go everything is stayed or searched sometimes checks within checks so you go into a mall and get checked then into .Say Starbucks and get checked yet again, go on the metro you are checked and getting tickets which are just sold as single journeys requires a lot of patience and even then luck and a short queue. We did quite well early on this Sunday morning and I even got quite a lengthy decent cab ride and several linesided. The national railway trains are a whole lot more difficult, lots of security jobsworths, lots of jobsworths Al round then you suddenly meet one who wants to help to whom were are indebted in this maelstrom of chaos. Then after some nice heronry film we headed by regular business to the seafront but the while seawards side is fenced off as the ocean has been severely polluted and fenced off, temperature on reaching boiling ooint. After yet another break for ice cream and water we retreated back to the hotel for wrestling, wash and get ready for dinner at 7 this evening phillipines time..
Very much a travel and finding our feet day as we left our enjoyable stay I .Taiwan and cross via iffy sir ssia flight to Manila. I've always hated getting out through to call centres I the Philippines now I know why they are stark raving bonkers nearly every one of them. They almost sound like they may know some English but it never makes any sense but then I daint speak their language which confusingly has lots of English within it. We had a run oout on the train which took quite some time and was very crowded but as the rush hour faded the return trip was a lot more comfortable. Getting your bearings in a huge sprawling slum capital is always a challenge but there are numerous para transit travel choices. We'll start to explore more fully tomorrow which should be a quieter sunday and easier to tackle. It looks quite easy on the truck front and the docks are near and I've already seen some gems amongst Asia dross. We'll start with a rip on the light rail and metro and see if you can film, rail filming is really hard police and guards everywhere including on the trains which are about every hour. We saw the famous trolley boys who have rail trucks between the infrequent trains. At the terminus we should be able to get a shot or two. The slums are everywhere it is far worse than anything in India these days at least as bad as Bangladesh. We had dinner at the Ramada hotel very near to our hotel, absolute rubbish food and service. Will try elsewhere tomorrow.
Another day another ciuncou and leaving hongHkong this morning it was an education to find that just when roads in the uk are at their busiest the traffic in hong kong is still ssleep so my taxi sped to the sirport from jordan in just fifteen minutes i think anyone would be hard pressed to better that. The flight sss fine coming sfter a really grest breskfast in the executive loungevwhen i even hsd aaguiness at is thirty in the morning. The China airlines flight was nearly empty, we got there ahead of schedule and immigration formalities took just a few moments and my case was coming round on the carousel as I got to it. Then I went and got our airport express train tickets and went back to arrivals to wait martin who had been on a very full flight on Singapore airlines? Then we arrived at the main station, it was quite simple to find our hotel and left baggage there, got complimentery water and did some shots of buses nearby. Martin found an up-to-date map at the metro counter and got day tickets then metro to the light rail or tram line. Nothing much to write home about but we had a ride and a few kinesics shots, most passengers seemed to be locals taking their first ride, cameras were the norm so we got no hassle. Very overmanned especially at crossings and junctions, we saw the university branch line in construction and got nice shots there. Neither of our phones work here and it took a while for the staff to get our internet connected. I've got the hotel to turn off the music in the corridor and it is now peaceful. Without windows it should be quiet, we had a couple of craft beers on the way back to the hotel plus s MC Donald's as we saw few other options in near reach. Tomorrow we trade in our vouchers for rail tickets and get which speed train to the port in the south. Very hot and muggy weather. n C here to edit.
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