Great how it has here to all come Clicktogether I e the end with the goodness that we can visit the biggest orangutan and sun gear reintroduction centre tomorrow, tickets are very limited and sold first to people staying at their own lodge usually through advertised group tours of which we are seldom or ever part of these days. The hotel has used its contacts and sorted it. Changed money this morning , a long taxi ride down near the coast where the few money exchange places we found, it took a staff of ten to changejust a hundred euro, which we got before finding that we were going to the grant Utah's tomorrow so we need to see if we have enough. After a few early drops of rain the weather has gotten better all-day to finish with a clear blue sky, we are going to the roof top bar to watch sunset this evening. There are a couple of Australians herefor work but can't get on with it so are interested in the orangutan trip.thsnkzto the loyal fire of readers who still look in when spee are travelling, normally with s daily slide show trombone there are a thousand more but this little impacts the youtubefollowing and as Indonesia is well up in our top ten viewer countries we hope they will allwant to seeing impression of their country as part of a series dating back to Bali in 1990.
We've hereseen Clicks good bit of life here in Indonesia over the past week, we had mochtails with a naval commodore and cruise ship captain, the governor's gove and tonight a regimental reunion which really kept the staff on their toes but it all happened so quickly, lots of salutes and hand shaking and hugs , lots of food and water, a but of karioki and then they were all gone again. Weddings galore but I think the weekend is over and normal service tomorrow. We had our first tropical thunderstorm of the trip this morning, tried sitting it out but it was persisting until lunch time so we got a taxi to take us to the sun bear reservation about 50mins on the main road out which took us past long lines of wagons fuelling up ready for the new week, they only seemed to have two places for the lorries. The sun bear enclosure has the resident population of about seven years mostly male and unsuitable for release back into the wild. Everything we had read seemed to be wrong and it was more zoo than any type of reserve and no breeding stock etc. It was clean and tidy and at feeding time they just fed thema la zoo but the local monkeys and squirrels also have a good feast. There is so little rain forest left that I guess the orangutans and sun bears will be extinct in a generation. On the skyline here the night is illuminated by the oil refinery burn off, just like stanlow they let go of most of the crap at night. The last days aren't promising for weather but we've done well until today. Hoping to get some more trucks and buses if it isn't raining in the morning, no chance of the orangutan lodge tomorrow, outside chance Tuesday then it will be too late as weflyback to Jakarta on Wednesday. The local buses here are colour coded by route and seem to go along way out, we saw them all the way out today visiting the bear place. Well We home Thursday evening and hopefully clear the dvd orders on Friday so feel free to use the shopthis week any delay should be minimal, I'll switch Amazon back on and get eBay off holiday settings. We shall also of course bring you pictures from the trip. to edit.
I always think that aeroplanes are a sure fire herway Clickof egetting a cold toor worse and being hunted up then streaming cold and followed by hacking cough is best done when the temperature is below the mid 30,s but at least we are in very smart spacious surroundings in Borneo. The flight from Jakarta was via batik which is supposed to be the more upmarket version of lion air but it just proves howawfullion air must be. Airlines seem to be inarace to see who can makeryanair look smart. Anyway the flight was on time, Mandy miss read the time to 4pm departure when that was arrival time, a good job she likes to get to the airport early, nobody noticed our slightly late arrival. The wheelchair was taken in their stride and was there at the door on arrival, full marks for that. The baggage has also managed to follow us so touch would and fingers crossed on that. The hotel I booked as being by Sheraton turned out to be a Marriott which produces would worst hotels in my experience but this one was very new, shiny and lots of usual Asian smiles but the pool was tin and seemed to be next to some industrial plant and there were only four sunbeds plus the doors to the pool or incredible iteep slope required special request to open. Gave up after the first night and looked at the other top hotel the platinum hotel and conference centre. I gave up on the cheap as chips option with super reviews as that had landed us at the Marriott four points and went by taxi to see this hotel, I decided to go upmarket to executive suite which has given us a really superb room at about sixty quid anight, yes the Marriott was a bargain for workers at twenty or less but if you are mostly on holiday skittle bit of bargain luxury doesn't go amiss. They are trying to get us liked to go to see the orangutan and sun gear sanctuary, booked up for tomorrow but we shall try for Sunday or Monday. The main road seems to run outside so I should be in a good position Monday onwards for truck filming and the uses all pass by, the local ones are the 5k minibuses., I think theageof tickets is dead, lucky to have got them inbatam last year. The Jakarta stored vakuecardlooked like something you could use in many countries not just on transport. Welltry and get to some other out of city spots, the locals aren't very much into wildlife , walking or general culture, just making slot of noise en masses at times? Thankfully the hotel we arenowin has masses of space to get our own haven in the quiet? Must charge iPad battery it is running out edit.
An annoying habit of these iPads is updating lots of apps which I never knowingly use. The weather has been better than expected, yesterday our last full day in the capital I rejoined Mandy after having another truck film morning not too far away from the hotel.isas sunny yet again and then as the afternoon progresses it becomes more bearable to sit in without shade, it's been low to mid thirties all the time. The Mercure hotel has been a gem and we've mastered the short walk to the Bavaria pub in the old town by a new wheelchair route otherwise know as the bus way but there are few buses on the route most go straight into the city. I never managed to film the trains as I never found the wide crossing I'd stopped at on the minibus coming back to Kota but at least I got a lot of pdecent us and trucks shots.. we are now packed and ready for the taxi trip to the main airport which leaves early afternoon.bi noted on the news and blogs that JCB might take over wrightbus which has been run into the ground by a typically barmy extreme protestent owner who's new church towers above the factory and bled the business dry.
The sun shine yet again in Jakarta, I went to the docks via taxi first thing after breakfast, it always hard discovering such locations abroad, discussions with the staff and taxi driver did produce a direct route to the dock entrance and on to the bus station there. After bidding the taxi farewell I walked back to the dock entrance and filming as I went back even more until I settled down on a junction. Lads act as human trsffic lights for donations of small notes from drivers to keep it all moving. I got a couple of hours filmed and then got a mini bus back to Kota station which enabled me to survey closer truck filming positions just minutes away where lorries travel parallel to the toll road but at grade rather than elevated and this is accessable over the railway not more than a few minutes via Lyra cheap local minibuses which are just pick ups or vans with bench seating at around 30p a journey.
we had our now usuallat afternoon drink at cafe Batavia on the town squsre about 7pounds a pint but the duty free gin hhelp spin out the assets. The hotel despite being French accor group is just do friendly and helpful with wheelchair friendly adjustments appearing each morning. Do tomorrow our last full day prior to carrying on to Borneo . Tonight the first rainfall much needed locally but fingers crossed it is sunny again tomorrow. We can get the soaps on the iPad via daily motion site, the news is from sky, so awful, I think Johnson is not anaxi but a Stalinist, his doctrine of self esteem and denial of any opposition like the mad manoeuvres of a typical dictator. I think the British army has a disproportionate number of Scottish trips which will bolster our ranks if we get to civil war, perhaps Ireland will supply leave keeping troops!
I filmed buses in Jakarta today, Mandy was by the pool,very hot, using Batavia cafe nearby as our local pub at the hotel still has no drinks licence. Gave up trying to find the new let, the elevated track works are blocking any road which wasn't already blocked by the traffic!
As ever doing the blog on an welciPad Wellis very difficult for an oldie like me I bet I'm the only omeperson in Jakarta without amobile phone. The flight was on time and the wheelchair and other luggage all driver fasafely in Jakarta. The in flight service was polite and friendly but on the dogs to Jakarta leg the food was awful and a glass of wine had about an half inch of wine in it. We got the money changed and bluebird taxi to hotel with no problem and being a Sunday and on the toll road traffic was minimal, I've already Sussex out the location of docks and main industrial area, trucks looked a bit samey but masses of them. Monday morning should see the city at its manic self. One of the northern get terminalis nearby we had a wander out after dinner, life with a wheelchair here is interesting but Mandy is very confident and resilient these days and everyone is friendly and helpful so the impossible is not so difficult. We are hoping we can get Mandy to the open top tour bus terminus I'll investigate tomorrow, I can it seems get my stored value card at this terminus and then explore the bus network, harmony station has dozens of get routes and several of the Dr tour bus routes passing through. I do need to see exactly where the light rail section under test is situated as it isn't shown on the main public transportmap. There is apical raillineoassj g near the hotel. The prices in western style hotels is small to us for the room but food is extortionate and alcohol really a major investment but thankfully our gin in the water bottle with tonic water for Mandy and orange for me has worked fine. Just us two and wedding party in the hotel, breakfast should reveal any other guests in the morning. So a public transport film day tomorrow and trucks on Tuesday then we hope to get Mandy a city tour if we can link I. To their routes and stash the wheelchair on board, smiles are abundant. It was nice to get the present shower of Facebook friend requests while confirming our site popped up and it was great for Mandy to see Berta her mother mentioned in cousin mark ashmores blog ref the theatre in Manchester. I think Berta would be pleased to see us as patrons of the royal northern college of music which in its old buildings in where I squatted and met my then girlfriends a flautist before starting Togo out with Mandy back in 1974. So gingerbaker has. Drummer his last, all these people from outer generation popping their clogs! Anyway a very modern Mercure hotel and comfortable, we got a great view looking back through a Dutch lifting canal bridge vetybsd repair but framed the hotel nicely. Cameraout tomorrow. everyone to get another trip with Mandy and myself searching around the world for items of transport interest. We have had a reply from Norman central salt lake on the parking charges from holiday in at Swansea , emailing politely the CEO seems to have invoked a response and a bit of backside kicking to get it sorted.
After the shock news that my brother in law Graham had died which I extracted from Facebook postings we were down The Crown last night, it closes Sunday and then reopens soon after we return home after another phase of refurbishment. It has been a day of getting everything sorted out ready for the journey which with Mandy takes a lot more preparation than on my solo missions or with my transport pals. I had hoped to have got all outstanding photo files sorted and out the way but no chance as I seek at random an editing software that will be as simple as I had with Photo Impression which is no longer available, I've still got it on my XP machine but the new external drive is not compatable with XP so I can't even import the files and it has never been very reliable crashing all the time.
I've downloaded and then deleted several that were supposed to be easy but none were within my grasp, as I haven't any young children to translate I fumble on still searching, surely someone makes a simple basic programme - I don't do much other than crop, straighten and file. The weather in Indonesia looks mixed but then it does rain a lot but at 32C we won't be cold. Its a matter of making sure I can stay dry when I'm caught out filming down the docks or somewhere.
I'll try and blog as I go, we'll get some gin and a bottle of wine at duty free, you can only take in one litre of any booze per person, it must be surreal living in an uptight place like that no wonder the locals brew their own fire water and then die of it. Hopefully when we are on Borneo it will be more relaxed, drink was really cheap in the Malaysian part back in February, amazing I'm in Borneo twice in 12 8 months.
As our next Bus Spot Ultra will be Sunderland lets have a North East feel to tonights photo slide show. The Amazon shop is closed while we are away, EBay just on out of office but you can order and our own shop open as always with notification on the front page that we are away. All the DVD s are now on the shop, a few still need digital downloads activated.
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