Nov 9th, 2008 10:30 pm
Sebana Cove Marina, Johor, Indonesia
Most mornings I walk from the boat, past the Marina buildings, and follow the paved path around and through the golf course. Some mornings Randal goes with me. So far on our walks we have seen:
a huge monitor lizard about 5 feet long swimming in one of the water holes and one smaller lizard
at least one Purple Heron; I’ve seen it more than once but it could be the same one
several Great Egrets
a whole family of wild boar who snorted and ran into the woods when they saw us
lots of monkeys
one scrawny squirrel
lots of small birds, one that sounded like it was chirruping, “it’s a lizard! It’s a lizard!
I think we were most amazed by the wild boars; and we’re so used to monkeys that it was the squirrel that looked out of place. This weekend there were actually golfers, usually there are not. When there are golfers we have to walk on the access road instead. It goes past the golf course but not through it. That’s less fun because you have to watch for cars and you see less. Lots of golfers from Singapore used to come here on golf weekends. But that was before the ferry fare between Singapore and Sebana Cove tripled; that and the fact it’s the rainy season. Now there are not so many golfers which is good for walking but not so good for the Marina.
This evening we had dinner with Terry and Brian and Ruth and Cliff, all Canadians. They knew all about Obama: I can’t tell you who is the current Prime Minister of Canada.
Everyone brought a dish. Terry and Brian made chili and rice. Ruth and Cliff brought a salad. We brought garlic bread and Randal’s fresh baked first ever apple pie which was a great success. Then we played a card game called Cadiver. That’s what you say when you want to pick up the card someone just discarded. The first person who says it gets to take the card, depending…. I have no clue how to spell it and it would take way too long to explain it. But for 6 people to play you really do need 3 decks of cards.
Tomorrow we’ll catch the Marina shuttle to town for fruit, veggies and whatever…. Just before you reach the end of the Marina drive there is a yellow and black elephants crossing sign. But unfortunately we’ve been told it’s been ages since there really were elephants. Too bad.
That’s all for now.