After a 32 hour cockroach/rat infested ferry journey and a screaming child at 6am in the not so clean hostel in Jakarta’ has been taken from a post by another person on the trip.
Singapore fuel prices : Petrol - 1.755SD/L (£0.90/L) Diesel – 2.014Sd/L (£1.00/L) with £1 = 1.955SD. Driving is on the left hand side.
Indonesia fuel prices : Petrol (normal) 4500 rupiah (£0.60/L) Diesel - 4500 rupiah (£0.60/L) and Eco Solar clean petrol for expensive cars (as it was explained to me) 10500 rupiah (£0.75/L) with £1 = 15,500 rupiah, Driving is on the left hand.
The journey to Singapore was uneventful with the crossing of the Malaysian and Singapore borders being easy and swift. The same bus took us all the way though we did have to take all our luggage out of the bus for it to be examined before entering Singapore. One odd thing was that cigarettes were not allowed into Singapore when entering by road. A few minutes after arriving at the bus station Jane and Bronwyn arrived (my daughter and grand-daughter) and I went to stay with them while I was in Singapore. Although we went out a couple of times we did not really do any tourist things, zoo, botanical gardens etc, though we did go to the gardens by the Bay, as I had seen them in the past. Just going round the centre of Singapore was an eye-opener with huge shopping malls and seeing the changes in the city and what had been done to Sentosa Island and the whole of the waterfront. Anson Road where I used to walk from the ship to the town and where the Indian shops would copy records onto tapes for pennies no longer existed as such, it was a road of high rise buildings and if not for the road sign I would not have known where I was. This was the weekend of the F1 Grand Prix not that I was bothered or that it bothered me at all.
|Jane and Bronwyn|
|Gardens by the Bay|
|Gardens by the Bay|
On the morning of 25th we caught the Sindo ferry to Batam in Indonesia. The crossing was only 45 minutes and on landing the immigration process only took a few minutes. Then it was up to the Pelni Shipping office to book tickets for Jakarta. Having a passport to show how old I was I was able to get a 20% discount on the trip so upgraded myself to a separate cabin for just a little more money. No-one seems to know why a ferry cannot sail direct to Jakarta from Singapore instead of trans-shipping here. The hotel we stayed in was the Hotel Pelita with no complaints about the hotel.
|This was the view from the hotel window. I just like the photograph! Kind of a Picasso still life! I have not written that I liked the view.|
Our leader has advised that the accommodation in Jakarta (and Indonesia) may not be up to the standard we (me) expect. (I did try to put ‘I’ in the brackets and this machine printed out a light bulb like this instead).
Leaving the hotel at 13.00 hours we went to the ferry terminal to take the ferry to Jakarta, supposedly leaving at 15.00 hours and eventually leaving at 17.30 hours.
|The MV Kelund, carries 1906 passengers with 157 crew. Cruising speed 18 knots, built 1997.|
|First Class Dining Room|
|First Class Cabin|
|MAK Main Engines with engine room staff|
|MAK Main Engine (2 off)|
|Daihatsu Generating Sets (4 off)|
|The top of the main engine cylinder heads|
The Djody Hostel! Let the photographs speak for themselves, a pig sty is still a pig sty and the standard Madventure aspires to provide at any cost.
|Toilet 2, shower broken.|
|Toilet 1, shower broken.|
|Toilet 3, shower a 1/2 inch pipe sticking out of the wall.|