Saturday, 12 April 2014
10.04.2014 - 12.04.2014
This entry summarises the last three days and is the last of the blog for this outing.
Thursday, 10 April was 'check-out' time at our lovely hotel. We paid our bill at about 11:00 and took a taxi to Terminal 2 at Changi Airport. On the way out we were reminded again of how clean and well maintained the city is. Clipped lawns and colourful gardens lined both the sides and the median strip of the highway.
After checking our main baggage we spent some hours exploring both our departure terminal and Terminal 3 where we visited the Butterfly World display.
Found a place to eat and then sat waiting for the Departure Gate Lounge to open. The size of this Terminal, the number of Departure lounges and the distances between the main concourse and the furthermost gate are quite staggering. From one extreme to another is posted at over 45 minutes on the direction boards.
Our flight to Kuala Lumpur departed on time at 19:15 and was fully occupied for the 50 minute flight. At KL we had a three hour wait for our flight to Sydney. The airport is not as grand as Singapore's Changi but is nevertheless impressive. We spent most of the time watching the people wandering back and forth.
Friday, 11 April started with a midnight departure from KL for the long flight to Sydney. Our section of the cabin was scarcely half full and many passengers were able to lay down across two or three seats. I dozed off from time to time while Jenny kept an eye on the GPS display. By the time we arrived in Sydney at 09:00 we were both delighted to be able to stretch our legs. The process of collecting luggage, Immigration and Customs and Quarantine were painless and quite efficient. With nothing to declare we were whisked through without any delay.
We found the Murray's Coach stand in plenty of time for the 11:15 departure and precisely on time we were off on the three and a half hour trip to Canberra. Arrived as scheduled at 14:30 and met up with Natalie for our transfer to our car in Queanbeyan. A short stop for a chat and a coffee and we left just after 16:00.
The drive down the Kings Highway was uneventful until we started the decent down the Clyde. At this most tricky part of the trip we were hit by a most impressive rain storm. Traffic sensibly slowed down and the rain eased off about the time we reached Nelligen. Called in at Batemans Bay for a comfort stop and some essential groceries. We arrived home rather whacked at about 19:15 and after a quick snack we hit the cot.
Saturday, 12 April saw us sleep in until about 08:00. There was a small pile of mail to read and process and I caught up with my emails. A quick visit with the 'old bloke down the road' and met our new neighbour. Lunch and spent most of the afternoon updating the computers and catching up with this blog and the photos taken at Changi.
Thanks for following this tale and will let you know when we take off again.
Cheers and goodbye ... Tony