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Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai

Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai

It was a BIG day in K. L. as we were docked at Port Klang and it was a 90 minute ride into the city. Then it was off on a day of sight-seeing. We covered quite a lot – National Museum, National Mosque, Old Railway Station, Independence Square, Petronas Twin Towers, buffet lunch at a 5* hotel and then on to K.L.Tower( communication tower). We took an elevator ride up to the 276m level and Enid was NOT excited by the fast trip.
When up there we wandered around with the audio-guide. Enid at the gates of the President’s Palace.
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Well the ship’s entertainment crew had to keep us busy for 4 days at sea until Mumbai and we took full advantage of what they had to offer. Sensational !!! was a gala collection of highlights from some popular British musicals which had been presented both on West End and/or Broadway – Oliver, Me and My Gal, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 42nd Street – all enhanced by great costuming wonderful backing band and pyrotechnics.

Our cabin is 25m from the Terrace Deck and we have been for a few swims and spas while the weather is still hot. Our ship is still in the tropics sailing west across the Indian Ocean over the north of Sumatra and south of Sri Lanka and then north past Goa to Mumbai(old Bombay)

“Oriana’s Got Talent” was a fun evening .We have made friends with some people from down Mudgeeraba way and Gold coast and Sharon is a singer and entered in the quest so we went along and barracked for her.

The chocolate buffet was on again and the whole dining room is transformed with chocolate sculptures and oodles and oodles of chocolates of different shapes and hues. There was even a waterfall of chocolate fondue. Enid went down to see the kitchen – a sea of stainless steel shelves, benches, freezers, serveries, enormous larders and storerooms. In a fortnight they serve 116500 meals.

Enid’s Contribution
Typically I’m leaving our comings and goings for Beryl to record. She does this on nearly a daily basis and describes our tours. I have cut down on the food consumption as I would end up the size of a house. I am absolutely gobsmacked at the amount of food that a lot of these people consume. Have met a lot of lovely people but must say the Poms are living up to their reputation of “Whingeing Poms” Would you believe that at a mention of Gordonvale have met Rick and Jenny? Jenny is a good friend of Pat Hickling. Also the other day these people mentioned that they had a son who lived at Innisfail(Mena Creek actually) Would you believe Lois babysits their grandchild???? What a small world this is?????

There was another bloody formal night again so we borrowed a bow tie from the guy who is on our table in the Restaurant every evening. We dressed John up and Enid took this photo.

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Back to Beryl!!!!
Well Mumbai was exactly how we had envisaged – every bit as bad as we thought.Our tour took us to the City’s Landmarks – University, Parsi Towers of Silence, Rajabai clock Tower, Victoria Station Terminus, Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru ParkMani Bhavan(where Mahatma Ghandi
lived), Jain Temple(Hindu) and Prince of Wales Museum.

The highlight was the Dhobi Ghat( the public open-air laundry).
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This was quite the most incredible thing!!!!! Finished up our tour with a stop at “The Gateway of India” opposite the Taj Mahal Hotel – quite imposing.

Cheers, everyone!!!!

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Saigon to Singapore

This is the second leg of our cruise.
3pm the other day went to Theatre Royal to listen to Peter Foggitt - a great classical pianist finishing his doctorate in London. He played Bach - I think it was "Prelude to the Fugue" -Is that right Susan?????and Beethoven's 5th ,also Brahms Final to ------??? can't remember followed by Bernstein - a piece out of Westside Story. He has one more recital before he flies back to London and I will endeavour to be there.

8.30pm last night the Theatre Company on board presented "Viva Vegas." It was a great musical/dancing performance with all the glamour, excitement, costumes and presenting songs made famous by top artists. To add to the atmosphere there was even stroboscopic lighting and pyrotechnics.

Had a long day visiting Ho chi Minh Cityas the Oriana is too big to go right up the Mekong therefore we had to dock near the entrance on the coast near Vung Tau - this of course necessitated a 2 hr trip before we got intom the city. However Enid had never been before so she really enjoyed it all - seeing all the markets and paddi-fields and some of the housing etc.
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Finally saw Notre Dame Cathedral, President's Palace, Reunification Hall, City Museumand a Folk Water Puppetry show which has come down through the centuries since 1012 or so. Oh, had the most glorious buffet luncheon at the Majestic - a 5* hotel. There was a floor show while we lunched.

Then it was "Bangkok for a Day"
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The other evening when John and I were dancing at the Harlequin Room I approached Peter Foggitt and asked him to play" Padewksky's Minuet" Blow me down if he didn't play it during his final recital on board. It was just like a special tribute to mother soooo!!!!
good. It was the only piece he needed music scores for. He also played Chopin's First Ballad and Cole Porter and Paggononi(can't spell it) It was like a whistle stop tour from 18th century Vienna through the elegant salons of Paris in the Romantic era and ended with the glamorous glitz of Broadway in the hey-dey of swing----just fabulous!!

Koh Samui was everything I thought it would be - beaches, coconut plantations and tropically forrested hills - a paradise. Took a trip right around the island with lunch at a 5* hotel right on Cheong Beach called "The Imperial Boathouse"
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Singapore was wonderful as always and our tour was great. Highlights includedchinatown, Little India, Arab St, Merlion, Malay Heritage Centre and Mt. Faber where we got a bird's eye view of the city.The good bit was the botanical Gardens where we went through the National Orchid Garden and I'd like to dedicate this bit to Syd Carvolth who is recovering from pneumonia and is an orchid freak. Hope you like these Syd. We really admired the richness and the diversity of some of the hybrids.

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Approaching Manila and Beyond

Nov 12th -only 1000 nautical miles to Manila.
3.15pm went to listen to a guest speaker - John Jones - 35 years in the British Police- handled 100+ murder investigations, served inthe Flying Squad and the Metropolitan Intelligence Bureau. He is now retired but still keeps in touch by doing sessions on t.V. and radioabout crime.He was quite an interesting speaker and story -teller relating some of his cases. his wife Edwina Currie was on board also and she worked with Margaret Thatcher. she gave talks too but they of course were all politics so a bit heavy.
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The other night we went and listened to Matt Monroe's son. He sings too but not as good. He is quite versatile and as well as giving tributes to his father he sang contemporary, pop, bigband,Latin, swing , jazz and songs of Michael Buble, Neil Diamond, Beatles and Sammy Davis Jnr.

The following evening it was billed as "Worldwind Journey Back in Time" and was a dancing/singing production - just superb -explosive, colourful, jumping, jiving trip down memory lane. It was a full -on energetic performance with the 50's/60's full skirts with stiffened net petticoats and so on --- all the old favourites we used to dance too.
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Later in the night after that there was a pool party 50's 60's theme still up near the Riveria Pool but the venue was changed to the Pacific Lounge 'cos there was 3 spots of rain. John and I danced the night away and finished up with a night cap in the "Crows Nest" which is on Deck 13 way up the front of the ship. On the Saturday evening we went back for the second show with comedian Adrian Walsh and laughed 'til our sides busted.

Sunday Enid and John missed the church service 'cos I told them to change their watches a day too early. That evening was a "Sentimental Journey"- a musical trip back in time to the 30's and 40's -glenmiller,tommie Dorsey, Charlie Bennett, Woody Herman and other songs from that era. Later that evening we attended "Youv'e got to Have Friends" presented by a small theatre company with singers dioing a sleection of standard songs as well as lots of musical favourites.

Monday we were off to brekkie early as we lined up to do a tour of "Old Charms of Manila" check out the photos. we were so tired that evening that we ordered room service and we all had a Baileys with ice and milk - no charge for the room service or the ice or the milk and Enid had bought the Bailey's a BIG bottle for $20 - tax free and duty free.
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Tuesday was disaster ----rough seas 30mph winds and 5 m swells so we were a bit squeamish. However we hung in there and weathered the storm. spent the day quietly reading and lazing about and no eating .

Wednesday we were back in charge and ready to face Hongkong. Came home absolutely "stuffed" as we did a day tour of the sights and then backed up at night for a double -decker open topped bus ride. Stepped aboard a traditional chinese junk for a cruise around the waterfront to see Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, and the typhoon shelter. After a Chinese Dim Sum Lunch at the Aberdeen Marina Club we were put on a sampan for a ride around Aberdeen Fishing Village. Of course no visit to Hongkong would be complete without a trip on the finicula tramway to Victoria Peak.
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Cheers

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Brissie to Manila

Well no streamers etc. at Brissie--- a most un-salubrious departure. Thanks to Byron we made the right terminal - the grain terminal. Lovely that Alisha could also see us on our way. Alisha will already be in Kelowna. Gross confusion reigned at the grain terminal. Procedures were NOT smooth but we just went with the flow.
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Met our table companions and they live at Bardon in those flash apartments up near Stuartholme. We dine each evening in the Oriental Restaurant - not oriental at all -it is international.The food is absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!The Oriental name tag comes from the original P.& O. which is Pacific and Orient. All our stewards are from Mumbai or Goa. Should add they are superb and very well-trained.


After dinner every night there is some sort of a show in the "Theatre Royal" - great entertainment area that seats 650.we listened to Colin "Fingers" Henry - a light-hearted piano/cabaret appearance interspersed with the BEST jokes.finished his show by playing the "Warsaw Concerto" Sunday evening attended the Captain's cocktail Party and then ent off again to enjoy a stand -up comedian called Adrian Walsh - nearly bust a gut laughing.On the way home along the promanadepopped in to the "Harlequin" venue and joined in a few dances -quickstep, jive, foxtrot and watched a couple of sequence dances that we had never heard of.

Monday turned out a cloudy , overcast day however we ventured forth and hired a buggy for a couple of hours and chugged our way around Hamilton Island.
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The entertainment here is varied and high class. After the show the other evening we wandered up to the "Pacific Lounge" and here we listened to a classical pianist . Susan you would have loved it!!!he started with Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" then he played Debussy's "Lisle Joyeuse" - then Chopin's "Nocturne" to finish off he played a piece called "Cat and the Mouse" by an American composer called Copland.
Iris and Beryl

Iris and Beryl

Enid was so excited last evening as we watched a great show by 2 Aussies.The artists would you believe were Aubrey Biggs and his mate. Aubrey played in the band with John Sues in "The Firefly's" Enid had a great chat with him and wants to be remembered to him.

Beryl & John

Beryl & John

Cheers

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Action Stations

Enid

Enid

Well, after the passing of my darling mother I'm valiantly get really excited by our forthcoming cruise --so am endeavouring to snap into the "mode" or "mood" 'cos I know mum would just love to be with us like in Xmas 2007 when we took her on the 'Pacific Dawn"

Have been checking out the facilities on the ship. Cop this!!!!!

Oriana - Tiffany Coffee Shop

Oriana - Tiffany Coffee Shop

Oriana Internet Cafe

Oriana Internet Cafe

Oriana - Crystal Pool

Oriana - Crystal Pool

Oriana

Oriana

Moffat Family

Moffat Family

Enid

Enid

On the way home from the airport, we dropped in to introduce enid to Beth who had managed all her arrangements for this trip.

Enid at Ashgrove

Enid at Ashgrove

Then it was a busy time with visits and visitors before Friday lunch departure from Ashgrove.

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