Two months ago we thought our long standing love affair with Asia was about to end. Crystal Blues and her crew were aching to go to sea. Systems were in sensational order, the cellar was full, cupboards stocked with food and the freezer and refrigerator crammed with delicacies for a four month plus passage to South Africa. We dreamed of long distance sailing, anchoring in beautiful Cocos Keeling and then passage making to La Reunion via Rodriguez and Mauritius.
Neil was offered a decent 10 month contract with the client he had been part time consulting for in Manila. Then Ley's son called with the news that he and his family were being transferred to Shanghai/Singapore for 2 years, from November 1. With a new grand baby due later in November, Nana's help would be appreciated. As Ley's mother is also turning 90 in December, we knew that we also wanted to be back in Williamstown to celebrate this wonderful achievement, so we decided to take the hint and stay put in Asia for another year.
We always said the hardest part of moving on to South Africa was leaving Asia.....looks like we have proven ourselves right. So Crystal Blues is now berthed in Nongsa Point (Batam), a short ferry ride from Singapore. Neil is working a cycle of 2 weeks in Manila and 1 week on the boat, with Ley now joining him in Manila frequently. We have a great apartment and car, provided by the client, and are just starting our exploration of yet another country. South Africa will have to wait another year.