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Driving directions from the visually impaired


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I rang my blind masseur Mr Stewart to arrange an appointment. He advised that he had moved and gave me an inspecific address (as people do here). Even with the aid of Google Maps, the place was nowhere to be found. Phoning for directions didn’t help ...

Me: I’m at the technical college; is it near here?
Him: It’s on the main road, you’ll see a sign.

We didn’t even get close enough to asking him the colour of the building! That would have been counter-productive too I guess.

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Home with family


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Nothing much to report ... food, food, food seems to be the order for the week.

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Leaving home ... and the Mile High Club


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Leaving Auckland [Auckland-travel-guide-1139106]

A trip to Sipadan has been long on the cards but prompted by expiring frequent flyer miles on Malaysia Airlines’ programme “Enrich”. In these days of fuel surcharges, the programme turned out very disappointingly compared to, say, Emirates’ very generous programme called “Skywards”.

We needed 60,000 points from Auckland to Kuching, open-jaw to Tawau, then return to Auckland. On top of that was a hefty fuel surcharge of about NZD700 (about USD350). The savings from a paid fare was about NZD1000 … not to be sneezed … but a similar redemption on Emirates would only attract the airport taxes.

Due to government regulations, fuel surcharges are now invisible to the customer (absorbed into the fare), but the still exist theoretically and raise its ugly head in situations like these ... and to travel agents in terms of being non-commissionable I guess.

Love is in the Air

Our flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was uneventful for us ... but in the two seats across the aisle from us, there was a bit of romance brewing. A man and woman came on separately, introduced themselves and exchanged travel stories. Soon into the flight, her head went on his shoulder, then hand on hand, then her arm across his chest, then leg across leg ... They didn’t leave their seats at the same time, so I don’t think they made it into the mile-high club in the cripple toilet (as they are sometimes referred to here, not by the politically-correct terminology).

Swine Flu & Prawn Sambal!

We landed in KL and were subject to swine flu or Influenza A checks by way of thermal imaging scans supplemented by temperature checks for naturally warm people like Kim. The Malaysian authorities seem to be taking this more seriously than in New Zealand where we were approaching a hundred suspected cases.

While in transit to Kuching, we ran into my late sister’s best friend Felicia who also lived in Auckland and travelled on the same flight. We had missed each other on our earlier flight as she was seated in a different area.

We had plenty to chat about on our shorter and more pleasant flight to Kuching. Much tastier fare is served on the domestic flights compared to the longhaul ones ... we had a chicken curry and prawn sambal served with coconut rice, accompanied with a pudding and Ferrero Rocher chocolates ... all in a highly presentable box. Much better than the bland food designed for the international palate out of Auckland.

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