After a wonderful six months at home with family and friends, we are back on board China Grove. We will keep her in this area for one more year and then possibly sail back to Australia in August 2012. That's the present plan. So, other than venturing out of the marina to a few of the surrounding islands when friends and family come to visit, we have no plan to go any further - ie Philippines. We have rented an extremely small car for six months. It is slightly bigger than a scooter - but has the best airconditioning and will certainly get us around to where we want to go.
We are kept busy doing chores on board and then plan to sail down to Labuan (duty free island) to replenish our refreshments!! We have a Philippina helping us clean the boat. Her name is Vicki and she is great.
There is also this wonderful Chinese restaurant called King Hu which we frequent for the Peking duck and great fried Bejing dumplings!!