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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Matilda's Hommus


1 400g Can Chick peas
1 Tbs Tahini or Smooth Peanut Butter
100 ml Yogurt/sour cream or Kewpie mayonnaise sauce
1 Pinch Cummin
2-3 Cloves Garlic
1 Lemon

1 Tbs  Morrocan seasoning or to taste ***Optional

If you like the store brought style of Hommus use the yogurt or sour cream to make a smooth consistency. I on the other hand don't really like store brought style and like to funk it up and make it smoother with the addition of Kewpie mayonnaise sauce. This delivers a sweeter smooth taste, and if I am serving it with raw seasonal crunchy veg crudités I like to add the Moroccan seasoning to gain another level of flavour. Be careful with the addition of lemon add only half the lemon juice and after blending taste, its very easy to make the mix too lemony, the same with the garlic different seasons produce stronger flavours add 2 and taste test before adding more. Being as how Tahini is almost but impossible to source in some countries, peanut butter makes a great substitute. We also use freshly ground cummin seeds, because in the tropics the ground cummin seed powder goes off in a very short time.  When the cummin seeds are freshly ground it also adds better depth of flavour.

Ready to blend. 

This recipe requires you to hunt out a can of really good-quality chickpeas – they have much better flavour, so will guarantee an amazing result. Tip the jar of drained chickpeas, into a blender. Add the tahini, cummin and Kewpie mayonnaise sauce then peel and add the garlic. Squeeze in the lemon juice, then blitz in a small processor bowl or with a hand blender until smooth. Taste and season to perfection. If for some reason the mix appears to be too dry add some more Kewpie mayonnaise sauce, or even some good quality olive oil to smooth out the mixture.

Chill and serve with biscuits/crackers/crunchy veg crudités

We have found this hommus makes a great spread on fresh hot toast in the morning for breakfast.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Suramadu Bridge & Selat Surabaya 2019

During our pilgrimage home to Australia in 2019 we choose to go’ the path less travelled’ and sail under the Suramadu Bridge, aka the Surabaya – Madura Bridge. This passage was scorned by many (who clearly had not done the passage) and at first we gave it a wide berth choosing instead to travel east along Java and Madura’s north coastlines bound for the island of Raas. From there we planned to drop down to the southern archipelago, Bali being the first stop then on to Lombok, Komodo, Flores etc until our jump off point for Australia. The current had been flowing strong in a westerly direction since getting to the Java north coast. However we made allowances and motor sailed when needed to gain our travel east.  We were nearly at the jump off point at the east end of Madura but the current and wind soon forced our hands and we turn back. The body of water flowing around the eastern tip of Madura proved too strong for us, mixed with a decent 2 – 3 mtr swell from the east and 20-26 knot SE’ly winds (on our nose) we could not motor more than 1- 2 knots. The risk to our vessel was too great, so in the name of safety we turned back and decided to go under the infamous Suramadu Bridge.

While sitting at anchor on the northern entrance, a local fishing boat passes #8 red beacon. Note the lean of the beacon in the current.
During our travels since 2016 when we left Australia and even before then, we have learnt a lesson: when asking others for advice and their opinions you need to ask the right questions. For us that meant asking: has anyone actually done the passage and when did they do the passage? Things change quickly in Asia especially in Indonesia, so recent information is imperative to making a well informed decision.

A local pilot boat heading out to assist another commercial vessel.
We had let others who only spoke from speculation sway our original passage making plans to bypass the bridge out of fear. It is said that the strait is insanely busy, very shallow and full of hazards. Even knowing that the current was strong on the eastern end of Madura when heading south this still didn’t motivate us to review or change our plans. So once the current made that decision for us and we turned back, we then stuck to our own ‘rules’, this time asking the right questions. Turned out recent passages made by a few boats, one in particular with a taller mast than ours and a deeper draft confirmed the passage was not only pleasant but safe, appropriately buoyed, with good depths and well protected from the SE winds for the better part of the strait.

The lighthouse on Maduara was a very impressive sight, note the radar on top.

One of many shipping yards. This one was on Madura's side.
Once we had completed our overnight passage from the eastern end of Madura back to the body of water between Madura and Java: Selat Surabaya, we anchored at 06 56.47S, 112 43.19E in 8.3mtrs of water, east of the channel behind the #8 red beacon and behind the small island of P. Karang Jamuang which is used as a base for the pilot boats. For the remainder of the day we went over our passage one more time. Feeling confident and well rested we took off the next day at 0630.

One of many ferries, this one is at anchor.

We passed countless numbers of tug & tows with their teak cargo.

A sea of tug and tows ahead.
The current plays a major factor in this journey. The current for the strait floods north and ebbs south. We use Total Tide, which as it turned out was very accurate and at one stage we had a 3 knot current with us – sensational. The strait is very well charted with all its buoys and markers as per Navionics. Yes the shipping traffic volume is a little crazy, but not unlike crossing the Singapore Strait, most of the ships where at anchor. Those that were on the move all had their AIS on allowing us to keep Matilda safe to one side of the channel as they passed each time. Some of the locals who no doubt don’t see a lot yachts in their part of the world here, were extremely friendly, waving like mad as we passed them by. Amongst all the shipping traffic the locals are fishing so be careful to watch out for their nets, again give them a wave as you pass they are very happy people.

A couple of very friendly fishermen waving.

And even more excited was the crew off one of the barges as we passed by.
The bridge itself was approximately 20 nm’s from our chosen anchorage point. The clearance as at HAT is 35mtrs according to Wikipedia. With our 18mtr overall height of our mast, we had loads of clearance. The strait is one never ending passing parade of vessels of all kinds: ships, ferries, tug and tows, high speed craft, fuel barges, training vessels and the Indonesian Navy has a substantial base on Java, just before you head under the bridge. Both the Madura and Java sides of the strait are one never ending commercial venture, Java more so. It is mind blowing what is going on here, it’s not the backwards place many seem to think it is.

The Indonesian Navy base. All the ships are dressed in preparation for the celebration of their Independence as a nation.

Some seriously tall stacks on Java's side.

Our view to the Surabaya Bridge - just a few ships to dodge, who are all anchored.

Matilda, bound for the pass.
Once under the bridge life is very different. After passing the first red beacon, pick the ‘middle channel’ and angle to 135 degrees to remain in the deeper water as marked.  It does shallow up some, but we never had any less than 3 meters under our 2 meter keel at a full tide of 2.5mtrs. On the day we went through we did experience some wind over tide as the SE’ly was not buffeted anymore and we were exposed. It was approximately 35nm’s from our anchorage to the end of the shallow section.  Although the chop eased as we moved further east out to the Madura Strait and the body of water widened. Once we reached the end of the ‘shallow’ section we had a sensational sail to our anchorage for the night.

The officials buzzed past us most of the day, always waving and yelling out hello.
What is amazing is once you go under the bridge (heading south) the locals have built the most incredible ‘fence’s’ made of bamboo sticks so they can catch fish in the nets. The first fence you come across heading south runs both to Madura and to Java. The gap (as per the chartered deeper water) was around 07 12.90S, 112 50.10E: this is where the opening is to pass through. Again this may sound daunting but the channel is well marked, as per Navionics. Our second fence was at: 07 15.13E, 112 51.98E, but this fence ran only back to Java and was easily seen. We felt confident passing the fences as commercial shipping use this lane. Unless you have a track to follow we would not advise to do this path at night.

Fences of flags looking towards Java.

More fencing all running towards Madura.
Our total passage was 52.8nm’s and took us 11 ½ hours total. We dropped anchor along Java’s coastline at Tg. Warangan: 07 38.21E, 113 00.70S behind the breakwater wall for the power station. This position is amongst an exceptional amount of squid houses and we would not advise anyone to enter at dusk or at night, clear vision is essential.

Our home for the night was beside this power station.

A little bit hard to see but right up the top of this photo shows a few squid houses. In the centre is a whale shark splashing around.
The bonus to those who choose this route and stop by this anchorage will be the whale sharks who feed here. We finished our day off having a very cold beer in the cockpit watching approximately 8 of these incredible creatures swim around Matilda, with their mouths wide open catching their dinner!

A whale shark close by Matilda, mouth wide open catching dinner.
Safe travels.

A squid house in the sunset.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

BBQ Sauce


    2 tablespoons butter
    1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
    3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
    2 cups ketchup (or our home made Tomato Sauce)
    1/3 cup molasses
    1/3 cup dark brown sugar
    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    2 tablespoon yellow mustard (I like pre-made mustard not the powder)
    1 Cinnamon stick
    1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper **
1    tablespoon chili powder **
** Optional

Molasses is not that easy to get in some parts of Asia we use Black Treacle (Same Same but different) available at most baking supply shops in Malaysia.
We have found powered mustard has a very very short shelf life in the tropics, however prepared mustard has a good shelf life and does not require refrigeration. For us a good all rounder is Heinz yellow mustard, available on the Asian supermarket shelves.



    Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

    Add ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

    Transfer sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Look here for our Tomato Sauce Recipe

Home style Tomato Sauce

Our boat made tomato sauce


    2.5kg ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
    2 large onions, coarsely chopped
    10 whole cloves or 1/4 tsp ground
    10 whole allspice berries or 1/4 tsp ground
    1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    1 clove garlic, sliced
    1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground
    2 tablespoons salt  (to taste but remember its a preservative)
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 cups (clear) white (white malt) vinegar

I have also found you can easily funk up tomato sauce with some mustard, its a taste thing so try a small test sample before adding it to a whole batch. We use prepared mustard as it keeps longer in the tropics than powered mustard.

Select all ingredients

    Step 1
    Place tomato, onion, cloves, berries, paprika, garlic, cinnamon and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour or until the tomato breaks down and is tender.
    Step 2
    Add the sugar and vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for a further hour and 15 minutes or until mixture reduces, thickens and is of a saucy consistency. Adjust seasoning.
    Step 3
    Strain mixture through a coarse sieve into a large bowl, in batches, pressing down strongly to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids, seeds. Pour hot mixture into sterilised bottles. Seal. Store in a cool, dark place until ready to use. Once opened, store in the fridge.

This Tomato Sauce is a great starting point for our home made BBQ sauce.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

June Newsletter

News from the Crew of Matilda
June  2019
The 'Papalenos' super tanker heading straight for Matilda was a formidable sight as we transversed the Singapore Strait.

Ships log 
Anchorages for this month:
  • June 1: 6.3nm's to the southern side of the Bernham River (we moved out at 0400 with a dropping tide as we didn't want to be stuck in the river for a day) dropping anchor at 03 46.73N, 100 46.71E in 7.9mtrs.
  • June 1: 66.7nm's to Klang River. Dropped anchor in 12.9mtrs at 02 55.17N, 101 15.78E at the Che Mat Zin tributary.
  • June 2: 42.4nm's to Arang Arang, Port Dickson (McDonald's anchorage). Dropped anchor in 14.1mtrs at high tide at 02 30.99N, 101 48.00E.
  • June 3: 34.6nm's to Pulau Upen, Malacca. Dropped anchor in 8.6mtrs at 02 11.73N, 102 12.31E.
  • June 5: 9.2nm's to Pulau Besar, Water Island. Dropped anchor in 10.1mtrs at 02 07.23N, 102 19,90E.
  • June 6: 71.9nm's to Pulau Pisang. Dropped anchor in 7mtrs at low tide at 01 28.49N, 103 16.02E.
  • June 7: 45.1nm's to Puteri Harbour, but that includes a trip up and back to Country Garden Marina which added approx. 10nm's.
  • June 23: 56nm's to Pengerang, Navy Base, including a stop at the Sebang Fuel Barge. Dropped anchor in 7.6mtrs on mud at 01 23.09N, 104 05.74E.
  • June 24: 34.4nm's to Indonesia, P. Sembulang/P. Rempang. Dropped anchor in 4mtrs at low tide on mud, sand and plastic bags at 00 52.18N, 104 14.03E.
  • June 25: 47.2nm's to Lingga, Mesenak. Dropped anchor in 9.7mtrs at 00 25.78N, 104 31.48E.
  • June 26: 33.9nm's to Kentar. Dropped anchor in 9.1mtrs at 00 03.26N, 104 45.49E.
  • June 28: 43.6nm's to Lingga, South East corner. Dropped anchor in 18.2mtrs at 00 18.73S, 104 59.01E - Crossed the Equater today.
  • June 29: 120nm's (over night sail) to Bangka, Tg. Ular. Dropped anchor in 13.4mtrs in mud at 01 57.00S, 105 07.59E.
Another giant passing us by in the Singapore Straits.

Crew log:
Some months it feels like everything is going wrong. Just as were leaving Batu Uban last month Bruce noticed rust on both the syphon breaker for the engine and the fitting for the bilge pump. Good grief. So we had to have replacements custom made. Luckily there is an excellent stainless steel factory in Penang. However, due to the location of the pieces once removed, one of them allowed a dribble of water into an automotive relay which controls the stop button for the engine (discovered this one day when we couldn't turn our engine off). There's never a dull moment.

Old bits above new bits. 
This little guy is the stop solenoid for the off button for the engine. The green is the water damage.
We also omitted to mention during May that we needed to replace pieces on our water maker, including the accumulator tank. Then we noticed our rope clutch for the main head furler was cracked. Jeez lucky we could order parts and have them delivered to Langkawi. You just can't carry every single part as a spare.

The accumulator tank.

Stainless steel high pressure tubes for the water maker.

The most expensive swage lock fittings in history.
June was another busy month that's for sure. We spent the first few days continuing our journey south to get to the Country Garden Marina at Danga Bay. This meant we travelled through the Klang River, port zone. We were very lucky the afternoon we approached as the river had a nice 2 knot current pushing us south. 
A local fishing boat which seems to be moving quite a few very colourful boxes down the Klang River.

Not long after we dropped anchor at Che Mat Zin (a tributary running off the Klang River) we were treated to the most amazing sunset.
We are thrilled to be sailing in company with SV Moonshadow. Jeremy and Margie are travelling through Indonesia also and our boats are the same length with similar draft.  

Moonshadow ploughing through the southerly swell as we approach Port Dickson.

Once both boats where anchored, Margie and I enjoyed a chat via the VHF radio's about the next days plans.
Not long after we left Klang Port and were heading to the Port Dickson area, we had fairly strong winds coming so we dropped our main. Sadly it ripped on the way down. We are getting desperate for a new one but it has to wait for the sailing kitty to plump up.

A very sad sight, she really is showing her age, but we can't complain. This sail was on Matilda in 2010 when we brought her.

The main sail spilled on deck.

Bruce setting up the SailRite.

And here he goes. This is not an easy task to perform. The space is tight, you cant sit down and the sail is not free moving.
A few hours into the late afternoon and we had the sail repaired. The next day it was off to Malacca, or is that Melaka. so many places have different ways to spell their names here. While at anchor we heard a thump, we got up and here is what we found all around us.

This is looking out the back.

This is on the port side.

This is what made the thump, we had a tree limb on the anchor chain which was catching all the debris.

Our tree limb - fond memories of something similar at Batu Pahat. 
This is Pulau Upen. We had a very secure anchorage here out of the south westerly winds.
Then it was off to enjoy a day in Melacca one last time (ha, never say never right). But we think for now, we won't be back for some time. We both love walking around this place, its full of life. We enjoyed a long delicious lunch with Jeremy and Margie then we had to walk it off. Dawdling around this town is easy and fun.

Sid's is a special place with fantastic views of the river.

Oh dear, this was a lovely starter: hot fries with melted cheese and gravy.

Love the hair......

Sensational wall art around the streets to enjoy.

Deb enjoying the view of the walkway along the river.

Tri-shaw's are a very common sight, and a fun way to get around Melacca. 

This was so gorgeous. The tailor had made little tiny replica's of the clothes they make.

Nearly all the streets look like this,,,its incredible.

After a quick stop the next day at The Water Islands, we made our way to Pulau Pisang (Banana) for the night. This is always a very long days travelling,  70+ nautical miles. We had a cracker of a storm on the way down, so it was great to arrive just as the sun was fading to wind down. Next day off to Country Garden Marina. Weaving in and out of the shipping traffic in Melacca/Singapore Strait always keeps you on your toes. 

On the way up to the Johur Strait we noticed these two huge kato's moving whatever the pile was. It was hard to capture how tall this mound of stuff is. It was a very hazy day, hence the hazy photo.

And there's Country Garden in the distance.
This marina is very small, but well placed and is located on the Johur Strait past Puteri Harbour Marina. The strait separates Singapore and Malaysia, but our stay was not meant to be. The Country Garden Marina was full of small run about boats and certainly could not accommodate both of our boats. The water was really shallow at high tide and it has zero protection from the south west, and we are in the south west monsoon season - it just didn't feel right. So we puttered back to Puteri Harbour and pulled in for a while. 

Country Garden Marina, is very small.
In the end we spent a couple of weeks at the dock at Puteri Harbour Marina, making sure Matilda was ready to head to Indonesia. We know from experience obtaining spare parts or services in Indonesia can be a challange, apart from places like Bali. This meant the days where long and the job list was crazy but not as crazy as the shopping list. Shopping for 5 months for all your non perishable items is a daunting task. Working out how much you use of each item is a tricky job, especially when you haven't had to worry about it for 3 years. I won't post my list, but if your reading this and would like a copy, please leave a message on this post and I will happily respond.

This was shop number 1, two trolleys worth.

Shop 2, another two trolleys worth.

We don't have a freezer on board Matilda. We find that by using our cryovac machine, we can extend the life of many items on board. 
During May when Bruce had to remove the syphon breaker for the engine because it was rusting, the open/exposed end leaked sea water onto the engine stop solenoid, but the open end also dripped salt water onto his favourite electric drill. So Bruce rinsed it in soapy water and then flushed it with fresh water for a good 15 minutes. Then let it dry out over several weeks in the engine bay compartment because its warm. Incredibly the drill works as new.....

Did you ever think you would see someone do this with their electric drill?
So back to our work and general job list. What jobs did we do for 16 days, here is a list of what kept us busy. This was all jolted off to a good start with every yachties nightmare, the blocked toilet. We have had it block before but this blockage was the pinnacle - all up it took Bruce 8hrs to clear it over 3 attempts, a shocker of a job.

Another nightmare was a side strike from a large lightning bolt, we lost the AIS input to the chartplotter. We had a couple of options; new chartplotter, repair the chartplotter, go without the chartplotter displaying AIS. Well crossing the Singapore Strait without AIS on the chartplotter would be madness. A new chartplotter was way too expensive. Repairs to the old chartplotter could drag on for weeks waiting for parts, repairs, delivery persons and so on. So we decided to install a Raspberry Pi with the OpenPlotter image, the output of the Raspberry was set to composite video and input to the E80 chartplotter video input. We also purchased a small keyboard all up cost for the install was about AU$150, a lot cheaper than our other options at the time. 

Here is Bruce installing the Raspberry Pi so we have AIS on our E80 Raymarine chartplotter.
This is the Raspberry Pi running OpenPlotter (OpenCPN) unit attached to the back of the Chartplotter.

And its working - he has the AIS working through the Raspberry Pi unit. Isn't the keyboard to drive the AIS neat.
This is most of what we did:
  • Prepared all documents for the Indonesian Visa
  • Obtained our Indo visa from the Consulate, this took 3 days.
  • Shopped for 5 months for all non perishable items over 4 trips
  • Investigated why the AIS stopped working on the E80 Raymarine Chartplotter - turns out we took a distance lightning electrical strike and the NMEA 0183 input for the AIS was fried 
  • Acid washed the hull
  • Serviced the furler
  • Cleaned and polished the clears
  • Investigated why the fridge was running hot - turned out to be a fan had died
  • General shopping and running around for bits and pieces
  • Went up the mast to put on 4 leather boots on each spreader arm, checked wire around the radar and serviced the pulley for the head sail
  • Caught up with friends
  • Tender repairs and improvements over 7 days
  • Serviced the outboard
  • Hosed out the anchor well
  • Repaired the 3 bolts on the duckboard that were letting in sea water
  • Started up the HF radio SailMail membership for 12 months to enable us to get GRIB files while out of internet range and communicate with family - tested and its working well
  • Checked In / Checked Out
  • Sorted out our gas bottle options for Indonesia, decided to wait and buy a bottle there - its easier
  • Sorted paper charts for Indonesia
  • Did loads of general running around and tending to boat business plus  haircuts, socialising, insurance, etc
  • Cooking
Margie, Jeremy and Bruce - happy days, this was our last shopping trip!
The tender turned out to be a big job. Since we've had it, its been taking on water. Once we could pull it up onto the deck to investigate it was clear the plug and its surrounds where completely brittle and breaking off. This repair took roughly 7 days, due to the epoxy curing time. Bruce also put in some secure blocks for the fuel tank so it stops sliding around the floor. A timber block was placed on the back of the tender for its depth sounder. We checked the underbelly for leaks in the tubes as it goes down but couldn't see anything. Bruce filled the boyany cavity with expanding PU foam (closed cell) to try to eliminate any more water getting in, and lastly we gave it a good clean.

Start of the job fixing the brittle fibreglass around the drain plug
For sometime we have been wondering why some of our stores in the stern locker area were sometimes wet and sometimes dry. Pulling everything out of the lockers Bruce noticed that the 3 bolts that hold on our duckboard were loose. A following sea would no doubt push sea water into the loose space and hence we would sometimes notice moisture. Another crappy job for Bruce but glad we found it here, as the calm water of the marina allowed us to pull out the bolts (which are right on the water line), and reseat them with a very good dose of FixTech15 sealant.

Everything has to come out so Bruce can fit in to repair the stern platform bolts - a tiresome job in the heat.
We had to obtain our Indonesian visa's here. Thanks to Raymond T Lesmana - our Indonesian agent and friend, that was done with no issues. The cost was RM210 per person (approx.AU73).  You need a copy of all your boat documents per person and it takes 2 working days, eg. go in Monday, pickup Wednesday. Good to dress appropriately. The Consulate opens at 0900 and closes at 4.30pm daily (shut Fridays & Saturdays) and is closed for lunch and prayer between 1230 and 2pm. .    

Four very happy sailors showing off their Indonesian Visa's. 
The Team doing a gas transfer for the ship Moonshadow.
When your spreader boots are looking like this its time for some new ones.

A good time to have a through look around the gear up the top.

First of 4 boots to be sewn in place.

Its a long way up there......

A very happy Captain to have his mast work done and all in good working order - well done Captain Bruce!!
Sadly during the mast work we ripped the sail again - its quite fragile, so out came the sewing machine again.
Finally with all the jobs ticked off the list, we are ready to set sail.

Moonshadow loaded so full of provisions she is low in the water - ready to go to Indonesia.

Matilda ready for her Indo trip.
Before we set sail to Indonesia we had to refuel both boats. Around to the fuel barge at Sebana we went. The phone number for the barge is: +6078252255. Position: 01 24.5693N, 104 07.2687E. We had trouble finding it but we were looking for a dock, not a barge - quite easy to spot once you know what your looking for!

Matilda at the fuel barge.

Moonshadow approaching the fuel dock.

Matilda leaving the fuel barge.

Just need to dodge a few tankers in the shipping lanes and into Indonesia we went.........
It felt good after all this time to be back in Indonesia with variable passage plans to follow. I guess we were seeing what the wind and currents bought us before making final decisions. We did know that the winds where going to be predominately from the SE, and the current against us for some time, but sometimes you have to push on to get to your end destination and take each day as it comes.

A magnificent sunset captured by Jeremy - it was lovely to sit at Kentar for a rest day.
Always a thrill crossing the equator - a step closer to home being in the southern hemisphere.
Finally after what turned out to be a great (read uneventful) night sail we approached Bankga. On our final run a ship actually changed course (maybe to have a look) but boy he seemed close as he ran by - we must remind ourselves this is Indonesia.

The Spil Nisaka altering course to our direction.

He was definitely in hurry to come over and see us.
And that is it for the month of June. A busy time but a good time. We are looking forward to good times ahead with new friends. 

Moonshadow in our last anchorage in Malaysia - next countryIndonesia.

This month Deb had a piece published in Cruising Helmsman on both Sebana Cove and Senibong Cove marina's which are located on the east coast of Malaysia.

Deb was asked to do a podcast on SE Asia with Tina Hussey to support Tina's FaceBook and web page: 'This Girl Sails'. This was certainly something new and fun, we hope to do more.

Tina Hussey is the creator of 'Thisgirlsails' on Facebook and she keeps a great blog at:

What have we cooked or baked this month?

This month we cooked up a batch of our own BBQ sauce.

To start with we made Tomato Sauce as a base then made the BBQ sauce. While there are BBQ sauces in the supermarkets our home made sauce tastes so good.

We made a stack of crumpets using slightly larger rings we found in a bakery supply shop in Johor Barhu, and spooned in slightly less batter into the ring. See our recipe here
They turned out like store brought crumpets but they tasted better!