30 Jul 2010 – Greetings from Spain
Arrived in Alicante ALC/Spain and 86km drive along the Costa Blanca, is the splendid seaside resort of Calpe, overlooked by one of the best loved landmarks of the Costa Blanca region – the Peñon de Ifach, Calpe is a very busy holiday resort, with a local population of around 26,000 (this of course rises considerably during the busy the summer months of July and August). Calpe is situated within the Communidad de Valencia.
Rita & Jürgen KOETKE met me at the airport. Rita and I go way back to the early 1960s when we were schooling in CHIJ Victoria St. She now lives in Calpe and has been living here for over 30yrs, lucky her! Great to catch up after all these years and good to meet her German husband.
Spent my first day lazing around their lovely house, swimming in the pool and driving around sight-seeing the area. Yesterday, walked along the beach.
A pleasant drive to Denia Marina (20km from Calpe) app 29,000 habitants, Denia does not only make their living from tourism, it possesses one of the most important harbors of the area, with ferry connections to Ibiza, Mallorca and others.
The pictures uploaded are done in Rita’s computer and not sure how to fix the colours. Will try to go back and fix them when I know what I am doing!
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil… (and do no evil!) – Analects of Confucius
27 Jul 2010 – En route to Alicante ALC/Spain via KL & London
The only disadvantage with budget airlines is that the connecting times are not so convenient, but why worry where there is no rush and the fares are affordable! Left SIN with Tiger Airways for KUL S$44, layover of 5hrs but was the first to check in on AirAsia from KL to London. The fare from KUL to Stansted/STN, S$490. No complains, both airlines were on time and even landed earlier than scheduled! Let’s see if the European budget airlines will be just as efficient. At present@STN airport where I have 10hrs layover and good time to up-date my blog 🙂
Memories from the 13hrs flight: it was exactly 45yrs ago when I flew from SIN-DUB via London/Heathrow airport LHR in a VC10 aircraft. A naive, insecure, etc 15yrs old then, and feeling lost with people in suits, even I was in a green suit. (Yesterday I was in a pair of green pants and green T-shirt!). An English boy about my age talked to me when he realized that I was not too comfortable. He told me that his name was Keith and he was on his way home to his farm in UK and kept chatting with me for hours. Upon arriving at LHR, I vaguely heard an announcement paging for a passenger LAM but not quite comprehending the Brits, I did not dare to ask. Only later did I pick up my courage to approach the info desk to find out that my sister, Joyce was trying to see me as she was in London. Alas the meeting did not take place!
There is a great traveling accessory shop/The Tie Rack here using the same tag-line as me… Life’s a Journey! So many nice things in this shop, thank goodness I am traveling budget and every kilo over 15kg will cost a fortune!! The choice between food or shopping? Those who know me will know the answer! How times have changed and we have to move along but hopefully some of the old but good values will move along with us even if they go thru’ some evolutions. Compassion and decency are the few values which should always be with us.
As a consequence, geneticists described evolution simply as a change in gene frequencies in populations, totally ignoring the fact that evolution consists of the two simultaneous but quite separate phenomena of adaptation and diversification – Ernst Mayr