So 'Glen' didn't ever ring me back last night. I'm pretty confused as he was adamant he would ring me back with an answer one way or another - he said it himself 'there is nothing worse than being left unsure about what's going on'. I just assume he couldn't get hold of his mates for the quotes he needed, so had no info to ring me back with.. I guess I'll just have to wait and see? If he doesn't ring back at all today then I guess he just isn't interested.
I got up about 7am and had breakfast with everyone else. I was meant to drop my car off at the garage around 8am for its 'road worthy' inspection, then go to Eumundi Market up near Noosa with Fenella later on. Unfortunately Fenella was too busy though, so that plan was out the window.
In the end she had to drop the kids off at school in Beerwah so I dropped of the car at the garage then went into Beerwah with them, to see if I could get some cheapy Aussie souvenirs. I didn't manage to find much unfortunately, so I don't really know where I will get my cheapy things from..
We were leaving Beerwah to come home at 10am, when I did get a call back from 'Glen'. It turns out he couldn't get hold of his mate until today, as I had thought. However he found out it would cost him far to much to tidy up the car the way he wanted, so he wasn't going to buy it. In a way I wasn't surprised because doing the paint was always going to really expensive, but I was disappointed as I had got my hopes up of selling it so quickly.
When we did get home I then got a call from the garage it was being serviced at, with a problem. Apparently the 'Rocker cover gasget' had gone, which although seemed disastrous when I was told on the phone, it would 'only' have cost about 100 bucks fully fitted. However I got on the phone to Russell who I bought the car off, and it was covered under warrantee which was a huge bonus. It was only covered if they do the work themselves in Caloundra though, so I had to get the car down there for them to fix.
Fenella dropped me off at the garage, I came back and packed some lunch and reading material, then tentatively drove down to the garage in Caloundra. I was reading about Bali etc and had settled down for a long wait, but 45 minutes later they came out and told me it was all fixed and finished! I couldn't thank them enough for getting it done so quickly!
Half an hour later I was back in Landsborough and set about trying to decide what to do about my Bali VISA situation, which is an absolute nightmare! This is the best way I can describe it;
- I arrive on the 14th Dec and the 30 day VISA on Arrival (VOA) expires on 12th Jan.
- I then either leave the country, kill the extra days and come back on a 2nd 30 day VOA until my scheduled flight back to Singapore on 18th of Feb. BUT i can't do this as Mum & Dad arrive on the 16th of Jan, so I would be out the country half the time they are there.
- That leaves the only alternative of renewing my VOA for a 2nd 30 days, without leaving the country. This means my 2nd VISA would expire on the 11th of Feb...7 days short of my flight back to Singapore.
- This leaves 2 options; overstay my VISA for a week, try and bribe immigration as I leave (according to the internet is VERY hit and miss), which is a well known and used route. OR I try and change my flight back out to Singapore so I leave a week earlier.
- For the risk of being put in jail, fined and blacklisted from Indonesia (all realistic possibilities) for out staying my VISA, I decided I will change my flight.
- This means I will have about 2 weeks with the Spot X crew in Indo, rather than 3. That SUCKS but there is just no other option.
- That leaves the final problem of trying to change my flight dates with 'Air Asia'. This is a mission for tomorrow, but I dont expect it to be easy, or cheap.
- The last issue is changing my Singapore-Home flights. It would have been cool to do a bit of Asia, but with the huge ammount of luggage I will have, Singapore is expensive and I'll be broke its not realistic. Atleast hopefully changing the Home flights SHOULD be easy.
After a couple of hours assessing that situation I had a dip in the pool to cool off, as its about 38-39 degrees again today. Then I went up to Landsborough, left the car at the garage for it to be checked again for its certificate tomorrow, then walked to the Doctors round the corner. I had managed to get a last minute appointment earlier in the day, so that was a jackpot.
I saw a really nice young Aussie doctor who was really useful. She had been to Indo too, so knew the drill. I got a broad spectrum antibiotic for treating reef cut infections (touch wood I won't need them!), and a prescription for my anti Malaria pills, of which I have enough for a month, which will be more than enough as I don't need them for mainland Bali.
I asked about Rabies, but I'm too late late for the jabs really. You need them over 3 weeks, and I only have 1 before I leave. The jabs on 1 & 7 days would be partly useful but not garentee protection. Also they are $100 per needle, and couple be completely useless, so I opted against it. If I get bitten by a dog or monkey I will just go straight to a medical centre.
I'm not sure what Mother will have to say about that, but not much I can do about it...
I then had to walk about 3km back home from Landsborough, as the car had been left at the garage and I didn't want to ask Fenella for yet another lift around. Plus it was a nice day so I thought why not.
I got half way home, going past Ron and Bubbles house and saw Bubbles out watering the plants. A quick chat turned into going and sitting under the Verandah and having cold drinks for an hour, before I left again and got home.
When I got back I spent ages writing this blog and thinking things through, then went for a quick swim in the pool before dinner. After dinner everyone was so tired we watched TV for a little while, then just went to bed.
(Photo - a GumTree I saw this arvo).