If you know us a little, you’ll know that we don’t like to plan too far ahead. We prefer to go with the flow. Hogmanay was just like that. We took Rehua out for a sail the day before, and had thought of going cruising around Bintan and Batam for a few days. The weather decided differently, and after a 7-hour sail we headed back into the marina. Without any plans really for New Year’s Eve, we hooked up with all the likeminded people in the marina plus a lovely Italian family we met in the resort. The wonderful mix of nationalities (Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Australian, Scottish, Belgian, Dutch, English, French, Italian, and I’m probably forgetting a few) didn’t stop us from following some Scottish Hogmanay traditions: Auld Lang Syne on the foredeck, fireworks, a bit of first footing, a wee dram and some more Scottish tunes on the guitar. It was a wonderfully impromptu evening and we feel privileged to have met so many great new friends here in Nongsa.
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and adventurous 2019 !!