We’re now back in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from our holiday in Singapore, which was excellent with the exception of a few days of rain which meant we had to stay under shelter sipping cocktails all day. We also managed to take a couple of days at a small beach resort on the Indonesian island of Bintan, a 40 minute ferry ride from Singapore. Much to our surprise, Indonesia issues 7-day visit visas on arrival for Russians (as well as a whole list of other countries, including the UK) for a fee of $10 at certain ports of entry, Bintan being one of them. Indonesia made a nice change, and chalked up another country on my list of those which I’ve visited, and I got to see a couple of rather frightening looking, metre-long, monitor lizards wandering around our beach chalet, one of which I filmed catching and swallowing a fish.
My wife was understandably very impressed with Singapore over Sakhalin, and is now allegedly on the lookout for a new, or additional, husband who will promise to take her there to live. I must therefore immediately persuade her as to the benefits of living in Russia (you can’t wear mink coats in Singapore, for example), and in the meantime leave you with a few photos of our trip.