Sunday, 29 August 2010

Pin Cushion Effect

I've been at home for just over a week, and I now know what a voodoo doll feels like. In the space of 4 days Rae, Oscar and I have had: diptheria, typhoid, Hep A & B, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, cholera, tetanus, swine flu and polio jabs. We are through the first stage, and only have a handful of boosters to go through over the next couple of weeks. Currently we are down in Pembrokeshire completing the final leg of our Goodbye Everyone tour. Next week the three of us are making an appearance at the Indonesian Embassy in London to submit our passports to get the visas we need. After that I'm going to try and squeeze in an application for a second passport before I leave on September 15th. Rae is mentally gearing up for the 1st of October. Busy days.

Friday, 13 August 2010


I've been dieing to use that headline, and now I finally have some news to post:

I signed my contract yesterday and from September 1st I will be the Junior Operations Manager for Geolog in Balikpapan. What's more, I have been assigned the first rig to my portfolio - the Saipem 10000 drillship, which will be drilling in the seas around Indonesia, East Timor and Australia.

My departure date for Indonesia has been tentatively set for the 15th of September so I have a few weeks to put my affairs in order, and visit friends and family before the big push. And hopefully in that time I'll be able to get my motorbike license too :)

Milanese Holiday

A few weeks ago I was joined in Milan by Rae and Oscar who came out at Geolog's expense for a long weekend. We went to a local waterslide park (which Oscar enjoyed immensely), up to Lake Como where we took a boat ride (which Oscar enjoyed immensely) and then took the Metro (which Oscar enjoyed immensely) into Milan to do a days shopping (which Rachel enjoyed immensely)