Sailing in my Sarong Around the World

World circumnavigation on yacht Valiam & Caribbean to Turkey on yacht Lati

The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda :
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Pulau Tiga leaving Borneo

20 April 2008
20th April 2008

Pulau Tiga (Three islands)



Position: 5.43.145 N 115.38.857 E

Pulau Tiga is where the first episode of 'Survivor' was filmed. As we approached our anchorage just before sunset we saw some 'survivors' wandering along the beach towards two 'Adventure Resorts' complete with satellite TV, dive boats and jetties. One wonders if the camera didn't film these civilized structures or whether some money is being made of the place due to its 'Survivor' history. We had some notes passed on to us from fellow yachties that said that the hot volcano mud pools are evil smelling and rank and spoiled by tourists. (I think I recall a muddy interaction on that particular show. Perhaps the survivors wrestled a little too long in the mud....)

It is nice to be at an anchorage after being in the marina for 2 weeks. We had no breeze where we were berthed which made it very sauna like during the day. We didn't hurry this morning and after having our last hot shower and paying our dues we let go the mooring lines just before 12 noon.

Soon we were enjoying the scenery of islands in the distance, a nice gentle breeze, a cold beer and barbequed chicken sate and chicken wings purchased at the market last night. Last night I had one last medicinal massage at the little salon at the shopping centre. Being a Saturday night (yes they work 7 days a week until 9pm) there were quite a lot of customers. Whilst I was in my curtained little area with my masseur I could hear lots of loud conversation by men and innumerable burps and laughing. I said to Meriam my masseuse that that sort of behaviour would not be acceptable in Australia in a salon. She just giggled and said 'Many wind'. It was hard to relax with these men within feet of me but my massage was quite good anyway. When I came out there were two jolly plump Malaysian men lying in the reclining chairs having pedicures by two male attendants. I paid my 40 ringits (about A$13) and thought to myself that these people have to make a living and that it is quite equitable to have males in a salon. Their code of behaviour is different that's all.

I digress....

Not long after we left KK I began reassembling the sat phone and lap top for emails. The lap top we use for emails was used in the marina for wireless internet. During that time the virus protector found a worm which Bill managed to quarantine. When we tried to start up the GMN xgate program it wouldn't work. We tried everything - reinstalling the program etc. We were worried it was the worm. Next thing we notice that the xgate window looks entirely different. I remember reading there was an updated version. (We hadn't downloaded it because it would take 3 hours in the internet caf when we tried in the Philippines) Anyway after trying everything to no avail I decided to SMS Luis our GMN man in the USA by sat phone with a cryptic message about our problem. Within minutes (remember its Sunday morning over there) he sent an SMS message back with the solution. Yay ! It works now. I didn't know our computer decided to download the new version by itself. It even changed the icons on the desktop! How dare it/he do that without our permission! These computers have a mind of their own.

As we sailed closer towards Pula Tiga we could see several thunderstorms not far away accompanied by thunder and lightning. This seems to happen every afternoon by 4pm in this part of the world. We are currently in the transition period before the south west monsoon. Just after we enjoyed a fabulous sunset over the sea and were half way through our dinner in the cockpit, one of the storms decided to wash our decks and make us eat inside.

It's gone now and it's bed time. We have more or less decided to keep going till we get to Singapore without stopping if we can. We expect it will take a week or so. We have information on a couple of marinas and anchorages including one in Sebana Cove that looks ok. Sebana cove is actually still in Malaysia across the river from Singapore. Another one is in Sentosa cove and is cheaper than Raffles. (Raffles is further from town and harder to get to) Some yachts anchor outside Changi yacht club so we'll see how we go once we get closer.

That's it for now. Keep those emails coming in but do remember to delete my text before you reply! It's good to be at sea again (hope those storms don't come too often or just stay away preferably)

Love from

Linda and Captain

SV Valiam

PS Bill tidied up Priscilla so she is ready to go again

Vessel Name: Valiam
Vessel Make/Model: Valiam: Lidgard 45 (Single chine plywood) designed by Gary Lidgard. Built by Bill Anderson and Steve Thornalley. Lati: 31ft 1967 Kim Holman built in Barcelona. Original name Latigazo
Hailing Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Crew: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Bill and Linda fufilled a 30 year dream to sail around the world. First they built a boat in a paddock in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Qld, Australia in 1994 with the help of friend Steve. [...]
CIRCUMNAVIGATION ON VALIAM: We left Mooloolaba on the 7th November 2007, sailed to Townsville, leaving Australian waters on 26th November 2007 for PNG, Palau, Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia,Singapore, Cocos Keeling islands. We crossed the Indian Ocean to Rodrigues, Mauritius,Reunion and South [...]
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The Adventures of Linda and Captain Underpants!

Who: Linda and Bill Anderson. To buy our books 'Sailing in my Sarong' or 'Salvage in my Sarong' for $39.95 +postage, see Paypal/visa button below (or email us:
Port: Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Linda's books "Sailing in my Sarong" or "Salvage in my Sarong" are A$39.95 each + A$10 postage in Australia for up to 4 books. Other countries please email Linda :
Number of copies of each book you would like
Salvage in my Sarong
"You just sit on the boat, pull a few strings and you get there." Bill Anderson aka Captain Underpants