A rest day after the Aussies and did a bit of editing in the hotel to mid-afternoon. There was a fantastic thunderstorm at around 2:00 pm and a tropical deluge – good to be inside! Then off to Little India for a walkabout – small shops and market – took the MRT south to Harbourside and looked out to Sentosa Island – a resort area. The cable car trip to the island and back to a hill location looks good. Perhaps Hilary and I can do it over the weekend. Later joined up with some of the lads to visit the Raffles Long Bar for a proper Singapore Sling with peanut shells on the floor. Just the one, as they are pricey! Off for supper at our local.
Tuesday – match day – Bill and I set ourselves the task of finding a Laundromat, so set off with bags of not too nice kit. Alas, the one we had found online was shut and really a drycleaners, so strolling the streets and malls to no avail. Back at the hotel, we tracked down a coin-op on floor 7 and Bill dried the kit beside the pool. A late game v. Singapore at 20:00, which started late. On the bus at 18:00, giving us good time to get there and prepare. Tried out a new formation with PJ up front, as Tim’s calves are in a bad way. We were galvanised to score after not netting against the Aussies and with some good first-time passing, PJ was on-song, ending with a hat trick and Kaka scoring a cracker. Skins should also have been allowed a goal, as we dominated to win 4-0. Back to the hotel by coach and some beers and food in the foodhall behind the hotel.
Wednesday – another rest day – I have been working in the Wiley offices in Polaris Tower, near the One North MRT station, meeting my Production Editor, Ika Lestari. It is great to put a face to a name – charming and efficient. I have been plugged into the internet all day, catching up with emails, editing and this blog! We have a very early game tomorrow against the Kiwis, starting at 08:00. That means an 06:30 departure, which will probably have most of us feeling groggy. No doubt we will be up for it from the whistle though, as there is a semi-final place we need. I guess that Hilary will be somewhere over Russia while we are playing. It will be great to meet her off the plane later.