Slept in as late as possible. When I checked out it was gray out but dry. However within minutes of leaving the hotel it started to rain. Took cover in the Funan mall and had lunch. Wandered around some shops then spent several hours at an internet cafe. Wandered around some more shops and bought some film. Then, just to do something I took the metro to a random stop (as far as I could go for the cheapest ticket) - there was nothing interesting there so I came back. Called Geraldine and Julian (friends I'd met in Sydney who have just moved to Singapore) but they weren't in so I left a message. It had stopped raining by then so I wandered around some more - but it's so muggy that it's painful to move. Went back to the internet to waste some time then called again, still no one home so I ended up going to a movie (Gone in 60 seconds - not great, but I liked it). Had dinner and caught a cab to the airport.
At the airport I checked in and found out that my flight had been delayed six hours! The good news is that now I won't be getting into Colombo at two in the morning, but the bad news is I'm going to be at the airport all night. Went through customs and tried to check in to the transit hotel - but it was full. Especially since I'd already gone through customs I decided I didn't want to go back to the city. Wandered around the duty free shops for a couple hours then sat down at the airport internet cafe for a few more. Later wandering around I discovered that there are IR ports scattered around the airport - you can just walk up to one, point your laptop (or in my case handheld) at it, and you are on the internet - for free! To bad I'd already caught up on all my email. Wrote a few more just for good measure, and checked with the state department's web page to see the latest notes on Sri Lanka's civil war (nothing new). Then made a quick call home, and went to wait at the the boarding gate - where the plane was delayed yet another hour.