Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Travel Bug Is Biting Again.

I haven't travelled much this year. Due to my daughter Azini's forty days  confinement at home after delivering Mohamad Aniq, we took a short rest in Perhentian Kechil Terengganu staying at a budget resort on in March this year. The two Perhentian Islands are definitely worth a visit by anybody who loves the sun, sand and sea due to its accessibility, beauty and affordability. I will blog about these island paradise soon.
Another one of my plan was to join Wan Izzudin Sulaiman and his wife for a trip to Sri Lanka and from this island, hop across to another paradise islands of Maldives in August. However we aborted this plan due to the ongoing house renovation which took a big chunk of our budget. So the plan to visit Sri Lanka remains a plan.
Being idle most of the times My itchy fingers started playing on the keyboards of my computers when I saw affordable flights and hotels in Manilla on The Air Asia website. These online advertisement via emails are definitely effective and many companies like Air Asia use them to the hilt. I am one of those who often succumb to temptations of anything that seems to be cheap and affordable. With the abettement of the other half, we bought a package of flight plus hotel in Manilla slated for November 2015. It will be a four days three night package just to cover Manilla.
My pilot son often mentioned the beauty of Lombok in Indonesia and the many other smaller islands near it. Lombok was one of the night stays whenever he flew to that destination. Being near to Bali which we last visited a month after the Bali bombing massacre quite a long time ago. Doing Lombok and Bali again seems exciting. Back to the keyboards again and we found suitable hotel accomodation in Mattaram Lombok and booked Favehotel in August. In Bali, La Walon Hotel in Kuta was our earlier choice. Both were booked via Booking.com which allows for payment at the hotels and free cancellation if done within the time limit should there be any change of plan later. La Walon was later changed to the newer Favehotel right smack in the heart of Kuta. All done online without any charge by Booking.com or the hotel involved.
The earlier plan was for a 4 days 3 nights stay in Lombok and 5 days 4 nights stay in Bali. The plan was reversed when our son Azrin told us that there is more to see and do in Lombok since we have done Bali before. Hey via Booking.com such a thing can be done in a jiffy.
The current intinerary now is:
12th August 2015
KBR - KUL, KUL - Lombok
16th August 2015
Ferry ride to Bali
19th August 2015
Denpasar - KUL, KUL - KBR.

Wan Izzudeen Sulaiman if you are reading this, why not join me for this trip to Lombok and Bali?
PS, pictures and details will be added later. Please come again.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating The House

I shudder at the thought of having to renovate the house. We bought the house in 1981. We rented the house until 1995 when finally we moved in from our house in Taman Wangi, Gua Musang which we ultimately sold at a profit. The profit could have been four times more had I waited another ten more years to sell it. God has destined that I can only make that much and be grateful for that. Thus far we had extended the kitchen twice, added a store and upon the advice of fellow blogger Pak Idrus of the blog In Passing Malaysian, to install laminated flooring to all the rooms and avoid the use of carpets which is purported to be unhealthy especially to children with asthma.
The current renovation is necessitated by incessant recurring flash flood that bring jitters whenever heavy long spell of rain occur in our place. The poor drainage system of the area was made worse when the drains kept growing narrower when new buildings were constructed impeding water flow from my area. Resurfacing of the main road also impede water flow when the road level increases a further two inches when a new layer is added as the flood water has to surmount the extra inches due to insufficient size of the culverts crossing the road. Complaints to the relevant authorities is just like complaining to a dead wall.
Now I have to raise the floor of house by at least nine inches just to ensure that if a flood of the December 2014 magnitude that hit Kelantan with devastating consequences will not have any effect on my home. I could not raise the floor level any higher as the height of the ceiling from the floor will be reduced to a mere nine feet three inches and it is the minimum height for comfort.
For the renovation to be done I will to remove all the furniture in the house, all the laminated flooring and door frames. As of now all that has been done and the contractor will move in tomorrow. Hopefully they will do a quick job so that things will be reverted to normal as soon as possible
 The house is now bereft of any furniture except the kitchen one bedroom at the back of the house where we will be sleeping in which will remain as it is.

Luckily for have we have big porches to keep all the furniture while the renovation is being carried out.
Till the renovation is done, life will be a bit uncomfortable for the two of us as the children are not encouraged to visit us in the meantime.