Tuesday, 24 June 2008
our new Villa at Nongsa to start with, we picked up the key last Sunday and the renovations start on July 1st...... wahoooo!!
lots of visitors over the past couple of months...... last ones being my nephew and his wife. So lovely to spend time with them and then they returned to Melbourne last weekend.
packing for my holiday with Janine. The packing has been 'on hold' till all guests have departed and I can spread out in the guest room and pack what is needed for the 3+ weeks Janine and I are spending traveling around Alaska.
extra bits and pieces have taken up time too, things like applying for a multi entry visa into Indonesia ........ photos, completing forms and then taking it into Chinatown to be processed.
this past couple of weeks we have also been getting the paperwork ready for the Permanent Residency Application. Again, lots of paperwork and things to be gathered!!!
I think things are starting to be done, am getting excited about Alaska now, took awhile for that to kick in as I was otherwise occupied and the excitement part just did not fit in. :-)
Leaving here on Saturday June 28 at 6.00am.........
hopefully I might have time to update my blog along the way!!!!!!
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Each time we either stay at Turi Beach resort or at Nongsa Village, both are enjoyable. When we have stayed at Turi, we usually try to get one of the beach huts right on the beachside so we can hear the water as the waves roll in.
At Nongsa, we stay in one of the houses or Villa's, but not by the beach. We have stayed near the pool area....... both resorts are quiet and peaceful. The staff at both resorts are very friendly and helpful, as we have found with anyone that we have dealt with at Batam.
At Nongsa Village we have become friends with many of the people that either live there or come over at weekends or holidays and neither of us ever want to leave!
Because of the wonderful times we have spent there, we decided to put in an offer on one of the houses ...... now two weeks later that offer has been accepted and we are over the moon. Now Batam is not to everyones liking, it has had - in the past - a rather seedy reputation for it's night life in the city centre, but as we are nowhere near the city centre anyway, it not a concern to us.
We take life as we find it and accept people for who they are and what they are and how we are treated as well...... we feel this is the right thing for us to do at this stage in our life. We doubt we will make any major 'profit' by purchasing this holiday home, but we are buying this for ourselves and for our enjoyment for as long as we can and while we can. As we have got older we have certainly realised that we should take opportunities that is offered to us when and where we can........this is one of those times!!!
We already know that there will be people - including family - that will wonder at our purchase and feel that we should be investing elsewhere, but like I mentioned earlier this is for us to ENJOY and that is what we intend to do, we can't take any of our investments to the grave, so why not enjoy a little of what we like while we can?
The above image is our new home in the Nongsa Village on the Island of Batam>
Batam is only 35 minutes by ferry from Singapore, but about one hour from where we live here at Bukit Batok. The Village is about 5 minutes from the Ferry Terminal ....... so not really too far for us to enjoy a weekend.
Image is of John on the Ferry - "Sea Flyte" - on our way back to Singapore from Batam.
No doubt there will be more 'postings' as time goes on....we are intending to do a few renovations before moving any furniture in......stay tuned!!!
Monday, 2 June 2008
Long shadows in the late afternoon in Central Australia. This one at 37,000 ft.
Originally uploaded by Leone Fabre.
I have been back to Melbourne in March of this year and again at the end of April.....
and yes, I have been very slack with my blog. Keeping it up to date is not as easy as I thought it would be!!
I do keep very busy here in Singapore, plus we have quite a few visitors, I guess my time is a little limited for the blog. But will update when and where possible!!
this image was taken on my return from Melbourne as passed over Central Australia at 37,000 ft in the late afternoon.