Saturday, April 18, 2009

Catch 22 situation at Miri airport

It was a good day to begin with. Got up early. Played with my boy AL-E and had breakie with pappa.

Then we all head off to the airport.....AL-E didn't let me go easily but that is a story for another day (However I had unbelievable amount of sloppy kisses from him).

Arrived at Miri airport 2 hours ahead of my trip back to KL.

Baggage - Checked

Boarding pass - Easy, Fast and Smooth sailing. Hardly any long queue.

Immigration -Here's where the unfortunate situation happened. I have stayed in Miri for 67 days. When I had arrived, I had used my passport to enter and it happen to expire on March 30, 2009 (which was perhaps my oversight and I should have instead used my IC).

So, for the next 25 minutes or so, I was drilled and scolded by two male immigrations officers that I should have known Sarawak state rules & regulations. Both of their exact words were 'RULES ARE RULES and we can't let you board that plane'. Their voice very very loud and crystal clear for everyone to hear in the airport. Boy, it was so humiliating and embarrassing. I was also so tired due lack of sleep.

All I did was to let them reconsider in letting me go especially I have another document which is my IC. Based on my IC, I have actually only stayed less than 90 days. On top of that I was really desperate to go visit my mom who is somewhat unwell. Even that did not make them change their mind. Then I told them I really need to be back in KL because I have a connecting flight in couple of days to Europe (Thank God I had the tickets with me)....Finally, after 25 minutes or so, for some reason, the senior officer let me go without saying much further....

Whatever the reasons, I feel that one should not be subjected to harsh treatment/rough & rowdy language for a rather small issue.....


For those who are not familiar, please be informed that if you are born in Peninsular Malaysia and happen to go to Sarawak for whatever purpose, you are only allowed to stay in that state for 90 days. Then, you have to go back where you come from or get your company to arrange for a dependant pass and renew when it expires (The dependant pass is a sticker which is laminated into your passport. You and your dependant can stay in Sarawak continuously for a period of a year. However, for subsequent years you are only given 6 months and you have to get your respective Human Resource department to renew this piece of document!). Many Malaysians who are born from the Peninsular are NOT aware of these laws until they start living in Sarawak either for business or other matters.

So you can be a Malaysian but there are many different laws that applies if you were born in the Peninsular (West Malaysia) or Sabah & Sarawak (East Malaysia or Borneo). However, those born either in Sabah or Sarawak has NO issues whatsoever staying for any amount of time in Peninsular Malaysia (even a century if one is able to). Such is life for a selected few. However, there are official reasons which goes back to the time when both Sabah and Sarawak states decided to join Malaysia back in 1963. I am not going elaborate and make it an epic story. Go find out yourselves from the Internet or one of the '.gov' sites

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Sunday-Lepak session at Luak Bay

Pic 1: The Host (posing ala 'Stepford wife') with home Bread Butter Pudding-from the oven.
Pic 2: AL-E Baba a.k.a The Snopp Puppy.

Pic 3: AL-E Baba ...posing for Ms. Ange

Pic 4: AL-E and Mommy

Pic 5: The gang with AL-E who can't seem to keep still

Pic 6: More of The Gang. (Kupps, me, Ani & Dr. Sharon - the prettiest girl)

Pic 7 : AL-E posing his vital anatomy (as usual)..sigh! and of course the gang.

This is the first year that I am celebrating Easter Sunday without any family member...not exactly if you count in my four-legged fury son i.e. AL-E Baba.

AL-E is the only family member. Since I miss my hubby, mom and sisters, decided to have a small party for friends. Cooked 3 course meal and we all had Rosé(An Aussie Rosé). The Rosé was good.
The guests were Ms. Ange, Kupps, Dr. Sharon and Ani. Our boy AL-E was extremely excited (as usual who thinks all of friends as his pets). I must say, as compared to all the usual parties that we have had in our home, AL-E did behave quite well yesterday. Nevertheless, he did jump on each everyone (including Kupps. Kupps is warming up a little with AL-E. For the first time, Kupps actually stroke AL-E's back and complimented on AL-E beautiful soft fur..)

Overall it was a nice cool evening (except that the rain was pouring 'cats & dogs' from 5.30 pm till after midnight)..

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Updated Look & Feel

The new look and feel of a little beach pad in Luak Bay (revised recently).
Note:Most of these furniture were extras that we already had in KL. Quite a number of it were purchased for a bargain (There is a store/shop in KL which sells second hotel furniture. Not from local hotel though. Hotels like Shangri La in Hong Kong, Beijing etc. makes changes to its look & feel every 5 years or so. So, most of its old furniture are normally in good condition and they are sold in bulk to agents or whoever is interested. The only setback when you purchase from this store is that you have to make your own arrangement for a lorry to send the goods to your home.)
By the way, our goods/furniture (the above items) from KL came a year ago via a container which is provided for by my hubby's employer.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Original Look & Feel of Beach Pad in Luak Bay

All these pictures are a snapshot of how our beach pad had originally look like.
These were the furniture & fixtures provided by the landlord. I have since manage to squeeze most of it into our store room.
Note: Most of the original furniture were extremly old, dusty and were rotting (full insects too).
The minute I saw this place, I knew it has potential for a change...