Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Husband on the Cover of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

And inside too, talking about the influences of the Fukushima accident on the development of civilian nuclear power in Southeast Asia.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

REDUCED BY $250,000 RM: BUNGALOW HOUSE: Bandar Baru Bangi

 BARGAIN!! HARGA MURAH!

WE ARE REDUCING THE COST PRICE BY A QUARTER OF A MILLION RM from the estimated valuation

SALE PRICE NOW $1.4 million ringgit (or nearest offer!!)
for 5 bedroom house and 12,000 sq ft land area. 
REDUCED FROM $RM 1,650,000.

Yep, our house is up for sale. (NOTE: click on photos to enlarge)


THE WHY

...because there are only two of us and this house is BIG and the garden is even BIGGER. We are downsizing our lives...









THE GENERAL AREA
  • Within walking distance of a primary school and a secondary school -- our own kids attended  both, many years ago.
  • Within walking distance of mosque and Darussyifa
  • 3 min drive to wet market (in fact, we walk)
  • 5 or 6 minutes drive from Universiti Kebangsaan, the North-South Highway exit, the new shopping centre coming up at the moment.
  • 9 kms from Kajang town
  • 8 minutes drive to the Komuter Train stop at UKM
  • Easy drive to Universiti Putra, University Tenaga and Putra Jaya
  • Serdang Hospital a mere 10-15 mins away
THE LAND
    <--- a view of the front garden from the driveway
    <;---- A view of the side garden looking towards the garage and front drive

    • As with almost all land in the area, it is leasehold. However, the lease does not run out for another 74 years! (April 2086)
    • The area is 12,004 sq feet. Yes, it's huge. You can't buy blocks that big these days.
    • It's on a rise with a view, very stable solid soil (the house has no cracks!)
    • The land over the back fence is a green area that belongs to the Bangi Golf course and has not been developed
       <---the goose pen/rambutan trees
      • The house has large, established back and front gardens.
      • The house outer walls are a minimum of 11 feet from the fence on both sides, offering privacy and quiet. 
      • Part of the back yards has been fenced off to provide a goose pen, complete with cement pond. It also contains two rambutan and one nangka, all trees that fruit prolifically.
      • Other fruits include bananas, breadfruit tree (buah sukun), longan (another prolific fruiter), an avocado (starting to flower for the first time) and a number of passionfruit vines (buah markisa).
      • The neighbours are great! 
      • Over the years 70+ species of wild birds have been sighted in or from the garden. You too can wake up to birdsong...
      THE HOUSE

      We built and moved into the new house in 1981. We will be sad to leave...
      We built it one-storey, thinking it would last us into old age when our knees start objecting to steps...
      Great house for young children too, when there is no upstairs.

      • Four large bedrooms + large maid's room (or storage area)
      • Three bathrooms
      • Large lounge (Italian tile floor
      • Large dining (will take a 10  or 12 person table) Italian tile floor
      • Large dry kitchen (we eat in the kitchen)
      • Family room (with servery from kitchen, room large enough for family dining table)
      • Large laundry area/wet kitchen
      • Long side verandah with  built in flower boxes
      • Wide front verandah
      • Orchid/fern pergola built as part of the house
      • Much of the house flooring is laminated tropical hardwood board
      • Under-roof garage area will take two cars and there is room to park 3 more in the driveway. Street parking is also ample. 
      LOUNGE ROOM
      LOUNGE ROOM
      DINING ROOM
      DINING ROOM
      MAIN BEDROOM
      BEDROOM 2
      BEDROOM 2 ( & BEDROOM 3 same size)
      BEDROOM 4
      KITCHEN, AS SEEN FROM FAMILY ROOM
      FRONT VERANDA
      FAMILY ROOM
      LAUNDRY/WET KITCHEN
      LAUNDRY/WET KITCHEN AREA

      STORAGE AREA/MAID'S BATH

      MAID'S ROOM
      MAID'S ROOM








        


      MAIN PASSAGE FROM FRONT DOOR

        ADDED ADVANTAGE: A GOOD ALARM SYSTEM

        Sophisticated day or night alarm system with an interior infra-red motion alarm, as well as alarm circuits on all grilles and doors and ceiling. All this will still function even if the power is off. Tripping the alarm will register on your handphones and can be activated or de-activated by your phones. 



          Sunday, May 20, 2012

          MALAYSIAN MY GARDEN BIRDWATCH

          2nd or 3rd June (Sat or Sun) 
          MY Garden Birdwatch 2012 Survey 

           The annual MY Garden Birdwatch survey is here again! 

          If you live in Malaysia, you have the chance to help with this Malaysian Nature Society project that seeks to: 

           (i) raise awareness about garden birds; 

           (ii) track and monitor their numbers across the country. 

          On either 2nd or 3rd June 2012, spend 30 minutes at one spot in a park, your garden or a playground near you and jot down the birds that you see. 

          Take you kids/family... just HALF AN HOUR of you time for a bit of fun.

          You can find out all about it here or here's a fun video that will tell what to do: 


          Thursday, May 17, 2012

          Waychinicup National Park: the River

          Rivers with fresh water are rare in Western Australia. And along the length of the west coast there is only one that in its natural state was never blocked by a sandbar. The Waychinicup. It is less than 20kms long, alas...

          The above photo is interesting because it is an old sealers' oven, built about 1800 --  prior to white settlement of the western half of Australia. Apparently constructed as a semi-permanent structure by visiting sealers of diverse nationalities to bake bread.

          This southern coast was a surprisingly busy place around this period -- the nearby Two People's Bay was named in 1803 when American whaling ship and a French ship found themselves in a bay at the same time...




          Wednesday, May 16, 2012

          Cheynes/Waychinicup: the Wildlife

          I actually neglected to get any photos at all of the Grey Kangaroos that were all over the Caravan Park where we were staying in Cheynes last week. (We Ozzies tend to be a bit blase about the large animals chomping away at the lawns every night...)

          However, there was some other wildlife. Like these:
          Ok, so they were dead and therefore technically not wildlife?

          There were lots of them on the beach -- I saw about 10 or 12 over several days. they are, I believe, the rarest of the sunfish, the Slender Mola, Ranzania laevis. These two are lying on a bier of sea grass leaves. As you can see, they are rather odd fish, like a hatchback car with two rather odd handles at the rear. I did see one that was still tinged with red.

          And even odder is that they are tropical/temperate fish, ending their lives washed up on a southern cold current, far away from sun-baked oceans. There tragedy was to get swept south on the warm Leeuwin Current until they reach colder climes and die ... of the cold. There more sensible siblings can grow to 1 metre long.
          Above: The nest of an orb spider.
          That bird flying over the rocky islet is an Australian Gannet, a dive-bomber par excellence. They plunge into the water from height, like stukas in for the kill.  There were quite a few, most of which were were immatures.

          And below: an immature Pacific Gull.

          And then, above and below, there were the ants. Everywhere.
          And these below: the spitfires of the caterpillar world.
          They are actually the larval stage of the spitfire sawfly wasp, not quite as long as my little finger. The exude a rather unpleasant goo when disturbed, hence the name. It's not actually spit...

          Tuesday, May 15, 2012

          Dawn & Dusk: Cheynes Beach

          This is where I was taking my regular morning (or evening) walks last week:
           looking out over the Great Southern Ocean, next stop Antarctica. 
          This is Cheynes Beach, Western Australia, 
          and I was there with the WA. Naturalists Club 
          (which you should join if you live anywhere in W.A.
          Fishing for salmon
          Cars are not permitted on the beach
          Evening shadows
          Silver Gulls
          Sooty Oystercatcher
          The sign warns you not to throw fish offal in the sea as it attracts sharks
          The small settlement at Cheynes