Wednesday, 10 March 2010

We Have Moved

We recently moved into a three-storey villa (what Kazakhstan people call a detached bungalow) where hubby's employer is setting up a  branch office in Kazakhstan.



This villa also serves as the living quarters for the two Malaysian staff (seen in the picture)


The landlady Madam Kulyash made sure the ice and 
snow was cleared off the steps before the big move.

The interior is just the right size for warmth and cosiness.

The lower floor was used as a gym/recreation area by the landlady's family and is now where the general office area is set up, just across a well-appointed restroom and bathroom-cum-jacuzzi-cum sauna. The living room on first floor is now the bosses' office area and the kitchen is now the tea-lady's office.



The unsecured internet connectivity that I had set up over the weekend worked fine, however it seemed not to like Blogger that much. The connection was forever timing out purportedly due to the server at the other end taking too long to respond, especially Malaysian-based blogs.

So I've not been able to read new updates from my blogroll, as well as not being able to update my own blog, a task that I do proscratinate on at the best of times.

This morning, IT guy Michael came to configure a proper secured connection. Blogger behaved better after that and tonight I got to my own blog at lightning speed including a few others. So if you see an IP from Kazakhstan in your visitor trail, that is most likely me - not to say that I'm your only fan from around here...

Anyway I thanked Michael in heavily-accented Russian "Spaseeba" and he replied with a very crisp British sounding "Not at all". There goes my dream of teaching English to the locals. They might end up saying "No problem lah".

Looks like Blogger is taking a long time saving this draft. I'll have to quickly make a copy and try publishing this post before it decides to time-out ithout saving.

Till next time, warmest regards to everyone :D

15 comments:

Naz said...

Hey Zen!
I'm looking forward to read more about Kazakhstan. Have you met Borat? ;D

mamasita said...

Zen, you'll be there sampai bila? Bukan rindu tapi busybody jer..

madam gold said...

For a change...seronok jugak bermastautin ya...

Capt's Longhouse said...

Dear People of Malaysia, (some local news up-dates !!) hehehe.

,,,Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown of the Economy, your Putrajawa Government has decided to implement a scheme to put Workers 50 years of age and older on early retirement. This scheme Will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early).

,,,Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to the government to be eligible For the SHAFT scheme (Special Help After Forced Termination).

,,,Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the SCREW program (Scheme Covering Retired Early Workers). A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times as the government Deems appropriate.

,,,Only persons who have been RAPED can get AIDS (Additional Income for Dependants & Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance). Obviously, persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not Be SHAFTED or SCREWED any further by the government..

,,,Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on, will receive as much SHIT (Special High Intensity Training) as possible. The government Has always prided itself in the amount of SHIT it gives out. Should You feel that you do not receive enough SHIT, please bring this to the Attention of your local MP. They have been trained to give you all the SHIT you can handle.

Sincerely,

Najis @ mdm Piggy's hubby.

Capt's Longhouse said...

Zendra,

,,,can't help noticing solid rocky building materials utilized there, guess getting such rocky stuffs would be easy for the road works ?.
,,,interesting country and thanks for all the up-dates. Feels like am there too from your write-ups !. golly great yaa.

NanaDJ said...

Sir,
You take the cake!!! Very funny and amusing but be careful, be very very careful...If I have sinned by agreeing with you and hounded out of DJ, I will seek you and hide at your island haven, I don't want to disappear...

NanaDJ said...

Zendra,
Rude of me to address Capt without asking your permission but that piece is so funny!So excuse me please.
Anyway, am curious to know how long will you be there? Moving house etc. sounds like you will be there for quite a while.

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hello Zen, I'm lost without u....kekeke..welcome back. So 5 star hotel sudah expired ka? Anyway Nice place u both r moving into, colour scheme macam woodstock period..hahaha..ex-KGB interragation chamber ker?

Gotta run, best regards to RArat as in Borat's brother :)

Cheers,
Tommy

P/S - Capt...errrr..no comments lah, lost for words, u so vulgar one :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Capt, time to get FLUSHed - Foreign Land's Umbrella for Self Helpers :)

Golly, rocks for roadworks? Don't know lah Capt, I'm just the tea-lady remember?

Zendra-Maria said...

NanaDJ, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! You're welcomed here to replace me as tea-lady hehe. Bring the old man too, there's a spare room if you don't mind steep staircases. :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Ya lor Tommy, Uban's piece is so funny I replied his comment first pulak....

Actually the pics do not do justice to the homeliness of the house. Surprisingly the colours are not that gawdy maybe because of the cold and half-light.

OK RA, says "ta mate". He's happy to be able to get his daily dose of sak ..mongkol lah.

Zendra-Maria said...

Naz, Borat? Hahaha, I've not seen anyone close to looking like him lah... Don't worry I'll keep my eyes peeled :)

Zendra-Maria said...

mamasita, alaaah, ingatkan rindu....

Zendra-Maria said...

Madam Gold, seronok juga tapi tak lama - Hal penting di rumah menunggu :)

DrSam said...

salam kanda. That jacuzzi/sauna suite close to the office was so irresistibly inviting.