Salams from Sarawak

Hello everyone. Life is still very hectic here in Kuching. I’m riding around town in a rented Proton Wira trying to set our household in order. No phone, no internet connection yet, so I’ve had to steal an hour here and there just to check email at cyber cafes ($.50 US/hour!). But I am alive and well. Inshallah I’ll be back to regular posting in two weeks or so…

A Home in Kuching

I resigned from my job yesterday. What a great feeling. I’d been there over two years, which is the longest I’ve ever worked anywhere. It was a good job; people were friendly and relaxed, and I could go to Friday prayers without any hassle. I probably wouldn’t have left for any other reason than this move.

One top priority was to find a place to stay once we arrive in Kuching. We have a few friends in town, but asking them to put up a family of four for more than a few days is asking a lot. We need to be settled as soon as possible for our sakes too. Alhamdulillah, we were able to find a place that [I think] will work. It’s more than a little amazing to be able to house-hunt like this from 12 time zones away! But Sarawak is online, brother. After finding the place through the Sarawak online want-ads, SR made the initial contact by phone. After that, we were basically able to follow up just using email. The property manager sent us over some pictures and even scanned a little hand-drawn map and sent that too. Here’s the place we settled on:


It’s a townhouse with a walled-in front and back courtyard and a little balcony on the second floor. The surroundings are a little bare since it was just built; we’ll be the first tenant. I was hesitant to commit without seeing it myself, but a few friends were kind enough to go have a look at it, and gave it the thumbs up. OK, house down. Job still to go…