Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Back for a month

Flights are booked and I'm flying back to Sydney on Monday. I'll leave again early March for what should be the last trip back to Dubai before our permanent move back.

I'm using up Air Miles points, the equivalent of the Aussie FlyBuys, so I'm with Malaysian Arlines. Not the most convenient, with a stop in Karachi, an aircraft change in KL and a total of 18 hours. Add on the journeys to & from airports plus check-in time and door-to-door looks like being close to 24 hours.

I'd use Emirates' non-stop flights by choice but they want four times the number of points being charged by MAS.

It's a straight change-over in KL with one hour between arrival of one flight and departure of the next, so fingers crossed we arrive on time...and the luggage gets transferred.

We travelled for years without luggage ever going astray, but over the past seven or eight years it seems to have become pretty regular.  Each time though the airline has found it, undamaged, and couriered it on to us.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

No comment

I've just realised that all the comments have disappeared from my postings.

It wasn't deliberate and I have no idea how they disappeared. I guess I must have clicked on something somewhere that did a total delete.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Second steps

Starting to get the estimates for our furniture to be shipped back to Terrigal from Dubai and I was reasonably pleased with the prices.

I expected higher but the three quotes I have are all between $6,000 and $7,000 door-to-door.

Checking around with friends who've moved on in recent times I got a list of removalists who haven't done too much damage. There are plenty of horror stories about, so getting recommendations is better than just picking the cheapest.

Then there's the car - I have a Mazda6 here. I thought Murphy's Law had struck yesterday when a loud and expensive sounding noise started coming from somewhere when I put it in drive gear.

"Bloody hell. A new gearbox", I thought, "Just before I want to sell it".

I took it straight to the Mazda dealer who fortunately diagnosed it as damaged engine mountings, and they found a leaking hose. It'll be fixed by this evening for about $100.


Friday, January 14, 2011

First steps

Well, we've taken the first steps in moving back to Terrigal from Dubai.

I e-mailed some removalists, two of the four have bothered to call me so I've arranged for them to come and give us a quote.

Mrs Seabee has resigned from her company, the big boss is in town today to discuss it so I guess by the end of the day we'll know how much notice they think they'll need and therefore when she can leave. I think it's going to be about May before we're back.

I'll be back for February, getting some stuff done around the house. It's been leased out for the past five years so there's work to be done.

Not too much, because we had good tenants for the last three years who looked after the place well. But earlier tenants obviously left the doors and windows open during rain because there's damage to the hardwood floors, so two rooms need sanding and polishing.

The wind blowing through from those open doors & windows has obviously caused the front door to slam many times because the stained glss has seven broken panels. So a new door is on the shopping list for February.

And it's time to repaint the whole house, it looks a bit grubby and a coat of paint will freshen it up nicely.

The garden was a jungle but we got on top of that when we were back over Christmas. Got gardeners in to get rid of the fishbone fern that had just about taken over in the front. I tied to deal with the fern myself but there was just too much of it, and it was too well established. It took four trailer loads to the tip to get rid of it.

And we had four tall cocos palms taken out. I like them but the mess from the fruit and falling fronds isn't worth it. A couple of straggly bottlebrushes went too.

There's still a lot to do but I can manage from now on, and I enjoy being out gardening in the fresh air.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Coming home

Been living in Dubai for the past five years which is why there aren't too many posts on here.

I'm actually a very regular blogger but it's nearly all, almost 1200 posts I was surprised to see, been on my Dubai blog, Life in Dubai.

But it's time now to come home so I'll soon be annoying people here on 'Life in Australia' instead of on my Dubai blog.

It'll take a little while to get the move completed. Mrs Seabee has to stay long enough for an orderly handover at her company, we have the car to sell and the apartment in Dubai Marina to sell or lease.

And there's the bureaucracy to battle with. Cancelling electricity & water, telephone & internet, the e-tag for road tolls, the e-gate card which allows us to bypass Immigration queues at the airport. I'm not sure if we have to cancel our Emirates ID card, so I'll have to check that.

Not forgetting the cancelling of visas and getting the deposits back - about $3000. That'll be fun.

I'll be back in Terrigal for February to get work done around the house. It's been leased out for five years so it needs a bit of work to bring it up to scratch before we get back permanently. Then back to Dubai the first week of March.

So for a while I guess I'll be active in the two blogospheres