My approach is quite simple - I choose places which have less crowd, maybe a bit more pricey. I believe lesser crowd will give the chef and staff more time to pay attention to small details which will normally being overlooked or ignored during a rush situation. Of course, there is a limit of what we can do to avoid food poisoning. Overdoing it will have no fun in culinary exploration.
Talking about food poisoning. When you have diarrhea and fever, chances of food poisoning due to bacteria is high. Doctor will normally prescribe antibiotic and this is the interesting part especially if you are seeking treatment in a 24 hours clinic at midnight or early morning because the doctor on duty is normally a young and fresh locum !!
My advice is - if you are from USJ/SJ area, drive straight to the emergency outpatient of SJMC. They have more experienced doctors and much better varieties of antibiotic. Trust me, the "right" antibiotic makes all the difference in treating food poisoning at that moment, and will have a profound impact of your life later...
Human being is very weak. One small little mosquito or a micro bacteria can take away a life. I am sure some of you guys will know what I mean... ;)
"London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling."
For PRC tourists who are travelling to London for holidays, this sounds like perfectly alright travel advice to me...
Well, ultra-sensitive people can be sensitive to anything and everything.... :rolleyes:
My Electrolux washing machine is on its way to la la land...I cannot afford to buy new one nowadays. Its about 15 years old. Serviced and repaired once when the drum bearing became noisy and still under manufacturer warranty.
I calculated I spend around RM24 (at current rate of RM6 per wash) per month to wash linen at nearby DIY laundry. Detergent and softener cost aside. I think I will NOT buy a new machine at RM1.2k onwards and its not economical for that kind of money outlay. I think its not worth it anymore to own such a machine just for 2 people at home. Electricity rate, hot water heating all not cheap to operate. The downside if the DIY coin laundry increase price later on. What do you all think?
All the times, I thought DIY Laundry or LaundoMart or other trade names are for single people, tourists and rarely for families.
It maybe cheaper as you have worked it out but it is not convenient. Imagine, you have to walk there, time to walk there is also money & time consuming, it maybe raining, it may be near to your house right now but you never know 2-3 years down the road, it may go bankrupt & the shop is replaced by a café. Where are you going to wash your clothing bearing in mind that DIY Laundry is not a profitable business
By then, the cost of a new Laundry Machine may have gone up by $500/=:eek:
In the old days during grandmothers' times, go to the near-by stream, wash your clothing in the fast flowing stream, place your clothing on a rock and beat the hell out of them with a stick.:D
Our grandmothers were very practical then.:D
Not just washing machine, there are a lot of other things which are no longer cost-effective when the family members in a house is getting smaller because children are leaving the house.
First, the house itself is no longer a cost-effective accommodation. Why two persons live in a double storey link house ?? Get a smaller apartment and reduce the hassle and cost of maintaining a big house.
If you want to look at $$$ point of view, there is no need to even buy a small house/apartment when only two persons are staying together. Rent a decent house and the proceeds from selling the existing house will give you a lot more flexibility of your retirement life.
Let say the existing USJ link house is worth RM700k. This money will give you at least RM21k per year in interest from a FD account. Rental for a decent apartment around 1000 sqft in USJ/SJ is about RM1000-RM1500. So, annual rental will be less than RM18k. No need to pay all the MPSJ fees, no need to spend on house maintenance, and no need to do DIY also !!
On top of the RM21k which can be used to pay rental, you have additional RM700k on hand to have a better retirement. One needs to change their standard mindset to look for a better solution. Nowadays, saving every cents in food, transport and other expenses won't make much impact to one's life..
My simpleton thinking for now. A reduction in living quarters from present situation will severely hamper my daily excitement. I believe my daily life is very different and more complex than yours.
The washing chore was just a passing thought. I'm not prepared for that bigger picture at this point of time and I've to weigh all very carefully. Thank you for your advice.
BTW, I've only seen one kind of people washing clothes in a stream or river in KL. Its not a common trend anymore. Those days are now gone. There were vagrant people who wash and live in makeshift tents living beside Klang River opposite Kuen Cheng High Shool along Jalan Syed Putra. I happened to see them doing it from overhead in the KL Monorail. How these people live and tolerate these circumstances there, I don't know. Last week, no more of these people seen.
I have neighbours who came here via the MM2H (Malaysia my second home) program. They are retires from UK and Japan respectively.
Contrary to people belief, they are not rich folks but ordinary mid-income folks. They came here for one reason - their retirement fund and the proceeds from selling their asset i.e. their house at home can give them a comfortable and sustainable retirement life here which they reckon may not be the case if they stay put in their home country.
Yes, certain part of Malaysia is quite cheap.
Many ordinary retired Aussies too
The crux of the migration to here is they have very large amount of cash to spend, multiple increase of liberty of purchasing power. If they sell off everything for a million £, then convert to here? its 5X in Shringgit. 5 million Shringgit is a massive amount for most Malaysian people. I too may feel quite secure with that amount for the next 20 years if I carry on here living and spending wisely. I too know a few of kwailos (2 even married locals) and I see they're enjoying life. Can travel back to their homeland for holidays too. One former collegue from UK came here as expatriate, worked himself up the ladder and now a big shot in that little red dot, married now with child or children, settled for good. I wouldn't think he would ever think of returning to wherever he came from, already 30 years in SEA...What UK?..its nothing. He was just a manager of a tiny establishment there when he was offered to come to Malaysia to work. I think he's in his mid 60's now, still doing very well so I read about him. Oh well...there's just as many happy stories and just as many horror experiences..Cest La'vie!