After looking at apartments the day before, we wanted to see a couple of other ones that were similar but more in our price range. We did go see one that was completely unfurnished for 5000 RM, but it was again, completely unfurnished. Then there was another terrace for 4000 RM with furniture, but it was quite outdated and wasn’t as nice. Finally, we ended up going to see the very first one we looked at, and loved it. I think part of the issue the other day was, we saw this one and then immediately afterwards saw the sea-view one, so our opinions got a little skewed.
After some negotiating with the owner, via several realtors over email, we’re renting a terrace house in Straits Quay for 4200 RM, and the owner is going to install an oven (didn’t have one before) and a bigger fridge. They’re also going to remove some of the furniture as we’ll be bringing a table and living room furniture, and what was there wasn’t quite my style.
The place is way bigger than we’ll ever need, and we could almost just live on the first floor. At least the animals will have space to run around in and I’ll be turning one of the bedrooms into an office for myself. Here’s some pictures:
After the negotiating we got dropped back off at Straits Quay and hit up the Irish pub for beers and a burger and panini. We ended up sitting outside because it was so nice out, and next door at the pizza place there were 3 families of ex-pats with a gaggle of kids running around. At one point people starting pointing, and when I looked I saw a cat? Nope, a monkey. Didn’t get a great look at it but neat to see regardless.
One thing we found out the hard way is in the middle of the day in Straits Quay (pronounced key, by the way) there are no taxis. Thankfully the information desk can order one easily. While the taxi we took wasn’t the one ordered (don’t ask) the driver was super talkative, and ended up bringing us to a side-stop at Coffee Tree where Ryan and I tried their samples of Penang White Coffee (taxi drivers get 5 RM per customer, btw). Now, he doesn’t drink coffee at all, but I had a good time, buying a pack of the regular white coffee, as well as chili chocolate because Ryan thought it was a good idea. It wasn’t.
After hanging out at the hotel for a bit we went out for something smallish for dinner and landed at Xuan Xin in the mall. We got fried noodles with beef and choy and some Xiao Long Bao dim sum. Overall, not a fan of that place, or at least what we ordered, the dim sum was overcooked and the beef wasn’t that great, but oh well.
Yesterday (remember it’s Sunday morning here for me) we met with Jessica to sign papers for the apartment, and then she dropped us off at the E & O Hotel in Georgetown. This was where Ryan stayed last time he was here, and I probably would have liked that place better because of how classy it looked.
We walked around the hotel a bit checking it out, then getting cover when it poured. When it mostly stopped raining we walked around Georgetown a bit, only getting a little lost. Originally we were looking for a couple of furniture stores, but ended up finding the Georgetown Camera Museum, which while isn’t quite ready yet, was still pretty neat. They’re opening in full in August, so I’ll be stopping by again.
We circled back to the E & O for lunch, where I got first gazpacho and then chicken masala with the ‘honeymoon’ cocktail of gin, brandy, lemon and lime, and Ryan got lamb chops with a dunkel beer. Though the food was amazing, the place is fairly pricey so I don’t see us going back that often when we live here.
Then we went on a walking tour of the coast, heading down to Fort Cornwallis first, and then to where the ferris are. This is another area where finding a taxi is a bit of an issue. I at least made a friend at the Fort.
The plan for today is probably more mall and movie since the weather is shit at the moment. I remember waking up in the middle of the night to a huge bang of thunder. In hindsight it would have been awesome to watch.