100% Ubuntu Linux

It felt like I just came out from an operation – performing a major surgery on a dying patient. It took almost 4 days but I have finally managed to solve my home computer problem and in doing so, I have gone 100% Linux at home.

When my home computer crashed last week and I was “punished” with a non-working CD-ROM, disabled internet connection and missing sound device, I know that it is going to take a while working on the computer to bring it back to life. After giving up on installing Linux (Ubuntu 6.06), I tried to recover by reinstalling Windows XP but since my CD-ROM did not work, I contemplated of buying a new CD-ROM to get the job done.

Last weekend, I suppose to buy the new CD-ROM but due to heavy rain and some work at home, I decided to postpone my visit to the computer shop and instead, tried to tweak the existing hardware. I unscrewed the CD-ROM and rechecked the wires at the back. All looked well. Then out of suspicion, I change some of the connectors from the CD-ROM to the motherboard and tested. The CD-ROM kicked back into action and was able to detect the CD. I realised now it was due to faulty connector that has been bugging me for the last one week. With a new sense of hope, I tried to reinstall Ubuntu Linux but it showed Kernel Panic message and exited.

So, I gave up and resorted to do a clean reinstallation of Windows XP. After all, I have done such setup many times now and it has almost come routine. The setup got up fine but half way into the installation, it displayed an error message. Few setup files was found corrupted and as such setup was not completed. It seems like things were getting from bad to worse. It was time for more research on the net and double check with some of my techie friends or to get a new setup CD.

It seems like many people was also having some problem with Ubuntu 6.06 (although not similar to mine). So I tried to look for other Linux distribution and found one that could work with my old specification home computer – PCLINUXOS (they claim it works on a Pentium 2 without any problems). Just when I was burning the setup files into a CD, I realised that Ubuntu have released a newer version – Ubuntu 6.10. Hoping that the version 6.10 had solved 6.06 bugs, I burned (at the lowest speed) both distributions to be checked at home (now that I managed to solve the CD-ROM problem).

I ran PcLinuxOS first and loading of the LiveCD went well. The Linux loads up (although was extremely slow) and allowed me to use the applications. The problem started when I tried to install Linux into my hard disc. The setup starts and then freezes half way. At first, I thought the setup files were screwed, so I tried Ubuntu 6.10 but the same problem occurred. I could get the LiveCD to run and use the applications but I was unable to install it into my hard disc. Feeling a bit tired, I took a short break before looking into this problem.

After a can of beer, I sat down again to ponder why the installation failed. Then I recall reading somewhere in the Ubuntu forum that some video cards (especially those old ones) may interfere with the installation. I had an old ATI Radeon 7000 video card installed in my PC and I suspected that this could be the culprit. So, I changed the BIOS setting on the video and changed connection from the monitor to my on-board VGA port. I crossed my fingers and restarted the Ubuntu installation and it worked. I formatted the whole hard disc (did not have anything important in it and have backed up others), partitioned it and made a clean installation of Ubuntu 6.10 Linux.

The whole setup only took me about 30 minutes and I got the Linux running from hard disc without any problem. The CD-ROM was working and so did the sound card. The modem can be detected but I need to get the command to get the Linux to connect to the internet. Hope to do that by end of this week. I finished at about 11.45 pm last night, feeling great that I have managed to solve one part of the problem with the computer.

I need to learn up more on Linux commands but as at now my computer has gone 100% Ubuntu Linux.

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Strange Noises

Having to move to a new neighborhood allows one to hear strange noises at night.

The first night we moved in, the night was full of cricket sound. Although it was not a strange noise, hearing cricket in a well developed housing area was however rare. We welcomed the sound though – it reminded on the sound we used to listen when we visit some of our relatives in a kampong in Tanjung Malim. The night seems more relaxed and serene.

Then some of my neighbors started to move in as well. The cricket sound was still there but now added with dog barking sound. Thankfully the neighbor that has the noisy dogs is a good 10 houses away from my house so the barking is heard in the “distance”. I felt pity for their immediate neighbors though, having to put up with the constant barking day and night.

Once in a while, I would hear baby cries but having my son shouting and crying made us almost immune to the baby crying sound.

But this morning, I heard the strangest sound I have ever heard after moving in here – the sound of a rooster crowing. First I dismissed it as noises coming from my sleepy head but after several times listening to it, it was confirmed that it was a sound of rooster crowing and it was coming from the outside.

Don’t tell that some of the neighbors are rearing chickens as well. Damn!

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Deepavali Summary

Something is not right with some people…

You know that people are taking the Deepavali celebrations less seriously these days when you turn on the TV on the first day of Deepavali and you find a show on Hari Raya on a government run TV channel – more the reason for not tuning to any government-run TV channels these days. It can look ridiculous and down right insulting. Raya was 3 days away and yet, some people decided that the first of Deepavali was not of any significant to show programs relating to Deepavali. Astro with channels 6 and 73 however had lined up enough programs to keep us entertain throughout the first and second days of Deepavali.

This was our first Deepavali in our new house and we wanted to celebrate it in a big way but since we have not shopped for furniture (due to constrain budget mostly); we opt not to have any open house for friends and family this year. That has to be postponed to next year.

The day started with the typical early morning bath and then the morning prayers. Those days when I was small, I recall being “rudely” woken up by my mother for the morning bath. It will be still dark on the outside and the water was cold. By the time we finish our morning bath, we would come out shivering in cold. The morning of Deepavali was truly a torture back then. If I was celebrating at my grandmother’s house, it is total different story. Hot bath at my convenient time is the preferred choice by my grandma (who by the way is still alive and recently celebrated the birth of her 3rd great grandchild).

This year, my son actively joined in the prayers. He was in the thick of the action when my Dad started the prayers. Since he is “big boy” now, we allowed him to do his own prayers which he did in rather a cute way. He is learning fast from the adults at home.

Next was the breakfast which was rather simple but effective if you ask me – hot thosai with chicken curry and coconut chutney. By that time, my son was already in his new Deepavali clothes and hand firming holding 2 packets of “ang-pows” from my sister and brother. Deepavali celebration was truly the best for children but for us adults, it was another day to rest. We opted out from visiting friends and family on the first & second day of Deepavali this year as there was still things to do at home and some of the relatives have decided to travel outstation (to escape the haze).

The only other avenue was to switch on the television and see what the TV channels have lined up for Deepavali. Watching Tamil movies on Deepavali does not have the same anticipation that we used to have those days before Astro came about. Most of the shows shown on the TV gave that “we have seen something like this before” feeling to all of us at home.

So, to kill time, we went out to do our shopping for a new dining table and book-shelf. We saw real good ones at a bargain price at the furniture mall in Puchong. I have been buying those thick science fiction and thriller novels over the years and always wanted to have a specialized book shelf to place them – a mini library sort of. We were not surprised to see a large number of Indians and Malays at the furniture mall – most doing last minute shopping to spruce up their houses for the celebrations.

Deepavali celebrations this year was indeed boring but since it fell on non working days (Saturday and Sunday), it was just a normal Saturday and Sunday for most of us. On Monday, we were back to work as usual. The traffic was superb – not many cars at all. My colleagues were surprised to see me at the office but they too agreed that having the holidays too close to each other, sometimes coming back to work is a relief in a way.

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Windows – Linux Problem

It may the case of Microsoft secretly adding an internal program that will cause the system to crash whenever it detects the user trying to install any operating system that is not Windows based.

That is what came to my mind when I tried to install Ubuntu Linux into my home PC. First, the CD-ROM failed to work. It does not detect any Linux CD when I tried to boot from the CD-ROM. I opened the PC and rechecked the wires – all were attached properly. Then I thought the problem was perhaps due to dirty lens, so I took a CD-ROM cleaner and cleaned it several times. The CD-ROM still failed to work.

Leaving aside the Linux installation, I thought it will be better if I leave things as it is until I could do more research in Linux forums. Guess what happened next? The boot of Windows XP shows an error – missing pci.sys file. Windows XP failed to load as well. The so-called repair function that was shown on screen was rather useless – it also showed an error message and hastily exited to reboot. Thinking that I had no other choice now but to try to install Linux (format the hard disc and then do a clean install of Linux) , I keep trying to get my CD-ROM to work. I probably would have spent almost an hour tweaking on the CD-ROM when all the sudden it came alive. I managed to reach up to Ubuntu installation menu and press enter to start the installation. I thought I was “home free” with the installation but I was dead wrong.

Barely 2 seconds into the installation, the system returned Linux Kernel panic error message. Damn, I was screwed both ways – Windows and Linux. It was even worse now since I am left with no PC to use for the holidays. There was no point wasting time on the Windows based system that screwed the user for no reason. So, I switched off the PC and spend the time attending to my garden, car and family. Later that night, I just tried to boot the PC for the very last time just before going to bed (ya, I was silly but just wanted to give Windows one last chance) – I did not try to load the Linux CD and immediately the Windows XP was back. Although I was angry with the Windows, its “unannounced return” was most welcomed especially when I badly needed it to download the photos from my digital camera.

Its return was not without a punishment for me – the CD-ROM still fails to work. In addition, the modem and the sound card failed to work either but luckily the other things were working. It has been almost 4 days since I last used the CD-ROM, listed to music on my PC and surfed the net. I am trying several options to tweak the setting and recheck the hardware drivers but if it is not going to work in the next few days, then I either need to look for a new CD-ROM (assuming my old CD-ROM has a hardware problem) to get the Linux installed or reinstall the Windows XP and forget about trying out Linux for the time being.

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10 Reasons to Celebrate Deepavali

Picture source: BJ Photos

I finally managed to get Ubuntu LiveCD running – more on it next week (after the long holidays)

It’s time for the time for the Hindus to celebrate Deepavali, the Muslims to celebrate Aidilfitri and the rest of Malaysians to enjoy an almost 5 days of holidays (I refrain from using the word “Deeparaya” which has been an issue for some). Although I can’t talk much about Aidilfitri, I found this website that talks about 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali (Deepavali) is a great time to celebrate for us Hindus.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi.

2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival.

4. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

5. The Victory of Rama: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.

6. Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.

7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.

9. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings.

10. The Pope’s Diwali Speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech was bristled with references to the festival of light.

Happy Deepavali, Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Holidays to everyone…

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Toying with Projects

Once in a while (probably 3 – 4 months in my case), something new will crop up either at my work place or home that will take my interest on a full time basis. New things like learning a new language (ya, I keep saying that but have not really put my feet on it) or programming or tweaking with “do-it-yourself” kind of activities at home.

Blogging is one good example. It used to be me thinking of ideas (almost non stop) for the blog at work and at home. Even when I am taking my shower, I will be running through ideas of what to be “published” the next day. For that, I will keep a scrap book nearby to jot down ideas before picking and “polishing” them in my computer. These days however, I have learned to pace myself – when there is an idea, write it or type it down, otherwise don’t worry about it. With 2 blogs to maintain, it is more relevant for me now to relax when it comes to preparing posts for the blogs (thinking what to publish can be stressful sometimes).

When I was busy with my blog at Blogspot, writing html codes for the template was another “new thing” that I was religiously dedicating to learn during my free times (I even skipped lunch so that I could experiment with the unique html codes on the Blogspot). But when I moved over to WordPress, learning html however took an unexpected rest – simply because WordPress took away the problem of tweaking the html codes when it comes to change templates or adding things to the side bar (using widgets could not be easier). Html coding these days is almost nil except for the time when I need to adjust the html codes for some online documentation. xHtml coding was visited for a very short period when I was involved in an internal project but it too did not last long.

When I shifted to the new house, I “executed” 2 projects that I always wanted to do – Project Gardening and Project Iswara.

Project Gardening is going up well so far – I managed to get the carpet grass growing and the pebbles placed at the right places. More things to been lined up for the next couple of weeks – it is will be posted in the blog of course. Project Iswara on the other hand has yet to commence although I managed to do a complete polishing-waxing of the car exterior and the rims last week (it was 2 hours well spent). I have jotted down couple of things to do for the car but since it also involves spending money, I have to wait until I can finish on the shopping for things for the new house. Project Iswara is definitely on to be rolled out in couple of months starting with much needed touch ups on the paint work.

The latest thing that has taken my interest is learning up Linux. Yes, the good old Linux. I probably starting late on this but I might as well put my interest to it whilst the learning bug is still with me. I am toying around with 2 Linux distributions – Ubuntu Linux (if I can get the LiveCD up and running) and Santa Fe Linux (there’s more I know). It is simply because they have distributions for home use and LiveCD for me to play around with Linux without messing up my existing Windows XP. I downloaded several documents for Linux newbie to read during my free time. The long holiday end of this week will give me the right break for read, learn and tweak on the Linux (if I don’t waste the time sleeping).

Count on me to be “introducing” more projects in my life to keep myself unnecessarily busy (Project Yoga is coming into my mind now). Some interests simply die out fast and some new ones are quick to stick on me like leech.

It’s back to reading on Linux now.

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Member of Parliament’s free time

You would have probably read this article titled “Parit MP appointed Felcra chairman” in the NST yesterday:-

Parit MP Nasaruddin Hashim had been appointed as the new Felcra Berhad chairman.He replaces Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin whose term of office expired last month. Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, who announced the appointment, said Nasaruddin would hold the post for two years from today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop had agreed to the appointment. Abdul Aziz also thanked Hamzah, who held the post since 1999, and his board of directors for their services.

“Following the appointment, new members would be appointed to the board and new officials for the subsidiary companies,” he said after presenting zakat and Hari Raya contributions to 150 single mothers as well as donations to masjid and surau representatives and Umno branch chairmen under Gopeng Umno division.

Abdul Aziz said Felcra and Risda must get back to basics and focus on their core businesses which were rubber and oil palm and to enjoy higher yields.

I have nothing against the appointment but this is something I don’t get with the Government’s “shock sendiri” (self imposed glory) appointments – the question to which area Nasaruddin will be focusing on for the next 2 years? As a MP taking care of the welfare & issues arising in his constituent or as a chairman “ensuring Felcra gets back to basics and focus on the core business”?

Assuming he is focusing on his constituent, then what is the point of appointing a puppet chairman who probably given high perks to warm up the chairman seat? Chairman of public listed companies can make a huge difference on the direction of the company’s board if it is well run and done professionally (anyone recall Andy Grove and Jack Welch?).

Nasaruddin may not match Andrew Grove or Jack Welch but does he has the right qualifications to be appointed as a chairman of a well known GLC in the first place? His profile in one the government run website indicates that he has a Bachelor Degree in History. Nothing is mention about his skills on management or business. Perhaps it is ok for him to be the chairman since he is not the CEO of Felcra or the guy overseeing the day to day operations but that does not mean we can appoint any Tom, Dick and Harry into the Board, just because he is a politician of the ruling political party? It is no wonder that some of the Bumi managed GLCs are in the limbo these days and does not make major impact on the international market. There are too many inexperienced politicians being appointed in place of true professionals.

Based on the last financial audited report posted in Felcra’s website, the entity made a net loss of RM52.9 million (losing a lot on staff cost & operating expenses). That’s a lot of money if you ask me. I am unable to locate the latest reports for 2001 onwards. It was reported in the Star that the entity made RM118.2 million in 2005 but no further details were given. Would any different be made if it was run by professionals?

On the other hand…

Assuming he is focusing on his chairmanship, then what will happen on the focus on the welfare and issue arising in his constituents? Certainly the people in Parit did not elect the MP so that he could frog-leap to other lucrative post. They elected him to represent them (not the political party) in the Parliament fighting and raising on their issues. Although it is not that our local MPs are known to be the type who acts unselfishly for the people (most of them retreat to be the government’s “yes” man) but in this case, it is apparent that the job of “being a MP for the people” may take a back seat for the next 2 years. That is of course until the next election time comes along.

The question is why appoint a MP as a GLC chairman if it means the person have to divide the time between the 2 important jobs. Can’t the government get a professional to run the GLC backed by sound monitoring by the MPs?

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The Garden Evolution

The last time I touched on the issue of gardening was when I was in Form 3 and Agriculture Science was one of the main subject in my class.

I recall the time when we formed a line from our classroom and walked towards the end of the school football field when we do our “gardening” – planting flowers and vegetables. We are given a pair of black “Pua Chu Kang” type boots and a small hoe to plow the garden. The Agriculture Science class teacher, Mr Low was a kind and helpful man on the field, always can be counted on to give sound ideas and advice on ensuring on plants to grow big and healthy.

When I left Form 3, I lost touch on the gardening until now. With a small patch of land at my new house courtyard, the interest of doing a small gardening is back in my mind. However, before I can plant the first plant on the said land, some preparations need to be done.

The patch of land was full of debris, rocks and plastics – unsuitable for plants to grow except for maybe some wild plants. It was time for some minor excavation. I needed to clean up the debris, clear way the top layer of the soil and add a new layer of healthy black soil on the top. It probably took us some 2 hours to complete the “excavation” but me and my brother managed to clear away the debris and cleared the mud like soil. Next to come was the black soil which we purchased from Tesco Puchong for 99 cents for each bag. Rain drop areas was reconstructed with large rocks to ensure that the top layer of soil was not washed away during heavy rain (it helped but not much – there was some layer washed away). By the time we finished, it looked rather a bit ugly but was much better than the earlier state:-

Next the final touches – the plants and the grass. After seeing the garden at my friend’s house, I decided to add carpet grass (also known as Philippines grass) to most of the area, surrounded by pots of flowery plants, pebbles and fine rocks. The adding the grass was the easy part (as easy as “cut and paste”) but taking care of it and removing any unwanted weeds was the difficult part. From what I understand from my friend, it will take about a month before the grass is well grown and is ready for its first “hair cut”. As at todate, it has been 2 weeks since we first laid the grass and that’s means it will be another 2 weeks to go before I can start to trim the grass. This is what my garden looks like for now but it is still not finished.

In the next weeks, I wanted to add more of the white pebble stones and add more pots to fill the space around the patch of land. There are still things and experiment to do on the garden.

Perhaps it’s time to recall what Mr Low had taught me during the Agriculture Science class time – its feel great to be doing gardening.

More picture in BJ Photos

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Uneducated

(Example of new and clean looking low cost apartment – picture source: www.tsigm.com)

Not having high education is excusable but not having a simple common sense is not.

Last night, I was invited for a prayer at one of my aunt’s house in Puchong. She is staying in one of the low cost apartments in Puchong along with her 3 children (kind people all of them). My wife, my son and my dad tagged along for the prayers as well. We were reaching the junction from the highway turning into her housing area when I saw an Indian guy (approximately in the early 30s) picking up a girl (I assume she is his relative) on his bike from the taxi stand situated less than 20 meters from the junction. He was wearing a T-shirt and short pants. Both of them were not wearing any helmets. It was made worse by the fact that the guy did not even bother to look at the traffic before turning into the main lane. He came close to grazing a car but it did not make any difference. He just acted as if he was all alone on the road and continued to ride slowly between 2 lanes.

I was right at the back of this guy and since the idiot was riding between the lanes, it was a bit tough to make a clear overtake. After couple of “seconds” of being patient, I just went for it. Dropped the gear to 3rd and pressed on the accelerator and made a quick cut, overtaking the guy by inches. To my surprise, the guy was still riding with his passenger for some distance (without any helmet), completely ignorant of the safety of themselves and other road users. After I have managed to overtake the guy, I stopped at another junction but the guy managed to catch up and stopped in front of me. Once again, he was riding slow and in the middle of the lane when he turned to the junction.

He was riding towards the low cost apartment – the same place that we were heading. We parked our vehicles at almost the same time (mine was flashier than his beat-up “kapchai” of course). The girl went up the staircase (presuming to her house) whilst this guy was hanging with a couple of friends at the car park. When we walked by, all of them were looking at us as if we have wrongfully entered “their territory” and were whispering and laughing among themselves. I looked back at them and the environment seems tense – you know lah how some Indians don’t like other Indians staring back at them (one of the main causes of fight in Indian pubs).

One of them (one young skinny fry) was talking like a gangster, trying to intimidate whoever that was passing by (including us). My thought at that time was to keep my cool and remind myself that I am with my family and this is their “territory” (if I was alone, then it is a different story maybe). We went up the stair case and as I was climbing up, I could not help noticing how cramp the apartment units are. I recall how we used stay in such a place (it was even smaller then) but we managed it just fine.

The majority living in the low cost apartment are Indians (I believe are those resettled from the various rubber estates around Puchong that was closed for development) followed by the Malays and some minority immigrants from Indonesia and Bangladesh. Each of the majority group keep to themselves – had never seen any “muhibbah” signs in the area. Some like the group that I encountered earlier loitering around at the car park, simply asking for trouble. Others are no where to be seen – probably holed up in their units. The playground near the car park is in a very sorry state and highly dangerous for small children. The pathway is dirty and littered with boxes, rubbish and papers.

Is the lack of education is part of the problem? Poverty may be a factor but poverty does not mean one can lose their common sense in their action. Some Indians are indeed on the “wrong side of the road”.

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In God, We Trust Part 4

Even my son helped out in the shifting by packing and arranging his toys – seen here the next day exhausted and resting at the entrance.

Read earlier post on Part 1, 2 and 3

Exactly at 6.30 pm on last Friday, Operation “Night Run” started.

The final step to the final shift has commenced. We have been slowly moving things over the last 2 weeks but we gather the Friday night run will be toughest todate. At our disposal (not literally), we had a gutsy Proton Iswara, an agile Perodua Kancil and 2 energetic young men (me and my brother lah). Not forgetting in the background, were the hardworking ladies at home who helped to pack and unpack most of the things to be transported and my wife even managed to prepare dinner in between them.

Armed with 2 cars, we made 5 trips transporting things from the old house to the new house (10 minutes drive). The guards at the entrance to my new housing area was a bit confused seeing the 2 cars running in and out every an hour or so. The final and the last trip (carrying the family members) for the night at 11.30 pm was greeted with heavy shower of rain. A welcome closure to a tired night, the rain helped to cool the house as load of household things were lying on the living area packed in garbage bags. The heavier stuff like the cabinets (5 of them), washing machine, TV and bed was still lying in the old house, waiting to be transported via a lorry the next day.

The unpacking and cleaning of the old stuff continued until 2.00 am in the morning. Like a football match, that was only the 1st half. The 2nd half would start at about 2.00 pm on Saturday.

On a Saturday morning, we continued with the unpacking. The house was in a big mess but it was being cleared slowly and surely. The lorry that we hired was suppose to arrive at 2.00 pm but by 4.00 pm, it was not seen anywhere near the old house. The “movers” comprised of myself, my brother and my two cousins who been waiting at the old house since 2.00 pm were started to get worried. If we are not able to shift the heavy stuff on the same day, the clearing of the small stuff was going to be delayed by another day and that is something we wanted to avoid at all cost. After couple of calls, the lorry finally arrived at about 6.30 pm – apparently the driver have been held up with some work in Sungai Buloh and rushed back to Puchong through a heavy traffic jam. Luckily for us, the driver brought a 3 ton truck instead of the earlier agreed 1 ton truck. Hiring charges went up from RM60 to RM100 of course but we did not mind paying extra because this meant we could transport all things in one trip.

Although 2 of my cousins were around to help, most of the heavy lifting were done by me and my brother. Some where in between of the heavy carrying, I thought I heard my back giving up and decided to go on leave. There were sweat and pain all over the body. The very thought of us finally shifting to our own house however motivated us to finished the job in time.

We managed to lift and un-lift heavy stuff within an hour. We were exhausted but there was no time to lose by resting. We still needed to arrange them in the house and start filing up things. Whilst we were busy loading the heavy stuff at the old house, my new fridge arrived and was installed at the new kitchen. It looked a bit out of place in a kitchen full of unpacked plates, cooking utensils and other kitchenware.

Major shifting means we had to sleep among the unpacked things and we did that for 2 nights – on Saturday and Sunday. Rather messy you might say but a good night sleep probably is what I needed to reduce the back pain that I been having since Saturday evening. We took the Monday off otherwise it would have been “suicidal” trying to go to office with the pain we had. It was not until Monday afternoon, the living room was finally cleared off unpacked things. There was still things unpacked but we have managed to store it nicely in the storeroom or in boxes. Things like books, was still tied and was not unpacked because I have not purchased new book shelves to store them. In my shopping list, there were still book shelves, dining table, sofa and showcases remains to be purchased. Once purchased, more things can be packed away.

The rest of the Monday was spent sleeping, attending to my grass (garden) and double checking on the things that has been unpacked and tucked away in the new house. The pain in my back has gone down but we were still lacking precious sleep. Thanks to a public holiday on Tuesday, our prayers were answered – we had the whole day off for more relaxing and recovery.

It will take time to stabilize ourselves at the new house and there are still things to do as part of the final shifting. There are still some shopping to be done and reinstallation of the Astro dish need to be done in the next week. My son is missing his Channel 63 so much and his “naughty-ness” due to that is driving everyone crazy. It’s back to work on Wednesday, so the departure time from the house to work need to be adjusted as well.

We have shifted house several times and this shift is considered as our 6th shift. However, I am glad to say that it was the most organized shifting of all. Probably because we started our “shift” earlier or because we expect this to be the final shift – whatever it is, it turned out to be well in the end.

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