Tackling Laundry in Kuching - 18th April 2015

Kuching has several good Private Hospitals. One of them is Kuching Specialist Hospital. It has a wonderful article on Understanding Urinary Incontinence in the latest issue of Borneo Talk Magazine. Just the thing for the older reader!    

Cheap meal on Kuching waterfront

Cheap meal on Kuching waterfront

Last night tried the cheapest street food available. We spotted the busiest stall on the waterfront which was VERY busy (a good sign). Ordered 6 pieces of potato, 12 pieces of vegetables, and 6 pieces of banana. Cost a whole 5RM or about $1.75 Australian. Cheap but the only problem it was deep fried in batter. I enjoyed it but Erica spent a lot of time explaining to me that it was bad for us.

Took a taxi to new hotel. It is very much more expensive than Waterfront Lodge but has lots of space, a bath and is a thoroughly modern reworking of a shop house. The owners Jackie Fong and her mother Annie have, with the help of a great architect done a fantastic job. It bridges the gap between 5 Star Hotels and the lower priced lodges with style and pizazz. It is a truly “Boutique” Hotel in every way. You must check out their website www.batikboutiquehotel.com

New room at Batik Boutique Hotel

New room at Batik Boutique Hotel

Wandered along Jalan Pendungan (the street where our hotel is) and the area was very interesting with lots of cafes serving local food, hardware stores, bakeries, fruit shops, and just about every other type of shop you might need.  A small supermarket is just a few steps from the hotel and we bought some sunscreen and Lychee Tea.

Spotted a large white cat sleeping in a display cabinet of a shop and then an Economy size Police car (Hope a high speed chase is not required!).

Opposite the hotel is a modern laundromat. Keeping to our stay within the budget ethic (the retiree budget) we decided to use it rather than use the hotel laundry. We last entered a laundromat when we first living together in Sydney about 48 years ago. A friendly fellow Laundromat person eventually coached us and we were off. We had completely missed the very large signs above the machines! Everything was washed and dried within the hour for very little money.

Erica tackling laundromat

Erica tackling laundromat

Had a small problem with TV in our room but the friendly Jo-Lyn fixed it in a flash. Have settled into our new home for the next 11 days and are loving the space.

Just finished researching flight from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur (a 65 minute flight) and found a special at 61RM each or $21.75 Australian on Malaysia Airlines so we might give the bus a miss for that journey. When you have time on your hands and do not need to travel on a set day the bargains give you large savings. We left Australia with a one way ticket to Kuala Lumpur and a super cheap Air Asia flight to Chiang Mai needed to enter Malaysia. you need to be carrying a ticket out of Malaysia to get a 90 day entry stamp. Have booked all flights since while here and saved a fortune.