Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hunting High and Low

We're hunting high and low for our new home—touring everything from modern all-white highrises to marble ballroom-esque gilded mansions. Currently the top contender is a quaint Balinese inspired townhome overlooking the jungle [...and a mosque. Anyone know the times daily prayer is chanted over a loudspeaker?] We're trying to act fast and find something perfect, as to not resemble the folks below.

[photo by Amanda Pratt.]

29 comments:

Vanessa said...

Good luck finding your new dream home! I don't know what time of day the prayers are, but it happens five times a day.

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Good luck! I hope you'll post pictures of your home search. Are you guys adjusting well? How do you like it so far? When does Burks get released from the slammer?

xo,
P

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Good luck on your search for home. Take lots of pics of the potential abode.

jae said...

sounds enchanting.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Can't wait to see it, but know if you end up in the street you will be the best dressed one there.

muchtomychagrin said...

Hi Courtney!

It's Mae. I'm yet to reply your e-mail because I've been up to my eyebrows with schoolwork; I'm so sorry!

I hope that house-hunting has been fine, I hope that by the time I reply, I would've helped at some point.

But anyway, times of the daily prayer, the ones that you can hear so often anyway are around 5am and 7pm. Sunrise and sunset basically. They do pray 5 times a day, but I think they only broadcast Friday prayer at around 1pm. Avoid mosque areas on Friday at 1pm. You can find these out mostly in the daily newspaper. :)

Hope KL has been kind to you!

CC {Cindy} said...

Courtney! I feel certain you will find the perfect house! Can't wait for you to show us what you find.

Hope y'all are getting adjusted to your new surroundings!
Hugs

Yoli said...

I don't know, it is kinda charming what those folks are doing. Seriously, I hope you find your perfect place soon.

Joyce said...

Well Courtny at least these peeps have a place to sit. lol...

How much time does the company give you? Hopefully you will find some place soon. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. xoxo

Frau said...

A good kitchen and bathroom focus on that and the rest you can live with. Good Luck!

Yelda said...

Hope you find a house you guys like, security is probably an important factor. You can get exact times here when you search for KL, Malaysia.
http://www.islamicity.com/PrayerTimes/

paula said...

How exciting! I hope you find something perfect for you two very soon.

Virginia said...

Hi Courtney - I think you'll come to like the prayer "music." It's sort of haunting...and not bothersome at all. Best to you both!

Laura. said...

isn't it five times? although remembering my nights in india, it seems like so many more. . . but probably something you would get used to.

melissa said...

best of luck with the house hunt! oh, and i must ask- how is burkly deluxe? still stuck in prison?

Karen said...

Jungles? Gilded mansions?!! YOWZA! Sounds fun.

Hope you find the perfect fit, but in the meantime, those folks in your pic don't look like they've got it bad ;)

Laura said...

What an adventure! You'll have to post some pics.

Debra said...

Must be so much fun checking out all of the possibilities! Can't wait to see where you'll be. I'm sure the hotel is getting old, quickly. Have fun!

Allyson said...

My experience is that the call to prayer becomes peaceful if not totally unremarkable after awhile...like a hum in the background depending on the speakers and your proximity to the mosque. The timing has to do with the sun, so it will vary. I vote for the Balinese townhome. Happy hunting!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Hang in there - I spent 10 years in Asia and I know KL well. Hope you have a good estate agent to help you find the right place. Good luck and how exciting!!!

arollerskatingjam said...

Oh, it sounds fun and exotic! Call to prayer could be lovely. I know that you will find something wonderful, good luck to you and JJ! (How is Burkly?)
-Megan

Renae said...

I know you will find just the right home...and it will be lovely!

megan said...

How very exciting! And this is only the beginning!

Anonymous said...

I lived in KL from 1990-1993. You DO NOT WANT TO LIVE ANYWHERE NEAR THE JUNGLE!!!

Crime is very bad. I know of several expats who had horrific things done to them from bandits coming out of the jungle at night into their bungalows.

DO NOT DO IT!!!

Courtney said...

Thanks so so much for your concern and advice! Especially since you have experience living in this city!! But before my Mom reads this and has a mild panic attack, I should clarify. It's not technically the "jungle"...just very lush area that surrounds part of the building. Lots of trees and greenery, but no wild animals or swinging monkeys!

What are your thoughts to Jalan Damai, Jalan Gurney, and Titiwangsa?

Anonymous said...

Wow. Those places are all pretty far out of the city center. Damansara (sorry, my malay spelling is rusty) and Ukay Hts (not in the hills but lower down near the original ISKL) were good.

Depends on your commute. Traffic can be horrific so time to the office is important if you do not have a driver.

Courtney said...

Actually the J. Damai is walking distance to city center, which is where we need to be. We drove out to Damansara [which we loved, by the way!], but it was quite far of a commute from where my husband will be working.

Quite an experience looking for housing when you've only been in a new city for one week! But hopefully we're on the right track.

Anonymous said...

Security and commute are critical.

I guess the city center has moved. When we lived there Subang was the main airport and the Petronas Towers did not exist.

We had a wonderful experience. Ours were 1, 4, and 6 years old when we arrived; old enough to travel with us and young enough to want to still be with us...

My advice is to travel and travel some more. We went all over SE Asia during our 3 years. We did not do the luxury tours; we did backpacking and hostels.

Visit Bali and stay in Ubud. Visit Vietnam and stay in Cho Lon. We stayed in an old French tea planters mansion in Da Lat.

Unforgettable...

Joey Hayles said...

Courtney,

Thanks for the updates on the house hunting--looks like fun (and is certainly appreciated by the W Melwood Gang)!

Re the mosque--when we were in Malaysia (Miri for about 6-weeks) we were adjacent to a HUGE mosque and it woke us up EVERY morning at around 5. Unless you're a devout Muslim, or an early riser, it may not be the best choice.

Take care of yourselves and keep the updates coming!

All the best,
Joey