Goodbye Creamer, Hello Evaporated Milk

And so all the preparation work is finally over and the last day in North America arrived. Waking to a blazing heat wave that’s almost unprecedented with temperatures already scorching and expected to hit almost 35 on the coast next week, the Great Western Canadian Road trip comes to an end late tonight when we board a flight for Hong Kong bound for a Kuala Lumpur connection. Unfortunately, Cathay Pacific frustrates me to no end with their crappy internet website that doesn’t work and no available customer service anywhere in North America on Sunday. Having bought our tickets online four weeks ago, it let us pick seats on the transcontinental flight but not the three-hour connection to Malaysia. Attempting to check in online last night, it took about 17 tries until it recognized our booking reference number. Prompted to confirm the seats to Hong Kong, it then brings us to the seat selection for the KL flight where there’s a whopping three seats left to choose from, two of which are premium upgrades. After clicking, we get an error message stating “sorry: something has gone wrong; this is probably temporary: check back later”

imageKnowing technology is not their strong point we checked back two more times last night and again this morning and still the same issue. With nobody to call, it seems we are stuck until we get to the airline counter where I will complain about their website and the inability to choose a seat on a connecting flight. With no seats available according to the website, I guess they’ll have to upgrade us to first class since there’s one non stop flight per day. Fortunately, Cathay is too expensive for anything except transcontinental flights anyway but I could do without the added stress. On the bright side, our property agent emailed us an itinerary of eight different showings over two days once we arrive in Penang and our friends Eric and Marlina are also leaving for Malaysia in two weeks so we hope to meet up with them by the time we meander back to KL to complete our MM2H Visa. Expecting no issues, we hope to have the approval letter by early August and hopefully we’ll be a bit settled in by then.

imageWishing to once again thank our friend Nicole for allowing us to use her beautiful house in South Surrey, British Columbia for a double stay squat, I reacquainted myself with the beauty of the Lower Mainland and hope our investments do well enough to possibly return here permanently after we’ve had enough of Asia (although everything is up in the air). For now it’s goodbye to all the things we’ve both gotten used to for a lifetime and on to interesting but different things, new places and uncharted experiences. Thanks to everyone for all the supporting comments and should anyone wish to meet us in Penang, please use the contact page to email us.  Taking bets on who will be first, we’ve had dozens of friends, relatives and even strangers tell us they’ll come visit but realistically I don’t expect too many visits with a 7,000 mile change of address. Hoping the IPad works in Asia, we’ll post again once were comfortably enshrined in our temporary three-day hotel home in downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Cheers to the Western Hemisphere

12 thoughts on “Goodbye Creamer, Hello Evaporated Milk

  1. our next life

    Does tech stuff like that make you want to yell “But it’s 2015!!” How any airline can have that kind of trouble at this point in history is beyond comprehension.

    Hope your journey goes well, and you have an easy time with visas and finding a place to live. Enjoy!

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    1. rodi (Rob and Diane) Post author

      As it turns out we arrived early and used the ethnic advantage anyway. Being Vancouver, of course the agent was Chinese and even though we were way over the weight limit for luggage. Instead of charging us upwards of $100 as he should have he simply said “is any bag under the limit” do which we said yes and without checking he just said OK.

      But their technology does suck relative to other carriers

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  2. the travel years

    Smiling as I read this post!!! And slightly jealous that you are headed to Asia (take me with you!). Hopefully you enjoy the condensed milk for coffee, I didn’t know that was a thing before arriving in Vietnam, but it didn’t take me long to appreciate it. Best of luck house hunting, finalizing Visa stuff, and exploring a new land! Add me to the list of people who say they are coming to visit. 😀 😀

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