Monday, January 21, 2008

Day 1 in Southampton

I woke up at 6.30 this morning and my jet lag has been officially cured. It must be thanks to me forcing myself to stay awake and also the sequence of events yesterday. I had to take my top off in Heathrow, a sight that you would not want to see but it was done in the Health Check area. Apparently, as a work permit holder, I am required to show a X-ray of my chest. I did not make a big fuss out of it because it was free anyways. It would however saved me time if I did it in Malaysia and show them the results there. I was a bit worried as the taxi company was waiting for me for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. I was afraid that he will abandon me but was fortunate that he was about to leave when I spotted him carrying a sign with my name on it.

It was later about 2 hours drive to Southampton whereby we had to find the Apartment because the address provided to me and the cab driver was different. We however managed to track the housing agency which passed me the keys to my apartment in luxurious Ocean Village. (Unfortunately, I will be staying here temporarily as I will be looking to relocate to a cheaper location nearer to the office) Here are a few pics to share with you:

 Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

 The Kitchen


Living Room

The Living Room

Patio View

The View From the Patio

Back to today, I went in to the office and attended all day inductions on Health & Safety and Security which I found very helpful and useful for my stay here. My only concern about working in Southampton is that the taxi fare for me to get to work was GBP 7.20 and return was GBP 10.20. This totals up to GBP 17.40 a day commuting. I will however spend the next few days looking for a cheaper alternative. I just got back from Tesco and managed to buy some food. (Yipee! I don't justhave to rely on the instant noodles that I bought)


Benny Ong


Ashley said...

Whoa...nice place. Like living in a luxuries man! Haha. Looks like you're all settled down then? Happy working and enjoy ur 1 year here in the UK then =)

Song Yia said...

Wah! How I wish my apartment was like yours.

Cheryl Leong said...

Wow! Your apartment is so nice with the marina at ur door steps. Though it's temp, but enjoy it while u can :p U can chill there on the weekends.

bennyong said...

Thanks for the compliments. Will see where I will be moving to next. Hopefully is something of a similar standard.

bennyong said...

I haven't seen yours yet but I am thankful for the temporary arrangements. It is nice for me overlooking the marina but I am hardly at the apartment to enjoy the views. Sigh...:)

bennyong said...

When I first arrive at night, I thought it was overlooking a massive parking lot rather than a docking area for the yacht. The moment I saw some shed of light, I start snapping pictures.