Thursday, 15 June 2017

Villa handover day

Went round to villa to empty the last of the stuff that never went into the shipment, like food and cleaning chemicals.

Picked up all the rubbish I had swept into piles the night before and took everything out to the bins.

The real estate agents Engel And Voelkers arrived to carry out the final inspection and get the keys.

Paperwork signed......Goodbye Villa


Not to worry though, not long until we can get into the next one!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

And finally its empty..........

Wednesday 8.30pm and the shippers have just left. 5 full days of packing.

The villa is now basically empty. It has been a looooong day.

The shipment was finally packed up, the crated goods were all done, after slight modification to the one for the piano and one for the bedroom glass desktops.

Because of the current shipping issues with Qatar, we don't actually know when it will be put into a container. So everything headed off in 3 lorries to the warehouse, to await a container loading schedule.

At least the shipping companies have identified a new route through Oman, with the first vessel coming 25th June, but we don't know when ours will leave. Probably now run late for the arrival in Cyprus so, will just have to wait and see how that changes things.

Today, also picked up a hire car, and the afternoon the company car was returned.

Kia Sportage, is probably not big enough, but it will do seeing as it is only for a couple of weeks. Not as if we are doing furniture runs to Ikea any more!

Gave the villa bit of a sweep, turned off the lights and went back to the apartment for a sleep...

The crew from GWC were excellent.

Monday, 12 June 2017

One dead router later....

Gave up on the OSN box and took it back to the villa to put into the shipment, but took, the wifi router from the villa to the apartment.

I had done a check on the 2nd port on the Cisco phone and there was open internet on it. Plugged the router into there and switched it on.

There was bright blue flash, followed by a warm orange glow and smoke rising up from the router.

Yes, I had accidentally plugged the wrong power adaptor into the router. I had two in my bag, one for the Linksys AE8500 wifi router and one for the Ubiquiti Edgerouter POE. The latter used a 24v adaptor which the 12v linksys really didn't like.

A good excuse to go and buy a new router then! Really did not like the AE8500. The software was just....bad...really bad.....

So after a trip to Jarir, picked up a D-Link DIR-895L/R (AC-5300) plugged it in, set it up and off we went! Internet all good. I had never tried a D-Link product before, so good reason to take it for a spin. Jarir did have the newer version of the Linksys in shop, but after not liking the last ones software, decided against it.

With internet now in place, we could get telly off of OSN Play and other online services...time to just cancel the internet service transfer from Ooredoo and cancel that service altogether.

D-Link DIR-895L/R

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Packing well underway now...Day 2, Sunday

The packers arrived on Saturday morning, and it immediately turned into a box fest and the sound of packing tape being unrolled was echoing round the villa.

They started off downstairs in the living room / dining room and kitchen. Boxing up the chairs and sofa, then moving upstairs to start on the bedrooms.

One of the other guys went round and measured everything that was going to be put into wooden crates, the piano, the pictures, glass tops of the units and outside tables, TVs, computer monitor, mirrors. The crating would be done in a couple of days time once they had been made.

We had also moved across into the company apartments last night. it was the apartment next door to the one that I stayed in when I first arrived in 2015.

I had taken the OSN satellite box with me from the villa to the apartment, but didn't have any joy getting it to work. Doesn't look like there was a dish at the other end of the wall socket :-(.

The internet wasn't the best....bit slow. We had been up to Ooredoo to initiate a transfer of the service, but didn't have the electricity number for the property, so would have to go back again for them to do it.

Living Room, through into Dinning Room

Area under the stairs, ground floor

Main Hallway


Living Room

Dining Room

Upstairs Hall - Living Room #2

Sasha Bedroom - Still to start!

Maya Bedroom - Still to Start

Upstairs Hall - Living Room #2

Guest Bedroom - Still to Start

Master Bedroom - Bed Area

Master Bedroom - Office Area

Master Bedroom - Office Area

Friday, 9 June 2017

Let the off boarding commence...

Came home from offshore on the Thursday afternoon, and it was immediately into destruct mode.

The packers were scheduled to arrive on Saturday, and there was a millions things I wanted to do before they get here.

I had 4 beds to destruct, garden furniture to take apart, BBQ to clean, outside store to empty, electronics to be taken to bits, clothes to sort into bundles....

I could have easily left them to take everything apart, but I wanted to do it in a way that minimises the number of bits, bolts back into boltholes, and be able to know how it all goes back together again at the other end.

One of the problems however was the fact it was June. Take the gazebo for example, it is black metal and it was scorching. It was so hot, that when I laid the main support members on the grass to take apart, they actually left burnt stripes on the grass. Needless to see I had many nippy fingers and metal part juggling during the process.