My Transitional Shop

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Blog entry by Eric posted 09-13-2008 10:24 AM 1030 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’re finally in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo. It’s a great little city, with very easy access to incredible snorkeling and diving, and within a couple hours of the mountains. There’s also a great Italian place in town that I’m itching to go back to.

For the immediate future, we’ll be staying at the home of some colleagues, who are in the States until June. So there’s no real rush to go out and find a home, although there would be something nice about not having to unpack all of our boxes and then have to pack them up again.

Anyway, this apartment actually has a little bit of shop space for me, so I’m quite pleased. There is a balcony that goes out the back door of the kitchen, which is where the washing machine and clotheslines are. There is also a maid’s room out there (people having live-in maids here is not uncommon) with an adjoining bathroom. And with a little creative shuffling of the stuff in there, voila! I have a shop! Here are a few pics; the first from the door, the second from the far wall, and the third of the area where my bench will go (the space is 6.5’ wide):

KK Shop 1

KK Shop 2

KK Shop 3

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 02:17 PM

Hi Eric.
I’m glad you finally settled home & transitional workshop in KK.
Just a quick & short note to say hello as I’m in hurry to go out to buy some provisions.
I hope you & your family enjoy staying in KK. If you have time why not try to reach the Kinabalu peak.

Wish you the best. My regards to your wife & cute little girl.


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 09-13-2008 02:52 PM

Selamat malam, Woodworm! Thanks for your well wishes. I’m looking forward to buying some wood so I can start building some basic shop equipment, and then on to the bench!

And by the way, I have climbed Mt. Kinabalu two times already, and am always open to going up again! I love it up there – the coldest place in Malaysia.

-- Eric at

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 02:00 AM

good to see your getting settled.

BTW, how cold is the coldest place in Malaysia?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 09-14-2008 10:02 AM

The top of Mount Kinabalu, at 13,500 feet or so, can get close to freezing. We stay in lodging at about 11,000 feet and then get up at 2:00am to get to the top for the sunrise. I wear a t-shirt all the way, keeping warm enough with the trek, but then have to put on a sweatshirt and light gloves after 15-30 minutes.

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 09:50 AM

Happy to see you settling in the new place. I know a carpenter cannot sit quiet for a long and that is why you are using whatever place is available to start your work. I really appreciate your zeal for work. Keep it up and let us see something coming out from the new place. Thanks for the photos. Hope to meet you in Malaysia.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 03:16 PM

Ah! A place of your own!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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