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      1. Who is the better cook, Lim or Lim? Hello Curry Lovers.
      2. Not enough fun and too much stupid.
      3. Customers who set off the alarm and don’t report it will pay. How to avoid paying for false-alarm security guard callouts because by ignoring this message you will be liable.
      4. Lithium – Ion Batteries. Insurance companies are becoming very concerned. What you need to know about avoiding a fire.

Attention Curry Lovers


You’ve all heard of Nadia Lim the famous MasterChef New Zealand winner. Well, my wife is Jackie Lim and she would give Nadia a run for her money in the kitchen any day. Jackie is also a fantastic cook. I am so fortunate. Nadia’s dad is Malaysian Chinese and Jackie is Malaysian Chinese. Malaysian style food and cooking is a big melting pot Asian flavours including but not limited to Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Indonesian.   

The best curries are Thai curry, Indonesian curry, Malaysian curry, Indian curry and

Japanese curry. According to Jackie, China is not a curry-eating country. When Jackie first came to NZ in 1991 the best place to get the cooking ingredients she wanted was from Davis Trading in Petone. Since then, more specialty Asian mini marts have opened, or mainstream supermarkets (although very limited) are stocking this stuff.

As time has passed Yan’s in Lower Hutt has become the best go-to mini-mart for

Asian cooking ingredients. Their imported stock range is great – so long as you know what you are looking for. When it comes to curry, they offer a range that come in sachets – all you need do is add the meat (chicken, beef, or pork) and or veggies (which means they can be vegetarian). If you can read, follow a few basic instructions, and boil water, you can make yourself a delicious Asian curry – which is a spicy as you want to make it. So simple. Jackie preferred curry is below:

favourite curry


More Fun, Less Stupid.


“We should all take what we do seriously.  People are counting on us!  We just shouldn’t take ourselves so seriously.  We all need to lighten up.  The world needs more ‘fun’.  Less ‘stupid’…but more ‘fun’!” Shortly after COVID arrived I put a sign on the main road that read, “Smile, it’s more contagious the COVID” and people smiled as soon as they read it – see you are smiling now.

To that end I have given myself a new business title, ‘Jovial Servant’. Jovial because we will always lighten up and have fun with you, our customers, although we take business very seriously because you are counting on us. And I/we, Di and I, are your servants. That means we are committed to providing the best advice, the best facility, and to be there when you need us.

We are only at the facility office during weekdays but we’ll answer your phone call 80% of the time, every day, during daylight hours. If we can’t take you call because we are up to our armpits in gardening or hiking, leave a message and we’ll return your call (during daylight hours) once we are cleaned up.

Alarm Activations Caused By You Afterhours Can Be Expensive For You.


We are never complacent when it comes to security at our place. We’ve installed a very high-tech security alarm system which has cost more than $127,000.00 to date and it does a great job of monitoring and protecting the entire property 24/7.

Although it is expensive, we think it’s worth it and wouldn’t be without it.

Every individual lock-up and or common-area has its own individual alarm monitoring system. That means if you hold a swipe-card (Only about 50% of our customers have opted to hold one. The rest are stored in our office), your swipe-card will only control your lockup – no one else’s – a lot like a hotel room.

The alarm system does not activate on its own – it requires someone or thing to set it off. The only time we have an alarm activation at the storage facility is when a customer sets it off accidentally – causing a false alarm. It happens and we understand from time to time customer will do it.

When a customer wants to have seven-day week access they must have a swipe card to do this. Therefore, to avoid having to pay for a false alarm security guard callout you must follow the following steps, or you will be pinged the expense:

    1. Never go to the facility afterhours without your cell phone in you pocket and our details in your phone’s contact list. Note; our afterhours cell phone number us splashed all around the facility.
    2. If you hear an alarm siren while at the facility assume it’s sounding because of something you have or haven’t done but don’t ignore it like car alarms. The security alarm event buffer (the place where all activity information is stored) will tell us anyway, if and when we go looking, so there is no hiding form what’s happened and by who. Plus all activity is captured on CCTV and stored on a hard drive.
    3. It’ doesn’t matter that it’s you that has set the alarm off, what matters is you do something about it, immediately.
    4. When you hear and alarm activation phone us immediately, especially afterhours. DON’T TXT US. If we don’t answer you MUST leave a message. By leaving a message proves you have attempted to phone us.
    5. If you don’t phone or leave a message, YOU will pay for the false alarm security guard callout fee.
    6. If you phone but we don’t answer but you leave a message, even if you caused the false alarm, we will pay the false alarm security guard callout fee. Leaving a message proves you tried so we’ll pick up the expense.
    7. Do not give you swipe card to a friend or family member expecting them to know what to do. They won’t unless you have actually shown them and gone through this list including having our details in their cell phone contacts list. Remember, you are responsible for the swipe card and by giving it to someone else to access your lockup you are still responsible and liable.

To date sadly only 50% of swipe card holders who set the alarm off phone us – ouch for them. We ask customers to phone us so that we can stand the security guard down in the event they set the alarm off.

Lithium – Ion Battery In Storage – Any Storage And Not Just Self-Storage.


The world is changing more and more to electric. Electric energy needs to be stored and lithium-ion batteries have become one of the mostly used methods. However, one emerging problem with these batteries is that occasionally they self-combust (burst into flames). This means this problem has come to the attention of insurance companies – because they have to pay for the damage caused and they don’t like that.

To that end our insurance company has been in touch with us asking us to pass on the following information to you: Any business selling such type of batteries must store their stock in a fire-proof container fitted with either a close-fitting lid, or door. Any other Lithium-Ion battery packs in general storage must be disconnected from any power tool, or bicycle, and stored in such a way as to avoid damage from other goods being placed on or around them. There shall be no charging of any LithiumIon battery allowed to be undertaken whilst in storage units (very few if any of our customers have access to electricity power points anyway).

I think this is just generally good to know. Not just for storing stuff at our place but when storing stuff at you place too. Afterall, you don’t sleep and our place, but you do at your place. Do I charge my cell phone overnight at home? Yes, I do and so do you. We all do it and we have to get on with our lives – which include electrical devices.

Just being aware is a good thing. Charging devices on hard surfaces in well ventilated spaces is also a good thing. And make sure your smoke detectors are functioning – test them every quarter, it only takes a couple of minutes – about the same time for a fire to take hold.