A New Chapter Of My Life
A new chapter of my life is unfolding, changing lifestyle as well. By the time this article is completed, a new chapter of my life will have begun, changing lifestyle as well. To make this article more meaningful, I am writing this in my bungalow home, and I shall finish this article in my new place. Yes, it will then be a new journey; changing lifestyle.
Part Of The Story Of My Life
This article, in a way, is part of the story of my life. About ten years ago, my wife and I were searching for a new home, and ended up in this very private and secluded bungalow. Before proceeding further, may I explain a little bit about my location. We were living on the island of Penang, Malaysia. The state of Penang consists of the island and a part of the mainland on the peninsula of Malaysia. The island of Penang is where all the actions are, and is more developed, coupled it being a UNESCO heritage tourist resort island. As such, property prices have always been much more expensive than those on the mainland. It was precisely for this reason that we decided to move over from the island to the mainland. At that time, with the same amount of money, we were able to build a spacious bungalow on the mainland. Otherwise, on the island we would end up with just a terrace house.
The Island Paradise And The Backwater
The island is connected to the mainland by two bridges, one is 10km long while the new second bridge is 15km long. There are also ferry services for pedestrians and vehicles. However, we need to pay bridge tolls or ferry fares to get across.
Life on the mainland is more subdued but we are not complaining as we are both retired. So long as we don’t have to cross over to the island often, life over here is pretty relaxing. Whatever the island has, we have them here on the mainland as well. And the plus point is that the shopping complexes and hypermarkets are not as packed as on the island. Parking is also a breeze.
Then The Whole World Collapsed
It has been over 6 years now that we have lived happily in this very airy and functional bungalow, surrounded by a small garden. My wife actually drafted the layout for the bungalow. When we first moved in, we had with us our 3-year old granddaughter living with us. Our lifestyle revolved around her, until when she was seven, her mother took her back. That was about 3 years ago.
Without the presence of our granddaughter, our lifestyle naturally became more relaxed and carefree. For the first time in our lives, we were able to do whatever we liked without a care in the world. It was such a refreshing feeling; until my wife received a phone call from my 28-year old adopted son. Then the whole world collapsed. That was in November 2013..............
Changing Lifestyle From This View........
To This View
A New Home, A New Lifestyle
I am now continuing writing this article at my new place on the island. It has been a lapse of one month already. The past month was a hectic and tiring period for my wife and me. Moving house is no joke. It took me the whole of the past month to really settle down. Why the sudden decision to move house? This is the sorry part of my story. Now to continue from where I stopped a month ago, about the phone call from my son. He told my wife that he was seeing an ENT specialist and needed some financial assistance. So we went to accompany him to the specialist clinic, and the sad saga of his health problems began to unfold. He was diagnosed with Wegener’s disease. After one and a half years in and out of hospital, we need to make a drastic decision. The hospital is on the island, and we were on the mainland. Travelling to and fro was a big problem in terms of financial expenses and time. So we made the heart-wrenching decision to relocate back to the island.
New Fantastic View At Night
Housewarming Gift From A Special Internet Friend
Maiden Playing The Er-hu
So here we are, living in an apartment. An apartment means a unit in a high-rise building. This completely changed our lifestyle. We have been living in landed properties all our lives, with plenty of space and easy access. But living in an apartment is a very different cup of tea. First there is this constraint in space. Then the inconvenience of access, from parking the car, taking the lift and walking to the unit. Fortunately, we were able to find a most suitable place with the greatest ease of access, with the parking lot very near the lift. And an added bonus; home with a fantastic view of the island’s iconic temple up the hill!
The first change in lifestyle is the view that we are now enjoying. Then there is this homely familiarity of the surroundings which we were so used to before we moved to the mainland. For better peace of mind we are now closer to our immediate relatives. Living in an apartment has the added advantage of “safety in numbers” plus the extra security provided by security guards manning the apartment. For me, the greatest change is that I don’t have to tend to my garden anymore. That means I have more time doing other things instead. Perhaps I shall be joining more healthy regimes around my area, like the morning qigong exercise and the afternoon walk around the nearby dam. There are two missions in my mind that I hope to fulfill in due course. That is, to learn Mandarin and to learn to play the Chinese flute and er-hu (Chinese two-string musical instrument). Sounds exciting for me. And of course, last but not least, I will have more opportunity to meet up with one very special friend whom I have the good fortune to have met through the internet.
So it is not that bad after all making the drastic decision to relocate back to home base island!
Blossoms on a Moonlit River in Spring
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