Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We are moving - part 2

I've been moving back and forth to my new house - which is about 20 minutes away from my current house - to transfer things over and also to monitor some repair works carried out by the developer's contractors. Though we are the first owner, the house has been completed for almost two years. After two years, the cracks on the wall are definitely showing. According to the site maintenance supervisor, any vacant house left closed, unventilated, will surely have cracks on the wall. It is actually due to the lack of ventilation in the house. So people.. make sure you air your house regularly!

It's been two days of "monitoring" them. I'm really tired just sitting there doing almost nothing and make sure they carry out all the tasks in my complaints. The workers are foreign workers. They take breaks every two hours and seemingly longer than half an hour break. Sometimes I thought if they can continue working like 3 straight hours perhaps they can shorten the time spent at any one house? Well perhaps it's real hard work that they have to take a break every two hours. Maybe.

The repair works will take another few days. I'm sure glad weekend is coming so that my other half can take over. It's gonna be a whole load of work of packing and unpacking after that... there goes the school holidays!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We are moving - Part 1

Do people need a reason to buy a new house (well.. other than just to own one)? Maybe! Depending on your lifestyle perhaps. We bought another house early this year. There's nothing wrong with our house now except that maybe we need a bigger house now that the 4 brats are growing. Or maybe because the area that we are living now is not getting any better in terms of infrastructure, and maybe because the vacant land in front of my house now is becoming a dumpster despite the numerous complaints I made to the local council. Or perhaps simply because we want to live nearer to my family (err this one is not necessarily true because all my life I choose to live away from my family.. haha!) Or maybe simply because we want a new house... NOT.. only the rich simply buy a house.

The truth is it's the combination of a lot of things above except being rich. We are far from it. Let's just say we are sacrificing our savings for the better living environment for the kids. We will be moving to -what seemed to be- a better neighborhood with a well planned infrastructure and facilities within the vicinity. What I hope the most, other than the facilities, I will get good neighbors just as I have in my current neighborhood. The house is not any bigger than the current house just slighhhtttly bigger.

It will not be easy to start all over again after 7 years staying in my current house but I will have to adjust. I have to adapt to new neighbors, new graoceries store and market, new route and new steps. The two elder boys are already adjusting themselves to a new school which they have already been transferred to since September. Eussuv is doing well and enjoying the new school. Irsyad seems to take longer time to adjust both in making friends and studies. He did not do well in his finals as he usually did in his old school. We had a few "talk sessions" just to help him adapt.

I pray for a smooth transition for everything and everybody. We plan to celebrate the Eid Adha in the new house. It's two weeks away and goshhh... there's so much more to pack!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What if.....?

I'm in the midst of cleaning up and packing to move to a new house (this will be another entry!). Packing is really a big task if you have your things all the way from single life! Last nite I opened my treasure chest which stored some of after college memories. I found a few things to be thrown away, a few things to be kept further, a few things that made me go OMG, even a few "unwanted pictures"!

One thing though made me wonder. I found a stack of letters from various masters schools in the States for my inquiries about their masters programme. Hmmmm...! Then I found two letters of my GMAT exam results, (I took it twice just to prove myself!) then a few letters from sponsor telling me details of how they would sponsor my masters, letter to go for a Kursus Tatanegara and a few more. I went through everything and wonder... whyyy laaaaa I didn't take up the offer and go
?? What was I thinking then? What if I took up the offer? What would I be today? Will I still be here writing at home? Perhaps I would still be in the States and work there (well that was my dream then... to stay there like forever!) I might not have 4 kids and I might even marry somebody else...

The conclusion I made from reading the letter is just this.. my results for both my undergraduate studies and GMAT were not strong enough for me to be accepted at all the schools I inquired. The thing is.. I didn't even send in my applications! I was so scared of rejection I didn't even dare try even I already got the sponsorship! What I remembered again then, I was at such age where people are trying to do things that suits their life and, at 24-26 my life was such a turmoil and no direction (that's how it is if you have no parents I guess! You still need to be told at that age, or at least be guided!)

Whatever it was, it was... it has passed. I have no regrets. I was just wondering... what if..

I dumped everything away.. it's not valid anymore anyways.. even my GMAT results..Oh well.. and life goes on!