I used to wonder why some friends of mine move about so much but now I'm beginning to see why. A year ago, I moved out of my parent's house in the West to an apartment in the East.
I fell in love with the patio garden and made an offer immediately. The fact that it was perched on a hilltop added to the charm. It didn't occur to me that the train station and bus-stops are quite a distance away.
At that time, CH was living nearby. I thought it was nice to be in the same neighbourhood so he could come for dinner or go running with me. It was great for several months, until he relocated.
Of course, it helped that YK's school was merely 5km away then. Now he has to travel all the way to the West everyday. After a long train journey, he has to tackle the uphill climb to get home. When he's running late, he takes a cab.
I should have been more far-sighted for I'm beginning to have second thoughts now. Perhaps I should look for a place in the west, one that is nearer to the kids' schools, universities and my parent's home? It should be easily accessible, yet secluded enough to offer enough privacy. I would like a bright house with bigger rooms and a decent garden.
Oh, but it sounds so out of reach already. I don't think this is happening anytime soon but at least I can dream about it.