Tuesday, 29 September 2009

East or West?

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.

6 comments:

k@Ye_ said...

I can understand how you feel... I used to dread travelling from Bedok to Boon Lay during my uni days....

But these days will soon pass once everyone settled down. :)

WaterLearner said...

Ting,

Singapore is so small, with a car, everywhere is easily accessible within an hour.

But I do agree that it would be good to stay where it's more convenient for the kids to get to schools though. Less time travelling means more time sleeping?! Oh well, it could also mean more time playing computer games?!

Blur Ting said...

Kaye - The kids are at the age where they're independent yet not that independent enough. Know what I mean?

Blur Ting said...

Karen - That's what I think too! What is so difficult about getting on the train and standing for 45 minutes right?

Apparently I've been told train journeys are very torturous because of the shoving and pushing during peak hours. And walking home under the afternoon heat can be unbearable. Oh well... they don't drive you see!

petunialee said...

North! North! Huge penthouses for a song, sitting on the only piece of granite bedrock in Singapore. No fear of tremors...

Blur Ting said...

Petunia - Haha! Near my parent's house too!