My house is almost done, as in those things that can be done before CNY and with the cash flow that I have!
1) Painting done - except for one wall which the painter painted wrongly
2) Wet kitchen done - except for the drainage slab covering that has been ordered and not yet fixed
3) Dry kitchen done - except for the solid surface which will be done by today
4) Upstairs cabinets done - except for the handles which are going up today
5) Grill and backdoor all done
Still outstanding before CNY
1) Water filter - provided that #%$^# Syabas puts in the water meter before the appointed date
2) Lights and fan, curtain rod, heater and bathroom accessories - going up today
3) Alarm activation and auto gate handover - appointment today
So, today marks the day that all the finishings will be going in. By this evening I will get to feel my house.
But then this morning, I had these thoughts.
Moving into my new house would mean:
1) I have to be more aware of security and safety when I get in and out of the house. Unlike in the condo where some sort of security is already in place and the chances of a snatch thief hurting you and running away with something as soon as you get out of your car is almost nil.
2) No more community living so that means if you want to get into the mood of any celebration, you have to buy them yourself and decorate your area. Currently in my condo, they have put up some CNY lanterns and it really puts everyone in the mood for CNY.
3) No more simply going down to the courtyard for a walk, to play at the playground or to go for a swim. If I wanted to go for a walk or take my son to the playground, I would have to drive out and head to the park. The playground around my new housing estate is not that well taken care of, sadly.
4) No more hello and bye-bye to neighbours that happen to go out when we do. And somehow you are forced to be closer, by the fact that you have to share a lift to the carpark.
5) No more quick 30 minute sweeping and mopping.
But living in a house also means:
1) Maybe I can get a dog.
2) Maybe I can have a small garden.
3) More space for the kids to play in the house, and thus hopefully less time at the malls.
4) And I bet for Christopher, he is happy that he has got so many steps to climb now.
So with apprehension and excitement I look forward to the next few weeks of packing, cleaning, moving and settling.