slice of life challenge day #5: a place to call home

slice of life 2014

When I lived in Korea, I lived in 3 different apartments in the span of 4 years. Part of the perks of being an international school teacher in Asia is that most schools provide housing for you. Another great thing about living in Korea was that the movers will PACK and UNPACK your luggage for a relatively affordable price. Plus, they are really quick and efficient with it. So moving, doesn’t end up being as big of a pain.

The last apartment I lived in was probably my favorite of the three. I had the master bedroom, a walk in closet (much needed) and a bidet toilet. Plus, in our apartment complex, only an elevator and short walk away were multiple restaurants (including Korean BBQ & soondoobo place), cafes, 7-11, dentist, dry cleaners, Baskin Robbins, karaoke, and more. Also, a few of my close friends and co-workers lived in the same building or neighboring apartment buildings.

After Korea, I moved to Singapore, and I felt very thankful that my school here provided us with a generous housing allowance. Singapore is considered apparently one of the most expensive cities to live in, which I don’t doubt especially with it high housing costs (World’s most expensive city)! This year, my apartment lease is ending and I wasn’t sure what I would do. Should I look for a new apartment or stay in my current place. I admit that my current apartment is really a good size for me, in good condition and I’ve had no big complaints, besides the certain gecko that likes to visit me sporadically.

I received an e-mail from my real estate agent today saying that my landlord was willing to renew my lease and keep my rent the same. I was a bit surprised. It seems like my choice has been made a lot easier for me now. However, I admit, I was a bit excited at the prospect of finding a new apartment, a new neighborhood to explore, and a new place to decorate.  Maybe it’s from moving homes every year or so in Korea. Maybe it’s this desire for change. Maybe it’s this wandering soul of mine.

Or just maybe, God wants me to stay put this time.


8 thoughts on “slice of life challenge day #5: a place to call home

  1. jaclynfre says:

    What a lovely option for you! But I can understand why moving is an attractive option. Having movers to pack and UNpack is AMazing!! The move to Indo was the first time I had professional movers and it was LOVELY! On gekkos, my home is filled with several and I am charmed by them. Not the least for the mosquito control factor. It’s the unique night calls that are most enchanting–that may be putting it too romantically though. I’m so glad I had the chance to visit Singapore before leaving SE Asia. All the best wherever you are meant to be.

    • jee young says:

      Geckos are pretty fun to have….I just get startled by them and I’ve also found a few dead ones as well. I hope you get to see as much of SE Asia while you are are here! 🙂

  2. elsie says:

    Moving is such a pain, but yet there is excitement in the newness of another place. Weighing options will lead you to your final decision. Perhaps you could just look to see what’s out there. However, if the picture was taken from your apartment, I think I’d be staying.

  3. Tara Smith says:

    What an amazing photograph. I used to love to move when I was young – I always found the change exciting and felt I grew as a result of each move. But, I an also tell that you simply like where you are – and knowing when to stay is a gift, too.

  4. isbergamanda says:

    I’ve never had movers pack and unpack stuff for me which is a good thing or else I would be moving every year too. I’m an international teacher in Venezuela, about to move to Valencia, and I am planning on packing and driving all of my stuff from Ciudad Ojeda to Valencia- I wish I had movers!!

    I just found your blog and I can’t wait to read more about your international teaching adventures!

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