In this country there are 2 cities that really make me feel most welcomed and at home: Kuala Terengganu and JB. (Bera is my hometown, so it doesn’t count.) As for JB I can understand it because I used to spend 5 years of my early life studying there, but Kuala Terengganu?
I was not born there, don’t remember having more than 1 relative staying there, never lived there and definitely not planning to move there. It’s kind of funny whenever we went to Kuala Terengganu, it felt like going back to my origins. The food is unquestionably good, the beaches are definitely beautiful, the people are friendly and caring, cost of living is considerably low and I really don’t mind having to visit every customer we have there for the whole week.
It’s quite difficult to explain, but my favorite vacation (and sometimes work) destination has always been Kuala Terengganu. A friend once asked if I were to become a stay at home mom, what I would do. My answer was, I’d become a full time writer in Kuala Terengganu. I know it’s funny but I just couldn’t help it. There were times when I hoped and prayed that Mr Hubby would be posted to the East Coast so that I could live my dreams (that is to stay at home, lounging on the sofa and pretend to have some book writing in progress).
Now I think my dream almost came true when Mr Hubby will be working outside KL for a year and a half, but it’s in JB not KT. Still, JB is my other favorite town, so I’m quite happy. Although the dream to become a stay at home mom seems far fetched now due to some financial factors (hutang credit card yang berlambak, car installment etc), I’m just glad I’ll be going to JB at least twice a month. Driving alone at night with the kids fighting in the car is quite a challenge, no doubt about that. My motivation throughout the 3 hours drive has always been THE GLORIOUS JB FOOD! Hahahaha. No offence to Mr Hubby, of course I’m excited to see him but the main motivating factor is still the FOOD.
Now the kids are always looking forward to visiting JB because Mr Hubby has moved into a rented apartment with a biiiiig pooool and 2 playgrounds, yeay!
It feels really good to be able to escape KL life once in a while. I just don’t feel I fit in this hectic KL lifestyle, I don’t understand why. Maybe I am the country living type. I have a small piece of land in Bera, it’s near Tr1ang River. Someday….. maybe someday I’ll build a small house and live there after my retirement.
By the way, my boss asked me a few weeks ago on how long I plan to continue working, I told him 10 years. Well, I lied. Hehehehehe…