I have been a resident of my current place for more than 14 years. Probably bordering 15 years. Honestly this place in Damansara Perdana is super awesome. There were times that I felt I needed to move out but after a while that feeling just dies off. Partly because I am so comfortable.
There are quite a number of reasons why I needed to move out:
The condo is falling apart. Seriously there are cracks that I don’t want to see.
The lift is perpetually hanging on its lifeline. One out of three lifts are dead.
The parking is way too low for my defender.
A highway is coming up in front of my house. Gosh.
For item 3 – there have been a lot of news about DASH – which is the highway that will cut thru from Damansara Perdana all the way to Shah Alam. As much as I hate the fact that they are building a highway in front of my current house, but I recognise that this a fact of life in development will continue forever and ever.
I have narrowed down a few options but I am not sure yet. From areas perspective – probably in the region of Damansara Heights or Kenny Hills. Damn atas I must say. Didn’t quite like Mont Kiara because it’s too congested to my knowledge. I do have a lot of friends who stays there and I supposed they got used to it. Now it takes me about 30 mins to get to office from home in the morning and in the evening. If I do stay in Mont Kiara, it probably going to take me much longer (lol).
Buying a new property is not something that can be taken lightly. I have not bought any property to stay in a long time, and I guess this time I need to do properly. I don’t mind buying a second hand property because by doing that I know that the property mechanics is something that is manageable. Well – for apartment especially, a new apartment may be nice, but in actual fact staying in a less populated apartment may be a bit daunting. I still remember when I was staying in my apartment for the first time. Being one of the few tenants that actually moved in after receiving the key, it was very creepy!
Seriously. Then again, an old apartment will have its own fair share of issue. The things that I spoke about like dying lifts, cracked walls and who knows burst pipes. Lets see, I have so many things to consider.
Here are my view or criteria or my next place:
1. It needs to be closer to the city (where I work)
2. It needs to have a balcony at the living room
3. It needs to be bigger than where I am staying (lol)
4. It needs to have a bigger kitchen
5. It needs to be able to fit a big dining table
Seems like I just want something bigger. Well I think I just want something in which I can entertain people. I do enjoy cooking and all, but having a small place is very prohibitive in getting people to come over to my place to have a nice dinner. If I can fit a dining table for 10-12 will be awesome. Not to the extent of parties and such, but just a nice evening with family and friends to come over.
Of course my criteria will mean that it will be an expensive affair, but sometimes you need to spend money on your place because you spend more time in your place than in your office (this is true for my new job). I will still ponder. Anyway – I do have about 6 months to work thru the details and choose the place of my liking before I am able to buy. I am really looking forward to tap on my staff loan where the rates are pretty good. Much better than commercial rates out there. Lets see.
It has been a while since I touched this blog. I know I have not completed the rest of the blog entries for my series Jobless in Japan, but I guess that will come slowly. I seriously need to finish it. Honestly – in most days I was too tired to process my photos and start writing. The plan was to write while I am on the train, but I guess after a while, the trip on the train was must shorter than I expected.
Anyway – my 28 days adventure already over and I am now back in Malaysia working. Will try my best to complete the rest of the 18 days of adventure. Well towards the last 4 days when I got to Tokyo, there was not much things to see as I have been in Tokyo multiple times. And I spent a lot more walking around and shopping, finishing my holiday budget 🙂
So I have left my previous life as a consultant for a multinational and now I have moved on to be a banker. Not really a full fledge banker but more as a support function to help them transform, focusing more on complex project management. It is quite a challenging job, especially the fact that I have not been in the industry before. I guess its something that I have to learn.
There are so much difference from being in consulting industry versus being in an end user environment. For once, I do have a lot more time to myself. Yes the working hours is more fixed and less flexible, but I find having fixed hours is a lot better than the need to stay up at work very late. In fact now that I have more time, perhaps I can spend more time writing on this blog. There are so many things in my mind that I want to write, but because I am so busy with work (before), I just can’t get myself to move and write something.
OK – time for me to start a new challenge. Starting from today, I will do a 30 days challenge to write something on my blog. Time to bring it to life again. I remember, at one time I did spend a lot of time writing because its something that I enjoy. Yes – I don’t have much followers, but sometimes it is great just to write something, and publish. You never know – somebody may just go to your site and read. My writing is definitely very lousy, especially after not writing for a while. But its ok, I guess its something that I need to push myself to do. In fact for the 30 days, perhaps what I should do is to share the things that I learn from banking! I do have a check list of terms that I wanted to learn. It will be useful for me to write, and pen my thoughts. It may be wrong, may be right – but who cares.
This is my fourth city after Nagano, Kyoto, Kagoshima and Nagasaki of my jobless south tour of Japan. The way the route was designed is to go as far as I can first (long train journeys) and then move to shorter ones. In fact – after looking at the last 4 cities. It may not be a bad idea to have long travels on the train as long as those are Shinkansen.
According to Wiki – Japanese: çiɾoɕima) is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu – the largest island of Japan. Hiroshima, a name meaning “Broad Island”, gained city status on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1980, Hiroshima became a designated city. As of August 2016, the city has an estimated population of 1,196,274. The gross domestic product (GDP) in Greater Hiroshima, Hiroshima Urban Employment Area, is US$61.3 billion as of 2010. This is 1/5 of Malaysia with 1/30 of the population!!!
Today is day 8-9 and I have surpassed a third of my jobless holiday. It has been great to be honest. Despite having withdrawal symptoms – I am feeling better now. To have time to think about life. Two things in my mind for sure – I wish I had travelled more when I was younger and I am wish I am much fitter. Not that current fitness level is stopping me for doing anything, but being fitter will allow me to do more!
Back to My holiday. Nagasaki is a port town. Back during the Shogunate era, Nagasaki is the only port that was opened to foreigners. In fact only to the Dutch. That’s why when you walk around Nagasaki – you do see a lot of Dutch influences. This is way before the English and American started coming.
Observing how the population works, I think the town is more of a trading town. There are not much of professionals around (like bankers and such). Well this could be because I am not staying at the posh area.
During my visit here, there were two major things that I visited and learnt. Gunkanjima(or Hashima) and Atomic Bomb.
It has been about a 10 days since I last left my previous job. I must say the job that I had was really demanding and took a lot from me. I spent day and night on the job. Even though I might not be looking at the laptop, my brain were constantly thinking and my eyes were glued to my phone.
Fast forward 10 days, I don’t have any emails to check, no task to think, no nothing. I do feel some sort of emptiness because I don’t have an objective to achieve. Which is why I started blogging again. In my current travel – my production rate is quite good in which my photos and videos were out about +1 day!
During this time when I am not occupied with work, I am thinking on what would I do in my next gig. It will not be easy as I have not been in that industry before. But to me – in order for me to be successful, I need to get out of my comfort zone and do something new. Despite the fact that my previous job is hard, I am actually pretty good at it and I very comfortable on the things that I do. So much so that I am in control of a lot of the parameters.
In the new gig – completely new industry, new colleagues, new bosses. Am I ready? Well now obviously no – but in about a month time I am sure I am.
I now need to decide on how I want to shape my thinking and personality for the new role. It is going to be a huge challenge but I want to make it big. It is an organization that is known to be hard but if you do well it’ll be rewarding.
In addition to reflecting on my role, I also need to reflect on my responsibility towards my health and well being. I know in my previous role I have been neglecting quite a bit of my health. I am now in the process of reversing it and hoping that with more bandwidth that I have in my new job, I would be able to make it better (or rather certainly).
So in summary, here are my thoughts on my jobless reflection:
Looking forward for a new challenge in an uncomfortable position.
Looking at better me(health and well being) with the new found bandwidth (hopefully).