I believe pregnancy instantly makes you grow up. I know its funny saying it given how I’m just 1 year shy away from being 30 therefore I *should* already be matured but I’ve always seen myself as a carefree person.
My husband sold the apartment a few months ago. I always saw it as a bachelor pad instead of a ‘home’ and till today I have no idea why he invested in all 993 square feet of it when he knew he was probably going to get married and settle down.
Lately I’ve been quite bent on buying a house since our baby will be arriving. Call it a need to find a nest or whatever you want. I simply can’t bear the thought of staying in a rented place, what more, shiver at the thought of the owner conveniently telling us she wants the place back when the baby arrives.
And then there’s our OZ move………frankly now with Peanut on her way, I doubt we’ll be making the move any time soon. Taking the big leap and risk to leave everything here and try our luck in a foreign land at this point is NOT the wisest thing a parent could do. I could never deny my own parents the opportunity of playing grandparents esp when they’re so keen and excited for the baby. They absolutely can’t do that here while we’re there. Period.
I’ve told my husband to extend his visa and truly believe it will be granted given our situation. He however doesn’t believe that would be the case. I sometimes resent the fact on how he’s holding on to the prospect of moving to OZ this year. Because of this we’re giving up so many good opportunities to a great life in Malaysia itself. Malaysia may not be a perfect country, but it’s the only country I’ve grown up in and a place I call home, no matter how shitty things can be – politically. I stand by the notion that the grass is not necessarily greener on other side. Guess some people need to experience it first hand to find out
Ok now back to a house – I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and it’s ridiculous how landed property prices have surged over the years. We would love to get a house but given how it’s close to one million for a house in prime KL area, we’re now deduced to looking for an apartment. On average, a decent home in KL area would cost – anywhere between RM800k-RM1.2 million And apartment in a prime area would be RM500k for less than 1,000 squarefeet and can go up to RM800k for a 1,500 squarefeet apartment. Even if you can find something within that price range, you’ll still need to renovate it which would further cost you another RM50k. Insane much? Trust me, I’ve done my research.
Some of the key features we’re looking for –
- Minimum space of 1,500 squarefeet and above – I’m not looking for anything humongous, perhaps just a little space so the baby can crawl
-Located in KL, preferably near my parents place – This is important to me because it will make dropping the baby off to my parents’ a whole lot easier once I go back to work.
- Within our budget - the lesser it is, the better
To date we’ve already seen one house that’s REALLY gorgeous – of course that’s like RM1.2 milion therefore it’s not something we’re even going to consider. Dad thought it would be a great idea just to have a look see (and also because it’s 5 mins away from my parent’s home) but I think that has only made me depressed on how insane the market price is here. Boy, the house was definitely gorgeous though *pray that I win the jackpot soon*
Anyway, I think this little romper that I got over the weekend at the Mother-Baby Expo in Mid Valley sums it all.
We’re doing all this for her