I was wondering how to write my first post of 2017 when I realised, hey, we usually get a lot of things covered when we sit down over coffee. Our first of the year and first in Bintulu (we finally moved here last week!). So come on in and welcome to our new house. It’s a standard issue intermediate double storey but it’s ours, and after living like nomads for a while, it’s not something I’ll take for granted easily. Now, I shall officiate my special-for-guests-only mugs for you. Don’t mind the boxes still unopened in the corners and watch out for the toys scattered in strategic places.
All settled? So, if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that while everyone was focused on 1st January 2017, I was totally obsessed with 2nd January 2017 – the day of our move. We had to catch an early flight out and leaving the house at 6 a.m. with two young kids is no easy feat. However, compared to all our previous moves, this one was relatively smooth. For once we didn’t pay overweight luggage fines and there were no meltdowns on the flight (adults included).
We spent our first morning in Bintulu at the beach while the Mr was at work. It’s not a swimming beach but if you know where to look, there are strips of sand that’s perfect for splashing foamy waves lapping at the shoreline and chasing tiny crabs. Except for some town council workers and the occasional fisherman, we had the place to ourselves. At first, all my city girl paranoia was on high alert – muggers and kidnappers could ambush us at any moment! But I slowly relaxed. Bintulu isn’t that kind of a place. So with the lulling sound of breaking waves punctuated by the kids’ shrieks, we became saltier and browner by the minute.
It was all so very idyllic… and so very short lived.
Trouble started on the same evening when I took the girls to visit their kindergarten. Anne was attending it before we left to Japan and it seemed like a no brainer for them both to go there this year.
After just four days of school, we pulled Anne out. Once the dust settles, I will share what I learnt from the events that unfolded. Never know – some of you might find it helpful. Such is life, right? New year or not, it just keeps throwing curve balls and rainbows at you.