At the risk of embarrassing myself again, let me show you what the inside of my rented house looks like. Consider this your sneak peek into a single man’s house.
Actually my main intention is to store some pictures in my blog. I will be moving to a new place (still rented) within a month from now. Might as well write something and then have a laugh when I look back at this post some time in the future.
As you can see, it is pretty simple. An untidy bed, a chair, and a very messy multipurpose table. See that brownish round thing in front of the laptop? That’s where I put my meals, be it in a bowl or a plate. The exercise bike doubles up as a hanger for my shopping bag when not in use. There’s also a closet and a plastic rack container for storage. What you cannot see here is my 28 inch luggage.
The Living Room:
We don’t use this place much. I am not close friends with my housemates, we pretty much stick to ourselves in our rooms. The table belongs to the landlord. The clothes rack are mine, I use it for additional clothes drying capacity because there’s a ceiling fan there. We don’t dry our clothes outdoors because nobody is usually at home in the day and it rains often. Then there’s a big pile of mess known as the shoes in the far corner.
The house comes with those cabinets and sink. The rest are mine, including the fridge and washing machine. The housemates use the washing machine (I let them use it), but I am the only one who cooks.
The Dining Area:
Since we pretty much stick to ourselves, we don’t dine together and didn’t get around to getting a dining table. We converted the dining area into our main clothes drying area.
The bathroom and toilet are separated. I think this is the standard for government built housing. Yes, the house that I am renting is a government built house, and it is very old. The landlord installed a water heater for us, and the toilet is squat toilet.
I think this house was built in the 1970s when Tun Lim Chong Eu began to develop Bayan Lepas into an industrial zone.
I’m not sure if I will miss this house or not. I have been staying here for almost 5 years now, give or take a few months. Probably not, since I did not bother to make this house into a homey place. The only reason I stayed this long is because the location is superb, 3 minutes drive to the office. And I am lazy to move because I have the fridge and washing machine to contend with.
Don’t have a choice now. The landlord wants to increase the rent, again. And the latest increase is pricing me out of renewing the contract. I suppose it is unavoidable, a couple of the neighboring houses has been rented to people who converted the houses into shops, and these
assholes people can generally pay more. And you know how we Chinese rolls, we like to charge based on market price instead of cost price.
Anyway, I’ll be busy with yet another thing in this coming month. House moving. Maybe I’ll show you my new place, in time 😉