21 August 2010, Saturday – Finally, we moved in to our new home in Penang. From our temporary abode somewhere in Kepala Batas for more than 3 weeks, 4 of my male colleagues and I have began rocking a 2-storey-5-bedroom-penthouse at the 4th level of a condominium in Butterworth.
Look at the handsome lobby…
The first floor of this condo boasts of an inviting swimming pool, a gym and a sauna and a quaint Japanese kois pond. I can’t wait till I bring Tina and Gabby here in late October for a short break, I bet Gabby will enjoy frolicking in the kiddie pool…
The 4 male-medical educators whom I am sharing the place with are my batchmates back in Med school. Getting along with them isn’t new and far from being difficult. We all have experiences of living in dormitories and appartments during those days that we’re all cramming for exams, medical duties and other school stuffs ergo, living in a condo now in a foreign land is just a step higher from what we’re used to.
It was almost high noon when we transferred our luggages and essentials to our spacious new home.
Here’s a peek at day-1 of our penthouse-living…
The first floor has the dining and living areas, a kitchen and a laundry room. The unit is somewhat fully furnished except for 2 rooms without beds and wardrobes. But we’re not complaining because the fixtures and electric appliances seemed all new and what’s more amazing is the presence of split-type air conditioning units even in dining and living rooms.
I am grateful to my fellows that they allowed me to occupy the master’s bedroom for I have a kid and wife who’ll be visiting every now and then and who knows, might consider living with me here next year (our contract to this beautiful unit is only for a year but renewable to another one, hence options are open!). The monthly rate is affordable specially when shared at RM 1500 (PhP 21,0000). I say it’s hard to chance upon a place like this in Manila or possibly else where.
Take a peek at my room…
It’s equipped with Elba split-type a/c, a bath tub, wardrobe, a dresser and a king size chiropractic bed that’s so comfy I had a restful sleep on my first night.
I know you’ll agree to the fact that having a daily good night’s sleep or even a cat nap on a lazy weekend is priceless. So I prioritized to include in my first and few purchases in Penang a set of bedsheets, pair of pillows and a bolster.
My sleeping heaven is still a work in progress; I’ll try to save to buy few more sets of linens. I also want a firmer pillow; I prefer it than those softy ones.
I bought a wooden laptop mini desk with cooling pad in a furniture shop where my friends bought their other fixtures. I haggled it from the friendly Chinese owner from RM 99 to RM 88. *best when Skyping with Tina+Gabby*
My room opens to its own veranda that’s too perfect for a coffee or reading nook. Take note that the gorgeous sight of lush greens before the bay across George Town in Penang Island can also be appreciated morning after mornings from my windows.
The view from my veranda…
Almost all houses within the vicinity are outrageously huge and expensive; most are with luxury cars and whatnot. We were told that the community is mostly of rich Chinese families and Malaysian aviators who report for duty at a nearby air base.
Despite the fact that we’re all boys in the unit, we managed to pull our resources, headed to the grocery and bought foods and stuffs needed for the next days until payday comes.
The boys got so excited in seeing non-Halal section in Jusco Supermarket in Prai City that they hoarded few pieces of raw meat; chicken (possibly for tinola for we got enough of curried and spicy chix at work place), and yes finally, PORK and BEEF!
One of us volunteered to cook (sarap ng luto mo Doc Dante!), another fixed things in place, while I washed the dishes.
FYI, after almost 3 weeks of being OFWs in Penang, it was only last night that we get to cook our own meal. And guess what we had for our very first dinner after that long and tiring Saturday?
One of Pinoy favorites, PORK ADOBO spruced up with mushrooms and pineapple juice… Sarap!
Being in a country that does not patronize eating pork except in few Chinese eateries where grilled liempo is served, eating lean pork meat in soy sauce and vinegar (that’s also hard to find!) is such a big deal for us!
To Drs. Alvin, Carlo, Dante and Ronnie, here’s to more adobo-sessions in our little sanctuary!