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Sat 08 Dec 2007

Way Stations

Category : Commentary/WayStation.txt

I've got a change to make in MailServe and one to DNS Enabler. And I've got at least tacit permission to use Dovecot in MailServe for Leopard and so I'm looking forward to working on it. But all these have to wait till after Christmas because I'm moving house. In another week, we should be done with the renovation at the new place and be ready to move.

I hadn't planned on moving this year. We bought an apartment to move to at the end of next year (it's still being built). Both my wife and me had felt that we would rather spend more time on our respective work than tending to the garden and killing the weeds and removing the awful droppings from the stray cats (somehow they all seem to love coming over to our garden). But Singapore is experiencing, right now, one of its periodic irrational exuberance over real estate and we got an offer for our house that we'd be rather dumb to refuse. So we took it and found this shop house that overlooks the Bedok Reservoir.

There's plenty of green, nice trees, birds, a serene lake-view, and the perfect place to run - 5 km around the reservoir. And we're on the Singapore Park Connector, which connects the major coastal parks on the eastern side of Singapore over 42 km. Great for cycling, too.

There's a 680 sq-ft working space on the ground floor for our office - with a lovely 15-foot ceiling. And we live in the two-bedroom residence upstairs. So, we may stay here for the one year, or even longer if it turns out to be fun.

It looks perfect. Which leaves me wondering - with the residential real estate prices overtaking the all-time high, and with office rentals having more than doubled - why did no one else try to combine the two - buy something like we did? We'll know very soon - if people know something that we don't. Anyway it is, at worst, only for a year. I'm game to try anything. So, yet another way station on the road less traveled.

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