In conjuction with the Awal Muharram we moved to a new place that is not so new.
My wife was bred and raised there for the first 16 years of her life before the whole family shifted to Alor Star.
The house was then occupied by various people, family and tenants for almost full cycle of Chinese Lunar Zodiac.
The place itself is actually older than me!
It is a sad feeling for us when we cleared our Shah Alam's coccoon, we were so used with the area and know almost everyone in the vicinity. The big Akak (KAK G) that sells nasik lemak, Matthias the tailor, the DVD adik, banks people, the 'boss' at the pasar mini that always keep stock of Teh Botol for me, the starbucks crew and many more.
Not to forget the people that we consider as our extended household: Faizal (thanks for helping angkat barang!) and Maria and the kids; Nanna & Family; Mr. Bonggo, Jaja and the Kamari Boys; and all the familiar faces that knows Tich on a first name basis.
I started to feel like Dickens, it is a real Tales of Two Cities (although it is just a change of borough actually).
Anyway, a new place marks a new beginning and two new year celebrations in few days is something very special for our Hijrah, for a better tomorrow.
Happy Awal Muharram and New Year!
p/s: I love this new area but I left my heart in Shah Alam.