When Retna and I started @aboutcom_my in 2002, we did not have any weekend to spend for ourselves more so with the kids.
We spent most of the weekends, working. Meeting ends meet. It’s not that easy now as well. But, we learn one thing from many of our clients. When you do not take a break for yourself, some day, you may break.
So, we put aside weekend, if we can, many of the weekends, to be at home for each other, and also for the kids. Not to forget, the two dogs (used to be one, now fostering mom in law’s dog for time being) too.
So in a trial and error kind of practice we used to take the kids out some where, occasionally with the dog. But, there are just so many places we could go to in Klang Valley. And, we will always ended up having meals at a mall, and then spent some time there. So Retna and I think, this method may not work well for our kids especially we may be teaching them weekends = malls.
Then, we moved on to think of something else, we could go somewhere and stay there. We ended up going to Kuala Kubu Baru for some of the weekends, but we never stay there. We were tempted to stay in Fraser Hill, but the costs of doing so, just simply too high.
When one of aboutcom’s colleagues was looking for a house to buy, we also shared the same desire to assist him to search for it. We spotted some properties that fit his requirements and after some months, we ended buying ourselves.
That, leads us to a piece of studio apartment which we just got the key end of last year.
We thought the property is in great location with high demand for rental. Well, let’s just put it that the property developers always painted such a nice picture, which is often beyond the reality.
So, we kept the property, cleaned it up, bought some stuff to make the place live-able.
The property comes with the shared swimming pool and gymnasium.
After all that is done, we spend most of the weekends at this property, of which we called it, weekend home for Tan-Vijayans.
What do we do there.
We play cards, chat, swim and exercise in the gymnasium. And of course a lot of reading.
There is a TV there, but there is no connection to satellite tv , neither the connection to the centralised antenna system. So, the kids will not get any TV time while they are here.
At night, with all the lights off, we could just look out the windows, with a great night views.
How do you like to spend your weekends?