I remember the first time my friend, took me to her house. We had been best friends since the primary 4 but I had never been to her house before.
I was expecting a small, modest home, but instead, she took me to a beautiful semi-D I remember the large wraparound porch, the manicured lawn, and the inviting interior.
My friend’s family had been living in this semi – D for years, and it was a place of comfort and security for her.
Says that she is sad need to downgrade, end up still stay condo in orchard
Soon after, her family’s life had been turned upside down. Her father’s business had failed, and they were suddenly in financial trouble.
They had to make the difficult decision to downgrade their living situation and move out of the Semi-D.
Lisa was devastated. She had grown up in that house and it held so many happy memories. She was sad to leave it behind.
She whined about it to me and I genuinely felt sad for her, as she had a very nice place and her family and herself were all very nice people.
Turns out that her ‘downgrade’ was to a condo in Orchard
I thought that she would be moving to a HDB just like the average Singaporean but it turns out that her ‘downgrade’ was still an ‘upgrade’ to many of us.
So, her family moved into a condominium in Orchard and while many would have envied the house that they moved into, my friend said that it was difficult for her to adjust.
She was used to having all the space she wanted, and now she had to share a smaller living space with her family. She was also sad that she was no longer surrounded by the beautiful and familiar sights of her old neighborhood.
Thankfully she was not a spoilt brat and she adjusted
The transition to the condominium was difficult for her, but eventually, she began to adjust. She painted the walls of her bedroom a bright yellow, and she filled it with photos and mementos from her old home.
She also began to make new memories in her new home. She and her family took walks around the complex and visited the nearby park. Slowly but surely, the new condominium began to feel like home to Lisa.
I remember visiting her in her new home for the first time and was also ‘wow-ed’ by it.
She told me that despite the difficult circumstances that led to her family’s move, she finally learnt how to be contented.
She had learned to appreciate the small things in her new home, like the comfortable furniture and the convenient location.
She was also thankful for the close relationships she had with her family and the support they provided each other during this challenging time.