Things I will miss:
The friends we’ve made:
My neighbours and their children-Daisy’s playmates. My neighbours are friendly and wonderfully helpful. In the evenings we shared quality time at the playground. Daisy learned the art of riding a bike (with stabilisers) and sharing ( sometimes). After the nannies left, my friend and neighbour took Daisy to nursery every day she could. So what? Well as it started at 8:00 is 15 minutes away. I took my daughter over to their flat each morning, sometimes with medicines and “Auntie” looked after her before taking Daisy and her son to nursery. I don’t know what I’d have done without them!
It is modern, bright spacious flat, the gardens and pool. The pool will be greatly missed by both me and my little one. That said, when I came I missed our trips to the ‘Turia’- the dried riverbed gardens of Valencia where you used to go to walk and play and for picnics. Then Daisy learned to swim and all was good, plus we found a great indoor play area. I wonder what we’ll find in the U.K..
They are so warm, and respectful of all the different cultures there are here.
Things we’ll miss but less so:
the green of the jungle; Chinese food; seeing the sea.
Things I won’t miss
My debit card randomly not working e.g. for some online purchases and even to pay for a meal- as after 10 p.m.(!)
Driving here! The windy road round Penang and the traffic jams at the weekends; motorbikes!
High rise building work spoiling the scenery and creating noise and dust. A knock on effect is erosion, meaning landslides cut some areas off when it was wet season.
Healthcare for my little one- insurance covers main hospitals and panel clinics (all about 30 minutes’ drive away). Fine if they offered a reliably good device, but I will not forget driving to the hospital, convinced my daughter had broken her thumb, to have the Dr touch it and ask
“Does this hurt a lot?”
Daisy didn’t scream.
“No? Then it’s not broken”
Her thumb is now a weird shake so I’m convinced I was right! Following this and other potential misdiagnoses we now go to a Dr we pay for. Long live the NHS!
Being asked what I earn and what the flat costs.
Not being able to swim in the sea in Penang for fear of jellyfish ( and pollution)
Nowhere is perfect and we have enjoyed our time here, but I am looking forward to heading home…