Moving Musings

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If you’ve been following my blog and Twitter, you’ve probably seen me de-clutter and clean more than usual. I de-cluttered my film, book, and manga collections. I threw away all my childhood stuffed animals save for one. I’ve even shared things that my parents have found that interested me (old Filipino money and an ancient rotary phone). I had a silent goal of cleaning up my clutter for two reasons: to lessen up what I own and to prepare for a move.

My parents and I are moving into a new house, five minutes away to a different neighbourhood. We’re leaving the flat I’ve called home since 2001. Sixteen years, and it’s where I’ve lived for exactly half of my life. This flat even outranks our previous house, where we lived for about ten years.

I hated our previous place and its neighbourhood, but I absolutely adore our current place. Our current flat is huge, and I had enjoyed having a humongous bedroom, living room, kitchen, and computer room. This is the home I spent my last two years of high school and my undergrad and postgrad years, and it is where I began my life as a working adult. I spent hours on my hobbies here and even raised my beloved rabbit. Suffice to say, this flat gave me a lot of memories.

The new neighbourhood will be more residential than my current one. My current one used to be mostly residential, but it has become more commercialistic and went through gentrification. I do adore this area, though, and it’s good I am only five minutes away by bus and 15-20 minutes on foot.

Despite the new place being nearby, leaving my current place feels bittersweet. I’ve been a part of this area for so long, that it will feel weird saying I live in “XYZ” instead of “ABC”. To be honest, I am not thrilled by the move; I don’t do changes well. However, this move is inevitable, and I hope to become fond of the new house and area. This will be a new chapter of my life, and I will make the best of it!

With that said, I’ll be away for a while — gotta move, settle in, and install our new internet connection, so who knows how long that will take (hopefully not long). See you all from my new place!


  1. I hope you’ll have a good move to the new place! Even though change is a bit hard to adjust to, at least you’re not moving too far away when you’re in a new region. You’ve made some good memories in your current home but I am sure you’ll make many more in your next one! Hope this doesn’t mean your commute to work won’t be longer. The internet company better not take too long with setting you up with the internet connection!!!

  2. Aww I feel you! This is exactly how I felt when my family moved from our old apartment to our current house. Our old apartment wasn’t the best area – it’s actually pretty chaotic over there especially if you’re not used to it, but that’s the place I called home for half my life. Of course, the new place is huge, and I get my own bedroom (which is awesome), but somehow I really missed the community vibe I got in our old place.

    I hope the move goes well and I know that it will be quite difficult to adjust, especially since you’ve lived in your current place for so many years, but just take this as an opportunity to make new memories in a new place :) That sounds exciting, doesn’t it? :)

  3. It makes sense why you’re feeling bittersweet about moving. You have lived at your current place for many, many years, and you loved it and have grown accustomed to it. On the other hand, change is something we should always embrace. It’s always nice to experience different things and new environments.

    And ugh. I need to declutter. I just have stuff I no long want in random piles.

  4. Aahh, I can see how it’s tough to leave an area that you really like and one that you’ve been in for so long. I hope after getting the hang of the new place, you’ll like it just as much! That’s nice that it’s not too far away at least. Good luck with the move! I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

  5. I thought that I was the only one who’s ever moved only 5 minutes from their childhood home – to a different neighborhood. I miss my old house though. It was a small rancher house, but it wasn’t in the best area. I just miss how cozy it was. But, I do like our house now too, even if this area is going a bit, down hill (no surprise, because it’s so close to where we were).

  6. I hope you grow to love the new house! I’m sorry you’ve had to leave your old home after being there for so many years, that must have been difficult.

  7. This actually reminds me that I need to declutter my room… AGAIN. Hahaha. But I’ve been wanting to do a big declutter and redecorate my room for the longest time, but I just haven’t got round to it T_T Also, procrastination may be a factor but that’s whatever, haha.

    You made a lot of memories at your place – I can imagine it’s hard leaving that place :( Nevertheless, I hope the new place turns out just as good (although from your tweets I’m guessing not yet???)

  8. Wow, lots of people I know are doing cleaning and moving these days. I’m even cleaning out and trying to get rid of things for the chance that I might have to downgrade since my duplex is getting more and more costly and my job won’t give me a good raise to make up for it.
    Good luck with the move and the adjustment. I hope it all goes well for you. ♥

  9. Moving around is a bittersweet moment, but I’m sure you’ll make wonderful memories at your new place! I, too, need to de-clutter. Wish you the best on the move!

  10. I feel your pain on the internet. I hope you get your internet connection soon! Surviving only on my phone was pretty painful. And of course, good luck on moving in and making everything feel comfortable. I saw all your Twitter updates, so I hope things are at least a little (or a lot!) better now!

    I hope you make lots of good memories at your new place!

  11. I know how you feel Tara! I lived in the Philippines for 15 years and having to move across the world was a HUGE change for me. Now, I can’t actually imagine leaving the house I’ve lived in for the past 10 years now, ha.

    Anyways, good luck with your move! I hope everything goes well and that you’ll start making new memories there soon.

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