The house that we didn’t rent


We have been going in and out of the house today. Meeting property agents after agents. Calling and negotiating.


We suddenly have the crazy idea of renting a house just to enjoy the space. Houses in Penang cost over RM1 million now. That is something we can never afford or will want to spend the money on.


So, the easiest is to rent a house. Renting house in Penang is much cheaper than condominium. We saw one house in Jalan Choong Lye Hin which is really fun. It has durian, coconut, rambutan, guava and frangipani (that pinkish/white flowers) and a huge field at the front and back.


But we didn’t take that one because it is kind of spooky. I imagine when I am alone during the mornings and noises come the creaking floor board upstairs. Or at nights when some shadow lingers around the balcony outside.

So, we went back to the first house we saw yesterday (and liked). It is in the midst of restaurants, hawkers, 7-11 and near to the bus stop. Had confirmed with the landlady that we want that one. The one we are renting has four bedrooms upstairs complete with built-in wardrobe, writing desk and side table.

Downstairs, the living room has two levels and there is a wet and dry kitchen. Nice…

The porch can accomodate four cars! And the front garden is perfect for BBQs. And the selling point is my little boy is so excited about the long bath. The only negative point is there is no grass (and weeds) as they had cemented the garden.

So, we are moving like right now. We will get the paperworks done tomorrow and packing starts soon.

Our current apartment will be rented out.

Oh, I am not putting photos of the house we are renting cos privacy mah…..But it is at Hillside.

19 thoughts on “The house that we didn’t rent

  1. apa nama – Lucky I didn’t rent it or else I kill you for spooking me. But hor, the place got datuk kong shrine in the garden one. Wonder why so superstitious the previous owner. (who stayed for 10 yrs)

    mun – Ya, plenty of space for my books.

  2. yeah man … one look at the first picture confirm more than one looking down the window le… scary man….

    shifting house sounds like fun. happy packing, unpacking, cleaning, cleaning & still cleaning. Then unpack unpack still unpack…… *headache*

  3. redbabe – No lah, the house faces west. According to Lilian the blogger cum fengshui crapper, west is not a good direction cos the setting sun is freaking hot and gives off reflections on the window only. Anyway, I told my hubby I have ‘jom’ a place for Jesus in the new place. He said, Jesus jaga hantu only. I told him, my Jesus jaga hampalang, including hantu and orang LOL.

  4. Welcome to the neighbourhood Lilian.I’m just around the corner in Jl.Bunga Pundak.
    The BEST Nasi Pandan stall is in the Hillside Hawker Center run by Din and his wife (both of them has a flat in Tg. Tokong)

  5. Wah, thanks for reverting to the old template, the new one with the johnson and johnson background basically cannot load at all. Now I can start reading back from the page, previously a lot of my friends stop reading because the page can’t load. šŸ™‚

  6. Actually it is a good idea! Who thought of that hah, the accountant kah?

    Renting out your apartment (which is smaller and flood-prone) and use the rental to rent a house to stay (more spacious and free from flood). As like you say, renting a house is much cheaper then apartment, you can have a more spacious and comfortable place by swapping houses, without incurring much addition expenses. (rental enough to cover ah?) Afterall, the important point is we get to enjoy the quality of living at the moment, who cares whether we own the house or not hor…..

    All the best to your moving to a new home and looking forward to see lots of nice2 pics of the house …… šŸ˜‰

  7. Domino – Now it is impossible to buy a new house already. The only ones are on reclaimed land like Tg Tokong or near the bridge there. If buy those old old ones, need to renovate at least RM70K to make it liveable. So, what’s the point of owning one. I sold off my Sg. Ara house last time because driving was a bitch. Lucky I sold it cos nowadays, the jam is worse.

    My neighbour who is in her early fifties just died. We were so shock cos she is all healthy but died of a heart attack overnight. So, must enjoy every moment now and not plan too far. Right here, right now more important.

  8. Now, u can ‘enjoy’ the million traffic lights before reaching your new rented home…I like the area but every time, I go around there, the darn traffic lights make me want to tear someone’s head off, specifically the ones who put up the traffic lights.

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