It seemed like just another day. But everything changed in the evening.
My father came home from work and dropped a bombshell on the family. We would be moving house next month! His boss transferred him to take on a new job position in Kota Kinabalu.
I was shocked and surprised by the unexpected news. My parents began discussions that lasted till midnight. However, I only heard that my little sister would stay with my grandparents for some time until my parents could find a good child care centre for her.
The days passed by quickly. My parents had a long list of things to pack up before Dad’s transfer. I was saddened that my little sister would not be joining us in Kota Kinabalu. At the same time, I was happy that she was staying with my grandparents.
Soon it was time to leave. We gathered our packed bags and left for our flight. At the airport, we went through the boarding process to get on the plane. Feeling tired, I slept throughout the journey and was awakened by my mother on arrival.
We finally settled into our new home, and my little sister joined us the following year. I was so overwhelmed to see how quickly she had grown.
Moving house was well organised by my parents. I was barely seven years old when we moved house to Sabah. It has been four years since I first planted my footprints here in Kota Kinabalu after being uprooted from Johor. I like it here as I have made many new friends and I like my new school too. I admit that I miss my grandparents dearly and often think of them.
Life goes on in a new place. We are all happy here. – By Fu Rui Kai, 11.
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