CITY lifestyle can be lonely sometimes, especially when one has to uproot oneself from familiar surroundings for the sake of a career.
Condo living is one of the options urbanites opt for. It is convenient when compared to living on a landed property.
KH Lee, his wife and daughter used to live in a house, but decided to switch to living in a condominium about six years ago.
“We did it mainly because of security,” said Lee, who works with an oil and gas company.
Living in a condominium, however, is much more private. Lee said it is hard to meet other residents.
Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why most condominiums have their own residents associations.
Riana Green Condominium, located near the Tropicana Golf course in Petaling Jaya, has a fairly active, legally registered association.
It was formed about eight years ago, from the day the condominium was opened for occupancy in 1998.
Its chairman of eight years, Bobby Gan, plays an active role in creating awareness among the residents on the importance of becoming a member.
Gan said the association acts as a bridge for communication and it has regular meetings with the building management as well as local authorities to find solutions to problems.
The association however feels it is equally important to have regular activities that can help unite the residents.
Its latest effort was the Lantern Festival get-together, held on a night before the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar.
About 200 people came, enjoying the catered food, making new friends and watching their children getting all excited about the free lanterns that were distributed by the association.
After dinner, children and parents gathered at a common area before they started the lantern procession that followed a trail around the pool and garden.
Suwana Mayeux was pleased to be at the event with her three-year-old son Thomas Mayeux, who had two lanterns.
“This was the first time that I saw so many children from the condominium,” said Suwana.
“I think it’s good to have events like this so that residents can get to know each other,” she added.
To date the association has had several social activities that included a family day, a pot luck party, a recycling and a lion dance performance during Chinese New Year.
“These events help to educate residents on the common living style in condominiums,” said Gan.
There will be many more similar activities planned for the near future, such as exercise classes like aerobics and tai chi.
The condominium has a total of 1,234 units, though not all are occupied.
Residents who want to become a member can call up the association or go personally to their block’s representative or the association’s office.
Membership is RM12 and the yearly renewal is RM2.
“Give support to the association,” said Gan.
“Living in a condo does not mean just driving out to work and coming home straight to their own homes.
“It is about reaching out to each other so we can extend help when another is in need of it.
“Maybe this is one of the ways we can make condominium living less cold and lonely,” said Gan.