Almost 3 weeks I now base in this provincial town of Serendah. A small town with few population of Chinese, Indians and Indigenous People; apart from majority of them are Malays. So far, life has been pretty nice and this far, I am adjusting and gelling with the simple life here quite alright.
As far as my professional life is concerned, everything so far is all fixed in the jigsaw puzzle. The Headmaster, the senior administrators, the senior teachers and the pupils give good cooperation and very helpful. I guess it’s a normal procedure to be in a new place to respect and humble yourself and seek guidance from the seasoned players in the new place; like what the Malay maxim used to proclaim – “manis mulut orang pun selesa.” The teachers are very helpful when the greenhorns ask questions; so far (,”). The kids are alright- I mean kids being kids; there are times they are being mischievous but once you set the rules, it should be OK although repetition is quite routine!
As far as my personal life is concerned, I am quite lucky to be able to get a nice place here. Not far from the school and not far from the commuter station. There are bank, grocery shops, foodstalls and many more just around the corner. It’s just like Jitra except that it’s more tranquil. Every night in the middle of the silence of nights, you can hear frail railways glitches of commuter and old train from distance; it gives the ‘authentic’ element of an old small town. The provincial town is surrounded by hills; so every morning is so cold. The place also boasts a secluded waterfall and so-called ‘Perigi 7’ claimed to be a dwelling place for mythical elves (‘bunian’). Besides that, there is also a modern village of the Indigenous People located nearby.
On whole, my life here in this small town Serendah is alright. Instead of a room I was scouting, I got a house with an affordable RM250 per month. And I’ve got Internet access here (which is very important) and all other trivial urban facilities. So far, this is the place I was hoping for to be allocated; a country-side primary school; not in the heart of a town nor too rural that transportation deemed to be hard. This is exactly what I’ve been yearning for. I pray to Allah SWT to bless me and protect me from men’s evil intentions. As a new person, I am still learning the culture of Serendah. (,”)