View of the Main Reception Area and Atrium - 1st level.
This is my old house where I grew up; Dad built it in 1968. I think his architect Chew Eng of Kumpulan Ariteks was heavily influenced by the American designer - Frank Lloyd Wright - and other architects from the modern era style. It really is a brilliant modern design with high "cathedral" style ceilings, a lot off indirect/hidden fluorescent lighting, a huge atrium and massive air well. Its a beautiful home.
My mum decided to renovate it in the year 2000- and included an extra 3,000 sq feet of floor space + the swimming pool. I won't comment on the redesign except to say a third level should have been added, and deference should have been given to the architect who was more familiar with the new architecture trends and styles. And he would have incorporated a kitchen that would have matched the rest of the house.
There's a story in the Bible- about how God forbade King David to handle the construction of the Temple because he was a man of war. God told him: "Pass it on your son - Solomon - its his job not yours." Solomon was a poet, scholar, administrator, and diplomat.
I never fully understood that story until now: there's a generation that gathers, there's a generation that sows, another to reap, and that's how it goes.
We should know our places in time: in the scheme of things and play our respective roles. If not- there will be disorder. I hope that when it comes my time to step aside, I will do so gracefully having known that I've done my best to prepare my children or my heirs to take my place.
The photos were taken in 2004.
We took a few photos of the place when Euen arrived to "inspect" the place in 2007. Heehee. See the album "My Old Place".
Sadly, M sold the house in 2007 - it wasn't my call nor was I consulted. I personally found the whole process deeply saddening.
But life goes on (and on). Time to move on.