Dear <<First Name>>,
this is Adib, a man who writes about his inquiry into being human and living urban and then sends it out every month to readers like you. I'll be honest and admit that the contents of the newsletter are rather esoteric and I understand if this is not for you and you would like to unsubscribe.
I am writing this from my new house which is still in the process of becoming a true home. My belongings are partially unpacked, some furnishings and carpentry still yet to arrive, but it is enough for me right now. Just like my cat who is still coming to terms with the new house, I am adjusting to the neighbourhood and getting my bearings right. It isn't a completely alien area for me as I spent some years living in the same town as a teenager, but the Singaporean pace of urban change requires a reorientation.
As I take my walk through the town, I discover new developments being built on what I remember as vast open patches of grass. Buildings don't look the same way as I last visited them, and it seems like the edges of the town has been pushed out further since I last lived in this town. I also find myself literally figuring out the neighbourhood, by which I mean drawing mental figures, maps and diagrams in my head to remember the new routes and facilities in the area. I didn't even move to another country and it is already taking me a while to adjust, so I can only imagine the disorientation for those of you who have been away and are returning to find yourself in a place that is the same yet vastly different.
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Taking long walks through the city have started to become a thing for me over the last few months. Some of these walks are pre-planned with a route in mind but there are some that unfolds with fate as I step out of my front door.
Not too long ago, I put on my shoes and took one such walk where the roads to walk and turns to make were decided in the moment. It led me to landscaped paths, ten-lane road junctions, a 'rural farmway', wild dogs & otters, and beautiful water bodies. I am starting to wonder what I will discover as I walk on other routes across different parts of the island.