We recently had to move offices. We were transferred back to our old office, right smack in the middle of the city. After 5 years in that dingy building, that small, cowboy town that we once hated.
When we were first sent there, we hated it. All of us. The buildings were old and had been left empty and unoccupied for at least 10 years. They renovated it, of course, but we hated it still. The bitterness of being sent away from the old office stuck with us for quite some time. In our eyes, the new coat of paint did not exist. Nor did the brand new air conditioning that occupied every single room in the campus. Neither did the brand new furnitures. All we saw was the dilapidated buildings they used to be, and the "fact" that we were not wanted in the old office and sent there to "rot". In a ghost town. Where there were no grown trees, proper parking lot, fences, or shopping malls.
Then we started working there. The coat of fresh paint began to peel off, the air conditioning began to fail, the furnitures began to crack, the toilets failed countless times.... we had countless break ins, ghostly encounters, near snatchings, near accidents.......
But we also had great fun eating at the many eateries that filled our surroundings, we had fun shopping for groceries at the hypermarket without the long queues, we spent almost all of our time in the general office, where everybody knows our name......
And we were called back to the old office. The dingy buildings are closing down. And the unthinkable happened.
We were all devastated. We didn't want to leave. We love that place. Everyone who was "cast" there felt the same way. Suddenly that dingy, dilapidated place was all shiny and brand-spanking-new to our eyes again.
To remind us of the good times we had there, we had this sweet momento made - a small magnet piece that represents how happy, and how special we all were in that "Cowboy Town", regardless of our feelings when we first laid our eyes on the place 5 years ago.
Good Bye Nilai. Thank you for the memories. We shall miss you!!!