1. You’d never contemplate going out in the car on a Thursday or Friday night. Not unless you want to get stuck in stationary traffic for at least an hour, that is…
2. Your kids have an argument about who is going to push the elevator button every single time you leave your apartment. Hell has no fury like the toddler who doesn’t get to push the button for the ground floor, after all. And it’s got so bad that you have seriously considered moving to a villa just to stop the bickering.
3. You regularly ring downstairs for a pint of milk. Why bother leaving the comfort of home when you can simply pick up the phone and have anything you need delivered to your door? And let’s be honest, not having to drag the kids out the house (and endure that argument over the elevator button) is a luxury you’ve got quite used to…
4. You don’t flinch if you hear an explosion. You have got so used to hearing bangs when darkness falls that you rarely even bother jumping up and looking out the window anymore – and it’s all thanks to fireworks at The Beach, which echo around the Marina with every boom, fizz, and pop in the night sky. And the kids? They think it’s totally normal and rarely even wake up.
5. You have a love/hate relationship with the tram. You love the way it’s transformed the Marina (and made life easier when the car is having a service, of course). But you hate queuing at traffic lights. Really hate it.
6. You have so many options for takeaways that it takes you a good 45 minutes to make an order. Pizza? Sushi? Noodles? Burgers? Lebanese? It’s a luxury to have so much choice on your doorstep – but it does mean that it’s 9pm before you’ve agreed on a cuisine and finally made an order (and then the driver has to get through that traffic, of course…)
7. Friends from outside the marina flinch when you invite them for playdates. If you don’t live in the Marina, the fear of getting stuck in traffic seems to be even more terrifying – and when you invite friends over for an afternoon of coffee and play, you can see the fear flash in their eyes as they envisage the journey. And that’s not to mention trying to give them directions to the nearest visitor parking… Anyone for a taxi?
8. You’ve got used to falling asleep to the sound of car horns. Every single night.
9. You rarely leave the Marina at the weekend. Why would you? You have a stretch of beautiful beach, countless swimming pools, endless cafes and restaurants, play areas, cinemas, and malls. And the best bit? You don’t even have to climb in the car for 48 hours if you don’t want to – and the kids have become experts at getting around on scooters, which tires them out too (and we’re all thankful for that at bedtime).
10. There is a constant discussion about moving out of the Marina, but you just aren’t ready. Yes, you’d love a garden. Yes, you’d love some peace and quiet. Yes, you’d like to drive out of your front door and not be met with endless traffic lights and tailbacks. But it just wouldn’t be the Marina would it? And that’s exactly why you are staying – for now, at least…
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