Yanti has left. She was sniffling the whole morning, her heart heavy at having to leave. She was given the liberty to upkeep the apartment as she saw fit. She did a good job. I was given a two year reprieve after Mum passed away. Now that I no longer have the luxury of a domestic maid for the daily chores, I am determined to make this work. This is going to be my greatest challenge yet. I will be cooking my own food and doing my own laundry from now on. My neighbours Soon Leong and his wife have offered to help clean the apartment on a weekly basis. That should lighten my workload considerably. With their assistance and other neighbours who have been helping me with my grocery shopping, including Peter, this feat can be pulled off without much hassle. God is my strength ? that is what Gabriel, my baptismal name, means. From Him, I draw strength to persevere. By His grace, I am confident that I can succeed. A new chapter has begun.