Saturday

We had our third calligraphy lesson today. N did better than me today: his characters were looking much more balanced than mine, and he seemed to be at one with his brush today ๐Ÿ–Œ I, on the other hand, seemed to have lost my relationship with my brush ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hopefully I didn’t peak too early, and I can get my mojo back next week…!

And then in the evening, we went to our first Latin practice session in what feels like months. It was actually pretty good, much better than I expected it to be ๐Ÿ‘ Nothing fell apart too badly; we remembered all our routines; and I wasn’t as unfit as I thought I’d be, given how long it’s been since we had a good Latin practice session. So maybe we can survive the comp after all ๐Ÿ˜Š At least on the Latin side. Ballroom could be an entirely different story…! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

And we finished the evening continuing our search for this elusive HK apartment… Sighhh… I just want to hear from the Property Agent that apartment #1 is off the table, so I can then mourn the loss and move on and continue to be mega disappointed with the lack of semi-decent properties available in HK ๐Ÿ˜‚

Instagram update

I came across this mum on Instagram, sumpermommyof123, and she puts an entertaining spin on the joys of motherhood. I’m not a mum (well, not to a human), but even I find her posts quite amusing, so actual mums may appreciate her that much more. Anyway, just spreading the love ๐Ÿ’•

Speaking of Instagram, I have created mynonfoodielife, to complement my My Non-Foodie Life blog. The whole project has been good, actually. It that been getting me to actually try new recipes as well as go to different restaurants, so that I have different blog posts to write and photos to upload; and I’m not cooking the same things over and over again, and going to the same places and ordering the same things off the same menu each time, like I normally would ๐Ÿ˜†

I surprised N at the airport today, I didn’t tell him I was going to meet him there ๐Ÿ˜Š Well, it helps that Changi is such an awesome place to go and visit, even when one isn’t travelling! It’s a destination in itself ๐Ÿ˜Š And it’s even better when you are travelling, as they have all the good stuff in the transit areas. Ah Changi, I’m gonna miss you ๐Ÿ˜˜

Day T-56 today…

My trying to be zen ainโ€™t working

Day T-57…

So property #1 that I’m praying for may not go through after all ๐Ÿ˜  Apparently the current tenant has some pilot friend who can move in earlier than we can, and on top of that, they bypassed the agent and went straight to the landlord. Now is that even kosher?? Isn’t the agent there for a reason?? And shouldn’t the pilot need to live closer to the airport just in case there is a plane that needs to be flown?? Apartment #1 ain’t even on the same ISLAND as HK Airport! Arghhh! Can you tell I am terribly annoyed right now!!

The agent said to leave it with her and she’ll confirm it all by the weekend. So I’m trying to remain quietly optimistic about it, hoping that Pilot Friend realises just how far the apartment is from work, and chooses to live somewhere closer to the airport ๐Ÿ˜‡

โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโœˆ๏ธโฌ…๏ธโฌ…๏ธ

If it doesn’t work out, then so be it. We weren’t meant to have the apartment. The landlord just didn’t feel all the positive vibes that I’ve been sending out for the past week. The universe is telling us it wasn’t meant to be ours, and something more suitable is on its way.

But still, the frustratement of it all!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

So I have resumed my search online, in case apartment #1 is confirmed to go to Pilot Friend in the end. I looked through over 500 apartment listings today, with perhaps 5 that look somewhat passable. This is all so terribly depressing ๐Ÿ˜” There is seriously no excitement whatsoever right now with this move!!

Oh, note that there aren’t 500 actual apartments. Multiple agents list the same property, so you see the same photos over and over and over and over again. And then you also have properties that have already been leased out, but no one has bothered to remove the online listing. So the true number of properties that is actually available is a fraction of that. Isn’t that just lovely ๐Ÿ˜’

Go forth and be grateful

I flew back to SG today. The flight itself was one of the smoothest flights I’ve had in a long time. I think the pilot has had to switch on the seatbelt sign at least once on almost every flight I’ve taken this year. But the sign wasn’t switched on at all today, so for once, I actually felt ok when I stepped off the plane!

I watched Book Club on the flight, which turned out to be better than I had expected. I wanted a light-hearted comedy and that’s exactly what I got ๐Ÿ‘ There are has some big names in the movie, in comedic roles that I don’t normally associate them with, so that made it all the more fun to watch ๐Ÿ˜Š

I actually first started watching Inside Out with Japanese dubbing and a Chinese subtitles, just to work on my language skills ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I thought that’d be a good movie to watch in a foreign language, because I’ve seen it so many times and I know the story really well. But that failed miserably ๐Ÿคฃ All I ended up doing was listening very intently to the Japanese, and paid next to no attention to the Chinese subtitles! Maybe I should just stick to learning one language at a time… ๐Ÿ˜† And because watching a movie in a foreign language takes effort, I could only do this for so long before my mental energy was depleted, so that was when I switched over to Book Club where I could just relax and enjoy the movie ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m feeling all pumped and ready to go through all the clutter in our apartment tomorrow ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช Let’s see what I can get through. Even though we have two months to vacate, we’re aiming to have sorted through all our stuff by the end of October, so we don’t feel so rushed in the last few weeks that we have left in the country. Today is T-58… ๐Ÿ˜ณ Not long to go. One way to truly put you in the moment and to appreciate what you have right now is when you know it’s going to be taken away from you very shortly. Appreciate what you have right now, because you never know when it will be taken away from you. That’s my lesson for today, peeps. Now go forth and be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Š

A lazy public holiday

It’s a public holiday in HK today, but we were both feeling rather lazy for some reason that we ended up just whiling away the day ๐Ÿ˜ณ We eventually had to venture out, though, as hunger eventually took over ๐Ÿ˜‚ But we left the serviced apartment so late that we effectively ended up having linner (or dunch – which do you prefer?? ๐Ÿ˜†).

I actually wanted to hike up to The Peak, but I didn’t bring my sneakers this trip, so that was ruled out very quickly. We’ll have to do it at some point while we’re living in this city. Apparently there are quite a few good hiking trails in HK, given its hilly-ness, so we may be hiking more than ever before ๐Ÿ˜†

And then in the evening, we decided to wander around our potential neighbourhood again, picking up some leaflets from property agencies in the area, just in case apartment #1 doesn’t pan out. We picked up TEN different leaflets! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I guess walk-in business must still be the most popular way agents prefer to work here.

I shouldn’t get my hopes up too high for that property, otherwise I may just come crashing down from my very high expectations… ๐Ÿ˜• Hopefully these ten leaflets will reassure me that other half-decent apartments do exist out there…!

The property hunt continues

A second property agent came back to me today, so I went to view another property with him this afternoon. He wasn’t the most friendly: he didn’t shake hands; he didn’t introduce himself: and he didn’t introduce his colleague or whoever the third person was. Not quite how I would do business… ๐Ÿ˜’ So obviously this viewing didn’t start off on the best terms.

The building itself is relatively new, but generally we have found that the newer the building, the apartments themselves get smaller and smaller. So despite the property agent saying that this is quite big for a two-bedroom (565 sqft – or just over 50 sqm!), I don’t think we’d be comfortable in an apartment of that size. I couldn’t even figure out how anything larger than a double bed would fit in the main bedroom! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ So even though we’ve lived in apartments our entire adult lives, we’ve never stayed in anything that small. So basically we’re going to have to pay more for less in this city. I’m pretty much resigned to this fact already. Faaantastic… ๐Ÿ˜”

So with the size of this apartment and the rather uninterested agent, I think we will be giving this one a miss.

So now I’m even more keen for apartment #1 from Saturday!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž Negotiations have started for it, and we’ve offered a lease start date of 1 November… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ So even if there are a few weeks’ overlap between our SG and HK leases, we’d rather pay those few weeks to ensure that we have an apartment in HK that actually ticks a lot of our boxes, knowing just how, ummm, mediocre, HK apartments can be… ๐Ÿคจ

I stumbled across this cute cat at PMQ today, and he just happened to be holding a four-leaf clover ๐Ÿ€ I am hoping that this cat brings me/us good luck for our apartment hunting over the next few months!!

๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

The countdown to HK begins

We did the Hop On Hop Off bus tour today. We got through two of the three routes, running out of time to get to the third route. We bought the two-day pass, so we’ll do the third route on the public holiday on Tuesday. But the third route pretty much covers the entire area that I’ve covered on foot over the last few months ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’ll be good to get some commentary about the area this time around, though.

The bus tour was very expensive (almost S$100! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), and I don’t know if we will get our money’s worth… But maybe because I don’t really feel like a tourist – I feel like I’m on a reconnaissance mission more than anything else – I don’t have a holiday budget as such, and so I feel like we’re splurging for no reason, if that makes any sense…! ๐Ÿคช So maybe I’ll just hop on and off like crazy tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚

We formally gave our notice to vacate our SG apartment today. OMG. The ball is rolling faster and faster… We have two months ๐Ÿ˜ณ The countdown begins: today is T-61…

0 to 100

One property agent emailed me back today, and her office just happens to be smack bang in the neighbourhood that we’ve narrowed down our search to – and I already know that neighbourhood so well that I knew exactly where her office was without needing Google Maps ๐Ÿ˜‚

She and N reminded me why I knew the neighbourhood so well: we’ve been coming to HK so often these past few months to come up with our shortlist of potential neighbourhoods, just in case this move to HK was ever confirmed. At the time, I remember thinking that all this work walking around potential neighbourhoods would have been a waste of time if the move never came to fruition, and all that we would have gotten out it would’ve been some good walking workouts! ๐Ÿ˜† Especially as HK can be quite hilly in areas. But now I’m glad all that research (and walking!) is paying off ๐Ÿ˜Š

The property agent showed us three properties. And wouldn’t you know it, but we both loooved the very first place we saw!! It pretty much ticked almost all our requirements! Why did we have to see this place first?? Itโ€™s now set a benchmark for all other places we see. Shouldn’t the agent have built us up to see the best one last?? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Earlier today I was terribly anxious about losing the property to someone else, but now I’ve come to accept the fact that if the place was meant to be ours, then the universe will somehow allow us to have it. So I’m definitely less anxious tonight than I was this afternoon ๐Ÿ˜Œ That’s not to say that I won’t be mega upset if we lose it, but right now, I’m closer to a zen state than I was before ๐Ÿ˜Š

So it feels like we’ve gone from 0 to 100 today with regard to this move to HK. Fingers and toes crossed that this place works out for us!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž I’m gonna keep sending out positive vibes… ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sick on day one

My cold came back with a vengeance today, after thinking that I was already getting over it ๐Ÿ˜” I used up all the tissues in the serviced apartment, my nose was running like crazy ๐Ÿคง

Nonetheless, I pushed on and continued my exploration of HK Island, sussing out potential new neighbourhoods. Oh, none of the property agents who I emailed late last night got back to me today. NONE. That was quite disappointing, to be honest. Not a great start to our property search in this country ๐Ÿ˜• So maybe we’ll just have to walk in to some offices tomorrow and see if we can do a few viewings then and there. Apparently agents specialise more than not in their local area, so maybe we’ll have better luck going down this route. Let’s see… ๐Ÿคž

So by the time I got back to the serviced apartment, I was so tired that I just had to take a long nap to recover. I feel a bit better now, but my nose is still stuffy and I’m still sneezing ๐Ÿ˜” Argh! I hate being sick! Especially when I’m overseas. So I’m just going to drug up with Panadol and hopefully I’ll feel better in the morning.

The conversion begins…

I continued to run around like a headless chicken again this morning, making sure I ticked off everything on my imaginary checklist before I flew out this afternoon. I took Kitty to the vet again this morning, and as soon as we got back home, I suddenly remembered that I forgot to ask for a new batch of anti-vomit medicine for her ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Since we were going to be away for one whole week, I couldn’t do without it, since I can’t have her vomiting while we’re away ๐Ÿคฎ So I had no choice but to go back, adding to my stress of making sure I get everything done this morning.

But somehow I managed to do everything I wanted to get done. I don’t know why I stress out about it. It would be so much better for me if I just calmly worked my way through my imaginary checklist ๐Ÿ˜Š

I flew Cathay Pacific today. The switch from everything SG to HK begins… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Cathay Pacific flies in and out of Terminal 4 at Changi Airport, so it was my first time in the brand new terminal. And because it was new, everything was clean and purteee ๐Ÿ˜Š It was very quiet when I was there, very few planes must’ve been flying at the time, so I got to soak in the surrounds in peace. Although Changi generally is very peaceful and calm anyway, despite the thousands of people transiting through the airport each and every day. Ah Changi. I’m going to miss you as my home base airport ๐Ÿ˜”

Everything in the terminal is electronic, I barely had to talk to any airport personnel. Even boarding was electronic! It was all so high-tech. The conveyor belt in the customs area was pretty funky too. After each tray was scanned, it would stop at a fork in the “conveyor belt” road and the person scanning would determine which road a particular tray will take: the “ok” road, where you can just go and take your luggage and off you go; or the “needs manual intervention” road, where a customs officer will need to go through whatever suspicious things there are in your luggage. It is so cool! Although probably not so cool if your luggage gets stuck in the “manual intervention” queue ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I got a brand new plane โœˆ๏ธ So exciting! Singapore Airlines always uses old planes to fly the SG-HK route – well, I always seem to get the old planes! So being on a brand spanking new plane was awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š The food was really good too, I was very pleasantly surprised.

I watched a Japanese anime on board: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (ๆ™‚ใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฐ‘ๅฅณ). I like time travel shows, so as soon as I read the storyline of this movie, I just had to watch it. They had both Chinese and English subtitles, which was PERFECT for me, so I could listen in Japanese, and read in both Chinese and English. The dialogue was very conversational too, so it’s the perfect type of movie to watch for language learning. Problem is, it’s hard to find a movie where the subtitles are in two languages like that. And is it even possible?? It was a good learning opportunity anyhow. I wish I could do that more often.

And then when I finally made it to the serviced apartment, I started looking online for apartments that I wanted to have a look at over the next few days while I’m here. Even if we don’t like any of them, at least we can get in touch with a few property agents and hopefully start getting to see some other places that they may have on their books, which they may not have listed online yet. Fingers crossed we can find something half decent and at an ok price…! ๐Ÿคž I’ve emailed a few agents, so let’s see if any of them come back to me tomorrow…