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 πŸ–Œ I, on the other hand, seemed to have lost my relationship with my brush πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ‘ 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 😊 At least on the Latin side. Ballroom could be an entirely different story…! 😳

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 πŸ˜‚

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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 πŸ’•

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 πŸ˜†

I surprised N at the airport today, I didn’t tell him I was going to meet him there 😊 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 😊 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 😘

Day T-56 today…

My trying to be zen ain’t working

Day T-57…

So property #1 that I’m praying for may not go through after all 😠 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 πŸ˜‡

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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!! 😫

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 πŸ˜” 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 πŸ˜’

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 πŸ‘ 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 😊

I actually first started watching Inside Out with Japanese dubbing and a Chinese subtitles, just to work on my language skills 😲 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 🀣 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… πŸ˜† 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 😊

I’m feeling all pumped and ready to go through all the clutter in our apartment tomorrow πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ 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… 😳 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 😊

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 😳 We eventually had to venture out, though, as hunger eventually took over πŸ˜‚ But we left the serviced apartment so late that we effectively ended up having linner (or dunch – which do you prefer?? πŸ˜†).

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 πŸ˜†

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! 😲 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… πŸ˜• 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… πŸ˜’ 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! 😲 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… πŸ˜”

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!! 🀞🀞 Negotiations have started for it, and we’ve offered a lease start date of 1 November… 😱 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… 🀨

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

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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 πŸ˜‚ It’ll be good to get some commentary about the area this time around, though.

The bus tour was very expensive (almost S$100! 😱), 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…! πŸ€ͺ So maybe I’ll just hop on and off like crazy tomorrow πŸ˜‚

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