A bit of a freaky day

I got up relatively early again today – and paid the price for it all day. I never felt normal the entire day πŸ˜” Maybe if I had bought a coffee, then that might’ve helped, but I didn’t, and probably suffered even more unnecessarily as a result. So if I somehow magically get up early again tomorrow, I will definitely go and get myself a coffee! β˜•οΈ

I ran a few errands in the morning before spending most of the afternoon with Kitty in our new place. We still haven’t moved in πŸ˜” So I hope we can do that either tomorrow or by the weekend, at the latest. I don’t like leaving Kitty all on her own.

Especially after today, when she was acting all strange, miaowing much more than she ever does, and scratching in the bathtub for some unknown reason. It was a bit freaky to be honest, and I was getting a bit worried that she was ill. But after a while, she settled down and returned to her normal self. But those few minutes when she was acting all strange freaked me out 😟

And that was after I had already freaked myself out thinking that I was seeing ghosts wander around an empty apartment across from our building. Omg just thinking about it now isn’t helping matters!

Anyhoo… That’s enough talk on the supernatural….!

I tidied up our bedroom, so at least we can now sleep on our bed. We had a ton of stuff just dumped on the bed yesterday when the movers came, and I put most of it away today, so at least we have somewhere to sleep on now for when we finally move in!

She didn’t even let me finish making the bed before she jumped on it πŸ˜‚

And then in the evening, we went back to IKEA to finalise our decision on what dining table and chairs to buy, as well as a work desk and chair. I think we’ve visualised most of the apartment now, we just can’t afford to buy it all in one hit! So we’re just going to buy the essentials now, and then we’ll slowly add to it over time. So perhaps in a few months, our entire apartment will look like it came straight out of an IKEA catalogue! πŸ˜‚


Our furniture arrived today!! They arrived at around 10:15am, and pretty much as soon as they got there, the guy handed me a checklist and asked me to tick off each box as he brings them in, to make sure that we receive all 59 boxes. I still can’t believe we have that much crap 😳 But anyway, moving right along… πŸ˜‚

They were concerned that the bedframe wouldn’t fit into the lift in the building. And when they tried to put it in, it actually didn’t fit. So they had to get N to come down and give them the go ahead to take it out of the box and try to fit it in to the lift just on its own. And can you believe it: it actually just fit, with literally one inch to spare 😲 How insane is that! If it wouldn’t fit, they would’ve had to carry it up the stairs, and we were told that lovely service would cost around HK$200 (S$35) per floor. And we’re on a pretty high floor, so if it didn’t fit in the lift, it would’ve cost over HK$5,000 – or almost S$1,000 – to carry it up 😲

Our mattress is apparently slightly larger – and thicker – than the bedframe, but at least it’s more flexible, so they could actually squeeze it into the lift πŸ˜… Gosh, that would’ve been even more painful to carry up the stairs! So if we had to get them to carry up both the mattress and the bedframe via the stairs, it would’ve cost almost S$2,000 for the privilege. O-M-G. Sooo lucky we got both pieces up! πŸ™

So all our stuff is in HK now! πŸ‘ Despite having 59 boxes, it actually doesn’t look like too much stuff, once everything is out of the boxes. Plus we still have to cull a bit, as we didn’t really finish that in SG. We also have to sort out where everything goes in the new apartment, and put things in their rightful place – or at least, in the correct room, to start off with. And then after the sorting and culling, we can figure out what storage units we’ll need. But despite all this stuff that we need to do, it’s just sooo nice to have all our stuff in the apartment! It feels more like home now, and as a result, both of us are much more excited about this move πŸ‘ Even Kitty seems to feel more at home too, which is great.

And then tonight, we went out for dinner with a few of N’s workmates. That was fun, and it was good to meet a few new people in this city too. One of the guys likes to go hiking, which is perfect, as we were thinking of doing more hiking here, as apparently HK has a few good trails. So we may have a new hiking buddy! 😊

So overall, I think today, more than any other day so far, we were both excited about this move to HK. Here’s to new adventures in this city! πŸ₯‚

Still trying to settle in

I went back to IKEA again today. Gosh, how long will it take us to decide on a work desk and chair?!? πŸ˜‚ It’s not just the colour now, but also the depth of the desk. Because rooms in HK are tiny as, if I get too big a desk, then it may just:

1) Overpower the room and look like it’s too big in the small space that we have for it; and

2) We won’t have much space to put anything else in there! πŸ˜’

But at the same time, I want to be comfortable working on the desk, I don’t want to feel too cramped working on something that is too narrow πŸ˜” So I think I just have to get over the fact that the desk may overpower the room, and I just have to learn to deal with it. Welcome to HK! πŸ˜‚

I spent the afternoon with Kitty again, much like I have been every single day since she arrived in HK. I had to leave to go meet a friend for dinner, but every time I got up from our little spot on the floor, she’d get up too and follow me to wherever I was in the apartment. Poor little one πŸ˜” She’s going to be all stressed out again tomorrow too when the removalists come. But hopefully after that, things will start to feel like normal again, and she can return to her usual grumpy, aloof self. As much as I like her being all sooky and wanting my attention, it also makes me feel bad every time I leave the apartment and leaving her there all by herself. At least when she’s her usual self, I know that she’s ok to be by herself in the house when we’re not there. But she’s not quite there yet, unfortunately πŸ˜”

We went and had dinner with a friend from Melbourne, who’s in HK today just for a stopover. She’s on a girls’ trip, and three of her five friends that were on the trip with her came along for dinner as well. They’re all very friendly and chatty, so that made it really easy for a quiet person like me! I just let them take turns talking and telling stories the entire evening, which was great πŸ˜†

I have to get up early tomorrow to get to our apartment by 9am. Gas people are coming sometime between 9am-5pm to check the gas meter, isn’t that a lovely window. The whole freaking day πŸ˜’ But the removalists are coming around 10am, so I want to mop the floors before they get there anyway, just so that the place is clean when they lay the furniture, as no doubt the floors underneath the furniture won’t be touched again for at least another 1-2 years while we are still leasing the apartment! πŸ˜‚

Quick and slow

I spent a few hours with Kitty today. And while we were hanging out, N got an email saying that our furniture has indeed arrived in HK and that we can have it delivered to our new home anytime from Wednesday onwards. We were like yeah, bring it on! So they’re coming Wednesday morning πŸ‘ The wait has gone both quick and slow at the same time, it’s such an odd feeling. So while they’re in the house, I think we’ll keep Kitty in the bathroom, so she is away from all the people and all the noise that they’ll no doubt be making. One more day to wait and we can move in! Yeah! Although technically, we still have the serviced apartment for another three weeks, so we have to figure out how to best use that apartment while we have it… It is closer to N’s work, so maybe we can stay there during the week and then use our actual apartment as our weekend home πŸ˜‚ We’ll see. I’m sure it’ll work out 😊 I just can’t wait for our furniture to arrive. Hopefully the apartment will feel like home once all our stuff is in there.

I went to Muji today to get some ideas for storage as well as some winter clothes. I’ll have to restock my winter gear as I got rid of almost all of it when we moved to SG. I have kept some for when we go on holidays to cold places, but that may not be enough when actually living in a cold place πŸ˜† So let’s see how I go with my existing winter wardrobe when it arrives on Wednesday. I get to wear my scarves and boots again, which will be fantastic. I’m definitely looking forward to that! 😊

We ordered home delivery again tonight. The guy who delivered it was so quick, he was downstairs before I could even get down in the lift. I had to check where the restaurant was, as this guy was so mega-fast: it was 170m from the serviced apartment. OMG. The delivery guy must think I’m the laziest person in the world 😲 And here I was thinking my previous order from 400m down the road was close πŸ€ͺ Crazy stuff, man.

But I think even though things are so mega close, it actually takes longer than you think it will to get anywhere because of the narrow streets and the large population. 200m in SG would’ve been nothing (you just die from the heat and humidity πŸ˜‚), but here, you have to navigate through throngs of people coming from all directions, on a street that is on a steep incline, which barely caters for two people walking side by side – with the occasional construction going on part of the way 😳 And then add umbrellas to the mix on a wet day β˜”οΈ So I just have to remember that when I think to myself “oh it’s only 200m down the road, it’ll take less than 5min to walk there”. It will just as likely take twice as long as that! πŸ˜‚

Still in limbo

I found this cafe called The Flying Pan, which basically serves breakfast 24/7!! 😲 😲 How awesome is that?!? You can come in anytime, day or night, and have breakfast. And their prices are also quite reasonable. Their servings aren’t huge, but that’s perfect for me anyway. I will definitely be a regular at this place! They also have a stamp card for regulars, where they give you a HK$50 voucher or something after you receive ten stamps. If I’m going there anyway, I may as well pick up a stamp, and eventually score a voucher as a bonus 😊

We went to check on Kitty after brunch. Kitty seems somewhat ok, but still quite sooky; she will follow us around the apartment whenever we’re there with her. She ate most of her food today, which is good. Maybe that’s also a sign that she’s feeling more comfortable in her new home 🀞

I think I have decided to get the black desk and chair for my/our home office, and have this rug in the room as well. Would that work? I don’t have an eye for these things πŸ˜” We’ll go check out the desk again at IKEA tomorrow, that’s more important than the rug anyway. And then hopefully we can order it then as well, and they can deliver sometime this week, as I really want to start getting back into my trading – really, just a state of normality, whatever that means in HK for us! We’ll have to work towards what that is, but I’d like to be able to even just do that, because we’re not even quite at that stage yet. Still about one more week of being in limbo, I reckon. Just have to hang in there for a little bit longer…!

New home, new habits

We got out of the serviced apartment quite late today: it was almost 2pm by the time we got back to our new place to say hi to Kitty 😲 Since I’ve spent the past few days cleaning the place, we are now in a position to be able to take out all our stuff from our suitcases and put them away, so it’s slowly starting to feel like home. Not that we brought that much over – even if it was 60kg worth! πŸ˜‚ I can’t wait until our furniture arrives. It’d be great to really move in to the place.

New surrounds is such a good time to get into new habits, and so I’m going to really focus on our minimalist goal in this new home. I also want to keep on top of our finances and filing, both of which always seems to get out of control. So I’m going to set up my home office to make sure I stay on top of both.

One thing I did notice as we were unpacking today is that I have a lot of sample toiletries. Heck, one of N’s colleagues gave him yet another sample just last night, which he has dutifully passed on to me 😳 So I’m going to try and use all these samples in the next few weeks, preferably before we move in, so that we don’t have these small little containers taking up valuable space in our now smaller bathroom. Once these are all used, I can then look at buying some storage boxes for the larger items in the bathroom, so that they are more neatly organised πŸ‘

I scoured the Facebook marketplace looking for bargain deals for study desks or dining tables. There were a few promising dining tables, but no decent desks. Maybe I should check out Carousell here! πŸ˜‚ Apparently they’re also in HK. Let’s see what it’s like being a buyer in that marketplace….

If that doesn’t pan out, I think I just have to buy that IKEA desk and chair that I mentioned yesterday. Maybe we can visit IKEA again tomorrow… Although most people have Sunday off, so tomorrow may not be the best day to go… Maybe waiting until Monday is a better idea 😊


I went back to IKEA again today, my new favourite hangout πŸ˜‚ I still can’t decide on a work desk, so I keep revisiting their workspace area to get inspiration. I think I’ve finally decided on the type of desk and chair, now just need to decide on colour. I used their IKEA Place app to place the desk and chair in my designated office, which was pretty cool. It really helped to visualise things, which I’m not very good at doing. What do you think??

All black/grey or with a bit of cream??

I was hoping they’d have their rugs available in the app as well, to give me the full picture of what the room would look like, but apparently that one I have to visualise all on my own 😳 But the app is already pretty cool, so I’ll have to play around with it some more to figure out what dining table we’ll get 😊 It might also help when our existing furniture arrives too, to get a better idea of what would complete the living area.

I ordered home delivery tonight, and the place that I ordered from is 400m down the road 😲 How lazy am I?! I could easily have just walked down! But I think that’s just the way it is here, everything is just so close. I am starting to understand what people mean about the convenience of this city. I have a feeling that everything we do on a day-to-day basis will effectively be within a 1km radius from home. Literally. It’s pretty insane. And there I was thinking SG was easy and convenient. This city is even more so!

I also discovered that there is a heating function on the aircon units in the apartment πŸ˜… I am not used to sub 30Β°C weather anymore, nor do I like it (so you can imagine just how much I disliked the weather when we were living in Melbourne!), so I am very happy to have this function on our aircon units! πŸ˜‚ But I will be glad to be able to wear scarves and jeans again. I loved my scarves in Melbourne, and judging by the weather this past week, I think I’ll get to wear them again here in HK πŸ‘πŸ§£πŸ‘–

Kitty in her new home

I wanted to go and spend pretty much all of today with Kitty, to try and help her feel more comfortable in the new apartment – even though we ourselves don’t feel like it’s home yet! πŸ˜‚ But I was so tired from yesterday that by the time I got to the apartment, it was almost noon! 😲 When I opened the door, she didn’t come running out to greet me like she normally does. I guess she’s still not comfortable there either πŸ˜” But after a few minutes, she cautiously came out to say hi to me, and then spent the next few hours following me around the apartment while I continued to clean the place. She’s found her safe spot – I guess that’s where she spent the night – so at least I know she can retreat there overnight, and feel relatively secure in her little hiding spot when we’re not there with her. In all the apartments that we’ve lived in, she’s always found a safe spot when she first arrived at each one, so I knew she’d eventually find one in HK too. After following me around, she did eventually get tired, and went back into her safe spot to nap, so that was reassuring that she has a bit of a routine now, even with me in the house.

I cleaned most of the kitchen today. I can’t believe we have a proper kitchen now, with a door and all! πŸ˜‚ Our last three apartments have all effectively been galley kitchens, so this is a pleasant change. It’d be nice not having to give way to let the other pass during those times when both N and I are in the kitchen together! πŸ˜†

I was with Kitty for about 8.5 hours today, which doesn’t seem like enough πŸ˜” Poor little one, having to endure all of this. Hopefully our furniture will arrive sooner rather than later next week, and then we can move in properly and finally call the place home. At the moment, the serviced apartment feels more like home! πŸ˜” At least it has a bed and a couch πŸ˜† So even though we’re not living in our new apartment yet, I prefer Kitty being there rather than at a cattery for these next few weeks, so at least she can familiarise herself with her new home, and not have to endure yet another temporary place before finally moving into her permanent home. It always takes her a few days to get settled in to her new home, but today she seems like she’s already settling in well, so hopefully our scent has already permeated throughout the apartment and she settles in much more quickly here compared to our previous places🀞

We got our rental deposit back for our SG apartment today – YEAH!! I’ve been hearing horror stories about tenants not getting their deposit back, so I’m very happy that we got ours returned to us – and relatively quickly at that. But our landlord in SG was really nice, so that probably played a part. Not sure how that will pan out with this place in HK… πŸ˜’ Best not to dwell on it anyhow, otherwise I won’t enjoy our time in the apartment!

Operation Sydney: all systems go

I went to IKEA again to pick up some more bits and bobs. I think we’ll be regular customers for the next few weeks, as we slowly figure out what we need in our new home. Oh, and also at Muji. If you’re avid fans of the two brands, then you’ll feel right at home in our new apartment! The whole place will probably look like it’s come straight out of their catalogue. We’re gonna be unintentional brand ambassadors – we should get commission! πŸ˜‚

I tracked Kitty’s flight in to HK this afternoon. We got updates from both SG and HK, first when she was taken to Changi Airport, and then when she landed in HK and cleared customs. They also sent through photos, and although she looked scared – understandably so, as the past week must’ve been very traumatic for her – she was alert, and looked ok. I was so keen to see her again, yet also rather stressed about Operation Sydney being ramped up into full operation mode πŸ˜‚

It was all systems go from when we picked her up from the pet transportation guys out on the street to when we literally let the cat out of the bag once we were home πŸ˜‚ I worried for days over nothing. Security doesn’t scrutinise what you’re carrying in and out of the building, and she makes no noise whatsoever when she’s out of the house, so we got her up to the apartment no issues. There was someone else in the lift with us, though, and I was scared that she’d miaow in the lift on the way up, since she has just been reunited with us after four days, and might be so relieved to hear us once again. But she didn’t *phewww* and the other guy happily got off at his floor being none the wiser πŸ˜…

I spent the rest of the evening with her, just trying to relax her a bit, after what was surely a very stressful flight. Adults get stressed about flights, so I can’t imagine how she felt today. And her customs and immigration process is more complicated than us hoomans πŸ˜” Her journey started at 9am this morning, and only finished almost twelve hours later. And that’s only SG to HK, a four-hour flight difference. Imagine poor pets who have to travel all around the world! Plus she hasn’t been staying with us for the past week, so she also hasn’t been happy being holed up at the vet that entire time.

She spent a lot of the evening wandering around the apartment, familiarising herself with her new surrounds. I tried showing her where her food and water is, as well as her litter tray, so hopefully she can remember – especially her litter tray! πŸ˜‚ After about two hours, she seemed to finally calm down and sit next to me, so hopefully she can get some sleep tonight. As much as I wanted to sleep in the apartment with her overnight, I also didn’t really want to sleep on the floor on a makeshift bed using whatever clothes we have in our suitcases. I lay with her on the floor for a while tonight, and my back was a little sore just from that! So I don’t really want to find out what a whole night of sleeping on the floor will feel like in the morning!

So I just stayed in the apartment for as long as I could, trying to make her feel as comfortable as possible in her new home, and then made my way back to the serviced apartment to take a shower and get some sleep. I’ll head back again as early as I can tomorrow and spend the day with her, continuing to clean the apartment while I’m there. I just hope she doesn’t scratch at the door all night, bothering the neighbours – and then getting us in trouble! She actually started doing that just as we were about to leave! πŸ˜” Or am I once again overthinking things and all she does is just sleep when we’re not around?? We should install a cat cam πŸˆπŸ“Ή

The apartment still doesn’t feel like home, since our furniture is still yet to arrive, and so we can’t really just “hang out” there at the moment. All I’ve really been doing in the apartment is clean! πŸ˜‚ It’ll be one week tomorrow from when the removalists came to our apartment in SG, and they said it should take roughly ten days for our furniture to arrive in HK. So that means Sunday, and then perhaps a few days of admin/processing, before they get the go-ahead to deliver to the apartment. So maybe Wednesday/Thursday next week? I’ll just assume one more week to wait / one more week to clean the apartment, and then maybe it can start feeling like our home 🀞

Running errands in HK

I had this perception that because HK used to be with the British, that everyone speaks immaculate English. This is NOT the case πŸ˜‚ It’s perfectly fine when you’re wandering around as a tourist, going to tourist hotspots and staying in hotels, but actually living here is a different story. So this morning alone, I’ve had to use my very limited Mandarin probably more than I have used it the entire time we were in SG! 😲 I’m getting good practice in, though, which is good! But it makes it just that much harder to get things done, when you have the vocab of a five year old and the listening skills of a baby 🀣 Yes, my listening skills are basically non existent! I can convey what I want in the most basic way, but I have no idea what they’re saying back to me. Shockingly poor listening skills πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Nonetheless, I think my Mandarin will improve while we’re here. Even though Cantonese is the city’s main dialect, I think locals know more Mandarin than I do anyway! πŸ˜†

I managed to get the keys changed in the apartment. Apparently it’s common for tenants to just change all the keys to the apartment, as who knows how many copies of the old keys people have made. The locksmith was great, though, very professional and knowledgeable. I’d highly recommend him if anyone is looking for a locksmith in HK! He speaks good English – better than my Mandarin, that’s for sure – and he knows his stuff πŸ‘ He knew that the bedroom doors were of the dodgy variety, and warned me to make sure that the doors don’t slam on windy days, because the slamming action may stuff up the lock. He opened the new locks in front of me as well, to confirm that they were brand new locks. Security downstairs seemed to know him, so he must change locks in the building all the time. Or let people back in to their apartments when they lock themselves out! πŸ˜‚ The doors in the building are designed in a way that you can lock yourself out really easily, so I’ve suggested to N that he keep a spare set in the office for this very reason.

I also bought a new litter tray for Kitty, for when she arrives tomorrow night. Operation Sydney is still in place…! πŸ˜† Her litter tray is huge, relative to her size, and the pet supply store that I bought it from didn’t have a bag big enough to carry it, so now I have to find a way to bring it up with me… I’m thinking a massive IKEA bag…

She arrives tomorrow, so fingers crossed there are no issues bringing her up to the apartment…! 🀞🀞 I still hope I’m just worrying for absolutely no reason whatsoever!