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! 😂

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 😂

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 😂 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 😅

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 😔 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! 😂 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! 😔 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 🐈📹

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! 😂 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 🤞


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